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Welcome to Headspace

We are dedicated to providing excellence in hairdressing services and beauty through education, passion and a dedication to guest satisfaction – beautiful hair needs an expert.

Headspace is a long established, contemporary, hair salon at The Colombo shopping precinct in Christchurch, offering a full range of professional hairdressing services within a stylish and sophisticated environment. Guests enjoy a comfortable atmosphere, within well-appointed decor including beautiful Italian reclining seats. Every effort is made to make guests feel as relaxed as possible resulting in a wonderful experience. We invite you to browse our website to learn more about our artistic team and the professional hairdressing services we provide. New guests are always welcome, book your hair appointment today and get into our headspace!

Our brands

We use and recommend professional hair care products by the following brands.

You can purchase our salon products here in our online store or in our Headspace salon.

Wella is a major hair care brand headquartered in Darmstadt, Germany. The Wella story began in 1880 with Franz Stroher, who started a company that made bases for wigs. Over the next 130 years, the Wella brand expanded to include hair care, hair colorants and styling tools. Wella is one of the most recognisable hair brands, available internationally to salons and individuals.

Good Hair Day, commonly known as GHD, is a manufacturer of world famous luxury hairstyling tools. GHD leads the market for hair straightening irons. When you use GHD straighteners you’ll find they not only straighten hair beautifully but also help protect it by sealing in its natural oils. They also provide greater control to create superb spikes, flicks or curls. The GHD hair products range is about much more than just healthy, beautiful hair. It’s about giving you the tools to create the look you want. For more information visit GHD Hair.

Oribe (OR-bay) Hair Care is for those who know that personal style—perfectly expressed—is the ultimate luxury. These are the products of the hair obsessed because every detail makes a world of difference. This belief has guided Oribe from the very beginning. Every decision we make is done with intention and care, with no detail overlooked. We obsess over every detail, and always have. From how we create our products, to the experience of using them. For more information visit

Friends and affiliates

Headspace is dedicated to providing excellence in hairdressing services and beauty through education, passion and a dedication to guest satisfaction.

HITO stands for the Hair and Beauty Industry Training Organisation. HITO establish and maintain the achievement of high quality and relevant barbering, beauty and hairdressing qualifications as an essential investment for the industry and its clients. The HITO vision is for 100% of people in our industry to be 100% New Zealand Qualified. For more information visit HITO.

Hair & Barber New Zealand is committed to professionalism and growth in the New Zealand hairdressing and barber industry. As a member, Headspace become part of an industry body that is dedicated to maintaining professionalism and industry standards. For more information visit Hair & Barber NZ.

Sustainable Salons rescue up to 95% of our salon resources from landfill and finds repurposing solutions that benefit our planet, all while supporting the community. All this means for you is a $2 green fee per visit to us! Our excess chemicals build roads, your hair helps clean up oil spills, and our plastic is reused and made into various products such as outdoor furniture. Once our tools reach the end of their life they are broken down and all valuable parts will be repurposed. Each full head of foils will provide a quarter of a meal to a disadvantaged person! When you list out all the benefits, we like to think the planet is worth a tiny $2!

The Headspace team

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Niq James

Artistic Director and Master Barber

Niq James has been the artistic director of the successful Christchurch central city salon Headspace and Dapper for over 20 years and leads the talented team of stylists to create an experience where the guests’ needs are at the centre of every interaction.

As a well-respected educator, he knows the importance of education to ensure the future growth of staff, salons and the industry. Niq is a qualified hairdresser and master barber and holds international IPSN qualification. Niq holds teacher accreditation with Pivot Point International, New Zealand Certificate in Adult and Tertiary Teaching and was the 2012 winner of HITO New Zealand Hairdressing Trainer of the Year.

Niq also has a strong background in competition work and was former Competition Chair with NZARH. Niq represented New Zealand judging international competitions in Australia, Switzerland, London, Germany and Brazil. Whether training for work in the salon or on the competition floor Niq believes it is education that is paramount to the success of the industry.

As well as leading the team at Headspace & Dapper Niq has been the Chair of Hair and Barber New Zealand (National Association) for four years and in April 2024 he leaves this role to start a new position as CEO.

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Senior Stylist

Lisa has been in the hairdressing industry for over 30 years, so it would be fair to say that it is more than a job to her! She loves meeting new people, getting to know them, and becoming part of their regular routine. Lisa’s passion is creating a new look for her guests, whether it’s a new colour or cut or just trying to cope with curly unruly hair, that’s right, someone who works wonders with curls

With time comes experience and Lisa is well experienced in all areas of the industry including competing successfully in editorial and live model competitions. Lisa says this helps her to keep up with current trends which is important when she is helping guests create a new look that they can feel confident wearing and maintaining.

Lisa has recently completed her commercial barbering qualification, having recognised the rising trend in men’s work. She feels that already being a hairdresser gives her an extra advantage in giving guests extra services like colour and perming that barbers don’t offer.

Currently, Lisa is extending her hair portfolio and is in the process of learning Hair Extensions which are already available in the salon. I see this as a trend that I would love to offer my clients.

Outside the salon, Lisa enjoys time outdoors with her family, mountain biking, camping and golf. She also spends time keeping fit, running and biking in between checking out the latest coffee shop that has opened!

If you want a stylist who has the advantage of experience and is passionate about the work she does while being honest with you in your style decisions, you’ve just found her!



Senior Stylist

Vaughn Williams has been in the hairdressing industry for over 35 years. He has advanced qualifications in all aspects of hairdressing and has taken great interest in advancing his knowledge in training academies in London and Italy.

Vaughn’s personality and professionalism have aided him in creating a diverse international clientele working in a top city centre salon in Bath, UK. 

Vaughn likes to travel and explore different places and countries and made the decision to come to NZ after a previous visit to family here and in Australia.

His vision for style coupled with a passion for hair is apparent as he expresses himself through his work using scissors, colour and texture.

Vaughn considers his most important quality as being able to listen to and understand his clients’ needs.

Vaughn is a creative person and alongside hair creations, really enjoys interior house design and gardening. He loves to be outdoors, mainly walking and cycling, and exploring different places and scenery.

Welcome to New Zealand and the team at Headspace Vaughn!


Qualified Stylist

Toni has been in the industry for six years and qualified for almost two. Her favourite part of hairdressing is big transformations and giving someone a newfound confidence.

Toni is extremely talented with transformation work and excels in blondes, brights and hair extensions. If you are looking for a change and not sure if it can be achieved, look no further, Toni is the stylist for you! If it’s extra length or added fullness, Toni can advise you on the best extensions for you, being an expert in nano and micro beads, tape-in, Ktips and sew-in extensions.

Toni's career highlight was winning multiple competitions and being named novice regional stylist of the year in 2017.

Outside of work, Toni likes to socialise with friends and spend time with her young family. 

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Qualified Stylist

Tiffany is the newest qualified member of the Headspace team, she qualified in late 2022. Tiffany started in the hairdressing industry in 2019.

Tiffany’s passion in the hairdressing industry is total transformations whether that is a colour, haircut or both. When she is not doing total transformations she‘s creating anything from glossy brunettes to beautiful blondes and everything in between.

Although Tiffany is young she enjoys providing haircuts and colours for elderly clients. Tiffany values keeping her clients’ hair in optimum condition and not compromising the integrity of their hair. 

Tiffany has recently been learning hair extension applications. Currently, she offers tape-in and nano-bead extensions. 

When Tiffany is not in the salon creating beautiful hair you might find her at the gym, walking on the beach or spending time with family. Tiffany was born in Zimbabwe but has lived most of her life in Christchurch. Tiffany has recently returned from a trip to Africa where she got to spend time on safari amongst the wild animals and seeing the mighty Victoria Falls, one of the seven wonders of the world.

Before coming into the hairdressing industry Tiffany qualified as a beauty therapist, nail technician and swim teacher.

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3rd Year Apprentice

Gemma started in the hairdressing industry here at Headspace in late 2021 and is now completing the final year of her apprenticeship

From a young age, Gemma has been passionate about hair and beauty and is proof it’s never too late to follow your dreams and succeed.

Gemma is certified in beauty with brow and lash services. She loves finishing off all hair services with some stunning beauty work to match. Her background in beauty and client care made for a smooth and fast transition into the salon.

When not smiling away in the salon, Gemma is almost guaranteed to be at the ice rink unrecognisable with her hair messed up under her hockey helmet. Not only does she share her love of ice sports with her family but also her love of hair, practising on her two daughters at home.

With coming close to completing her certificate in hairdressing, Gemma is looking for new clientele to put her skills to the test.

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Kate is our newest Headspace team member and she is a second year apprentice. 

Kate discovered her passion for hairdressing when working after school in an award winning salon in Hamilton. 

In 2023 Kate followed her dreams and moved to Christchurch and started her hairdressing training. Although she left her family and friends in Hamilton, Kate has a wonderfully supportive partner, second family and amazing colleagues! 

Kate is looking forward to developing her skills in foiling and colouring.

In her spare time Kate likes reading, knitting and horse riding, she competed in the high school equestrian team. Kate also loves going out with friends and meeting new people and loves forming connections with our salon guests. She looks forward to pampering you when you are in for your next salon visit!


Book online here

Phone 03 366 1896

Salon location

The Colombo, Shop 24/363 Colombo Street, Sydenham, Christchurch 8023


The Colombo has a big dedicated car park. You can access the car park from Elgin Street, Durham Street South or Stanley Street.
There is an entrance directly into Headspace and Dapper from the car park.
Parking at The Colombo is limited to 180 minutes, with some limited to 30 minutes, unless validated.
Provide us with your car rego on arrival at the salon to ensure free parking.

Opening hours

Tuesday to Thursday 9:30 am – 8 pm

Friday 9:30 am – 6 pm

Saturday 9:30 am – 4 pm

Outside these times by arrangement