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Derek Elvy

Founder & Director
"Keep it Simple. You have a set of senses, use them wisely." - Derek Elvy

Derek has spent 40 years driving the NZ hairdressing industry forward.  In 2017 Derek was inducted into the NZHA Industry Hall of Fame.  He is renowned for his artistic flair and creative, out-of-this-world, avant-garde eye.  His attention to minute detail can lead to a different thought pattern, and blurs the line between art and hair.

Derek is the founder of Buoy Salon & Spa.  He set up his dream Salon in suburban Wellington in 1988.  2017 marks 30 years of creating beautiful, thought provoking hair - 30 years of phenomenal in Wellington.

Since Buoy's inception, Derek and his team have constantly been in the media eye and have consistently placed in the industry's top awards shows in Australasia.

Derek is one of the most awarded hairdressers in NZ and Australia and has won seven Australasian titles including NZ Hairdresser, and Avant-garde Hairdresser of the year.  His works have been published internationally and he has been the driving force behind many creative wonders.

He worked on Lord of the Rings assisting with ‘elven’ hair, collaborated with high profile fashion designers and has also worked on ad campaigns with the likes of WOW and World and has created trends internationally for Wella, amongst many others.

 “The luxury of finding a place of belonging - not in the limelight, not as a weapon of choice, but in an industry where I can ‘just be me’ and shed some enriched light on the possibilities” - Derek.

 

 

 

Awards

May 2017

NZHA Industry Hall of Fame

Oct 2008

Black & White Designer of the Year

Dec 2005

Sebastian Professional Designer of the Year

Oct 2003

Sebastian Grand Salon

Sep 2003

AHFA NZ Masters

Sep 2003

Australian Hair Fashion Award

Nov 2002

Schwarzkopf Professional Hairdresser of the Year 2002

Derek Elvy's latest news

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.

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30 year Collection Goes Global

To celebrate our 30th year the Buoy Salon Team have created this award-winning and internationally published collection.

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Derek Elvy Inducted into NZHA Industry Hall of Fame

Derek Elvy - what a phenomenal career

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Thanks to the extraordinary team

Derek was recently cared for by the extraordinary team at the Blood Cancer Centre and Radiation Treatment Department, Wellington Hospital.

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2017 - A Year to Celebrate

Being our 30th Birthday, we knew we wanted to achieve something special and we believe we have done just that.

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What would you do if you had 100 days left?

What would you do if you knew you only had 100 days to live? We ask a selection of New Zealanders to share their stories about what they would do, or how this topic impacts on them.

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