Richard briefly trained at Daniel Galvin before joining Neville Daniel in 1985 and meeting and working with many of the people that remain his colleagues today, such as Julie, Gavin, Fiona and Robert. After completing his apprenticeship, Richard left to work at Hari’s salon in SW7 before returning to Neville Daniel in the early 90′s to resume his career at a more senior level.
Following a change of ownership, Richard met his wife Hellen when she was brought in to manage the ailing business. Months later, Richard and Hellen conducted a management buy-out and started the lengthy process of re-building the salon. In 1997, after expiry of their lease, they moved to their Sloane Street premises, re-branding as Richard Ward. A further move to their current location in 2005 led to them developing one of the first super size salons in the capital and cultivating the business to its current position.
Royal and celebrity hairdresser Richard is globally renowned for his on-going and long-standing role as hairdresser to HRH The Duchess of Cambridge and HRH The Countess of Wessex. With his resulting trademark Chelsea Blow Dry, his ethos is to ensure women leave the salon both looking and feeling beautiful. His vast and loyal clientele and globally renowned career highlights are testament to his core salon role as one of the most exceptional hairdressers of his generation.
Richard’s philosophy is simple; he wants women to love their look and this principal echoes through both his salon and his luxury ranges of hair care and styling products, which have become an integral part of his unsurpassed success and are now distributed across 18 countries. Diffusion ranges such as his hugely successful Chelsea Collection (exclusively sold within Waitrose stores) sit alongside his premium product range Couture Hair, sold exclusively on QVC, where his regular slots attract a loyal following and impressive reviews.
Richard has an unrivalled media presence – as both resident hairdresser on ITV’s Alan Titchmarsh show and Lorraine breakfast programme, Richard remains king of the TV makeover. Richard has also worked exclusively on several cult shows such as Trinny & Susannah, Extreme Makeover, Pop Goes the Band, Fat Families and Coleen’s Real Women as well as appearing extensively on radio, TV and media news as a commentator on industry trends and innovations.
Richard regularly teaches and conducts seminars for L’Oréal both in the UK and internationally and has been awarded accolades including the revered Fellow with Honours, Fellowship for British Hairdressing Media Ambassador and TIGI Celebrity Hairdresser of The Year. Richard is a keen supporter of the industry charity HABB (Hair & Beauty Benevolent) and is co-founder of children’s charity HAIRraising, raising funds for Great Ormond Street Hospital.