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 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.
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!
|This photo shows the colour more accurately.|