Chinney Yeap

Colour Director
"People will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people never forget how you made them feel." - Unknown

Chinney Yeap is the Buoy Salon Colour Director. She is strong, dynamic and ever-evolving.  In her 20s, Chinney knew she wanted to work at the top salon with "a vision that I truly believed in".  She knew it was critical for her growth that she was surrounded by phenomenal creative talent. Chinney chose Buoy as the place to make the vision her reality.

Chinney has dipped her feet into World of Fashion Week and Fashion.  This is where editorial and competition hair became her passion.  She developed a real love and understanding of the formulating of colour and the technical aspects of the world of colour.  After 6 years at Buoy, she decided to spread her wings and with the support of her team and family, she left Wellington to another fashion capital - Auckland - and then Melbourne, Australia where she joined a team of colourists where she was soon fully booked and in high demand.

Chinney continued to win competitions and represented her country.  She was the first New Zealander to win at a live international competition in Monaco - this still remains one of her many career highlights, along with landing the title of People's Choice at the 2016 Australasian Hair Expo Awards.  Chinney is now back with her Buoy family leading the Buoy Colour Dream Team and continues to be a mentor and leader in her field. 

Chinneyhas become a Mum to Felix and is on maternity leave from May for 6 months. Chinney has handpicked an exceptional Colourist, Katie Johnston, to care for her clients while she is caring for her precious son Felix.

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Nov 2017

Industry Awards Best New Entrant

May 2018

Salon of the Year 2018

Nov 2017

NZ Salon of the Year 2017

Nov 2017

Chinney Yeap Business Stylist of the Year 2017

Nov 2017

L'Oreal Grand Salon of the Year 2017

Jun 2017

Hair Expo Melbourne People's Choice 2016

Jun 2016

Wella Trend Vision 2016

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Jul 2018

Why Buoy is Wonderful

A) Putting your customer first 


Mar 2017

Best place in town


Aug 2017

Chinney did a fabulous job

Although i'm a life member of Buoy and always love your work, thought I would give some feedback!  Chinney did a fabulous job of my Colour, and giving a bit of playful pink for me to go away with, was very cool!  Great head massage, lovely way with people. 


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Chinney Yeap's latest news

Exclusive Laser Evening

Celebrating living in your best skin ever. We have invested in the most advanced Laser technology and holding an exclusive invite-only event to celebrate. 100% of ticket sales donated to Mary Potter Hospice in memory of the late Derek Elvy.


Buoy NZ Salon of the Year 2017

Buoy Salon & Spa wins 5 of the most sought after awards in our industry.
Salon of the Year, L'Oréal Grand Salon of the Year, Excellence in Marketing, Business Stylist of the Year Chinney Yeap and Best New Entrant.



To celebrate our 30th year the Buoy Salon team created this internationally published collection with some of the worlds most talented creatives.


The Buoy family keeps growing

Chinney Yeap introduces two of latest members of the #BuoyFamily.
Katie Johnston our exceptional Master Colourist and her beautiful newborn boy Felix.


Treat & Transform with Fusio Dose

Fusio-Dose hair ritual is our bespoke in-salon treatment by Kérastase that will nourish your hair and leave you it with the shine that will turn heads.


Derek Elvy's New Home Celebrated in NZ House & Garden

Learn more about Derek Elvy's most recent creative journey. Turning a Chocolate Factory in Featherston, Wairarapa into his home/living gallery. Get your hands on the March issue today.


Buoy launches new Website

Buoy Co-Owner & Managing Director Phillippa Middleton explains why creating a new online platform was so important to her vision to be the leaders in the Salon and Spa, and online.