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Award-winning salon at cutting edge

Tom O'Leary Nov 11
Award-winning salon at cutting edge
Inspiring: With its polished concrete fl oors, high ply ceilings and skylights, steel beams and well-appointed salon furnishings, the new GM Hair Gallery studio is a truly energising and uplifting space.

With its blank concrete and glass frontage, 300 Cashel Street looks like it could be a workshop or warehouse but large golden letters in the window – ‘GM’ – hint at glamour hiding behind the premises heavy glass doors.

Step inside and be amazed at what you’ll find: a spacious, contemporary hair gallery oozing industrial chic style.

International award-winning salon GM Hair Gallery moved here 18 months ago and feedback from clientele to date suggests this has been an overwhelmingly positive change.

Leading the team are feted city stylists Mike and Glynis Hamel, who have over 30 years’ experience in New Zealand and around the world.

Their work has featured at various international and domestic fashion weeks and shows, in music videos, movies and high end industry events.

Prior to moving to its new premises the salon operated out of Ballantynes for 10 years.

While that worked well for them, both Mike and Glynis felt the time was right to go forward in a new direction.

“Our new salon is so very easy to get to and everyone loves opening the door and discovering what’s here,” says Mike. “We wanted this to be an artistic, creative space where our clients would feel great.”

With its polished concrete floors, high ply ceilings and skylights, steel beams and well-appointed salon furnishings, it is a truly energising and uplifting space.

This year, GM Hair Gallery was named as a finalist in the Australian Hair Expo Awards for salon design, the only New Zealand salon to make the cut.

Mike was named a New Zealand Hairdresser of the Year finalist and was the only Christchurch hairdresser selected.

These awards represent the pinnacle of success in hairdressing so the double recognition has been a tremendous achievement, not just for the salon but for Christchurch too.

Mike and Glynis spent time developing his entry and assembled a team of creatives to present his body of work for the awards.

Models were Lucy Kenny (Portfolio), Alan-nah Kwant (Unique), Aasha Mallard (Nomad) and Bleuette Hille (house model).

Photography and styling was by Art and Coco with make-up by Laura Simone and Leisha Hulse.

“It’s good for our clients to know that we are working at the highest level, at the forefront of our industry,” says Mike.

“Our ethos is that everyone is beautiful – GM just makes it obvious. It’s all about creating beautiful hair and the right image for the individual.”

Underpinning that is a commitment to use only the best hair products.

GM Hair Gallery has developed its own natural product ranges, MHC and GM, using all New Zealand ingredients.

These have been designed with both beauty and health in mind and are manufactured in Christchurch.

“Our products are 100 per cent ugly free – there are no nasties in there.

We wanted products that would work and also be safe both for us and our clients.“As well, our packaging is completely recyclable and reusable.

“We’re one of the few companies in our industry that has been able to achieve that. “It has been very exciting for us to produce packaging that is also compostable.”

Working as part of the team is Mike and Glynis’ daughter Tuscany, who does a collection of things within the salon, including social media, cutting and styling.

Their son Blue works as an art director in the creative advertising industry in New York.

It is well worth checking out what’s behind the door at 300 Cashel St. Mike and Glynis and their team are hair artists, creating beautiful hair and also promoting Christchurch as a high achiever in the world of hair and beauty.

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