Erm, where do I start with this? First off, I have a lot of hair - if you haven't already been able to tell. It's thick, it's long and it's pretty much been my safety blanket for the past few years. In fact, it's always been that one constant of mine that's always okay. It's never great, but it's never really bad either (apart from those times when I've had tangles the size of my head..on my head..ouch). All in all, I guess my hair was something I never really thought about. It was just there. I brushed it every once in a while and on the (very odd) occasion I'd sometimes run a straightener through it.
Well anyway, last month I got the chance to get my hair did at Muse of London - Tigi's one and only exclusive London salon. When I told my friends and family that I was getting my hair done the response was..interesting to say the least. Why? Well it's probably something to do with the fact that the last time I dyed my hair it was bright blue. And the time before that it was pink. And bleach blonde. And just about every other colour in the rainbow. Aaand yes, I do have photos, and no, you can't see them. It was a terrible, terrible time for my hair and I wouldn't want to put anyone else through it. Just the memory of my frazzled hair is just..nooo sir.
So as you can see from the photos, I went for something super super subtle to help bring my hair up to date a little more. I think the lovely Jen (the gal that did my hair) said it was something like a bleach-free balayage, which is exactly what it says on the tin. I explained to Jen during our consultation that I wanted my hair to look as natural as possible - almost as if I'd spent the past month lounging around in the Bahamas with the sun bleaching my hair. I think Jen pretty much nailed it.
All in all, the salon was seriously chilled out - just the way I like it. I've never loved getting my hair done because, in all honesty, someone always effs it up in some shape or form, which is probably why I've stayed away from the hairdressers and cut my own hair for the past few years. But this place felt good, and - knowing that a bunch of famous faces have had their hair did at Muse - I decided now was a better time than any to lose my hair colouring virginity. I feel like I need to insert a Madonna music video here or something.
All in all, the colour and styling took around two hours, and the team even threw in a quick OPI gel manicure while I waited for the colour to develop (FYI the colour on my nails is the new OPI Hawaii collection in Aloha). But the best bit? The massage chairs. Since the dye had basically been back-brushed into my hair to create a natural effect there was a lot of knotting. So much knotting that at one point I had three girls going at my hair with some tangle teasers. It took a good half hour or so. But did I care? Not one bit. Half an hour in a massage chair after walking across London during a tube strike is nothing short of pure heaven. Can I do it again please?
Muse of LONDON
24 Mortimer Street, London,W1T 3JP
020 7467 9560