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Abit of our History... How we have grown

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. :-)

We love making people happy

Thanks SO much Sandy for the lovely new 'hair do' today. It looks and feels fantastic! You and your team are so professional and go the extra mile to make your customers feel pampered and special. Personally, I feel fantastic when I step out of your salon and I'm confident that my style will continue to look great the next day. Keep doing what you do, because you do it so well.- Melissa Patterson

Just wanted to say thank you to all the team for the fab job you did for Summer's Wedding! Our hair just looked so great and we got so many compliments!:) Special thanks to Katie for being the star she is and to Morgan for being the hair curl Queen:) And to Jo, Dakota and Mel:) You are all Legends!- Debbie Prestidge

I have been going to Salon Savoy now for quite a few years and have always been most impressed with the service, friendly and thoughtful staff and quality and attention to detail. I especially LOVE my stylist Dakota- she always listens to what I want and deliver results of a high standard. I often get chased down in supermarkets by random people, commenting on my fantastic hair colour/cut. I think in Salon Savoy I have stumbled upon a very special place indeed.
- Karen Leman

Hi Sandy,

Since Melissa left Salon Savoy several months ago, Emily has been cutting and styling my hair. I was sad to ses Mel go, but Emily has surpassed my expectations. She is an excellent hairdresser, has a lovely easy manner, and is very easy to talk to and understands exactly what I want. I would recommend her to anyone.

Kindest regards,


Dear Sandy and the team,

You are all a great bunch of gals and I enjoy everyminiute of the pampering and fab styling I get evertime I come to SalonSavoy. You are not only great with hair, but super great with people. Thanks you so much for all the help you have given to myself and my family over the years You guys ROCK!!  Regards Debbie Presitdge

Dear Sandy,

You have truely been an inspirtation to me, always giving your time, energy, expertise and guidance for my fine hair  over 25 years. A big THANKYOU to you and your amazing team.

kind regards

Ronda and Trevor.

Hi Emily,You have cut my hair twice now and I took a bit of a risk with the secondhaircut - having my hair cut short and changing my look. My trust in yourability was repaid as I love my new look - the cut is great and the coloursuperb. I was also impressed that I was your last customer on what had beena long day for you but you treated me as though I was your first customerfor the day and spent the time creating my new look.I appreciate your confidence but also that you listen and check that all isok - great customer service.

All the best.

Warm Regards,


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I've been a client of Jo's for over 10 years now. She has taken me from brunette, to blonde, back to brunette, and most recently back to blonde, always retaining my hairs luster, strength and shine. I am so impressed by Jo, she always knows just the right style for me and I'm always thrilled with the result. I get so many compliments on my hair. Jo not only looks after my hair, but she treats me like a princess while I'm in her chair. If you're wanting to look and feel amazeballs.. then Salon Savoy is the place for you!

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Salon Savoy is as much about "Hair" as it is about the experience. You walk in the door - immediately greeted with a smile and a warm and friendly hello.An appointment at Salon Savoy is like visiting your best friend where a cuppa is offered and stories are shared.Everyone know you and calls you by your name and you walk out with the absolute knowledge that you have been well taken care of.Salon Savoy is a salon that stands out from others because it demonstrates their absolute passion for making every experience a memorable one for their clients.

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