If you think most hair salons are snooty and find a more welcoming environment preferential, Jones & Payne is just the ticket. The brainchild of Stewart Payne and hairdresser Ricky Lee Jones, the new (ish – it opened in October) St. Martin’s Lane branch of the Shoreditch salon meets their mantra of keeping things affordable while still feeling like a treat.
Annexed to the St. Martin’s Lane hotel, the salon is arrestingly relaxed from the get-go – the welcome is warm, the decor verges on chintzy (while remaining utterly charming) and, the best of all, there are no hidden costs. If you have a glass of water, that’s on them. A bellini? Enjoy. For free. A blow dry with an assistant stylist is even thrown in when you have your hair coloured.
I went along for a cut and blow dry two weeks ago. Below is the before photo – I think you will indeed agree that mine was a head of hair in want of some attention.
Once at the sink, I had a long (and extremely good) head massage with a Unite hair mask. I have a soft spot for Unite, so this boded well. From there, I was whizzed into the cutting chair where I had some layers added to my rather drab long hair in order to add texture and a fringe trim.
The layers were executed magnificently – not too choppy, not too wispy. Perfect. I wasn’t quite as taken by my new fringe; I like mine a certain way and the new one was a little too short and didn’t blend into my hair quite as well as I’d have liked. However, the marvel of a fringe is that they grow quickly and, besides, finding a fringe-trimmer to suit your needs is a search akin to finding that elusive soulmate. All in all, I found the experience agreeable and would certainly recommend it.
My hair post visiting Jones & Payne