About Us

VARDA (originally Waikato School of Hairdressing) has been under the management of Deb Clark since 1991. During this time VARDA has seen many, many students through its doors and successfully out the other side working in great salons and enjoying amazing careers.

VARDA not only tutors in hairdressing, which is a major focus, but their competencies extend to barbering (which is making a comeback), retail, hospitality, travel, tourism and fashion training. It’s certainly worth considering VARDA as an option for further education and career choices.



Deb Clark

Director of VARDA. Deb bought Waikato School of Hairdressing in 1991 and that year had a total of 10 students. Today VARDA boasts 90 plus students a year! VARDA is continually evolving as Deb stays ahead of the game to provide the best facilities and highest standard of learning for students. She is extremely proud of VARDA’s achievements.

Please note: "I Deb Clark, Director hereby declare that I have no actual or potential material conflict of interest that may arise from my role as a governing member of VARDA."

Cara Healy

Academy Manager, works alongside Deb to ensure the school runs at peak performance. This is an extremely busy yet rewarding role with new and exciting initiatives to embrace and implement. Cara has been in the Hair and Education industries for many years and brings a wealth of passion and experience to this role.

Gail Clark

“Go to Lady” ie stock control. Gail works part time and in the 2 days she's at VARDA it's incredibly busy - meeting with reps, organising orders, stocktaking etc. Gail loves working with the VARDA team.

Stephanie Cornes

Front Desk Manager, works alongside Cara and Deb to ensure the school runs smoothly. Steph has been in the Hair and Beauty industry for many years and has a great relationship with the students at VARDA.

Sharon Small

Shazz is an extremely experienced stylist and plays an active part in the Hairdressing industry. She loves her role as a tutor with VARDA. She's motivated, down to earth and gives her students encouragement and an extra push in the right direction.

Jackie Gallichan

Jackie's been in the Barbering industry for over 25 years and Barbering is all she's ever wanted to do. Now that she's a Barbering tutor she loves sharing her knowledge 

Rachel Arnold

Rachel is an extremely passionate hairstylist who has enjoyed the change to tutoring. She is an experienced tutor of all levels of hairdressing, including full time students and apprentices. Rachel loves passing on her skills and knowledge and watching her students succeed. She is a much valued member of the Varda team.

Lisa Vu

Lisa is a past student who graduated in 1999 and has been working in the industry ever since. Over the years Lisa has owned her own salon, up-skilled and completed a number of advanced hairdressing courses and trained those newer to the industry. Lisa is committed to passing on her knowledge and skills and providing a fantastic learning experience to her students.

Liz Carey

Liz provides her students with a wealth of knowledge and experience. She has been in the hair business for many years, with a specialty in Barbering. From the UK, Liz is enjoying life in New Zealand and with her bright and bubbly personality we are lucky to have her.

Lisa Armstrong

Lisa is a very passionate hairstylist, who was trained by one of Hamiltons’ best. She made the switch to tutoring a few years ago and is passionate about sharing her knowledge with her students. She is an experienced tutor of all levels of hairdressing, delivering and assessing to both full time students and apprentices.

"A big thank you to VARDA managing staff and teachers who kept my dreams alive. In particular, Heidi, Cara, Alta, Lisa, Ashlee and Steph with her pleasant and friendly greeting with a smile...it has been and eventful ride, with blood sweat and tears. I held onto my new passion, and when I was about to hand in the towel, you made me realize that giving up was not an option. This school turned out to be the best by far. I will always remain grateful and thankful."

Kashiefa Slamang

“Varda is a great learning environment, everyone is so helpful and nice. The tutors are always kind and are there to help. Varda has a great salon to learn and work in. I would recommend Varda to anyone that wants to be in the Hairdressing industry.”

Leah Cooper