The Lounge, Soho

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You can do just about anything in Soho. A few weeks ago I went for a hair makeover at The Lounge, a cool contemporary salon hidden away just behind the district’s seediest sex shops. The salon was opened by celebrated hairdresser Joe Mills, who boldly opened his business in one of the less fashionable streets and made it into a destination. More recently he opened up a barber shop called Joe and Co. which has also garnered rave reviews. The Lounge is popular with creatives, celebrities and locals alike and there is always a buzz about the place.

After a long week at work I was delighted to turn up at the door on a Friday afternoon. I slumped into one of the comfortable leather seats and let the capable staff take charge of my pampering. The pared down decor seemed to help me clear my mind and really relax into the experience. Within moments a stack of gossip magazines were placed at my disposal and a chilled glass of fizz was handed to me. It was the perfect start to the weekend. Colour expert, Tiffany, was in charge of my new hair shade. She talked me through a few ideas and we settled on natural darker roots, with blonde singed ends and got to work immediately. Very importantly she checked the time I had available before starting on the elaborate process. She was wonderfully thoughtful and thorough. The products used by The Lounge are natural and organic wherever possible and this comes through in the final result which they ensure is always subtle and real-looking.

Then came my favourite part. A massage chair, my feet up and my hair washed with the most delicious products. The Lounge Soho uses the luxury Italian range of hair products, Davines. The collection has recently been rebranded with attractive minimalist packaging, and now it seems to be in every top salon in town. My hair was treated to an intensive moisturising mask then a fabulously indulgent scalp massage, which almost sent me to sleep. The hair routine was completed with a revitalising wash and condition.

After the colour was checked and approved, Georgie, set about my tresses with a hairdryer and tongs. She effectively created an insouciant, just-out-the-sea look – the type of hairstyle you can never re-create at home. She finished the style with the aptly-named ‘sea salt spray’ by luxury hair care brand by Kevin Murphy. I left the salon feeling totally glamorous having had a luxurious pampering afternoon but looking effortlessly chic, at least I thought so!

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