View Full Version : Can't find a decent hair salon

May 4th, 2013, 09:13 PM
Most hair salons where I live charge between 30 and 60 for a basic cut and finish. I wouldn't mind (when it's done well I enjoy the salon experience, and I definitely don't want to go down the route of cutting my own hair), but nowhere seems to offer a basic dry cut. I've completely gone off hair washing because the salon I've been using is like some sort of torture chamber. The assistants who wash my hair drag their nails through it, tugging at tangles and squeezing it dry with too much force. They then yank a plastic fine toothed comb through my wet tangly hair, and I just close my eyes and wince. Afterwards my hair is blasted with heat from the hair dryer. The only painless part is actually having it cut. I'm too polite to kick up a fuss, but part of me wants to just grab my boar bristle brush and tell them I'll comb my hair myself (and not when it's so wet).

Why do hair salons which charge so much for a 'luxurious' experience insist on damaging your hair with cheap plastic brushes and lack of basic knowledge of hair care? It's got to the point where I haven't had a hair cut in weeks - I just need a really simple trim, all of my hair is the same length, but I really don't want to pay an extortionate amount for a painful and unnecessary experience. I feel so gross whenever I have split ends and I need to get rid of them and tidy my hair up ASAP.

On the off-chance, does anyone know of hair salons in London which are actually worth it/know how to take proper care of hair? I live in Oxford but it's got to the point where I'm prepared to commute.

May 4th, 2013, 09:37 PM
I'm sorry I can't help you with finding a salon, but if you just need a few split ends cut off, you could maybe just search and destroy (s+d) would that help any?

May 4th, 2013, 09:37 PM
Nowhere near London, but I can recommend barber shops and cheap salons over hair "artistes" if you just want a basic cut. The best professional cut of my life was at Supercuts when I was 17 - it was a basic layered cut from shoulder to BSL, done with only scissors, and it was something I spent a lot of money trying to replicate. Chain salons tend to employ many people just out of cosmetology school who are very talented and could easily hold down a job at a high-end salon, only they lack the experience so they must start somewhere. Barbershops are terrific for blunt and U-shaped cuts (some may do basic layering also); they are well-trained, accustomed to using scissors instead of razors, and male hairdresserslbarbers tend to be fearful of taking off too much. My last professional cut was by a traditional men's barber, and I had to tell him twice to take off more. :)

If you go to an expensive, trendy salon, some people bring their own combs and detangle on their own. In any case, specify before your appointment that being gentle with your hair is really important to you. Many stylists will listen if you inform them of your needs. :flower:

Alternately, have you tried trimming it yourself, using Feye's method? It seems to work quite well if your hair is shoulder or collarbone length or longer - I've cut my own hair since it was collarbone length, and many members have done the same.

May 5th, 2013, 02:42 AM
You could try doing like I do.
I go to a salon in Berkshire.
I never kicked up a fuss, all I did was go in with my own conditioner and my own towel.
I ask them to only wet my hair down and put conditioner through it.
The only person who is harsh with the comb the last time I went was the one who had wet my hair down - so next time i will take a comb and comb it out myself.

I am OK with my actual hairdresser using her comb as she is used to it and isn't harsh with it.

I do always wet it again when I get home as the combing does break up my curl pattern.

No one at the salon minds what I ask for - they're more fascinated than anything and last time I went in I had three of them cooing over my hair asking if it was real and asking how i cared for it.

I don't have any problems and don't feel silly asking what I want as I'm paying for it! :0)

May 5th, 2013, 07:11 AM
I've discovered self trimming and love it alot.

May 5th, 2013, 07:38 AM
I can't help you finding a salon, but I do know what you mean. I think most of us do here, hehe. I've read about several horrific salon experiences, and although mine aren't as terrible, I have never found a hairdresser who would actually listen to what I told them to do. I've been to a few different ones, and one even asked me what the heck I had ever done to my hair to turn out like this. I know I have very dry hair, but... it wasn't really nice of her to say that, since I think I take really good care of it.
After this experience, I went back to my old salon, where the hairdresser took off way too much (in my opinion), that I almost wanted to cry when I came back home. That's when I decided I would never, ever go to a salon again. I asked my girlfriend to do it last week (I hadn't gone for a trim for about eight months) and she did exactly what I told her to do. I'm so glad I asked her instead of going back to a salon! I was really, really nervous - I always said I wouldn't let a 'non-hairdresser' cut my hair - but it turned out to be the perfect solution for me.

May 5th, 2013, 07:40 AM
I would definitely avoid chain hair salons like Toni&Guy etc. as they are trained and told to follow company rules regarding washing/styling/products. I would go to a private hair salon and explain your needs. Another option is to call a mobile hairdresser from gumtree who will come to your house and you can wash, prepare your hair for cutting yourself. It is not expensive as far as I know. About 25.

May 5th, 2013, 09:47 PM
In the United States, there is a chain called SuperCuts. They are a ridiculously cheap place, and can even be looked down upon by more affluent.

That chain, as a whole, is the only one I'll ever let bring scissors to my hair other than myself or my boyfriend. They're so intent on making money by quick in-and-out that they do EXACTLY what I tell them, as it takes no more than 15 minutes if that, and rarely costs me more than $20 with tip. They don't cut too much, they don't force the dang comb if it won't go (they'll detangle proper from the bottom), and they don't bother with the blowdry unless you ask for it or say yes to it when offered (costs extra).

If there is an equivalent budget chain in the UK, or if they're in the UK, I honestly recommend that over any salon for cuts short of being good friends with the stylist.

May 6th, 2013, 08:58 AM
It's not cheap, but Patrick Ludde Salon in London has specialists in long hair (http://patrickludde.com/long-hair-clinic-2). One of the services they offer is a dry trim. HTH!