Ena Salon, Holborn

I only go for a radical hair change when I really trust the salon. At Ena Salon I immediately noticed the creative energy combined with a reassuring professionalism. And so I decided there and then to be bold and undergo a makeover.

Owners Pedro and Johnny both started their hairdressing careers at a young age at Vidal Sassoon. As colleagues and best friends, they opened Ena Salon in 2009 with a desire to do more with their experience. They have quickly garnered a keen following and have won many accolades over the last few years. Their close-knit team of stylists and colourists are a friendly family, fiercely proud of their workplace: a unique Georgian townhouse in Holborn. Inside they have created a salon, a beauty retreat, a teaching academy and a home. The interior is beautifully designed with charming original features and contemporary touches. If you look carefully you will spot baby photos of the staff throughout the building – emphasising the importance of the people who make Ena Salon such a success. Ena’s education company Allilon also continues to thrive, and the salon staff regularly travel to teach their craft to eager hairdressers around the world.

Ena is also the flagship store for Davines products, a sustainable and ethical Italian brand. The products are attractively packaged and the pastel liquids sit on the shelves waiting to be picked for application. They used a variety on my hair, helping to enhance the colour, strengthen and polish.

I was directed upstairs for my colour transformation where I was greeted by Madeleine, a cheerful colour director. We briefly discussed options and perused a colour chart before deciding on a dark reddy brown. The colouring session was blissfully quick and easy, and Madeleine’s expertise was demonstrated in her ability to attend to my hair efficiently and effectively. Within an hour I had my head in a smart sink and I was a new girl. An invigorating wash and massage followed, and my hair was left with a red tinted Davines conditioner.

Next it was master stylist Jonathan’s turn. I wanted to look different so we decided on a bob, about three inches shorter than my previous hairstyle. After shortening the length, Jonathan perfected the style, creating a sleek, chic look. I felt grown up, sophisticated and looked not dissimilar to Jessie J, which they assured me is a good look! Various Davines products were brushed and scrunched through my hair, a volumising mousse and a medium hold hairspray, both felt light and natural in my hair.

After a morning of enjoying copious tea, gossiping and reading magazines, I was ready to hit the streets with my new look. I had so much fun at Ena, I barely noticed all their hard work; it is only now that I am appreciating the thorough and brilliant job they did.

More information and book an appointment here: www.enasalon.com

Hot on the Highstreet Week 221: SunGods

Getting all your new summer wardrobe and accessories together can be a pricey business. Sunglasses rise in cost every year with brands like Victoria Beckham and Chanel charging well over £200 for a bit of plastic to shade your eyes. I always find my less valuable eyewear is more cherished as I can take them everywhere without worrying about sitting on them at the beach or losing them on a trip abroad. SunGods fill a huge hole in the market offering polarised sunglasses that are totally customisable, made from high quality innovative materials and built to last. Priced between £35-45 these sunglasses are affordable, so you don’t have to save up for a pair.

The young company started up last year noticing the trend for brightly coloured sunnies, and formulated a simple process so customers could customise sunglasses with their own choice of front frame colour, left and right arms and, most importantly the lens colour. A range of psychedelic and classic colours are available, and there are hundreds of options to ensure your glasses are one of a kind. After you’ve designed them, SunGods build them and send them asap to you. The frames are lightweight and comfortable so you can wear them all day wherever you are. The optically precise lenses block 100% UV rays  with an advanced polarise filter that reduces glare and scratch & impact resistant protection.

The classic style have been available since the start (they look like the Rayban Wayfarers but in much better colours!) I decided on a pair of Mavericks, the new shape (similar to aviators), with gold frames, pink polarised lenses and pink tips. Delivered within days, in a lovely black case with a microfibre cleaning cloth, it couldn’t have been an easier transaction. The sunglasses add attitude and personality to my summer look and are incredibly comfortable to wear.

SunGods will survive all your adventures and add colour and fun to your experiences… all without breaking the bank! I love my thoroughly modern pink pair and can’t wait to wear them on holiday.

Personalise your own pair now here.


Hot on the Highstreet Week 196

Of all the fashion weeks, Milan is not normally known for producing the maddest collections. The smart fashion conscious Italian city is renowned for showcasing neat tailoring, sophisticated shades and beautiful leather. However this season MFW has brought imaginative, consumer focussed, Pop Art fashion to the forefront.

The wonderful red and yellow collection from American designer Jeremy Scott is a mighty clash of McDonalds and Chanel to create a Moschino collection like no other. The wacky designs lampoon popular fast food culture; also on the catwalk was a Hershey’s Milk Chocolate Bar inspired dress and Spongebob Squarepants outfits.

It is refreshing to see less formal, less serious fashion on the catwalk this year. Jeremy Scott is known for his comical collections but this season the larger-than-life cartoonish designs are more exciting than ever before. I am sure young trendsetters like Cara Delevigne will be first to grab a Big Mac handbag and retro restaurant t-shirt dress.

Shop the show here.