Moodyhair at 50

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Denise on Day One. July 1961 Some of our 1960’s glamour

This year, Moodyhair (formerly Denise Moody Hairdressing) will celebrate 50 years in business as one of Barnsley’s most reputable hairdressing salons. It all started back in 1961, when Denise Moody opened her one roomed salon in Darfield, Barnsley. After a busy start Denise noticed some hair pictures in a trade magazine and wrote a letter to compliment their creator. The stylist concerned was non other than Vidal Sassoon, who in 1964, invited her down to spend time studying in his new Bond Street Salon. They have remained friends ever since and to this day Vidal remains her biggest inspiration and mentor. Denise recently travelled to Los Angeles, where Vidal now lives, and was thrilled to receive a personally signed copy of his new autobiography, she was even more thrilled to see that Vidal had written in the book about her and their first meeting all those years ago. On returning from London back in the sixties, the salon

was immediately redesigned and refurbished and against all the current trends of the day, the hood dryers were ripped out, beehives were banned and the latest geometric, precision haircutting was the order of the day. Everyone said that this new fad wouldn’t last. No one would ever want flat hair with a hard fringe, bobs died out in the 1920’s and salons would go bankrupt with people only coming in every six weeks for a hair cut, instead of coming in for their usual weekly set! It was during these early years in the 1970’s that Denise Moody Hairdressing began to build the reputation for the quality, creative work that still stands today. It was also in the 1970’s that the salon’s team of stylists began to grow. In the late 70’s Stephen Moody, Denise’s eldest son, began working in the salon before moving to London to begin a 30 year career with Vidal Sassoon (he now lives in Los Angeles and heads up Sassoon Education world wide). In the early 80’s Denise’s youngest son, Chris came on board and went on to spearhead the salon into winning hairdressing’s first DTi National Training Award and becoming one of the first hairdressing companies in the UK to achieve the Investors in People Award. Chris now works internationally for Redken NYC/L’Oreal as well as teaching and training other stylists through out the UK. With the new Millennium came more changes as Denise Moody Hairdressing became Moodyhair and new generation of hairdressers moved forward.

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