GLENN O'REILLY

HAIR & MAKEUP

A hairdresser, salon owner and contributor to the likes of Vogue and Marie Claire, Glenn is one of the top hairstylists and salon owners in Australia. 

After an apprenticeship at Melbourne's Zimmer, Glenn helped open Kabu Haircutters in Toorak in 1985 which he then managed for seven years. He later moved to Sydney and, in 1993, set up Helmet with the legendary hair and make-up artist Stephen Price. Added to this, Glenn opened Helmet Hair and Make-Up Academy educating students in Hair and Make-up techniques in 1995 and managed freelance hair and make-up for editorial clients including Vogue, Harpers Bazaar, Marie Claire and Madison.

By 2002 Glenn’s stable of salons had grown to three and he and his wife Karen had developed Helmet Junior a hair care product range for children. When an offer came in, Glenn accepted and relocated to Paris. The ensuing 12 months saw him working for the Paris and Milan runways on mega labels Chanel, Emelio Pucci and Antonio Beradi. Upon returning to Australia, Glenn joined the highly regarded Names Agency and, in between celebrity engagements, continued freelancing at top Sydney salons Ruggeri and Sable.

In 2006 Glenn and his wife, Karen felt it was time to open their own salon again, with Hare House and Beauty in the Southern Highlands and The Grooming Lounge salon at Gibraltar Hotel along with over seeing the development and running of the prestigious Bowral Day Spa. 

Late 2012 Glenn was invited to do guest visits at Salon Ruggeri New York where he tended the tresses and make-up requirements for the Crown Princess of Norway Mette-Marit. Today Glenn divides his time working at Prema salon in Sydney and New York, and by appointment in the Southern Highlands.