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.



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.


#Barba Italiana now in the UK

#BarbaItaliana beard location

It’s arrived! The most exciting and innovative new professional men’s grooming range from Italy based on natural formulations and essential oils is now available to British guys. Vintage Hair Lounge is proud to announce that #Barba Italiana has forged a new distribution partnership with our sister company VHL Distribution, for England and Wales, and our very first stockist is Changes salon group new Barbers in Willen, Milton Keynes. This young dynamic brand combines the appeal and history of traditional barbering, which we love, and the forward thinking ethical sourcing and natural ingredients that the men’s grooming market has been thus far quite slow in adapting to.

#BarbaItaliana range

#Barba Italiana has created a complete range of products for the wellness of man. The styling range, made from Grapeseed and named after Italian wines, will be arriving in May, having only recently launched at Cosmoprof Bologna. The line also comprises product for the beard and for shaving, as well as outstanding shampoo and conditioning products for the hair, all named after Italian artists. The whole range is packed with essential oils. Those that have followed Vintage Hair Lounge for some time will know how much we love Davines, another natural based high quality hair brand made in Italy, and we continue to value the superior effects the Davines products produce for the kind of hairstyling work we do. #Barba Italiana will be a more than worthy complement to this range, offering a line that has put the man and his wellbeing at its centre.

We will be taking #Barba Italiana to the Wales Hair and Beauty Show in Cardiff on 8 May, and on to Barber Connect in Wales 26-27 June. Expect to see #Barba Italiana at Goodwood Revival too this year, as Vintage Hair Lounge hosts our own retail emporium alongside our hair and makeup salon.

We have now created our own UK based #Barba Italiana social media, so do follow and join in the discussions as the brand takes its first steps into the UK.




#Barba Italiana location shampoo

Salons and barbershops wishing to find out more about becoming a #Barba Italiana stockist in England and Wales should contact Sharon Holloway at VHL Distribution, 023 8070 1383.

All images copyright #Barba Italiana.

Vintage Hair Lounge and Bésame Cosmetics at Vintage Nostalgia Show 2015

Vintage Nostalgia Show

Vintage Nostalgia Show is without doubt one of the best family friendly vintage summer festivals to visit this year.

Launched in 2012 this unique event has become one of our favourite events of the year, as Vintage Hair Lounge hosts the only on-site vintage hair and makeup salon with our own team of Vintage Hair Lounge trained hair stylists and makeup artists.

 Vintage Hair Lounge marquee

 Vintage Nostalgia Show

 Show images from 2012 by Harry Pearson.

The salon is extremely busy throughout the weekend, so pre-booking is advised. Drop us an email at for booking information and up to date availability of appointments.

We are also thrilled to be overseeing the show sponsorship by Bésame Cosmetics this year, and styling our Bésame Europe models Raven Brookes (who features in the sponsorship imagery above) and Hanna Wickstrand, known as Honey B’Zarre, who is joining us from Finland for the weekend.

Clothes Show - Raven Brookes

 Clothes Show - Honey B'Zarre

Photos of Raven Brookes and Honey B’Zarre (with Jacquie from Frilly Chantilly) by Paul Jones

Our Vintage Hair Lounge and Bésame Cosmetics team will be staying on site this year, as we try a bit of “glamping” and get involved in the show in lots of new fun ways!

Follow all our preparations for Vintage Nostalgia Show on our special Facebook event page here.