Although I had my hair ‘ombre-d’ back in June of this year, the colour was beginning to fade so I was very happy to be asked to review the new Daniel Mikhael salon in Marble Arch, London.
A little about Daniel Mikhael; he’s a Beirut born stylist who has worked at Paris Fashion Week on shows like Givenchy and Yves Saint Laurent, so I was confident my hair would be very well taken care of. The salon is situated just down the road from Tony Blair’s London residence so don’t be alarmed by the armed guards that greet you as you walk past Connaught Square.
The team are very friendly and welcoming and serve one of the best cups of coffee I’ve ever had. They were completely unfazed at the prospect of dealing with my natural, curly hair which I always take as a sign of a good hairdresser. After discussing the colour I was looking for, I had a consultation with the colourist and the stylist who would be cutting my hair, Fadi Fawaz. Fadi has worked on the tresses of Emily Blunt, Naomi Campbell, Girls Aloud, Pussycat Dolls and Katherine Jenkins so I knew I was in for something special.
We talked about what I wanted from this hair cut and colour, how much time I have to style my hair in the morning and my general beauty routine before deciding how much colour to use and how much hair to cut off.
The team at the Daniel Mikhael Salon certainly know their stuff; I could hear the voice of experience as the colours were mixed, as the scissors came out and as my hair was dried and styled. The salon itself is small yet perfectly formed and the team seemed like friends which puts you at ease as you hand your hair over to them.
I felt like they not only wanted to give me a great cut and colour but that they also wanted to take care of my actual hair. This wasn’t a quick cut and run; decisions were made to ensure my hair could be as healthy as possible. Things took longer (i.e. no heat was used when colouring my hair as the heat is extra harsh on fragile afro hair) but I was happy to spend that bit longer in the chair if it meant my hair was being looked after from a holistic point of view.
In the end I went for a hybrid of light brown, dark blond and copper ‘dip dye’ on the ends and a semi permanent dark brown to cover the old highlights. I even went for a fringe. I love the cut and I absolutely love, love, love the colour.
Now I’ve got the colour of my dreams, I’ll be maintaining it with Aveda’s Colour Conserve Strengthening Treatment (£19) which contains sunflower and macadamia nut oil to help protect colour-treated hair from UVA/UVB fading.
I also like that the salon serves a rather varied clientele; during my visit I saw an older lady come in for a traditional big blow out, a younger hipster type come in for a buzz cut on the sides and a big quiff on top and a lady with long gorgeous but dull hair come in for a glossy rich chestnut make over. The salon seems to cater for everyone. While they don’t get many afro haired clients, they deal with a lot of women from the Middle East who they say tend to have thick, coarse hair so afro hair isn’t anything unusual for them.
If you’re after a great cut and an even greater colour, give the Daniel Mikhael Salon in Marble Arch a visit.
Daniel Mikhael – Haute Coiffure London
4 Porchester Place
Tel: +44 (0)20 7262 5117