After my first foray into ombre afro hair in June of this year, the colour was beginning to fade and I wanted something a little more noticeable.
I also wanted to get rid of the highlights framing my face so was very pleased to be asked to review the new Daniel Mikhael salon in Marble Arch, London.
After walking past the armed guards outside Tony Blair’s London residence, it’s a two minute walk to the Daniel Mikhael salon in Porchester Place. It’s small yet perfectly formed and the team are very friendly. They also serve the best coffee I’ve ever had.
I’d taken in a piece of weave to illustrate the colour I was after but after a consultation with the colourist and the stylist, we decided my skin tone would look better with a warmer and lighter colour.
The team were completely unfazed by my natural (3c) afro hair; a sign of a good hairdresser in my opinion. My hair was coloured by Mariola who decided to cover my old highlights with Schwarzkopf semi permanent rich dark brown and to add a mixture of two ammonia free Schwarzkopf colours to create the ombre look at the ends of my hair. She said she was going to use the least amount of colour as possible to try and keep my hair in good condition.
My stylist on the day was Fadi Fawaz who has worked on the tresses of Emily Blunt, Naomi Campbell, Girls Aloud and the Pussycat Dolls so I knew I was in good hands. He told me they get a lot of clients from the Middle East who tend to have thick, coarse hair so working on afro hair was no great challenge.
Prior to having my hair coloured, two inches of hair was cut off the ends to create a very blunt finish and also to show the colourist the finished length so she knew where and how much colour to use.
Before she applied the colour to the ends she back combed and weaved each section so I could have a softer line as she created the dip dye look. Although it took longer, no heat was used to accelerate the colouring process as it is more damaging to fragile afro hair.
Once the dye had been washed out (at a sink with a fully reclining chair, very comfy) Fadi added Schwarzkopf Moisture Kick, Aveda Light Elements Smoothing Fluid and generous amounts of Argan Oil to my hair before blow drying with a large round brush. After going over the hair with GHDs he very carefully and precisely cut my hair into a long blunt bob and after much too-ing and fro-ing on my part, added a full, blunt fringe.
If you’re after a good on trend cut and especially if you want colour, you have to visit the Daniel Mikhael salon. They know their stuff, take your lifestyle into consideration before they even pick up the scissors and can create the best colours I’ve ever seen. As customers came and went during my time in the chair, the common denominator was really good colour. When my hair needs doing again, this is where I’ll be going.
Daniel Mikhael – Haute Coiffure London
4 Porchester Place
Tel: +44 (0)20 7262 5117