Did you hear? We are WINNERS of the NZARH Kitomba Editorial Stylist of the Year for the Northern South Region! Check out the incredible images that were entered…… Read More

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Newsflash!! We are so excited and proud to announce that we took out six awards at the Kitomba NZARH Business Awards including NEW ZEALAND SALON OF THE YEAR! ?? This was at the Industry Awards held in Auckland over the weekend. On top of this prestigious award, True Grit won Grand Salon of the Year, Marketing Salon of the Year, Salon Design of the Year, 2016 editorial stylist for the Canterbury-Westland region and Ashlee van Wijk won Apprentice of the Year for the Northern/South region in New Zealand! Here’s what the judges had to say … Excellence In Marketing In… Read More


Congratulations to our very own apprentice of the year; Ashlee Van Wijk! Ashlee has been named as HITO’s Apprentice of the Year for the Northern South region.   As a regional winner, Ashlee is now a finalist for the overall HITO Apprentice of the Year Award. Ashlee will be heading to the HITO Industry Awards on Sunday 13 November in Auckland and we wish her good luck from all of us at True Grit! Ashlee says that she has fallen hopelessly in love with hairdressing since working at True Grit. She thrives on creating change for her clients, ranging across the scale from… Read More

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Jacqui, Sarah and Ashlee have been in Melbourne for the Australian Hair Expo and Awards. We were nominated for Best Salon Design and although we didn’t win (congratulations Edward and Co Alexandra!) the team had a fantastic time and were wowed by the truly inspirational hairdressers in Australia. They attended many look-and-learns and discovered new styles of cutting and colouring which they’re keen to put into practice back home in the True Grit salon. The work was original, pushed boundraies with colour and inspired Sarah to create her own collection, ‘Aztec’ (see photos below!) Jacqui attended the Top Salon Summit… Read More

Earlier this week the fifth annual NZ Best in Beauty Awards were celebrated in Auckland and the amazing Kérastase and L’Oréal Professionnel came out on top in a number of categories! Best Conditioner: Kérastase Résistance Soin Premier Thérapiste Best Shampoo: L’Oréal Professionnel Pro Fiber Restore Shampoo Best Treatment – Salon: Kérastase Fusio-Dose System Best Luxe Buy: Kérastase Densifique Sérum Jeunesse… Read More


We did it! For a second year running, True Grit has taken out the award for HITO’s Training Salon of the Year. Although our apprentice Libby Morton did not take out the grand prize for her award (Apprentice of the Year), she is still excited about her three day hair bootcamp coming up. She is also still the ‘North of the South Island’s Apprentice of the Year’ so she rocks!… Read More

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True Grit and our New Generation stylist Libby are heading up to Wellington this weekend to compete in the HITO Industry Awards. Libby is competing for the national title of ‘Apprentice of the Year’ and we are planning on retaining our status as ‘Training Salon of the Year’. Wish us luck! In the preliminary competition in October, our wonderful style director Haley Scandrett received the third place award in New Zealand for ‘The Cut’ at the NZARH Supreme Awards and Libby Morton took out the HITO North of the South Regional Apprentice of the Year! Check out some photos of… Read More


It’s official – True Grit is the HITO Training Salon of the Year 2014! We are so happy to be recognised for this award, we’ve worked really hard to establish our salon as a great place for up and coming talent to perfect their craft and we’re glad it’s paid off! Here’s what our fabulous leader Jacqui had to say upon winning: “Thank you Team True Grit! You are an awesome bunch of young ladies who are going places! Thank you Gary Marshal of L’Oreal, for your support and believing in True Grit from the very beginning. Thank you Brenda… Read More


We just got some AMAZING NEWS! Ashlee has been named a regional finalist for HITO Apprentice of the Year 2014! WOW! All of her amazing successes throughout the year have been noticed and we think she’s deserves it! But wait… There’s more! Jen is a finalist for Trainer of the Year! But wait… There’s still more! Jacqui/True Grit hair spa is a finalist for Training Salon of the Year! We are over the moon, giddy-with-excitement, and all the other wonderful hyperboles you can think of to describe our level or happiness! Thank you for your support through this year, we… Read More