Jamie Dryden is the founder and director of Fabrik, an eco-friendly hair salon based in Hamilton, New Zealand. Originally from Fife, Scotland, Dryden started his career across the water in Edinburgh, a job which then took him to Glasglow, London, and Auckland until he finally settled in Hamilton. Here he opened Fabrik, a salon that prides itself on using colours that are free of harsh and harmful chemicals; a step towards saving the environment, and a safer work environment. Since a New Zealand fashion week opportunity catalysed the project, Dryden has found a way to further his eco-conscious approach by recycling the salon’s hair waste, and the results are stunning.
Growing up, when did you know you were going to take the creative path? My last job in Edinburgh before moving to New Zealand, was a hairdresser at renowned salon Charlie Miller. It was there where I found an interest in the creative side of hairdressing and using hair as an art form. Jason Miller, in particular was really influential in pointing me in the right direction. From then on it flourished and it became my creative outlet outside of the everyday stuff I did in the salon.