Do blondes have more fun?
Well, there's only one way to find out! Muddy heads to The House of Klamer in Beaconsfield to make like Marilyn.
I’m always amazed how different hair salons are. The look, the vibe, the techniques they have for finding out what you want, and letting you down gently (what do you mean I can’t look like Cara Delivigne?). It’s been a while since I tested out an Beaconsfield salon so here goes The House of Klamer…
Blonder! I’ve been experimenting with my hair the last two years and it’s a bit of a journey – I’ve been punky orange, ombréd, had fringes cut in and discarded, and this time I want to be more properly blonde. Not sure it will work against my skin which is dark in summer and slightly ‘Marge Simpson’ in the winter months, but I’m up for the challenge.
Beaconsfield is rather like my local town Thame in that it’s absolutely riddled with hairdresser’s – though let’s be honest, there’s a lot of money sloshing around Beaconsfield so there are plenty of spoils to go around! The House of Klamer sounds very grand, like a fashion house or an aristocratic estate, but actually there are no undo airs and graces here, and it sits modestly on the main thoroughfare of Beaconsfield’s New Town, next to the The Beech House bar.
You’re getting a dramatic interior here, with black supershiny floors, silver rococo style mirrors and chandeliers. Understated it’s not! But then you don’t come into a hairdresser’s and expect it to look like your living room, do you?
It’s not a massive salon size-wise but the high ceilings and polished floors give it a feeling of space and you’re in a perfect spot for shopping afterwards with Jak & Lisa opposite, and EyeLike gallery and Benedict’s café round the corner.
The House of Klamer has an in-house beauty room which I always think is a great idea in a salon – it’s so hard to take time out to get a hair cut so you might as well maximise it by adding on a mani or facial. The room itself is dimmed, warm, attractive in the general way you’ll be familiar with at beauty salons. I had the CACI facial, the one where they run a micro-current (not unpleasantly) across your skin, and suddenly your face is plumped and pretty and you wonder why you don’t have these treatments, like, all the time! Worth doing and it’s a bit of an expertise for these guys – they offer everything from eye lifts to a wrinkle comb (love that description!), to the ultimate 1 hour 30 CACI treatment. Also on offer at the beauty salon is mani/padi, tinting and waxing. Therapist Sophie above) is lovely and I’d definitely recommend her on my tried-and-tested method of ‘Did I relax enough not to bother to talk after the first 10 minutes?’ Though be warned – there’s only one room so you’ll need to book properly in advance.
HOW THEY DID IT
On the hair front, my colourist Anna took a long time to chat over what I wanted (youth, money, a small island) and then told me what I could have which was nearly as good – greys covered for better/longer with this new blonder me, and more body with a slightly shorter.
The Cut (Aimee): Hero didn’t want a big change in hairstyle and wanted to maintain most of the length. We decided to keep a strong base line to make the hair look fuller and thicker and incorporate some layering to compliment the colour. I then blowdried the hair and styled in a beach wave using the GHD platinum styler.”
The Colour (Anna): Hero explained she wanted to go lighter with a balayage effect but also wanted to cover the grey. We discussed combining a mixture of babylights and balayage so she didn’t have a dark heavy root colour, which may be harsh as the colour grows out. We also discussed having a beige sandy tone as I felt an ash blonde would be too cool against her warm natural skin tone. So I did a face frame with babylights in the fringe and around the face, then thicker balayage pieces to brighten the ends to a sunkissed blonde. I also used a natural shade for a root stretch shadow effect. Lastly I used a gloss to neutralise any brassiness in the highlights and give the hair a nice sheen.
From cavewoman to corrrrrrr! Anna and Aimee really nailed what I wanted -the colour was definitely blonde but without looking too OTT or fake.
And here’s the front version in full glory at my recent Daily Mail shoot!
Very reasonable, I’d say. Cut and blow dry from £37 up to £69 for Louise Klamer herself; ombre/balayage from £65 for a root stretch through to £130 for a full head. On the beauty front, 1 hour Shellac manis come in at £35; full leg wax £27; and the Ultimate 1 hour 30 CACI is £82.