Can anyone recommend a hairdressers that's good with mixed-race (Afro/European) hair in South London?

(47 Posts)
franch Sun 24-Oct-10 12:42:22

Easy to find, you'd think, but I haven't had much luck. I've taken my 2 girls, who have fairly classic mixed-race hair, to all the local hairdressers, both Afro and European (including several on Acre Lane), and they trim it ok but always leave the poor things looking awful so it's not a great experience for them.

I'm not interested in paying loads extra for braids etc. One Afro hairdresser tried to blowdry DD1's long, corkscrew hair straight and she looked like the 'before' picture in the Frizz Ease ads; another fluffed DD2's shoulder-length, tightly-curled hair into an Afro which she hated, but didn't seem to know how to define the curls. The European hairdressers, unsurprisingly, are no better.

I used to have a lovely lady recommended by MarsLady who came to our flat in North London, so I've been spoilt; I know realise it's more of a specialist skill than I thought.

Any top recommendations?

MSDP Wed 27-Oct-10 14:36:34

I have a salon I cannot recommend enough, but sorry you need to travel North of the River.

3Thirty in Old Street (ask to speak to Tiff)she is amazing with Mixed Race, European and Afro Hair. Explain what your previous issues have been and what your girls would like have when they leave as well as general aftercare issues.

Hope it all goes well

vonnyh Wed 27-Oct-10 16:56:38

From the Root salon in Lewisham is very good.

franch Sun 07-Nov-10 15:37:41

Thanks MSDP, they sound great - actually though if I was going that far I'd use our old hairdresser who was wonderful.

I'll try From The Root vonnyh if I don't get any more suggestions although I thought there would be somewhere nearer Clapham! Many thanks.

scarymaclary Sun 02-Jan-11 20:04:56

I too am looking for a good hairdresser in South London to tend the locks of my mixed race DD (aged 6).Any recommendations would be very welcome.

I'm afraid I have had negative experiences with From the Root. Franch - have you tried it, and if so, how did you get on?

franch Wed 19-Jan-11 09:26:33

No, haven't tried it scary - I really need somewhere nearer to home. We're right next to Brixton and Tooting for goodness' sake, you'd think there'd be somewhere nearby!

oh I'm so glad my DC are all boys - I just take them to the barber and have it all cut off with the clippers grin (well most of it)

KnackeredOne Tue 25-Jan-11 03:41:56

Hello there Folks,

If you'd like a one-off advice and help session I would strongly suggest you visit Junior Green, and his wife Joy Miller.

They are absolutley brilliant, and it might be worth the one off trip just to see what you should be doing and using.

Junior Green, Hyde Park, London.

franch Wed 26-Jan-11 23:19:11

Thanks KO - actually after much trial and error I'm really confident with styling my DDs' hair now. All that's missing is someone nice and local who can style it at least as well as I can after they cut it. I just want haircuts to be a treat rather than a trial for them!

Madinitials Sat 29-Jan-11 22:25:18

Hiya, have you tried Hype? There's one in Balham and I believe there's still one in Clapham too.

franch Sun 30-Jan-11 16:10:11

No I haven't Madinitials - I see they have branches in Balham, Brixton and Battersea.

Can you tell me more?

EldonAve Sun 30-Jan-11 16:17:43

My mate takes her kids to WWK on Bedford Hill in Balham

Madinitials Sun 30-Jan-11 22:33:49

My friend who is mixed race introduced me to Hype and her hair always looks beautiful. They're not cheap but they are really good. I usually see Shalina, can't remember the name of the stylist my friend sees but I think it's a guy.

franch Mon 31-Jan-11 09:19:40

Sounds good Madinitials, thanks.

Good results with mixed-race hair at WWK EldonAve?

EldonAve Thu 03-Feb-11 21:16:05

Yes I believe so, certainly for cutting, can't comment on styling

KnackeredOne Mon 07-Feb-11 15:29:45

Hi there,

Do you know what products Hype use on mixed-race kids hair at their salon.

I've gone Paraben-free crazy since reading up about it.

franch Wed 09-Feb-11 12:58:20

What is the deal with parabens, knackered?

KnackeredOne Wed 09-Feb-11 19:31:57

franch - hello again,

Well PARABENS are found in many beauty products and are bascially a form of preservative.
You'll find that many of the new ranges of well known brands are now advertising that the product is Paraben -free. They've had to move with the times.

For most parabens are safe and cause no reactions, but some people can develop skin rashes or irritated scalps from their use.

Concern is growing on whether some parabens could disrupt normal hormone function by mimicking oestrogen. It's thought that they're absorbed into the body through the skin. So far there's been no conclusive research into whether or not they increase the risk of developing cancer.

Some manufacturers have now started using natural preservatives such as Vitamin A,C and E, grapefruit seed extract, as well as essential oils such as tea tree, caraway, lavender, lemon, eucalyptus, rose, caraway and sandalwood.

Really it's been a case of, as we, the cosumers have become more clued up about ingredients, they've had to adjust and start using more eco/health friendly substitutes.

e.g. methylparaben, propylparaben, butylparaben or ethylparaben

franch Mon 14-Feb-11 10:21:33

Thanks KO!

solo Mon 14-Feb-11 10:31:41

I always end up trimming Dd's hair myself as I'm scared stiff of having a disaster in the hairdressers chair...Dd's only 4, has beautiful hair and I'm sure it needs a professional trim...not sure what to do for the best.

franch Tue 15-Feb-11 21:10:38

KO - what does Junior Green charge for kids? I've just been looking at his prices online but kids aren't mentioned.

Delilah123 Mon 02-May-11 22:09:34

Hello franch,

Got searching for Junior green when read this thread and i found this. i didnt know they did these i.e 'Masterclass Days' at hairdressers?

(Juniro Green how to section)

(the blogs are interesting)

I'd like to knwo about the products. anyone know anything about this website? still looks like it's being developed, but looks good. I might follow and see what they do.

My kids hair is becoming harder and harder to cope with.

Delilah123 Wed 18-May-11 08:55:49

great video:

franch Wed 13-Jul-11 12:13:09

Well, I took the girls to Junior Green yesterday and a stylist called Craig did a great job. He straightened their hair beautifully in order to do a good cut, and gave them the choice of leaving it straight or going back to curly afterwards. They enjoyed the novelty of the straightness so he styled it perfectly and they kept it like that for the day. (They had swimming later which I wouldn't have arranged if I'd known!) Only downside was the price: £55 each shock

I can't do that regularly so my quest continues. Might try Hype next. Does anyone know which stylist I should ask for?

JayneIsabella Wed 02-Nov-11 14:23:46

Does anyone know any places near Surrey? Also just managing hair in every day life? I am thinking about taking trip to junior green as at treat. Currently use mixed chicks or motions but it's the brushing and knots??? Help???

memory505 Sun 06-Nov-11 21:42:42

I'm also looking for somewhere in Surrey, JayneIsabella. My DS is 5 and I've been lucky because his short hair cuts have been done by his uncle. My DS is only 9 months so I don't need to worry just yet but I will need to find somewhere to take her and there doesn't seem to be anywhere locally.

With regards to brushing and knots, when DS's hair is long, I comb it in the shower when it's got loads of conditioner on it. I then either use a tangle-teaser (best invention ever) or an Afro comb (I've heard Denman brushes are also good) and find the comb glides through (no tears). HTH

Sarahmarie2505 Wed 23-Nov-11 09:49:21

ive got a large soft bristle brush a round one and its fantastic getting the knots out they dnt even flinch. only prob is it goes frizy and afro

franch Mon 28-Nov-11 09:28:09

JayneIsabella and Sarahmarie: have a look at the mixed-race hair thread and also the tightlycurly website.

My advice: spray hair with water/olive oil mix. Get it really wet then add a big gloop of conditioner so you can see it in the hair. Finger comb, and/or use a wide-tooth comb. Tackle knots from the ends first then move up towards the root.

Then you can either form curls as per the tightlycurly site (twist them round your finger or just pull small sections), or use a natural bristle brush to smooth the hair into bunches/ponytail/plaits etc.

If that doesn't work you're probably not using enough water and/or conditioner. Use loads - more than you think you need.

Wash about once a week, and put a Stay-On Satin headscarf on them at night.


Now all I need is a hairdresser!

Delilah123 Mon 02-Jan-12 20:34:15

i'm def going to this:

Delilah123 Mon 02-Jan-12 20:34:42
franch Mon 02-Jan-12 21:46:50

Ooh I might join you Delilah!

SimoneGreen Fri 24-Feb-12 18:26:53

This is an excellent salon. There are 2 senior stylists a Man and a woman and they are both very good with mixed raced hair. Its a nice place in Covent Garden. I was saved.

1st floor 186 Drury Lane Covent Garden London WC2B 5RU

franch Tue 20-Mar-12 08:46:32

Thanks SG. Was hoping for something more local but will go central if I have to!

WhatAboutMeSalon Sun 25-Mar-12 04:30:31

What About Me? Is a hairsalon just for children that specialises in mixed race & curly hair based in Wimbledon. If you need any advice on whats the best way to treat mixed race hair or for products feel free to give us a call.

YvettFr Mon 11-Jun-12 12:10:30

I've just found a new place on Black Prince Road that maybe able to help you. I do know that Fabian, the head stylist, was giving a mixed-raced woman's hair a blow-dry when I arrived for my appointment. Not completely sure exactly what services they offer but maybe you can give them a call to find out?... 020 7091 9801. Best of luck!

franch Mon 25-Jun-12 13:54:19

Sorry, hadn't checked this thread for ages. Thanks WhatAboutMe and YvetteFr.

franch Mon 25-Jun-12 14:01:12

WhatAboutMe - your salon looks interesting. I've tweeted you a question.

crazynanna Mon 25-Jun-12 14:06:00

Another vote for Junior Green.

Pricey but so so worth it.

franch Mon 25-Jun-12 14:08:22

I did try Junior Green but would prefer a stylist who doesn't straighten hair. Also the girls aren't keen to go back because it really hurt!

franch Mon 09-Jul-12 15:07:46

Well on Friday we took the plunge and went to Jodie at Headmasters in Clapham South. Jodie doesn't specialise in mixed-race hair but has lovely naturally curly hair herself. DD1 (8) had her hair cut from bum-length to shoulder-length and Jodie made a fantastic job of it. She also trimmed DD2 (6)'s hair.

Highly recommended for anyone with corkscrew curls; DD2's hair is a bit more afro and looked a teeny bit frizzy after the trim but both cuts were perfect and DD2's slightly more loosely-curled hair looked amazing.

Plussizemummy Sun 19-May-13 03:04:03

My daughter is mixed race and has never had her hair cut until today (she's 5!). On the recommendation of a friend, I took her to What About Me in Wimbledon. It was amazing. Not only was DD's hair cut to perfection, but the lovely Vanessa talked me through how to take care of it properly. DD thoroughly enjoyed the experience. She got to sit in a pink airplane chair while her hair was being cut, could watch a DVD of her choice or read a book and was offered biscuits and juice. When finished DD was given a goody bag to take home. DD declared that Vanessa is the best hairdresser in the world and that she wants her to be her hairdresser forever and ever! We live in Blackheath, so Wimbledon is quite a trek, but it's worth it. The haircut cost £27.95 and the salon is for children only.

HappyHair Wed 29-Jan-14 15:31:13

We are a group of hairdressers, braiders & barbers who would like to offer a hair care service (tips/advice) to children (using natural products) who are of black/mixed heritage and do not have access to this service where they live. We are targeting children in foster/adoptive care or children of mixed parentage. If this applies to you or someone who you know please could you to fill out this survey. Thanking you in advance. P.S Please LIKE our page.

Beautybymums Sat 26-Apr-14 14:50:42

Jay she mobile and has a facebook page called JiJi Curlsbefree .
I have cut my hair with her for 2 years and can never change hairdressers. I really hope she opens a salon soon as shes mobile so hard to get hold of but she trained in NY at Devachon Salon and cuts mine and my daughters hair like no other hairdresser ever has. Shes not afriad of ANY texture lol! its refreshing to say the least as I've been turned away from Salons numerous times sad unless i wanted the slick to my for head look of course.

Serendipity30 Sun 27-Apr-14 01:14:07

Hello if your still looking Adornment 365, Brixton is great me and my DD go there

Serendipity30 Sun 27-Apr-14 01:15:54

Sneak a peek at Adornment365's fresh, new Natural Hair & Loc Bar. 81 Acre Lane, Brixton, SW2 5TN. Open Weds 23rd April. See you soon. X

Serendipity30 Sun 27-Apr-14 01:16:33
blendkids Tue 29-Apr-14 18:49:49

I have started a page dedicated to the care of mixed race hair.
I am after peoples view on different shampoos that they have used and which work.. please visit the blog. I would really appreciate your views.

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