Wednesday, 29 April 2015

A visit to Robert Kirby, Balham, London

When it comes to hair, it is not where you go but who you go to. Walking through the leafy suburb of Balham, in London, I discovered Robert Kirby’s recently-opened salon.

Decorated ornately yet still maintaining a warm and cosy feel, it  relaxes you straight away. Robert, a former leading member of the Sanrizz Group’s creative team and a regular at London Fashion Week, has struck up a partnership with IdHAIR, a Danish brand renowned in Europe for its quality products,  

His ethos is to tailor each haircut to the individual, ensuring that every style he creates is unique.

As Robert was about to shoot his autumn colour collection, I asked him about the up-and-coming trends. 

“Blondes are going to be more natural. Colours will be softer and more muted,” he says. “Brunettes will have more violet tones in them. It is a take on the burgundies of the 1980s, but this time round there will be more shimmer running through the hair.”

According to Robert, there will also be a lot of colour-blending of tones. “Roots could be done in a level 5, while the mid-lengths to ends would be done in a burnt violet making them look deeper and richer. It is working in the opposite direction to what we are used to.”

The whole idea, he points out, is to make colour look expensive. “Shabby chic”, is how he describes it. “It as if you have just got off a jet ski and are about to board a yacht. It is a look for a lifestyle. It is about taking a trend and making it your own.” 

Robert took one look at my locks and got the measure. “I will blow-dry your hair smooth with some body and then the ends can do their own thing.”

A great blow-dry that lasted a good five days. I was really happy and would be only too pleased to put my tresses back into Robert’s capable hands.

By Daralyn Danns

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