Social Butterfly Headmasters

I adore having my hair ‘done’. It’s not that I have an aversion to doing it myself but long hair takes time to style, and at the moment it’s inadvertently grown so long that it’s a right pain having to blow-dry it myself, let alone having to wield the curling tongs of death. So when I got an email about UK salon chain Headmasters’ special festive blow dry collection, I tapped out a yes, please reply to their publicist quicker than Posetta Baddog can steal a sausage.

It just so happens that I’m a big fan of the Headmasters approach: every year they launch a new Blow Dry Collection, consisting of various looks for a customer to point at in the hope of exiting the salon looking just like the model.

Where Headmasters differs from most hairdressers is that the looks in their collections aren’t those tortured, completely unachievable & directional styles, best left to Hairdressers Journal & The British Hairdressers Awards, but fantastic going out dos that won’t leave you looking like you stuck your fingers in a socket.

Booked in for The Social Butterfly, as illustrated above, I was promised, “half up / half down hair…running in two textures – the undone tousled look and the blown-out soft wave – enabling you to choose the finish to match the occasion. The fringe is left out, a little height is created at the top and the hair is pinned at the sides. It’s sexy, gorgeous, Bardot-esque hair that looks like you haven’t tried too hard.”

Creative director Jonathan (who I love for not picking up a strand of my fried split ends and blanching in horror), went for undone tousled (not that he had much choice given the condition of my hair) and created this silk purse out of my poker straight hair, backcombing the crown which I adore – so flattering, & inducing my hair into Mills & Boon-esque tumbling waves:


I was thrilled. Not least because I was tottering off afterwards for a rip-roaringly festive meal with choice members of the internets at blissful Scotts, and it’s always nice for a girl not to look like she’s been dragged through a hedge backwards whilst getting tipsy on vintage Champagne at lunchtime.


Truly, he is a miracle worker. And the shocker? The Social Butterfly blow dry is available at Headmasters salons nationwide from just £22. You don’t get bargains like that in New York, I can tell you.

All I can add is: take an umbrella. I shrieked extremely unlady-like swear words that were decidedly not in keeping with my glamorous new hairstyle as I exited into the pouring rain. Call 08700 841 400 for your nearest salon

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That is exactly as I would have wanted had it been me- absolutely beautiful and your hair is très covetable!! Just hope it withstood the tumultuous weather conditions for fab lunch and thanks for heads-up (please excuse execrable pun… unintended!). All good New Year wishes.


Liking the half-up, half-down do – hope it lasts till New Year's Eve!


As I may have said before, I love long hair.
Yours looks fantastic in these pictures. Good for you, LLG!


Now, that looks gorgeous. They definitely didn't do that to me. The last time I went to Headmasters (Wandsworth), the colour and cut were both so horrific, I couldn't even bring myself to get them to correct it: I fled to the Home Counties to get it re-done.

Clearly Jonathan is the chap to ask for.


@Blonde: Victoria Lala in Wandsworth does a fantastic blow dry, very Charlie’s Angels!


Sigh. I would love to be able to do that myself. I do give it a try, every now and then. Only to be left looking bruised by brush strokes, with said fingers-stuck-in-socket hair.


that does look gorgeous! have to say when i went to have my roots done in fulham they where nice and shiney and… oh yellow… not a good look when your sporting a platinum bob! x


I ADORE Headmasters! I used to visit the Soho branch all the time, luckily when I moved to Manchester I found one here! Your hair looks great 🙂


What beautiful hair you have! And how nicely styled.


After years of trying rather upmarket salons across London, I have fallen in love with my Headmasters hairdresser! Amy I love you!


OOO! Something shiney! Why,it's LLG's hair!

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