Tuesday 20 March 2018

Salon Spy: Wilde Salon, Donnybrook

Wilde salon, Donnybrook
Wilde salon, Donnybrook

Sinead Van Kampen

This week we have been salon spying on your behalf to find out what really happens when you take the plunge with a new hairdresser.

The lowdown ...

Designed by Traynor O'Toole and spread over three spacious floors Wilde Salon is an oasis of calm amongst it's busy Donnybrook surroundings. With crisp white walls and floor to ceiling mirrors you would never guess a former estate agents office could provide such ambiance. Think massage beds, cubed clubs chairs and herbal tea and add to that being a whole world away from the stresses and strains of the day.

The staff ....

Run by the mother and daughter team Ann and Aimee Heart, Wilde employs a team of talented colour and style technicians. For my own visit I was paired with colour specialist Mauiris Mc Auley and after a lengthy consultation he got to work on darkening my blonde locks as a sophisticated counterpoint to some harsh summer styling.

The treatment ....

After a summer of going blonde by degrees I was told my hair needed more protein. After a correction to the light roots and dry ends my mismatched barnet was transformed into the epitome of smoky blonde sophistication. Using Surround as the main colouring technique my colour was toned down and strands were graded to provide me with a subtle and more natural finish.

The highs ...

While the humble blow dry is rarely the high of a salon visit I was literally blown away at Wilde. Treated as a stand alone treatment with a whole floor devoted to the art Wilde has a huge amount of choice on offer. After being offered Wave styling, Sleek styling or Pin Up after much deliberation I decided on a Curl and using a selection of brushes, pins and blow dry techniques my stylist lent a deft hand to transform my newly coloured locks into a layered ball of sophistication.

The lows ....

Ladies tight on time may need to clear the schedule. There is nothing rushed about the salon. In total my hair was poured over for nearly two and a half hours and my blow dry was a relaxed affair lasting nearly 40 minutes. If you follow the maxim that perfection takes time it might be best to try and get a booking without worrying about mounds of paperwork building up on the desk !

Prices points ...

Colour correction is priced from €95 and excludes finish which means you will have to add another €25 to €35 to your bill once the blow dry is finished. While prices are not the cheapest in town the lengthy consultation and the skill of the staff make parting with the extra cash a little easier to bare.

The verdict ...

Friendly and entertaining throughout I learned more about my hair during my time at Wilde than I have in all my previous salon visits combined. With chatter of upcoming holidays thankfully absent it is their knowledge and the work they put in that makes for such a good visit. Wilde is not your average salon!

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