A good friend of mine once said that, given a good haircut and good shoes, no-one cares about whatever’s in-between. While my shoes might be battered up and total biscuits, I do pride myself on having a spanking haircut. However, I had let it grow a little wild recently. In fact, my barnet was in dire need of some TLC and a serious tidy up as I was starting to look like a ginger Diana. So when the team at Russell Eaton approached me to have a cut and blow-dry at their Leeds salon, I obviously jumped at the chance (well, wouldn’t you?).
The salon, just at the bottom of Briggate, is beautifully-designed: plenty of space, high ceilings and lots of light. Downstairs is the spa, where they do massage, waxes and all sorts of other treatments; there were some lovely design details like dark walls, hanging chain room dividers and pretty wooden frames grouped on the walls (I think they are miniature shrine frames).
After talking through what I wanted to do with my hair (‘Please, anything. Just sort it out.’) the hairdresser, Jade, gave me a head and shoulder massage before washing and starting on my hair. The head massage was relaxing…a little too relaxing – I nearly fell asleep. She said that all new staff at the salon are trained by starting on washing and massage, meaning that from the very start this extra touch is part of the Russell Eaton philosophy for all of the stylists.
She talked me through every aspect of my cut, as well as the best products to use and the best way to dry it; making sure that I knew how to recreate the same ‘salon’ look at home. I went for a very similar cut to the ones I had previously, but she made it look just a little bit different and fabulous.
Everyone usually has their own hairdresser they can rely on, but I would definitely recommend Russell Eaton if you need a change – beautiful salon, well-priced and fantastic stylists.
August 13, 2012 by eleanorsnare