Our Team
Carmen Hempleman

Salon Owner:
Carmen Hempleman

My love of all things hair started in high school, I left school to pursue an apprenticeship and qualified in 1993, I followed my passion for another 5years before heading overseas with my husband Ian on our OE and having a complete career change while away. On our return to NZ we started a family and I supported Ian in furthering his career.

In 2017, we decided it was my time to return to the industry I have always loved and had a passion for.  That was when we purchased Live & Let Dye.  As owner it is my responsibility to drive and inspire my amazing team of stylists, I strongly believe in education and keeping us ahead of the trends. You may also find me at the basin giving a fabulous head massage and I have finally mastered the coffee machine.

In my spare time I love to spend time with my family and friends listening to music especially Fleetwood Mac but I like a bit of everything!

Robyn Kirkwood

Salon Manager & Master Stylist:
Robyn Kirkwood – 

Available for bookings Wednesday -Saturday

I started hairdressing in 2004 and my love for creating beautiful hair and sharing my knowledge and skills with other stylists has only grown.  I joined the Live & Let Dye team in 2016.

Originally from Christchurch, my hubby and I moved to Auckland in 2012 to gain experience and industry recognition for my photographic and long hair work. My most recent award being Highly Commended for the Keune Art Series 2017 Australasian competition.

I’m a huge fan of long hair and vintage styling as well as short precision cuts and perfectly blended balayage. I also love sharing my knowledge by training our junior staff to be the best they can be and helping my clients getting the most out of their hair.

When I’m not in salon creating magic for my clients you can find me playing my Saxophone with bands in bars around Auckland, hanging out at my local beaches in beautiful West Auckland, and spending time with my family and cats

Senior Stylist:
Apple Santinag

I started my hairdressing career in 2013 starting in some of Auckland’s leading salons and have loved every minute of it! I’m very passionate about creating beautifully blended balayages, soft foils and big transformations and I love that every day is completely different! I love making my clients feel their absolute best , so too, I feel good! 
Originally from Thailand, I moved here in 1997 and have lived in Auckland ever since. I have 1 beautiful son who is also on his way on to becoming a hairdresser!
I began with owning my own restaurant and have really learnt the art of hosting guests. Always paying attention to detail, I am always ensuring people are enjoying themselves and happy! 
When I’m not in salon I love chill out days watching Thai movies, cooking and I am a self confessed shop-o-holic… (but to be honest who isn’t?!?)
Caterina Celligoi

Senior Stylist:
Caterina Celligoi

I am born and raised in Auckland but i’m also half Italian, i’m the youngest in a family of five.

After being a hairdressing assistant for a few years I’ve decided to pursue a career in hairdressing. I’m really excited to be able to do my apprenticeship at Live and Let Dye, and I’m looking forward to learning more about colour and styling.

When I’m not at the Salon I enjoy spending time with friends, reading, baking, and creating art

Apprentice Hairdresser/Emerging Stylist:

Paige Sowerby

I started my hairdressing journey in 2020, after years of working in the hospitality industry. I have always loved watching videos of stylists online, and decided that now was the time to pursue the career myself. I especially love all things colour, and hope to one day become a Creative Colour Specialist.

I moved to New Zealand in 2014 from a tiny little island called Guernsey. The city life is very different from what I grew up in, but I really enjoy the freedom to be my authentic self. I love that we are able to help others become the truest version of themselves.

In my free time I love to play video games, write fiction, and create and wear costumes to various events. Anything creative is my jam!