Paul Edmonds is one of London’s most stylish salons, boasting luxurious design and a chic Knightsbridge address.
World renowned hairdresser Paul Edmonds opened his first hair and beauty emporium in 1984 and has been leading the way in hair styling ever since. Throughout his career, Paul has created runway looks for Galliano, Gaultier and Rocha and notably mentored Errol Douglas MBE and Richard Ward.
Not only is he a fashion industry favourite, but he has a dedicated following among celebrities and beauty editors, due to his charming nature and fuss-free attitude to hair. Christina Hendricks, Dame Helen Miren, Hilary Alexander, Louise Roe, Mary Charteris and Bip Ling are all fans.
I recently visited the salon for a cut and colour and was thrilled to meet Paul as he was styling his regular clients. Even on a Tuesday afternoon, the salon was busy yet still had a calm, pleasant atmosphere.
The stunning Georgian townhouse style salon is set across two floors with expansive colouring and cutting areas, plush treatment rooms, a product boutique and high-tech nail bar. The boutique stocks high end hair and beauty products and a covetable collection of Paul Edmonds scented candles.
Particularly impressive is the fabulous nail bar with LCD TVs at each station, comfortable velvet armchairs and a wall of nail colours. There is also free wifi throughout the salon, so you can stay connected and work (if you must).
I started with an in-depth hair consultation with Senior Stylist Polly Miteva and Creative Colour Director Vernon Deysel. My naturally curly hair had become too long to manage and a little dry on the ends, so it was in need of a good cut. For colour, I was after a natural look that would make my roots slightly darker than my natural light brown hair colour and refresh my ombre highlights.
Vernon steered me away from adding more highlights as the lengths were already quite light and suggested that I continue with semi-permanent dye to avoid harsh regrowth. L’Oreal colour was applied swiftly to my roots, followed later by a lighter colour worked through the lengths of my hair. The reddish tones towards the ends of my hair were neutralised with the cool ash colour, which was one of my main priorities.
Shortly after getting started, Beauty Therapist Saynab Omar came over to give me a surprise file and polish while my colour was being applied. She filed my nails, trimmed my cuticles and added the glossy, matte nude colour that I chose. It felt very indulgent being so thoroughly pampered, with a pot of Earl Grey on a silver tray and fashion magazines close at hand. Even though Vernon and Saynab were both so speedy, time really flew by as we chatted.
Megan washed my hair using gorgeous Shu Uemura products and gave me a shiatsu head massage, while I almost drifted off on the reclining massage chair. I then took a seat in the downstairs cutting room and talked through my cut with Polly. She cut around one and a half inches from the lengths and lightly reshaped my layers, keeping them long and choppy. My hair had become wispy on the ends, so a slightly blunter cut worked well on my fine hair.
Polly then applied the new Kérastase Forme Fatale blow-dry gel to my hair and smoothed out my hair with a long-lasting blow-dry. I liked that it was dried sleek and straight with a bouncy curl on the ends, giving a natural yet polished look.
I left the salon delighted with my new hair and feeling relaxed after a fun afternoon of ‘me time’. Vernon and Polly understood my hair well and their expert advice made it easy to achieve the look I wanted.
For more information and booking, visit: www.pauledmonds.com
Chérie City was a guest of Paul Edmonds
Photos by Paul Edmonds and Chérie City