There's a little Olive Green Eco Salon at the end of the road where I live; always bustling with people leaving with colourful and creative dos, that has always intrigued me.
For the past 3 years I've been getting my hair coloured by a very talented friend of mine, and when you find a good hairdresser – you hang on to them! So I was slightly wary of an eco-salon.
Would it be good enough? If harsh chemicals are not being used, does this mean the colour isn't as strong or long lasting enough to produce cool ashy tones?
But I did feel a strange tug towards Brighton-based Cuttlefish Salon - it felt odd to continue to be sitting in the chair in standard salons knowingly allowing heavy loaded peroxides to bleach my locks. And upon rave reviews from my husband, Lewis – who's long, dark, curly hair seems to bring out the worst in hairdressers ideals – I decided to give it a whirl.
Full to the brim with products that are only cruelty free and organic, as well as using eco towels to keep their carbon footprint down, there's a paired back vibe to the interiors: a single piece of slate in the wall to hold your tea &/or the stylists tools. Customers with colours wait in a line of cinema chairs opposite a wall of interesting screen prints and where delightful magazines like Oh Comely is the choice over OK! – perfect.
When I sat down, Ashley completely read my mind for the cut and style I was after. She confidently hand painted the blonde into my hair and was kind enough to show me how to style my new fringe properly. I joked she was the anti-hairdresser... and I mean this in a good way. All the boring questions I felt I should ask (products, daily styling etc) in order to make conversation with hairdressers, she wasn't interested in entertaining, so it felt more like catching up with a mate for 3 hours - which suited me perfectly.
I left the salon feeling like she'd done her best, I'm enjoying getting to grips with my new face framing fringe – plus I feel I really got the balance right of trying something new, whilst also feeling like myself.