Guy Christian Salon is in the same league as Coray & Co. just a little further down on the opposite side of the street. Both salons are really well equipped as well as being huge, with a reputation for excellence. Perhaps what most distinguishes them from each other is the style with which they operate. The Guy Christian Salon caters more to the younger generation, offering really dynamic cuts, and unique looks, whereas Coray & Co. deals with a slightly older, more conservative crowd.
The cost of a cut varies dramatically depending on which stylist you choose. Prices range from £25 for a cut and finish with a graduate designer, all the way up to £45 for the same with Guy Christian himself.
They run a really interesting discount scheme, which operates on midweek days only. Employees of a number of companies and organisations, including the University, NHS, Blackhorse, Legal and General, Confused.com and Admiral all enjoy special pricing structures, as of course do the students of Cardiff.
Guy Christian, upon first glance, is gargantuan in proportion.
From the road, huge windows give light to an open plan space with heavy patterned black and white walls, comfy leathers, clean laminate flooring and chunky ornate mirrors. Its pleasing to the eye, clean cut and charmingly unfussy. When entering you are met by a tall reception desk and a fashionable looking member of staff. They are quick to offer a consultation if you need one and deal with your query with speed and acute knowledge of the price list and what is available.
The waiting area, pleasingly, has an eclectic selection of chairs. You are given the option to schlomp in a cosy sofa or sit proudly in an avant guard, high-back arm chair. There is an interesting collection of art books and readable publications to keep you occupied, although you are barely sat there.
I was quickly whisked away into the heart of the salon. As it appeared from the outside, it is airy and accessible. The staff don't trip over themselves and are given space to work and be creative, which is unusual for a successful salon. The member of staff listens to what you want and then offers practical advice, they appear to be honest about what will suit you and are excited to help.
Following this consultation, as you would expect, comes the hair wash. This is heaven at Guy Christian. The hair washing base it located in a private area, at the back of the salon, where you are hidden from the public both inside and outside the salon. You are met with soft spot lights, huge leather reclining massage chairs and metal work doves, flying up the wall. The atmosphere is relaxing as you are tipped back into the chair, listening to music and the the gently running water. The member of staff that washes your hair is not always your stylist, but they are always skilled and careful. Its certainly an experience- I am given a head massage whilst the hair is washed. My hair was treated with various lotions and potions that smell delightful and make my hair look healthy and shiny for weeks after completing the treatment.
The stylist begins their work. You sip on tea, coffee, wine or juice, either with or without magazines depending on your mood. I, of course, am always in the mood to chat. The conversation is easy and non confrontational, staff are also willing to chat and very professional and approachable.
I have been in three times. Once to have my hair cut and twice to have it dyed. I can confirm that the colour simply gets better and suits my skin tone. I ask for natural, its natural. I ask for brighter, its brighter! The cut itself is sheek and stylish, but not overly fashionable which is again, what I have asked for. The cut is in fact immaculate and I can see the standard follows in all members of staff and their work. The longest I have been in the salon is three hours and the experience was nothing short of comfortable, enjoyable and most importantly, relaxing. It is very different from a big, busy high street chain, they seem to have really put the creative needs of the staff and the well being of the customer at the heart of their business.
The prices are very affordable and competitive. I am a recent graduate, so have been paying the student rate, until my most recent visit which comprised of half a head of highlights and a cut for £75. The staff are full of humour and the salon is welcoming and I would thoroughly recommend it.
Ok, so to 'fess up first, I am officially a big fan of the Guy Christian salon. I started having my hair cut by Chris (Guy Christian himself) about two years ago and followed him to his salon when he opened it just over a year ago. The salon is completely lovely - it's a fantastic mixture of edgy/funky/luxurious decor that reminds me of a french boudouir. Not that I've ever been in a french boudouir mind you
The staff here are ALL really friendly and relaxed whilst still being completely professional and fab at their jobs. The whole experience starts with a consultation, then a relax in one of the Shiatsu massage chairs whilst you have your hair washed and scalp massaged. They'll also fetch you a drink or a magazine and generally just be very charming.
I've got a mass of unruly curly hair and Chris is fantastic at listening to what I want as well as suggesting options for my hair (and even occasionally telling me off/giving me hair care advice). I always come away feeling really happy with the cut and he's one of the only hairdressers I've met who knows how to dry curly hair properly.
I've been getting my hair cut here since the salon opened and have become friends with Chris and the staff to the extent that I'm now editing their website (that's my vested interest bit owned up to). All that aside I would honestly recommend this salon to anyone who fancies a great style experience. It's a little bit of luxury tucked away on City Road.
I went to Guy Christian for the first time yesterday after reading a review on Qype and I have to say I absolutely loved it. I had my hair cut by Chris, he is very knowledgeable about hair and even suggests styles to suit your face shape.
The ambiance of the salon is great you can even get a glass of wine or a bottle of beer as a free complementary drink! I opted for the water, which was ice cold with a slice of lemon, lovely for a hot summer's day. But it gets even better, not only do you get a back massaging chair with a foot rest whilst your having your hair washed, every customer gets a 'loyalty card' and after a certain amount of visits you get free gifts! I even had a voucher for £5 off my next visit.
I absolutely loved my experience at Guy Christian, the cut, the price, the salon, everything was excellent. I will defiantly be returning and I would recommend this salon to everyone!!
Well, apart from the fact that Guy Christian is a hotty and a laugh and, erm, a hotty, this salon is also completely fabulous. The decor is divine, all black who is the fairest of them all? mirrors hanging on the walls and black chandeliers dangling from the ceiling. Everything in the salon is either chic or uber-chic. Go to the website and check out the gallery and you'll see what i mean.
The music they play is so cool it's frosty (though Guy would have you believe it's just stuff he's got lying around on his iPod - which it probably is, damn it!) and the staff are all hip, good looking guys and gals and friendly to boot. You get free drinks and lots of mags to read.
The best thing about this salon though is the standard of the service. They KNOW their stuff in here. I wanted to go blonde after being red (through a home dye job - yeurch!) and the man with his name above the door persuaded me to go back to my natural colour first to let the red grow out and give my hair time to mend itself. He spent ages on my hair and when I came out of the salon it looked AMAZING - all shiny andSHINY! Like when I was a wee little student.
It's a bit on the expensive side, but hell, it's worth it. Sometimes I get vouchers through the post as well. Result.
Oh, and the chairs that massage you while you're having your hair washed are pretty funky too.
Not impressed; staff member I dealt with was not friendly and the cut was not up to scratch-the girl just chomped into my hair without really caring and just made a mess of it, I went in just to get my thick hair thinned out (I have shortish hair) and came out looking like someone had just stuck a bowl on my head and cut around it...would never go back. Spend your money somewhere else.
Hair Colour experts, precision cutting in a relaxed and friendly environment.
Established in 2007.
Guy Christian Is the MD of Guy Christian Salon LTD.
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