Artistic Director and Co-Founder of Iron and Ivy, Lauren is an Internationally trained hairstylist with over 20 years’ experience in her craft. Her instinctive understanding and feel for hair enabled her to excel in the industry, becoming a teacher of specialized cutting techniques at just 22 and earning a distinction at Toni & Guy before starting her residency at the prestigious award-winning Reuben Wood salon in the Northern Quarter of Manchester.
Lauren is an extraordinary talent, which can only be seen to its full extent in a unique salon such as Iron and Ivy. her ability to empower women with hair that is sexy and feminine, lifting their confidence, and improving how they feel about themselves truly is a gift.
Here at Iron + Ivy, she has created a space to make her own rules and work towards her client’s desires as closely as possible. Widely regarded for her professionalism and dedication to her craft and is a perfectionist in every sense of the word, taking her work very seriously. Her talent for creative and inventive techniques is outstanding.
Being instinctive and highly visual, Lauren is an expert colorist – renowned for the French art of Balayage, she has built up an acclaimed reputation over her years in the hairdressing industries both in the UK and New Zealand. Her expert knowledge and artistic eye mean she’s constantly called on by women throughout the country to achieve the unachievable when it comes to hair colorization.
Lauren, as the Artistic Director is focused on leading from the front and through Innovation, not Imitation, she seeks to create new styles and techniques that enhance the “Iron + Ivy” approach to cutting and styling.
For me, Hairdressing is more than a career – it’s my life.
I thrive in the salon environment and I feel so honored to have such amazing and supportive clients. I have a love and passion for the craft that is indescribable. I’m very honest and open with my clients, whether I’m cutting, coloring or styling, my enthusiasm and inspirations are constantly evolving, and I am driven by my love of hair, people and fashion. I believe in consistently learning and growing my own talents, allowing me to invest and grow those of my fantastic team at Iron and Ivy.
As one of Iron and Ivy’s Senior Artists, Karly possess a keen eye and attention to detail – two qualities that have helped her evolve into one of Queenstown’s most desirable stylists for her specialized techniques.
A natural artist, her raw talent and personality drives her passion within the world of colour and she can create innovative, modern and natural colours which are tailored to each individual.
Karly is truly one of Queenstown’s leaders in the art of Balayage, transformations are her speciality and she showcases this daily through her work.
Having worked alongside Lauren McMurray for the past five years, Karly is a key member of the Iron and Ivy collective. Karly brings over ten years of international industry experience in both cutting and coloring to the team at Iron and Ivy.
Originally from Canada, Karly has been living in New Zealand for six years. Her creative passion doesn’t just start and stop at hair, She is easily spotted within the studio looking amazing and with a killer smile and personality to boot.
Niamh’s attention to detail and meticulous approach to hair artistry has earned her a place as one of the most sought after hair artists in Queenstown.
Ever the perfectionist, Niamh is always developing new techniques to add to her repertoire of skills. Whether you’re looking for a full makeover, or if you just want to refresh your current style, Niamh is excited to work with you to create a beautiful look that will last.
With a passion for everything color, Niamh is a specialist at helping you obtain that dream hair you’ve always wanted.
Niamh is one of Queenstown’s most recognizable names in hair styling and color work. Having worked on the local scene for six years, Niamh has excelled in all areas of hair artistry and has created a strong following of loyal clientele.
Originating from Ireland, Niamh has over 15 years of experience in the industry and this shines through in her confident and warm friendly personality.
Jodie is an amazing talent, especially when it comes to colorwork. She recently came second in an NZ national competition for Creative Colour Artist of the year.
Not only does she excel in color but she also has a passion for wedding hair and creating beautiful styles, Jodie is a leader when it comes to creating beautiful bridal hair ups.
Jodie has been working in the industry since she was a teenager, and has had her own salon in the UK for seven years learning several disciplines including L’Oreal, Wella, and Goldwell before moving to NZ to settle in Queenstown.
Jodie has built up a trusted clientele of people that love her understanding of color and her natural talent for creating beautiful hair.
Alicia is our Studio Assistant at Iron and Ivy and one of our rising stars
She is both multi-talented and driven and if you’re a current client you’ll already be familiar with her beautiful accent.
Whether Alicia is working on beautiful glosses or providing our clients with a beautiful blow wave, she brings 100% focus and dedication to excelling within her craft and is now an Emerging Artist at Iron and Ivy
Her dedication to learning and putting into practice has seen Alicia excel within the team. Now available for model calls, Alicia can be found in the studio bringing the next level of talent to the team
Alicia comes to us from the United States and brings her Texan “Southern charm” to the Iron and Ivy team.
First arriving in New Zealand last year and falling in love with the country, Alicia is back to call Queenstown her new home and continue her career with Iron and Ivy hair.
Alicia gained her licence in esthetics from Paul Mitchell, Dallas. TX and from there she joined a high end salon in the heart of the city where she led a busy reception in a hair-salon.
Alicia’s drive and desire to excel within the industry is evident with her passion for all things beauty.
Kaitlyn is our first Emerging Artist at Iron and Ivy.
She is a fully qualified hairstylist who is ready to learn the Iron and Ivy experience and bring her passion for blondes and balayage to our clients.
Kaitlyn is an expert colorist who thrives on creating beautiful hair colors that make our clients swoon. Kaitlyn loves making hair dreams come true and is looking forward to meeting you.
Kaitlyn comes to us across the ditch and is our first Emerging Artist.
Kaitlyn is a fully qualified hairstylist from Adelaide and has worked in some amazing hair salons within Adelaide, before arriving into Queenstown this Winter and falling in love with the people and the place.
Amy is usually the first person you’ll meet at Iron and Ivy.
She is across all our communication channels, emails, phone calls, and Social Media.
This is in addition to looking after you during your experience at Iron and Ivy and ensuring that you enjoy your time with us in the studio.
Amy comes to us all the way from the UK, despite being an exotic mix of Greek and German, she is well and truly an English Rose.
With years of experience in customer service and client care, Amy brings her repertoire of personality, charm, and customer care to the Iron and Ivy Experience
Pennie is well known throughout Queenstown for her amazing manicures and pedicures.
She has built up a name for herself with her attention to detail and passion for beauty.
This is in addition to her amazing make-up skills, where she has been featured in several editorials in UK magazines, Pennie brings Iron + Ivy Beauty to the foray here in Queenstown
Pennie is our resident Beautician and Senior Make Up Artist
Having arrived in Queenstown two years ago, Pennie fell in love with the lakes district and decided to settle and call this beautiful place home.
Pennie brings a great deal of experience in all things beauty and make up to the team.
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