For starters the biggest issue at Hype is that on weekends they are packed to the gills. They will do European hair (I have southern Italian curly hair) and they will do a VERY decent job but you are looking at a wait even with an appointment and yes, you will be passed off to a junior for blow out or conditioner application. I cannot speak for getting a relaxer as I choose to do my own but blow outs and pressings took on a kind of odd pattern after a time. I'd come in with my hair already blown out but they'd insist on re-wetting it and doing it over rather than just going forward and ironing as is ( a press iron is powerful enough on it's own frankly). I've had my hair ironed when the stylist (she was VERY skilled at a Black salon in the states) started with my hair dry and quite wild and simply ironed it pin straight like silk. Why Hype and less specialized curly and/or Afro hair tamers such as blow out bars all have such a big fetish around having hair smoke and bone dry with a powerful blow dryer before pressing is baffling. But still, their method is their method so I do not mind paying extra if I have to but then I was told they I had to get my ends trimmed. No, sorry Hype. I can't trust that 1 to THREE inches will come off instead of simply a 1/2 or 1/4 of an inch dusting. Curly hair takes AGES to grow (has to grow out and then down and then shrinks sometimes 50% when wet) so I'm not risking it and apparently they won't press hair that THEY feel needs ends trimmed off of! I was warned I could not come back and get a pressing without also getting a trim!!! I think it should be up to the customer to decided when they are getting their cut and it can't be THAT painful for the stylist to face a few dry ends can it? The finished style for me was great. I saw three different stylists total when I lived in Balham. The one bloke rescheduled on me and then never showed so it was more than annoying as , once again, I was not trusting my hair to a junior. They still get four well deserved stars from me because despite how crazy busy they get and how in demand they are, they have a nice community feel that I like and because I never once walked out of there with a bad hair style. European/Mediterranean curly hair is very tricky to press and they always did a great job despite the subtext. I will be back actually. I think they have a hard task being so high profile and do a good job.
Hype Coiffure is the coolest name for a hair salon ever. They specialise in Afro-Caribbean hair, but they can style locks of any kind. My first experience with Hype was fabulous. The woman who cut my hair did it properly. I have an afro puff that's so rough and tough I make most stylists want to retire after they have a round with my do. The stylist I had the first time I went there cut my curly hair while it was dry (which is a serious sign of expertise) and gave it volume so loud that I cracked storefront windows when I exited onto the street. It was glorious.
The second time I went was a different story. Apparently the stylist that cut my hair the first time was no longer there, so I had to go with a replacement. The floor manager was a drill sergeant, bickering with the staff member who was washing my hair while my head was trapped in a sink. Then, when I finally took a place in the salon chair (it took forever, like 40 minutes), the lady who was cutting my hair did it while it was wet and kept asking me if I straighten my hair. "Do you ever straighten your hair? Do you want to straighten your hair? Why don't you straighten your hair?" Because, I get rough and tough with my afro-puff and that's how I like it. It was annoying to say the least. The final product was laced with too much product and my hair was so hard that it made a crackling sound when you squeezed the curls.
All in all, it's the same as any other salon. It's not the salon that makes the hair, it's your stylist. So get a good one and stick with him (or her)!
I love going to Hype to get my hair done, im rather impressed with the new young receptionist as well. My favourite stylist is Shalina, so I would recommend you ask for her. She has been there for years, and is probably the friendliest,and most professional. The owners wife, actually isn't worth mentioning, but if she wasn't there, and the other stlylists were a bit friendlier, this place would get 5 stars
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