I love going to the hairdresser. But actually I hate it. But I love it. The feeling of someone else washing your hair, giving you a lovely massage, focusing their attention on making you look nice is brilliant but then there’s always that nagging, uncomfortable feeling. In my experience everyone else who goes to the hairdresser seems to know the etiquette – whether to ask for a cup of tea and magazines or not, what to talk about, how to describe what style they’re after – and I don’t know any of it. I am filled with panic.
The last time I went, a couple of months ago, I thought I was quite clear in saying I wanted choppy layers and a bit of volume but the stylist just cut two layers into my hair and then blow dried it. To add insult to bad hairdressing, she left the room as I was leaving instead of thanking me an saying goodbye. That, of course, meant I needed to find a new salon, with all it’s awful new-etiquette perils.
Luckily I was recommended (by my lovely co-blogger Raitapaita) a new one to try. Sweeneys Hair Design is in the Duke Street Arcade in Cardiff’s city centre. As I work in the centre of town this made it really convenient to pop over in my lunch hour for a bit of R&R and a new look!
When I arrived I was welcomed with a smile and not a disgruntled stylist trying to finish the conversation she was having with her colleague. I felt really at ease when she sat me in front of the mirror and I explained that I need something interesting doing to my hair, and then went to get my cup of tea (I declined the magazines in the end).
She listened to what I’d asked for and actually did it, efficiently and professionally, whilst making small talk about where I work and how horrible the weather was looking. In addition to improving my hair she gave me a few tips on how to maintain the style myself at home, and didn’t try to inflict the salon products on me for a ridiculous surcharge.
I left feeling revitalised and happier – what more could you ask for?!
Sweeneys Hair Design, 9-11 Duke St Arcade, CF10 1AZ. Wash, cut and blow dry £30 for new customers.