Basecuts is great. I have seen Jenny there twice and both times I've come out really happy with my hair (I get a half head of highlights and a haircut) and get compliments. She makes the blonde look really natural (I like to think its the color I was born with) and the layers not too choppy (no mushroom head!) The place is in a great location on Portabello so you can people watch out the windows and they play fun music. Jenny is really friendly and easy to talk to (or not if you just feel like reading a magazine). Plus its pretty reasonable for London. £100 for the cut, color and blowout.
I've been to Basecuts a few times, and have had a few different people cut my hair.
First was Amy (who no longer works there). She was nice, always did a good to great job cutting my hair
Second was Rob - he also did a good job but I found his cut needed to be cleaned up much sooner than normal. My hair is quite dry and thin so if hair dressers dont pay attention to that it may only look good with their salon products & styling, but not in real life
Third was Dee - he did a wonderful job! Listened to what I wanted and gave me the best possible result. Was looking forward to having found a new hair dresser
Fourth was Evoynne (or something like that). Dee unfortunately called in sick the day of my appointment so they arranged for Evoynne to cut my hair. ABSOLUTELY THE WORST HAIR CUT OF MY LIFE. She did not listen to anything I wanted (leave the length, clean up the layers and trim the fringe but not too too much). Cut off loads, barely touched my layers and brutally attacked my fringe. I could have done better myself while blindfolded. I now have to pin back my fringe praying and hoping for my hair to grow faster than usual. I've never been so unhappy with a haircut before in my life. And on top of that, she was very unpleasant!
I will not be returning to Basecuts
It took me a long time to find a decent hairdresser in London, a place where which would not charge silly prices and have some great stylists that stay as opposed to churning every 6 months. I found this place on Portobello Road, on the corner of a little square just before the bridge. And in addition to being a good place to go for hair, it is also quite fun, specially on a Saturday when I typically can find the time to go, since the place has large windows opening on Portobello market, plus a DJ playing some loud but great music while your hair is being cut. And here is a tip: ask for Sophia, she is excellent and has been cutting my hair for the past 5 years.
Ok, to sum it up in a short anacdote, at the next hair dressers I went to after my disaster at Base Cuts, the hair dresser actually bought over three coleagues to look at what the woman in Base Cuts had done to my hair, and he said that he'd never seen anything like it before. What she'd done was hack off all of the hair under the top layer and left it in great lumps so I couldn't even tie my hair up; it was so ugly. Avoid, it's very style over substance and I have had a couple of friend's complain about the place. Bad bad bad. Oh and by the way, the woman who cut my hair was actually the senior stylist!!
I've been coming here for a nearly a decade and the standards have always remained high. Just look at my haircut on my icon! That's the type of work Base Cuts produces. It's very London, very professional, very hip and very trendy. The stylists are experts in their field and know what good style is. You can consult them about your hair and the best products to use, which is always useful. All employees are trained to give a good head massage when shampooing your hair so expect to feel relaxed straight after. It's always best to book ahead, at least a week, if you have a favourite stylist, otherwise you can walk in and look forward to top hair styling. The most busiest day is Saturday so be warned. The price ranges from the grade of the stylist from junior, top to senior, but don't be surprised if your bill for a cut, colour and blow dry come up to more than £100. London style is never cheap afterall.
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