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Claire started her hairdressing career in the UK in 2005. She mainly did colour work while working in Salons on the South Coast. After moving to NZ Claire managed a Barbershop for several years before opening The Cutting Bar. This is where she found her passion for cutting, but always missed doing colour work, so opening The Cutting Bar has allowed her to combine her favorite aspects from Salons and Barbershops.


Assistant Manager / Senior Stylist

Vanessa is originally from Golden bay where she did her hairdressing training. She now has over 20 years’ experience working in Salons and Barbershops in Australia and New Zealand. She is great at cutting Men’s hair and Ladies short funky styles. She also understands that not every client likes to talk lots so if you prefer a quieter haircut Vanessa is the one to book with.


Senior Stylist/Colour Specialist

Siobahn is our local girl. She has lived in Nelson for most of her life and has 17 years’ experience from Salons in Nelson and Christchurch. Siobahn is our colour expert! She is always up for a challenge with colour correction and she loves creating beautiful hairstyles. She is passionate about making people look and feel good.


4th Year Apprentice

Navahoe is our newest team member. She first came to do work experience with us while she was studying hairdressing at the NMIT. She then went on to continue her apprenticeship, but unfortunately Covid made that difficult for her finish.  We are now lucky enough to have her back with us.  Navahoe is a real perfectionist! She loves colouring and cutting and has really enjoyed working with our preferred brand Keune.  This year is all about building confidence, gaining experience and overcoming challenges that different hair types bring.

“Excellent cut, lovely staff, highly recommend, very reasonable price, top marks!”

Rachel Douglas
Rating: 5

“Very happy with our haircuts today – as always! Friendly, welcoming, professional staff. Great atmosphere with good background music. We highly recommend The Cutting Bar!”

Grant & Mel Sparks
Rating: 5

“Super amazing as always! Claire saves me regularly from my home styling efforts (disasters) and makes my hair AWESOME again. Can’t recommend this place enough!”

Cheryl Nixey
Rating: 5

“Friendly staff, really clean salon and an excellent cut and colour. Thank you Claire and your wonderful team!”

Sarah Holmes
Rating: 5
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