About the Founder - Chris Gaskell
Hey I’m Chris Gaskell, founder of Mop Tops Haircare 4 Kids since 2005!
I’ve been in the hairdressing business for over 35+ years, having begun my career in the UK, before emigrating to Australia in 1995.
I’ve worked in a number of salons over the years, refining my skills before discovering my passion – Haircare for kids!
My late husband (also called Chris) and I opened our first salon together in 2005 because we saw a gap in the market here in Australia, where there just didn’t seem to be any high-quality salon professional products for kids!
We only wanted to use chemical-free, safe products in our salon, and we came across the Circle of Friends brand from the US, which we did use and recommend for a couple of years, but we always talked about creating our own Australian brand one day.
The salon provided a fun, welcoming environment for kids to have their hair cut in kid-friendly chairs, with cartoons playing on their own individual iPad screens and it was a great experience for the kids and a wonderful time for us too.
But unfortunately, in 2007 my husband Chris sadly lost his long battle with mental health.
I kept the salon going alone until 2010, but when my grief finally grabbed hold, I sold the salon and took some time out to recover.
After some soul searching, I decided that I did not want our MopTops haircuts 4 Kids brand to just disappear. Chris had originally designed the MopTops logo, and this was now his legacy that I wanted to continue in his memory.
I started looking for a Bio Chemist in Australia to help me create a chemical-free professional haircare range. It took a sometime, but I did it!!
The success of the MopTops salon and Chris’s legacy has inspired me to expand my business.
I am enormously proud of our MopTops Kids Hair Products that I successfully launched in 2018 whilst also introducing the original Daddy & Daughter Hair Workshops. MopTops is now a popular, growing brand and the journey has been so heart-warming, and so extremely rewarding.
So now its onwards and upwards! – Chris x
Say "Hello" to the Mop Squad!
Introducing the Mop Squad – Jet, CJ, Katie and Lucy.
These fun loving kids look forward to having their hair cut and love
the delicious smells of the Mop Tops Hair Care 4 Kids range of hair products.
Look out for the gang in our next newsletter!