"ZEN is a way of being"

Zen has been created to be all about you, our guests. We offer an environment different to anything you have experienced before, come and relax in one of Dunedin's most beautiful historic terrace houses.

Our team of exceptional award-winning stylists provide deluxe services tailored specifically to you and your desires. At Zen we encourage our guests to explore their individuality and what makes them unique.

Our stylists are passionate about being up to date with new trends through education and competitions so that we can offer you the very best. We look forward to meeting you.

Meet our stylists!

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Meet Liana  |  Co Director

Tell us a bit about you as a stylist
I have been in the industry for 10 years and I love the creative side of the hairdressing world. I have won NZ Hairdresser of the year, Apprentice of the Year and a few national and regional accolades. I continue to seek education and qualification to grow my skills. Being a hairstylist is my greatest passion and that is something my clients can feel. 

Favourite thing about your career?
Oooh do I only get to pick one?! Of course I love my clients and working on the salon floor but I have to say my favourite thing is competitions, photo shoots and working alongside industry greats. I love to feel inspired!

Your hobbies outside the salon?
I really value spending time with my friends. Either exploring NZ, drinking wine or going for dinners. I would consider my friends my favourite hobby!

Best vacation you've been on and why?
Recently my best vacation was the hens do of one of my very best friends. Myself and my closest, longest standing 3 friends went to Auckland we literally did the female version of The Hangover. We did winery tours at Waiheke Island, stayed at the Hilton, went to drag show cabaret and had the most fun together since we had at high school. I have never laughed so much!

Something no one knows about you?
My parents were honestly going to call me Pebbles, like off the Flintstones!

Worst style choice?
Oh there have been plenty but one definitely comes to mind. I remember one mufti day at school when I was about 13 I planned this outfit which consisted of a tutu over my jeans, a belt with a big bow that matched a big bow in my hair, plastic colourful beaded necklaces and a purple mullet. There is photo evidence of this too!

Meet Haley  |  Co Director

Tell us a bit about you as a stylist
I have been in the industry for 24 years so I have plenty of experience. I would describe myself as bright,  bubbly and passionate about my clientele. I  love having them feel like the very best version of themselves!

Favourite thing about your career?
The people! I have an amazing clientele of interesting, wonderful people whom I love spending time with. My happy place is on the floor with my current and new clients.

Your hobbies outside the salon?
I have quite the houseplant addiction with over 80 plants. I love watching them grow, change and their leaves unfold. They are my babies and potentially filling the void of my teenage baby not needing me as much. 

Best vacation you've been on and why?
Thailand! I had the chance to spend an entire day with 4 rescued elephants. We fed them and walked them through the jungle and just watched them in their natural habitat. They are truly majestic animals to be around, and so forgiving towards humans after being treated so badly

Something no one knows about you?
I did ballet for 7 years. Anyone who knows me is shocked because I am pretty heavy on my feet and I have no spacial awareness!

Worst style choice?
Just take a look back at fashion in the 90s, that was me! Pretty coats over jeans, glitter, a tonne of hair gel and that was just one outfit!

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Meet Jen  |  Advanced Creator

Tell us a bit about you as a stylist
I am a proud Redken Certified Colorist with 12 years in the industry. I have had recent competition success taking out 2018 Otago Hairdresser of the Year! Bespoke haircuts, creative colours and beautiful blondes are my jam. I'm passionate about making you feel comfortable and looked after while creating the hair of your dreams. 

The favourite thing about your career?
I love so many parts!! Apart from making people look amazing, the part that gives me warm fuzzies is the relationships I get to have with you all . To enjoy the highs and lows of life together is definitely one of my favorite things.

Your hobbies outside of the salon?
I'm a nature baby at heart. I LOVE the beach so any chance to get there I do. One of my recent hobbies is snowboarding so am I so much more excited for winter these days!

Best vacation you've been on and why?
Has to be Raro! You often arrive at night so to walk out in the morning and be right on the beach with the reef and crystal blue water.. How can you beat that!? I loved eating  iki mata, sipping on cocktails daily and naming all the dogs that I would find on the beach !

Something no one knows about you?
Hmm this was a hard one I don't keep much to myself..
Probably that I played tackle rugby in high school! I only lasted a few seasons cause I didn't really enjoy being in the cold with short shorts on hahaha.


Worst style choice?
Has to be my "dark" phase in high-school. Anyone who knows me knows I shouldn't have black hair! Think My Chemical Romance and Panic At The Disco vibes!

 

Meet Nicole  |  Master Stylist

Tell us a bit about you as a stylist

Hey beautiful people! I am a qualified master stylist with 10 years in this wonderful industry. For me yes, I love hair and the arts behind colour work/cuts but it's more than that. Its about meeting amazing people and making them feel incredible. I'm honored to be making an impact on someone's life, as hair is so precious to some and I'm all about making you look and feel beautiful. 

I am most passionate about you relaxing and enjoying yourself and encouraging you to be yourself! My special talent is giving you an incredible massage when I wash your hair. I love doing massage! I'm also very passionate about colour and keeping the integrity of the hair intact, all while prescribing you your perfect hair regime so you can confidently love your hair and maintain it at home like you're in a salon. 



The favourite thing about your career?
The feel of home I get behind the chair! I love meeting incredible clients I am lucky enough to share my skills with you and when I get a client wanting returning to me it’s such a compliment and I’m excited that we vibed or you love what I created. 

Your hobbies outside of the salon?
My family, my 3 beautiful kids and a heap of our pets and farm animals. I definitely have a soft spot for animals. Oh, and crystals I have loved since a young kid I am learning more and more about and astrology.

Best vacation you've been on and why?
Te Anau, we flew in an amazing sea plane over the hidden lakes of fiordiland, we landed on a lake and walked through a forest to find an incredible waterfall where "surprise" I got engaged.

Something no one knows about you?

I smell like a man, well by that I mean I actually prefer men's deodorant, haha! It all started when I had none of mine left so I claimed my husband's and haven't gone back.


Worst style choice?

Well this one absolutely made me laugh, I actually LOVED the scene hair! I mean the more teased your hair was at the root, the bigger and better!! And with a ridiculous amount of layers of course. 

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Meet Ashleigh  |  New Generation

Tell us a bit about you
I have been bartending around Dunedin for the last couple years and I’m now ready for a change! I love painting and anything colourful, I also have an obsession with anything small and fluffy despite being allergic to cats and dogs. I was born in Hamilton but raised in Auckland and came down to Dunedin in 2015, I finished high school here so I would like to think I’m a bit of an honorary local after all this time. More than anything I’m just an excited young girl finally getting in to a promising new career. 

What makes you excited about starting your hairdressing career?
I like to think I’m a super creative and ambitious person and what better industry to utilise these quality’s than hairdressing! I’m no stranger to fun cuts and colour myself, I’m really excited to finally be on the other side of the chair. But most importantly I’m excited to make people feel like I do every time I leave the salon, refreshed and renewed.

Your hobbies outside of the salon?
Honestly I really like my down time, when I can just chill out and relax but when I’m in the right mood I really love to cook. With the last couple lockdowns it was one of the things that kept me sane!

Best vacation you've been on and why?
As a kid I travelled a lot to see my family who live all around the country but my favourite holiday would have to be a camping trip I went on with my partner and best friend to Ranfurly. We camped 2 nights at a campsite there then decided last minute to drive up to Queenstown for a night, no idea where we were going to sleep but just the experience was worth it.

Something no one knows about you?

I’m actually deathly scared of chickens. Shhh, don’t tell anyone! 


Worst style choice?

Oh it would definitely have to be back in school, it was like if jay jays and hunting and fishing had a baby!

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