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HAILWOOD -hair by Vada Engine Room


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hanz de fuko – at the blue stone room

May 18, 2016 § Leave a comment

Last night  Director Guy Roberts put Hanz de fuko through its paces  – launching the brand to the NZ  media and Stylists . Hanz de fuko – already a solid on Vada’s  list of  ‘boys gloop in a jar’, These little pots have grown a cult following on social media.

Hanz de fuko is a quirky stylish  grooming range,  developed by three childhood friends and champions of chemical free products.  Its uses plant extracts, delivers weightless hold without residue and clump free.

 Amongst its fanbase are David Beckham, Hugh Jackman and Michael Fassbender

The brand bombed our youtube highways with savvy tutorials, using brand ambassadors with serious hair kudos to instruct us in the ways of the pompadour and the modern quiff.hanz_de_fuko_hybridized_wax

The bestselling ‘Quicksand’ matte wax is made using diatomaceous earth, a soft granular rock which absorbs excess oil on the hair and scalp. ‘Claymation’ is another to become your go to gloop – a clay-wax hybrid mixed with a touch of quicksand to provide a strong, pliable grip.

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Vada on stage for Hanz de fuko

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The home care range of shampoo, conditioner and shower gel  are  rich in mint, apple and eucalyptus.

available at Vada now ….  www.vada.co.nz


the maverick

March 17, 2016 § Leave a comment

maverick 88This week I’m reflecting on some of Vada’s most rewarding experiences … Maverick would have to be a personal best for me as Art Director for this project.

The Maverick –  cheeky rogue character – was  developed into a playful and multi faceted performance .This show  was an absolute joy to bring together all my favourite  people and demonstrate the way our Engine Room Art Team can collaborate with artists in mixed media to layer fashion, music, art, dance, theater and of course hair.

Take a look at the image essay which captures the mischievous Maverick and the Engine Room Art Team at its finest

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Stencil art colab Otis Frizzell and Cat Frost

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REMIXED BY SPARK – Welcoming Spring Remix Spring Party

October 2, 2014 § Leave a comment

nine models, Vada Engine room art team, a stylist a photographer, a whole lot of NZ fashion , thats how you make a live photo shoot happen at your party..


Die! Die! Die! Announce ‘S W I M’ Album Release Tour

July 10, 2014 § Leave a comment


Die! Die! Die! have come to Vada for years to get their hair did!  So we are excited to share in the news of their upcoming album S W I M,

Dunedin post-punkers Die! Die! Die! divulge details of their NZ tour that kicks off on album release date of August 15th.

Having spent the better part of the past nine years on the road Die! Die Die!’s unfiltered and powerful stage show has earned them a reputation as one of the most visceral bands regularly touring Europe and the UK. There is no rehearsed set of messages, postures or stage antics: cutting to the quick, their songs and live show is delivered straight to your bone marrow.

Undertheradar, 95bFM and Phantom proudly present…

Die! Die! Die! S W I M Tour

Friday 15th August, Neck Of The Woods, Auckland
Saturday 16th August, The Yot Club, Raglan
Sunday 17th August, Major Toms, Tauranga (matinee show)
Thursday 21st August, Great Job!, Palmerston North
Friday 22nd August, San Fran, Wellington
Wednesday 27th August, Barrytown Hall, Barrytown
Thursday 28th August, Pulse Bar, Wanaka
Friday 29th August, Chicks Hotel, Dunedin
Saturday 30th August, Wunderbar, Lyttleton, Christchurch

You can buy tickets here from UTR, or at Real Groovy (Auckland), RPM (Wellington, Slow Boat (Wellington) and Portil Records (Dunedin).
And here is the brand new video for their single ‘Crystal’…

Tickets on sale now – $15.00 + BF online at Undertheradar.co.nz and instore at Real Groovy (Auckland), RPM (Wellington, Slow Boat (Wellington) and Portil Records (Dunedin).

CTFD & P.Money ‘New Love’

May 21, 2014 § Leave a comment

Director Guy Roberts’ believes in a fusion of music, fashion, design, style and pop culture here at Vada so it’s no surprise to find us behind the scenes of the newly released music video for CTFD & P.Money ‘New Love’.

It has been an absolute pleasure to work with Reel Good Production Company Crew and all the amazing talented artists involved.


Starring Sian Phillips and Sam Woods
Extras: Shivani Lee, Shannon Esquilat, Toutai Palu

Shot and directed by Jacob Brown at ReelGood
Producer: Pip Hayes

DOP: Luke McPake
Production Assistant: Warren Mahani
Styling: Tautahi Subritzky
Hair and Makeup: The amazing Vada! Yeah… us!  The lovely Eve on Hair and Nicole on Make Up.


Check out these beautiful images taken on set by One Self Enovation 

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Master Stylist and Training Manager

May 13, 2014 § Leave a comment

Please welcome Emma to the Vada fold this week!

Emma has international experience as a Senior Stylist and has a nationally recognised career of 10 years in the Hairdressing industry.

She has tutored at Servilles Academy, worked on fashion weeks, NZ top model and many Editorial photo shoots.  Emma has been traveling around Australia and worked in Melbourne and Perth – we are pleased to have her in the Vada huddle!

Having won multiple awards- coming first in many hair up competitions its no wonder her favourite trend for for 2014 is Boho!

“There is so much you can change up to make it your own, with wild looking curls to braids and simple boho hairups looks so effective and so easy to create.”

Having won many awards in Cut and Colour work too she is loving disconnected haircuts on men and women. “Also one of my favs as you can create your own look these days and make it your own.”

Emma’s favourite fashion designers are Kardashian Kollection and Karen Zambo and Music is Drum and Base, dance music and all sorts of pop music.

SO – as an introduction to all new clients – we are offering 50% off Cut and Colours with Emma until the end of June!  She will be filling up fast so book in now!



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