Just Teasing has been an institution for many Wellingtonians for the last 20 years. Gale has been there for all of the salon’s moves, from Cuba Street to Egmont Street and, most recently, to upper Willis Street. Gale and her team are very excited to be in their latest location, and to be part of an area of town that’s coming back to life: “It’s so lovely to see these buildings being done up, it is a positive thing to come out of the bypass. Even though you can’t cross the street very easily!”
If it’s been a hard day and I’m in need of a drink I go to…To be quite honest I am really looking forward to the two restaurants that are going to open on either side of us (see FishHead #35 and our interview with the Bresolin brothers, Ed.). I love Duke Carvell’s, and also Southern Cross is nice to sit outside and have a drink at.
If I’m in need of a hearty meal I go to…Duke Carvell’s again, because I really like going to a place that has a good atmosphere.
If I need a slice of culture I can’t go past…Live music. My most favourite thing is to go see live music. I also love the Town Hall so I’m hoping that they’re going to do the work on it that needs to be done, because it really is a lovely venue.
My favourite Wellington landmark would have to be…It changes all the time, but recently I got excited when I walked past St Mary of the Angels on Boulcott Street. I just love it. I stand at that set of lights and think how you could easily miss it. But Wellington’s got heaps — the waterfront is amazing, the hills, the town belt, it’s really cool.
You’ll find me at Just Teasing…Four days a week. Since I’ve had my little girl, Aurelia, I’ve cut my workload slightly. Coming from Paekakariki, it takes about three hours by the time you add it all up. But it is good because I really like that when I catch the train in, I can wander up through town and wander back down at the end of the day. It’s really cool; it really connects you with Wellington.
The most exciting person I’ve met through hairdressing is…Probably my most famous client at the moment is Russel Norman. And we used to cut Jon Toogood’s hair back in the day!
The most memorable hairdressing job I’ve done is…In the 1990s we got to do lots of crazy colouring and stuff like that, like leopard-skin hairdos. It’s more the friendships we make over a long period of time that are memorable, and the people that we work with, and the days that we have where we pull off amazing work.
The longest I’ve had a client at Just Teasing is…All the way through! It is really special, and it’s kind of the thing that keeps you wanting to do it. The greatest thing about it is that it really develops friendships and that’s why I love it as much today as when I first started. You see people for a concentrated hour every six weeks, and some of your friends you wouldn’t have that time with! So people do share a lot with you and I guess that makes it kind of special as well. You get to share things with them, like when they want to look good for a special occasion. Hairdressers really love their clients.