After the debacle that was my experience of getting my hair callously lopped off at the Toni & Guy academy, my fairy-godmother in the form of Rick from the Rose and Crown appeared to make sure I would get to the ball - and not in the guise of an ugly sister - as he very kindly offered to fix my hair for free.
I arrived in my pumpkin carriage (better known as the Northern Line) and strolled down a very busy Long Acre which was jam packed with Christmas shoppers and tourists and found refuge from the madness in Rose Street. A quaint, quiet wee street with a slight Dickensian air to it.
The small, independently run salon was a breath of fresh air from the faceless anonymity of the big chain salons I've patronised in the past. It was obvious from the outset that Rick knows about hair and he took a good look at mine and had good chat with me before whipping out the scissors.
The result is that I'm now delighted that my hair no longer makes me look like Tina Turner circa 1990 and is very pretty, and I'm ever so pleased. Moreover I feel confident that should I ever have any further hair disasters or even small queries; I know exactly where to go.
I will certainly be recommending the Rose & Crown to whomever shall listen and I will definitely be returning whether for a new do, colour, manicure or massage (yes, they do all that in one cosy wee place! Not in the same room, there are different rooms, obviously.)
Staunchly recommended for those who find it difficult to trust hairdressers and for any hair catastrophes the personal touch here is hugely reassuring.
I was growing my hair long for the last 2 years and it was all successful - trimming ends, keeping them nice, healthy & layered for volume. It was obviously growing - about an inch per month.
When Rick heard me saying that I'm growing it long, he told me that my hair has reached terminate length and I will never in my life will have them growing longer. I didn't agree, but since my last hairdresser has ruined the haircut (cut too much from the top) I agreed that some balancing would be ok. First time I left him, I though it was alright - my hair but shorter.
Second time I came back, telling him to cut less this time, and I insisted on growing it long. He cut it the same length again! I was annoyed and he kept saying that I don't have much to play with, and that if only I had more dense hair...I don't go to a hairdresser to listen to a lecture on how bad my hair is (it's not...the next hairdresser has proved him wrong!) but it's just not nice.
I wouldn't go back there. The price is £45 which is normal for London, but for what it was - I wouldn't pay that much.
Went here today after reading of others' good experiences. Popped my head in and asked if I needed an appointment, 5 minutes later, I was in the chair. Rick spent a good amount of time saying what was wrong and what needed doing. Emerged half an hour later happy with the result - enough said really! Rick said that he'd had quite a lot of interest through Qype which was obviously paying dividends.
One other point - it can be hard to find through Google Maps, etc. - halfway between Leicester Square and Covent Garden Tube stations, in a road to the side of Stanford's travel shop. Easy peasy!
Cracking hair salon which I like a lot because it sounds like a pub. Rik is a fascinating character who has mated around with many of Manchester's musical heros, and knows everyone in Soho. There's a fish tank with 2 fish, decent tunes on the sound system, and the results aren't half bad either. Great stuff.
Went here the other day looking rather like Wurzle Gumage's younger (prettier) sister, which is not good. The task of fixing it was left to Mya and Rick. firstly rick gave me a new do which is fab, then it was up to mya to colour my hair. considering the state it was in i had a feeling it may go green but the coulour turned out great. no more frazzled hair and i left the salon a truly happy customer!!!
after hearing all the great reviews on qype i decided to try this salon out.
I went on a day where only one lady was in the salon, (the rest of the people was at fashion show).
She was very friendly and i booked a appointment with rick the owner.
when i did go to my appointment he was busy snipping away another clients hair.
I waited about half a hour for him to finish the previous client.
Rick is a lovely guy and he talked about his family and holidays.
the actual haircut was average, he helped tidied up the hair, but i found it quite overpriced for £45.
but i give ratings for service! 1st class!
we offer all colouring treatments and colour design our colourists are loreal proffesional trained as well as traditional and contemperary cutting
Established in 2005.
Established by rick stonell and Maija cistjakova in 2012 With a strong following from past business. Archive hairdressing .
Very long and extensive experience in hairdressing
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