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January 24, 2011


Joan Hunter Dunn

I've been with my hairdresser for over 10 years and have travelled from West London, and now South East London, to Clapham to go there. I was forced to go somewhere else when he badly broke his arm - but was most pleased to scurry back into his skilful hands. I shall only leave if I, or he, moves out of London,


I've been with my lovely hairdresser since 2003, I can't see myself ever leaving her, she is good, comes to me, and like all good hairdressers, always booked up. I look forward to her visits, the thought of having to find someone to replace her is too hideous to contemplate.

Hairdressers. What a curiously old fashioned word.


What an interesting topic. In my part of the world this is a real non-issue. Hairdressers like other expats, move on all the time. No-one is willing to get attached to a certain hairdresser because we all know that they will leave in the end. Those that don't tend to be the stuck in the mud type who have been here in the back of beyonds so long they are terrified to move back to the real world and have lost all touch with a decent haircut.

Having said that - I have found the best hairdresser I have ever had here - the only one that has given my curly hair something other than a bob cut - thank god - I am so over the curly bob ! I'll be gutted when she leaves, but I know either she will or I will, so I'll find someone else that'll do the job.

Another thing - cost - I am horrified at how much some of my friends in the UK spend on hair - many spend in the hundreds of pounds to look amazingly fabulous - full colour and cut here costs me no more than 40 pounds and that is the way I like it - they don't try to push products on me - 'cause we don't really have any here and the hairdressers talk about the same nonsense we all do - other expats !!!! It's perfect really !


Hairdressers is an old fashioned word isn't it? Should I have used hair STYLIST instead? And the cost issue is MAJOR, the balance is to feel good about yourself after you have left the salon (studio?/creative space?) and not guilty cos you've paid too much. Tricky. Ax


I am a self confessed hairdressing 'tart'! (similar to the credit card tarts but more glam!). I have found a natural boredom sets in after a year of so and visits seem more maintainance than fun. Some stylists do seem to look at you and decide you suit a certain style and even though this may be great, it isn't very exciting.
My current Cambridge hairdressers is full of bright young things under the watchful eye of a lovely lady stylist (my hairdresser) and they welcome both my eldest daughter and myself with open arms, they fit double appointments for us, ply us with plenty of drinks, magazines and even charge up our dead mobile phones! Not cheap, I admit, although they do offer a sliding discount card for regulars. The trick is to learn from them and not go too often. My daughters very thick hair is down to her waist and it sometimes takes 3 hours to wash trim and blow dry!
We have decided that the trip to the hairdressers needs to be an enjoyable and happy experience, whilst taking into account that we will of course come out looking fabulous. Hair grows, styles change and worrying about losing a 'good' hairdresser is pointless. The best leave for the high life and others go the baby route. Keep moving thats the answer, and what do I ask for Madam? Well thats always the same, 10 years younger please...


A Ten Years Younger please! Love it. asking for one of those next time.....Ax


My mum was with hers for 30 years, as her hairdresser knew her so well, how her hair fell, how she liked it. My mum would travel an hour into London for her therapy/hair apt, every 6 weeks. The only reason she's changed is that my mum has chronic fatigue, and can't cope with the journey. I wish I had a hairdresser so good!


My mum the same Ann, one of my earliest memories was going to hairdressers with my mum. It was the most glamorous place in Glasgow and Mr Teasy Weasy (cant remember his real name but I know it was Mr something!) was camper than Dick Emery - but we didnt know what camp was in those days.

J x


I would love to see someone else's vision for my hair. Our hairdresser is now also a friend and I would feel like I was being disloyal. I used to hair model for Sassoon when I was a student and your mention of the academy has me all a flutter. Xxxx


My hairdresser had been cutting my hair for 30 years from long to short, through thick to thinning and I trusted her completely. I cant imagine being able to say "just do whatever you feel like" and not worrying about it to anyone else. When she moved to Italy I joked about going there for haircuts but this is what I now do albeit only twice a year. I'm not rich but to me its worth it. S


Good topic! I was with the same hair man for over 10 years, but then he left me by moving to Canada! Naturally I couldn't follow him which was in the hair wilderness for about a year. It was awful, I felt misunderstood and had unhappy hair.
But then I discovered a local hair guru, just 5 mins from my home, they are my age(ish) and it was like coming home. I have to admit they give me better hair than my Canadian hair guru. I am hair happy again. But I wouldn't want to repeat the hair wilderness year.

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