Growing up in England amongst a family of hairdressers, Leigh Keates tried his best to avoid following in his family’s footsteps. As destiny would have it, he began helping out at a local salon and discovered his passion for hair. Before long, he was picking up extra shifts and devoted himself fully to his newly discovered path.
In a short time frame, Leigh has become one of the industry’s most exciting and talked about young hair session stylists. He was crowned “The One to Watch” at Creative Heads “It List” awards and also won “Fashionista” for his session work. Earlier this year, Leigh was honoured to be asked to speak at The Coterie in Edinburgh.
More so, he is admired for his calm presence. In an industry that’s renowned for being chaotic, Leigh brings a composed energy backstage which is why he’s regularly requested by Chanel for their events, Get the Gloss’ key features, Nick Knight’s show studio project and collaborates repeatedly with Wonderland. He’s in constant demand with Hollywood “it” girls Felicity Jones, Jessica Chastain, Kate Mara, Alicia Vikander, Chloe Moretz and Sarah Gadon.
Described as having “real talent”, Leigh has worked with brands including John Frieda, Batiste and Cloud Nine. His passion lies in the artistic and innovative process of collaborating with photographers, designers, stylists and brands.