Photography — Simon Devitt
Photography — Simon Devitt

Q&A with Servilles Platinum Stylist, Monique Hoareau | Servilles City Works

When did you know you wanted to be a hairdresser?

When I was a little girl, my mum always cut my hair. On special occasions, she would style my locks with flowers. She also happened to be a hairdresser from Wellington. It’s no surprise that I am my mother’s daughter.


How would you describe your hairdressing?

My style is like a chilled, crisp glass of champagne. It’s bubbly, it’s fun and it’s worth every penny you spend on it.


What is your favourite part about working in the new City Works salon?

Well, in the early ’80s when I was younger, so much younger, I met Paul Serville: a teacher, a confidant and my mentor. Working at City Works gives me the opportunity to work alongside my friend Paul once again.


What are some of your favourite things about Auckland?

Working in the middle of town, I soon get my fill of the hustle and bustle of city life. The sounds and smells of the big smoke.

Meanwhile, back at the ranch, I am a gal from the west, come sundown I dream of my little home in Piha.


Outside the salon, where can you be found? 

Usually, I’m in my garden or walking the beach and sometimes I can be found fossicking through the bric-a-brac all around Auckland.


Who would you like to have dinner with dead or alive?

That’s a really tough question. I would give anything to have one more dinner with my papa.


Can you give a brief overview of your personal beauty routine?

Moisturise, moisturise, moisturise. The best quality sunblock I can afford. My personal beauty routine? Cleanse, tone, Botox.


Trends you’re currently loving?

Trends and fashion go round and round. What I love to do is collaborate with my clients, to shape, cut and colour a style that works for them.

Photography — Simon Devitt
Photography — Simon Devitt

About Servilles City Works


Architect Jack McKinney
Jack won NZ House of the Year 2019 and designed Amano restaurant.


Painting/mural Ross Lewis
Ross has done murals in bars around the world and recently completed a mural in an old monastery that was converted into a bar in New York. Inside the painting in the salon, he has hidden a King Kong for the clients to try to find.


Lights (bubbles) Clooney’s restaurant


Mirrors 56 mirrors in total


City Works Depot Another creative space produced by James Brown and Simon Rountree who have also done the scrapyard in Grey Lynn, Ponsonby Fire Station and own Tournament Carparks