Local Reviews

I often try various things locally; from gyms and hairdressers to restaurants.


Rush Salon – West Hampstead

Due to a family emergency, NW8-mum Emily Ainsworth was able to take my place and here are her thoughts.

The West End Lane hair salon Rush came into being in February this year, its opening coinciding with the birth of my baby boy. In the nine months that he’s been around I haven’t, like so many new mums, made the time for a trim. To be more candid, in the nine months since my son has been on the scene, my hair has become so neglected, that on some days, even a Tangle Tease struggles to do the job. The only style that I have had time to cultivate is ‘pulled-through-a-hedge-backwards’ and when I’m out in the park, I’m concerned that local wildlife are considering nesting opportunities.

And so I needed a chop. But whilst some people are afraid of dentists, trips to the hairdressers have always thrown me in a loop. I’m painfully aware of the sly subtext when I’m asked when I last had a cut, or what conditioner I use: all subtle hints that I am far from being the ‘because I’m worth it’ hair swishing client that they are used to. I was interested to see if Rush would be any different.

With this in mind, I was delighted that Liliana, the stylist who took on the challenge of redeeming my hair, quickly and kindly put me at my ease. For those who haven’t tried Rush, it’s worth thinking of it as an alternative to Toni & Guys: their service is professional and slick, but you don’t need to worry that they will attempt an ‘edgy’ look to meet their style quota, sending you off to the streets with an undercut. Liliana took the time to listen carefully, to make sure I had the time to discuss the cut I wanted, and that I would have time to style it. It was great to know that I was in such considerate hands when I wanted to try something new and meant that I was more experimental than usual. The blow dry was quick, and highly professional. What’s more, it held when I stepped out into the wettest day this autumn.

The experience was a world apart from some salons, where techo is blasted over the sound of dryers. I’ve been living the clichéd combination of life at 100mph with two small boys to look after, and so I’m never less than frazzled. The combination of a head massage, and complementary Lindor made the trip feel more luxurious than routine maintenance.

The range of Rush salons can be found across London, and their management makes the effort to ensure that the quality of their cuts and styles is reliable. What’s more, the number of deals that the salons put on is impressive: colour Tuesdays; Brazilian blow dry Wednesdays, and regular discounts and promotions through out the year. Perfect for anyone feeling the squeeze on maternity leave.

(November 2016.)