Interview with the 2018 Sustainable Salon of the Year

We sat down with Annabel Kinley, owner of Scout, to discuss her win at The Industry Awards and learn more about sustainability in her salon.

How does it feel to have won the Sustainable Salon of the Year award?

We all feel so excited and proud! It’s reaffirmed all that we are doing and the importance of it.

It’s also been awesome to see the pride all our clients have felt from our win too!

Winning Sustainable Salon of the Year has spurred me on, I’ve spent a lot of time in the last few weeks thinking about what we work on next and what that looks like. I’m so excited to see what the year brings.

Why is sustainability so import to you and your team?

I built Scout with the philosophy of creating beautiful hair in an intimate, sustainable environment. The question of if we should be sustainable never occurred to me, it’s always been what can we do, and how do we do it better?

This focus was made all the more pressing when my son arrived two years ago. I feel I owe it to him to do all I can to effect change in Scout and, hopefully our industry.

Our team are all involved in this vision, we all work together to ensure our impact is as small as possible, and we share ideas and brainstorm with our clients. It really does take a village and we feel so lucky to have such an awesome one behind us.

What has made you so successful when it comes to sustainability?

It’s really all down to the community we’ve built. It’s what drives us to do better, it’s how we educate others and how we learn. Scout has become a place to share ideas which makes it so much more than just a salon.

I’m also very project driven, so I work on one project at a time, getting it to a place I’m happy then jumping into the next goal. For example, in 2019 I’ve set a goal to eliminate plastic from our salon, It’s a biggie, so I’m starting with retail products and working from there. If you have any tips, I’d love to hear them!

What sustainability initiative are you most proud of to date?

Last year we set up a refill station which allowed clients to receive 20% off certain products when they brought their bottle back. It was such a success it’s had fantastic uptake from our clients, helping them make a small difference to our environment

We need to do more of this as an industry and push suppliers to support us. I know our clientele would be really happy if we sent less plastic to landfills.

Do you have any advice for salons, spas and clinics wanting to become more sustainable?

Do what we did and focus on one thing at a time! You can’t do everything.

Also utilise all the information out there to create momentum towards becoming more sustainable. If you’re not sure where to start, do some research, collect ideas and give it a go. We’ve put our Sustainable Salon of the Year entry on our website so we can share our learnings with everyone.

If they’d like to discuss sustainability please, feel free to email me – there are no stupid questions. It’s about changing the industry, not just our salon – so we need to talk, we need to expand our community and work together to make this happen.

What motivates you personally and professionally each day?

My family and my son. I’m taking Wednesday’s off the floor this year to work on our sustainability goals and get a better work life balance.

Also our amazing clients – oh my god we are so lucky! I can’t count how often we hear “do whatever, I trust you” in a consultation. We get to have great conversations whilst doing what we love, it doesn’t get better than that!

Additionally seeing change and winning awards allows me to be proud of what we’re doing, and that’s incredibly motivating.

How do you feel entering the awards has helped you as a business owner?

It’s totally energised me to do more and it’s reminded me of our vision which is very cool. I think entering and winning also gives you such pride and confidence in what you’re doing.

Brilliantly it’s also inspired my team to enter next year – watch out Novice Champion category, our wonderful Rachel is planning her entry already and she’s so excited.

What advice would you give to other salons about the entry process?

Pull together the team you need to put your entry together. You can’t be awesome at everything, so find the people that cover the stuff you just can’t nail. I rely heavily on my friends, Jenn@Folkyeah who does all our design work and Maz who whips my waffling into pretty tidy sentences. We barter and it works for everyone.

What would you say to salons considering entering The Industry Awards in the future?

Do it! It’s incredible what you gain from it – so much confidence, pride and a massive boost. It’s also a good way to see what you’re about, what stands out and appeals to you. It’s like a pinterest board, you see what you like and can be yourself – there is always a place for who you are and what you’re doing.

Also remember just entering is success in itself.

Interview with the 2018 Industry Trainer of the Year

Natasha Bird - Industry Trainer of the Year

Natasha Bird, the 2018 Industry Trainer of the Year, has been hairdressing for 24 years and has been involved in training since she was an apprentice herself. She’s owned Mphosis Hair Studio in Hastings for seven years and currently has three apprentices on her team of five staff. We caught up with her about her recent win. Read More

The Industry Awards creative finalist entries

The Industry Awards team is very pleased to showcase the creative finalist entries!

Editorial Stylist of the Year – Colour Concept

Editorial Stylist of the Year - Colour Concept

Editorial Stylist of the Year – Le Male

Editorial Stylist of the Year - Le Male

Editorial Stylist of the Year – Next Generation Stylist

Editorial Stylist of the Year - Next Generation

Editorial Stylist of the Year – Novice Champion

Editorial Stylist of the Year - Novice

Editorial Stylist of the Year – Derek Elvy Visionary Award

Editorial Stylist of the Year - Derek Elvy Visionary Award

Regional Finalists – Auckland

Auckland finalists

Regional Finalists – Bay of Plenty

Bay of Plenty

Regional Finalists – Canterbury

Canterbury Westland finalists

Regional Finalists – Hawkes Bay

Hawkes Bay finalists

Regional Finalists – Manawatu

Manawatu finalists

Regional Finalists – Otago

Otago finalists

Regional Finalists – Poverty Bay

Poverty Bay finalists

Regional Finalists – South Canterbury

South Canterbury finalists

Regional Finalists – Southland

Southland finalists

Regional Finalists – Taranaki

Taranaki finalists

Regional Finalists – Waikato

Waikato finalists

Regional Finalists – Wellington

Wellington finalists

Patrick Cameron Instagram Challenge – Under 4 years in the Industry

Patrick Cameron under 4 years finalists - 1

Patrick Cameron Instagram Challenge – Over 4 years in the Industry

Patrick Cameron over 4 years finalists - 1

Patrick Cameron over 4 years finalists - 2

The winners will be announced at The Industry Awards event on the 11th of November 2018. The event is being held at the Cordis Hotel in Auckland. To attend, you can purchase your tickets here.

Celebrating the best in hair, beauty and barbering – finalists announced

The Industry Awards 2018

Finalists have been announced for The Industry Awards, which celebrate the talent in New Zealand’s hair, beauty and barbering industries.

Hundreds of entries were received for the awards, which recognise business success, exceptional training, creative skills and excellent apprentices.

The winners will be announced on November 11th at The Industry Awards, an annual glamourous ceremony at the Cordis Hotel, Auckland.

The awards are jointly hosted by the New Zealand Hair and Beauty Industry Training Organisation (HITO), Kitomba Salon & Spa Software and the New Zealand Association of Registered Hairdressers.

The Industry Awards 2018 finalists

Business Awards

New Zealand Hair Salon of the Year  

  • Aurum Hairstylists & Barbers (Dunedin) 
  • Fox Hair Blonde Bar (Hamilton) 
  • La Villa Hairdressing and Extensions (Wellington)  
  • Rodney Wayne Dominion Road (Auckland) 
  • Tayla’d Styling (Auckland) 

New Zealand Beauty Salon of the Year 

  • Alluminus Beauty Therapy (Greytown) 
  • Cocoon Beauty & Day Spa (Rangiora) 
  • FaceTime Skin Clinic (Auckland) 
  • Pamper Me Medispa (Thames) 
  • Pania Ryan Beauty Retreat (Palmerston North) 

Top Performing Stylist of the Year 

  • Jasmine Hutchings – La Villa Hairdressing and Extensions (Wellington)  
  • Jasmin Ure – La Villa Hairdressing and Extensions (Wellington)  
  • Kiri Roberts – Mane Salon (Wellington)  
  • Renee Letcher – Fox Hair Blonde Bar (Hamilton) 
  • Tayla Carpenter – Tayla’d Styling (Auckland)

Excellence in Marketing 

  • Body Glow Spray Tanning (Rangiora) 
  • La Villa Hairdressing and Extensions (Wellington)  
  • Pania Ryan Beauty Retreat (Palmerston North) 
  • Shazly Experience Hair and Wellness (Wellington)  
  • Zaibatsu Hair Art (Dunedin) 

Sustainable Salon of the Year 

  • Amanda Baker Hair & Makeup (Auckland) 
  • Chairs Hair Design (Otaki) 
  • Cocoon Hair Design (Timaru) 
  • Cremebrulee Hair & Beauty (Taupo) 
  • Scout (Wellington)    

Best Salon Design 

  • Dinh Collective (Christchurch) 
  • Glamour Hair Boutique (Auckland) 
  • Mancraft Barbers (Taupo) 
  • Niche Boutique Hair Salon (Palmerston North) 
  • Pamper Me MediSpa (Thames) 


Training Awards 

Apprentice of the Year 

  • Emily Kate Southern (Northern) 
  • Courtney Hale (Central North)  
  • Jade Scott (Central)   
  • Libby Fleck (Southern)

Workplace of the Year 

  • Pania Ryan Beauty Retreat (Palmerston North) 
  • Reds Hairdressing (Porirua)  
  • Spectra (Palmerston North) 

Industry Trainer of the Year 

  • Natasha Bird – MPhosis Hair Studio (Hastings) 
  • Patricia Ross – Ross & Co Hair Design (Hamilton) 
  • Victoria Thrussell – Bliss Hair Salon (Auckland) 

Jasmine McBeth Memorial Scholarship 

  • Bethany Stringer – Minx Hair Spa (Ashburton)          
  • Jade Scott – VIVO Hair and Beauty Tory St (Wellington)  
  • Jason Parker – Dragonfly Hair Design (Wellington) 


Creative Awards 

Editorial Stylist of the Year – Colour Concept 

  • Caren Mackay – Do Hair (Invercargill) 
  • Irihia Bourke – Morph Hair Studio (Hamilton) 
  • Kylie Hayes – Moha (Dunedin) 
  • Kylie Pointon – Glamour Hair Boutique (Auckland) 
  • Natasha King – Freds Hair and Beauty (Invercargill) 

Editorial Stylist of the Year – Le Male 

  • Irihia Bourke – Morph Hair Studio (Hamilton) 
  • Mana Dave – Blaze (Auckland) 
  • Nellie Rogers – KN Colab (New Plymouth) 
  • Patreece Corban – Cremebrulee Hair and Beauty (Taupo) 
  • Warren Dion Smith – Hair and Makeup Artist (Wellington) 

Editorial Stylist of the Year – Next Generation Stylist 

  • Ashlee Lewis – Nova Hair Boutique (Gisborne) 
  • Irihia Bourke – Morph Hair Studio (Hamilton) 
  • Natalie Knox – Zibido (Hamilton) 
  • Savanna Ferrel – Mane Salon (Wellington) 

Editorial Stylist of the Year – Novice Champion 

  • Amrin Piuza – Servilles Academy (Auckland) 
  • Chloe O’Donell – BHB Academy (Palmerston North) 

Editorial Stylist of the Year – Derek Elvy Visionary Award 

  • Anthony Bayer – Anthony Bayer Hair (Auckland) 
  • Caren Mackay – Do Hair (Invercargill) 
  • Christopher Woods – Vivo Chancery CBD (Auckland) 
  • Courtney Taylor – Buoy Salon and Spa (Wellington) 
  • Natasha King – Freds Hair and Beauty (Invercargill) 

Regional Finalists – Auckland 

  • Kylie Pointon – Glamour Hair Boutique (Auckland) 
  • Nirender Kaur – Vivo Mount Eden (Auckland) 

Regional Finalists – Bay of Plenty 

  • Chrissy de Mey – Vivo Bethlehem (Tauranga) 
  • Elyse Bowyer – Cremebrulee Hair and Beauty (Taupo) 
  • Nicky Crombie – Vivo Bethlehem (Tauranga) 
  • Patreece Corban – Cremebrulee Hair and Beauty (Taupo) 

Regional Finalists  Canterbury 

  • Amber King – True Grit  
  • Gemma Woods – Surreal  
  • Willow Cox – Rodney Wayne Northlands  

Regional Finalists – Hawkes Bay 

  • Bonnie Stewart – Pure Hair 
  • Kelly McKenzie – Pure Hair 
  • Megan Perfect – Pure Hair 
  • Meredith van der Linden – Pure Hair 

Regional Finalists  Manawatu 

  • Amelia London – Spectra Hair and Beauty 
  • Carrie Fraser – Niche Boutique Hair Salon 
  • Gillian Gosper – UCOL 

Regional Finalists  Otago 

  • Jaimee Smith – Zaibatsu Hair Art 
  • Kimberlie Dunn – Zaibatsu Hair Art 
  • Kylie Hayes – Moha 
  • Mikaela Campbell – Opulence Hair 

Regional Finalists – Poverty Bay 

  • Ashlee Lewis – Nova Hair Boutique 
  • Ashleigh George – House of Hair 
  • Claudette Lewington – Nova Hair Boutique 
  • Emma Smith – House of Hair 
  • Sam Virtue – Nova Hair Boutique 

Regional finalists – South Canterbury 

  • Debbie Tiddy – Fusion Hair Design 
  • Rachel Batchelor – Wellcut and More 
  • Ricky Arras – RA Hair 

Regional finalists – Southland 

  • Caren Mackay – Do Hair 
  • Natasha King – Freds Hair and Beauty 
  • Vanessa White – Vision Hair and Beauty 

Regional finalists  Taranaki 

  • Kerrie Jordan – KN Colab 

Regional finalists  Waikato 

  • Dave Rogers – Morph Hair 
  • Irihia Bourke – Morph Hair 
  • Shannon Dowd – Zibido 

Regional finalists – Wellington 

  • Michael Beel – Buoy Salon and Spa 
  • Nichola Miti – Reds Hairdressing Salon 
  • Warren Dion Smith – Hair and Makeup Artist  

Patrick Cameron Instagram Challenge – Under 4 years in the Industry 

  • Ayrton Quader – BHB Academy (Palmerston North) 
  • Hayley Makinson – Lifestyle Hair Studio (Paraparaumu) 
  • Shaquelle Leitch – MeCHE Hair (Hawkes Bay) 
  • Sophie Squires – Southern Institute of Technology (Invercargill) 

Patrick Cameron Instagram Challenge – Over 4 years in the Industry 

  • Cathy Davys – Vivo Tory Street (Wellington) 
  • Caren Mackay – Do Hair (Invercargill) 
  • Nicole Higgs – MeCHE Hair (Hawkes Bay) 

The winners will be announced at The Industry Awards event on the 11th of November 2018. The event is being held at the Cordis Hotel in Auckland. To attend, purchase your tickets now.

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