Where: 73 Curtain Road, EC2A 3BS. Located in the heart of Shoreditch, the salon is a short walk from Old Street, Liverpool Street and Shoreditch High Street stations- it’s also extremely accessible by a number of trusty buses.
What: Bringing ‘West End luxury to the East End’, Jones and Payne is the brainchild of leading London stylist Ricky Lee Jones and experienced salon manager Stewart Payne. Combining period and vintage décor like gilded mirrors and chandeliers with sleek mod cons; think vibrating massage chairs, this salon is not only a step ahead in the style stakes but provides a friendly and relaxing haven after a long day. After all, who doesn’t love sipping on a G&T while watching your transformation? The staff are incredibly welcoming and attentive as well as being the perfect reflection of their stylish East London surroundings.
The Results: With my role as bridesmaid impending, I was a little reluctant to opt for anything too drastic (much to my disappointment when I saw one of the stylists’ dip dyed blue hair) and the decision was quickly seconded by my lovely stylist, Mandy. What she did suggest however, was a quick tidy up and a lesson in how to achieve wavy beach hair, something I’ve been trying to accomplish ever since I moved away from the actual beach. One thing I always appreciate from a trip to a salon is a tip or two on how to style my hair with literally a minute to spare. After a relaxing hair wash, careful trim and blow dry, Mandy showed me that with a quick flick of the hair straighteners, my poker straight hair could be a thing of the past. Hallelujah! With a spring in my step and my bob, I left Jones and Payne feeling over the moon with my beach waves and relieved I didn’t opt for a dip dye…this time.
Price: Prices range from a blow dry with a stylist at £27, to a full head of colour with a master stylist at £115- very reasonable from an award winning London salon…
For more information on Jones and Payne, visit their website www.jonesandpayne.com