While Servilles Academy this year celebrates its own 26th anniversary,  founder, Paul Serville, is also marking an amazing accomplishment of his own – 51 years in the hairdressing industry!

Throughout its years, the academy has seen a vast amount of student success –  from everyday wins to bigger accomplishments, such as the achievements gained by graduates later in their careers.

The academy is proud to have produced some of the industry’s best hairdressers, barbers and makeup artists. Here are some of those industry leaders…

Aaron de Mey
Aaron de Mey

Aaron de Mey graduated from Servilles Academy in 1995. After a breakthrough job in 1997, working with model Naomi Campbell for i-D Magazine, de Mey has found himself working for some of the fashion industry’s biggest names, including Calvin Klein, Prada, Celine and Tom Ford.

From 2008 to 2015, he was the International Artistic Creative Director of Makeup for Lancôme.

Further adding to his successful list of career highlights, De Mey was announced as Sephora’s Artistry Ambassador in 2013.

His most well-known projects include Kim Kardashian and Kanye Wests’ 2014 Vogue cover and the recent #MyCalvins campaign.

Michael Ashton
Michael Ashton

Michael Ashton, who is originally from Tauranga, graduated from Servilles Academy in 1999. He has become one of the academy’s most high-profile graduate success stories.

Following his training, Ashton moved to London where he worked closely with Elle Macpherson, Peaches Geldof and Bianca Jagger, to name a few.

Today, Ashton is Adele’s personal hairstylist and makeup artist (credit to Ashton for that iconic cat-eye) and Global Artistry Ambassador for Marc Jacobs.

Aside from those who have found success outside of New Zealand, the academy has their own, closer to home stories.

You may know a handful of their former students, who are now working in the Servilles salons in Newmarket, Ponsonby and Takapuna.

Olivia Davies (Newmarket Salon Manager and Platinum Stylist), Matt Borsos (Ponsonby Salon Manager and Platinum Stylist) and Rob Stowers (Platinum Stylist at Ponsonby) are just some of the academy’s alumni, amongst a selection of their co-workers. 

With Servilles Academy’s Workbase programme, selected students are given the opportunity to do their work experience within the Servilles commercial salons.

This gives students the chance to learn from the company’s experienced stylists, within a real environment. In addition to in-salon work, Servilles stylists are often requested by many brands to work on photoshoots and fashion shows.

Newmarket’s Sid Bahree is an example of this, leading the Servilles Academy hair team at New Zealand Fashion Week in 2018.

Are you interested in becoming a hairdresser, barber or makeup artist? The academy are now taking enrolments for their upcoming NZQA recognised programmes: 

•New Zealand Certificate in Makeup and Skincare (Level 3) intake starts 30th July. 

•New Zealand Certificate in Hairdressing – Salon Support (Level 3) and New Zealand Certificate in Barber Skills (Level 3) programmes commence 6th August.

Call 0800 SERVILLES or head to the website to find out more: servillesacademy.com