They don't come more inspirational and iconic than our dear friend and Maman Woman, Marilyn Whelan.  Marilyn's dedication to her friends and family, her industry and her loyal customers is respected and admired by everyone who has had the pleasure of meeting her.  

1977 was the year that Marilyn opened her first salon, Marilyn's Hairdressing.  As a brilliant stylist, Marilyn worked tirelessly to build a brand that has now become an institution, both in the local Remuera area and in the hairdressing industry.  Whilst she is no longer on the floor, her focus remains on the future of Marilyn's and the training of young hairdressers and stylists.

We caught up with Marilyn before the end of the current Auckland Level 3 lockdown, 48 hours before the salon opened it's doors again to her beloved customers. She is upbeat, positive and excited about it, welcoming us into her haven where you can't help but get caught up in her passion for what she does and her overall lust for life and love of people.   As a fellow business woman, her outlook on running a business over the last couple of COVID effected years is refreshing and lacking in negativity, a truly aspirational approach to business in the current climate.

Marilyn wears clothes, they don't wear her.  Here at Maman we have a love for styling and pulling together outfits, but Marilyn is truly in her own league!   We stood in awe as she took a scarf and turned it into the perfect hair accessory in less than a minute!   Pushing the boundaries of colour, texture and fabric was so much fun to watch as she mixed her new purchases from Maman with pieces from her amazing back catalogue of products from our store.

We wanted to support Marilyn as much as she continues to support us and our Maman team, so we hope you enjoy reading the below and finding out more about the wonderful woman that is Marilyn Whelan.

 Introducing Marilyn Whelan

Company Director Marilyn's Hairstyling

Location: Marilyn's Hairstyling Salon, Remuera, Auckland
Photographer: Jono Parker
Styling: Marilyn Whelan