Salon Review: Headmasters, Soho, London

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Review: Kathryn Lewsey


Two holidays in the hot sun, salty sea and chlorine had done some serious damage to my tresses, so I arrived at Headmaster Soho salon in the hope of a miracle!


In need of a serious chop, colour boost and TLC, my dry and straw-like tresses seemed beyond repair. But of course, Headmasters was never going to let me down.


Situated down Poland Street and located away from bustling Oxford Street, stepping in to the salon felt an instant million miles away from the craziness of central London. I was directed to a super comfortable chair to discuss my hair woes with my lovely colourist.


My once-caramel locks had been tinged by the hot sun and I was unsure what direction to opt for when it came to the colour. I was keen for a natural golden shade, which was why it was suggested to balayage my barnet.


This Parisian technique has been around for years but is hot on the hairdressing scene at the moment. Ditching the foils, it uses a freehand technique to create a subtle, sunkissed effect.


Agreeing with the experts, I sat back and let my colourist get to work, who carefully applied the dye through my mane while I relaxed with tea, biscuits and fashion mags – could a girl ask for anything more?


I then enjoyed even more tea and magazines while waiting for the colour to develop, which seemed to be a lot speedier than traditional highlights and felt a lot nicer than having your hair in strips of tin foil!


Once the time was up, I was taken over to get the dye rinsed out and for a check that the hue had taken to my locks okay (thankfully they had!). Due to the rather poor state that my hair was in, a rich and replenishing mask was worked through my strands to help nurse it back to a stronger and glossier state.


Heading back to the hairdresser’s seat, my freshly coloured mane was given a healthy trim, chopping off the unwanted split ends and shaping it back in to a more manageable and face-flattering shape.


And for the grand finale, I received a big and bouncy blowdry. Three professional products were added to my locks prior to the styling, including Redken Curvaceous Ringlet, which I was told can be used to banish frizz strands even when you don’t want to create curls. A good dosage of Kérastase Ciment Thermique was also applied to strengthen my strands and protect them from heat.


The final result was glossy, shiny, healthy locks and a gorgeous golden hue – I left the salon with an extremely happy head of hair.

Headmasters Soho

13 Poland Street