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The Candle Clinic at Richard Ward Hair & Metrospa

The ancient Brazilian technique of Velaterapia involves using a candle flame to cauterize aged, split ends and deliver stunning results. Split ends - the result of damage to the hair’s cuticle and cortex - can make longer hair look dehydrated, dull and lifeless and unless removed can travel further up the hair shaft, resulting in more extensive and severe damage. Prevention is essential, and with cure traditionally being through cutting, our Candle Clinic offers a practical solution for those who want to maintain their hair length. Our expert Nando has undergone specialist training and works with precision attention to detail, section by section, to regenerate long hair and leave it with newfound lustre and vitality. Includes cleanse, condition, trim (if required) and blow dry. For best results, visit our Candle Clinic for treatment every 6-8 weeks.



Royal and celebrity hairdresser Richard Ward is pleased to announce his return to ITV’s Alan Titchmarsh Show as resident hairdresser this autumn.

The series returned to ITV afternoons on 8th September 2014 and will run for fifty episodes, airing weekdays at 3pm. Richard reprises his role in this, his 3rd series as stylist to the makeover section.

The show features a weekly selection of regular strands including Style File, Cookery and Brilliant Beverages, as well as interviews with celebrity guests and lively performances from top West End musicals. Richard is on hand to deliver the very latest in expert hair tips, tricks and advice, and his expertise plays a key role in transforming the looks of one lucky member of the public/audience each week.

The production team often theme the makeover to ensure it covers such topics as dealing with hair loss post cancer treatment and rectifying colour mistakes. Richard often brings along one of his expert colour technicians to help create the dramatic ‘reveals’ that his segment has become synonymous with.

Richard said: ‘I am delighted to have been invited back to the Alan Titchmarsh Show for my 2nd series as resident hairdresser. It’s always fantastic experience and I relish the challenge of transforming a member of the public and giving them their dream hair. I love the challenge of live TV and find it as exhilarating as it is testing! I am very much looking forward to working with Alan and the fantastic ITV team once again.’

Richard Ward Hair & Metrospa welcomes Smile team to salon

Richard Ward Hair & Metrospa is delighted to announce that the team from the prestigious Smile salon, Chelsea, will be joining the Richard Ward team at their Sloane Square premises from Monday 8th September.

With experience spanning over four decades, the Smile team – including original owners Leslie Russell and Keith Wainwright, MBE - bring with them a wealth of knowledge and technical expertise gained over many years in the industry.

‘When we looked at the many options there was only one that stood out as having the same philosophy as Smile, and that was Richard Ward Hair & Metrospa. I am looking forward to sharing my creative ideas with the already successful Richard Ward team, while continuing to work alongside our loyal Smile team,’ said Smile salon owner Keith Wainwright, MBE.

Founded in 1969 by Keith and Leslie, Smile’s history spans over 40 years and has seen a glittering clientele including Vivienne Westwood, Elton John, David Bowie, Paul McCartney and Eric Clapton. The salon became well known throughout the 1970s and 80s for their innovative use of colour and versatile cutting techniques, cementing their reputation as the go-to destination for trend-led hair. Smile’s commitment to innovation and excellence has continued to draw musicians, designers and celebrities alike.

Richard Ward Hair & Metrospa is home to a glittering celebrity clientele and looks after the hair and beauty needs of over 1000 clients per week under its philosophy of meeting and exceeding clients’ expectations through technical excellence, attention to detail and personalised customer service.

The addition of the Smile team to the established RW team now take the Celebrity and Royal Hairdresser’s total team members to 93, cementing Richard Ward Hair & Metrospa’s position as one of the largest independent salons in the UK.

Richard says, “There was an instant synergy between the Smile family and the team at RW, which like Smile, enjoy a unique length of service which is over double the industry average. We share many similarities - not least that we have created a hairdressing family which has grown organically but still includes team members from our original line-up at inception some 22 years ago. We’re thrilled that the Smile team are joining us and look forward to the additional expertise they bring to our very established team”.


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Business guru for the hair and beauty industry, Hellen Ward, has been sworn in as the Chairman for the Fellowship for British Hairdressing industry body. The Fellowship for British Hairdressing and its members uphold the highest professional standards and believe in lifelong training and education. As an independent, non-political organisation, the Fellowship is also focused on ever-improving professional and supports the campaign for mandatory registration.

Hellen is married to celebrity and Royal hairdresser, Richard Ward SRH, and the couple run a dynamic business. Hellen is widely known and respected in the industry for her business acumen and her vision for brand development. She said: “I am delighted to become Chairman of the Fellowship for British Hairdressing. I’ve been in the hairdressing industry for 30 years, having worked my way up from apprentice to salon owner, so it is an honour and privilege to represent the Fellowship and its members who are undoubtedly the crème de la crème of our profession.”

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The Richard Ward Artistic Team

Headed by Artistic Director Cristiano Basciu, with Richard as the figurehead, the Richard Ward Artistic Team have a unique experience of creative work in all genres. From catwalk shows, photographic sessions, online tutorials and live and recorded TV makeovers to step-by-step sessions for book and magazine publications, the team have worked in every aspect of the media. With extensive experience of working with designers to create hair that works in perfect synergy with seasonal collections, the team have a vast wealth of knowledge and expertise in creating tailored, bespoke looks with their signature RW stamp. Gaining inspiration from their comprehensive reference library of retro hair from 1920’s onwards, inspiration starts with brainstorming as a creative collective to create mood boards and plan their sessions with unrivalled precision.

The Richard Ward Artistic Team have worked with a range of designers, organisations, companies and campaigns as well as events:

  • Shows and campaigns include: Christian Dior, Issa, Jenny Packham, Maria Grachvogel, Caroline Charles, On/Off, Pucci, Matthew Williamson, Topshop Unique, Erdem, Nasir Mazhar, Ong-Oaj Pairam, The Prince's Trust, Poppy Delevingne for L’Oreal Professionnel, Central St Martins, British Fashion & Textiles Association Graduate Show at the Houses of Parliament,, Cosmopolitan FashFest
  • TV: What Not to Wear, The Alan Titchmarsh Show, Daybreak, Lorraine, Pop Goes the Band, Fat Families
  • Editorial work includes: Vogue, Cosmopolitan, Good Housekeeping, Red, Elle, InStyle, Marie Claire, You Magazine, Daily Mail, Femail, Metro, Evening Standard
  • Online work includes: HELLO!, Elle, Marie Claire

The Richard Ward Artistic Team consists of:

Cristiano Basciu (Artistic Director), Mario Charalambous (Technical Director), Nando Lopes (Education Director) Matt Hawes (Salon Director), Fiona Chandler-Day, Fabio Bonelli, Karen Pringle, Edna Arujo, Sabrina Thompson, James Foster, Tommy Cracknell, Joey Wheeler, Stefan Bertin, Adam Russell, Shelley Hart, Ella Johnson, Lou Rose, Kieran Austen

The Richard Ward Styling Art Team

Led by Cristiano Basciu, Artistic Director:

Nando Lopes, Matt Hawes, Fiona Chandler-Day, Fabio Bonelli, Karen Pringle, Edna Arujo, Sabrina Thompson, James Foster, Joey Wheeler, Tommy Cracknell and Stefan Bertin

The Richard Ward Colour Art Team

Led by Mario Charalambous, Technical Director:

Adam Russell, Shelley Hart, Ella Johnson, Lou Rose and Kieran Austen


Future ForWard Art Team

Our ForWard Art team is our young generation of ascending Artistic Team members. The salon’s rising stars, this young team have undergone extensive training and development from their Art Team peers to demonstrate a level of expertise and knowledge that belies their age and experience and represents all that is best about Richard Ward’s emerging future talent.

Award-winning celebrity hairdresser Richard Ward is one of the industry's leading lights, and the media's 'most wanted' hairdresser. Pioneer of the 'Super Salon' concept, his award-winning salon plays host to a team of over 90 expert staff, looking after the hair and beauty needs of over 1,100 clients per week, including many celebrities.