Tucked down a leafy Chiswick side street, just moments away from the hustle and bustle of Devonshire Road, is the barely one-year-old MAYFIVE Hair Salon. Owner Katie Allan – who has fifteen years in the business behind her including a long stint at Charles Worthington – who founded the salon in 2018, places an emphasis on enhancing your natural beauty. And we should probably mention that MAYFIVE prides itself on being more than a little dog-friendly!
The salon was a finalist in the 2019 Creative Head Most Wanted Awards for Best New Boutique Salon, and founder Katie herself was a finalist for Entrepreneur of the Year – not bad for your first year in business.
After very kindly making allowances for me running almost 20 minutes late, I was welcomed into the salon as warmly and calmly as you could wish; aside from Ralphie the resident dog, who couldn’t have seemed more excited to see me! If you’ve got a pooch of your own to keep Ralphie company MAYFIVE will welcome them as warmly as they do their clients.
The salon itself has a laid-back, leafy appeal, with greenery everywhere, wood floors and plenty of space. It is unpretentious, unfussy and oozes a youthful chic. You’ll feel like you’ve genuinely stumbled upon a hidden gem!
After a good long consultation about, not just my hair type (which I frequently feel like I disagree with hairdressers about, but not here), but also how I like to style my hair, any concerns I’ve got with its condition/colour etc, we scroll both through my Pinterest board and the salons own Instagram to settle on what I want.
The wash, cut and blowdry felt like it absolutely flew by; my stylist was so chatty and friendly there was none of the awkward staring at your own face in silence for an hour, and she worked briskly and knowledgably. While I sipped an excellent coffee, she did a beautiful job of doing exactly what I’d asked (which almost NEVER happens even in hairdressers three times the price). And to finish things off my ‘undone’ blow-dry was spot-on!
I felt listened to by my stylist for the first time in a good long while, and ended up with a brilliantly low-maintenance cut that (I think on the way home) turned a few heads!
MAYFIVE’s list of glowing customer reviews online almost speak for themselves. For somewhere that really feels like a hidden gem you should investigate before anyone else does (especially if you want to bring your pooch along for the ride), look no further than MAYFIVE.
MAYFIVE, 44 Devonshire Road, Chiswick, W4 2HD, tel: 0203 105 7421, www.mayfivehair.co.uk
Ladies cut and finish starting at £54, treatments from £10