For more than a decade Richard has been at the forefront of the New Zealand hairdressing industry. An internationally respected stylist, he leads national and international seminars and creates looks for top national and international fashion magazines.. fashion designers, advertising clients, Grammy nominated music videos and international television commercials. Richard’s work features in the pages and on the covers of international magazines like UK Cosmopolitan, Australian Vogue, Noise, Highlights, and Best Hair.
As well as in national fashion magazines like Style, Pavement, Fashion Quarterly, She, Cleo, Pulp, Next, and Remix. He has led new season look release shows and professional development seminars for L’Oreal in Asia, the Philippines, Korea, and Australia as well as at home in New Zealand. He is currently a National Performing Artist for Redken, leaders in professional education for the hair industry.
His hairdressing awards include the NZ hairdressing Association Creative Head of Merit Award two years running, runner-up in the 1998 L’Oreal Colour Trophy, finalist for the same award in 1999, and finalist for the Schwarzkopf New Zealand Hairdresser of the Year 1998.
Richard regularly creates the hair for international television commercials, most recently for a major hair brand (Sunsilk), which has aired on television throughout Asia. In 2002, Richard was the resident fashion , beauty, and technology guru on TV3’s prime time magazine show Live This. In 2003 he was the presenter of the prime time renovation show, The Ultimate Do Up, which aired in New Zealand, Australia and Canada.
In 2004, Richard produced and hosted a music documentary in the United States and followed that up with a core cast roleacting in Peter Jackson’s King Kong. He has acted in drama series on television, in music videos, short films, and numerous international television commercials.
He has been a North Island Karate Champion, and a Golden Gloves Boxing Champion. He enjoys surfing and is interested in fitness and wellbeing. Richard has developed an eponymous range of technologically advanced, high performance,professional hair styling tools, which sell in salons and major retail outlets in N.Z and Australia. Makeup artists, celebrity hair stylists and well-known celebrities like Naomi Watts, Adrian Brody, Eric Watson and many more, use his tools.