From the competitive spotlight of the global stage to small town Cambridge, Kris Marshall’s passion for simplistic yet beautiful hair has let him establish quite the name for himself. Born in Christchurch, Kris was raised with hairdressing in his blood. As a 3rd generation hairdresser, he grew up in the salon working part-time for his uncle to pay for his several sporting ventures including rugby, cricket, and rowing. However, at the end of high school, Kris turned to one of his greatest talents - hairdressing. Read more of our interview with Kris below!
He began working at his uncle’s salon as a full-time apprentice and right from the get-go the awards began streaming in. He furthered his training under the Vidal Sassoon Academy style and then at Sevilles in Auckland - Australasia’s leading and most award-winning Hairdressing Academy. This intensive and formal training shaped Kris’ personal style - healthy hair, and beautiful cuts that speak for themselves. Kris’ toned back approach leaves clients with haircuts that bring them confidence and effortless elegance without over-colouring or complicated styles. “My style is like a beautiful Armani dress cut from a single piece of fabric,” he said. “It works and it always looks stunning.”
At the age of 30, Kris opened his first salon on his own in central Auckland. This successful salon grew to 25 staff members and built a successful clientele. Beyond the salon, Kris has worked on local TV shows, international fashion weeks and with a long list of clients including TV & sports personalities and showbiz celebrities. If that isn’t enough, he’s been awarded some of the highest national awards including NZ Hairdresser of the Year (twice), Salon of the Year and countless local and regional awards around the country. Kris has travelled the world sharing his talent and competing in hair shows in countries like Russia and the Philippines. Through travel and experience, Kris was able to fully explore the hairdressing industry, and experiment with unique and quirky hairstyles before settling back into the refined style his clients enjoy today.
Lucky for Cambridge locals, Kris and his family have moved to the growing town of Cambridge to raise their young children and enjoy a more laid-back lifestyle. While it’s a significant shift from the hustle and bustle of the big cities, Cambridge clients have welcomed him with open arms and he is excited to settle into a new area of the market. Unlike other salons, Kris’ new at-home studio provides his clients with a slice of paradise and pampering in one. From the stunning gold and blue wallpaper to the gorgeous view of Kris’ family backyard, he treats his clients to a luxurious experience of beautiful haircuts and sumptuous products. His favourite range to use is ‘Evo’, a unique and forward-thinking brand which is focused on giving back to the industry without compromising on gorgeous products with a sustainable conscience. Kris has named this Australia brand as ‘the best styling brand in the world’. Evo is an innovative and honest brand with a mission to shake up the industry, challenge the status quo and provide top quality products at affordable prices. You just have to read their packaging to know they’ve accomplished all this and more. Not only is the stuff inside the bottle to die for, but it’s also gluten-free, cruelty-free, paraben-free and sulphate-free. On the outside, their unique product descriptions mirror the humour with Kris loves to bring into his studio.
He shared his Evo product essentials that he couldn’t live without in the studio and also shared their quirky product descriptions to give you a taste of the brand:
We were recommended by close friends to give Kris a visit nearly 3 years ago, and since then we haven’t turned back. Whether it’s his humour, ability to always make you feel comfortable or his pure talent with his scissors and a styling product, Kris epitomises the relationship of trust and confidence you need in your hairdresser. In the past, I’ve felt like I had to do all the hard work of identifying what I want before getting into the salon chair. However, in Kris’ private studio, his simplistic approach to hairdressing encourages me to leave my worries at the door and trust that he and his extensive skills will leave me with an effortless hairstyle which suits my face shape and skin tone without the unnecessary over-consultation. We all know the feeling of regret when you leave the studio disappointed for trying something new or failing your attempt of fitting in with the latest trends. Kris’ clients know that loyalty and trust earn you the best results when it comes to hairdressing, it’s no wonder they keep coming back for more.
Whether you pop in for a chat, an Evo product or a new look for Spring, be sure to get in contact with Kris and check out his social media page on Facebook where he loves to share his top tips for maintaining gorgeous locks.
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