Salon owner calls time

Lyn Bartlett (standing) with new Clippers owner Jude Klever.

Ashburton hairdressing icon Lyn Bartlett is hanging up her scissors this weekend after a long, colourful career.

Lyn bought Allenton hairdressing salon Clippers 35 years ago and has helped guide new generations of hairdressers through the industry.

“I’ve put a hell of a lot of apprentices through, and I have seen a lot of change in the industry,” she said.

The main change over the years for Lyn has been the colours used.

“It’s got a lot more exciting with the different colours and trends.”

Lyn started her hairdressing career in Ashburton, working in a few salons prior to starting at Clippers where she worked for 18 months before purchasing the business in 1987. She has built up a loyal client base.

“I’ve still got some old clients going back 30 years, I’ve got one lady … and she’s 90.”

Lyn who is 70-years-old thinks now is the time to retire.

“I’ve got to do it, I just need to spend more time with my grandkids, life’s slipping by, 70 is not a nice number for me.”

She said she will miss the company, but her new puppy will help with that.

“The puppy will keep me busy and I will take up golf, I have to be doing something or I’ll go nuts.”

New owner Jude Klever’s hairdressing career has gone full circle, starting out as a trainee at Clippers, then working around New Zealand and Australia before returning last May to Clippers as manager, after 16 years away.

“It was cool to see the same faces after 16 years still coming back here, which is a testament to Lyn,” she said.

Jude is excited about taking over and has some changes planned for the business, but they are top secret for now.

“It’s still going to reman Clippers, that is such an Icon in Ashburton I think, it will be Clippers with a fresh twist. The team is ready for a new chapter, it’s a huge deal for Lyn but she knows its going to be in safe hands,” she said.

-By Daniel Tobin