Spend any time working in New York and you start to look at your hair differently. That insouciant bedhead that looks right in London looks like you have been dragged through a hedge backwards in Manhattan. So over my four years in America, I developed a blow dry obsession that has crossed back over the Atlantic with me.
But aieeee, finding anywhere that can do a proper bouncy, glossy, voluminous, sexy blow dry in London with just a round brush (curling tongs are fab but I prefer to avoid if I can), has been like looking for a needle in a haystack. Nearly everywhere I have tried relies on gallons of sticky goop to give volume, so I wake up the next day with my hair a foot wide tangle, instead of a silky veil that should last a good three or four days.
And when I ask for no product (or just a little root volumiser) I just get limp flat hair. I have taken in the photos on this post on my tablet to show but it seems to make no difference.
I did this in Rush last week and I still ended up with thin, stick straight hair, oddly thinner and flatter than it is naturally. (And it was £40 odd quid. Complete & utter waste of money. Avoid.) I smiled brightly in the salon, but there were nearly tears once I got home & realised I had a scant 20mins to make it look red carpet worthy. I grabbed the curling irons the moment I get home in a desperate attempt to add some zhush & frankly did a better job myself.)
I’ve had three comprehensive successes in London so far, and two great updos, so here’s my roundup of the best places for long hair looks that I’ve found in 2011.
The first was by the charming Olivier at the Aveda Lifestyle Spa Salon Covent Garden , (above). I love him. I went back a second time & it was just as good. The second was by Shai Greenberg at Gielly Green, just before London Fashion Week in September, which was frankly a work of art,
and the third this past week by the lovely lovely Zlata Jasenc at Daniel Galvin at the Corinthia Hotel. (I said I wanted lots of volume, bounce and curl at the ends. Job done. Really pleased.)
There isn’t exactly a wide choice of hairdressers around Trafalgar Square, Northumberland Avenue & Whitehall, so this is definitely a find for the area.
I’ve had one brilliant blow dry and one absolute shocker at Headmasters, so it clearly depends on the stylist, but when I stick to their clever blowdry menu I’ve had great success. There was this pretty Bardot style
and this updo