Myla & Davis, Brixton

Until now I have trekked up to East London for hip haircuts, but this week I discovered Myla & Davis, a trio of independent hairdressing salons in South London. Founder Katya Davies started the brand in Herne Hill, as a boutique neighbourhood salon offering cut and colour services by pro stylists at reasonable prices. I recently visited the newest venue in Brixton… a perfectly compact but well organised space with fresh, clean design and an informal and friendly atmosphere.

The Myla & Davis salons have become known for their mix of professionalism and good chatting skills! I’d picked up a few magazines to absorb whilst my stylist Jess transformed my unruly mop of hair, but soon we were chatting away and the reading material was discarded! After 6 months of world travel, with questionable hair products and no haircuts, my hair was in great need of a revamp. The roots were unfashionably outgrown and my split ends were creeping further up. We decided on a trim and highlights to brighten and lighten the tips whilst making the roots look more natural.

Jess worked wonders, magically and effortlessly blending the dye to soften my colour, giving a natural, sun-kissed look. Endless cups of earl grey tea, sparkling elderflower and water were bought to me whilst I sat lazily in my seat. After a quick toner and hair wash I was back in front of the mirror ready for my trim.

Myla and Davis work religiously with US cult brand Bumble and Bumble and the product ranges are lined up neatly on the wall. I love their products but often struggle to understand which suits my hair best. Jess offered me frank and realistic recommendations of which products I should use, dependent on hair type, what look you wish to achieve and how often you wash your hair. It was decided that the surf range would offer a beachy texture whilst not adding too much weight to my hair.

Often I feel rushed by hairdressers but Jess seemed genuinely happy to spend time demonstrating how to use each product and offering insider tips. I walked out of Myla & Davis with a beautiful, bouncy new hairstyle and feeling confident that I could maintain the style in my own home using the salon’s helpful advice.

More information and book an appointment at Myla & Davis here.

Windle and Moodie, Covent Garden

Windle and Moodie are legendary hair creatives, experts in their field and revolutionary in their techniques. Refusing to conform, their Covent Garden salon is a hair haven for fashionistas, models and famous faces who desire a cut and colour that is on trend but professional.

I have long been intrigued by the Windle and Moodie duo who are still both very much part of the daily running of the business. Paul Windle is most often found in the salon cutting clients’ hair whilst Neil Moodie is out and about, styling hair for influential shoots and catwalks. The character of these two men is evident throughout the salon and their work very much inspires the team of talented hairdressers.

I was sat in the corner of the salon very comfortably surrounded by glossy magazines. My colourist for the day, Akio, slowly talked me through the various options for my hair, explaining the effects of various dyes and illustrating with a colour chart. We decided on a subtle dip-dye with darker roots and lighter tips. Akio worked thoughtfully, thoroughly and cautiously, he did not rush through the foils like many hairdressers I’ve known. His careful approach meant there were no dye marks around my hairline and even application through my hair. While waiting for the colour to develop, I noticed the calm vibe of the salon, usually I begin to freak out when I’m left with foils in my hair, but here I felt totally at ease and trusted my stylists completely.

The staff are attentive and relaxed offering me regular drinks and making sure I was always comfortable. I received a lovely hair wash and head massage from a very chatty and friendly assistant before resuming my seat upstairs for the final blow-dry. Using the diffuser hair-dryer and lots of product, my clever stylist managed to get amazing volume into my hair very quickly. She then used curling tongs to twist random strands creating natural beachy waves. This also accentuated the graduated colour.

Bumble and Bumble products are an essential part of the Windle and Moodie experience. This American based brand was founded in 1977 in New York by hairstylist Michael Gordon, and brought over soon after for use in W&M. These products are delicious, perfectly professional but still fashionably fun. Watch out for a separate feature on the best Bumble products coming soon.

As well as the salon services, Windle and Moodie offer lessons and tutorials on hairstyling, and online you can find tips and style books helping to manage all kinds of hair. After experiencing their services, I’d like to attend a lesson on hair styling, even something as simple as hair curling seems impossible to recreate to salon standard at home.

Even those who dread a trip to the hairdresser will enjoy a trip to Windle and Moodie, I loved my afternoon in the salon and adore the new hair I walked out with.

More information and book here.