Manchester based hairstylist to the stars – Reuben Wood – is celebrating 10 years business in the thriving Northern Quarter.
Reuben who counts Elbow’s front man Guy Garvey, comedian and actor John Thomson, and actresses Maxine Peak, Brooke Vincent and Michelle Keegan amongst his famous clients, will be throwing a huge party to mark the occasion.
He opened his first salon on the High St in November 2004, and the second salon which doubles as a creative photographic studio in Stevenson Square, October 2013.
In those 10 prosperous years Reuben’s growing profile and strong reputation has earned him opportunities to work with cast of Glee for American Vogue , countless fashion weeks in New York, Paris and London and a variety of fashion projects for international brands such as Diesel and Esprit.
He has marked the decade by showcasing his team’s combined talents, with a classic hair collection titled TEN.
Reuben, 33 said : “We decided we wanted to showcase wearable hair cuts that would relate to our everyday client. All models used in the collection are salon clients, and people we had worked with over the years.
“TEN is our retrospective from the last 10 years, and gave all of our creative team the opportunity to work with us on the collection.
“The decade has flown by and so much has happened ! If are doing something you love then it doesnt feel like work. It’s a bit of a cliché but its true.
“Aside from the the American Vogue job with the Glee cast which was just amazing, one of my proudest moments was when one of my stylist’s Sammie Kerr, won the Loreal Young Colour Technician of the Year. I was so pleased for her!
“Running two businesses has been a challenge, especially as I am more creatively minded as opposed to a strict business brain, so my partner Karl is the practical and management side to the company, while I manage all the hairdressing aspects and creative side to the business.
“I still remember when we first opened up in the Northern Quarter, the area was a lot quieter than it is now !
“The scene has totally evolved. For about two years after we opened on the High Street we had diggers nearly coming through the windows when they were building the nearby Icon building. We were one of a handful of businesses open on the street then so I guess it was a a bit of a gamble, but I’m so glad it paid off.
“So many cool businesses are here now and the area is thriving. We love going out here after work and are regulars in places like TNQ , Almost Famous, Tea Cup and Roselea Team Rooms, and will be throwing our birthday bash at nearby Cane and Grain.”
VIVA MAGAZINE ARTICLE – NOVEMBER 2014