Hi, your hair looks gorgeous. I havent been to a hairdresser in over 15yrs so I am nervous about having anyone elses hands in my hair, but I've seen lots of positive reviews on Darren's Scotts salon. Do you know if they offer any other drying treatments other than blow drying, as I know my hair is a bit too fragile to handle a blow dry comb or brush.
Tried, Tested & Love – Darren Scott Salon
Last Monday I was invited down to Darren Scott Salon to get my hair styled by the lovely Darren Scott himself.
Darren Scott is a qualified hair stylist and make-up artist who has worked his magic on some of the biggest celebrities and most recently Darren Scott was a P&G Salon stylist for the P&G Salon at the Olympic & Paralympic Village.
For anyone that knows me, you know that I’ve been contemplating getting colour in my hair for the longest. Those that know me really well also know I’m not big on drastic changes (says the girl that cut all her hair off). I very much like to keep things clean, classy and simple.
However, since the opportunity was there to have my hair coloured by a professional I thought I’d take the leap and go for it.
Heading up to the salon I was constantly texting friends letting them know that today would be ‘the day’ lol! Without a doubt I was going to colour my hair for sure, providing Darren was someone I could trust.
I walked in apprehensive of what the atmosphere would be like and to my relief as soon as I opened the door and was greeted I felt comfortable. The worst feeling is walking into a salon being treated like you’re not even wanted there – I’m sure many of you have experienced this…not at Darren Scott Salon.
Also, you know when you have a style in mind, but you get to the salon and look at the stylist and think ‘ahhh heck no, no siree…you cannot possibly be doing my hair’ I didn’t feel that – at all!
My coat was taken from me, I was asked if I’d like a drink and lucky for me it was a stylist’s birthday so I got some red velvet cake too!
Then Darren proceeded with asking me what I’d like to get done and the first thing that came out of my mouth was colour! He then brought out the L’Oreal Majirel colour book, with all the different colours under the sun, from warm to cool tones. The huge book looked overwhelming so I explained to him the colour I wanted and he found it spot on – “Light copper, Iridescent brown”.
He examined my hair and told me I would need a trim (which I definitely knew I needed after the trauma my hair went through at my last salon visit). I asked if there were any other things I’d need to add to my regime to make sure the coloured parts of my hair stay strong and he mentioned staying on top of deep conditioning & treatments and I should be fine. He also read the blog beforehand so he was familiar with the things I was already doing to my hair.
He mixed up the colour and used the ‘Balayage technique’ and Balayage paper instead of foil to colour my hair. “Balayage – It’s a colour application technique where colour is applied away from the roots and painted on to sections of hair. Normally this is more around the face and used to highlight face framing layers and give a more natural colour look”
The colour was applied to the t-section and left in for 35mins before being was out (Darren had his timer right there – no guess work!)
Then onto my favourite part of the salon trip – the shampoo! I’m sure for most of you having your hair shampooed; especially at a salon is nothing special. A shampoo for some usually means vigorous, scalp scrubbing. But ladies, let me tell you my scalp has never felt so good! Darren took his time, washed out the colour, while giving me shiatsu head massage. Laaaawd no wonder people get head massages, it was amazing – so relaxing I fell asleep! Lol!
The shampoo experience was enhanced by the Label M ‘Organic Moisturising Lemongrass shampoo & conditioner’ (they smell sooooo good!)
Then for a deeper condition, Darren used Label M’s ‘Intensive Mask’ (I need to get myself some of this!)
After this was done it was time to blow dry then straighten!
Darren applied some Inoar Argan Oil and more lovely Label M products to my hair, the ‘Protein Spray’ and ‘Relaxing Balm’ (and no its nothing to do with a relaxer lol, it’s to stop your hair from frizzing out!) and proceeded to blow-dry then trim.
Once my trim was done, I was whizzed over to the makeup section to get my face ‘did’!
I love that you have the option of getting your hair and makeup done in the same place, great if you’re planning to go out after.
Lastly my hair was straightened using the GHD’s and Mizani’s Therma Smooth. It was so funny because of the wet humid weather that day you could see my hair reverting back as Darren straightened each section. It was ok though, I was more excited about having colour in my hair!
Darren Scott Salon is definitely on my list of recommended places to go! I had such an amazing experience and everyone is sooo nice! I assure you it wasn’t because I was going there as a blogger. It was evident in the atmosphere and the way Darren and his team of stylists interacted with the other customers. Hands down best salon experience to date!
One thing I learnt from this trip is that, more stylists need to take the time out to provide a comfortable, relaxing experience for each customer. Putting your hair in the care of someone else is a big deal. A salon should never feel like a war zone, I’m glad Darren Scott Salon is far from that!
The colour up close
Tried and tested rating 10/10…and then some!
*All his stylists know how to work with every hair type from every race.
*Colour: L’Oreal majirel – Light Copper, iridescent brown (5.42) and 20 vol peroxide, permanent
You look lovely, he did a great job! Can I just asked, how did he blow out your hair? With a comb attachment or with a brush?
Pelumi, glad you were pleased with this salon visit (environment/customer service) and results. I think colouing should be left to professionals, to avoidable damage.
I have been natural for many years and although I normally do my own hair, it’s nice to go to a salon and have someone else do my hair for a change. I agree that the atmosphere and customer service at Darren Scott's salon is excellent, however whilst they are good at straightened styles I don't think they are that good with doing natural hair styles. I had two-strand twists done by them and the stylist used Organic Roots Stimulator Lock n Twist gel which caused my freshly washed and blow-dried hair to shrink up (had to try and stretch out the twists at home) and sadly after a week I had to take them out as my hair looked a mess. Verdict: I could have saved my money and done better twists myself. The search for a great natural hair salon continues....
I love this salon, one of the best I have experimented. FYI I am natural I went there twice, Once for a shampoo and finish (straightening) ( mizani products were used, surprisingly enough I did like them) and another time for a trim , hair color and straightening ( l'oreal + Shu Uemera products were used, those smell lovely by the way). I love that Inoar Argan oil, I always ask for samples lol! My hair looked and felt amazing both times. The first time it lasted about a week, the second time because of the humid weather 2 days :) Darren ( and everyone else in the salon) are lovely AND professional. I love the location of the salon too and the prices are really affordable. I like the multicultural environment and the idea that everybody (regardless of the race) can do my hair. My only But will be I have never seen them do natural hair without being straightened.
Hi Donna, we do lots of roller sets, wrapping, and only use the best products on the market. In fact with some customers we insist on alternative drying methods, as we look at your hair and scalp and proffer our advice. When customers listen they get the best results, it's always a balance between aesthetic and health. If your hair is fragile, have you seen you GP? An iron deficiency can be a cause of this. Obviously there are many reasons, and without having a consultation unable to provide informed advice, but iron is a usual culprit.
We have seen some colour disasters, including people using home bleach causing not just their hair to snap, but to fall out. And burning the scalp (which means the hair may or may not even grow back now!). To achieve certain colours bleach sometimes has to be used, as peroxide won't lift enough. After care is also extremely important.
Hi not sure who did this, can you let me know? There are three different products we use for two strand twists. The one mentioned above, Shea butter and wax. They all have pros and cons. Organic Shea butter is great, incredibly nourishing but doesn't last too long, however does fight against shrinkage. Wax also fights against shrinkage and lasts but is very greasy and not particularly good for your hair. The lock n twist gel, is good, but because its a gel, it won't hold the length due to the percentage of water content. If you know of a product that nourishes, lasts and is not greasy please let me know. Life is always about learning and sharing. Please do get back in touch so we can make you happy, if you're not we're not (sounds cheesy but true).
Hi not seen you in a short while. Hope you have a great Christmas and New Year. Apologies for the late replies to these a customer just mentioned them. We do lots of natural Afro hair from braids, to cornrows, twist outs, two strand twists, keratin treatments etc. We can do much more than just blow dry straight lol. Will start publishing more pics this is a lady we did earlier today - braids. Rather than whole day to do, and to her delight it only took 6 hours!!!! Hope to see you soon Darren
A round brush :) keep rotating the round brush, dry the roots first then the ends. The ends are the most fragile and require the least amount. By rotating the brush it will make it straight. Also keep the hair dryer facing towards the ends of the hair keeping it as flat s possible so you are sealing the cuticle and not damaging it. This will give your hair a great natural shine and minimise damage. Let me or Pelumi know if it would be useful to have a brief guide.
Hi Darren and all, I find Giovanni leave in conditioner nourishes, lasts, stretches hair and is not greasy. On the online blogs, folks comment that it can be flaky but I find it works for me. I would highly recommend it.