I have loved the idea of having a hairdresser who I could build a relationship with. I've been to lots over the years. The nature of my hair is that it's quite coarse and therefore quite a handful unfortunately. I've sat through plenty of consultations, colours and cuts and left the salon pretending to be happier than I actually was.
I'm now at the stage where if I genuinely don't like something I will (shyly perhaps) say it.
When it comes to my hair I needed a change and a fresh look at things.
The nature of going to a new hairdresser is that you can feel like you are almost cheating on another salon you've been loyal to if you leave but at the end of the day we all know that's kind of a silly attitude - myself included.
I think every Irish person at some stage or other has been to Peter Mark.
A friend of mine went to Peter Mark on Grafton Street and got what she now refers to as 'the best blow dry of her life' which is possibly being a bit dramatic but you know how girls can be. With that in mind I decided to check them out.
I booked in for a cut (cautious trim with me hawk eyeing every snip) and colour a few weeks ago.Their premises on Grafton Street is a hub of continously busy activity - as soon as you walk in there is a hum of productivity. The ends of my hair are lighter and I wanted to maintain that but have a gloss overall as it was a bit dull. Stephen did exactly what I wanted and just touched up the roots and then put a Colour Pop over it all at the basin which basically injected gloss all over it. Colour Pops also smell divinely light bubble gum.
In terms of cutting I was cautious at first but what I loved was that Megan genuinely allowed me to keep my super long hair. I find some hairdressers are absolutely deliriously excited to chop half my hair off and I've to practically forcibly insist I just want a trim.
I left so so thrilled with the result.
After my first appointment:
What I love about here is the staff are so punctual. I've been in and out in a record 37 minutes for blowdries. Being a big salon they always have appointments. I'm not always as organised as I would like to be but thankfully I've never been let down last minute. I have since gone back for blowdries before events or weddings and always been happy. With my hair I like things to look a bit mussed up, never too perfect and a bit lived in.
En route to a wedding last week:
A day old blow dry still going strong a few weeks ago:
What I now know about picking a hairdresser:
I went to one extremely well known (and expensive) hairdresser in Dublin and after a six week wait for an appointment he left me waiting twenty minutes and before I knew it had 'convinced' me to chop four inches off my hair. After a rushed blowdry I found myself forking over over €120 for a cut. In hindsight I wish I had complained but then again I wasn't great at speaking up back then. I would have inwardly seethed and ranted for months though!
Above all else I think the most important thing is to trust your instincts when it comes to choosing a hairdresser. I know that's a very worn out sentiment but usually when something goes wrong I (and everyone else) can feel it in the pit of my stomach before. It's a funny, horrible sensation but it usually precedes an unpleasant event.
If a place seems too 'cool' or the staff don't seem to be attentive or genuinely listening to you or happy to take care of you, run a mile.
Lastly don't get ripped off. So many places now have weekly deals, and loyalty schemes and it's so important to take advantage of these.
Ultimately like most people I will be maintaining my hair myself but I do find now it's glossier and easier to manage overall. Things could change and no doubt they will but for now I am so happy with the guys in Peter Mark.