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Thursday, 23 February 2017

The Salon That Gave Me My Confidence Back

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I’ve had a fair few hair horrors, to the point of when I was at university, I stopped going to the hairdressers. I dreaded every appointment I made and when there, I'd would want it to be over as soon as I’d arrived. So I never really understood those who got excited about a visit to the salon. Until I started going to Trevor Sorbie. Now I know this may sound like I’m being paid to write this but I’m not. I’m a firm believer in credit where credit’s due and shouting about great things, not only for praise but so that others may jump on that happy train too.

I switched my country salon for a city one over four years ago now when I started working in Manchester. I tried most salons in Manchester but was never fully happy. I’m not sure how I came across Trevor Sorbie, but I did. I had a few of their stylists before having a guy from Barcelona - I can’t remember his name but he was amazing. Sadly he left to go back to Barcelona and I questioned what I would do. Would I make a bi-annual trip there just to get a trim? Surely that would be crazy, but that’s just how good he was. Luckily shortly after, I got my hair cut with a lovely girl called Jamie from Belfast. And I can’t praise her enough.

To most hairdressers I’m either their worst nightmare or a dream. A nightmare because I have the most bland and simple blunt, one length trim. Or a dream because it’s not an overly complicated job, who knows which… But Jamie just gets it. I love my long hair and she knows that, but I’m at a point where I trust her judgement when she asks to take another inch off. For this cut, I had an inch and a half off, and a blunt trim with a lightweight feel. And I’m not exaggerating when I say it feels like silk - I could quite happily film a commercial.

I had Pureology shampoo and conditioner put on before the initial trim to remove the dead ends. I got my hair cut last in November so it’s been at least three months. Whilst hairdressers know what they’re talking about, I always advocate that you also know your hair more than anyone - it is your hair after all. So I tend to leave mine for 12-16 weeks before I book in. I don’t ever dry my hair and rarely use heated appliances on it which has benefited my hair and its health massively. I wrote another article on that here. But hands held high, my hair needed a trim. The ends had become thin and straggly, and although I could hide it with some curls, they were just dead ends that needed to go.

The style was finished up with a quick final once-over with scissors and that was that. It is shorter but it’s a lot healthier. It’s lightweight, glossy and will hopefully now hold styles a little longer. And all that happened in well under an hour. If you hand’t figured out, I recommend Jamie. Not only is she a brilliant hairdresser but she’s a lovely person to spend an hour with and whilst before I used to feel so uncomfortable sitting in that chair, I now feel anything but.

And that’s down to not just Jamie but the whole team there too. From the salon manager Lindsey to the Director, Paul - everyone is so welcoming, friendly and make the salon a fun place to be. Also shout out to Liam who is the most down to earth and funny guy - check him out too because he’ll have you in stitches.

To some, getting their hair cut might be just another thing but having had so many hair horrors, my hair means a lot to me. It makes me feel confident and makes me feel like me. So thank you to the salon for not only another great cut, but for having such a comfortable environment and for ultimately giving me the confidence back to get my hair cut.





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