1-2-1 with Charley McEwen

Remember Kelly Rowland’s immaculate locks in last series of X Factor? They were all down to top hairstylist Charley McEwen, who took some of his precious time to talk to Cloud Nine about his work and the hair industry!

Who are you?

I'm Charley McEwen, a hair designer working at FOUR Hair Salon. I started cutting hair when I was 14, at Roger Cairney Hairdressing in Scotland. I've never forgotten my roots and I feel they are the secret to a long and successful career. I feel so blessed to have worked with some of the artists I have, and along the way many of them have become good friends of mine. I've become a person that people can trust and a hair stylist that always delivers exceptional results.

I started working in television on the set of 'Eastenders', and in 2010 I became chief hairdresser on 'Strictly Come Dancing' - after being head hunted by Joy Canfield in November 2010 at Bloww Salon, things really took off quikly.

I am currently working on Daybreak with the ITV Team and I am really thankful to David Kermode for his loyalty. The 3:15am alarm is a big change but it's worth it, it's an adventure!

Which hairstyle gives you the most buzz to create?

Glamourous polished hair with big waves and also up do's.

Do you have any memorable moment / client or event?

Working with Kelly Rowland during X-Factor and her “Here I Am” album promotion.
Seeing my work on the billboards of London was a dream come true.

What’s your top tip for a Summer 2012 hair?

Natural free flowing locks.  It is all about letting it loose.

What’s your favourite Cloud Nine tool?

My favourite Cloud Nine tool has to be the large styling wand.

Where do you get your inspiration from?

I get inspiration from 1940s and 1950s Hollywood Glam Movies and red carpet looks in those eras.

Who are some of your celebrity clients?

Over the past years I've styled a wide range of celebrities, including Adele, Kelly Rowland, Jessica Lowndres (90210), Sienna Miller and Heidi Klum, among others!

What’s your best kept secret or favourite product?

If I told my best kept secret it will no longer be a secret (laughs).  Having healthy hair is ultimately important.  One of my best secrets is to always protect the hair with a light leave in hair conditioner.

There is one that I have created which I use on all my clients. My favourite product Is the Cloud Nine large styling wand and Moroccan Oil Hydrating Styling Cream. I like the styling cream because it is lightweight and creates soft styles for a natural feel.

Which celeb would you love to style and why?

I would love to style Jennifer Lopez, Rhianna, Salma Hayek and Zoe Saldana.  They are all beautiful women who love big glamourous and classy hair.

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