SOOOO.. I know you guys have been waiting patiently over the last couple of days for this post based on all the messages, emails and instagram comments I’ve had requesting an update on my new do. Well, the wait is over my loves and I am so excited to share with you the truly incredible day I had at Daniel Galvin. Before I get to the nitty gritty of the big chop and what the final result looks like, let me just quickly fill you in on the place where the magic happened..
Based in the West End, the Daniel Galvin flagship salon is simply stunning. A grand space, set over two floors with beautiful minimalist decor. In spite of the large size, the salon was heaving on a Saturday morning with a real buzz in the atmosphere. I loved that there was enough space between each station so that no matter how busy it gets, every client gets the feel of a one to one experience. That was actually something that consistently stood out to me the whole time I was there – the attention to detail. DG don’t just provide you with a great haircut or colour, they provide you with an experience from start to finish.
I remember walking in with sweaty palms and my voice shaking as I let the receptionists know that I had arrived for my appointment with James Galvin. I was so incredibly nervous in the cab drive to the salon and I was physically shaking as I was greeted by James’s wonderful assistant, Demi who led me to the private room they had booked for my cut. Within a couple of minutes I met James and all my worries melted away. James Galvin is effortlessly cool, intuitive and incredibly easy to talk to – basically, a nervous salon go-ers dream. We discussed what I wanted to do, he asked why I was donating my hair with genuine interest and reassured me that shorter hair would suit my face. I’m not sure whether it was his friendly demeanor, the years of expertise that oozed off him or perhaps a combination of the two that quickly made my heart go from pounding with nerves to fluttering in excitement.
I showed James my inspiration photos and he talked me through a version of the long bob that would work best for my hair. With that, I took a deep breath as James cut into my plait and set to work!
Over the course of the haircut, I made a mental note of everything James was currently involved in, including being a brand ambassador for Shu Uemura, working with his family on the upcoming relaunch of their own line of products, the addition of a Daniel Galvin salon in a very VERY well known London department mega store (think top 3!) and the upcoming launch of their boutique salon in Kensington. When I voiced my admiration of the amount of things he had on at the moment, he simply said with a smile “I suppose when you stop to think about it, it is a lot”. This is what I absolutely loved the most about DG and the message behind it. Their growth and success over the years has been the direct result of the sheer talent and hard work of the people behind it. Daniel Galvin has played a huge role in the industry since the 60’s and has created and established techniques that are used in salons worldwide and it’s amazing to see that the level of passion, ambition and quality is still so strong all these years later.
After my fabulous cut, James used a couple of amazing Shu Uemura products and a wide barreled tong to style my hair. I can’t even tell you guys how happy I was with the final result. Not for a single second did I regret my decision to cut off my hair and the huge smile that I couldn’t wipe off my face was testament to it. I absolute love waking up in the morning and knowing that even if I don’t have the time to style my hair, it’s still going to look fab thanks to James.
If you haven’t already had the Daniel Galvin experience, make sure you guys check them out for your next hair makeover.. trust me, it’ll be the best hair related decision you’ll ever make. Get more details on your nearest DG salon by clicking here.
For anyone wondering, my plait was popped into a freezer bag, placed in a padded envelope and donated to The Little Princess Trust. Make sure that if you’re going to be cutting off more than 7 inches of your hair, wig it and don’t bin it!
Oh and most importantly, what do you guys think of the new do?
Thanks for reading my loves.. until the next post!