VARDA operates a training salon that is open to the public.  The purpose of the salon is to provide students with 'real client' experiences.  Appointments are essential.

Click here to view VARDA’s salon.



Monday: 9am - 4pm
Tuesday: 1pm - 4pm
Wednesday:  4.30pm - 7.30pm
Thursday: 9am -4pm

The Training Salon operates in 'sessions'.  Most services are booked at the start of a session e.g. 9am.  Services such as cut and dry may sometimes be booked later in the session.



Phone: 07 838 3744
Call in to: 389 Anglesea Street - Hamilton

We are located just north of the main Transport Centre (Bus Depot) down the driveway between Copier World and Patterson Burn Optometrist.  See Contact Us for map/street view.



Your hair service is being performed by students who are in training.  The salon experience should be a positive one for both client and student.  Students are fully supervised. 

Your service is expected to take longer than if you were at a commercial salon. Your patience and understanding is much appreciated.

The training salon is not appropriate for children. If, due to circumstances there is a need to bring children, they must be supervised at all times.



We cannot offer a quote without viewing your hair and discussing your requirements.

Charges are “minimal” and depend on the amount of product used on your hair.  Please ask for the price of your service before it commences.



VARDA has a strict policy on Skin Patch Testing prior to every on-scalp colour, including toners.

While not common, allergic reactions can occur in some clients who have previously not had a reaction.

All colour clients are required to undergo a ‘Skin Patch Test’ to check for allergic reactions.

As VARDA is a training organisation it is important that we follow industry standards. 

Colour manufacturer’s product instructions require a Skin Patch Test to be performed prior to every on- scalp colour application.  This means that each time you have an on-scalp colour in our training salon you will:

  • Have to undergo a Skin Patch Test in our training salon 48 hours before your colour appointment (this does not take long); or
  • Have to have applied a ‘Patch Test’ at home 48 hours before your appointment.

We will send you a test kit or you can collect from us or, you will be given one at the end of each colour appointment.  The Patch Test must be visible so that we can check it prior to starting your on-scalp colour service.

Reactions tested for: 

Itching, swelling, redness and burning of the skin (rinse the area immediately with water) and in severe cases vomiting and respiratory distress. VARDA takes this precaution to keep clients safe from chemical reactions.

NO Patch Test, NO on-scalp colour, NO exceptions!

We apologise for any inconvenience Patch Testing may cause you. VARDA makes sure it takes these precautions to keep clients safe from chemical reactions.



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“I never enjoyed high school, but I was still really nervous about leaving school early and going into a hairdressing collage. I didn't know if I was even capable of being a hairdresser. However I loved my first few weeks and kept loving it until my last day 2 years later. I always felt that I was never good at anything in high school, but at Varda the support and encouragement I received from my tutors and the staff was amazing and made me feel confident about myself and what I was doing. They made my goals realistic and possible and I finally felt like I had found something I was good at. It was a bittersweet moment on my last day, I was sad to leave Varda, but cannot wait for what my future holds for me. Thank you Varda Academy”

Casey Roycroft

“Varda is an awesome learning environment. I have learnt so much from being here and I always enjoy coming to course. The support you get from all the staff is amazing and they’re all super kind and welcoming. Since coming to Varda I’ve had the opportunity to learn so many new skills and I’m excited to learn even more along the way.”

Mahina Peihopa