director, stylist and colour guru
honest, driven, independent, caring and eccentric
how did you get your career start and what was your road map 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 has molded 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.
what is the best lesson along the way?
don’t take things personally
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
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 have never been shy to a power tool or a sewing machine. a really influential client of mine, once issued me with a challenge of not buying any more clothing for a year, which really 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 purpose. many hairdressers out there overlook the fact that they are constantly 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 your finished with it at that time, wait 6 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.
note: tracy currently 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.