For my latest cut and blow dry, I headed to London’s renowned salon Inanch. Set up by the award-winning hairdresser Inanch Emir and her husband Joe, the small yet stylish salon sits on Great Portland Street in London’s exclusive Fitzrovia, nestled among fine-dining restaurants and private clinics. Inanch has been in the business for over 25 years, starting out as a hairdresser at a nearby high-end salon and soon making a name for herself in the world of extensions. Having her own salon was always her dream, and in 2005 she and Joe took the plunge. With a long list of famed clientele, the salon specialises in extensions, and as Inanch understands the need to keep hair healthy, has introduced various hair loss treatments, designed by the much-celebrated trichologist Philip Kingsley.
Not one to be over ambitious with my hair, I had booked in for a colour, cut and blow-dry. As many hairdressers have said over the years, ‘I have very fine hair, but lots of it!’. Therefore it’s important that I do as much as possible to keep my hair in good condition by limiting the amount of heat applied to my hair, as well as using hair products that do not include sulphates or parabens.
As I entered the Fitzrovia salon I instantly felt a sense of calmness, the staff were all very friendly and relaxed and, considering this was a luxury salon with many celebrity clients, there was no stuffiness at all. I was attended to with the utmost courtesy and gentility; this is a salon that knows how to keep their clients very happy indeed – I thought, as I sipped a lovely glass of red wine. Another instance of wow factor, for me, was the room in which my colour was taken off and where many of the amazing hair treatments are applied. I was instantly transported to my favourite spa in Malaysia; it had low-lighting, calming sounds, and the bust of Buddha sitting proudly in the middle of the room. It was truly a space which encouraged a sense of zen and the perfect place to relax as my hair was washed, and my head was massaged.
From the beginning to the end, I had a wonderful experience, and I was so pleased with my new colour and gorgeous shiny hair.