A meeting of minds between a pair of passionate hair stylists from New York and Auckland has led to the creation of Bardot & Brando, a new hair studio based in Warkworth’s leafy Lilburn Street.
Suz DeNeen and Bex Wade have teamed up to offer top quality hairstyling in relaxing surroundings seven days a week, with the aim of giving their clients a special experience that’s a cut above the average salon.
Suz hails from the US, where she trained and worked in upscale Manhattan for eight years before moving to Costa Rica and falling in love with a Kiwi boy, bringing her global skills to Matakana 18 months ago. Bex grew up in Devonport before moving to the Mahurangi region four years ago. Her 20-plus years in hairdressing have included six years in the UK, including a spell working on movies at the Shepperton Film Studios just outside London.
Now, they’re both settled here and ready to offer local clients a full range of cuts, colours and treatments for women, men and children, plus hair and make up for events and weddings either in the studio or off-site. Suz and Bex also offer a full range of treatments for eyebrows and lashes, including microblading, tinting, lifts and permanent eyeliner.
“We’ve worked together in the area before and we got on extremely well, we’re like-minded, and wanted the same quality of service and atmosphere,” Suz says.
Their studio is a warm and intimate space, with retro fixtures and fittings from local stores and one wall full of lush, green houseplants.
“For me, it’s all about the experience,” Bex says. “From the minute you walk in to how you feel when you leave, we look after you; there are no distractions.”
The pair use Evo Australian professional hair products and Redken colour, and they are aiming to become fully sustainable by recycling all plastic, foil and even hair in the near future.
“We just want to offer something a bit different round here, something really special,” Suz adds. “We aim to take your hairdressing dreams to the next level by bringing fashion-forward cuts, colours, smoothing treatments and styling to Warkworth, Matakana and surrounding areas.”