Thursday, 10 December 2009
A couple of weeks ago, Queen Blogger, Liberty London Girl asked for tips on where to get a decent hair cut back in London. That's Not My Age headed straight for the comments box with a helpful recommendation - of course, she should go to my hairdressers, The Hairdressers, even the name is pure class. Not sure whether LLG has dropped in for a trim yet, but here's why it's worth a visit:
Guy Healey, 44, one of the partners in the business (Clair Tavener, 41, wasn't around the day I turned up for my Christmas trim) has an impressive client list. Mainly art world/theatreland types and he modestly tells me that this is down to location - the shop is on the Clerkenwell/Islington border - and a random appointment that turned into a family tree of customers. But don't let that put you off, The Hairdressers is not full of screaming luvvies.
And to prove his credentials, Sassoon-trained Mr Healey is name-checked in Matthew Collings' Blimey! and Tracey Emin's Strangeland. Oh yes, as well as lots of glossy magazines, The Hairdressers has a small library of books (not all about Guy).
It's a small local salon, with a low-key relaxed atmosphere and they always play decent music. The best soundtrack to cut hair to? Hunky Dory, of course.
There's always a selection of biscuits and retro sweets on the old, school table (all the furniture is second-hand). This table, 'Was so ugly we let customers graffiti all over it,' says Guy. Unfortunately, none of the major Brit Art stars have obliged - though I've left my tag!
Guy Healey's advice on hairdressing for the over-forties:
1. 'Be comfortable with what you've got and don't try to fight it too much. When you look at The Sartorialist's book, people look comfortable with their hair. Though having said, Nicky Clarke has made a living having a completely different opinion - and you may notice, I've only got four chairs!"
2. 'Be open to change, don't get set in your ways (said with a nod and a knowing glance at my hair). Don't think you can't have a cool hair cut.'
3. 'Someone give Paul Weller my number! The Modfather has lost all sense of style.'
Do you have any advice on hair care after a certain age?
The Hairdressers, 70 Amwell Street, London EC1