Choosing a hairdresser that you trust is a really difficult task. I mean, they practically have your life in their hands!
Ok, that may be a*bit* dramatic but if you’ve ever had one of those almost-crying-walking-out-of-the-hairdressers-wearing-a-baseball-hat-for-3-weeks situations (who hasn’t? Also… who uses the phrase ‘baseball hat’….I’m really sorry everyone!) you’ll know what I mean.
I was lucky to find a wonderful hairdresser when I moved to Swansea as a student when I was struggling to drive back and fore to my local hairdresser- I loved her and trusted her so much that I continued to get my hair cut and coloured at her salon every 6 weeks looooong after I had moved back to Ebbw Vale and later, to Cardiff.
After a few years however, I decided to bite the bullet and try to find somewhere that I loved just as much but that was more local.
My friend recommended Guy Christian Salon- and so I tried it out!
The Cardiff Bay salon itself I would describe as ‘gothic glamour’. It feels luxurious but edgy at the same time.Think stripped back, bare, warehouse style walls and ceilings and exposed brickwork paired with elegant chandeliers and elaborate ceiling to floor mirrors.
Photo courtesy of guychristian.com
Every time I’ve been to the salon, I’ve always received a warm welcome from one of the devastatingly beautiful/quirky/cool but down to earth guys and gals who work there (I want to know where they all shop?!) alongside a cup of coffee or a glass of wine.
But most importantly, I’ve always LOVED my hair. Every time.
Sarah Worthing is usually my hair(stylist)y godmother of choice. She is now stylist to quite of a few of my friends (luckily, we don’t all share the same haircut!)
I wanted to tell you about my experience having ombre at the salon.
Just before Christmas, my friend suggested we volunteer ourselves as models for a Colour Contouring workshop at the salon led by a Wella colour technician.
Now, I’ve always wanted ombre hair. However, I had given it a go a few years ago, when I went through my swooning over Rachel Bilson’s dip dye stage, with not so great results!
Unfortunately, my hair did not turn out like this hons’!
So despite having been a loyal customer of Guy Christian Salon for over a year, I still remained a little wary of the whole ombre experience. None the less, I decided to give it a go.
I turned up to the salon for my colour contour the day after I’d had my 18 inch hair extensions removed; needless to say, after 6 months of wearing extensions and no trimming, my already fine hair was looking more than a little tired and scraggly!
Stylist Stacey took me under her wing, and took the time to really work out what tone and shade of ombre would best suit according to my skin tone and features.
Crucially, during the consultation, Stacey was careful to take in to account the condition of my hair and was mindful to ensure that we got the result that I wanted and expected without weakening my already fragile hair. She suggested we start very subtle this time around and build up over time.
I loved the result!
Just last week I returned for a touch up with Sarah who, after another helpful and personalised consultation, suggested I could go a bit lighter , bring in more contrast and weave through more colour, building up to a blonder look in the summer should I want to.
2 hours later I sashayed out of the salon after a lush 2 hours of chatting, relaxing and tea drinking, with bouncy, healthy, shiny ombre hair. I then preceded to take 45 selfies of said hair because, obviously.
So basically, what I’m saying is that I would highly recommend Guy Christian Salon in Cardiff Bay; the salon itself is stylish and luxurious without being pretentious and intimidating, the service and staff are a delight and most importantly, will support you in achieving the style that you want, taking in to account your end goal but balancing this with what is achievable and right for you.
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Oh and make sure you post your #gcsalonselfie!!
Rachel Bilson… eat your heart out!