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New year, new you, new barnet!


From time to time I have fantasies of cutting my hair short and edgy and cool and dying it blonde but I know I’ll just end up looking that bloke from Erasure. So I stick to what know – dark hair, and a lengthy bob that’s long enough to look feminine but not so straggly that it starts to look witchy (trust me, it happens). By asking for the same thing again and again, it’s like my creme brulee test in a restaurant – a technical challenge who can do the classic best.

Last month, I went for a cut and colour at Indigo Rye in Wallingford, a salon I’d driven past for years, and always thought that it looked really slick and pro, particularly nestled as it is amongst Wallingford’s traditional arcades and small indies.

Inside it’s attractive too – light, airy, big windows looking out onto the brick buildings opposite, and with a natty Scandi bench, below, that I’m totally hankering after. The sister salon to the original Indigo Rye in Caversham, Berks, the Wallingford salon has been around for 10 years or so but still retains a modern vibe. No purple rinses here, I can assure you.

The three owners, Karen Kennedy (a judge at the Grand final of Xposure 2016), Mike Martin (who chopped my hair) and Judith Hancock (who coloured it) have clearly hit on a winning formula, but thankfully it’s all done without fuss or pretension. There are no bells and whistles of hand massages and added on beauty treatments here, but I’ll take a decent coffee and a good cut and colour over that any time.


Sizzle it…

In the beginning...

Snip it…

The final touches

Style it!

And as a final flourish, here is the final version (below), once I’d had a play with my bonce at home. I’m not one of these people who can step out of the salon and suddenly flick my hair in slo-mo from side to side as I get on with my day. I faff. I play. I scrunch. And after a play with my magic wand (steaddddddy, not that kind of wand, it’s one for my hair), this was the result. Excuse the Goth look, I was rocking a black lace number from Monsoon in an effort to distract from my Christmas gut, but I loved my new hair.


Based on my experience of trying out so many salons in Bucks & Oxon, I’d say prices at Indigo Rye are very good value for a pro regional salon  – cuts start at £37, and even with the salon director wielding the scissors it’s only £55. Full head highlights go from £70 for a graduate to £102 for the director, and semi-permanent colour is from £41-51. Definitely one to put on your ‘must-try’ list if you’re having a ‘new me, new salon’ moment.


Indigo Rye, 1 St Mary’s Court, Wallingford, OX10 0EB. Tel: 01491 834141.

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