5th December: Daniel Galvin
Daniel Galvin OBE is a British hair colourist who owns the Daniel Galvin brand, this incorporates London’s largest independent salon, franchised salons, and trademark licencing agreements. Daniel is known for his celebrity clientele and is world renowned for his expertise in hair colour.
Daniel started his career in the early 1960’s as an apprentice; this is when he first became fascinated by hair colour and its power to transform the way we look.
Daniel started experimenting with colour, using various formulas and created his own colour charts in the process. Soon his artist's eye caught the attention of both Vidal Sassoon and Leonard Lewis - these renowned stylists invited Daniel to work at their respective salons, but Daniel chose Leonard because of the bespoke hair colouring department that he wanted to make his mark within. He did this successfully and within just three short months Daniel was made top hair colourist and a year later his efforts were rewarded by being made director of the company. Daniel was quickly making a name for himself as being London’s hair colour specialist and he collaborated with top photographers, makeup artists and stylists within the fashion and beauty industries, with regular coverage in Vogue and all major glossy publications and newspapers. This experimentation with colour was something new to the public and everyone wanted to see it.
At Leonard, Daniel helped to launch the career of model Twiggy by transforming her into a pale blonde using a new highlighting system he'd invented called 'brickwork'. The ‘Brickwork’ technique is now used by colourists worldwide and Daniel and Twiggy have remained good friends ever since, In January 2015 Daniel and Twiggy worked on a Photo-shoot together for L’Oreal Professional as Twiggy is named UK brand ambassador.
In the late 1960s Daniel began to develop his famous 'crazy colours,' experimenting with silk and nylon dyes to create effects never before seen. Daniel's idea was to shock the general public into reconsidering hair colour as something creative and expressive rather than only functional, he wanted woman to think of hair colour like makeup thus enhancing their natural beauty and the world could never have predicted how welcomed and successful this concept was going to be, women all over were exposed to a new way to improve their appearance using hair colour to compliment their looks all thanks to Daniel’s hair colour vision.
From the 1970’s Daniel started working on films including such classics of the era as Clockwork Orange, Barry Lyndon, Murder on the Orient Express, The Other Side of Midnight, Revolution, First Night and more recently such films as Eyes Wide Shut, Basic Instinct, Iron Lady, Moulin Rouge, War Horse and Pirates of the Caribbean to name just a few.
Ever the innovator and ambassador, Since Daniel started working on photographic shoots films, magazines and celebrity clients and the requests have never stopped.
In 1977, Daniel left Leonard to open his first salon on George Street in Marylebone, the same street where he can be found to this day and houses 120 employees.
Daniel has worked with some of the biggest names in the industry from The Beatles to The Rolling Stones frequently works with leading celebrities, Madonna, Nicole Kidman, Ewan McGregor and Adele to name just a few. Daniel and his team are often retained to consult on movies when its necessary for an artist to change their hair colour for a particular role, for example Jim Broadbent in ‘Thatcher’, Benedict Cumberbatch in ‘Parade’s End’ and ‘Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy’ and Nicole Kidman in ‘Moulin Rouge’.
Daniel was Princess Diana’s colourist and gave her the golden locks she was admired for; they had a wonderful friendship and one that he will forever cherish.
During the 1980’s Daniel was head hunted by HOYU to introduce professional hair colour in Japan and the Far East, it is said Daniel is now the man responsible for some 32 million Japanese women now colouring their hair. Daniel’s partnership with cosmetics giant Japanese HOYU Co Ltd has delivered a highly successful colour brand.
Daniels proposition for natural beauty enhancement is evidenced on many key opinion formers and celebrities today and is an ethos carried through each and every Daniel Galvin salon.
Daniel has personally pioneered modern hairdressing techniques and made a huge impact on the art of colouring hair. After decades of recognition and awards he achieved the ultimate accolade in 2006 by being awarded an OBE for his contribution to hair colour and the industry.
Daniel Galvin has delivered luxurious, beautiful colour services to the world of colour and trains his teams to share his incredible philosophy and standards. Visiting a Daniel Galvin salon puts clients at the heart of hair colour innovation and allows them to fully trust real professional expertise because Daniel is just as passionate about colour today as he was when his journey began in the 1960’s.