I’ve been thinking about writing this post for a while, but over the course of the last couple of months, the purpose of the post has changed approximately 4973435 times (you know, not that I like to exaggerate at all). But it has. It was going to be a “omg I’ve just been to the best salon ever and you baes kinda all need to go there” to subsequently realising how important good hair and finding the perfect salon for you is and wanting to include all of the jazz in it too.
So what we have here is a bit of both. I’m going to be talking to you about the importance of finding a hair colour/style that you’re over the moon with – and not in a vain, “look at how sassy and fierce af I am” way, but in a confidence boosting way instead – as well as talking to you about the complete and utter babes that helped me achieve said dream hair.
P.S a little note that all of these pictures are from the day of having my do did or the day after to show you the exact colour (and also because gal pal procrastinated so long over the angle of this post that I’m now rooty Rita).
Why finding the perfect salon and the perfect cut/colour is so important
If you’re as attached to your hair as I am (in the non literal sense), then getting your hair done by somebody new is a slightly terrifying experience. They don’t know you, they don’t know your hair, your hair history… so finding a salon with incredible colourists and stylists is so, so important. I have 100% found mine in the babes at STIL – more on them later – and I completely trust them to do whatever I like because they just get it.
My hair is my security blanket. When I was much younger and a much uglier duckling (no seriously, I made Shrek look like Gigi Hadid), I had so little confidence in how I looked but what I did have was very long and golden locks and they immediately made me feel that little bit more confident, that little bit sassier… so keeping it in check and making sure I have the right cut and colour to suit me is always at the top of my “sort your life out” list.
Your hair has the ability to completely change your mood, when I’m having a good hair day I’m all #girlboss move over world, but when my hair looks like a dog’s dinner (i.e 99.9% of the time because I’m lazy af) I immediately feel less put together and ready for the day.
Coco Chanel once said “A girl who cuts her hair is about to change her life”. I mean… I’m not sure I totally agree with that but who can argue with Coco [insert cry laughter emoji here]. In all seriousness, there’s a reason why so many people have a drastic change after a break up and I think it’s because hair has the ability to give you a “new you” as such. It allows you to become someone else, express yourself in a new way and for that reason, even though I am as risky as a nun and forever keep the same look, I really do think that you’re hair is so important!
So let’s talk about STIL. I first found out about this salon a few months back, they were touted as the place to go for blondes/the perfect colour in general and as I hadn’t been happy with my colour in a long time – “why you giving me so much warm shades that turn ginger?” – I couldn’t wait to see what they had to say.
So STIL are the dreamiest dream boat of a salon nestled in the heart of Notting hill. The salon itself it pretty much designed right out of Pinterest; think minimalistic, think white and airy, think plants scattered around… I basically want them to design my home (please and thanks?) So it’s an incredibly tranquil, relaxing place just to be in before you even get started with the hair.
Christel, founder and creative director of Stil (and all round mega mega babe) sat me down for a consultation. We spoke in depth about what I wanted, what I didn’t like (and also so much other random shiz because yay for colourists that are so lovely and easy to talk to!) She then took out some colour charts and assessed my skin tone and eye colour and then went on to find the perfect blonde for me. I have never seen or heard of this done in a salon before and I think that’s where Stil really excel themselves, they just know hair.
This is probably a good point to mention that sensitive sally over here actually had an allergic reaction to the dye whilst patch testing so Christel managed to find a way of lightening the hair without using the colour like the total genius she is. Anyway, fangirling aside, I had my colour done, we went for a lighter, brighter, more ashier blonde and to date, it is by far the best colour I have ever had. Months on, I am still absolutely over the moon with it and continue to tell every damn girl I know to go to Stil for a pretty blimmin awesome colour.
The cut. Now, I’m quite basic with my cut, I like it a particular length with soft layers – lol, I really have no idea what I’m talking about so end up saying “do what you want but please keep the length” – and was very happy to let Alex, STIL’s style expert, go with what he thought would work best. You know when you’re having a chat and don’t pay much attention to the cutting and blow drying and an hour late holy crap, how have you made my hair look 10,000x better than it ever did? Yeah, that’s kinda what happened. I’m pretty sure Alex gave me a trim and layers that suited my slightly funny shaped head a little better but that slight change made such a difference to the overall effect. Basically, I skipped out of that salon feeling like a much better, sassier version of myself and I think when you do that, you know you’ve found the right salon for you.
So that brings me to the end of this post. I know it’s been a little bit of an organised chaotic mess but the more I thought about it, the more I realised I relied on my hair. I relied on it looking good – or you know, as good as it gets for me – and I relied on it being me. I also just fell in love with STIL, lols in case you couldn’t tell by my mildly embarrassing fangirl, and honestly couldn’t recommend it enough. For a colour that is measured by skin tone and eye colour to specifically suit you alone, for a team that are so incredibly lovely (and talented) and make you feel extremely comfortable from the get go… this is the place for you.
I would love to know how important hair is for you? Have you found your perfect hair salon? I always love hearing your thoughts 🙂