I haven’t visited a hairdresser since I last made steps to go blonde from very dark brown back in March 2012.. madness! I had a hairdressing a contact, friend of a friend type who used to come over and do my highlights for me for a while but it was the same every time and there was no consultation involved, I’m fairly certain she used on level of bleach for everyone so I haven’t had a proper colour in a long time. After my recent dalliance with crazy colour and my many attempts to fix it I got to a dark blonde stage I could live with but the ends were still drastically different and tinged with blue *sigh*
I decided to seek profession help and visited my local SAKS Salon in Doncaster. I’ve never been there before but it’s so lovely, having been to a lot of salons over the years it’s definitely one of the nicest and the staff are really friendly too. It wasn’t as expensive as I’d initially expected either, especially as I was booked in with a senior colourist. She took a look at my hair and decided on sporadic highlights (chunkier around my face on my instruction) and an all over warmer colour to (hopefully) even everything out. I wasn’t convinced but decided I was in capable hands. I waiting for my colour to process, very much enjoyed the vibrating chairs at the sink while I got a head massage from the girl removing my foils and then was the moment of truth. When it came to drying I was nervous.. there were some very golden tones and despite the toner I was told I’d been treated to I thought I was going to hate it.. much warmer than I was used to. Once it was totally dry however I’m happy to say I loved it, she did a brilliant job and I will definitely go back. The colour needs osme time to settle, highlights usually look a little piecey at first but that doesn’t really bother me because the overall colour is great, I wanted to be a little blonder but she chose colours that would be more flattering, I think I will go back for more highlights in a month or two and I’m hoping she will be able to give me a better blonde for my skin tone since I’ve historically had ‘blonde as you can get me’ highlights or dyed my hair myself – and lets face it I have NO idea what I’m doing.
The only thing I wanted that she didn’t really seem to grasp was roots. I was hoping that going to a ‘swankier’ salon she would be a little more open to newer techniques/trends but out came the foils and standard highlights and that’s just not quite what I wanted. I’m more than happy with the lengths but I don’t like visible highlights in my roots and I’m hoping that’s something I can discuss with her next time, I have a feeling I will have to travel further south to get anything close to ‘balayage’ – it’s grim up North 😉
Do you have a go to hairdresser? I never have but really want to try and develop a relationship with someone who will hopefully understand what I want from my hair.. 2014, the year of no more DIY? …mmm we’ll see. The stylist I had was Becky and you can find more info about the salon here. I wasn’t paid to review Saks Doncaster or compensated in any way but there aren’t all that many blog reviews of northern hairdressers and since I would recommend this one I thought it was worth plugging them!
Until the next hairy adventure