Tucked away in West London, like a secret location by the elite curly society, lies UNRULY CURLS. A salon specialising only in CURLS. I have known about this salon for some time now. There are not many hairdressers solely dedicated to curly hair in the UK, so a quick google search means this is one of the first and few that pop up. I was in need a basic trim and shape up, despite wanting to grow out my hair. However, my need for structure and fresh ends overpowered my dream of long locks. Unruly Curls have two locations, you are assigned one on the day/ day before via text with all the relevant info.
I wasn’t asked which stylist I would like (Rarely do I get asked). Or what I even wanted to do with my hair(which was strange). This isn’t the easiest place to find/ get into. When pressing the buzzer I got no answer (I was to find out it was due to the stylist diffusing a customers hair). So I was only able to get in by someone coming out. Located through some turns and hallways on the ground floor, I opened the door to find an eclectic small room filled with books, big grand mirrors and a vintage looking sofa right in the middle.
I was the last client of the day, so the whole experience felt pretty personal and intimate. Claudio was my stylist and he was very warm, welcoming and offered refreshments. We had a good conversation beforehand about what I wanted doing, what he could do to achieve the look and alternatives. He was very thorough in his explanations and seemed well versed and confident in all things curls.
My hair was washed using Cantu shampoo & conditioner, straight away this ticked a box for me. I was like YES! Claudio left some of the conditioner in and cut my hair wet. After he rinsed it out and applied an old favourite. TIGI CATWALK Curls Rock Amplifier This was an absolute throwback. I used to use this at the start of my curl journey, even the smell brought back memories. This was all that I saw him apply to my hair, there were other products. They included the Boots Curl Creme! I was at first worried that there wasn’t an array of updated curly hair products, especially now there are so many out there. I’m always a bit baffled salons are not more open to stocking these brands.
Two diffusers were used to dry my hair, I had my hair bent forward, side to side and also backwards. Claudio didn’t touch my hair with the diffuser so I didn’t get as much volume or ringlet curls. He then cut my hair again when it was dry. At first I was quite worried, even though he claimed to want to dry the hair in it’s natural state, it wasn’t the way I have my hair. So when he cut it I was nervous it wouldn’t really be true to form. Claudio didn’t take anything from the front, only the back to help create volume, shape and keep the length at the front.
“I am trying to change things for curly haired people. The idea that they enter a salon with this base level expectation just to not look stupid, is crazy. What if they actually want to look HOT?”
The salon is cash only which is a bit annoying. But there is a cash machine in the co-op, outside Latmier station nearby. My hair cut cost £70. I left with dry enough hair that was to my liking but I was lacking the usual volume. I wasn’t unhappy but I wasn’t over the moon. Being realistic I knew I would have to see how It looked when I styled it myself. I was happy the day after with how my hair bounced up and had shape and volume all round. I liked the products Claudio used on my hair and while I didn’t get the volume from the diffuser it still looked good either way!
My first experience at Unruly Curls was great! However, not without minor suspicions. Like not being asked what I wanted doing with my hair (cut or colour?), not being let in (who knows how long I would have to wait outside, especially when they warn you may lose your appointment if you’re 15 mins late). And then the diffusing techniques. However, those things do not hinder my opinion on Claudio or the results of my hair cut. I’m more then happy to go back to Unruly Curls and even excited to! They evidently know their stuff and it’s great to have a space that is just for us curlies.