Katie Howes - Director Stylist
Cockle Bay salon Mon 9-2 Tues & Thurs 9-9 Beachlands salon Wed & Fri 9-6 every 2nd Sat 9-4
Katie purchased Creations in 2013 and several years later Barbara joined her as a business partner. This winning combination has led to a supportive, professional team. Earlier this year the Creations brand expanded with the opening of their 2nd salon in Beachlands, a very proud milestone for Katie and Barbara.
Katie’s passion for the industry started back in 1991 when she left school and began her apprenticeship. Her knowledge and skills have continued to develop over the years and she strongly believes that ongoing education is the key to motivation and inspiration. This in turn benefit’s not only herself, but her clientele and staff.
Along the way Katie has been supported in growing the business by her husband and two daughters.
Katie enjoys the summer months the most, longer evenings means time with her family and friends, while enjoying a game of Touch finished off with glass of wine and an evening barbeque. Winter months are not her favourite, but she manages to pass the time by playing netball (when work allows) and supporting her girls at their games. Now 30 years on in the industry, she still loves to see that confidence in her clients as they walk out of the salon looking and feeling their absolute best!
Barbara Nicol – Director Stylist
Cockle Bay salon Mon 9-2 Tues & Wed 9-9 Fri 9-5.30 Beachlands salon Thurs 9-8 every 2nd Sat 9-4
Barbara joined Katie at Creations in 2015 and thoroughly enjoys working alongside Katie, as she feels they make a terrific team together. Barbara started her hairdressing career in 1996 at Cut Above Academy and then went on to work in salons around Auckland city eventually managing a salon in Mt Eden. She is enthusiastic about all aspects of hairdressing especially highlighting and fashion colours and takes immense pride in making her clients feel special.
Barbara lives with her husband and two sons. This pet-mad family have a pug called Spud, and a French bulldog named Frank.
Family time is important to Barbara and they enjoy summers in Matarangi and hit the ski slopes in Ohakune during the winter months.
Steven Au – Senior Stylist
Cockle Bay Wed & Thurs 9-9 Fri 9-5.30 Sat 9-4
Steven started his hairdressing career in London in the 1980’s and has enjoyed working in the industry ever since.
He joined the Creations team in 2016 and his forte is Cutting and Blow Waving. He also enjoys colour work and perming.
Having emigrated from Malaysia in 1988, Steven now considers himself to be a real Kiwi.
His lovely daughter seems to be growing up way too fast for his liking and when he is not working or spending time with his daughter, he is at his happiest when playing golf and is always keen to take up a golfing challenge.
Wendy – Senior Stylist
Cockle Bay Tues & Thurs 9-9 Sat 9-4
Wendy has over 2 decades of experience, and has a huge passion for hair and her clients. After working in many different areas of the hair industry, she still loves working with clients and delivering great service and exceptional hair. She loves to give clients what they want to make them feel great about their hair, whether it is a subtle change or a total transformation. Having clients walk out happy is the best part of her job. Since joining the Creations team she has also taken on the role of training our apprentices which she finds rewarding. Wendy looks forward to helping and assisting you with all your hair needs.
Jesse - Qualified Stylist
Cockle Bay Wed & Thurs 9-9 Fri 9-5.30 Sat 9-4
Jesse joined the Creations team in her final year of training. This past year has been a rewarding year for her. She has recently gained her National Trade Certificate of Hair Dressing and we are immensely proud of her. She has a particular passion for long hair, which comes from being 1 of 4 daughters. She loves creating beautiful balayage’s, long hair blow dry’s and braiding. If you have a little one that has a dislike for getting their hair done, then Jesse has a kind & gentle way of putting them at ease. After the Covid19 lockdown we had a few home hair disasters to rectify and Jesse stepped up to the challenge at hand. She really loves meeting new clients and helping them to feel like the best version of themselves by offering a complimentary consultation with her to layout a plan.
Sue - Receptionist
Cockle Bay Mon 9-2 Tues 2-7 Thurs, Fri & Sat 9-4
Sue is the receptionist/ front of house at Creations Hair Design at Cockle Bay. Having been a local business owner for many years she knows the importance of a great client experience and is here to make sure that’s what you receive from the moment you walk through our door. She has worked for Katie and Barb since 2018 and loves her role. She gets to meet and greet all our lovely clients as well as bumping into a few old faces that she has known from the past. With her past knowledge of the industry she can ensure you get the right stylist for your needs when making appointments and helping to ensure that your visit is an enjoyable one. Possibly her biggest challenge in salon is keeping Katie and Barb In check as they just love to squeeze in extra bookings, Sue is always up for that challenge! Sue looks forward to seeing you all soon.
Kat - Assistant
Cockle Bay Mon 9-2 Tues & Wed 9-9
Kat is a Loving Wife and Mother of 2. She is looking forward to starting her apprenticeship in the New Year with the Creations team. You will often see her observing the stylists at work, gaining new skills from them. Kat hopes to be using these skills on her own clients one day. She is certified in waxing, threading, shaping and tinting of eyebrows and eyelashes. But what she is really passionate about is giving a relaxing head massage at the basin.