Review: Equus Salon

Mimi ON Jul 19, 2011 AT 9:30 am

Equus salon

Equus salon

By Emma Skipper

It’s been about five months since a hairdresser even laid eyes on my hair, let alone a pair of scissors, so I thought it high time I took myself down to a super slick salon to get it sorted… and low and behold I stumbled across Equus on Brompton Street.

Equus is London’s longest standing hair salon (it opened in 1953) however it recently had a big revamp and the salon now looks slick and luxurious. Plus their newest addition, colourist Jack Howard, is somewhat of a genius when it comes to colour, specifically when applied using the Balayage technique. Unsurprisingly this is what I ended up going for after we had a consultation upon my (rather rainy soaked) arrival!

Balayage

Emma after her coloured had been applied using the Balayage technique

What is Balayage? Well it’s a colouring techinique that offers a very natural sunkissed look and is applied freehand on sections of the hair following the highlights that the sun would naturally create. Bar the fact that you look bizarre after the colour has been applied, as each section is covered with cling film to promote development and prevent the colour running (check out my crazy ‘do’ in the photo), the process itself is much more enjoyable to sit through than foils and promotes a natural grow-out of the colour rather than the sharp line you get with other techniques.

I had my highlights done for about 2hrs (including development time) before I moved on to have my hair snipped and I was welcomed to the chair by the lovely Stephania. I knew I didn’t want much off but having left my hair for so long Stephania recommended tidying the ends and cutting in a new fringe which I was completely happy with, so off she went! She was super quick and accurate and I loved my new cut. She did what I asked to a ‘T’, she kept the length but gave it some body which was perfect for what I wanted.

Equus Cut and Colour

Check out the gorgeous sunkissed highlights Jack created and lovely cut from Stephania (taken 3 days after my appointment)

If you’re looking for a fab tag team to give your hair a revamp Jack (who you can follow on Twitter here) and Stephania would be my go to people in the future – especially if you want natural looking highlights, as Jack’s work has done wonders to my uni-tonal barnet.

Oh and you can have your nails done while your hair’s being dealt with… talk about being pampered!

Definitely head down to Equus, even if it’s just for a consultation; you’ll be impressed, I promise.

Cut – from £98
Colour – from £99
Blow dry – from £49

Click here for the full price list…

Equus Hair
176 Brompton Road
London
SW3 1HQ

Tel: 020 7584 0105 / www.equushair.com

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