Last week I went to have my hair done at RUSH salon on Oxford Street. I've been to a few of their salons around London in the past and am always impressed by the level of service you get and how well you're looked after. This visit was no exception... especially as I arrived nearly an hour early and was swiftly ushered into a chair to start the pampering process. My hair needed a bit of a tidy up, nothing drastic, and a re-work of the colour that had started to grow out.
I do like hairdressers to give me recommendations, as well as asking me what I think I'd like, so we jointly decided to go for a really deep red colour that would really suit my fair complexion - especially as red seems to be the hot colour of the moment! On top of the colour my stylist also recommended a tinted wash to really make it 'pop' and shine, so I'd have a really striking and healthy looking barnet. Job done. So as I sat in the hairdressing chair having my colour applied delicately, I was looked after with a drinks menu, nibbles and all the weeks magazines... tip top service that proves it's the little things that make a difference.
A wash, condition and massage later and I was ready to fall asleep. The 'wash bar' area is kept round the back, away from the hustle and bustle of the salon, and is perfectly relaxing with its dark colour scheme and subtle music. Having your hair washed and your scalp massaged is supposed to chill you out, so there's nothing worse than feeling like you're in the middle of the salon and everyone's watching you. It almost feels like you're at a day spa with the treatment you get and the zen that's created.
So then it was off to have the snip and get my style looking top notch... It's always beneficial when your stylist asks you questions about what you like, how you normally style your hair and what products/tools you use - how else will they get your head looking like you and not some strange hairdresser monster that you don't recognise and hour later? I hate coming out of the salon not feeling 'like me', so this kind of approach is invaluable. The result was just a more polished and refined version of what happens (on a good day) in the morning, rather than something that's completely unachievable at home.
I do love a RUSH salon because everyone there is always so welcoming, approachable and genuinely seems to care about what you want and making you happy. The little details make a big difference - the free refreshments, magazines that aren't a year out of date and a relaxing head massage - especially as they keep a record of your colour on their system so you always know what color combination you had last time you visited. These records go on a central database, so whatever RUSH salon you visit, they'll know exactly what kind of treatment you'll need. No faffing, no drama, just a lovely salon that leaves you just as you'd hope - feeling fabulous.
RUSH salons are nationwide. For your nearest salon and information on prices and services, visit their website.