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'9000 square feet devoted to hairdressing'

Balayage at Daniel Galvin

The blurb

When I visited Daniel Galvin Jr earlier this year I was incredibly happy with the results, so given the opportunity to review the original Daniel outpost, I was excited to see what was in store.

Balayage seems to be what everyone is going for now—it is a French word meaning “to sweep” or “to paint” and I absolutely love it. However, my hair is light blonde, meaning unless I undergo a drastic colour change it is likely to just look like outgrown roots—and no one wants that.

The process

The flagship salon is based in the heart of Marylebone, 9000 square feet devoted to hairdressing. My colourist for the morning was Lilly, a senior colourist who specialises in balayage and finger painting. While waiting I overheard the staff having an altercation—not the last drama I overheard in the salon during my brief visit.

Lilly and I discussed what I was looking for and we agreed on a semi-permanent darker colour on my roots to allow more of a contrast, so that it was clearly a look and not just a delayed appointment at the hairdresser’s. Colour was applied and I was left to watch the world go by.

The results

My hair was blown dry and I could see the colour—it looked great, exactly what I wanted. I left the salon three hours after I arrived with a balayage to rival those of the celebs.

The details

Prices start from £210 for a senior colourist
Daniel Galvin, 58–60 George Street, London, W1U 7ET; 0207 486 9661; www.danielgalvin.com

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