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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 in Christchurch’s Salt District, 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.

The Aromatherapy Co.® are passionate about Aromatherapy whether it is the therapy of 100% pure and natural essential oils or a beautiful bespoke fragrance; their product range incorporates candles, fragrance diffusers, essential oils, body lotions, washes and creams. Their mission is to bring the creativity, ingenuity and natural beauty of New Zealand to the world through their body care and home fragrances. For more information visit Aromatherapy Co.

Sebastian Professional was born from a vision of beauty without boundaries – thinking outside the lines of craft, and following artistic ambition to the edge, creating new possibilities for self-expression. The Sebastian Professional mission is to simplify and solve the challenges hairdressers face every day. For over 30 years, Sebastian has been pampering hair and creating bold new styles. For more information visit Sebastian Professional.

Keratin Complex® revolutionised the beauty industry in 2007 when a group of industry innovators discovered a new way to care for your hair by merging proven keratin science with cutting-edge technology. They created Natural Keratin Smoothing Treatment, a first-of-its-kind smoothing treatment that pioneered the way to healthy, smooth, frizz-free hair. All Keratin Complex treatments and styling products are specially formulated to contain natural keratin protein, which rebuilds, restores and rejuvenates all types of hair. For more information visit Keratin Complex.

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

Niq James

Artistic Director and Master Barber

Niq James is the artistic director of the successful Christchurch central city salon Headspace and Dapper, and leads the talented team of stylists to create an experience when the guests’ needs are 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 and was 2012 winner of HITO New Zealand Hairdressing Trainer of the Year.

Being a Platform artist and Industry assessor for Hairdressing Industry Training Organisation (HITO) Niq is passionate about delivering education that is precise, insightful and enjoyable for those that attend education workshops with him.

Niq is the current Competition Committee Chair with NZARH and has 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.



Lisa has been in the hairdressing industry for over 25 years, so it would be fair to say that it is more than a job to her! She loves meeting new people and getting to know them, and to become 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 that 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 to give guests extra services like colour and perming that barbers don’t offer.

Outside the salon, Lisa enjoys time in the 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 are wanting a stylist that 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!



Gemma started in the hairdressing industry here at Headspace in late 2021 and is our first year apprentice. 

From a young age, Gemma has been passionate about hair and beauty and is proof you’re never too old 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 has made for a smooth and fast transition into the salon.

Gemma has adapted well to being our new apprentice within the team and enjoys being part of client transformations with bold colours.

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.

Gemma is always looking for models and new clientele to put her growing skills to the test.


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