After the initial consultation we'd agreed I'd have a wash, trim and a straightening blow dry to finish the look. Tiff took me downstairs to her tranquil, spa inspired wash room and gave me the most soothing hair wash followed by a head massage. You know a hairdresser is good when you're almost falling asleep as they wash your hair!
After my hair was partially dry, Tiff began to brush my hair through with a paddle brush. Now, my usual go-to is a Tangle-Teaser, however Tiff explained that although Tangle-Teasers are good, they do pull at the hair quite a lot which could result in too much hair being pull out with each stroke. Paddle brushes however barely pull on the hair meaning a lot less fall out- perfect for fragile hair such as curly hair.
After completing the cut in record time (approx. 15mins), Tiff then began to prep my hair for drying and styling. As someone who often uses heat on my hair it’s always super important to me that my hair is adequately protected against heat damage. My hair was first blow dried straight with a hairdryer and the look completed with Remington straighteners. It was at this point that I’d reached my decision – this was by far the best hairdressing experience I’d ever had!
Nearly every hairdressing experience to date included the dreaded “blowout”, consisting of stylists pulling at my hair with hard bristle brushes in an attempt to get my curls to straighten…. But not this time!
When using the blow dryer, Tiff didn’t pull or tug at my hair once to get the knots out. The time she’d taken time to prep my hair beforehand meant the blow drying process was effortless. No knots, no tangles, no frizz, nothing! This is by no means easily achievable with super tight curls like mine!
Blow drying took no more than 20 minuets with another 15 on top to go over my hair with the straighteners. Tiff even used the same straighteners to add loose, bouncy curls, something which I have been charged extra for in previous salons! Each step was explained in detail which kept me at ease and Tiff also made sure to share numerous tips and tricks along the way. For example, she explained that when straightening curly hair, it’s best to only go over the root twice and once for the remainder of the section of hair in order to minimise the amount of heat on the hair. It was these little extra gestures that really made me feel comfortable and actually made the experience an enjoyable one!
All in all, my experience at 3Thirty was an incredible one. I'd entered the salon with dry and lackluster curls but left with silky, smooth and healthy locks. Would I recommend the salon to others? Yes! Will I be going back? An even bigger yes!
As many curly/natural girlies will know and agree, finding a good hairdresser is like finding that infamous pot of gold at the end of the rainbow! All too often it can be a painstaking and drama filled task trying to find a competent hairdresser, who understands and really knows how to treat our precious locks. I have personally been subjected to awful hairdressing experiences including having my scalp burnt, my hair pulled and tugged at when my curls were brushed out DRY *insert screams* and even to the point of having my precious curls cut so short it’s taken years for them to grow back as healthy as before.
Each less than desirable experience has made me, by no fault of my own, very skeptical of trying new hairdressers to say the least! That said, when I was asked to go along to the 3Thirty Hairdressing Salon in East London I’d decided to reserve judgement, bite the bullet and give a new hairdresser a chance to change my mind.
Located in Shoreditch the hipster hideout of the capital 3Thirty, is a gorgeous boutique salon with quaint, French inspired décor and personality. Soon after entering I instantly felt intrigued and wanted to know more about this little gem.
I was introduced to Tiff, the salon owner who very quickly made me feel at ease with her warm personality and evident knowledge of curly hair. Tiff sat me down and we discussed my hair type (4C) and how I felt it was really dry and prone to breaking. Tiff explained that it could be that the products I'm using are actually drying out my hair rather than hydrating it! She suggested I should only really be washing my hair once a week and treating it regularly, which I ashamedly do the complete opposite of.
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CHM x 3Thirty x CTTBeauty Salon Review
by Christine @cttbeauty
21st JAN 2017