SIMPLY Gorgeous has been popping up on my social media for a while now and their whole aesthetic is right up my street. I had been looking for a new look for the #BBBSOCIAL so it was the perfect excuse to visit and treat myself.
Booking the appointment
You have the option to phone or email to book your appointment. I opted for email. I was looking to have my hair washed, blow dried and put into cornrows with extensions. I was quoted £55 and given the option to buy my hair there at £2.50 a bag which I accepted as my local hair shop charges the same.
The Salon: First Impressions
The salon is actually quite large and has a very chill communal vibe to it. I fell in love with the sign by the front door (pictured). There's a seating area where you can chill and watch TV. Their selection of magazines are top notch. I had a leaf through Courier Magazine, SPELL and the gentlewoman while I was there.
I had a morning appointment and as someone who had been burned before I mentally prepared myself for the salon to not be ready for me when I arrived. Mental prep wasn't needed as Janice (my stylist) was waiting patiently for me and was as ready as I was. She hung my jacket up, confirmed what I wanted and we got straight to it.
My hair was thoroughly washed with focus placed primarily on my scalp and she was gentle with my hair. A little oil was placed in my hair and Janice asked if I wanted to grease my scalp, which I declined. Now this I was really pleased about as it's not something I do at home because product build up is a real issue for me and I'm particular about what goes on my scalp.
Before installing the cornrows, I showed Janice pictures from Instagram of what I wanted and she asked questions to make sure we were both on the same page. I noticed that she was careful to leave out my baby hairs when putting the cornrows in and gave me some advice on scalp health. It took a couple of hours to do my hair but time seemed to fly by as we gabbed away about everything.
I really loved the way my hair turned out and the care that Janice put into making it look perfect. There was one cornrow she wasn't happy with and she re-did it. I left the salon feeling like a queeeeen!
The service I got from Deborah who booked my appointment to Janice on the day was great. Janice was really warm and friendly which is so important when you are spending hours in a chair.
I've always said I'm not a salon person but I don't know - SIMPLY Gorgeous may have converted me. It wasn't just about getting my hair done, it was nice to be in a space where I could unwind and gist. It goes without saying that I would go again.
Find out more about SIMPLY Gorgeous here or you can visit them at 79 Kingsgate Road London NW6 4JY.
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