By now you’ll probably know that I went for the chop. And I’m not talking my usual half inch trim, I’m talking a full and very brave 5-6 inches. Long locks be gone, I’m now sporting a choppy little LOB. But the main reason I’m sharing this with you is, I’VE FINALLY FOUND THE ONE! For years I’ve flitted from one hairdressers to another, never really settling on one, but always secretly hoping I’d one day find my perfect match. Well, it’s happened…
Say hello to House of Savannah. A stunning hair salon and spa, occupying a luxurious Georgian property in the heart of Newcastle. I was invited along to the launch evening to celebrate their new location late last year. Sadly I couldn’t make it but have wanted to try it ever since. So when I found myself in a bit of a hair rut, I decided now was the time. So here’s my hair problem, I love the colour, but my style, well, there was no style. Long, fine, flat and pretty boring. This is what I told the stylist Grace, during my consultation. Now this is the first thing that sets House of Savannah apart, they really take their time over the consultation. There was no rush to whiz me off to the basin, Grace made sure she knew exactly what I wanted and given that I didn’t really know what I wanted, that was some skill. We looked at some pictures, discussed my hair type – Grace has fine hair too so I knew I was in good hands and talked about how I like to wear it. I wanted to go shorter and I wanted some layers. It’s hard to get any oomph in the my hair, I felt sure layers would help, but whenever I ask hairdressers for layers they normally advise against it on account of my hair being too fine.
After the consultation I was asked if I wanted a head, neck and shoulder massage WITH AVEDA OILS – I’d have bit her hand off had she not needed it for the massage. That’s when I knew this was the one. I was pretty much in heaven and so chilled after the massage, she could have permed it and I wouldn’t have noticed. But she didn’t, instead off I went to the basins for a wash and another head massage before the chopping began. I love that Grace went straight in chopping the length – no dithering or “are you sures” – that’s exactly what I wanted, I needed a change and a change I got! You can see for the pictures there’s loads of blunt, choppy layers that create the illusion of thicker hair and it feels so much healthier. On to the styling – She used mousse! She used mousse and I didn’t even have to ask! This is a big deal for me because no one knows your hair better than you. I’ve tried everything to create body/volume/root lift and the only thing that ever really works is good old mousse. She styled it perfectly – a proper good blow dry with plenty of root lift and finished it off with some wand waves. It may sound cliché but I left the salon feeling all bad-ass Beyoncé styleee (Bow Down Bitches). I could hear my hair swishing as I flicked my head in a “look at me” kinda way.
As you can imagine, it has all the extras – stylish décor, complementary drinks, in-date magazine, there’s even an upstairs waiting room ideal for storing your men-folk – mine had a whale of a time sipping cappuccinos and reading magazines. All these little nice-to-haves add to the experience of course, but what you really want is a stylist you can trust and a cut you’re happy… head messages are just the cherry on the cake.
Wow, I didn’t intend for this to turn into an essay – as you can tell I’m thrilled with my new do but even more thrilled with finding a salon I feel at home in. I should also point out this is NOT a paid post, I wasn’t offered any extra discount of special treatment. I did however take advantage of the 30% off for new clients offer. Cut and blow dry prices start at £33. If you fancy a change, I can't recommend it enough!
What'd you think of the chop? Have you tried found your perfect hairdressers?
House of Savanah - 1 Old Eldon Square, Newcastle NE1 7JG