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As well as promoting high standards at Headspace, Niq James is a well-respected educator. Whether training for work in the salon or on the competition floor, Niq believes it is education that is paramount to the success of our hairdressing industry. He knows the importance of education to ensure the future growth of his staff and salon. He is dedicated to training future hairdressers, all his staff either hold national qualifications in hairdressing or are working towards them.

Niq provides education for the following:

  • Training for all unit standards
  • National Certificate in Salon Support
  • National Certificate in Hairdressing
  • National Certificate in Barbering
  • Salon management
  • Competition styling
  • WorldSkills training
  • Soft service skills for customer interactive industries
  • One-on-one training or salon team training full or half day sessions

To make an enquiry regarding education please email:

"I believe in taking a hands-on approach to training. I find that this opens the way for trainees to ask questions and encourages a safe environment for them to try something and not be afraid of failing. All my workshops have techniques that can be adapted and used in a salon situation. Because I run a successful salon, I find that my trainees and business owners that I coach are more open with the problems they face. This creates a great platform to work from."

Niq James - Headspace Artist Director

Niq James was awarded the inaugural Hairdressing Industry Training Organisation (HITO) Trainer of the Year for 2011, this prestigious award gives recognition to exceptional industry knowledge, training characteristics and personal achievements.

Niq has travelled up and down New Zealand training many people in the industry. He worked intensively with Laura Simpson, New Zealand's WorldSkills competitor in London this year, and has been the driving force in bringing WorldSkills to New Zealand. He represented New Zealand as one of the WorldSkills judges in London. Niq believes the WorldSkills competitions "can take our industry to new heights, so let's make an interest in their future."

Education testimonial

Niq covers all education levels with ease, from educating young stylists on elementary forms of hairdressing to working with experienced hairdressers on advanced techniques and skills.

In my capacity as a Technical Educator for Wella NZ, I have had the privilege of seeing Niq train in his salon as well as in seminar format. Whether in a large group or training with a staff member he always has a good rapport with his students and is able to adapt to accommodate their learning styles and requirements. Niq is clear, thorough and very approachable. All students respond well to his teaching style and he is able to give one-on-one tuition to each student while still maintaining a positive learning environment for the whole class.

In summary, I feel that the New Zealand hairdressing industry is very fortunate to have Niq as a trainer and he is, without doubt, the best candidate for this award.”

Tiffiny Thompson Salon Director: Protege Hairdressing, Wanganui National Finalist NZARH supreme competitions, National Tectnical Educator Wella NZ, Award Winning Session Stylist