Finding a new hairdressers is a tricky business. For most women our hair is a very sensitive matter; it can shape our days and when it finally sits in the right way and stops being static and fluffy, make us feel confident and downright sexy. So if we happen to get a haircut that doesn’t look the way we asked for it isn’t the end of the world, of course it will grow back, but it makes us dread going again.
Many years ago I had a horrific haircut. A friend a at a very well-known salon in Derby was about to put the finishing touches to my new bob by adding feathering to the front sections. Back then using a razor was popular and I sat in the chair with my hair combed forwards not knowing what was going to happen next. Instead of softening the ends she took my hair and said:
“You know, you’d look great with a micro fringe”
And two seconds later ta da! I had one. I was horrified. Not only had I not asked for it but it made my head look like a crazy oversized round thing that out had grown its hair. And worse still, in two weeks I was going to celebrate the Millennium and had a huge night out planned. The micro fringe was possibly the worst thing that had ever happened to my hair. Even worse than when I managed to tangle a huge clump of it in a round brush (that had to be cut from my hair). Needless to say we fell out and I never spoke to her again.
After that going to the hairdressers was a frightening experience. It took about a year to grow out the fringe and I have never had a bob again since.
I found a new hairdresser who gained my confidence and I happily went every 8 weeks, looking forward to a glass of wine and a chat. Until he left the city and my search began again.
I went through several salons and quite a lot of hairdressers in Derby, Peterborough and London before I found another gem in my hometown. But alas that was short-lived as I moved across the country. I did end up making three trips back home just to see my hairdresser before realising that I needed to dip my toe in a new hair salon. After a couple of false starts I ended up with my current hairdresser based in Headmasters in Clapham Junction.
The main difference with Gema is she listens, Instead of trying to force a certain look on me we have found what really suits me and works with it. Now I take the afternoon off work to have a pamper.
Finding a good hairdresser should be easy. If you feel uncomfortable with what they suggest or end up walking out of the salon not feeling amazing then try another hairdresser in the salon or a different salon. Having a consultation before your hair is washed is so important. My hair is checked before each cut, whether it is dry, needs colour and even if my scalp needs some tlc. It all goes towards a great experience.
My hair waiting to cool down after my blow dry…looking good.
I am given advice on how to look after my hair, tips on how to keep a blow dry for more than a day and knowledge about products and tools as well.
Me and Gema, my hair stylist at Headmasters, Clapham Junction.
The back of my hair, perfect for swishing.
Happy with my haircut.