I last got my hair coloured in November and the ombre was beginning to fade so I was so excited to be invited for a touch up at the Daniel Galvin Salon near Bond Street.
The salon itself is everything you’d expect from an establishment in Bond Street; it’s gorgeous! Light, airy, plush and grand and filled with white flowers, you feel like a celebrity from the moment you walk through the heavy doors. The staff are completely non pretentious and friendly. My coat was taken, I was given a gown and it was downstairs for a consultation with Georgia (stylist) and Chelsey (colourist).
I took a picture of Keke Palmer with me as my hair inspiration but they advised against getting the tips made that light as it would involve the use of bleach which would be very damaging to my hair. It was my decision but they wanted to make sure I understood the risk. I didn’t want to sacrifice the health of my hair so decided to go just one tone lighter than I already was.
We then went upstairs for the finger painting technique. Instead of using a brush to apply the colour, Chelsey twisted the hair and massaged the colour in with her hands; hence the moniker finger painting. More colour was applied to the very ends of my hair so they would have a more solid colour and it would look more natural, like I had really grown the colour of out my hair. Painting the colour on with your hands means the colour picks up differently on different parts of the hair for a more natural look.
The colour was left on for about half an hour before I had a shampoo and a deep conditioning treatment and colour gloss applied. It was then downstairs for a blow dry. Before blow drying Georgia used Kerastase Oleo Relax Slim (smoothing cream) and Kerastase Elixir (for a smooth shine) all over the hair and combed through with one of my essential items for anyone with curly hair; a Tangle Teezer.
The blow dry itself took close to 45 minutes (I have a lot of hair) so to prevent detangling and to hydrate the sections that were starting to dry, Georgia’s apprentice periodically misted Davines Dede leave in mist/conditioner. Dede is like ordinary misting water except it contains grape extract and other vitamins and minerals to nourish and add shine while it moistens the hair.
And this is the end result!
To keep my hair in tip top condition, I was advised to use deep conditioning treatments as often as possible, to minimise the use of heat and to use oils and serums to prevent the coloured ends from drying out.
I specifically asked about their comfort factor in working with different hair types and was told they have no problems working with mixed race or afro hair.
Daniel Galvin is my third trip down colour lane (see one here and two here) and of all my experiences; I love this colour the most. Daniel Galvin is well known for his pioneering use of colour and finger painting is definitely my new favourite way of having ombre done. It might not look exactly like Keke Palmer but I think it suits me perfectly.
58-60 George Street
London W1U 7ET
PS. And I had my hair washed sitting next to Patsy Kensit!