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I was living in Halifax, Nova Scotia with my Kiwi Friends when I first heard about Wellington, New Zealand. So I came to Wellington in the summer 2007 for a visit, I knew right away this was the place I wanted to be. I went back to Toronto, Canada and saved my money and came back in the summer of 2011 permanently...Since I have never looked back. New Zealand is my home now and it has been a very exciting journey over the past few years. For me this is my new country and I am exited about all the opportunities that New Zealand has in store for me.
My career as a hairdresser began as a 5 year old, sweeping my Grandmothers salon in Reseda, California during my summer holidays, I began doing hair for my friends at 15 years old. Later I went on to Hair School in both Toronto and Halifax in Canada with Schwarzkopf and Aveda Academies. The hair industry does have a very high dropout rate and very few lifers, Like my Grandmother, I am a lifer because it is in my blood, I love what I do because I love going to work everyday. I have always said 'the worst day in the salon is better then the best day in some office somewhere"
is my third shop. I had a hair studio in Toronto for 5 years called the
Tin Box on Queen Street West that catered to a very awesome funky urban
clientelle base. We opened Matthew Kane Hairdresser in the Grand Arcade
in Wellington for a year, and when a great opportunity came up we
relocated onto Boulcott Street into a larger shop and rebranded as
BlowUp Hairdressing where we are now today. It has been an amazing
journey and I am greatful that the journey continues after over 20 years
of doing hair...
never been so stoked with a haircut! Matthew is not only super talented
and worked magic with little direction from me (I just wanted to donate
hair and have something different)
visited Matthew as a hair model and, although I was up for anything and
fancied something really different, I was hesitant to go full pixie cut.
We flipped a coin between bob and pixie and pixie won. I'm so glad I
threw caution to the wind and went for it. Matthew is a genius and
supported me fully going from having waist length mermaid hair to
magical pixie hair. Such a lovely man and a great experience. I would
highly recommend him. I love my new do and would never have the bravery
to do it without Matthew's reassurance! Everybody loves it.
moved around New Zealand a lot, one of the most frustrating parts is
finding a new hairdresser. Matthew is the third hairdresser I have
tried in Wellington and I am stoked to have found the best hairdresser
ever! Everyone keeps commenting on my hair, the cut is amazing and
matches my hair type and face shape beautifully, I feel bloody fantastic
and I look hot! The colour was totally up to Matthew to choose and
he rocked it. His stories are fun, he's relaxed so you can just
say it like it is and he gets it. Thanks Matthew, your a star*
hair guaranteed. Have never had a bad hair cut, and with curly hair
that's a challenge!
Matthew is a great hairdresser and artist through and through ! I had a hell of
a fun day, and in one day the opportunity to try out many different hairstyles. It was a
girl's dream !
but major talent right here and a great sense of humour when visiting,
best by far hairdresssser yezzzzur!! Love u matt
"A few weeks ago a complete stranger came up to me and said "you have f***ng awesome hair"... That was two days after you'd cut it. In all honesty I've never had so many people comment positively on how
I look let alone my hair. Historically i've been the invisible one and subsequently valued myself as insignificant. It may sound absurd but cutting the majority of my hair off has helped me to revisit how
I see and value myself. You and CoCo were right... Anyway i just wanted to say thank you!"
"The cuts that Matthew has done for me
have been the best I've ever had an that's no exaggeration. I have
uncontrollable curly hair and gone from being totally depressed about
not being able to do anythying cool with my hair to having amazing
platinum, edgy cuts that people compliment me on! I completely trust
that Matthew will give me a fantastic cut that currently I have an
undercut/faux hawk - look at me go! Thanks Matthew!!
I never imagined I would get a style like
this. I love long hair but always wanted a dramatic change. I walked
into the salon hoping that I would be inspired, and Matthew completely
inspired me. He gave me guidance with my hair and 12 inches later, we
discovered the stunning, vibrant and exciting new style for me. Edgy,
quirky, sophisticated and stunning; it's how I always was, but now my
hair says it too.
“After years of long hair, I
spent months trying to find someone who could cut my hair short and
still have it look stylish and professional without looking “short”.
Matthew has consistently given me great haircuts. Not only that,
he can be fast if you need him to be without sacrificing quality.
"What I really like about Matthew is that he is
open to new ideas and being creative, but he never pressures me into
trying out a style that I'm not comfortable with. Instead, he listens to
my ideas and suggestions and takes them on board to create a style which
works for me."
2019 - Wella Koleston Perfect Relaunch - Wellington,New Zealand
Schwarzkopf Colour Compitition Winner -Toronto 2001
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