For two decades Jo Hansford (named after renowned stylist and Founder Jo), has been a bona fide Mayfair stalwart and has undoubtedly cemented itself as one of London’s leading salons. Like their competitors, they can do a mean cut and blow-dry – and by the latter we mean a proper one if you so choose: from scratch using brushes rather than simply relying on styling tools (although they do also have the latest wands and stylers to hand). But rather than rest on their Mayfair laurels, it’s their colour work that really sets them apart and means that many of London’s greatest colouring maestros call Jo Hansford home.
The salon itself is surprisingly cool, chic and shiny – so much so that it looks like it’s just opened – but this doesn’t mean that the staff are aloof or unfriendly. In fact, we had one of the best welcomes we’ve experienced from the wonderful Front of House Caroline who we watched make everyone feel like a favourite regular and this open, friendly vibe is thankfully matched by any stylist you come into contact with. They also have a kitchen on site knocking up delicious smoothies, food and coffees, which is a welcome bonus while your colour is developing.
In terms of colour, there’s an expert on hand for every technique, whether you’re wedded to foils or after the latest Balayage. Many of their stylists have been in residence for years but all of them, however new, have built up a hugely loyal following: from Gemma and Taylor who both started as teens, to long-standing favourite Stephen and extension expert (and royalty go-to) CJ. We saw the fabulous Baptiste, who only does Balayage, and watched him apply different sized slices of blonde to perk up our brassy, tired, dull colour. At first we were sceptical that only one shade applied fairly randomly would do the trick but the end result was astonishing: natural, sun-kissed colour that made our hair sing. Better still? It was faster to do, didn’t feel as damaging as it involved less colour and has lasted longer than usual. Sold.
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