A very excited me went into London to visit Muse of London, I met with Jason Cocking their number one Creative Director at the Salon. The Salon its located a short walk away from Oxford Circus.
Jason has been in the biz for the last 18 years, he's been a member of the Muse Team for the last 2 year, actual ever since the Salon opened. He is clearly passionate about his work and extremely busy. He works with the public every day. He has been lucky to work his magic of a few celebrities too and worked with leading magazines like Vogue. He is definitely going places.
I was met by the receptionist, she gave me tour of the salon. The salon is on 2 floors, the ground floor is the hairdressers, waiting room area and toilet, the basement has the beauticians.
The waiting room area has proper coffee machine and magazines displayed for everyone's tastes. A very funky Smeg fridge with water and juice, you can help yourself. Also for the gadget junky there is Wi-Fi too.
I have to say, my first impression is its stylish, trendy, upbeat and fashionable, not pompous or egotistic. I personally hate going into places I feel like an outsider. The staff match the salon, everyone is friendly, their environment is relaxed yet professional.
Jason, introduced himself to me, my consultation went fairly quickly, he did come across as nervous at first. He asked me what I wanted, which threw me a bit, however I did have an idea for a long bob.
I suggested to Jason as he was the colour expert I would leave him to take control of that. My hair has different shades of brown the ends being lighter. He advised that light shades would leave me looking washed out, making me looked drained. So he went with a TIGI Chestnut brown, the colour had a glossy colourant. The shade was very similar to my natural hair colour, I can not really tell the difference.
One of his colleagues Danielle washed my hair. (I had expected Jason is do the complete job as part of the U and Me package, however he did advise that someone was off ill, they were short staffed - He was also working with another customer/understandably the paying customer would come first) Jason returned to colour my hair and left me sitting comfortably on one of their massage chairs.
He later rinsed the colour out, Danielle gave me a wonderful head massage.
Jason worked his magic with his scissors, while working he made me feel very comfortable. He explained the Muse of London had been here for 2 years. Its a busy salon, that can cater for anyone. They offer some great Express Services; The Root Bar, The Bleach Bar & The Style Bar I love these services, in and out within an hour, at the Root & Bleach bars a stylist will colour/bleach your hair and you can finish your style/blowdry at the Self Dry area. All the charges are very reasonable especially so for Central London. These wonderful extras have been really thought through, perfect for Londoners with busy lifestyles. Also, if you are on holiday, staying locally and want something fun and stylish, I definitely recommend popping in for a visit too.
The U and Me experience, is another Service, however this is more laid back, its has been created for someone looking to bond with an experienced stylist, making their experience a personal one rather then feeling unsure or not happy or even out of place. Jason, can recommend treatments, colour and styles to suit your face, skin tones.
Jason cut my hair and wisely asked how I blow-dry. I didn't lie, I throw my head upside down use my hands mostly. He showed me that's was fine, he used his hands ensuring my hair was dry before using a barrel hair to add some body and shape, then using straighteners to finish me off.
My hair was prefect, it felt lighter, I had about 2 inches taken off. The colour is slightly darker, very fresh feeling and vibrate now, very glossy looking.
All the products used are TIGI, as my hair is dry, I was given TIGI Catwalk Oatmeal and Honey Shampoo and Conditioner. Firstly, they smell lovely, fresh and all day lasting. My hair is very soft and silky now.
Overall I was very happy with my experience; the salon is beautiful, its off the wall with personality, its bold, eye catching fashionable and fun, TIGI is everywhere. The stylists are warm, friendly and in-tune with the their clients. Jason is gem, he is focused, works fast and a wizard with his scissors.
The U and Me costs £199. This will include from start to finish with Jason, your consultation, colour, cut, a blow drying lesson and styling education, products and a follow-up appointment, you can either tweak your style or have a blowdry.
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