PUBLISHED: 09:15 17 September 2013 | UPDATED: 09:15 17 September 2013
Renowned Tunbridge Wells stylist Greg Morgan shares his top tips with Kent Life readers and answers their questions on hair care
One of the few recession-proof businesses has got to be hair salons. If my girlfriends and I are anything to go by, we’ll skimp rather than miss out on getting our barnets cut, coloured and generally sorted out.
Top stylist Greg Morgan, who joined Tunbridge Wells salon Leigh Roberts as creative director six months ago, couldn’t agree more.
“I’ve worked with celebrities all over the world, but heads are heads – people need haircuts and it doesn’t matter where you are in the world or who you are. We always feel good when our hair is shiny and bouncy and feeling clean and healthy.”
With a career spanning almost 30 years, Greg has worked with some of the biggest names in the business. His passion, creativity and desire to learn have seen him hold some of the highest-regarded positions in hairdressing, including creative director at Vidal Sassoon and also Aveda, top stylist at John Frieda and artistic director for Toni & Guy.
He has partnered in photographic collaborations with some of the world’s leading fashion photographers, including Lee Broomfield and Rankin, with editorial work appearing in Vogue, Elle and ID magazine.
He’s transformed supermodels backstage at key fashion shows worldwide, from Prada and Miu Miu to Hermes and Nicole Farhi, and his client list features ranges from Victoria Beckham and Naomi Campbell to Lauren Hutton and Marianne Faithful.
Greg adds: “From being a young hairdresser growing up I always used to wonder how things were done. That’s why I had to go on a quest to work with these great masters and salons and learn as much as I could. It’s then you need to go out there and establish yourself as an artist.”
And the Gillingham-born lad, now back from his global travels, is keen to share his knowledge and the techniques he has perfected, passing them onto both colleagues and clients. Just as he learnt at the feet of the masters.
He couldn’t be happier, working with his friend of 20 years Leigh Roberts in the town he first lived in when he was 25.
An older and wiser Greg, who has swapped a Harley for a bike and likes nothing better than tackling Kent’s hilliest terrain at weekends, explains: “I just needed a slightly different pace of life and besides the quality and standard of hairdressing outside London has grown tenfold over the last 10 to15 years.
“I’d seen what Leigh had done here and it just felt natural to come back to Tunbridge Wells. It works really well too, Leigh being the extraordinary colourist he is and my speciality being cutting and styling. I love working with clients in the salon, being part of a team.”
So what can this hair guru do for Kent Life readers in his new monthly column? “I want to share how you can achieve the looks you see in magazines at home,” he says. “Some of it is relatively easy to do, you just need the right products. I want to eliminate the fear; there are tricks everyone can learn to use at home.
“I’m thrilled that I can share with you my knowledge and experience and offer you insights into the world of hairdressing that has fascinated me from an early age and continues to excite me over quarter of a century on.”
Greg loves … [+ sea salt spray pic]
Davines Sea Salt Spray – I use it daily in the salon. It’s a deliciously scented, wonderfully versatile salt-infused styling spray that can be used on wet or dry hair to add body and fullness and create that beautiful windswept texture and slightly undone look.
It gives a matt finish to the hair, so no need to worry about it looking greasy, and it’s an amazing product to use to prepare your hair for an up-do as it gives the hair incredible grip, so very little back-combing is needed. It’s fabulous to mist over the ends of your hair before going in with the curling irons and can also be used on short crops for that scruffy, matt texture.
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Haircuts: have you had the same style for years and need to update it but don’t know how? Then Ask Greg.