Tried & Tested: Oxygen salon in Beaconsfield
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Had a very good experience at Oxygen Salon & Spa the other week in Beaconsfield, if you’re looking for a great salon in the area. I find that sometimes even the better salons out this way can deliver a great cut and colour but can still look and feel a bit provincial. That might not bother you at all – I get it that the haircut is the most important bit – but I do love the whole package, and I’m mightily pleased with Oxygen, which also happens to be an Aveda salon.
Here’s my before and after, so you can see the diff.
Oxygen is in the practical rather than pretty New Town of Beaconsfield, perched on a not-very-handy corner for parking, though like most of these well-to-do market towns, there’s a Waitrose car park smartly positioned just a couple of minutes away with free 2 hour parking.
The main thrust of Oxygen’s business is hair, but like increasing numbers of salons these days, it’s capitalising on women (and some men) who want to get their hair, nails, and massage in during a single booking, and I’d say that Oxygen pulls this off better than most, with a very attractive spa area through the back of the salon, with lots of atmospheric lighting, urban interior detals warm deep colour schemes.
My haircut was with Dom (below, left), who actually commutes out from London every day to work at the salon, and he talked just about as much as I wanted him to, which was not very much. Is it just me? I really like to batten down the verbal hatches when I’m having a cut and colour. No-one wants to know about my latest holiday and I don’t want to know how long they’ve worked here! Dom and I had a very pleasant hour working towards the same goal which was hiding my grey hair and coaxing my Bill Bailey wispy tendencies into something approximating a shape.
What else to tell you? Well, you can expect the usual lovely bits like a head massage and hand massage, but also when you’re getting your hair washed, you’re in one of those strange seats that wiggles around massaging you as if you’re lying on an octopus, plus you can put your feet right up so that you’re kind of lying down to have your hair washed. I’m a total sucker for that sort of thing, just love it.
Just for the hell of it, I went through to the spa and had a gel manicure – Summer is now over and so it’s au revoir to my annual bright orange and ooh la la to a gorgeous deep teal which I stupidly forgot to take a photo of at the time, but you can just about make out in my pic from the other night at Le Manoir.
Prices are on a par with the better independents and chain salons like Toni & Guy – a cut and colour it will cost between £75-110 depending on your ‘technician’ which is kind of standard these days. But I’d definitely give this place the edge on the likes of T&G because of its attention to detail and its spa extras. A 30 min massage costs around £35, going up to £65 for 1 hour, and gel nails cost £35.
As always, let me know if you try it out, and what you think about it, but I reckon you’ll think it’s worth the money. Knowledge is power, let’s share the love!
1A Station Parade, Beaconsfield, Bucks HP9 2PB. oxygenhairandbeauty.co.uk