First things first, ladies, I am sorry for the single, bad quality iPad photograph on this blog post. I left my house yesterday knowing completely that I was on blogger duty, and it was only when I was half way to the train station that I realised that I had forgotten my camera! I wish I had some sort of excuse, but I don't. Let's just call it a blip and forget it ever happened, okay?
Anyway, yesterday I was invited along to the Andrew Collinge salon based on Castle Street in Liverpool to receive a hair cut and blow dry* from their very own Alison Roberts, who is a finalist for Best North Western Hairdresser in the British Hairdressing Awards which are taking place this November. This, teamed with the many great reviews I had heard about the Andrew Collinge salons left me with high hopes that I would be leaving the salon feeling ready for a L'Oreal advert, and I wasn't disappointed by my experience.
Being that I usually pay around £15 for an apprentice hairdresser to look after my tresses, it was a nice change to be in the hands of somebody who really, really knew what they were doing. Alison was absolutely lovely, made friendly conversation with me throughout the appointment and she didn't point out every single split end I had (I've found that a lot of hairdressers don't hold back!).
After Alison had assessed my hair, she sent me off to get my hair washed, where I had the most amazing smelling shampoo and conditioning treatment ever (I wish I had asked what products were used; if you work at Andrew Collinge, please holler at me!), whilst simultaneously being treated to a head massage. I could definitely get used to this kind of treatment. ;)
I had agreed with Alison that I wanted my long fringe cut back in, lots of layers and a curly blow-dry to finish it off. Also, Ireallywantedtokeepmylengththesame. She explained to me exactly what she was doing as she was doing it and kept making sure that I was happy with how it looked. And when she trimmed my hair, it was actually a trim, instead of me losing at least 25% of my length. Alison, you are a woman after my own heart.
I am so happy with the result, and a day later my hair still feels and smells amazing, although I know it is never going to look quite as good as it did when I left the salon yesterday (hairdressers are magicians, I swear). And from the experience I've learned that, even though it isn't always affordable, I think it is definitely worth investing in a haircut from a more experienced hairdresser every now and again, especially if you're going for a drastic change.
If you are local to Liverpool, I would definitely recommend checking out what Andrew Collinge has to offer (you can see their treatments and price list here) and booking in with Alison. Maybe I'm just biased, but I think she deserves to win that award ;)
Thank you, Alison, and good luck at the British Hairdressing Awards! :)
Have you visited an Andrew Collinge salon?
* I was kindly treated to my hair appointment free of charge in exchange for a honest review. All opinions expressed are 100% honest and my own.