For some people getting their hair cut isn’t a big deal at all but for others like myself, it is.
If you’ve met me or have seen photos of me then you will have seen how long my hair is. At one point it went down towards my lower back but I had to have a cheeky trim as my ends weren’t looking too good. Even just getting a teeny weeny bit trimmed broke me out in a sweat.
So the thought of cutting a bit more of my hair always terrified me. I’ve been growing it since I was about 10 years old so to cut it would be a major moment in my life!
For the past year, I’ve really wanted to take the plunge and do something with my hair. As much as I like my looooong hair I was getting a bit bored and knew it was time for a change. Especially when everybody around you says it too. However, I couldn’t bring myself to do it for a number of reasons. The main one being I hadn’t been to a salon since I was a wee gal!
Which salon to go to? How much is normal for a cut and finish? I didn’t even know what layers/feathers etc meant!?
The confusion and embarrassment to ask people always put me off. So I never would get around to booking an appointment…but that all changed a week ago. I’d seen adverts for a new salon which had opened in House of Fraser, Birmingham. Remember my post on how I had to walk past HOF on my way to work? Well that place is dangerous for my bank balance i’m telling ya!
I was already familiar with the ‘Francesco Group’ as there is one in my hometown (Walsall) and one in my old uni town (Stoke). So I was intrigued to check it out. A chance encounter through work meant that the more I heard about the Francesco Group the more I trusted them with my hair…so I finally bit the bullet and booked myself in for a cut and finish- aaargh. I didn’t even tell my friends I had booked myself in for a cut!
Now I was always going to be nervous with whoever I booked with. This would in reality be my first salon experience so I didn’t really know what to expect and of course I’d looking like an idiot because I was totally clueless. But I was ensured that I was in capable hands with my stylist James from the House of Fraser salon. And you know what? I had no reason to be nervous because he was great. He really took on board what I wanted with my hair (I bottled it and didn’t want much cut off!) and what he thought would suit me.
I loved my whole experience. The Francesco Group salon in House of Fraser is really nice and I like how it is a bit more discreet as in there are no windows. There was a really nice ambience and of course the most important thing- the tunes were bang on haha. Oh and the salon being next to the beauty counters and shoes is fab but so so dangerous! I had to stop myself from leaving with new heels and lipsticks!
The senior stylist James was a star- especially as I probably did his head in asking question after question but he answered them all bless him. He totally put me at ease and not once did I feel uncomfortable in the salon. I was so pleased with the end result that I left swishing my hair like I had stepped out of a shampoo commercial! It was a shame it was raining hence my hair not looking as immaculate in the photo I took. I now totally get why people love getting their hair done. I’ve booked to go back to get my hair cut (a little bit more next time!) before my birthday which will be a lovely treat to myself.
Just want to say a massive thank you to Ben Dellicompagni, James Earnshaw and everybody at the Francesco Group, Birmingham for making what essentially was my first cut a special one. No tears, just a lot of smiling and swishing!!
Have you been to the new Francesco Group salon in House of Fraser, Birmingham? What do you think of my hair!
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