22 photos which show why York’s Glen and Julio were colourful kings of the hair salon

11 May 2015 @ 9.25 pm
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Glen and Julio in their salon on Bishopthorpe Road before it closed
Glen and Julio in their salon on Bishopthorpe Road before it closed

A flamboyant era came to a close on Saturday (May 9) as Glen and Julio’s hair salon closed. After styling the hair of four generations of York men and women, Glen Jackson and Julio Garcia have decided to enjoy a well-earned retirement.

Two of the best-known faces in York, Glen and Julio are also renowned throughout the world for multiple triumphs at international hair styling championships.

Closing the door on the Bishopthorpe Road salon was a tough decision, and one which was heralded with tears from proprietors and customers alike. But Glen and Julio have many years of happy memories to look back on – and they kindly opened their photograph album to share some of them with YorkMix readers.

Glen was a principal dancer in the ballet
Glen was a principal dancer in the ballet

Before he became a hairdresser, Glen was a principal ballet dancer with Northern Ballet and other leading companies.

He came to York from his home town of Norton in the Fifties and, when he wasn’t in the ballet, worked as a window dresser at the Rowntree shop on Coney Street.

Later Glen trained as a hairdresser and quickly discovered he had a gift for it. He opened his first salon in Acomb in the 1960s, moving to the Bishopthorpe Road premises 43 years ago.

Julio and Glen when they were Presidents of the National Hair Federation
Julio and Glen when they were Presidents of the National Hair Federation

Glen met Julio when he was on holiday in Barcelona.

“Julio was there with a load of friends on the beach,” Glen recalled. “We got talking to each other, we had a good laugh together.”

Julio adds: “I came over here for my holidays – and I’m still here!”

That was 42 years ago.

Intricate work for a bridal show in Paris
Intricate work for a bridal show in Paris
With this radical spiky look, they won every section at a home international event held at Blackpool
With this radical spiky look, they won every section at a home international event held at Blackpool

Glen and Julio have a trophy cabinet bigger than Sir Alex Ferguson’s when he managed Man Utd.

They have competed in hair styling championships in all the home countries, as well as in Germany, Spain, France, Italy and Holland.

Their talent, dedication and daring has won them many gold medals and trophies. Glen said:

It’s like the Olympics. When you win, they play the National Anthem and the flags go up. And it makes you cry, you are so proud.
Glen teaching England's young team members in York
Glen teaching England’s young team members in York

Glen and Julio represented Britain for seven years. Then they trained the national team for a further three years, coaching younger stylists in the art of winning championships.

They also became Presidents of the National Hair Federation, when they were presented with silver medals for their work in the hairdressing industry.

Julio showing how it's done
Julio showing how it’s done
Teasing out the perfect style
Teasing out the perfect style
A winning look at the Scottish championships
A winning look at the Scottish championships
Glen and models – and the magnificent Scottish trophy
Glen and models – and the magnificent Scottish trophy

They have styled aristocrats and showbiz royalty in the salon – including Katharine Worsley, aka the Duchess of Kent, and Judi Dench and her family.

When it became known they were retiring, they were inundated with cards and flowers. Some came from families who had seen four generations styled by G & J.

Sporting what Glen calls ‘big fronts’ – two models from a British team training session
Sporting what Glen calls ‘big fronts’ – two models from a British team training session
The finished look… Glen and model demonstrate an evening style at the world championships in Italy
The finished look… Glen and model demonstrate an evening style at the world championships in Italy

“We have tried to make this a place of experience,” Glen said of the salon.

They would change the look and feel of the interior every few months. And at Christmas the salon would be transformed into a winter wonderland, more extravagantly festive with each passing year.

On Christmas Eve, staff and friends would gather together for a party and exchange presents.

This modern look is from the Dutch championships at Amsterdam
This modern look is from the Dutch championships at Amsterdam
A gold medal winning style at the Waldorf Hotel
A gold medal winning style at the Waldorf Hotel

Now Glen and Julio have hung up their scissors and moved out to a modern house in another part of York. After working six days a week for many years, they finally have the freedom to do exactly what they want.

Glen, a talented artist, has set up one of the rooms in their new home as a studio.

Taking a last look around his home and workplace, the legendary Glen And Julio’s salon on Bishopthorpe Road, Glen says simply: “We’ve been happy here.”

Julio and a model relax at the end of an intense styling session
Julio and a model relax at the end of an intense styling session
Model Laurie with a style which took the prizes at Wembley
Model Laurie with a style which took the prizes at Wembley
A British championship day style
A British championship day style
Some of the models at the Wembley show
Some of the models at the Wembley show
Glen and model at the bridal show in Paris
Glen and model at the bridal show in Paris