Our Graduates



Hayley Pullyn is a freelance hair and makeup artist, who graduated from our Academy in 2000. With the training and passion for both hair and makup, Hayley has had a very sucessful and exciting career in the beauty industry. Working nationally and internationally, Hayley has worked with many of the industries greats and remains a big part of the hair industry in New Zealand, expecially with her role as Creative DIrector for Matrix in New Zealand. 


HOW DID YOU GET INTO MAKEUP AND HAIRDRESSING? It had always been a dream of mine to do makeup, just through the powers of TV and wanting to be like a TV makeup artist. I went and did a makeup course and that lead me into realising I needed to be able to do hair as well. So I really got into hairdressing because I realised I needed both skills. Once I started I realised I loved it and continued with it.


HOW HAS YOUR EDUCATION GIVEN YOU THE FOUNDATION TO GET WHERE YOU ARE TODAY? I wouldn’t be where I am today without Servilles, I really wouldn’t. It’s that core fundamental learning and those core skills that you learnt that give you the foundation to everything that you go on to do. You never forget those core skills that you learn. And the Servilles name is the reason I was able to get where I am today, what the brand has created has definitely helped.


HAVE YOU FOUND THAT SERVILLES TRAINIGN IS RECOGNISED BEYOND NEW ZEALAND? Absolutely! When I went for my job in L’Oreal Australia instead of saying I was a great hairdresser and this and that, they said and “‘Servilles’ hairdresser Hayley”, it is just such a powerful name in the industry.


WHAT WAS YOUR FIRST BIG BREAK IN THE INDUSTRY? Wining young colourist 2004. That gave me exposure and PR. Everything just went from there, people were like “oh you’re the young colourist winner, do you want to come work at fashion week, or on this major hair show?” It got me in involved fashion events and hair shows which ended up becoming such a huge part of my career, especially the hair shows. So much so, that I ended up becoming a project manager at hairdressing shows. I went from an assistant to the headlining person, to managing and creating those shows.


WHAT WERE THE BIGGEST STRUGGLES YOU FACED WHEN STARTING OUT? It’s always when things are hard and tough, and you want to quit. When I was hairdressing it was finishing my cutting training, which I found really hard. I naturally drew to colouring but I don’t have any problems with the cutting now. It does take a while to get to that point.


DO YOU HAVE ANY ADVICE FOR SOMEONE FOLLOWING HIS OR HER DREAM IN THIS INDUSTRY? Work hard, have a great attitude and be a yes person.


DO YOU HAVE ANY ADVICE FOR CURRENT STUDENTS? You’ve payed a lot of money so milk everything you can out of it and be a sponge. Absorb as much information as you can.


WHICH HAIRSTYLISTS, FROM PAST OR PRESENT, INFLUENCE YOU THE MOST? Vidal Sassoon is definitely one of the most influential hairdressers from the past. However, he is also still in present, as a lot of the core from Servilles comes from Vidal Sassoon because Paul Serville went and did Sassoon training.




WHAT DO YOU LOVE MOST ABOUT YOUR CURRENT WORK? What I love is that I feel lucky, unlike my friends to say that I love what I do everyday. I get to say I am going to do someone’s hair and make up and it’s going to be so much fun. I don’t have to do things I don’t like, because I really do love my job.


IS THAT WHY YOU CHOSE HAIR AND MAKEUP, BECAUSE IT’S FUN? In a way yes, however I also love the creative aspect of it and the way you can change the way someone feels about themselves with a pair of scissors or makeup brush.


WHAT IS YOUR FAVOURITE LOOK AT THE MOMENT? I love a very textured wave on a long bob. A big deep side part, tucked a bit behind the ear. Love that look!


ANY HAIR TIPS OR SECRETS FOR CURRENT STUDENTS? Don’t cheat with your cutting! Even when it’s hard, just practise, practise and practise. My next one would be, don’t put yourself in a box where you have to do things a certain way. Think outside the box as well. But, that is done at it’s best once you have learnt the core skills, only then can you break the rules!