A few months ago, I was invited to a very special wedding, in an extremely special location, my hair needed doing, and it’s fair to say I’d gotten into a bit of a flap about my wedding preparations. This, not least because I was also the makeup artist for the bride on the day … more about that, hopefully, in a later blog post.
Gielly Green, the beautiful Marylebone-based hair salon came to my rescue, offering me a complimentary blow-dry on the day of the occasion, and I owe them a long-overdue thanks! Founded a few years ago by Fred Gielly and Shai Greenberg, the salon is calm and very welcoming, and you can tell just by walking through the doors that the entire team puts a great emphasis on customer service. It’s a very lovely, and extremely comfortable salon too:
My visit was on a very busy Friday morning, but even so, I wasn’t rushed or made to feel unwelcome. After having a look at my hair Fred decided I needed a little conditioning treatment first, and so I had an application of their Argan Rescue (which can be used as both a treatment and a styling serum), then a glorious shampoo in what are, it has to be said, the most comfortable backwash chairs I’ve found in the six and a half years since I moved to London:
I seriously do not know why it is that so many salons in London think it’s okay to have chairs that would be rejected from Abu Ghiraib for being “too uncomfortable”, but these chairs are a thing of beauty, if I hadn’t have been fretting about getting to a wedding on time, I’d have been quite happy to have spent the rest of the day snoozing in one of these babies …
As for my blow-dry, well, it was perfect, bouncy, shiny, full of body, and I loved it. If you have a chance to go along to the salon, then do take my word for it, Fred is a genius with a hairdryer and a round brush. I’m a hard woman to please when it comes to my hair, but I was very impressed with both the salon overall, and the hair I left the salon with. Pictures will come when I get access to the wedding pictures!
I was so impressed with the salon, that I agreed to trial some of the home hair products that Gielly Green have produced. I was sent the Repair Shampoo and the Repair Mask to deal with my coloured hair.
Classily packaged, the products have a zingy scent of lemongrass, which is really lovely, and I found both the shampoo and mask to be wonderfully moisturising on the hair. I’m not particularly a fan of the pot-style mask (I hate getting products under my nails), but this is a rich and thick cream that will add moisture to even the most parched of hair:
Sadly, my scalp (notoriously sensitive, and the bane of my existence when it flares up) didn’t enjoy the products as much as my hair did, and this lead to a worsening of my seborrhic dermatitis and I had to discontinue use after about ten days.
That said, these products are parabens and SLS-free, and normally I’d expect them to work with most sensitive scalps, in this case, I suspect the problem was mine, rather than the products.
Overall, I’d be happy to go back to the salon on a regular basis, and I’d happily recommend the home products to anyone with a less temperamental scalp than my own.
The Fine Print: Get Lippie was a guest of Gielly Green, and products were provided for review purposes.
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