Meet Our Team
Owner and Master Stylist
Hi, I’m Vicki, Owner and Master Stylist at V for Hair and Beauty and Vj Barbers Merivale.
I’m truly passionate about the hair, beauty and barbering industry. Which I started in some 30 plus years ago. During this time have trained and seen qualified over 50 apprentice hairdressers and barbers.
I’ve had many salons over the years and we have been in Merivale for nearly 10 years now.
I have two great boys Jackson and Harrison, both now left school and grown up. Jackson is a qualified Greenkeeper and passionate golfer, while Harrison is a Builders Apprentice and has a passion for rowing.
I also have three lovely stepdaughters, a grandson and son-in-law.
My husband Mike and I lead a busy life, but in our spare time we both love gardening, house renovation, entertaining with family and friends, dinners out, a wine or two and discovering new places on holidays.
I also belong to a few networking groups where I’ve met many inspiring people some of whom have become close friends.
To keep everything running smoothly in the business I split my time 7 am to 12 pm Monday through Friday on the floor doing clients and afternoons doing admin, marketing and staff training.
I feel very fortunate to have a really great team I work with on a daily basis, everyone gets on really well and have great respect for one another.
Having been in the industry a while now I’ve seen a lot of changes, I love learning new things. As a Master stylist, I’m really passionate about giving clients fabulous hair colours and styles that suit their look and lifestyle.
We don’t just do hair “We do beautiful”
Salon Technical Manager
My name is Georgina, I am the Salon Manager at V for Hair and Beauty and Vj Barbers Merivale.
I have worked with the company as an Executive Stylist for 5 years, then moved into a management position for the last 2.5 years. I’m born and raised in Christchurch but over the last decade have enjoyed travelling and seeing some of the world.
My favourite place to date is definitely Paris……and London….No..Singapore….all of the above……. Christchurch will always be home for me though. I love keeping my house looking full and fun with loads of personal bits n bobs in vignettes that I’ve collected up from my time on earth……an eclectic look but everything in its place.
I also enjoy gardening, swimming and lately have taken up aqua jogging with my Mum…whom I love dearly.
My Partner is Jabz, he is British and introduced me to travelling, we also enjoy going to the pictures and watching a good gritty English series on telly together.
My job at V for Hair and Beauty suits my natural need to organize people and things and my desire to keep everyone happy and the wheels running smoothly.
Luckily I have an awesome Boss, an amazing team to work with and a great clientele that keeps bringing in new challenges for us to tackle and achieve daily.
Beauty Salon Manager
Hi, I’m Pam,
Originally from India in the north (Punjab) my husband and I have called New Zealand home for some time now.
When I’m not busy at work my hobbies and interests include cooking, dancing, reading and shopping. I love to meet and talk to my regular and new clients and really get to know their beauty needs.
I work with a great lot of people and enjoy my management role. It is important to me to make people feel special and give clients the best service. Apart from the management business aspect of my role I am passionate about beauty maintenance, I’ve been told I’m pretty good at threading and have a large following for this. I also enjoy facials and achieving great skin goals with my clients. It’s in my nature to lead a happy life, I love being busy.
Come and visit us, new clients, always welcome.
Senior Beauty Therapist
My Name is Ashmi Shrestha I’m a certified senior beauty therapist with considerable experience both in New Zealand and Internationally.
I am in love with my career. I have gained much valuable experience throughout my journey in the beauty therapy industry.
For me “Beauty begins, the moment you try to be yourself!”
My motherland is Nepal, a small and beautiful country with many historical places and the tallest mountain, Mt Everest. I belong to a small happy family with four members where I’m the eldest daughter. I love going out for shopping trips as I like to keep myself up to date with the latest fashion and trends, besides that I love to watch movies, hang out and cook different dishes and that makes me happy.
For me, the only way to do great work is love what you do, and beauty lies within one’s self, I strive to make everything around me beautiful and therefore believe this, in turn, will be my life. I believe in my profession as a beauty therapist everything starts with the clients and I love to pamper you all and make everyone beautiful.
I love working with my new and existing clients and look forward to seeing you all soon.
Front of House
Hi I’m Sophia,
I have grown up in South New Brighton, and am now happily raising my three handsome sons in this same beautiful community by the beach that I call home.
I enjoy playing in the sun with my children and energetic Staffordshire. I really enjoy spending as much time with family and friends as possible.
I have recently completed my certificate in Business and Administration and am enjoying putting these skills I have learnt to use.
A big bonus with this new career path is that I get to witness all the amazing hair transformations and big smiles from customers every day. All while being in an upbeat, gorgeous salon.
I am very excited to have joined the enthusiastic and welcoming team at V for Hair and Beauty Merivale, and look forward to meeting and getting to know both new and existing clients.
Hi I’m Daniel,
My wife and young son have immigrated from Ukraine, Eastern Europe in 2018.
I have been hairdressing around the world for ten years in Europe USA and more recently on cruise ships working in their hair spa.
I come from a family of passionate hairdressers my mother training me from an early age in hairdressing.
My passion for hairdressing is creating beautiful colours to enhance the client’s overall look such as Ombre, Balayage, Highlights and global colouring techniques.
Giving clients a new look with a fresh precision haircut is one of my many fortes along with educating my clients on how to care for their hair at home.
In my spare time, I enjoy diving, cars, hiking the hills and being out with nature.
Travelling cooking nice food and swimming are also past times I enjoy.
Hi I’m Sara,
I was born in Christchurch but have spent the last 7 years in Rarotonga working in the hair and beauty industry and also training up and coming stylists.
My hobbies and interest are drinking wine, diving-but not when it’s cold here! Taking my dog to the beach.
I’m lucky to have my mum here in Christchurch as well as two brothers with one sister in the Solomon Islands. I have a lovely wee dog Gatsby he’s a cute Yorkshire terrier.
What do I like about my job?
I’m a morning person so I love the 8 am starts and this is great for my clients who choose to have their hair done before work and look great all day.
I’ve been in the industry for many years and there’s not much I can’t handle, I love colour work restyling and beautiful blow waves.
Morning tea shouts on ya birthday! The awesome people I work with and great clients! An inspirational boss and great coffee.
Hi I’m Kumar,
I used to work for one of India’s top upmarket salon groups Lakme salon before moving to New Zealand and taking up a position with V For Hair and Beauty Merivale.
I have been hairdressing for 8 years and I come from a long line of hairdressing experts in my family going back 3 generations.
In my family, I have two brothers, my mother and my sister in law. If I am talking about my hobbies, I love cricket and football. I love to garden.
I am very passionate about my work. My interest is huge in progressing with the latest techniques and technologies and I’m always curious about new trends, haircuts, colour coiffure and styles.
I specialise in Hair ups, Ombre, Balayage, Chemical straightening, Keratin treatments and I’ve been told I’m pretty amazing with scalp treatments and hot oil scalp massage.
I love meeting new people and welcome all new and existing clients for a complimentary full consultation on any of the mentioned services.
Please come in and have a chat I would love to look after you!
Next Generation Stylist/3rd year Apprentice
Hi I’m Chantelle,
A next-generation stylist, I’m from Rangiora, but more recently moved into St Martins Christchurch.
My interests and hobbies include swimming, outdoor photography, adventures or road trips, fashion and makeup, tattoos and the beach. I have a beautiful dog who is 10 years old now. Parents out in the country who I am very close to and one younger brother.
I love my job because I have always been creative and bubbly. I love working with people and hairdressing is always enjoyable with things forever changing and new styles coming in.
I enjoy doing colours and blow waves and beautiful long hair curl work. I’m currently taking on new blow wave, colour and highlight clients and are enjoying the progression through my apprenticeship.
Next Generation Stylist / Apprentice
Hi I’m Rachel,
I grew up in Kaiapoi until the age of 12 years, then moved to Christchurch.
I come from a large blended family, being the middle child.
I am a single mum and have three children, Paige, Izzy and Shelby.
In my spare time, I enjoy baking, water skiing camping and spending time with friends and family.
I am a strong willed and independent person who will give anything ago. I first started hairdressing as a teenager with Vicki in her Belfast salon 17 years ago.
Now returning to the workforce to complete my hairdressing training in an industry I have a real passion for.
I have good attention to detail, love seeing new fashions and trends that come through and being able to reflect this through to our clients.
Hi I’m Lucy,
Barbering is my passion and for the past six years, I have been a Specialist Barber at VJ Barbers in Merivale Mall. I am qualified in Korea and New Zealand as a Barber.
I enjoy painting and drawing with watercolours, like skiing and playing golf. I have a daughter Agi and she is an architect.
Since arriving in New Zealand 11 years ago it has been my dream to call beautiful and peaceful New Zealand my home. With the granting of New Zealand citizenship my dream has come true now and I look forward to sharing my future with the many wonderful clients I have met and with those, I am yet to meet.
Before coming to New Zealand, I completed my degree in Professional Beauty style at the YIT Institute of Technology in Seoul. I have also attained international certification as a Barber here in New Zealand.
As a Specialist Barber, I offer my clients a wide range of hair treatments that are suitable for all ages, from stylish razor cutting, colour, highlighting to de-greying, camo and Cutthroat hot steam shaving.
I have been told that I’m very good at remembering my client’s individual styles and needs form visit to visit. I have a large clientele of lovely clients, but there is always room for more as I love being busy.
Hi I’m Gokul,
I’m originally from Gujarat in the West of India near Baroda which is known as the cultural capital of India. I originally trained in a family Barbering business going back four generations which has seen me learn some amazing barbering techniques passed down through the generations.
I have 9 members in my family all are working in the hairdressing industry. Some of my hobbies include cricket and volleyball.
My wife Ankeita and I are both in the hairdressing/barbering industry and are passionate about our craft. I have been working at Vj Barbers Merivale Mall for a few years now and are qualified as a barber in both India and New Zealand.I perform various services for all men from young lads to old boys and everyone in between, such as Hot Steam Cut Throat Shaves, Trendy haircuts, Blading, Men’s facials, Men’s De-Greying camo service.
It’s important to me to work with a team of people who give fantastic service in men’s grooming. Through years of perfecting my craft, I have become exceptional at my Cut-throat shaving skills…. Well, that’s what my clients tell me.
I feel I have a wealth of expertise and men’s grooming knowledge and I am a bit of an extrovert man. I like to talk to and meet different people who come from various parts of the world as well as being creative and always looking for new and latest trends to keep myself at the top of my game.
I’m fluent in Gujarati, Hindi and English and have a lot of Indian clients that come to me to converse in Gujarati, Hindi these clients have been to other NZ Barbers who do not understand their hairstyle and grooming needs. I will certainly look after you and communicate to get a great result with your cut and shave services.