Hi I’m Kumar,
I used to work for one of India’s top upmarket salon groups (Lakme salon), before moving to New Zealand and taking up a position with V For Hair and Beauty Merivale.
I have been hairdressing for eight years and I come from a long line of hairdressing experts in my family, going back three generations.
In my family I have two brothers, my mother and my sister in law. If I am talking about my hobbies, I love cricket, football and gardening.
I am very passionate about my work. I have a huge interest in progressing with the latest techniques and technologies and I’m always curious about new trends, haircuts, colour coiffure and styles.
I specialise in Hair ups, Ombre, Balayage, Chemical straightening, Keratin treatments and I’ve been told I’m pretty amazing with scalp treatments and hot oil scalp massage.
I love meeting new people and welcome all new and existing clients for a complimentary full consultation on any of the aforementioned services.
Please come in and have a chat, I would love to look after you!
Hi, I’m Ankita,
I have been at V for Hair and Beauty Merivale for some time now. I originate from the west of India - Gujrat. My husband Gokul is the Head Barber at Vj Barbers, so I was really happy to join the team at V for Hair and Beauty and to be working in an industry I love, in a family orientated business.
In New Zealand my husband is my only family, but back home in India, I have a brother, sister, mum and dad. I miss them but we skype regularly. I love New Zealand as it is one of the best places in the world to live in. Everyone is so friendly and I love the open spaces and all the places I have yet to explore.
I am very passionate about hair and beauty and I come from a family of hairdressers and beauty therapists, we have a large hair and beauty salon back in India. I specialise in Keratin smoothing, permanent hair straightening, hair colouring, threading and facials.
I look forward to meeting you soon.
Hi, I am Harinder,
I am originally from India - north side of Punjab - which is known for its culture, traditions and food. I have been in New Zealand for three and a half years now with my husband Kumar who is a Stylist Director at V for Hair.
I love working for the V for Hair and Beauty team as it is such an honor to work with such a renowned company. I’m looking forward to utilizing my skills and treating my clients to my favorite services which are body massages, facials and pedicures. I am also skilled in waxing, gel nails and henna brows.
My interests and hobbies are cooking, shopping and keeping in touch with my family back in India. I have two brothers, one sister and my mum and dad that are living in India.
I would say the reason I love being a Beauty Therapist is because I love to mingle with people and ensure customer satisfaction is met as it is the best feeling ever for me.
See you all in our Salon soon.
Hi I’m Gokul,
I’m originally from Gujarat, in the West of India near Baroda, which is known as the cultural capital of India. I originally trained in a family Barbering business, going back four generations which has seen me learn some amazing barbering techniques.
I have nine members in my family, all of whom are working in the hairdressing industry. Some of my hobbies include cricket and volleyball.
My wife Ankita and I are both in the hairdressing/barbering industry and we are passionate about our craft. I have been working at Vj Barbers Merivale for over five years now, and am qualified as a barber in both India and New Zealand. I perform various services for all men, from young lads to old boys and everyone in between, such as Hot steam cut throat shaves, trendy haircuts, blading, men’s facials and men’s de-greying camo service.
I’m fluent in Gujarati, Hindi and English and have a lot of Indian clients that come to me to converse in Gujarati, Hindi. These clients have been to other NZ Barbers who do not understand their hairstyle and grooming needs. I will certainly look after you and communicate to get a great result with your cut and shave services.
It’s important to me to work with a team of people who give fantastic service in men’s grooming. Through years of perfecting my craft, I have become exceptional at my cut-throat shaving skills, it is my speciality.
I feel I have a wealth of expertise and men’s grooming knowledge and I am a bit of an extroverted man. I like to talk to and meet different people who come from various parts of the world as well as being creative and always looking for new and latest trends to keep myself at the top of my game.
Hi, I’m Tyler,
I’m currently a student at Canterbury University studying Law and Commerce. I was born in Christchurch and live with my Mum, Dad, Twin Brothers and my German Shepherd dog. In my free time, you’ll mostly find me at my sport of choice - rowing - or hanging out with friends.
I’ve worked at V for Hair and Beauty since 2016 and love my job. I have managed both the Salon and Barber’s Instagram accounts, and enjoy sharing our clients transformations that happen in store, as well as updating you all with any upcoming product launches. I also work on the back end of our website, updating products and our special deals pages. I love working at V for Hair and Beauty/ Vj Barbers as it has provided me with a range of new skills to develop, as well as meeting a variety of new people. I love seeing how happy clients are when leaving the salon!
Hi I'm Angel,
I am from New Zealand and grew up in the Coromandel with my two younger siblings. I moved to Christchurch to undergo my Bachelor of Commerce degree, double majoring in Marketing and Management at Canterbury University.
I love it here in Christchurch and have met so many lovely people including the team at V for Hair and Beauty.
My hobbies include graphic design and photography having studied them in the past. I love creating illustrations and taking photos of my friends and family. I also like gardening, going for walks on the beach, watching movies at home, and a good cup of coffee.
I am a very organised person and have successfully created a candle and marketing business through social media in the past. I am very passionate about social media marketing having experienced first hand the positive impacts it has on New Zealand businesses.
My job at V for Hair and Beauty not only allows me to continue my studies while working alongside an inspirational boss. But it also helps me to grow and learn new things every day. I feel very fortunate to work with such amazing people and cannot wait to continue building V for Hair and Beauty's online presence.
Hi I’m Sara,
I was born in Christchurch but have spent seven years in Rarotonga working in the hair and beauty industry, training up and coming stylists.
My hobbies and interests are drinking wine, diving (but not when it’s cold here!) and taking my dog to the beach.
I’m lucky to have my mum here in Christchurch, as well as two brothers, with one sister in the Solomon Islands. I have a lovely wee dog - Gatsby - he’s a cute Yorkshire terrier.
I’m a morning person so I love the 8am starts, which is great for my clients who choose to have their hair done before work and look great all day. I’ve been in the industry for many years and there’s not much I can’t handle, I love colour work, restyling and beautiful blow waves.
I especially appreciate the team morning tea shouts on birthdays, the awesome people I work with and great clients, as well as an inspirational boss and great coffee.
Hi, I’m Pam,
I’m originally from North India (Punjab), however my husband and I have called New Zealand home for some time now. In June 2020, we welcomed our son Jashan into the world. He is a very happy, easy baby and we are loving watching him grow into a big boy.
When I’m not busy at work, my hobbies and interests include cooking, dancing, reading and shopping. I love to meet and talk to my regular and new clients and really get to know their beauty needs. It’s in my nature to lead a happy life, I love being busy.
I work with a great group of people and enjoy my management role. It is important to me to make people feel special and give clients the best service. Apart from the management business aspect of my role I am passionate about beauty maintenance, I’ve been told I’m pretty good at threading and have a large following for this. I love mixing things up and performing a variety of beauty treatments for a range of clients, your wish is my command.
Come and visit us - new clients are always welcome.
Hi I’m Fiko,
I come from Istanbul, Turkey, a very busy, huge international city. My family still lives in Istanbul.
In my spare time I love to travel, play my guitar, and listen to music. I also have an interest in photography and hiking outdoors. I enjoy visiting many different places and meeting new people from different cultures.
I have been in the hair industry for over 15 years, and at V for Hair and Beauty for a few years now. I have done a variety of things within the hair and fashion industry, including wedding hair work on photo shoots for magazines such as Marie Claire and Xoxo. I have also worked in the luxury Hotel Ciragan Palace Kempinski and alongside Toni and Guy. I really enjoy my chosen career and creating great looks for clients on a daily basis.
I look forward to seeing you soon.
My name is Georgina, I am the Salon Manager at V for Hair and Beauty and Vj Barbers Merivale.
I worked with the company as an Executive Stylist for 5 years, then moved into a management position for the last 5 years. I’m born and raised in Christchurch.
My favourite past time is to travel and I’ve been lucky enough to visit many beautiful countries around the world……. Christchurch will always be home for me though.
I am a real home body when I’m not at work and love to create beautiful spaces and rooms with all the interesting bits I have collected from my joy of shopping, an eclectic look but everything has its space. We are currently busy planning some big renovation work on our home also, very exciting.
I enjoy gardening, swimming and lately have taken up aqua jogging with my mum…whom I love dearly. My Partner is Jabz, he is British and introduced me to travelling, we also enjoy going to the pictures and soaking in the hot pools at New Brighton. We can catch up chat and right all the wrongs of the World while sitting in those pools.
My job at V for Hair and Beauty suits my natural need to organize people and things and my desire to keep everyone happy and the wheels running smoothly.
Luckily I have an awesome Boss, an amazing team to work with and a great clientele thatkeeps bringing in new challenges for us to tackle and achieve daily.
Hi, I’m Vicki, Owner and Master Stylist at V for Hair and Beauty and Vj Barbers Merivale.
I’m truly passionate about the hair, beauty and barbering industry, which I started some 30+ years ago. I’ve had many salons over the years and have been in Merivale for over ten years. During this time I have trained and qualified over 50 apprentice hairdressers and barbers.
Family is a big part of my day to day life. I have two great boys Jackson and Harrison, who have now left school and grown up. Jackson is a qualified Greenkeeper and passionate golfer, while Harrison is a real estate agent and a qualified builder. I also have three lovely stepdaughters, three grandchildren, a son-in-law and a daughter-in-law. My husband Mike and I lead a busy life, but in our spare time we both love gardening, working on house renovations, entertaining with family and friends, dinners out, a wine or two and discovering new places on holidays.
I also belong to a few networking groups where I’ve met many inspiring people, some of whom have become close friends.
To keep everything running smoothly in the business I split my time 7 am to 12 pm Monday through Friday on the floor doing clients and afternoons doing admin, marketing and staff training.
I feel very fortunate to have a really great team I work with on a daily basis, everyone gets on really well and has great respect for one another. Having been in the industry a while now I’ve seen a lot of changes and I love learning new things. As a Master stylist, I’m really passionate about giving clients fabulous hair colours and styles that suit their look and lifestyle.
We don’t just do hair “We do beautiful”