Tuesday9:00 am – 8:00 pm.
Wednesday9:00 am – 3:00 pm.
Thursday9:00 am – 8:00 pm.
Friday9:00 am – 8:00 pm.
Saturday9:00 am – 3:00 pm.
286 Victoria Street
Open for over a decade at another location just done the road, Fabrik has really come into a league of its own in its contemporary digs in the newly built Riverbank Lane.
Bulb lighting, wide mirrors, polished wood, floor to ceiling windows that provide loads of natural light, copper and brass joinery and the type of bare concrete interior that is very hip right now, this hair salon ticks all the boxes when it comes to aesthetics. There is even a skullery of hair made skulls displayed in the salon to add a quirky touch that is sure to make you look twice. Senior colourist Hannah Stechman says it was important the salon felt welcoming to everyone, hence the communal table for waiting guests and the fresh pots of flowers and pot plants on the dressers. Owner and director Jamie Dryden has plenty of experience in hairdressing from his time in Edinburgh and Auckland, having been in the industry now for over 20 years.
Striving to appeal to the conscientious consumer, Fabrik uses only luxe brands that are free from harsh chemicals and are ethical and environmentally friendly, O&M and Kevin Murphy being the go to for hair products and services. Using bio towels instead of cotton ones (which are taken home and composted) is another sustainable option, and all the leftover recycled tinfoil scraps, plastic and paper to send to the recycling station as well. Looking for a makeover as well as an up-do for a special occasion? Fabrik offers both thanks to its range of Blać cosmetics that are both cruelty and paraben free, the only stockist of the range in Hamilton.
Making sure you’re well hydrated while you’re waiting on your cut or colour, have a complimentary coffee delivered from friends SL28 down the hall, or order a Forage & Bloom tea from the salon's drinks menu.
Promising ‘pure hair for real people’ Fabrik is not so much about audacious colour and cuts, as it is about celebrating the beautiful and unique array of natural hairstyles that walk through the door, managing to be both elegant and edgy all at the same time.
Words by Rosie Morrison & Photography by Anna Briggs
286 Victoria Street
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