Hair colourist Daniel Galvin recently marked his fiftieth year in the industry, yet the Galvin name has been synonymous with hairdressing for over a century. Daniel's grandfather, father and his brother Joshua were both hairdressers and while Daniel was still at school, he spent his Saturdays sweeping the floors and hanging up the towels at his father's London salon. Today, Daniel's three children, Daniel Jnr., James and Louise, all carry on the proud Galvin tradition.
Daniel was a young apprentice in the early 1960s when he first became fascinated by hair colour and its power to transform the way we look.
This was the era of swinging London and Vidal Sassoon was revolutionizing the world of haircutting. Daniel decided he wanted to do the same for hair colour. This wasn't an easy prospect. Very few people coloured their hair at that time but if they did, it was simply to cover up grey. The idea of a hairdresser specialising in hair colour was unheard of.
Determined to forge his own path, Daniel began scooping up locks from the salon floor, dying them with different formulas and creating 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 it had a bespoke hair colouring department. At Leonard, Daniel helped to launch the career of the model Twiggy by transforming her into a pale blonde using a new highlighting system he'd invented called 'brickwork'. This technique is now used by colourists worldwide.
In the late 60s Daniel began to develop his famous 'crazy colours,' experimenting with silk and nylon dyes to create dazzling effects. Daniel's idea was to shock the general public into reconsidering hair colour as something creative and expressive rather than only functional.more...