Owner / Senior stylist
Jam's founder Tony says it all started when aged 14, he walked into a hairdressing salon – and never really left. He's worked on pretty much everything over the years, experimenting, fine-tuning, taking it to another level. He's always been intrigued by the more challenging tasks – "trying to make the impossible, possible" as he puts it. Tony still gets a lot of satisfaction from making people look and feel good. "It's a special thing to be able to do," he says. Products, tools and techniques have come a long way, too, which has made life a lot easier for everybody. The salon that Tony created back in the late '80s continues to set the highest standards of hairdressing service, quality and expertise, though Jam still hasn't had an opening party! "We have a party every day instead," Tony says.
Carly’s particular strength is in colouring and all-round styling. “Taking it from start to finish – that’s what I like to do,” she says. Curly or straight she is the stylist for you. Carly has been hairdressing since the turn of the century, starting her career in Auckland, then moving south to work at a couple of salons in Wellington for seven or eight years before migrating to Jam. Carly particularly likes the diverse clientele here, and getting to work with different age groups. And the creative opportunities: “Usually the only time you get to do something cool and creative is for a photo shoot,” she says. “We pretty much do that on a daily basis here!” Carly loves the amount of experience around her in the salon across so many techniques, and the way everyone supports each other.
Owner / Senior stylist
Ben has risen through the ranks. Having been an apprentice, then stylist in the salon since the late-‘90s and then becoming a partner in 2017. “I’ve been working here since I was born,” he says. Ben tries to specialize in everything, but he loves a curly head of hair, men’s haircuts and creative work– jobs that aren't quite the norm, but he’s quite happy doing that as well as being the resident dreadlock specialist. Ben had wanted to work at Jam from when he was in high school. He would skateboard past the salon when it was on Cuba Street and see someone getting some crazy thing done to their hair through the window. “I always wanted to be a part of the place even before I worked here,” Ben says. “So that’s probably why I’m still around.” Outside of Jam, Ben likes to unwind by "playing guitar and watching endless media".
Bryce is definitely the character of the salon. Originally from Palmerston North where Tony was his hairdresser, he left school in 1988 to do his apprenticeship. He then travelled overseas, and worked as a hairdresser in London and Scotland. Colouring was more basic back in the late '80s and early '90s, Bryce says, and came into its own in the mid-'90s, which coincided with his return to Wellington. Bryce joined Jam in 2007 and loves being part of a salon with such depth of experience on the floor, and client diversity. "We cut the hair of the grandchildren of some of the original clients," he says. When he's not at Jam, Bryce likes to play Warcraft, watch what’s on Netflix, and shop at Trade Aid. If you enjoy a laugh as well as a great haircut, Bryce is the expert at both!
Mitchell has been with Jam since 2013. After running his own salon for 20 years he decided he was done with the admin and just wanted to focus on the part that he really enjoyed, the actual hairdressing. As one of the most experienced members of the team its hard to find a client he cant make happy with his adaptable skill set and dad joker personality. If he's not at the salon Mitchell can usually be found in his garage brewing some beer or on the golf course pursuing a hobby that in his youth was on the cards to become his career had he not found his true calling.
Marianna is a self confessed colour geek . As the salons blonde guru she loves creating easy to care for colours and cuts that fit her client's individual look. Her number one priority is beautiful healthy hair. Also as a curly headed person herself she knows what clients with the curls need but is also never opposed to a creative challenge! She's all about her client's visit being relaxed and enjoying their time in the salon. When not at work, she's either playing with dogs or going on outdoor adventures.
Victoria or Tori as she is more commonly known is from Wellington and has been with Jam since the beginning of her hair journey and it shows. Being surrounded by a diverse group of stylists through her early years has enabled Tori to absorb everything and turn into the versatile and super creative senior stylist she is today. With a passion for beautiful blonde work and amazing bold colour you only have to look as far as our instagram which her images dominate to see what she's capable of.
Alex started her hair training in her home town of Birmingham in the UK before moving out to NZ in 2008 to continue. One of the newer additions to the Jam team she brings with her a passion for lived in cuts and colours and the modern perm, so if you are looking for some curl in your naturally straight hair Alex is the one for you. Outside of work you can probably find her on her switch playing Zelda or the sims, doing a bit of crochet or volunteering at the SPCA
Jade has been in the hair game for 17 years now and has come full circle to work at Jam where she used to be a client as a child. Her specialty’s are beautiful colour work and lived in blondes but she loves all aspects of hair. If you don’t catch her in the salon you might find her in the gym training for her next boxing fight.
Janah joined the jam team in 2023. With over 20 years in the hairdressing industry she brings a wealth of skill and knowledge to the salon. Janah's main focus is classic cutting and styling of hair but she is equally handy with colour as well. She only works saturdays so book in quick!
Originally from Te Puke, Trinity studied political studies at Victoria university, but decided her original career goals of becoming a hairdresser was higher on her agenda. Since starting at Jam in 2020 she has been rapidly up skilling as well as making sure the salon runs as smoothly as possible. With a real thirst for learning and a perfectionists eye it’s not going to be long before Trinity is working the floor & creating some amazing looks.
Brenna made the move to Wellington from Ōpōtiki in 2018 to start a university degree but after the isolation of lockdown studies decided to persue a more interactive career and lucky for us she chose hairdressing. When she’s not helping the salon run smoothly or learning new skills you might find her singing and jamming on her guitar or chasing some dogs and new tattoos.