My mother was always a great inspiration to me, yet another reason why I miss her so much. But as many of you know who have lost loved ones who are close to you, their voice will always resonate with you and their inspiration is eternal.
My Mother was always full of beauty advice and would say that hair is our most important asset – and that is true. Hair really is our crowning glory, and if it is right, good hair can add to our confidence and make us feel we can conquer the World.
As a child, my mother would always take me with her when visiting a hair salon. This was the swinging sixties and as she was then one of the most successful theatrical agents, she frequented the most iconic hairdressers of the time – Leonard, Ricci Burns, Vidal Sassoon to name but a few.
The salons were full of celebrities and a truly magical place for a child. I remember telling everyone at school that my hair had cost an entire £2, and no one believed a haircut could be so expensive!!
I always say that I’ve had more husbands than hairdressers but that’s not strictly true! Only 2 people have cut my hair since I was 14. The first was Michael Strum from Crimpers in Baker Street. From the moment he first cut my hair in the early 70’s until he died tragically in 2000, I never went anywhere else. When he died, I was devastated, I had also lost a very good friend and the only person I trusted with cutting my hair.
Then by chance can I found the astonishing Ian Denson – who was working at John Frieda. At the time he was their top stylist and salon manager and I’ve followed him around London and to many other salons ever since. He has also become a great friend and a mentor to me and many of my friends.
Ian loves long hair and has a knack for making it look thicker and longer each time. I visit Ian probably four or five times a year for his styling, and really couldn’t live without him.
You can contact Ian at ‘Steven Carey Hair’ 22 Maddox Street, Mayfair, LONDON W1S 1PW.
As I now live outside London, I do stay closer to home for the colour and a weekly blow dry, so feel that Louise is my secret weapon as I find it hard to style my own hair. I have a blow dry once or twice a week and colour every three and it’s my lovely Louise that literally brings both me and my hair back to life if I am struggling on both counts.
It is true that a good hairdresser is similar to a therapist and so one guilty pleasure I will never give up are my blow dries or Louise!
Louise has a micro salon in Cobham called ‘Oh So Coco’ and it’s like a dolls house. She entertains only two clients at once which makes me feel pampered and extra special as she does my hair.
Louise looks after me very well, after all, we all need to be pampered. So, I would encourage you all to seek out your own versions of Ian and Louise if you can’t get into London or Cobham, and don’t be ashamed to have relationships with more than one hairdresser at a time. After all, sometimes one person can’t give you everything you need to feel complete, and variety is definitely the spice of life as is your hair.
If you’re near Cobham make an appointment to see Louise – it’s difficult to get an appointment but worth the wait! http://www.louise-carter.com/