I just went for the first time today and had to come home and write a review immediately! This is, hands down, the best haircut I have ever had. My hair has been long and curly, bobbed, pixied, and even buzzed and I've gotten used to looking in the mirror at the end of a cut and thinking "Oh well, at least it will grow out." Absolutely nothing like that this time, from the moment I could see the cut taking shape, I knew I would love it. I went in with a shaggy and overgrown pixie cut and (for a fiver!) came out with an incredible mod mini-bob with a perfectly uneven fringe that manages to look stylish and devil-may-care at the same time (Base line: I really, really like the cut.).
The instructor and the hairdresser took time to discuss with me what I did and did not like, what might look best with my face shape, and if I wanted something high or low maintenance before they even picked up a scissors. The shampoo-and-conditioning was easily the best I've had, no quick wet and soap, but a full five minute head massage. The whole process did take a while, but it meant that my hairdresser was being very careful that every snip was perfect and the finished product was flawless. Though it is true that most of the trainee hairdressers didn't speak English, they had an excellent translator and at no point did I feel a lack of understanding between us. And as someone who is absolutely terrible at small talk, it was kind of nice not to have to force conversation.
All in all, this is the best haircut I've had in London or anywhere else, for a fraction of the normal fifty quid I normally pay. It was a very professional environment with attention to personal preference, and I can't recommend it highly enough.
The only reason I'm giving this two stars is becuase the highlights were pretty fantastic and the girl who did these was very lovely.
The rest of my time here was a disaster. They hacked all my hair off! I told them I wanted Cameron Diaz. I came out crying. The guy dind't speak any English which didn't help and I should have run screaming then. Not being able to communicate with a guy hacking at your hair is not fun. The instructor was rude and just said 'that's what you asked for' and that was that.
I cried. A lot. But my friend convinced me that it would look better with some colour so I went back in. They were much nicer on that side and they looked after me. They even gave me a glass of water!
And yes. My hair did look better. The colour was great. But I won't go back. Worse than that, I'll never set foot in a Vidal Sassoon hair salon. If they're happy to let people leave when they're crying, they really don't care enough about their customers.
The whole thing took 4 1/2 hours. Never again. It's places like this that remind me why I pay a lot of money to get my hair done.
I will have to give this place 5 stars because the both time i have been there, not only was my haircut fab but the way i was treated was fab and professional. Both times I've had a chinese girl cut my hair and they are so good at it. I like the fact that they take their time when cutting to make it look perfect and just how you want it. Oh and when they wash your hair they give you like a nice massage in the head of course.
It does take about 3 hours but i think its worth it for a hair cut you'll be happy with. At the end they usually take a pic of the final cut.
The Vidal Sassoon training school for hairdressers is tucked away behind Bond Street station. This is a brilliant place to go if you want an inexpensive (or even free) hair cut and you're quite prepared to allow the (trainee) hairdresser to experiment. If you're the kind of person that has definate ideas about what you want and don't want anything too out there (if you know what I mean...), then perhaps the Vidal Sassoon training school might not suit you. The good thing about hair is that it can always grow back. Expect to pay inbetween 4 and 11 pounds for a hair cut or trim. Perms and various other hair services are available.
I have to make a special trip to this salon as the director certainly knows what i like!
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