For all of you girls out there that are obsessed with all things hair related, this is a must read for you!
I recently took a visit to a luxury hair salon, Reed Hair (www.reedhair.com), located in the ancient, historic town of Maldon, Essex.
If you are interested purely in the before & after results, please scroll to the middle of this post for comparison images. Otherwise, please read the whole post for an in-depth review of the results, service and overall experience!
The week prior to my visit, I had nano ring hair extensions fitted. With the current ombre look I was rocking, most hairdressers will know its exceptionally hard to get a 100% perfect match (you can certainly get close though, however I am SO fussy when it comes to my hair and will notice the most insignificant flaws that the human eye would not usually spot!). I was also feeling a little overwhelmed with how blonde my 22" locks were looking (as I have always been brunette). I took a visit to Reed Hair, hoping to add some warmth, remove the current dull ashy tone and return to the dark side!
Georgie Tucker was my hair stylist for the day. She is a highly experienced Hair Extension Specialist and also a Master Colour Expert - so I knew straight out the gate that I had the perfect person to start work on my hair.
Reed hair work in a different way to most salons - they do not have assistants. Your stylist is dedicated to you and only you whilst you are in their hands. Many salons operate on the basis that whilst your hair colour is developing, the stylist will be whisked off to deal with the next customer; but not at Reed Hair. This made the experience all that more pleasant and I felt really looked after. In between treatments I was provided with refreshments and regular check-ups which I have never experienced in a salon before.
Asking for just a water and being provided with a mini fruit salad was that added extra touch that goes a long way!
I felt exceptionally pampered and the members of staff were ever so friendly. Georgie took her time to understand my hair type and exactly what I was after before even touching my hair. She wanted to know the conditon, hair type, history of my hair and to see lots of images of my desired result. We spent around 10 minutes discussing the different options for my hair and the result each option would provide.
After being very fussy, I finally decided on a dark brown root stretch, medium warm brown through the ends with ligher blonde balayage pieces scattered throughout the top layer and also framing the face. I wanted a "piecey" look (I am not even sure if there is such thing - but what I mean by this is little pieces of blonde being prominant and not softly blended. A more textured look in other terms). I thank Georgie for her patience whilst dealing with me!
As you can see from my before photograph, my hair was very bright. The top layer of my extensions was a light ashy blonde which overpowdered my hair and made it look extremely light!
Here is my after look. Darker roots, darker ends with my "piecey" blonde bits as requested!
An up-close of the blonde framing my face.
Here is the look, prior to any styling (just blow dried).
Finally here is a selfie style image a couple of days after my hairdressing trip, to show how fabulous it still looks home-styled (we all know that the day you leave the salon, your hair will always look glamorous and perfect - then when it comes to styling at home, your hair often doesn't look quite so pretty anymore or feel anywhere near as soft!). However, this was not the case after leaving Reed Hair. Georgie really did work her magic in making my hair silky smooth and healthy to ensure a salon result at home.
As you can see from the images, Georgie did exactly what I asked for and more.
She recommended an Olaplex treatment for me, which is raved about currently. I chose to see what the hype was all about, and rest assured, it is worth the hype! My hair and extensions felt softer than ever. My hair also felt weightless, which was an amazing feeling as extensions can really weigh you down so feeling as if my hair was light and airy was an added bonus.
Reed Hair offer many other special treatments which I didn't realise even existed at a salon - such as a personalised questionnaire to determine the products required to suit your hair structure and also your wants (such as more volume with a boost of added shine). Special treatments are then undertaken to give your hair the medicine it needs to fulfil your hair desires!
So far you have learnt that I had a wonderful stylist and a personalised luxury experience. So the salon itself deserves looking at, right?! I have inserted some images below to show you Reed Hair's up-market, contempary design...
As you can see from all of my images, Reed Hair not only have a stunning salon; they also provide a high quality, personalised, friendly service and go way above and beyond to meet your expectations - which believe me, will be more than exceeded!
In summary, I was extremely pleased with my experience, have never experienced such a luxurious service and would recommend anyone in the local areas, surrounding areas and even surrounding counties (ie Suffolk, Kent, London) to make an appointment and visit this high end salon as you will leave feeling as pampered as a celebrity and with the hair of your dreams!