Last Friday I did one of my favorite things, went to get my hair done. This time I was invited to go back to salon change Rush, who have recently opened their 50th salon on Earls Court Road. Before Christmas I went to visit the salon at King’s Cross, which was a very enjoyable experience so I was more than happy to be able to go back.
This time around I was getting half a head of highlights plus a cut and blow dry. Below are some ever-so-professional i-phone/mirror pictures, before and after (the after is part way through the blow dry part…) Gives a bit of an idea of the slight change in shade from golden to slightly cooler. On the ‘after’ side, there is a bottle of the Shu Umuera treatment oil that was used during the session, I am really keen to get my hands on this and have a play myself – I was impressed with how soft and lovely my hair felt and think this could do it some good.
The salon experience was really good, in fact I would actually say the Earls Court Road salon was more impressive than the King’s Cross one. This is about 95% based on the fact that this new salon had made the sink/hair washing area into a far more pampering, luxurious experience with the added benefit of Shu Umuera treatments being available.
My overall impression of this salon is that it had a bit more of a luxury factor than the average Rush salon. I think that Rush salons are really lovely, but I would say that they are very functional salons. But with the new addition of the Shu Umuera pampering element (not just at this Rush salon, also at others) it takes them a bit further to the point where I would chose to go to Rush salons for both the ‘chore’ (not that it’s ever a chore, but I can’t think of a better word) of getting hair done, and for something a bit extra luxurious. The head massage/hair wash and treatment was undoubtedly the highlight.
My hairdresser, Glebe was great – sat and listened whilst I explained and showed him pictures of the style and colour I wanted and talked through which elements would and wouldn’t work. I discussed the fact that I was interested in looking into getting a loose perm to get ‘natural’ beachy waves – he has completely talked me out of this, as I already have bleach in my hair for the highlights he said it would simply cause too much damage that it wouldn’t be worth it. Plus he also explained how the perming treatment really doesn’t just make hair naturally wavy – it takes a lot of maintenance and styling to achieve the look I wish I had naturally. So for now I am sticking with what I have (plus a few highlights).
I really appreciate it when a hairdresser manages to both listen, do as you ask yet also offer advice where appropriate. I also really appreciate it when hairdressers let you just sit there and chill out and recognise that small talk isn’t everyone’s cup of tea – it’s nice to be allowed to just read a magazine or relax rather than talk about where you are going on holiday this year…might just be me.
The colour I went for was a bit of a cooler shade than I normally choose, a paler ash blonde. I really like the colour, it feels brighter and more appropriate for spring. Although I was a little worried when I was looking in the mirror on the tube that some of it looked so pale blonde that it almost crossed into ‘gray’ territory. But I have been assured it was just bad lighting and it doesn’t really look like that… phew!
So overall, a very pleasant pampering experience and I would go back. If you are thinking of going along then make sure you check out the Rush website, they always have fantastic deals on and at the moment they are offering 50% off your first visit – just click HERE and follow the instructions.
**The Small Print**
I was invited to visit the Rush salon free of charge for review purposes. All reviews are honest and impartial, regardless of source.