Hair salon aims for sus­tain­abil­ity

Central Otago Mirror - - WANAKA NEWS - By CHE BAKER

Men and women will have a new spot for trim with a new salon open­ing in Wanaka next week.

Op­u­lence and Bar­ber-O owner Marg Cross said while she had not been in­volved in run­ning a hair­dress­ing business be­fore, she was look­ing for­ward to the chal­lenge.

With her youngest child leav­ing school next year, Cross said she wanted a project.

‘‘It’s just a chal­lenge. Some­thing new and out of my com­fort zone,’’ she said.

Cross said she was keen on us­ing sus­tain­able prod­ucts and would be us­ing quick-dry tow­els and foils that were com­postable.

‘‘Look at the en­vi­ron­ment we live in. We need to do what we can to look after it,’’ she said.

The business will open in the for­mer Co-Lab of­fice on Hel­wick Street and the space had un­der­gone a com­plete re­fur­bish­ment.

‘‘It’s go­ing to be a funky bar­ber shop,’’ she said.

The name was de­rived from the fact she wanted the salon to have an ‘‘op­u­lent’’ feel.

‘‘We want it to be ex­cit­ing,’’ she said.

The bar­ber will of­fer funky male cuts, shad­ing and fad­ing and cut throat shav­ing, she said.

The salon would have six staff mem­bers.

HAIR NOW: Op­u­lence salon hair­dressers Jana Bur­nell and Don­nelle Bur­rows, back row, and Kelly Black­ford, Marg Cross and Lisa Prid­dle.

Photo: MAR­JORIE COOK

Plugged in: Gill Lough­nan (left) and Don McMil­lan of Wanaka St John Am­bu­lance get to grips with new elec­tronic train­ing equip­ment, in­clud­ing a Lifepak and a manikin dubbed ‘‘Roger 2’’.

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