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 assess 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 the 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 as one of the largest independently owned salons in the UK.
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 over 40 countries. His hugely successful Richard Ward Chelsea London (exclusively sold within Waitrose stores within the UK) is now sold internationally and the development of his detangling brush range Tangle Angel has led to him travelling extensively all over the world, further enhancing his global reputation as one of the country’s most influential hairdressers.
Richard has an unrivalled media presence and has worked exclusively on several cult shows such delivering his trademark makeovers as well as appearing extensively on radio, TV and media news as a commentator on industry trends and innovations.