Five minutes with: Greg Murrell

You recently celebrated Ryder’s 10th birthday. What significant changes have you seen in hairdressing over the last decade?

Training systems have improved significantly over the past 10 years but the biggest change for me has been the connection to the fashion industry that salons such as Ryder have built. Working with fashion has had the effect of moderating the work of hairdressers as well as making it more real and relevant.

How does Ryder differentiate itself from other salons?

The quality of our training, the passion of our staff and a very unique and relaxed environment sets us apart. We impress upon our trainees that hairdressing is a craft and that it will take time to learn and become proficient in.

We don’t train people in a rush, everyone proceeds at a rate that is right for them. We teach haircutting as a technical skill.

Once this is mastered we teach them about connecting with the true character of hair, giving trainees the ability to really work in an individual way on each client.

Along the way they are taught fashion dressing techniques at the many shows and shoots that we’re involved in. When hairdressers stay interested in the creative side of their careers it keeps them alive and interested in their work.

Our salon environment is very relaxed and spacious. In my experience, it is difficult to be creative when you are stressed and under pressure. Going to the hairdresser is an escape from your life so it needs to feel very comfortable and unhurried.

What do you prefer – to cut or colour – and why?

Cutting and colouring are the core of our business. The two go hand in hand. My speciality in salon is as a haircutter, but colour is also important in my work. I prefer a subtle approach with colour.

I have always loved to cut hair. From there I progressed to really learning how to dress hair.

What “look” are you loving right now?

I am really interested in exploring all the possibilities with wave, curl and the almost frizzy, dry hair looks.

What trends are coming through for this coming spring and summer?

At the recent fashion shows around the world, there are a lot of “up” hair looks. This is interesting as these styles have been on the sideline for a while now. Translating that to the consumer, it has a relevance for spring and summer in that this is a time when we are outdoors more and want fuss free options for our hair.

What are your three essential hair tips?

1 When you have washed your hair, never rub your hair in an upwards motion with your towel. Just squeeze the hair in the towel and always in a downwards motion. If you do this, you will reduce the frizz factor in the finished result.

2 If you have flyaway or troublesome hair, try a cool rinse after you have conditioned the hair. This will help the cuticle layer of the hair to lie down in a smoother way.

3 Invest in a salon quality hairdryer. This will be a great investment and will last for years. You will have much more control over temperature and speed settings and it will work much more efficiently than a low quality one.

New season’s hair trends


“This season there’s a return to more 
ladylike dressing 
with glamorous hairstyles to match.”

Drawing inspiration from style icon 
Audrey Hepburn, this season’s take 
on the classic french twist is an up ’do that’s soft, sexy and contemporary.

This look is best achieved with shoulder-length hair or longer. Forming a soft side part, pull the hair into a high ponytail and move it forward and over your head as you twist it to create a vertical roll. Tuck the ends into the roll and secure with crisscrossed bobby pins (QVS Bobby Pins, from RRP $7). Keep the look soft with a few loose strands around the hairline. Set in place with a lightweight, high-shine hair spray that won’t weigh down the hair (Redken Vinyl Glam 02 Mega Shine Spray, RRP $36).

TIP: up ’dos are easier to create when the hair isn’t freshly washed.


“Instead of poker-straight hair, opt for long layers full of movement, volume and shine.”

Say goodbye to texturised, feathered 
hair and embrace strong, layered 
lengths that are kept solid at the 
ends. The look is all about hair that 
is big, voluptuous and full of bounce.

Before blow-drying, apply a volumising spray to the roots (Matrix Vavoom Take Me Higher Root Riser, RRP $24; KĂ©rastase Resistance Volumactive Volume Expansion Spray, RRP $38) 
to give the hair added lift. To give movement to long, layered hair, apply heated rollers to large sections of the ends only, rolling away from the face for maximum volume. Once the hair is cool, shake the loose curls free to give bounce. Smooth fly-away strands with 
a smoothing serum.

TIP: to create volume add subtle golden highlights around the hairline.


“Big and bold or 
soft and cascading, curls can be both 
feminine and playful.”

Moving away from beach babe waves 
and tousled locks, curls are polished and well formed this season. Don’t be afraid 
to wear curls with maximum volume, provided your hair has plenty of shine.

Apply a moisture-based cream (L’OrĂ©al Professionnel Hairmix Spiral Splendour, RRP $31) to damp hair and then twist three-inch sections into ringlets and allow to dry naturally or blow-dry with a diffuser. Shake hair at the roots to free curls. If you have straight hair, create the ringlets using a straightening iron or curling tongs. Finish with an anti-frizz hair spray (Redken Fresh Curls Curl Boost, RRP $38) designed to protect and hold the curl.

TIP: if you want your curls to last until the next day, tip your head upside down and tie your hair in a loose bun before you go to bed.


“No longer concave or assymetrical, 
the bob is back 
as a striking 
one-length style.”

While a bob can be worn numerous ways, this season’s trend is directed towards a more classic shape that embraces style and grace.

Apply a heat-protecting cream or serum before softly 
blow-drying to help smooth the hair strands and to enhance shine. Use a medium-sized round brush (QVS Ceramic Round Styling Brush, RRP $17) when blow-drying; start at the roots, stretch the hair downwards and curl the ends under slightly. Finish with a gloss serum for added shine.


TIP: keep your hair in good condition by applying weekly treatment masques (Matrix Biolage Age Rejuvenating Intensive Masque, RRP $30) that will add moisture, strength and gloss.