Jaimee Smith and Mikalea Campbell have bought their hair design talents to Wanaka opening UKIYO salon & co. on the first floor of The Precinct.
Together with their team of therapists and stylists they are long-standing members of New Zealand’s hairstyling industry and have built up a steady following with clients all over the South Island.
“Mikalea owned Runway in Dunedin very successfully for over ten years and I had Zaibatsu Hair Art for over 20 years so together we could probably write a book,” says Jaimee. “We have worked incredibly hard to stay at the forefront of hairdressing which has seen us both win numerous business awards along with countless industry awards and we have travelled the world to work and compete.”
Bringing their hairstyling expertise and flair to Wanaka has been an exciting step for the pair who view Wanaka and The Precinct as a dynamic and creative space to work in.
“Having worked at the top of the industry for numerous years we saw a gap in the Wanaka market for a stunning designer salon that would cater to everyone. We both have clients who regularly travel from Central Otago and Southland to see us anyway so the opportunity to work together in a beautiful new salon was just too good to miss,” says Jaimee.
“The design of the building is extremely motivating and we knew we wanted to open something exceptional here. The Precinct and the Normans’ vision for the whole retail centre has enabled us to fulfil our salon dreams.”
UKIYO salon & co. offers a wide range of hair services and products including access to skin and beauty care.
“Our reputation is for providing exceptional colour knowledge and cutting skills and we wanted to bring other aspects into the business. With a large studio space it’s enabled us to introduce other services likea beautician and appointments with skin appearance specialists,” says Jaimee.
“The salon has amazing views and is a large beautiful space to work in which adds to the level of service we offer. Our salon culture is extremely important and we pride ourselves on creating a relaxed and friendly environment while having fun together.”