So often hair appointments can be tiresome affairs, made out of necessity rather than desire, consisting of awkward conversations, conveyor-belt style rapid cuts, or being persuaded (pushed) in to getting a terrible experimental cut/colour… Luckily for me, my experience at Electric’s new branch in Edinburgh last week opposed all of the above.
I arrived and was instantly put at ease by Electric director Scott Fairbairn, who moved up from Brighton with his senior stylist partner Bobbi Murray in February, to set up the salon in Harvey Nichols by May.
Scott has been working with the company for seven years, and you can tell. He was engaging and a true proficient, especially when listening to my needs and how best to work with my unkempt mane.
Having previously dabbled with a pink tint, my colour had gone from candy floss to a far less impressive off yellow – great! But I was guided and assured that my aim of frosty blonde would be achievable with a highlight, tint and most important trim to my rather ravaged ends.
After a clear and thorough consultation, Scott started by taking fine strands of hair and highlighting like a pro. This is usually the part where I pick up a book in fear that I may have to talk about inane topics for an hour, however, it was an absolute pleasure talking to him about our recent Edinburgh moves and the various projects that we’re both working on.
His projects include a collaboration with Rolex Watches at the end of the month, an event at Tigerlily on George Street on the 7th of November (buy an ‘Electric’ cocktail and the team will style your hair), and a fantasy event at Harvey Nichols on the 4th of November, which includes demonstrations and cocktails all for £10 (redeemable on beauty and perfume purchases) – I’ve already got mine!
Once bleached we moved to the sink to tone and treat my expertly highlighted locks – this included a mesmerizing head massage, using Electric’s award winning nourish and hydrate shampoo – H2-1, for dry and stressed-out hair. It uses proteins and cystine to build and strengthen from root to tip, intensifying the hair’s natural shine. Scott also used a toner to remove as much brassiness as possible, on a mission to de-yellow my tresses!
We went for a simple cut as I’m attempting to grow my hair, and he finished with a precision blow dry, using another great product – P*-4 preparation spray, which is a light leave-in conditioner that preps the hair without weighing it down, making it 10x stronger and easier to style.
I found out that Electric is a fabulously British brand, with all their products being made in my home county of Kent. Their aim is to create superb hairdressing in superior surroundings, and this has definitely been achieved at the Edinburgh branch. As a high caliber hair salon I expected it to be slightly haughty, however, the team were down to earth and it was a delight from start to finish. Or should I say root to tip?
Whether you want a quick fix, like one of Electric’s champagne blow dry’s, or hours of hair pampering, then this is the place to go to. Scott’s ethos is ‘expand your mind, expand your happiness’ – I walked away with a killer new ‘do, feeling very happy, and pretty electric.
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