director, stylist and colour guru
how did you arrive at the concept of common thread?
both my parents are typical kiwi farmers, with the attitude “you could make that”, so i’ve have never been shy to a power tool or a sewing machine. an influential client of mine once issued me with a challenge of not buying any more clothing for a year, which inspired me to make do with what you’ve got, rather than splashing out constantly on new “things” and re-enjoy the reason you bought something in the first place. common thread has been created with these things in mind. acting sustainably to me means not thoughtlessly discarding something because it has served its initial purpose, but up-cycling it for another use. many hairdressers out there overlook the fact that they are continually doing this on our clients every day. hair is a great medium to work with. cut it, sculpt it, colour it, work with it dry, work with it wet, and once you’re finished with it at that time, wait six weeks and do it all again. it’s a fun business to be in, and that is what common thread is about, being progressive, sustainably conscious and thoughtful.
which five words best describe you?
honest, driven, independent, caring and eccentric
how did you get your career start and what was your roadmap to now?
i grew up on a small dairy farm in the Hauraki Plains. at 15, I moved off the farm to a much faster pace of Auckland where I attended Servilles academy. after finishing my hairdressing course, I went to work for the most influential and respected industry leaders, Stephen and Lucy Marr, Mobeen Bhikoo and Lauren Gunn. their progressive direction and guidance have moulded me into the hairstylist i am today. i worked for Stephen Marr for 11 years, and during that time i was their in-house head colour trainer and colour specialist. i also managed the newmarket salons team of 20+ hairdressers.
you’re a new addition to the crayon box. what colour would you be and why?
i’m one of those multicoloured swirled crayons from the 80’s. why because of life’s too short to only be one coloured crayon.
what is your proudest career moment?
building great long lasting relationships with really talented people and being able to have the skills, experience and confidence to go out on my own and open common thread
what inspires you?
my team, they are all so driven to be the best they can while keeping their integrity
what do you want to be when you grow up?
grateful and happy with all that i’ve done in my years
note: tracy is currently on maternity leave and also has a closed clientele, which means she presently is not taking on new clients. she is recommending new clients to see one of common thread’s other talented stylist’s where she is more than happy to assist and add opinion during consultation.