Edward James Salon, Putney

Putney is not an area of London I venture to often, but a day at the Edward James salon and spa was an invitation I could not turn down. Since my 6 months of travelling I have really let my hair slip, with fewer cuts and even less colour maintenance. So it was definitely time for a re-haul and drastic new look.

Edward James salon

I felt instantly at home when I walked through the door of the EJ salon. After battling through the gale force winds, the lovely team sat me downstairs with a glass of water and introduced me to Shermia, my therapist for the morning.

Edward James loves the Aveda ranges, for skin and hair, and the collection is used in the salon and spa parts of his business. Natural and nourishing, the Aveda products aim to restore balance to the five elements holistically (sight, smell, sound, taste, touch) with their pure aromas and plant-based ingredients.

Edward James salon

Shermia was wonderful. Starting with a facial, she thoroughly examined my skin, identifying the areas of concern (major dehydration) and how she could combat this in the treatment. Using the Aveda range she deeply cleansed and polished my skin, removing all dirt and impurities, before replenishing the skin with moisture and hydration.

Next came the back massage. The confidence and strength in Shermia’s hands relaxed my muscles in seconds and I felt enormous relief as she soothed the knots in my shoulders and lower back. She seemed to know my body and worked wonders on every inch of my back. It was, quite possibly, the best massage of my life, and I didn’t want it to end!

Edward James salon

Almost asleep and in a state of blissful calm I was led upstairs for my hair makeover. Edward came over and we chatted through the different possibilities for my hair cut and colour. Despite his reputation and prestige, Edward is down to earth and very likeable, we chatted about everything from celebrity hairstyles to family holidays.

We decided to cut a decent amount off the length and darken the colour to a more natural shade. Aveda is brilliant for glossy brown shades and I felt in safe hands with this colour range. Edward efficiently coloured the roots, carefully concealing any stray greys and dulled down my brassy bright blonde tips. For the cut he snipped away at the length and added in some feathered layers to add shape and body, and trimmed the front pieces to frame my face.

It is a joy to witness Edward’s instinct with hair. Both cutting and colouring come so naturally to him that you always feel in very safe hands while he is transforming your hair.

Edward James salon

Hot drinks and moreish biscuits were delivered regularly, while I sat lazily and let the staff pamper me. In between cut and colour, a lovely girl came over to give me an extra hand massage, and I was amazed to discover that every customer gets a mini head & shoulder massage before their hair cut. The idea is to give everyone a fully relaxing experience, and it seems to work, the salon has a jovial and zen feel with both staff and customers having an enjoyable time.

Edward James salon

I’m not the selfie type, but proud of my new hair I excitedly sent round selfies to my phonebook, showcasing my new look… Thank you Edward James for my fabulous new hair and a totally wonderful day in your salon.

More information and book an appointment here.

Davines Top 10 Haircare

I recently learnt from the wonderful hair team at Root Salon how important good quality hair products are for the health of your hair. And so I was excited to discover the Davines range, an Italian beauty brand who ensure that none of their products have any nasty sulfates (chemicals which are harsh and damaging to your hair and scalp). Davines have a huge range to cater for all hair types, and present their collections in minimalist modern packaging… what’s not to love?! I’ve picked my ten favourite products for you to try, they make brilliant stocking fillers…

Davines

SOLU SHAMPOO – This ‘clarifying solution’ shampoo is suitable for all hair types. I found this light shampoo left my hair feeling moisturised and shiny, without any unwanted heaviness.

Davines

MINU SHAMPOO – Let’s be honest, most of us have some colour in our hair… to preserve and look after coloured hair, try the Minu Shampoo which I found illuminated my dip dye blonde tips. This shampoo has blossom extract in the ingredients and smells floral and lovely.

Davines

NOUNOU SHAMPOO – For curly and brittle hair I would recommend the rich and nourishing NouNou shampoo. This citrusy shampoo will replenish the nutrients in very dry or damaged hair.

Davines

NOUNOU HAIR MASK – This rich repairing mask is the perfect follow on from the NouNou Shampoo. I left the mask in my hair for 5 minutes after application and after washing out my hair was wonderfully soft and silky.

Davines

MELU CONDITIONER – I’m always on the look-out for a multi-purpose conditioner. The Davines Melu Conditioner was lovely to use, leaving my hair soft and light but also adding volume and shine.

Davines

ALCHEMIC CONDITIONER – Bright coloured conditioners can be a little terrifying to use, so when I saw the vibrant purple hue of this product I thought twice about putting it on my head! But the Alchemic conditioner has wondrous effects. It can be used as a mask and left in the hair for 10-15 minutes… in this time it will brighten the tone of highlighted or grey hair. For me, it removed the unpleasant coppery tone of my blonde tips and left my hair looking much more natural.

Davines

VOLU HAIR MIST – This leave-on formula is brilliant for adding volume without weighing down hair. The mist has a lovely fragrance that will leave your hair smelling fresh all day.

Davines

BLOWDRY PRIMER – I always aim to blow-dry my hair as they do in professional hair salons, but it is impossible. This blowdry primer helps to tame your locks before drying and it adds a little texture whilst also protecting against heat and humidity.

Davines

OI ALL IN ONE MILK – This is one of my all time favourite hair products… as the name suggests, the Davines all in one milk conquers every hair conundrum. Apply to towel-dried hair and it will hydrate and nourish your hair whilst also taming frizz and enhancing volume. The little bottle is perfect for taking away on travelling trips.

Davines

DRY TEXTURIZER – I choose hairspray dependent on smell. This Davines dry texturizing hairspray has a delicious vanilla fragrance and also provides a natural hold to the hair without being sticky to touch.

More information and buy all the Davines products here.

Root Hair and Beauty, Exmouth Market

I’m always looking for a boutique hairdresser that provides a great service in a friendly space. Root Hair and Beauty is the perfect neighbourhood salon. In March 2016, after a total rebrand, Root was reopened by Stefano Pierantozzi. He has tons of experience and a welcoming nature, making the venue relaxed and approachable but professional. The team of stylists and beauticians provide a range of hair and beauty services to meet all your pampering needs.

Root salon

On a quiet Tuesday morning I had the salon to myself… (at weekends they get manic). Root is conveniently located on the charming Exmouth Market, a street which has a plethora of small independent businesses, from pizza restaurants to gift shops. The interiors are simply and stylishly decorated with plenty of light.

Root salon

Stefano swears by the Italian brand Davines, which is healthy and nourishing for hair with no nasty sulfates. He washed my hair with the clarifying shampoo and an illuminating shampoo from the range, before using a silver mask to dull the copper tones in my blonde highlights. I felt completely relaxed as he massaged the moisturising mask into my hair and soothed my scalp.

Root salon

We chatted through the change in hairstyle, deciding to keep the length but trim the split ends and remove the layers to create a more striking overall look. Stefano worked quickly but carefully through my hair as we chatted about haircare and the salon’s successes.

Before blow-drying my hair, the Davines Oi All in One Milk was combed through to add smoothness through the lengths. My hair felt light and silky, with a cooler colour and sharper finish. To add a big of glamour Stefano added some loose beachy curls to my hair before spraying with a texturising hairspray.

I envy the locals who live close to Root, I can imagine I’d spend a fortune on regular blow-dries and hair transformations if I was lucky enough to be an Exmouth Market resident.

More information and book an appointment at Root Hair & Beauty here.