Siblings Sandy Foster and Paul Todd started together as hairdressing salon proprietors in 1995 when they purchased a small salon in Tawa by the name of Headwaves of Tawa. The salon had one senior and one apprentice. At this time Paul worked at a shipping company in Wellington and was studying at Victoria University towards a Bachelor of Commerce and Administration degree.
Sandy started in the hairdressing Industry in 1986 as an after-school girl with another small salon in Tawa. She quickly progressed through her apprenticeship with top marks, and won the Sir Norwood Award for top Apprentice in Wellington in 1989, and later achieved her Advanced Trade Certificate. At the age of 20, Sandy was employed as the manageress of a salon in Tawa and worked with seven staff.
Sandy then moved to Colin Lovering Hair Design in North City Plaza where she worked as a senior stylist for three years, until securing the purchase of the salon in Tawa. Sandy worked in the salon full time and continued to train apprentices and employ excellent creative staff to help her with the increasing demand for Headwaves services. Finally, in July 2004, after a lot of hard work a dream was realised in Salon Savoy.
Paul, after completing his Bachelor of Commerce and Administration degree, had now moved to Auckland and has become an Executive Director for an international shipping company.
Continuing with the traditions of a New Zealand owned and operated family business, Salon Savoy have also employed Pauls and Sandys mum, for 23 years until she has reluctantly retired. But is still apart of the team. Sandy and Paul continue with their vision of being a reliable house hold name, making looking good easy, fun and affordable. :-)