IN CONVERSATION WITH LARRY KING 

By MINE

Gigi, Cara, Poppy and even David all go to see Larry for their precious locks. The King of both cool and classic cuts, he knows a thing or two (hundred) about how to wear your hair


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CONGRATULATIONS ON THE OPENING OF YOUR SALON AND REDKEN'S FLAGSHIP IN SOUTH KENSINGTON. IF YOU HAD NOT BECOME THE SUCCESSFUL GO TO HAIR STYLIST YOU ARE TODAY WHAT WOULD BE YOUR DREAM JOB IN ANOTHER LIFE?

When my wife and I went on honeymoon to the Maldives, there was a guy who lived there. He was a marine biologist who lived in a shack and spent all day diving and looking at coral and sea life. That seemed like a pretty amazing job and I always wondered why the careers advisers at school don’t tell you about jobs like that! I’ve got a huge love of sea life and the ocean.


HOW HONEST ARE YOU WITH YOUR CLIENTS WHEN THEY REQUEST A STYLE OR COLOUR YOU FEEL WOULD NOT WORK FOR THEM?

I think it’s my job to be honest with them and persuade them to have something that will suit their hair texture, face shape etc. That’s why we came up with hair remedies at my salon.  It gives customers a chance to come in and ask us what we recommend and really utilise our experience. You’d be surprised how much we can teach you about your own hair texture.

APART FROM YOU, WHAT MAKES LARRY KING THE HOTTEST PLACE FOR ALL THE BIGGEST FACES IN TOWN?

The interiors are amazing, my wife put loads of work into it being a really cool space to be in. The team are incredible too, I’ve taken on a team that are all really enthusiastic and love hair so everyone is really upbeat and excited about their clients. Most importantly we wanted the vibe to be chilled out and friendly, I’ve always found that salons can be quite intimidating and so we’ve worked really hard to ensure everyone feels welcome.

YOU HAVE WORKED AND STYLED SOME AMAZING CELEBRITIES, BUT WHO WOULD YOU LOVE TO HAVE TO GET YOUR SCISSORS INTO?!

I’ve been so lucky and have had the privilege to work with so many amazing people that were already on my to do list. I’m slightly obsessed with Stranger Things so Millie Bobbie Brown would be mega or any of the cast of TBH but also to just continue working with some of the amazing people I already do such as Jared Leto, Gigi Hadid, Cara & Poppy Delevingne and my buddy David Gandy.

WHO WOULD YOUR DREAM GUESTS BE AT YOUR DINNER PARTY, DEAD OR ALIVE?

First up would be Richard Attenborough - he could provide the entertainment as I could listen to his amazing voice all day. Someone funny like Jack Whitehall always makes me laugh and he’s a top bloke when he comes to see me. Also my best mate David Gandy as we have a lot of similarities especially looks hahaha and we have loads of banter with each other , Bowie, Prince, Alexander McQueen, my parents because they’re always moaning that they don’t see me enough and of course my wife Laura, thankfully she’s got the cooking skills because I’m a kitchen disaster! 

WHEN YOU ARE NOT JET SETTING AROUND THE WORLD, WHERE IS YOUR FAVOURITE BAT TO HANG OUT AND RELAX IN LONDON?

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You’ll usually find me at Shorditch House or at my local pub, The Hereford Arms in South Kensington with the rest of the Larry King Team.

WHERE IS YOUR FAVOURITE PLACE TO DINE AND WHAT WOULD YOUR DISH OF CHOICE BE?

The Ribs at Roka are my favourite.

DO YOU HAVE A FAVOURITE HOLIDAY DESTINATION AND WHY?

I love the Maldives, it’s so remote and beautiful. Snorkelling and diving are my absolute favourite things to do. I’m also a bit of a fan of Disney world, I’ve got two daughters and it’s so nice to spend quality time doing something super fun with them both.

WHEN TRAVELLING, WHAT WOULD BE THE KEY PIECES FOUND IN LARRY KING'S LUGGAGE?

I never go far without my scissors, I’m never really off call. I also  love/need my beats headphones for escapism. I’m a bit of a trainer collector so there’s always a few special pairs in my luggage - I’m currently obsessing over the Nike Off White collection. My Dyson Supersonic hairdryer  and a stash of Redken products.

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DO YOU HAVE YOUR OWN SIGNATURE FRAGRANCE AND WHY?

I love Tom Ford Noir Noir and we’ve just started stocking Tom Daxon’s fragrances in the salon. They are all pretty special.

WHO WOULD YOUR GO TO LONDON INTERIOR DESIGNER BE?

My wife Laura is super talented, she created the branding, website and interiors and runs the business with me on a daily bases and has loads of creative input. 


SO WHAT'S NEXT FOR LARRY KING?

There’s lots of exciting things on the horizon, I’m just working hard building the brand and doing what I do best so please watch this space….


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