Chris Laing served her apprenticeship at Rama then once qualified worked at Studio 1, before deciding to open her own hair salon. Chris was determined to run her own business, having worked in salons throughout her school years. In 1980 and at the age of 21, she opened Wispers in West Street Fareham, with a team of 3.
When the opportunity arose to open a salon in Wickham, Chris jumped at the chance and moved the business to BayTree Walk in 1995. By this point the team had grown to 10 and the salon had built up a great reputation in the local area.
In 2000, Wispers moved downstairs and took over the old bank in a prime location on the Square – something that Chris had always dreamt of. No.12 where the salon is now, has been the largest location to date and has become a fundamental business to Wickham. The team currently consists of 18, and is constantly expanding.
Wispers is now an award winning salon with a reputation that now spans much further afield, with many clients travelling from all over to have their hair styled by the team.
Following a major refurbishment in September 2013, clients of Wispers now benefit not only from exceptional hairdressing but also from a beautiful salon environment that is so unique.
Chris moved to the US in late 2016 and Wispers has now been taken over by Tina O’Nion who has worked in the salon for over 14 years and has extensive salon experience and training (L’Oreal, Vidal Sassoon) from her days in London and Surrey. The same values, training, investment and standards have been maintained as Wispers now enters the next chapter of it’s growth.
“I feel like I’m in a salon in New York!” – Loyal client of Wispers.