Our team

Meet the Blackbird Boutique hair and make up team. ​


Hi I'm Kim

I've had the pleasure of owning Blackbird for the past 8 years.  My biggest achievement and passion in life is not our businesses but my 3 girls and my biggest supporter Kent, my husband. My other family is my team of hairdressers, makeup artists, retail assistants and loyal clientele that I have had the pleasure of hanging out with for the past 20 years! Without them and their support I couldn't possibly do what I do! To work with such a passionate and committed group is so inspiring and I can't wait to see what the future holds!

Hi everyone I'm Simone

Taranaki born and bred, I’ve been hairdressing for 17 years and been a part of the Blackbird team for 6 of those. I have a really diverse range of clients from the ultra conservative to the outrageously wild, and I love tailoring your hair to match your individual style.
I teach Les Mills Body Combat classes at Rampage gym twice a week and spend most of my spare time exercising or drinking gin!

Hi everyone, I’m Jess 

I am the retail manager and makeup artist here at Blackbird!
I’m a qualified makeup artist with a diploma in TV, film, fashion and special effects makeup artistry.
I have been in the industry for 6 years now and love all things beauty and fashion related, having worked at Blackbird for 5 years!
If you’re getting married or have a special event coming up, I would love to help you get ready! So give me a call and I look forward to meeting you x


Hi my name is Kristin

I have been hairdressing for the last 20 +years and have had the pleasure of working at Blackbird since it opened either in retail or as hairdresser, Most recently I have re trained as a Nail Technician which I am super passionate about, it’s been an exciting journey learning new skills within the industry.
I have grown a fantastic clientele that I’m missing so much! Can’t wait to get back to work and create again!

Hi I’m Annette or Nettie

I’ve been in the Hairdressing industry 20 years most of that time has been here in New Plymouth, with sometime hairdressing overseas on cruise ships and a few years off the hairdressing floor in Christchurch in an Area Manager role looking after hair and beauty salons throughout the South Island.
After having my son Judah I decided it was time to come home to be closer to my amazing supportive friends and family. I love being part of the Blackbird crew and the area of hairdressing I am most passionate about is cutting and colouring, working with a client to create a look that suits their hair type and lifestyle. I’m very lucky to have a lovely loyal clientele who make me enjoy going to work everyday and do a job I love helping people look and feel good.


Hi everyone My name is Cristin

I am a fully qualified senior hair stylist here at blackbird society and absolutely love working with my talented blackbird family ,I love seeing all my beautiful clients,and look forward to meeting new ones, from clipper cuts to foils and creative balayage No head of hair is the same and I enjoy the challenge to make everyone happy and looking their best. Xo


Hey I’m Skye Hedley

As a well travelled hairstylist New Plymouth has always been home for me. I pride myself on my high standards and the flare that I can bring to each of my clients needs . I have been hairdressing for 10 years now and am still passionate about finding new ways to upskill and stay on trend in this forever changing industry. Out of work I enjoy exercising, going to the gym and spending time with my family and friends. 


Hey everyone, I’m Abby

I am your international hair stylist, originally from right here in Taranaki.
I began my hairdressing career 14 years ago building a strong foundation by taking on many opportunities that came my way. I am a seasoned session stylist, you may have seen me doing hair within the local community, New Zealand Fashion Week or styling on local and national competition floors.
When I was 22 I went to Australia for a visit and caught the travel bug which lead me to spend the next 8 years exploring and building up my hairdressing skills around the globe. I accumulated memories and life experiences in and out of the many countries and salons I visited via land and most recently by sea.
When I’m not working here at Blackbird you might spot me out and about hanging with my beloved Nana, capturing the beauty of Taranaki through the lens, hiking, cycling, attempting to surf or just kicking back having a coffee or beer with friends.
What I love most about my job is meeting new people and being able to help you look and feel your best every day through the art of hairstyling!
I can’t wait to see you, exchange some life stories and work my magic on your hair!


Hey I’m Marley

A third year apprentice. I’m really passionate about hairdressing, which has been a huge confidence booster for me. I enjoy all aspects of hairdressing, especially colouring! Outside of the salon I spend my time being the “cool” Aunty to my crazy nieces and nephews. I love making people feel good about themselves and giving good head massages.