06 October, 2008


I'm looking for a hairsalon that doesn't charge GBP65 a pop to cut my hair. Peering into the local dives, they seem mainly to cater for the black population. Do you think they would be any good at thick straight Chinese hair? I ask LSS. Well, I'm sure they'd have a bash at it, says he, in the manner of someone who pays GBP8 for his haircut at Tony's of Bedford Hill.

My problem is anyone who's ever cut my hair has engaged with it in a similar spirit of enthusiastic amateur can-do-ism: "Well, madam, we are primarily a kebab shop, but I'm sure we can do something for you - Abdul, the electric carving knife, please!"


Blogger Icedink said...

Pudding basin, mirror and steady hand ought to do the trick. You can give me the £65 as a one-off consultancy fee.

2:09 pm  
Blogger mango said...

If you're feeling brave you could try The Vidal Sasoon School Of Hairdressing (Advanced Academy on Grosvenor Street). The reviews on Ciao are mostly very positive. Less than GBP 10 or 5 I think, or even free, since you're practice material for the students.

You should also check if they (or other hair dressing schools) have the option of getting a staff member to do it rather than a student. It will be slightly more expensive than with a student but still much cheaper than an actual hair salon. That's what I used to do when I was in London. Unfortunately, I don't remember the name of the school, but I could get a professional haircut at a very reasonable price.

4:16 pm  
Blogger dgny said...

I feel for you, I really, really do.

Wouldn't it be nice if we could have other peoples' problems, just once in a while? And only the ones that are the opposite of our problems and exactly what we wish for.

4:44 am  
Blogger MacDuff said...

I go to Delyth's Hair Fashions. She has recently put up her prices to £5. For £65 I would want Delyth included to even think about it.

8:53 pm  
Blogger fumier said...

It's probably a lot more expensive now than when you were in London, Mango.

8:31 am  
Blogger gilamonster said...

I get my hair cut at Willis B in Dulwich but they have a branch in Clapham. Prices are about £40, so a bit cheaper than £65, but the guy who does my hair is pretty good. His name is Winston, I think.

11:24 am  
Blogger mango said...

The prices I was quoting I found off the internet.

1:40 pm  
Blogger fumier said...

Yes, Mangers, but it's still probably a lot more expensive now than when you were in London.

2:05 am  
Blogger Songshards said...

Huh! Try finding a hairdresser in Hong Kong who knows how to cut curly hair. What do they do? They blow dry it straight and THEN cut it. Idiots! As if I'm going to be blow drying my hair every day. So I end up looking like a moth eaten clown.

10:43 am  
Blogger mango said...

It was just an idea to check out. I would still expect it to be much cheaper than a regular salon. And the prices for cuts done by students don't seem to have come up exorbitantly if at all.

3:30 pm  
Blogger gilamonster said...

This place is cheap but I can't guarantee the quality of cut - it's staffed by freelance hairdressers who pay for the chair, like the old days.


I've had reasonable cuts from them but once the hairdresser was chatting so much, she accidentally sucked my hair into the back of her hairdryer and had to cut me free. Not encouraging. And she spoilt it for the rest of them as I've never back.

6:32 am  
Blogger gilamonster said...

That's 'never been back'...

6:33 am  

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