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

Easton Regal, Clerkenwell

Farringdon is an area that appeals to me more and more each time I visit. For cocktails I head to Zetter Townhouse, Foxlow is great for steak, Modern Pantry serves the perfect brunch and fashionistas flock to the McQueen sample sales which happen here twice a year. Easton Regal, the seductively stylish hairdressing salon located on the corner of St John’s Square, joins this crowd of cool venues. I went along to experience the cut, colour and treatment services.

Armed with a ‘Look Mum No Hands’ coffee, I wandered into the salon for my hair transformation. I first noticed the shelves of intriguing products and equipment, then reached the desk where the smiley staff welcomed me.

The building is grand and impressive and the waiting area is retro heaven, with glossy, luxurious leather Japanese and Italian furniture and quirky framed artefacts and pictures on the wall. Downstairs, visitors can find The Fold Showroom, a clothes brand catering for businesswomen who require smart city suits with a bit of personality.

I spent at least three hours in the Easton Regal salon and I was looked after with the utmost care from start to finish. I was entertained by endless magazines and consumed numerous cups of tea, glasses of water and delicious biscuits whilst confined to my seat.

After a brief consultation with hairdresser Hannah and colourist Jade we decided on my ‘look’ and the girls got to work. Jade began by applying dark dye to my roots to create a contrasting base then she worked methodically through my hair, picking out random strands to lighten and highlight. After a brief period letting the dye and bleach develop, I was taken over to the basin (and massaging chairs) for a rinse and treatment. The Micro Mist treatment is left on the hair for approximately fifteen minutes within a heated steam helmet! This lovely treatment adds moisture and strength to the hair and leaves the strands extra shiny and soft.

My haircut was speedy and efficient and exactly how I wanted it. I was glamorously blow-dried and ready to go. Sadly I hadn’t morphed into Alexa Chung, but my hair certainly rivals hers! I left Easton Regal head held high, with brighter locks shining in the Farringdon sun.

More information and book a hair makeover here: www.eastonregal.com

FOUR Salon, Mayfair

FOUR represents a quad of ambitious girls, friends with a mission to open the ultimate London salon. They hope to pave the way for the future of hair colour. The salon is the creation of Denise Arnold, Brooke Bohan, Charlie Double and Maleeka Taher, and together they bring over 45 years of experience in colour-correction and colour-maintenance.

The glowing celebrity testimonials are proof of the magic these girls work on a daily basis. Getting hair colour right each season can be a real challenge, so finding a colourist and stylist who you really trust to do the job is essential and priceless.

At FOUR, they will look after your beauty needs from head to toe. Over the two gloriously glittering floors, clients can experience a huge range of body, face and other beauty treatments. If you find you can’t tear yourself away for a whole day, the staff are happy to provide you with food from their healthy and tempting menu.

Just off Regent Street, the location is ideal for busy working women or shoppers in need of a pick-me-up; it is easy to find from either Oxford Circus or Piccadilly tube stations. I went along on a Saturday afternoon to check out Brooke’s talents and Amy’s blow-drying skills. These two bubbly girls took care of me all afternoon, attending to my every need and making sure I was pampered like a princess.

Brooke carefully examined my hair, discussing with me the various options. I never seem to know quite what I’m going in for, often my shortlist of ideas is as broad as dying all my hair orange or chopping it off into a dark, sophisticated bob. Needless to say, I am never brave enough to follow through and usually walk out just looking a little more tidy and preened. Brooke was a great help assuring me about my options and helping me decide on a whole head of highlights – this would brighten and lighten the dip-dye effect I already had.

Brooke worked patiently and systematically through my hair, highlighting the strands carefully to ensure even distribution and the right effect. Each area of my head was washed out at staggered times so that the colour had fully developed. I enjoyed a delicious avocado and salad sandwich and a glass of fresh pressed fruit juice while I waited for the colour to take hold. Pleased with the results, Brooke sent me off to have a shine treatment and shampoo and massage, all of wish was divinely relaxing.

Resisting the chance to have a trim I asked Amy to blow dry my hair with a bit of bounce and movement. She beamed as I described it, knowing exactly the look I wanted… obviously the surf style is something girls ask for often. After rough drying with a hairdryer, Amy used curling tongs to define the waves, I felt glamorous and beautiful once she’d finished with me. Blow dries certainly give you a dose of confidence.

The four-midable team at this Mayfair salon will sort out your every colour crisis and conundrum, so that you have a head of hair that you are proud to show off.

More info here: www.fourlondon.com