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Curl friendly hairdressers in Scotland

maisiemugwumpmaisiemugwump Posts: 89Registered Users
Hi I am new to the forum and after years of staightening my curly hair have decided to go natural. I am desperately looking for a hairdresser who understands curly hair in the Glasgow area.
Maisiemugwump 3A


Mod CG

Low Poo Skin shop Dry Scalp shampoo and conditioner ..

Leave in Anita Grant Whipped Butter
Styling Boots Curl Creme, AVG ,CK Anita Grant Cafe Latte .


Wanting to try EVERYTHING lol ok Donna Marie Honey and Aloe Gel, KCCC, KCKT KBB leave in conditioner

Occasionally using Rhassoul Clay :angel5:
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  • echolotecholot Posts: 3Registered Users
    Hi, I can't help m'fraid, but I'd be interested if anyone else could! I normally cut my own hair or get my mum to do, and have been doing so for years as I've felt going to a hair dresser is a waste of money when they don't know what they're doing, but I'd love to get my hair styled properly by someone who actually understands curls. So any advice would be appreciated!
    3b in Glasgow, Scotland. Ex John Frida addict.
    CG (on the cheap!) since Summer 2008
    CO wash: Boots Tea Tree & Apple Mint Conditioner
    Condition: Boots Essentials Conditioner for Dry and Damaged Hair or Aussie 3 Minute Miracle (Frizz Remedy/Reconstructor), occasional vinegar rinse
    Styling: Boots Essentials Curl Creme and an old t-shirt to dry with.
    Dye: Schwarzkopf Live (Red Night)
    Hair indifferent to: Plopping, KY Jelly
  • KATZGONSKATZGONS Posts: 14Registered Users
    am headed for a haircut today...am scared as hell...to the point of paranoia...my haircuts have always been quiet tragic..
    will definitely inform on how it went
    2b/c since 27 Dec 2008
    Shampoo: Faith in Nature Shampoo
    Conditioner: Faith in Nature Conditioner + spritz of olive oil
    Deep Conditioner: Homemade egg yolk+1tsp oil+ 1cup water
    Curling Creme: Boots essential
    Gel: Homemade flax seed gel
  • KATZGONSKATZGONS Posts: 14Registered Users
    I headed to this salon called Fusco's, which on Cambridge street, Glasgow. I got a haircut done out there. Well, the haircut is in the form of a curly bob, but the experience involved me keeping a close eye on the hairdresser's every move.

    I washed my hair and only left in leave-in conditioner. I decided on going in for a dry-cut, which involves them spraying water onto my hair. My hair was really long and she began to section it. My instructions were keep my hair short behind and long in front. She started cutting from the back of my head and I really couldn't see how short she was cutting it. When she got to the side, I saw the length and freaked out a bit. so as she got to the fron tof my head, I asked her how long my hair would be. She took the comb and pulled through my hair till my jaw: not taking into account that my hair curls...I told her it had to be longer...from then on it was alright, although she decided to use silicon-based gel on my hair...but i like the haircut but I must say, I had to keep an eye on whatever was goin on.
    2b/c since 27 Dec 2008
    Shampoo: Faith in Nature Shampoo
    Conditioner: Faith in Nature Conditioner + spritz of olive oil
    Deep Conditioner: Homemade egg yolk+1tsp oil+ 1cup water
    Curling Creme: Boots essential
    Gel: Homemade flax seed gel
  • maisiemugwumpmaisiemugwump Posts: 89Registered Users
    Hi there I am so glad your haircut went well. I had a wet cut as well and oh my god she butchered my hair.:sad6: I asked for about two inches off all over and I swear I think she just cut random bits of hair. Anyway I have thick hair thank god so I can hide it a bit till it grows back. However, I am back to the drawing board looking for a decent stylist who understands curly hair. I mean how hard can that be as far as I can tell BLOODY IMPOSSIBLE.
    Maisiemugwump 3A


    Mod CG

    Low Poo Skin shop Dry Scalp shampoo and conditioner ..

    Leave in Anita Grant Whipped Butter
    Styling Boots Curl Creme, AVG ,CK Anita Grant Cafe Latte .


    Wanting to try EVERYTHING lol ok Donna Marie Honey and Aloe Gel, KCCC, KCKT KBB leave in conditioner

    Occasionally using Rhassoul Clay :angel5:
  • KATZGONSKATZGONS Posts: 14Registered Users
    yea...i wanted to ask the hairstylist for her contact info so that I could email this website's link to it...She did mention her name to me and said she would give me her card, but she didn't do that...So yea...
    2b/c since 27 Dec 2008
    Shampoo: Faith in Nature Shampoo
    Conditioner: Faith in Nature Conditioner + spritz of olive oil
    Deep Conditioner: Homemade egg yolk+1tsp oil+ 1cup water
    Curling Creme: Boots essential
    Gel: Homemade flax seed gel
  • aeroheadaerohead Posts: 179Registered Users
    echolot wrote: »
    Hi, I can't help m'fraid, but I'd be interested if anyone else could! I normally cut my own hair or get my mum to do, and have been doing so for years as I've felt going to a hair dresser is a waste of money when they don't know what they're doing, but I'd love to get my hair styled properly by someone who actually understands curls. So any advice would be appreciated!


    hi there, can i ask...how do you cut your hair?
    [SIGPIC][/SIGPIC]Thick, 2C with little 3A's thrown in to make my hair look a little more wild.FIA:2c/3a-M
    Last Haircut:17/1/07
    Ultimate Goal: To go as long as possible
    Products Used:coconut cowash, tescos own gel citrus spice whipped butter
    Hair Length:BSL
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  • echolotecholot Posts: 3Registered Users
    aerohead wrote: »
    hi there, can i ask...how do you cut your hair?

    Hehe, I tend to just butcher it! The way my hair sits, it doesn't matter if it's uneven. I just take scissors to it when I'm out of the shower. I'm really bored of it at the moment though, and think I'm going to take a chance on a hairdresser.

    If you search, you'll probably find some advice on cutting your own curls on here though. I think the CG book has a chapter on it, so I'm sure there'll be some advice on how to do it properly!
    3b in Glasgow, Scotland. Ex John Frida addict.
    CG (on the cheap!) since Summer 2008
    CO wash: Boots Tea Tree & Apple Mint Conditioner
    Condition: Boots Essentials Conditioner for Dry and Damaged Hair or Aussie 3 Minute Miracle (Frizz Remedy/Reconstructor), occasional vinegar rinse
    Styling: Boots Essentials Curl Creme and an old t-shirt to dry with.
    Dye: Schwarzkopf Live (Red Night)
    Hair indifferent to: Plopping, KY Jelly
  • miralalunamiralaluna Posts: 168Registered Users
    I'd love to find a curl-friendly hairdresser in the Glasgow/Ayrshire area, too. I've never actually seen a hairdresser with curly hair. They usually have bottle-blonde, poker straight hair. I go in feeling like a mutant or something.
    Fine texture (I think?!), normal porosity
    No 'poo since May 2007

    Current products (used only as & when required!):
    - Naked Sensitive Scalp conditioner
    - Shikakai powder
    - Jojoba oil

    My Fotki - pw: curlywhirly
  • maisiemugwumpmaisiemugwump Posts: 89Registered Users
    Hi there if you find an understanding half decent hairdresser in Ayrshire I think I might die with excitement lol. Am going to the hairdressers on Thursday. I have since found out that the girl who massacred my hair last time has since left. I have opted for a "proper" cut and blow dry with another girl who has cut my hair in the past and am toying with the idea of the infamous "curly bob". Wish me luck and as I said if you find the lesser spotted curly hairdresser give me a holler.
    Maisiemugwump 3A


    Mod CG

    Low Poo Skin shop Dry Scalp shampoo and conditioner ..

    Leave in Anita Grant Whipped Butter
    Styling Boots Curl Creme, AVG ,CK Anita Grant Cafe Latte .


    Wanting to try EVERYTHING lol ok Donna Marie Honey and Aloe Gel, KCCC, KCKT KBB leave in conditioner

    Occasionally using Rhassoul Clay :angel5:
  • AdvahAdvah Posts: 2Registered Users
    Hi folks,

    I've been a lurker for a little while (took the CG step almost two months ago) but when I saw this thread, I thought I'd stop by and see if I can help. :)

    It's not Glasgow, but I tried a few hairdressers in Edinburgh (I'm a 3a - I think).

    Hot Head (off Nicolson St, in the Old Town) is the only curly-hair salon in Edinburgh. I got my hair cut there once; the lady was lovely and very friendly, and she did cut my hair well so I had really bouncy curls. HOWEVER, she didn't really do what I asked (my friend had the same experience with a different hairdresser there) and even tried to give me a mullet! I had to go back to get the cut corrected - it was great for about 4 months but didn't grow out in a manageable way at all. I wouldn't recommend going there. :(

    Boosh (in Cowgate, Old Town) isn't for curly hair, but the owner, Mary, is fantastic. I got a curly bob there about two months ago, and I'm really pleased with the result! She really looked at my hair before washing it to check curls and length, and it looks great! If you guys end up in Edinburgh one day, I really recommend going there. I paid about £35-£39 for the cut, which isn't too bad.

    Hope it helps!
  • CurlyMariaCurlyMaria Posts: 11Registered Users
    I love White Hollow in Edinburgh, it's on St John's Road in Corstorphine. The last three cuts I've had there have been great for my hair when I wear it curly and when I wear it straight. Never had a good haircut on the west coast though unfortunately, wasn't until I got old enough to drive and went east that I finally figured out it's not normal for hairdressers to just ignore what you tell them!

    Also does anyone know if there are any salons offering BKT, or any of the other straightening/conditioning treatments in Scotland?
  • KATZGONSKATZGONS Posts: 14Registered Users
    oh, i got my haircut at james dunn's house lifestyle salon in Glasgow...absolutely fab!!!
    the guy looked at my hair, played with it n said aloud 'lovely texture'...
    highly recommend it...think his names was duncan


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    2b/c since 27 Dec 2008
    Shampoo: Faith in Nature Shampoo
    Conditioner: Faith in Nature Conditioner + spritz of olive oil
    Deep Conditioner: Homemade egg yolk+1tsp oil+ 1cup water
    Curling Creme: Boots essential
    Gel: Homemade flax seed gel
  • lilscotslasslilscotslass Posts: 2Registered Users
    Thought it was time to bring this forum back :)

    I went to JDH in October to get my hair done. It was the best cut I've ever had.

    The hairdresser listened properly to what I do to my hair - wash and leave the heck alone and leave the house 5 mins later - and made sure I wouldn't have to spend ages on it. Ended up with a nice short in back long in front cut.

    They do try to sell the Aveda products while you're there but are not too pushy.

    I'm going back this weekend to get my hair done by the same guy - Keith. Will post if anything drastically bad or good happens to the curls!
  • Kris KurlKris Kurl Posts: 28Registered Users
    Following Advah's post above, I thought I'd try Boosh in Edinburgh's Cowgate. I also read some other reviews (not specifically for curls) and there were lots of positive posts about the place, saying people got tea and biscuits and the staff were very friendly.

    When I booked, I said I had curls, and the person on the phone said Mary was the person to see, and she had a cancellation later in the week. Luckily I could make it – other reviewers say she is very popular, so if you want to see Mary you might have to wait.

    Mary understands curly hair, and she listens! She sat me down and looked at how my hair grows before someone else washed it. She made some helpful suggestions about how to cut out a lot of the bulk. She gave me a cut with long layers, and didn’t cut too much off. Mary suggested a shorter look, but she could understand how long to takes to grow curly hair so you can see the length. We agreed that we’d start off longer, because if I wanted to I could have more cut off another time.

    Mary also showed me a neat trick of twisting lengths of damp hair, which then dry into ringlets. My hair was then dried under a heater, and finished off with a diffuser dryer because it was still damp.

    Because of the consultation and the drying, I was in there for 2 hours in the end, but wasn’t charged extra for the time it took – it was £40, which for a city centre salon isn’t bad at all IMO.

    The tea and biscuits mentioned by other reviewers were true, and all Mary’s staff are very friendly.

    Since I washed my hair myself, I can feel the bulk has been cut out, and it now falls nicely enough to wear loose, whereas before I always felt the back looked a mess.
  • ural0000ural0000 Posts: 114Registered Users
    My hairdresser, Craig, at Bohemia in Pollokshaws Road has so far never made a mess of my hair and professes to liking cutting curly hair.
    Maybe Glasgow isn't a total write-off after all :)
    Curling it in Scotland the modCG way since September 2008.
    Long suffering wavy - 2a/b.

    Low-poo:
    • Naked Rescue or Care
    Conditioners:
    • Original Source (any variety)
    • Naked Care and Naked Rescue DT
    • ASDA Essential Care Mango&Passionfruit or Coconut&Tiare
    Stylers:
    • Boots Essentials Curl Creme
    • Boots Essentials Strong Hold Gel (purple)
  • virgocurlsvirgocurls Posts: 4Registered Users
    Oh I'm so happy to have found this thread! I'm in Ayrshire but think I might journey to Edinburgh to try this amazing Mary who gets such good reviews.
    I only get my hair cut once or twice a year, at my mums insistence (havent lived at home for years, but she still nags about my hair...) and its always traumatic, and a waste of money.
    I never feel 100% happy with how my hair sits though, and would love to find a hairdresser I could trust anywhere in Scotland.
  • AdvahAdvah Posts: 2Registered Users
    Kris Kurl - so happy to hear you had a good experience too! :D

    I was looking in the forum to see if anyone had other hairdressers to recommend in town - I stupidly cancelled my appointment at Boosh last month because I had no money, and now I need a haircut REALLY badly and Mary's all booked until late December.

    I'm almost tempted to try another hairdresser I was recommended a few times - Colin, at Medusa. Has any curly lady been there? I heard amazing things but he recently cut my friend's hair (super thick and wavy) and did 2 layers! Now I'm panicking I might end up with a triangle cut.. :/ (err, and the place is expensive too)

    If anyone has any advice..
  • julieb42julieb42 Posts: 1Registered Users
    I know this thread is old, but I'm an American spending the semester as a visiting student at the University of Edinburgh and I wanted to say thanks for the Boosh recommendation and to say a little about it in case there are any other curly-headed people trying to find a good haircut in Scotland ;)

    I called and tried to make an appointment with Mary, but apparently she's on vacation all January and booked solid until March. Since I've needed a haircut for about two months already I decided to take a chance with one of their other stylists, Jill, and the woman on the phone assured me Jill was more than capable and has been cutting hair for thirteen years. The salon is small, and when I went mostly empty, but modern and comfortable. The people who worked there were incredibly friendly and courteous, asked me if I wanted tea or coffee, and served my tea with two chocolates - having never been offered food at a hair appointment before I was quite pleased. The atmosphere is fairly relaxed, a little girl (maybe 2 years old) who I assume must belong to one of the stylists was wandering around the salon, looking very cute but not getting in anyone's way. Jill listened attentively to me describing what I wanted, and double checked that she had understood what I meant - great. Another woman shampooed and conditioned my hair, then Jill cut my hair wet. I've had dry cuts in the past but I actually think this turned out better. She first evened up my hair and fixed the layers where I'd botched them with kitchen scissors every once in a while, already a huge improvement, then cut my bangs at an angle so they fall into each other properly (another big improvement) and put some product in my hair. She showed me how to twist my curls a bit to get them to dry nicely, and put me under a heater. I don't like to talk during haircuts, I'd rather focus on what's being done to my hair, and was glad to see Jill was doing the same. She seemed to me to be familiar and comfortable with cutting curly hair and in my opinion did a great job. I payed about £30 ($45) for the cut, which seems reasonable to me considering I've paid upwards of $70 other places, and another £10 for a bottle of Tigi product. I'll update you if I take a shower tomorrow and it looks terrible, but right now I'm very happy and would definitely recommend this salon :)
  • Kris KurlKris Kurl Posts: 28Registered Users
    I just noticed the replies from satisfied Boosh customers! I'm so glad everyone liked it there. I have been three times now. (I don't get my hair cut very often.) The last time, before Christmas, Mary was completely booked up, and they offered me Jade, who is part-time. She was described as a "mini-Mary", and was trained by Mary. I was happy with the cut she gave me too. Mary was in the salon and finished me off after I'd been under the drying lamps. I was not charged quite as much for Jade as for Mary.

    When I first went, I told Mary she has fans on the internet, and that's how I found her. I can now tell her I have passed on the good news.:)
  • virgocurlsvirgocurls Posts: 4Registered Users
    I have amazing news, I've found a brilliant curly hairdresser in Glasgow! Elaine at Alan Edwards salon in Merchany City - she's seriously curly herself :D she's one of the salon owners and has won Scottish Hairdresser of the Year. I went today after a year of hairdresser avoidance and for the first time in my life left a salon delighted with my hair. I wanted to cry I was so happy when I saw it, it was so dry and straggly before and she has made it gorgeous. I've never been to the same hairdresser twice because they've never known what to do with my hair, but I've finally found a hairdresser I can trust. Recommend Elaine 100%.
    This is the website - Alan Edwards Salon
    You can see in the photos of the art team how curly Elaine's hair is!
    I know my review might seem over the top but I'm honestly so happy someone has fixed my hair!
  • CanaryCreamCanaryCream Posts: 2Registered Users
    I found this thread when I did a search for "curly haircut glasgow," so I'm bumping it up for others like myself.

    Also, wanted to second the recommendations for James Dun on Hanover Street. Got a haircut there last night and my hair is fantastic. I love it. He knows how to make curly hair modern and flattering and will pay attention to your actual kind of curls. Plus it's all luxurious at the salon--I got a free manicure while I waited!

    I've heard good things about Elaine from Alan Edwards, but I went to the Giffnock branch of Alan Edwards and got a terrible haircut from someone who was supposedly a "curl specialist." So if you go to Alan Edwards, stick to Elaine.

    But really, go to James Dun. I think you're in good hands with any stylist, and I would definitely recommend Colin.
  • AvalonianAvalonian Posts: 9Registered Users
    I am a curly in Glasgow and jumped around quite a bit before finding a place I liked. The Alan Edwards Salon in Glasgow City Centre was listed on Yelp as a good salon for curlies. The hair stylist I use there was great when I had longer curly hair but I'm not that happy with the short curly bob she gave me recently.

    This could also not be her fault, but maybe just my hair acting up. Either way I'm thinking about trying James Dun's House based on a recommendation from a friend as well as a post in this thread. I heard it's pricey so might have to wait until I REALLY need a hair cut!!
    2B/2C Pourous, medium texture, low elasticity.

    Am currently auditioning the following:
    Poo/cowash: Dr. Organic Virgin Coconut Oil Shampoo and Boots brand conditioner
    Rinse Out: Naked Bounce: Curl Defining Conditioner
    Leave in: Diluted Faith In Nature pomegranate and roobois conditioner (50% conditioner, 50% water).
    Gel: Boots curl creme (Boots Pink)
    Creme: Aveda Be Curly Curl Enhancer

    Hair seems to be in some kind of transition. It used to be very curly and now is just wavy. :sad:
  • Eady_OdieEady_Odie Posts: 44Registered Users
    Bumping

    I noticed that Belle and Blackley state that they do a dry cut on curly hair... I wondered if anyone has used them?
    2c/3a/3b, Fine, High P, Low-Med D
    Low P: Dr Organics Aloe Vera Poo
    Rinse Out: Dr Organics Aloe Vera Cond
    LI: Alberto Balsom Cond or A'kin LI
    Pre P: CO
    Deep Cond: A'kin or Andrew Barton SOS
    Stylers: Boots Curl Creme and Umberto Giannini Scrunching Jelly
  • Eady_OdieEady_Odie Posts: 44Registered Users
    Sorry should have said Belle and Blackley are in Glasgow.
    2c/3a/3b, Fine, High P, Low-Med D
    Low P: Dr Organics Aloe Vera Poo
    Rinse Out: Dr Organics Aloe Vera Cond
    LI: Alberto Balsom Cond or A'kin LI
    Pre P: CO
    Deep Cond: A'kin or Andrew Barton SOS
    Stylers: Boots Curl Creme and Umberto Giannini Scrunching Jelly
  • soleilcurlssoleilcurls Posts: 1Registered Users
    Hi ladies, thanks for all your advice here.

    I had decided to give Elaine a go, but I am struggling a little with the £72 price tag. I called the salon and they recommended some other stylists and senior stylists who would cost between £36 and £60 and I wondered whether any of you had tried anyone other than Elaine and could give a recommendation. The receptionist mentioned Elle (L2), Charlie (L2), Erin (Senior Stylist L?) and Jasmine (L2) so I would love to hear your experience with one of them or with any other stylists.

    Alternatively, who have people seen at James Duns House and how was that?

    Thaaaaanks!
  • Kay44Kay44 Posts: 1Registered Users
    I've been looking for a good hairdresser who understands curly hair for ever!

    I've found one.

    Stephen Hunter in East Kilbride.

    Now had 2 brilliant haircuts from him that also
    grew out really nice.

    I've been all over, Rainbow Room/Rita Rusk/Vidal Sassoon.

    I'd been wanting an inverted bob - so many failures!

    Stephen does it brilliantly with a razor!

    Highly recommend you try him out.

    I don't know how to add a photo or I would.
  • 10sylvia510sylvia5 Posts: 39Registered Users
    Just bumping this thread again.
    I am a newly discovered wavy/curly and live in Scottish Highlands and would be prepared to travel a bit!

    Has anyone been to Boosh in Edinburgh recently? or anywhere else in Edinburgh? Or even near perth or Inverness, that are curl friendly?

    thanks in advance
  • Rachy24Rachy24 Posts: 1Registered Users
    I've recently moved to Inverness and I'm looking for a hairdresser who understands curly hair and won't leave me with a triangular head (like the previous salon I visited here!). Any suggestions?
  • 10sylvia510sylvia5 Posts: 39Registered Users
    Rachy 24

    Just wondering if you've found anyone to cut curly hair around Inverness.
    I haven't and have resorted to the internet, you tube and my CG book and have started to trim my own hair, also would love a style but do not want to go back to the hairdresser I went to before. (A total CG No- No, wet cut, hacked at with comb, diffuser dry, that left me looking like a sixties bouffant reject, really frizzy, and no curl definition at a lll. Lovely and not cheap, but I was stupid , paid and didn't say anything. )

    So I am doing the pony tail cut to put in some long layers and trimming off bits that look split/fluffy/dry.
    So far ok, ish! Oh I am also using Esalon for home colouring and they are great!!!
    Although I am sort of thinking about maybe going all naturalish and hennaising(!)
    Thats for another time though I think need to let my hair get over the shock of my cut/trim.
  • 10sylvia510sylvia5 Posts: 39Registered Users
    Well, I am soo pleased to report that I have finally found a terrific hairdresser that has curly hair and really understands it !

    It is Sassoon in Edinburgh ask for Gareth or explain you have curly hair and they will do the rest.
    He really listened and has cut my hair beautifully, didn't do a dry cut but actually it didn't matter as everything else was CG friendly. I have also come out with curlier hair than I thought I had, and am now willing to travel here ( 200 plus miles) for a hair do. Never Again rubbishy pouffy hair. No more frizz.

    I am one happy curly girl
    Thank you again Sassoon Salon and Gareth especially.:wav::wav:
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