Has to be the loveliest experience I've ever had at a hair salon. When I arrived, I was greeted with a nice cup of tea and biscuits while I waited for my service. I was then given the most relaxing head massage by a lovely young chap before getting my haircut by Pedro. It was a brilliant cut and the shop had a really cool quirky vibe. I'll definitely be returning.
Chaps & Dames
Time Out says
Posted: Tue Jun 4 2013
Tucked away behind Finsbury Park station, Chaps & Dames is worth seeking out, if not for the great value, then for the homely atmosphere. The mirrors are mismatched, stylish old suitcases are used as tables and there’s a piano in the window – the same one that owner Paul Federici has been playing since he was seven. You can find the singing barber tinkering at the old ivories at least twice a week.
Open since 2005, Federici’s modest hairdressers has discarded its old vintage emporium in the back to make way for Linh Cassling’s nail salon, but various voguish items can still be found scattered around the place. As well as little additions like these adding character, Federici’s welcoming staff give the place charm. Senior stylist Kerry Marie talked animatedly about styling, including the best mousse to use – ‘It’s not just for grandmas! Look at the ingredients, the first thing should be aqua, not alcohol’ (it’s the alcohol that makes it sticky) – as well as her pet chihuahuas.
Federici’s mum popped by briefly with her dogs too, which were unbearably adorable. Of course, if you’re not comfortable chattering away like you’ve known these hair maestros for years, this isn’t the place for you. But if it’s a familial and fun atmosphere you’re after, than look no further than Chaps and Dames.
Average User Rating
4 / 5
- 5 star:8
- 4 star:6
- 3 star:2
- 2 star:0
- 1 star:2
Great friendly staff and brilliant dip dye/ombre by David at a more than reasonable price. Only reason for not 5* due to it taking much much longer than ever before (just over 3.5 hours) but worth it for the end result and I equally liked that it wasn't rushed! Would definitely recommend
I've had my hair cut a Chaps and Dames quite a few times now and keep on going back. It's nice and local, good value and I always like my hair when I leave. I think I've had my hair cut by all the team and I've not had any complaints. It's a quirky place, relaxed and friendly. I once came after a night shift and I was offered a KitKat, now not many hairdressers do that do they? I promised I'd give some feedback and they definitely deserve it so I have!
After years of searching for the perfect hairdresser, I can't believe I found one right around the corner! My old hairdresser moved back to Australia, and I've been trying out recommendations from friends and websites for several years with no luck. Then a friend of mine got a fairly radical haircut (which looked amazing), and after asking for the hairdresser's details I booked in an appointment with Kelly. Not only did I leave with - hands down - the best haircut I've had in years, I also had a really nice time at the salon! Sometimes when you meet with a new stylist, the conversation can be quite strained but I had a really lovely time chatting to Kelly, and when I went back three months later she and the rest of the team remembered me, which always makes a huge difference in terms of comfort. She is great at listening to what you want and explaining what will look best on you so if you're opting for a huge change, you can really trust her opinion as to whether or not it will work. Also, Kelly very kindly also taught how to style my new haircut, so I didn't have any horrors the first time after washing it. All of this on top of free fringe trims means I will not ever get my hair cut anywhere else: 100% recommend!
Oh and for the sake of clarity I just want to add that my frame of reference is my previous experiences of periods spent at ESHK, Brooks & Brooks, HOB and T&G.
Went there today for my cut. It wasn't particularly busy during the weekday midday. I was told it'd be £22, but ended up paying £19 for my cut, wash & head massage. My stylist said it'd be half an hour, but he spent 45 mins on my hair, mostly with scissors. The place is poky and the ambience & styling is that of a typical local suburban barbers, except with magazine cut-out collages on the walls and an old piano. My stylist was kind of distant and his attention seemed divided between myself, conversing with friends & looking at the street. But he was competent enough in his execution of my classic style. He didn't tell me what treatment, if any, was added to my hair. I'd return if the pricing & cuts remain consistent as they're about fair at the moment. Can't comment on his ability to provide more complicated, edgier cuts as they haven't been what I've requested.
I'm so happy with my haircut guys! Told you I'd give you a nice review Chaps adnd Dames. The salon is special looking, a breath of fresh hair to your usual venue , had my haircut now by both Kelly and Paul, might try davidas next, who knows! I Appreciate the charismatic banter between the staff every time I visit and you get tea and biscuits ofcourse to round it all off!I Merry Christmas guys
Love this salon. Very comfortable and with a dynamic and fun approach I left with a great haircut. Thanks Chaps and Dames
Hairdresser David was running late but still took his time to do my hair carefully. He taught me a few things along the way as well. I would go back! Thanks guys!
Wouldn't recommend this salon to anyone. Had a terrible experience during my appointment. Also, the hairdresser sliced a wedge of hair out of the back of my head in an effort to layer it... and cut in what I can only describe as a 'grown out fringe'. Went to my usual salon and the hairdresser was amazed that they'd cut it so badly! Complained by the didn't offer to refund me. Would rather pay a bit more for a decent cut. Learnt my lesson!
Have my highlights done here and occasional fringe trims , the place is quirky to say the least but in a good way, The staff offer free fringe trims if you've had a service and that is very unlike London.i like the place and will return next time for a haircut and to hopefully see Paul (who is hot may I add) play the piano
Always a pleasure visiting chaps and dames, regularly get my hair cut here, all the staff have their own unique style and are very helpful.
I've been going to Chaps and Dames for a couple of years now - I got completely fed up with paying £50 for mediocre haricuts in the middle of London (where I work) and thought I'd give what was then my teenage son's barber a go. Paul's opening conversational gambit -'So. do you believe in God, then?' was a welcome relief from the usual fatuous 'Going anywhere nice on holiday?' and probably a fair indicator of Paul's slighly off-beat sense of humour. I was thrilled to get a cut which was exactly what I wanted from someone who actually listened to what I said and didn't try to persuade me (after 50 plus years on the planet) that they knew better than I did how I wanted my hair to look. It's not the most sophisticated cut you'll ever get, but it's competent (and more), the team is friendly and the price pretty much unbeatable (£19 for a dry cut). I cannot understand Louise Temperley's review and if the salon was empty at 5.00 she was lucky as there's nearly always (understandably) a wait. It's a great addition to the area and I recommend it highly (I'll be interested to see what the 'revamp' looks like!)
Usually go to the city for a cut but this salon is local and thought would give it a shot,£22 quid for a wash and cut and good banter ,left happy,definitely beat the usual weather talk and cold atmosphere of a chain,give these guys a break and show some support
Great atmosphere although the salon was having a refurb the team where helpful and more importantly I got a great haircut! The price is great and you are told if you choose the lower rate you are getting a different level of expertise so bear that in mind,I went for the young lady who is a senior stylist and love my cut
Hello Allow me introduce myself as the proprietor of the salon Chaps and Dames. I am very pleased to announce that our salon has been simply thriving recently, growing from strength to strength. We have an excellent team here and are pleasing thousands of people in the area of Finsbury park. I am disappointed though to see that their are characters who feel the need to use this platform of on-line reviewing to make personal insult and simply lie about a service they supposingly experienced at our salon. Where as I welcome complaints so that we may improve apon our service , there is a way to make a complaint diplomatically in person or by email of which the complaint will be addressed professionally.Emotional rantings on-line only confirm I hope to the reader that these accusations are not to be trusted. Many thanks for listening and I look forward to seeing more positive reviews soon!!!!! Paul Federici
Hello Allow me introduce myself as the proprietor of the salon Chaps and Dames. I am very please to announce that our salon has been simply thriving recently, growing from strength to strength. We have an excellent team here and are pleasing thousands of people in the area of Finsbury park. I am disappointed though to see that their are characters who feel the need to use this platform of on-line reviewing to make personal insult and simply lie about a service they supposingly experienced at our salon. Where as I welcome complaints so that we may improve apon our service , there is a way to make a complaint diplomatically in person or by email of which the complaint will be addressed professionally.Emotional rantings on-line only confirm I hope to the reader that these accusations are not to be trusted. Many thanks for listening and I look forward to seeing more positive reviews soon!!!!! Paul Federici
I was appalled at the level of service at this salon and hate even giving it 1Star! The owner has clearly changed since this timeout review as the place does not look like the pictures above. Firstly I really don't think Paul the owner is even a qualified hairdresser. Watching him struggle to cut my hair I mentioned I had never seen such a 'freestyle' technique to cutting hair in which he replied 'I did tell you on the phone I wasn't the most experienced'. I joked saying 'you are qualified though' and he said.. I am a hairdresser. Erm! So are you?! Watching him attempt to cut I would say no. Anyway after 15 minutes of watching him drag my hair around, I asked to help him come through my hair as he was brushing from the top and so dragging the hair hard and thus creating more knots. He then accused me of patronising him and ACTUALLY TOLD ME TO LEAVE WET, HALF CUT HAIR AND ALL!!! I could and can not get over it! I was the only one in the salon at 5pm on a Tuesday and now I see why! The hairdressers down the road (Vitors) was full. SERIOUSLY THIS SALON IS TERRIBLE! Avoid the dreadful service, dreadful cutting and listen to the other reviews on the internet. Save yourself and pay the extra elsewhere. It will be worth it!
Great salon ,homely with a quirky edge ,usually come here when im in town and the stylist KELLY not Kerry usually does my hair,unproffessional of timeout to make such a mistake
Chaps & Dames is a not your usual hairdressers where you sit there bored out of your brain! It's like having your hair cut in a friend's living room. It's friendly, fun and quirky where socialising is combined with getting an awesome hairdo! If you enjoy the normal awkward silence of sitting in front of a mirror while someone who doesn't really care does your hair, go to Supercuts. But if you're looking for a lot more creativity, a good chat and an experience a bit different, give Chaps and Dames a shot!