Howick hair salon Off the Fringe has been judged New Zealand’s best by international hair range Organic Colour Systems.
At a glitzy award dinner in downtown Auckland last month Off the Fringe saw off competition from around the country, winning the night’s biggest prize – Organic Colour Systems Salon if the Year 2016 – and the prestige that goes with it.
Salon owner Bridgette Young said the salon had won prizes in previous years, but never “the big one”.
“I just couldn’t believe it. I didn’t know what to say and I still don’t really. It’s such a big deal for us, for my wonderful staff, and it’s so nice to say to people here that you can get the country’s best in Howick.”
The award was presented by Raoul Perfitt, owner and managing director of Herb UK and the Organic Colour Systems range, who had high praise for Bridgette and her team.
“As a company we focus on making the safest, cleanest and most organic hair products in the world. But at some point we have to hand them over to the stylists – it’s them putting the product in people’s hair,” Mr Perfitt said.
“The better they are, the better for the customers and Bridgette and her team have shown they are the best. They really are worthy winners of this award.”
Herb UK Australasia group manager Vicki King said the secrets to Off the Fringe’s success stemmed from hard work, a beautiful salon space and a team of “good people who just genuinely care for their customers”.
“Howick’s lucky to have them. This award really does bring a lot of prestige to the salon but they deserve that. I know they’ve worked really hard to get to where they have.”
To top off the August awards evening Bridgette also won a nationwide Instagram competition, winning a return trip to the UK to visit the Herb UK factory in the south of England and rub shoulders with some of the UK’s top stylists in London.
“It really was a big night for me and to be honest I’m still in shock. It’s pretty wonderful when all the hard works pays off in this way.”
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