Paul Edmonds Salon, Battersea Power Station

I’ve often heard stylish friends mention Paul Edmonds as a hairdresser worth visiting, but it wasn’t until a few months ago when I was treated to a pre-Bafta party blow dry, that I noticed the care and attention the Paul Edmonds staff pay towards their clients.

Paul Edmonds salon

Last week I went to check out the newest branch of the Paul Edmonds empire, a super slick salon in Battersea Power Station. With a lot of building work still going on, the salon – though just a short walk from the main road – wasn’t easy to find. Eventually I reached it, and the staff were quick to welcome me, taking my heavy bags and offering me a drink.

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The salon is spacious and luxurious, with big mirrors and geometric windows. I particularly loved the fully reclining leather chairs in the hairwashing area, they were so comfortable I nearly fell asleep while having my hair washed!

Paul Edmonds salon

I was lucky to get Taylor as my colourist for the day. Taylor, though only 21, is known for her balayage skills, and won the L’Oreal Professional Star Award in 2018. Needless to say, I was in very safe hands so I let Taylor decide on a tactic to make my hair look more summery. We chatted away while Taylor painted sections of my hair with a half head of balayage.

Paul Edmonds at Battersea Power Station is the UK’s first exclusive Shu Uemura hair and beauty salon, a beauty brand I have always admired for their brilliant haircare and beauty products. After my colour, my hair was washed with the new Shu Uemura Ultimate Reset Shampoo (made of Japanese rice, and containing both proteins and moisture) – ideal for post colour washing. I also loved the Urban Moisture Conditioner which contains Moringa Oil for hydration and was indulgently massaged into my hair and scalp.

After washing, Lizzie cut and styled my hair. We decided on a minimal trim to bluntly level out the ends. Then she added a tousled wave with tongs and added texture and shine with a variety of products, including Shu Uemura Ample angora which gives volume (to prep the hair) and Shu Uemura Color Lustre dry cleaner which gives the grit you need for the beach wave effect. For additional shine I was taught that adding the Shu Uemura Essence Absolue on the mid lengths to ends of the hair, while drying the hair, is perfect.

Paul Edmonds salon

I left the salon feeling proud to show off my hair, and in the last week have had three unprompted compliments on my hair colour and shine.

This is a hairdressing brand which more than deserves its reputation as one of London’s leading hairdressers, and the new Battersea branch is a lovely location in South London to be pampered and preened at.

I was a guest of Paul Edmonds salon.

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Thoroughly Modern Mrs: A Transformative Experience in Chiswick

Feeling clapped-out, broke and blue post Christmas, a bizarre haircut and increasingly baggy features fuelled my growing sense of inadequacy and of being generally unfit for human society. Not wanting to look at myself, I didn’t want others to either and had taken to going out with the dog on her unavoidable twice daily walks under cover of darkness, – happily not so hard in winter. Then two things happened that changed everything.

One was bumping into the magician Tanya Christianssen of Nordic Beauty Services and the other was a meeting with an extraordinary hairdresser Robert Boca, who uses scissors like Michaelangelo used a paintbrush.

Tanya has featured in these pages before, but she has a new machine. It works like a time machine, not in a ‘zoom forward fifty years’ kind of way, but in a wonderful ‘look as you did when you had TONS OF COLLAGEN and were VITAL’ kind of way. She was realistic. “Elizabeth you really need a course of treatments, but for today I can make you look refreshed and rejuvenated and at least help you feel better.” And she did, using an infra-red laser thing on my face which felt warm and comforting and made a lovely soft ‘glooping’ noise. And the impact on my “it’s all over for me,” mood was instant.

Nordic Beauty Chiswick

But it was on a pre-Tanya walk with Nellie-the-Wonder-Dog, in strong winds and driving rain that I spotted Nic Ladha the hairdressers, lit up and inviting across the green. So Nellie and I soaking and bedraggled made our way to the salon. It was after six, and gratifyingly empty save for one man, so we went in, creating two puddles on the floor where we stood. The salon was snug, comfortable and welcoming, as inviting inside as it had looked from outside in the storm.

The man told me his name was Robert and asked how he might help. I said: “I’d like a long layered bob.” He looked at me with some surprise. The last time I’d been to a hairdresser on the High St. I explained, “I asked for the same thing and came out with what looked like a short back and sides by way of a pudding bowl.”

I neglected to say that since then, given the amount of times this scenario has similarly repeated itself in various salons –with for me, varying degrees of psychological distress – I’d taken matters into my own hands and simply cut it myself.

“Take a seat,” he said. “And I’ll show you how we might help it grow into the cut I think you want.” I did. And he did, saying things like. “The weight here needs to be taken out. It’s very uneven.” He was confident, assured and I trusted him immediately.

“Please can you cut it now?” I said. “I have a customer now, he replied. I am really booked up. Can you come back on Friday? I have a cancellation.”

And so returning on Friday, looking more human thanks to Tanya’s time machine, I discovered why Robert is so in demand. He really is a genius with a pair of scissors.

He said: “It’s good you have curly hair. It’s very forgiving. If you had straight hair, you’d have looked very odd with this last cut you had.” This was not the time to own up. And whilst Robert must have wondered who on earth on the High St. was being paid for doing this to people, he didn’t ask.

Robert, I was learning, is a genuinely warm, generous and thoughtful human being. I felt as uplifted from our conversation as I did from the brilliant haircut he so expertly delivered. And in that place, whilst the eponymous owner Nic also chatted quietly with a long time contented client as he coloured her hair, I felt re-connected to the human race. I was restored by the simple pleasure of being there and feeling positively transformed as my hair began to fall beautifully around my face.

I left, still clapped out, but no longer looking it, still broke, but feeling like a million dollars. And not blue. I felt ready to face the world.

Nic Ladha Hairdressers is situated across the Rd. from Turnham Green Station.

Tanya Christenssen :Nordic Beauty Services is just across from Chiswick Park station.

Written by Thoroughly Modern Mrs, Elizabeth Kinder.

Radio Salon, King’s Cross

I visited the original Radio in Shoreditch many years ago, and loved the balance of professionalism and creativity they had in the salon. So I was delighted to return to the newest Radio branch in King’s Cross last week. The salon is found on York Way, nearby to the thriving new Coal Drops Yard and office developments… an area the spacious and buzzy Radio salon fits in with perfectly.

Radio Salon

The space has a zen vibe, even when full of chatting customers. This is thanks to the chic but minimalist design, with potted plants and striking monochrome photography.

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The King’s Cross branch boasts a stylish beauty area, offering manicures and pedicures, waxing and treatments with Margate brand Haeckels. I was well taken care of by the lovely Vanessa, who is the main therapist at Radio King’s Cross.

If you care about beauty brands Haeckels should be on your radar, this natural skincare and wild fragrance company was founded by the sea in Margate in 2012. They use products washed up from sea to make honest and sustainable products that truly work. Though I’d already fallen in love with the brand (on a trip years ago to Margate) I had never had a treatment using the range. In fact, Radio King’s Cross is the main beauty outlet in London using the brand.

My facial took place in one of the cosy treatment rooms at the salon, one hour of totally relaxation. Vanessa used various Haeckels products to cleanse, exfoliate and soothe my skin, removing dead skin, and cleaning my city-clogged pores. I looked and felt so much fresher after an hour of this Haeckels treatment, and vowed to be more mindful with the skincare products I buy in future.

Radio Salon

Whether you want a glass of fizzy or a strong caffeinated drink, the Radio team have got it under control. I was impressed to see a high-tech coffee bar using Allpress Coffee, and I relished the opportunity to have a strong flat white while having my nails done.

All I had to do was choose between varnish or shellac and then Vanessa took care of everything else. My nails were trimmed, filed and moisturised before being immaculately painted in a shade of optimistically summery coral.

Radio Salon

Finally, it was time for my hair appointment. Colouring with the coincidentally named Blue and styling by the super down to earth Birte. Blue chatted to me frankly about my options, and together we decided on a dark brown colour melt, using a toner to soften the red tones of my existing hair colour. Radio use award-winning Redken to colour hair. Blue used a ammonia free semi-permanent colour to change my hair shade whilst also adding healthy vibrancy and shine.

Then it was time for Birte to dry and style my hair. She used tongs to add a waves and bounce to my hair. Once brushed out it looked glamorous but carefree. I wish I had her styling my hair every morning, having my hair curled properly gave me a real confidence boost.

Radio Kings Cross is a one stop wonder for all your hair, beauty and nail needs. I only wish every weekend started with a trip to see the lovely Radio team!

More information and book an appointment at Radio Salon here.