Island hair legend to return to Ventnor

Gloria teaching

Article reproduced from Island Echo, 19 February 2018

Hairdressing expert Gloria Holloway is returning to her beloved Isle of Wight and opening a new vintage salon and boutique in Spring Hill, Ventnor more than 50 years after first setting up shop in the town.

Gloria opened her first hairdressing salon, Marina Dawn, at 94 High Street, Ventnor in 1962 and then in 1971 she joined the Isle of Wight College as a lecturer in a new Hairdressing Department, where she trained hundreds of budding Isle of Wight hairstylists for over 25 years. She then opened Monroe Hair in Shanklin in 1987, which continues to thrive under the ownership of Gloria’s first head stylist, Tony Payne.

Throughout Gloria’s Isle of Wight hairdressing career she maintained a love of traditional and innovative hairstyling, inspiring students to participate in hairdressing shows and exhibitions, including trips abroad.

Since 2011, Gloria and her award winning film make-up artist daughter, Sharon Holloway, have built a world-wide reputation in vintage hairstyling from a base in Southampton, continuing to train hairdressers in traditional techniques and providing vintage hair and makeup looks for a wide range of clientele.

Vintage Hair Lounge is now being relocated to Ventnor as part of a long term plan for both Gloria and Sharon to resettle on the Isle of Wight.

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The boutique and studio will provide vintage hairstyling and makeup services, vintage hairstyling training courses and expert fittings for vintage lingerie, as Vintage Hair Lounge is a key South Coast stockist of retro lingerie and hosiery brand What Katie Did. Also new to the Island will be a range of specialist vintage fragrances from France’s leading Eau de Cologne house, Cadentia.

Gloria has said:

“I’m so proud of everything I have achieved in my career. I’ve never lost my passion for hairdressing and to be able to continue to build upon it back home in Ventnor is a dream come true.”

For Sharon, childhood memories of Ventnor remain strong..

“As kids we looked forward to being part of Ventnor Carnival every summer. My Auntie Dorcas (the late Mrs Dorcas Barnett of Barnett’s the Butchers) was a whirlwind of creativity and inclusivity; she would have loved to have been part of our new Ventnor venture. Then I think of my grandpa (the late Mr Reggie Morris of  Niton Bakery and Coffee House) and how proud he would have been that we are both back in Ventnor, being part of the local community again.”

Vintage Hair Lounge opens its doors at 9 Spring Hill, Ventnor on Saturday 24th February at 10:00.

Photos by Scott Chalmers Photography.