Whenever I'm looking for a hairdresser, I get very nervous and not unreasonably so. I mean listen, my hair has been through a lot. It has been badly dyed blonde which resulted in the ends just snapping off (which might I say is very disconcerting) and has had plenty of cuts which ranged from bad to very bad. Basically, my hair has been through hell and I honestly feel awful for it. When I moved to the UK, my stress levels went rocketing and my poor hair, which was already in a bad way due to aforementioned salon disasters, just started to fall out. I was absolutely desperate to say the least. I had a rubbish cut as well because only half my hair had actually grown while the top bit remained frazzled. HELP!
Eventually, I simply left my hair alone and wore some light weight real hair clip in extensions for a few months. I did nothing to my hair but styled the extensions and allowed it to finally grow and begin to heal. Just before I went back to South Africa in March I decided that enough was enough and made the rather stressful trip to a hairdresser. I chose 'Samantha Cusick' because of the incredible styles and transformations that I see come out of the salon repeatedly. I heard about Sam via Zoe Sugg (aka Zoella) and let's all be honest, her hair is incredible and even though its dyed blonde, it looks strong and healthy. I have always longed for that kind of hair but never ever had it. It is a very sad state of affairs when you are repeatedly spending around R1000 (around 70 quid) on your hair and always run from the salon either crying or covering your head and running for your car. We pay for this, it's a service and I feel that we should at the very least be happy with the results. You should not want to run home and wash and re-do your hair...that's so not cool.
Before I continue with this story you need to know that my hair was still all different lengths. I just went for it and booked an appointment for the evening before my flight after work and by the way, I know this is crazy...I am crazy but I did have back up in the form of extensions. I rang up and was told that Samantha herself doesn't do cuts, only colours so I needed to find someone in the salon. I asked for the names of the stylists who would do it and once I had those, scoured Instagram pages looking for someone who could work a miracle. Out of everyone, I chose the stylist with the most images of great short hair, Kostantinos (www.instagram.com/konstantinos_hair)
Somehow I managed to get an appointment on the day I needed with the stylist that I wanted. I went to Konstantinos with my full head of clip in extensions still in my hair. Once they were removed he kindly informed me that what I wanted (the trendy lob which is all one length al a Poppy Deyes) was not going to be possible. To say I was devastated was an understatement. All I wanted was hair that I could actually like for once. I was starting to think that there was actually something wrong with me. He told me that he would cut it and style it in a way that I could wear it but that allowed the top part to grow to match the rest of the length.
That cut was not easy for Konstantinos and it certainly wouldn't stand out for him as one of his favourite hair moments but for me? It absolutely changed my life because that cut changed my hair and for the first time ever, I walked out of a salon and did nothing to my hair. I liked it...no it wasn't exactly what I wanted but he explained to me that it would all take time but it would come right. He emphasised how important it was to get all the hair growing again so that I could have my dream hair long term. He also recommended using Olaplex at least twice a week on my hair (about which there is a post coming soon).
Sam for her part was actually doing front of house duties when I arrived which I have to say is something I greatly admire in any business owner. Sam is incredibly involved in that salon and definitely loves what she does. She is incredibly kind and always has time to chat to everyone.
She also has a dog called Sidney who comes to the salon with her. He is a bulldog and quite possibly one of the loveliest dogs ever. Remember those extensions I mentioned, well lets just say that Sidney the Bulldog shares his owners passion for hair ;)
For me, the feeling of a salon is actually as important as the job they do. A good salon should make you feel relaxed and comfortable. It should look professional and clean but be welcoming. You want a stylist who takes time to understand you and what you need and want. Konstantinos was brilliant at that, he took a lot of time with me just chatting about my hair and what my options were. The cut was brilliant then and i'm still happy with it two months down the line. Konstantinos actually suggested that I only come back in June to see him for a cut. At no point did I feel any pressure to buy anything extra at the salon. I was not shamed for having a rather difficult head of hair nor did they make a big deal out of how long it took me just sitting in the chair and chatting to Konstantinos.
Samantha is a brilliant young woman and by all accounts a hugely talented hair stylist and I hope that one day I'll be able to go and see her for a colour. As for Konstantinos, well I'm very very glad that he works there and for the first time ever, my hair is growing, it is shiny and healthy looking and i'm actually looking forward to my next hair appointment. What a difference a great salon makes...
To book visit the website: https://samanthacusicklondon.com
** All images here have been taken from Google or Sam's and Konstantinos' Instagram accounts. Therefore I claim no ownership over any of these images and all rights lie with the people who originally took the pictures.
Samantha's Instagram: www.instagram.com/samantha.cusick
Salon's Instagram: www.instagram.com/samanthacusicklondon
Konstantinos' Instagram: www.instagram.com/konstantinos.hair