Kreme of the Crop (sorry not sorry!)
Muddy caught up with hairdressing extraordinaire Guy Kremer to chat celeb clients, the cardinal sins of haircare and where he hangs in Hants.
A good hair cut can change your life (I know, I’ve had enough bad ones), and finding your go-to stylist is key. Well, France’s loss is certainly Hampshire’s gain (does mini fist pump), because the streets of Lymington and Winchester would be that teensy bit less chic without the magic touch of Gallic hair supremo Guy Kremer.
As owner of two buzzing salons AND a leading haircare range (phew), it’s no surprise that industry rag Modern Salon voted Kremer one of the top 75 hair educators of the century.
Muddy takes five with the maestro of the modern makeover.
Where did your passion for hair come from?
Ooh, I think from when I was six years old back in France, visiting the salon with my mother for her weekly shampoo and set. I used to play with the lotion bottles and sweep the floor.
Who would be your dream celebrity client?
I am very fortunate to have worked with lots of celebrities in my career. Of course, we are there to make them feel good about themselves and their hair, but every single celebrity I have worked with has been nice to me. In particular, Carla Bruni stands out in my mind – she even made me a cup of tea. My dream celebrity to work on would be Julia Roberts, I always had a penchant for her and her style.
Your work takes you all over the world. How do British hair trends compare to other countries?
I’ve travelled to so many places as a hair stylist, but English styling is always ahead of fashion. Personally, being French, I mix avant gardewith classic French elegance which I think is what gives my work a certain je ne sais quoi.
What are the cardinal sins of haircare?
Easy – swimming without a swimming cap, and not using conditioner.
Have there been any hair rends that you really couldn’t stand?
Yes! That shaggy perm in the 70s: it took so long to execute.
You have salons in both Lymington and Winchester – what is it about Hampshire that appeals to you?
What I love about Hampshire is the rural beauty. With Winchester you’re in the city, but you only need to walk by the river and you’re into the countryside. It’s busy during lunchtime but very quiet in the evenings. With Lymington (above), I like the maritime feel about the place; it has a nice quaint feeling to it.
Do you have any favourite places to eat and drink when you’re in Hampshire?
It’s difficult to choose one favourite place to eat because in Winchester we are spoilt for choice. I like the Chesil Rectory for the atmosphere – the building is 600 years old and has a wonderful history – and the delicious food. The Ivy is also great for the hustle and bustle as well as their decadent burgers.
What’s the next big hair trend we’re going to see?
Definitely an abundance of texture – loose curls and lots of movement in the hair.
What’s next for you?
For my next project I’ll be working with three salons in New Delhi in September to add my signature flair, which is especially exciting for me as I love India.
Guy Kremer Salon, Stonemasons Ct, 67 Parchment St, Winchester, Hampshire, SO23 8AT
Guy Kremer Lymington, 11 St Thomas St, Lymington, SO41 9NA