Tried & tested: Great hair salon in Henley
I can’t tell you the number of times I’ve had terrible hair cuts from great salons. Some of it is my fault, because I’m too lazy or scared to commit to a specific haircut and end up asking what must be the worst question ever to an unsuspecting stylist: ‘What do you think I should do?’ And then I go along with it even if I’m unsure, from a person who doesn’t know me, my life or how completely lazy I am about my hair. So I’ve had horrific helmet fringes, short haircuts that looked more Hitler than Linda Evangelista, and a terrible flirtation with being blonde that will never, ever be repeated.
Happily my latest haircut has left no emotional scars. Quite the opposite. Part of this may be due to the fact that, for once, I decided beforehand what I wanted to achieve. You will have noticed, lovely readers, the *ahem* uncanny resemblance I have to Alex Chung. Hey, knock it off! Just imagine eight of her legs to one of mine… Actually, what we have in common is have the same shaped head – ignore the direct comparisons please (!) and look at the forehead!
Anyway, I goddam want that girl’s hair. I love what she does with her fringe – different at every event – I love the fact her hair is shortish (which mine has to be too, otherwise I grow it and look like Bill Bailey). I totally want my hair to be waaaaay more versatile with minimal effort.
So far so good. I took my Alexa pics into the Wigg hair salon in Henley, which is slightly off the main drag by a couple of minutes, but a massively worthwhile couple of minutes in my opinion, because I have been mightily impressed by creative director/salon owner Ryan Nicoletti-Dowd who I felt really looked at my face (wahh, the pain) and cut cleverly with cheekbones, hair weight and Ms Chung in mind.
What of the salon itself? Well, it’s small and funky – only five cutting chairs. There’s cool music on and the decor is slick with statement walls and shards of neon lighting but actually, you’re there for a good cut and they get on with the job.
The upshot was that I think this has been one of the best cuts I’ve ever had. I loved it. And given I’d been doing the middle-aged combover for four weeks before hand – when I had to change my fringe direction to try and hide the festering grey at my temples – I’ve rarely been so grateful to a colourist either! I was really happy with the result, so I’ve no questions about recommending Wigg to you.
No surprise then that Ryan and Wigg hair have won some pretty tasty Awards including reaching the finals of the British Hairdressing Awards and winning BHA Southern Hairdresser of Year in 2012. He’s a really lovely guy too – the stylised pics of him on the website don’t really do justice to him, as he’s very giggly and funny in the flesh.
Prices for Ryan are on the expensive side – it’s £100 for a cut with him and £55 for semi-permanent colour, or you can go to a Director a more standard £70 cut and £45 semi permanent.
I try to have my haircut at different salons every time so that I can give Muddy readers a steer on the best places, but honestly, I’m tempted to come back to this one. Give it a go if you’re in the area and as ever let me know how you get on.
Wigg hair salon, 63 Reading Rd, Henley-on-Thames, RG9 1AB. Tel: 01491 410 626. wigg.co
PS A long time without one I know, but my loo shot standards have increased. But check out these facilities from Wigg. Blinging marvelous!