Michael Beel

"The higher the hair, the closer to god" - Dolly Parton

Michael is one of New Zealand’s most sought after platform hairdressers.  As the Creative Director at Buoy, Michael has travelled throughout Asia, India, Australia and New Zealand - teaching, mentoring and educating fellow stylists.

Michael has honed his fashion eye to be editorial and fashion forward by working on local Fashion Weeks for designers including WORLD in New Zealand, and international fashion weeks such as Alexandra Owen in New York.  His work has also been published in the likes of Cleo, Cosmopolitan, Culture and Headway magazines. 

Michael continues to be one of NZ's most sought after Hair Directors.  He is often jetting around NZ to attend luxury fashion shoots and recently was charged with leading teams of Stylists at 2017 NZFW

When Michael is not wowing the fashion world, he is in the Salon caring for his loyal clientele and mentoring his team of stylists.


Nov 2020

Industry NZ Hairdresser of the Year - 2020

May 2017

New Zealand Hairdresser of the Year 2017

Nov 2017

NZ Salon of the Year 2017

Nov 2017

Industry Awards Best New Entrant

Oct 2014

Wella Trend Vision Finalist

Nov 2017

Excellence in Marketing 2017

May 2016

NZ Editorial Stylist of the Year 2016

May 2015

Hair Expo NZ Hairdresser of the Year 2015

May 2015

NZ Mens Hairdresser of the Year 2015

Apr 2014

NZ Hairdresser of the Year 2014

May 2018

Salon of the Year 2018

Nov 2017

L'Oreal Grand Salon of the Year 2017

Oct 2013

Educator of the Year

Oct 2008

Central Hairdresser of the Year

Jan 2008

2008 Schwarzkopf Professional Central Hairdresser of the Year

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Dec 2019

Holistic, warm and sensitive

A heartfelt thank you for a holistic treatment, the warmth and sensitivity of your selected team and the excellence of work. Your skill and humanity shows through with all the people I have had the pleasure to interact with.
Have a peaceful, love filled Christmas and may the new decade build strength and success to yourself and your business.


Dec 2019

Highly recommend

I had a cut and colour with Michael and Katie who were both absolutely amazing and professional. In fact the whole team were friendly, welcoming and professional. I would highly recommend this salon.


Jul 2018

Love the team, love the service, just simply LOVE LOVE LOVE

I just thought I'd send a quick note to say that I still absolutely LOVE everything about Buoy. Mathias is awesome with colour and of course, Michael is just amazeballs with cutting my hair. I couldn't imagine ever trusting any other salon with my hair.


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Michael Beel's latest news

Industry Winners

Award-winning collections from Buoy's top stylists


New York state of mind

Michael Beels' Top 5 NYFW moments



Buoy now delivering during Level 3


With Love...

33 years and counting


Up your snack game

Food stylist @Stylish_Foodie helps you up your snack game


Award Finalists

Buoy continues to push the awards boundaries


Fembot Bookish Aliens - Zambesi NZFW

NZFW Highlights from the team


40 years young - Zambesi Retrospective NZFW

Zambesi Retrospective Showcase


Lust for Colour

Award winning images from Michael Beel and Andrew Cobeldick


From Paris with Love

Check out the highlights from Michael Beel's recent sojourn to Paris. All his must see, do and places to eat.


Behind the Hair - NZFW 2018

Behind the scenes look at Creative Director Michael Beels top four shows from NZFW as Hair Director for L'Oreal Professionel


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.


NZFW 2017 Backstage with Michael Beel

NZFW held in Auckland at the end of August 2017 is New Zealand’s premier fashion event celebrating all things fashion. Held predominately in the Viaduct Event Centre with a few offsite shows, it's always an event for a team not to miss.

This year saw Michael, Mathias, Courtney and Eilish head to Auckland, and lead and assist on over eleven shows throughout the week. Below is the week according to our Creative Director and NZHA Industry Hairdresser of the Year 2017, Michael Beel.


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.


NYFW 2018 BTS with Michael Beel

Michael Beel flew to New York early February to work backstage at one of the most prestigious fashion events in the world... New York Fashion Week. This was his prize for winning Industry NZ Hairdresser of the Year in 2017.



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


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 Memorial Event

The King of Avant-Garde's life will be remembered in true Derek Elvy style on Monday 23 April, 4pm, The Pines, Houghton Bay, Wellington.


A message from Derek's fur baby Boots

I am Boots, Derek Elvy's son. Thank you so much for all the love and support you are showing my Dad's family and friends. It is truly heartwarming to us all. I am keeping warm and cozy in my new home. I miss him so much.


Derek Elvy Inducted into NZHA Industry Hall of Fame

Derek Elvy - what a phenomenal career


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.


Hairdresser of the Year Has a New Look

NZ’s Hairdresser of the Year Michael Beel received a fresh new look from Buoy Master Stylist Bev Dodd.


Learn to Style your Hair from NZ's Best

A style that is perfect for that windy Wellington day.


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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