Monday, 25 July 2011

Review: Lisa Shepherd London

Last week I finally got round to using my Groupon voucher for half head highlights and a cut and blowdry at Lisa Shepherd's London salon. It's no exaggeration to say I've not had my hair coloured in over a year. My ancient old highlights were grown out and yellowed, while the roots were my usual strawberry blonde hue. Not a pretty combination. As I've mentioned before, my hair's been steadily growing back since my RA drugs caused it to thin a couple of years ago. I've had it trimmed regularly but it was definitely looking spindly, dry and overly long. The Groupon voucher cost £54 and the value is said to be £172.

When I arrived I was able to help myself to coffee and drinks while snapping up the best magazines. My stylist Reena then came to fetch me and we had a chat about what cut and colour I wanted. I had photos on my phone depicting beachy blonde colour and a blunt cut. She suggested I needed about 2.5 inches off the length and I told her to go for it (my hair grows like a weed). She also recommended I have a semi-permanent gloss treatment to tone in the rest of my hair with the new highlights. This cost £20 extra but I wanted the best result, plus didn't mind paying as the Groupon voucher had been a birthday present.

Unlike in a lot of salons, Reena was to do both my cut and my colour. I felt happy with this as I figured all of the stylists at Lisa Shepherd would be trained to a high standard. Reena mixed three colours for my hair – a baby blonde, a warmer caramel shade and a high-lift toner. We had a chat as she applied the colour and I found her warm and funny.

As my colour developed I sat in the 'chill out' area where they have macbooks for you to use the internet, drinks and magazines. After my colour was finished it was straight on to the haircut. I'm not able to have anything wild done to my hair while it grows back as I still have lots of 'new' hair and it's generally a bit crap! Reena blunt cut my ends and then asked if she'd taken enough off. I said 'whatever you think'. She replied 'I like you!' and proceeded to cut off another half inch or so. I should probably say at this point that I don't actually like my hair this short but I'm more concerned with it looking healthy and thicker.

As the picture I'd brought with me showed blunt hair with lots of volume Reena wanted to use thickening powder on my hair to create volume and texture. I have to say she went a little nuts with it – I didn't mind but it made my hair feel vile until I washed it. Not great to have that much product in your hair when you're getting a facial afterwards either... helloooo Edward Scissorhands.

This photo shows the colour more accurately.
The colour turned out really well – it looks natural and I doubt anyone would suspect my real hair colour is actually quite a bit darker and redder! I can't really notice the semi-permanent gloss but then again my hair was wet when it was put on so I don't know how it would have looked without it. Overall I felt like I was treated the same as a customer paying full price; given a good haircut and great highlights. I couldn't fault Lisa Shepherd London or my lovely stylist Reena. I was even given a card for a 30 per cent discount, another for a 15 per cent discount valid on every appointment until December (not to be used together) and some free product samples. In return I promised Reena I wouldn't leave it a year before my next colour! 


  1. The colour is lovely, and having macbooks is such a good idea!

  2. The colour looks lovely, really natural. I love the Groupon hair deals although salon loyalty is now a thing of the past! x

  3. @Becky - Thank you and yes, totally loving that idea!
    @LilyLipstick - Thanks lovely. I would buy way more if only I lived in London!

  4. I love this salon. I got a great dip dye do from there a while back.

  5. @The Style PA - I'd love to be able to afford to make it my regular salon that's for sure.

  6. AVOID!!!! This is the worst hair salon I have ever been too! They treat you with no respect and as 2nd class citizens. Staff is extremely rude - especially James, the salon manager and the rudest, most ignorant person ever. The quality is just poor and hair cuts they do - are less than average. Their reception is unprofessional. I booked my appointment ONE MONTH in advance, and they called me one hour before to move it as they overbooked and there was long waiting list to book the next one! Not worth any money. ONE MASSIVE DISAPPOINTMENT AND A COMPLETE LACK OF PROFESSIONALISM!


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