Our Team Megan Owner / Director Megan purchased the salon in 2009, working in the salon until late 2017. Then she hung up the scissors and is now focussing on the business side of the salon. Jarna Director / Manager – High Street Salon With 15 years under her (tool) belt, Jarna brings a love of cutting, especially thick unruly hair, to the team. Gaining a highly commended award at the Wella young professional Stylist competition in her youth, which gave her the confidence to take her hairdressing to the next level. In 2016 Jarna took on a new role at Hair Handlers and is now part owner/manager. Priding herself on ensuring the team and clients to the salon enjoy a friendly creative atmosphere. Tessa Manager – Arlington Salon Tessa has been in the hairdressing industry for 21 years. She prides herself for having an eye for fashion and knowing the latest trends. Tessa’s passion in hairdressing is her beautiful colour work and hair ups, that’s where most of her creativity comes into play. Tessa has won awards in the NZARD regional competitions for her hair up work, winning 1st place and receiving an award of merit for highest marked piece of the day. Tessa has worked overseas in Melbourne, Australia. Whilst there, she learnt the latest colouring techniques for highlighting and toning hair. Tessa receives ongoing training with Kerastase and Wella to keep her inspired and up to date with techniques and trends. Kim Senior Stylist – High Street Salon Kim has been working in the hairdressing industry for 17 years, her passion is fashion! Kim is a creative whiz who pays attention to fine details. She is a fantastic restyler of hair, giving clients the wow factor. Kim has had ongoing training with Kerastase and Wella to keep in with the latest trends and techniques. Maxine Senior Stylist – High Street Salon Max our “Mum” to us all. Maxine has been at Hair Handlers 20+ years. We call her “The Perm Queen”, a wonderful talented stylist in all aspects of hairstyling, who has extensive knowledge and customer service accolades reflecting on her years of experience. Natalie Senior Stylist – Arlington Salon Natalie trained in London and has been hairdressing for 20 plus years! Hairdressing has always been a passion of hers since she was a young girl. She specialises in razor cutting and foiling. Natalie loves encouraging people to step out of their comfort zone and make their hair fun! Olivia Senior Stylist – Arlington Salon An award winning internationally trained stylist with 17 years experience. Olivia is forward thinking, creative, and is passionate about education. She is constantly finding new ways to challenge herself in the industry. Olivia enjoys every aspect of hairdressing from Balayage to Barbering but particularly loves doing restyles and colour correction work in the salon. Paula Senior Stylist – High Street Salon Paula has been in the hairdressing industry for over 18 years. We are thrilled to have her on our team. Paula’s speciality is ombre, balayage, foiling and toning. She knows how to melt colours together beautifully to create stunning colour! Paula is superbly artistic with cutting, and delivers a high standard from start to finish. She is known as the blow-wave queen so be sure to book her for your next special occasion. Lara Receptionist – High Street Salon Lara is our awesome receptionist/assistant who is also a senior stylist. Although having taken some time off from the scissors, Lara is passionate about the industry, focussing on retail, reception and giving our customers 100% service. She keeps everyone organised and focussed in the salon. Chantelle Junior Stylist – High Street Salon Chantelle is our “baby”. Our junior stylist/assistant, Chantelle came to us never having worked in a salon before. She has a natural flair and passion for hair. A fabulous up and coming stylist. Watch this space!