BEAUTY: Expansion plans announced for popular Northampton hair salon
A Northampton hairdressing salon, that plays host to over 25 staff, is set to expand its shop-floorÂ for clients wanting a wash, blow and glow.
Plans have been submitted for Seckingtons in Wellingborough Road to extend the rear of the building so the team can have full realm of the salon and make way for new custom.
As well as offering head massages, make-up packages, and a wide range of colouring techniques, owner Johnny Seckington is also a London Fashion Week stylist. So I thought I would give it a go.
You can’t beat that just left the salon feeling when your hair looks and feels a million dollars. But if, like me, you've often left the salon and you feel more like Coco the clown rather than Coco Chanel, you would understand how important it is for a woman to have a hairdresser she can trust.
After visiting numerous Northamptonshire-based salons in search for the perfect balayage I thought I would give Seckingtons a try as both my patience and hair were running thin.
My appointment was made for 5.45pm - a perfect time for full-time workers who finish late - and I was greeted with a free drinks menu including prosecco and a range of non-alcoholic drinks, but I hasten to add I had a water as I was driving.
Despite being a bore, my drink was still served to me on a personal tray with a biscuit and a full range of magazines at my disposal.
After going for a patch-test two days before my appointment, I spoke to stylist, Jemma about the vision I had for my barnet. As somebody who is naturally dark featured with more hair you can throw a Tangle Teezer at I have always thought about what it would be like to lighten my locks professionally as opposed to being styled in the middle of my friend's living room during the Coronation Street omnibus.
The stylist talked me through a range of cuts and showed me images on a Pinterest account - you know, those snaps you're told to never show a hairdresser because "they're unrealistic" so you walk off feeling like a bumbling idiot. However, after showing Jemma some of my hair nightmares, she coached me into thinking platinum blonde was not the way forward and that I should be more subtle. You're talking sense, I thought.
On the evening she lightened my ends with softer brown tones and shampoo and conditioned me before treating me to a head massage.
I was then passed onto senior art director, Micky who made an ace job of my cut.
For the first time in my adult life, I met a hairdresser who listened to my request to only cut the ends off as opposed to nine inches, which normally leaves me looking like comic, Micky Flannagan.
I was given a mini-questionnaire to fill in, which asked me what I wanted from my experience and it quizzed me on what heated tools I use. I thought it would be best if I didn't say a steam-iron at this point.
The team told me Seckingtons only use natural products that they would feel happy to use on themselves and have used organic, Aveda products over five years making them the only salon in a 15-mile radius who use the brand.
As an Aveda salon, all staff are fully trained on how to give punters the "best-informed" decision on purchases and know what products to use during treatments.
It's safe to say the salon isn't cheap with a ladies 45-minute cut starting at Â£30 with a graduate stylist spanning to Â£63 with Johnny himself, but from my previous disappointing experiences, it's true when they say you get what you pay for.
After three-and-a-half-hours of graft, I can safely say the duo made a cracking job on my do, there were smiles all round and I look forward to the next time I book in with the team.