James Brown Salon: Review

BATD ON Oct 05, 2009 AT 10:46 am

James Brown London

James Brown London

By Tamara

I’ve always loved James Brown’s hair products so when I was offered the chance to visit his new salon and get my hair done by the salon’s newly appointed art director, Lance, I was somewhat excited, to say the least. James Brown has been tending to the tresses of the rich and famous for over fifteen years, and now, after teasing us with his fabulous product range, the man himself has finally opened a salon – James Brown London -  a stone’s throw away from Oxford Street.

Inside the salon

Inside the salon

Opened in July, the stunning new salon takes its cue from all things British -  a huge oak table forms the centrepiece and antique, stand-alone mirrors make a refreshing change from the usual wall-mounted affairs. Tea and coffee are served in quaint floral teacups and the reception area features an antique wooden desk that wouldn’t look out of place on Dickinson’s Real Deal. 

After having my hair washed, Lance spent about half an hour simply finding out exactly what I was after. With Mystic-Meg like accuracy, he correctly pointed out that, up until now, I’d simply been having my hair cut, without any real consideration about what would suit the shape of my face or the amount of time I can spend tending to my tresses (not much). I explained that I’d become slightly bored with my long, thick hair and was hoping to lose some of the length and generally end up with something that suited the shape of my face but which was also easy to maintain. 

 James Brown salon on Wigmore Street

James Brown salon on Wigmore Street

Admittedly I’m no expert when it comes to the art of hairdressing, but it’s obvious to anyone Lance has somewhat of a golden touch, and this is largely due to the fact he simply loves what he does (he told me he often only realises it’s time to go home when a member of staff reminds him that the salon has actually closed.) Over the next couple of hours, Lance skilfully snipped awaytaking my long, decidedly unruly hair to a much more manageable, shoulder length and adding gorgeous sculpted layers that perfectly framed my face. 

This was, without doubt, the best hair cut I’ve had. Ever. All too often, snooty, unprofessional hairdressers leave me wondering why I bothered parting with my hard earned cash only to be reprimanded for using the wrong products and left with a haircut I don’t actually like. From the moment I set foot in the salon, Lance made it his mission to find out exactly what I wanted to achieve, while proffering his expert advice when it became painfully obvious that I didn’t actually know.

For those that were expecting a review of the James Brown salon – I apologise.  I’m fully aware this has become more a tribute to the lovely Lance, but to be honest, he was quite simply my favourite thing about the place.

There’s no denying I love everything about James Brown’s new salon the décor, super friendly staff and extra touches that set this place apart from its rivals – but personally, I can’t help but think “Lance Lowe London” has a certain ring to it, too…

Blow drys at James Brown start from  £37.00, and cut and blow drys from £55.00.
Find out more at http://www.jamesbrownlondon.com

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