Highlights, camera, action! Anne Veck reviewed
Some hairdressers have all the luck. A client walks in and asks them for a life-changer of a haircut, ones that requires skill and craftmanship. They want their bottom-skimming hair chopped into a dramatic, cute crop. They’ve never had their hair dyed but want to go from dark to platinum.
I walk into Anne Veck‘s salon, just over the Magdalen bridge in central Oxford, and request a root cover up and the squaring off trim. I know, I’m crrrrraaaazy.
To her credit, Ms Veck (or we should perhaps call her Madame, since she hails from France) took the job seriously, showing me magazines to discuss best lengths, types of layering that would best suit my growing locks, and also persuading me to add a little lighter shade into my chocolate colour with some baliage, where another colour is painted on as a high or lowlight.
I really liked Ann Veck and that’s the truth. A Frenchwoman in her fifties with pink, red and orange hair living in Oxfordshire with two hair salons is always going to be an interesting find, and she’s undoubtedly successful, regularly creating looks for hair magazines, winning awards and generally being a bit out there. She’d be fun company over a bottle of something. And perhaps more importantly for this feature, she definitely knows her hair. if I was ever going to give myself serious colour makeover, I’d definitely come to her.
Anyway, the salon is 2 minutes onto the ‘wrong’ side of Magdalen Bridge if you’re a tourist, just up St Clement’s, but definitely the right side for your pocket, with a cut and blow dry with Anne costing £65. I know it’s sounds grannyish but sod it it’s worth saying… there’s also parking next door so you don’t have to park and ride! Pass me my false teeth, they’ve just fallen out in amazement.
The salon itself has flashes of Anne’s quirkiness – blasts of neon uplighters mostly, a bright circular seat that looks like a Trivial Pursuit pie-storer, and one of those massage seats that rumbles up and down your body and feels oddly erotic (oh, just me?) – but otherwise she keeps it simple. No rococo over-sized mirrors or absent-minded hand massages when you’re trying to drink your tea.
My hair has been on the grow since my last cut at Hair Box Marlow, mostly tied back of late, and the occasional grey hair at the temples has been cranking its way down the centre parting.
The colour was a semi-permanent with the added paint-ons of a very subtle lighter brown. The paper you can see in my hair on the left shot is exactly that, reusable paper – the salon tries to be as eco friendly as it can, so doesn’t use foils at all.
I loved the colour – I habitually go very dark in winter, and the baliage just lifted the tone and warmed it up. I took a few selfies in natural light so you could see.
The cut was, whilst a pretty text book upgrade, perfectly done, and I am kind of kicking myself that I didn’t leave this review until I had something more interesting to do with my hair. I suppose the reality is that most of us maintain a current hairstyle, and only occasionally decide to reinvent our look. The good news with Anne Veck is that she’s ready for you either way.
Anne Veck Hair, 33 St Clement’s St, Oxford OX4 1AB. Tel: 01865 727077. anneveckhair.com