Salon Review: Barber & Parlour

As those of you who follow me on Instagram may have seen, I recently cut my hair. I'd been growing it for just over two years (a combination of backpacking and getting married) and, although I liked it, I didn't really do anything with it in terms of styling apart from my fringe. Plus it had a really bad habit of tangling which drove me absolutely crazy. So I decided to go for the chop, and I also decided to try a new hairdresser - in for a penny, in for a pound, right?


I'd heard many good things about Barber & Parlour in its former incarnation as the Cheeky Parlour, a younger, funkier offshoot of Soho House's Cowshed spa. (Those clanging noises you hear are various names being dropped.) Whereas previously their hair offerings had been limited to blow-dries and updos, alongside make-up application and mani-pedis, they've now expanded to include a hair salon led by top stylist Josh Wood, a café downstairs and even a basement cinema!

As I hadn't had lunch I decided to pop into the café before my appointment so I wouldn't be sat in the chair with a rumbling tummy (nothing more awkward than that, right?). It's got a really cool relaxed vibe, a little bit industrial-chic but equally feels nice and homely at the same time - the kind of place you can imagine hunkering down for several hours and chilling out with friends. Plus you can buy loads of the things they sell there, from photo frames and storage to cushions and toiletries.








Got to love a place with a specific 'on toast' section on the menu.


I opted for the poached eggs on toast with avocado, chilli and lemon and it was absolutely delicious - perfectly cooked but still runny eggs, lovely fresh avocado and really well done toast. Healthy, nutritious and really filling. I also got a ginger juice which has ginger, apple and lemon in it and was perfect for kicking the slightly sniffly feeling I've had in recent weeks.


Once lunch had been eaten: to the salon!







Love the epic collection of brightly coloured wigs in the shop area!


I opted for a 'heavy' cut, the most expensive option at £66, as I was having so much taken off - but I should point out a 'light' cut, ie a trim, is really good value for London at £42. My hairstylist, the lovely Harry, was great; he made me feel instantly at ease and was also able to give me really good advice about whether the look I wanted (a loving rip-off of Anna from Vivianna Does Makeup's razor chop but keeping my full fringe) would work on me and how to style it. He then got to work and I happily buried myself in my book - I'm not a chatter at the hairdresser's so it was actually really nice to feel like I could do that without being awkward!

I didn't manage to take any photos of me in the chair - or, sadly, of the excellent coffee (the best I've had in a hairdresser's) - but here is the finished hair look :) I really like it and it's exactly what I was after, though I think I could be persuaded to go a little bit shorter next time...

Overall I'd really recommend Barber & Parlour; it's really well-priced, very relaxed and somewhere that you could quite happily spend plenty of time even if you're not going to get pampered. I think next time I come I'll definitely stick around for a bit longer to try some of their delicious-looking desserts, get a manicure and maybe even watch a film!

6 comments:

  1. This place looks great! I love my salon in Brighton, but it doesn't have a café in it.

    I'm also not really the type to like to chat too much at the salon. I like a bit of a chat, but then I like to sip my wine and relax. :)

    Aisling | aisybee.

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    1. It's really good - if you're in London definitely pop by, you can go to the cafe without a hair appointment and they do drop-in appointments as well. Though I am jealous your salon gives you wine...

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  2. I really love the sound of this especially the cafe with that delicious poached eggs meal omg I am jealous, I want to see your hair! xxx

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    1. Agh, just realised I didn't put a picture of my actual hair up in the post - here you go! https://www.dropbox.com/s/zeq3a42ebdxei2n/2015-02-13%2015.09.38.jpg?dl=0

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