Scissors, rollers, glitz and glamour
International students made up a lot of Bettjeman’s clientele but he also had a large fan base among the Italian ladies.
‘‘They just loved ‘the tall blond’ they didn’t care that I couldn’t speak much Italian,’’ he says.
When they returned home to Orakei they bought a row of buildings in the Coates Ave shops and opened Bettjemans Hair Salon in 1998.
Over the years the number of staff has grown from six to 25 and three of the original employees still work there.
His clients are also very loyal, some of them have been coming to see him for 40 years.
‘‘There are a lot of very good hairdressers out there now,’’ he says. ‘‘The experience and the relationship that you develop with your hairdresser is the most important thing.’’
But whatever industry you’re in, there are always a few dramas.
At Hairkraft a hairdresser once had a colouring mishap which resulted in bald patches in a client’s hair. The salon looked after her for free for two years until all the hair had grown back.
‘‘It was awful, but I’m proud to say even now that she’s still a client,’’ Bettjeman says.
Enduring relationships: Some of hairdresser Grant Bettjeman’s clients have been coming to see him for 40 years.