Considering it’s smack-bam in the middle of the seriously posh Knightsbridge, it’s only natural that Errol Dougla’s famed salon would drip with glamour – from the glossy, couture interiors to the modelesque receptionist who quickly takes my coat on my arrival and offers me tea. Customer service is exceptional here, but so it should be, as the award-winning Douglas has been in the game for over 20 years. There’s even an MBE to prove it.
He’s only floating around on our visit, but his staff of stylists are on the ball, working their magic on both caucasian and black hair types in the buzzy, two-floor space. As far as afro hair treatments go, women after hair extensions, cuts, blow drys, colour or a relaxer, are well catered for. A moisture treatment for my kinky afro hair is relaxing and well-executed - but it’s nothing a more specialist salon couldn’t do, for a less eye-watering price. Moisture treatments are just £20, but with the blowdry, it quickly shoots up to £120. At least the products are good. Eve, my stylist, saturates my nourished coils with intense curl cream and oil treatment from the popular Moroccanoil line.
It’s also helpful that the salon doesn’t just stick to the business of hair. Other services include mani and pedis and make-up - and if you’re peckish, you can grab a quick bite from the salon’s bespoke menu of healthy sandwiches and salads. Classy.
For afro hair, prices start from £70 for a relaxer to £220 for a relaxer and cut combo.