It’s back to the 80s for a cut­ting edge


Watch out Tawa, the 1980s are com­ing back.

Chrissy Wil­liams, owner of Om­bre Hair and Beauty salon in Main Road, has seen the fu­ture of hair and she says there’s noth­ing to be scared of.

‘We’re not recre­at­ing the mul­let,’’ she said.

Wil­liams has just re­turned to New Zealand af­ter at­tend­ing train­ing pro­grammes in Am­s­ter­dam, Hol­land.

‘‘We’re go­ing to see 80s cuts with lots of pas­tel colours.’’

She said New Zealand was a cou­ple of years be­hind Europe’s hair trends, but that there were some ex­cit­ing new styles on the way.

‘‘Women are wear­ing men’s cuts over in Europe, short and blunt around the edges.’’

Pixel colour­ing, which looks like pix­e­lated squares, was go­ing to be the next big thing for peo­ple who liked to stand out from the crowd, she said.

Wil­liams said she was look­ing for­ward to recre­at­ing the hair­styles she saw in Am­s­ter­dam.

‘‘My clien­tele are pretty ad­ven­tur­ous. They’ll give it a go.’’

Wil­liams, the only New Zealan­der on the Europe trip, joined 15 other hair­dressers at hair care brand Ke­une’s head of­fice.

She had to earn the trip and beat com­peti­tors from Nel­son and Master­ton for her spot.

A de­sire to bring the lat­est trends to her sub­ur­ban salon was what mo­ti­vated her to com­pete.

‘‘Tawa is a small com­mu­nity and they sup­port lo­cals. I want to do the best for my cus­tomers.’’

She worked at the Tawa salon for three years be­fore buy­ing it two years ago from her pre­vi­ous em­ployer.

Wil­liams said she loved the di­ver­sity of her cus­tomers.

‘‘It’s a fun in­dus­try. Do­ing things like the trip re­minds you why you’re do­ing the job.’’

She is hop­ing the trip to Am­s­ter­dam will give her the ‘‘cut­ting edge’’ on her com­pe­ti­tion.

‘‘The main rea­son I went is that I’m still a baby in busi­ness, so any­thing I can do is good.’’

The next big event on the cal­en­dar is the Tawa Col­lege ball in June – the salon has been booked out be­fore that event.

Wil­liams said it was a special day be­cause she was do­ing the hair of girls she had known for years.

‘‘I’ve been do­ing their hair since they were in pri­mary school and I’ve done their in­ter­me­di­ate balls.’’


Chrissy Wil­liams says pas­tel colours are the next big thing for New Zealand hair.

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