Servilles Academy location in Canada Street Paul Serville Founder of Servilles Academy

About Servilles Academy


Servilles Academy was established in 1993 by Paul Serville (Founder and Director) who has over 50 years of experience in the industry. The academy was created with the intention of training the next generation of Hairdressers in New Zealand. Over the years the academy expanded, offering Barbering and Makeup courses, becoming Australasia’s leading and most award-winning Hairdressing, Barbering and Makeup academy.

The academy has earned its reputation as an exceptional training organisation and is recognised both locally and internationally as a highly trusted and respected pioneer of Hairdressing, Barbering and Makeup education. This is reflected our numerous awards, including being named Australasian Education Organisation of the Year for three consecutive years.

The courses available at Servilles Academy are all NZQA approved qualifications, consisting of; Hairdressing (Level 3 and Level 4 certificates), Barbering (Level 3 certificate) and Makeup (Level 3 and Level 4 certificates). All of our courses are taught by our highly trained and passionate tutoring team, who each bring their own industry experiences and creative flare.

In addition to in-class learning, our students are also given the chance to partake in high-profile and diverse external opportunities, to give them a taste of work in the real world. Opportunities include; New Zealand Fashion Week, television programmes, live performances, runway shows and music videos for internationally renowned artists.

To hear more about Paul and the history of the academy,  listen to his episode on NewstalkZB’s HP Business Class podcast with Heather du Plessis-Allan here.


In July 2018, we moved into our new space, our fourth location since the establishment of the academy, over 25 years ago. The incredible new space is located at 8 Canada Street, just off Upper Queen Street and Karangahape Road in Auckland’s CBD. Previously the Zambesi workshop, this place is no stranger to creative souls ready to make their mark on the world. Not only is the stand-alone building contemporary, it is also sustainable; the roof has been built on an angle so that rainwater can be collected and reused within the building. The water is also heated with the use of solar power.

The interior of the building is cleverly architecturally designed, with there being a salon, large learning space, Head Office and a tutor’s office being spread over four floors. The salon is store front, further replicating the feel of a professional salon for both the clients and students and, as a bonus, there is more accessible parking.

The main floor of the academy is a bustling of hub of students and tutors. The open-plan learning space features three areas, each dedicated to the three disciplines taught at the academy (hairdressing, barbering and makeup). There is also a theory space and student break room. The open-plan space encourages a more community-based environment where students can communicate and inspire one another more freely. Reflecting the academy’s contemporary culture and sustainable attitude, this new space is another reason as to why the academy is top of its game in hair and beauty education.


We are thrilled to share our list of awards and recognitions, achieved by Servilles Academy and the three commercial Servilles salons throughout the years.

  • Schwarzkopf Hairdressing Award (x19)
  • L’Oreal Colour Trophy Award (x27)
  • NZHR Award (x4)
  • Wella YPS Award (x13)
  • Redken “The Face” Award (x4)
  • Sebastian Award (x5)
  • New Zealand Hairdresser of the Year (x4)
  • New Zealand Salon of the Year (x4)
  • Australasian Excellence in Marketing (x1)
  • Australasian Business of the Year (x3)
  • Australasian Education Organisation of the Year (x3)