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.





Nov 2017

Industry Awards Best New Entrant

Nov 2017

NZ Salon of the Year 2017

Nov 2017

Excellence in Marketing 2017

Nov 2017

L'Oreal Grand Salon of the Year 2017

May 2017

NZHA Industry Hall of Fame

Dec 2005

Sebastian Professional Designer of the Year

Sep 2003

Australian Hair Fashion Award

Oct 2008

Black & White Designer of the Year

Oct 2003

Sebastian Grand Salon

Sep 2003

AHFA NZ Masters

Nov 2002

Schwarzkopf Professional Hairdresser of the Year 2002

Derek Elvy's latest news

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 Gets You a Lucky Strike

A new concept in Wellington dining. Lucky Strike serves the most delicious slow-cooked smoked Brisket. Are you ready to get Lucky?


Big J Stylez Fringe Play Starring Jacob

Jacob has quickly become a very important member of the Buoy family. He is a very talented actor, dancer and is about to star in his own play 'Big J Stylez' at the Fringe Festival from March 6th.


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.


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.


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.


Derek Elvy published by Hairdressers Journal International

This year yet again Derek's extraordinary talent was acknowledged and published by Hairdressers Journal International


Derek Elvy Inducted into NZHA Industry Hall of Fame

Derek Elvy - what a phenomenal career


30 year Collection Goes Global

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


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.


2018 January Opening Hours

Our last day for 2017 is Saturday 23 December and we are open again on Friday 5 January 2018.