Scis­sors, rollers, glitz and glam­our

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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.

Photo: KA­RINA ABADIA

En­dur­ing re­la­tion­ships: Some of hair­dresser Grant Bet­tje­man’s clients have been com­ing to see him for 40 years.

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