Since my last haircut I’ve been pretty much wearing it tied up and fixed in place with hair pins on a daily basis. Think The Rachel Cut and you’ll have a good idea of the style I was left with, as a reminder not to dash into an unknown hairdressers on impulse. Thankfully my first visit to Preen Hair and Beauty has restored my faith in hairdressing, fixed my dodgy ‘do and thoroughly raised my spirits into the bargain.
It’s just such a lovely experience, you see – the Dame Street salon is a gorgeous space, smack bang in the centre of Dublin city and so easy to get to – and you’re looked after from start to finish, with all of the bells and whistles you’d expect from a top quality salon and a few unexpected flourishes that are all their own. An example? Refreshments come served on a vintage style, mirrored tray, with a mini cupcake on the side.
In order to lose the dated, heavily layered look I opted, after consulting with my stylist Clare, to go for the chop; she gave me a version of a shattered bob, coming just to the nape of my neck at the back and falling just to chin length at the front. While it’s worn straight here, when left to its own devices my naturally wavy hair dries in a textured, deliberately dishevelled type of way that requires minimal styling; it’s genuinely wash and go.
I couldn’t be happier with my new lighter locks – I’ve halved my shower time, it dries so quickly and I have carte blanche to explore the world of salt sprays and texturisers. Clare used the Texturising Volume Spray from Label M as a finisher and I think that might be my next purchase. The salon also stocks Kevin Murphy professional products, a really lovely Australian haircare brand that is sulphate and paraben free.
A hair cut at Preen costs from €59; check out the website for more.