Taylor Taylor London
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When East London’s favourite salon opened a branch in Notting Hill they assumed it would take a while to busy up. Not a bit. Within days, Saturdays were booked solid for weeks. It turns out that a goodish chunk of Taylor Taylor’s devoted clientele are Westies who’ve been making the pilgrimage across town for years. Which doesn’t surprise us. There is a reason why women rave about Taylor Taylor. With clever cutting and colouring expertise par excellence they send every customer out of the salon feeling confident and cool. Perfect if you need a boost.
Taylor Taylor have taken an if-it-ain’t-broke-don’t-fix-it approach to the interior, which has the same Marie Antoinette’s boudoir feel to the East London salon, with mismatched vintage finds, birdcage chandeliers and a gorgeous all-gold wash room. The vibe is cool ’n’ chic but uber-relaxed (their stylists are unfailingly lovely and super-profession whenever we’ve been, East or West). And there’s definitely a definitely spoil-me attitude, with complimentary cocktails.
We’re hooked on Taylor and Taylor’s Brazilian blowdries. Everywhere is doing Brazilians these days but the results can vary massively. T&T have have been doing keratin for years and they’re the best we’ve tested. They're not the cheapest, but unlike other brands, their products don’t have a toxic feel, leaving your hair healthier. Even better, you can get your hair wet as soon as you leave the salon (say goodbye to that three-day, can’t-leave-the-house-because-your-hair-is-greasy wait). The whole process takes 90 minutes, giving the frizzily-affected smooth, glossy, rain-proof hair for up to 12 weeks.