Headmasters, Great Portland Street, Review


It’s been absolutely ages since I visited a Headmasters salon, so I was excited to be invited into review a style and colour experience, especially as I was going to the Great Portland Street salon, which is one I haven’t visited before.  My appointment was with Claire, who is usually based at the Raynes Park salon.  Claire was fabulously helpful and great at interpreting what I wanted with regards to both the colour and style.


The Great Portland Street Headmasters is in a fantastically accessible location, almost opposite the rear of the BBC building.  It’s surprisingly easy to park there, for some reason! The salon itself is quiet and cool, making it perfect place to retreat to on a hot day.  The staff are welcoming and the the layout is easy and professional without being too cold.

PIN IT Roots Before!


I sat down with Claire for a chat about what we wanted to do to my hair.  We first focused on the colour and agreed on taking it lighter and a lot, lot cooler; I always want very ashy hair which is really hard to achieve on my hair for some reason.  Claire put in my colour and then left me to relax whilst it took, checking in with my occasionally to make sure I was okay and see if I needed more coffee and Lotus biscuits.


Once the colour was complete I was taken over to have my hair washed.  The wash chairs are comfortable so you can settle in if you need to, which I did, as my hair needed a toner to really knock out any brassiness and keep the colour as cool as possible (I’ll be doing a post on maintaining ashy hair soon, so keep an eye out for that!) so I was there for a little while waiting for that to do it’s thing.

PIN IT Before and after – I really should’ve reapplied my make-up in the after picture…


After the colour was complete, we had another chat about what sort of cut we should go for.  We agreed on taking it shorter and adding a bit of choppiness to the ends to stop it looking too flat.  I have to be very careful with layers as on a bob, they can look very frumpy and mumsy on me, so we avoided layers and instead focused the texture on the ends.  I really liked the finish of the cut, although I think next time I’ll go a bit shorter as this length is perfect now, but my hair grows very quickly, so in a few weeks it’ll be too long again.


I’m really happy with both elements of my hair; I love the cut and the light texture, and I really love the colour which is the perfect blonde for me – it’s a little bit dirty blonde, the darker hair underneath gives it a rocky edge and a textured feel and the blonde colour itself is exactly the sort of shade I like.  To have a cut and colour with Claire the price would be £221.50 which includes a half head of highlights, wash, cut, blow dry and tone.  However, there are many levels of stylist available to suit your budget, and if you join the Headmasters VIP Club you get 25% services, so there are definitely bargains to be found! Check out the full price list here – link.

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