If you’ve been following my hair adventures since March, you’ll know that I’ve sported around 5 different colours since then. This is from someone who has never had a full head of colour before….. My poor hairdresser mate is probably cursing me under her breath!
It’s been, interesting.
Last week, in a quest to get my hair back to some sort of decent condition and get it back on the road to red, I was lucky enough to visit Muse of London.
Set in Mortimer Street, I was a bit nervous about walking into a high end, expensive salon and feeling, well, like I shouldn’t be in there, but I couldn’t have been more wrong. The salon is so welcoming, laid back and completely relaxed. They’re also TIGI’s only exclusive London Salon, and the place looks amazing. It has just the right vibe, you know you’re in good hands but no one in there is rude or snobbish. Everyone I spoke to was a star, start to finish.
I’d had a consultation with Carly beforehand and we’d decided to go the ombre route, making the roots ginger and blonde-ing up the ends.
I arrived a bit early on Friday, after a cheeky Nando’s with the bloke, and was settled in the waiting area, which has a huge smeg fridge, full of water, juice and wine plus a coffee machine (which I couldn’t actually work out how to use) all self service, which I loved.
Carly came over and got me, and set to work. Now, because I’ve had so much bleach on my hair in the last month or so, we decided to use Olaplex, a new treatment in selected salons. It’s been created by scientists, not hairdressers, and it’s designed to reconnect broken disulfide sulfur bonds in the hair. I know, technical right? I’m planning on having an Olaplex treatment once a month while my hair is repairing itself, along with a serious daily dose of fish oil. It’s been claimed it can revert hair back to it’s virgin state, but I wouldn’t expect that, just some added strength and protection to it, as it’s still quite short and needs heat styling to get it anywhere near presentable!
The treatment was mixed in with the colour and Carly set to work backcombing and sectioning to make sure there were no harsh lines or chunks of colour.
There was a little bit of chatting, but she really got that I don’t often get a full two hours to just sit and be pampered, so she was more than happy to concentrate on my hair and leave me to people watch. None of that awkward silence though, you know they’re taking your hair seriously and they’re happy to let you relax. A couple of women were reading mags, or on their phones.
Once the colour was on, I made my way back to the waiting area to have a read of some glossies. After about 25 mins, it was time to rinse the colour off, do the second stage of the Olaplex, and, it turns out, have an amazing head massage that practically sent me to sleep. Even the sinks were comfortable, that always impresses me!
The colour was slightly (a lot) darker than I was expecting, but it’s probably because all the colour has been stripped out of my hair and it’s now just soaking up whatever is put on there, but the ombre effect is amazing. Absolutely amazing.
A quick blow dry, this girl has skills, and my hair was all swishy and bouncy and felt like my old hair. It was even shiny, which I haven’t seen for a while (my own fault, my poor poor hair!) They even sent me away with a goodie bag of products to use to protect my hair.
Muse of London is focussed on skill and speed, and they’ve realised that not everyone wants a full salon visit each time their colour needs a boost, nor can they always afford it, so they have Root, Style and Bleach Bars available in the salon. Other salons need to take notice of this!
The Root Bar, (£20) is for those wanting a fast touch up, roots (obviously) gloss or toner, taking no longer than an hour. You can also do your own blow dry if you want to.
The Bleach Bar (£30) offers parting highlights, touch up ombre and creative bleach.
The Style Bar (20) does pinning, waving or smoothing, in fifteen minutes. Perfect for an emergency do. I’d imagine your hair needs to be clean and ready for this bar.
Add to this the fact that they stay open til 9pm Tues-Fri, because not everyone can do a lunchtime appointment, it actually feels that they’re working around their clients, not the other way round. I’m hooked, I will definitely be going back for more treatments, and to use the three bars at some point!