It’s been a few weeks since I got my fringe cut in, and it had reached that “totally out of control, ruining every outfit post with its tendency to stick straight up in the air” stage, so when Dean, of Dean Jones Hairdressing, asked if I’d like to pop along to his new Edinburgh salon for a complimentary cut and blow-dry, it was just the push I needed to actually do something about it.
Now, as some of you know, I’m slightly salon-phobic, and will tend to put off cuts for as long as possible because of it, but I really needn’t have been in this case: not only were Dean and his team all lovely and welcoming, the salon (tucked away behind Leith Walk, in a beautifully renovated listed building) is absolutely gorgeous, and amazingly relaxing, which I’d never have guessed from the central Edinburgh location.
I always think the most important part of any haircut takes place before the scissors are even picked up: it’s the all-important consultation, in which I try my best to find ways to say, “Please make me look like Brigitte Bardot, or, failing that, Taylor Swift will do,” without wanting to die of embarrassment. Luckily, though, Dean instantly knew what I was talking about (which is no small achievement): I knew as soon as he picked up an iPad and pulled up a photo of Lucy Hale of Pretty Little Liars, as “something to aim for”, that I was in safe hands, and while I was under no illusions that I would leave looking like Lucy (she doesn’t have a fringe, and I’m not a 25-year-old drop-dead-gorgeous actress, more’s the pity. Also, Dean is a stylist, not a miracle worker…), I was happy to place my hair in his capable hands.
As for what I went for: well, I’ve really enjoyed having a fringe, but because my hair grows so quickly, I haven’t enjoyed the maintenance of it quite so much, so I’d gone in expecting to just leave the front of my hair to its own devices, even although that would mean living with an awkward lump of hair in my eyes until such a time as it grew long enough to be given some kind of shape. After discussing it with Dean, though, we actually decided to cut the fringe back in, but with a slightly different shape, which will allow it to grow out more gracefully. I was really happy with the result: the fringe looks good now, but will still look good as it grows out, making me less likely to want to trim it every couple of weeks – or here’s hoping, anyway. Dean also cut some layers back in, using a razor to keep the look fairly soft:
And the finished product:
I love it, and have so far found it really easy to maintain, too, which is always a bonus!
You can find Dean’s salon at 3a Elm Row, Edinburgh, or visit the Facebook page here: if you’re looking for a stylist in the Edinburgh area, I can really recommend this friendly and talented team, who have a real passion for what they do, and who I’m sure will be a huge success!