Last week I was putting off the inevitable, I needed my hair done badly (hello grey roots and untamable bouffiness!) but my much-loved hairdresser of the past 8 years is on maternity leave and I was having ‘hair trust issues’. I was also trying to find a time that worked best to get to the salon without the boys which proved difficult, so I just wacked it into the too hard basket.
But then there was a sudden opportunity to get some professional head shots done and I had to get my hair fixed fast … real fast! The shoot was scheduled for two days time. More on the photo shoot to come!
Anyway, here I am randomly peering into local salons and looking for reviews online and then I remembered meeting Sarah of Lavelle Hair Workroom at a Motivating Mums morning tea. I had since been following the business on facebook and recalled that the salon was child friendly, which made me feel at ease about the fact that I’d need to bring Hugo along.
So even though the salon was across town (really only 25 minutes from my house, but us Brisbane-ites get a bit funny about crossing the river) I sent Sarah a message about my hair dilemma and she was quick to respond that she could fit me in for a cut and colour prior to the photo shoot. Phew!
Pulling up at the salon I was greeted by a beautiful Queenslander home on a quiet residential street and the sound of blowdrying. The salon is on the ground floor, accessed by walking through the front gate, along the garden lined path and through the open french doors. I felt immediately at ease.
Both Hugo and I were welcomed in and Sarah was soon setting to work transforming my neglected locks. Again I felt at ease as Sarah quickly interpreted my hair needs in terms of both cut and colour.
While my colour was processing, Sarah brought over a little trolley of relaxation including Badger organic aromatherapy balms to try and heavenly Lollia hand creams. There were also latest edition magazines and cute little puzzle books.
She also opened the door to the children’s play room, filled with lots of toys, floor space for hugo to roll around on, a comfy chair that was perfect for feeding and a TV and DVD player to help keep older kids occupied.
At this point I thought I’d stumbled upon salon utopia and started snapping these pictures to share with you all. And while Hugo amused himself, I started slathering myself in Badger Balms and flicking through the latest edition of Marie Claire.
I never thought it possible to have such a relaxing time getting my hair done with an awake and increasingly tired baby with me, but I really did and can’t wait to visit again. I can even see the Toddler remaining amused with a DVD on or running with a ball in the front garden.
But with all good hairdresser experiences the proof is really in the hair, so here I present you Before, After: salon blowdrying and After: everyday wear, which for me is wash, scrunch and go. I couldn’t be happier!
I am always really happy when I discover a business that has been designed with mums of small kids and babies in mind and does so in a way that incorporates activities for kids as well as a relaxing environment for mum. I’m always surprised that such businesses are often really hard to find. So thumbs up to Sarah and thumbs up to good hair!
If you are looking for a child friendly hairdresser in Brisbane, check out Lavelle Hair Workroom on Facebook.
I’d love to hear about any hairdressing with kids in tow experiences – child friendly or otherwise!!