“ Brand: Vidal / Type: Hair Salon „
They were so rude, the student didn't have any idea but they were saying that was a hairdresser, unfortunately was impossible to comunicate with him because he was Japanese and didn't speak any English, the worst of all is that the teacher was so rude towards the students and towards myself , really stressfull and unpleasant experience that I wouldn't wish to my worst enemy, now you've been warned.
I went to the academy fairly open minded- I didn't mind what colour it was but I was adamant that my hair was to stay the mid length it was.
Turns out they weren't doing colour the day of the appointment, which I should of gone with my gut and left because colour was the main reason I made the appointment. We were then introduced to the so called "master stylists". The one I had was and Italian called Marco and he said that we would be given assessments based on our personality and style prior to meeting the stylists. Apparently upon talking to me he decided that my style would best fit with a mullet (of course he didn't say that, he just talked about but in a few "layers here and there" and leaving my hair mainly the same length.
I should of walked out there the second he cut 1 1/2 inch bangs by my temples- I might have been able to salvage my hair at that point. Instead I stayed in the chair with the faith that it would turn out okay.
When they blow-dryed my hair I was in shock. Half of my hair was long- the other half layered ruined in ridiculous 3 and 4 inch layers on top of my hair. I have thin hair to begin with, and a round shaped face (both of which I told him at the beginning) so I need volume in my hair. They have now successfully made it virtually impossible for me to keep it limping on my face.
My conclusion is that for the 20 or 30 pounds I saved it was by NO means worth it. I'm so upset that I have to live with this for the next 4 months. I don't blame the student so much as I do the teacher. Apparently the class that day was "modern" haircuts which is something they DEFINITELY should of told clients beforehand. Anyone who can take one look at me would know that both my style and face would NOT suite this ridiculous blunt "modern" take on the mullet.
I've been to this school 3 times and each time I promised myself to not return and always I get fooled by reading some good reviews online on this forum and I feel like maybe its just me who has this horrible experience each time. Those novices combing your hair a zillion tiimes to get one section right is horrifying while you are sitting there with a sore bum for 4 hours. I am begining to doubt most reviews now. I just want to put in my two cent finally, its worth it to spend 20 pounds at a proper salon rather than 12 pounds at the sassoon trainee school. I'd rather get a haircut once in 2 months, than every month but go to a proper salon from now on.Wish you all best!
Just wanted to say that i trained in the vidal sassoon school of hairdressing, and to say that having something radical 'isn't worth the risk' is ridiculous, there are teachers there every step of the way and you are only given what you can handle, so the students who have been there for longer will get the more difficult haircuts and the ones who haven't been there as long will get the so called easy cuts, so please don't have any worries about going there as it is very professional and no more risk in my opinion than going to any ordinary salon. Also just for your information (having been a hairdresser for almost 8 years now) cutting a long hair straight is sometimes harder than doing a short radical chop..... you would have 2 be a hairdresser to understand!!! So go there and feel good about doing a good deed because not only are you getting a cheap hair cut/colour you are also helping someone become a qualified hairdresser!!
I have been visiting the Vidal Sassoon Hair School in Davies Mews for about 5 years. For most visits, I have been pleased with my haircut but occasionally it has gone very wrong as it did yesterday. My hair was cut badly, the technician asked the student to correct the cut and it ended up being so short that it is uncomfortable to sleep on. Be warned, do not be afraid to speak up. It may only be £12 for a cut but you have to live with the result until it grows AND, although you are made to feel you have given up the right , IT IS STILL YOUR HAIR!!
My sister and I both needed our hair sorting out and with little money to spend decided we would make perfect models. We chose Vidal sassoon because of their reputation and we knew they would use decent products. After booking our appointment we went along to the school, which is just off of Bond Street. You go in and it is really small, pay your money £20 for highlights and I think a cut is about £5.00. Then you are given a card and have to wait until you are called, there are lots of trendy students walking around the place. When its time to go up you get separated into your groups and led up 1000s of stairs to these rooms and then you wait to be picked by the students, you cant choose who you get and everyone is trying to avoid the extra weird looking ones and edge towards the decent Ricky martin look alikes (there are a few).
Eventually you get chosen and are told to sit while the ask what you are aiming for etc. Then the teacher checks they are going to do it right, which is very reassuring. Luckily me and my sister were sitting next to each other so we could have a chat otherwise i would definitely recommend taking a book and some sweets it takes forever. Five and a half hours later we were done they took some pictures for their portfolios and off we waddled very stiff from all that sitting, but not stiff enough to miss all those shops just outside.
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Our hair looked fantastic very professional and very cheap. If you are short of money and have some time to spend well worth a visit.
I went to Davies Mews yesterday (10/04/08) and everyone - including the Australian hairdressing student who washed and cut my hair to the instructor - was pleasant. I came out with a good hair cut at a bargain price. No complaints! And neither should anyone else dare to complain, or make a big song and dance about the experience.
I first noticed the School when reading the Metro one day after work, they do promotional offers all the time (although I haven't seen many around recently) for £4.50 haircuts or even, if your lucky, free ones!
I grabbed as many Metros as I could find and pinched all the coupons. I tried calling, then realized I was on the Tube. I called when I got home and booked an appointment for a restyle. I was advised to book with the Advanced Academy but didn't like the idea of not having much of a say in what happens with my hair. "Don't worry," the lady said, "if you change your mind when you get here we can assign you a stylist in the Academy. Its no problem!"
_________ The Opinion
I asked a few friends if they'd heard about the School and its surprising how many had been there! Some about 30 years ago! So with a good reputation like that I had to give it a go!
_________ The School
The address is...
56 Davies Mews
I turned up at the School (it looks dingy on the outside, but is so trendy inside! Don't judge a book and all that!), and after a brief chat with the receptionist i decided to wander over to the Advanced Academy. Best decision in my life! The Advanced Acedamey is located on Grosvenor St, they'll direct you to the place.
The Academy looks so fantastic, its stylish and very high class! I booked in with the receptionist and waited in the waiting area. The reception is very trendy and it's not uncommon to see some strange haircuts on the receptionists. Don't let this worry you though! The waiting area is quite posh; this is where they get other professionals on courses to wait so it's very nice. There's a coffee machine that you can use and biscuits for dunkin' (fruit if you're healthier!). Through the doors I could see a class in progress, there was a model on a stage parading around her new hair and it dint look half bad!.
While waiting I met some really lovely students waiting for their 'models'. One of them had been a hairdresser in Rome for about 5 years, he wanted to go to the next step and become a professional stylist! So much for a 'school'! I Don't mind leaving my hair in the hands of one of those stylists!
Now, I'd heard some really scary stories about what they do to your hair, someone said her friend had her head shaved; another one of my friends had her hair dyed pink! (I actually liked it!) However the Roman guy quickly dispelled these stories and told me that nothing too extreme would happen and as long as I was clear to the hairdresser everything would be fine.
My coat was taken; I was then led with about 20 others down to the basement and to the 2 rooms. The stairs are quite steep, I'm not sure if they have a lift for those with mobility difficulties. It looks a little bit more dingy downstairs, but the actual styling rooms were nice. They're all white and with lots of mirrors the rooms look huge. There's a massive mirror in the middle in the room, it's about 7 feet high and a good 10 inches thick! We were separated and given seats. It all looked professional; I could even watch Neighbors on the TV!
But I couldn't help but feel nervous, the stories kept on coming about the terrible styles and I even considered walking out. I'm so glad I stayed!
_________ The Cut
I was assigned a Japanese girl to cut my hair, she didn't speak a word of English, but she had a translator. I waited my turn for the teacher to come over and I explained the result I'd eventually want. She loved the texture of my hair (its really thick and wavy) and decided on a blunt fringe with very fine layers and if there was time, a bit of colour.
I was showed to the basins and had a brilliant head massage and wash, I could have stayed there all day!
The cut took all in all about 3 hours as the teacher had to constantly monitor every step of the way, It was reassuring at least as nothing could possibly go wrong!
It was a brilliant cut, excellent products were used and although it was very different to what I'd imagined, it was fantastic!! One of the best haircuts, and it was free. The teacher was so impressed, she invited me back to be a classroom model! Result!
Brilliant. Definitely go for it if you are looking for an up and coming hair cut (most haircuts are designed with next seasons trends in mind.)
Wear something that reflects your personality. If your a girlie girl and are looking for a classic cut, wear something that will help the stylist. If you like vintage, trendy, funky, punky, unusual, fashionista, anything at all, make sure you reflect it with what you wear
Be honest. Don't say you like something if you really don't, otherwise you'll end up with a cut you wont like.
And finally.... trust them! The teachers have been stylists for years and years and they know what will suit you!
It's been a while now but I loved my haircut and I was surprised when a few of my friends turned up a week later with the same cut! I was equally more surprised to see the style in catwalks and hair mags!
I was invited back to be a paid model 2 weeks ago too! I had my hair cut in front of about 30 people from all over the world, and I'm sure I saw Trevor Sorbie there. I left my number with the stylist, who asked if he could use me for the next campaign which I speedily agreed to!
As this was my first experience at a hairdressing school ( I'd booked a tint) I was apprehensive to say the least and imagined coming out with a shade of hair that pleased the student but not me; however I was felt immediately reassured when I was allocated to a very nice 40 something lady called Helen.
Helen asked me what sort of tint I had in mind and I explained that after years of DIY hair tinting I felt my hair was too yellow/brassy in parts and needed colour correcting. Helen called over the tutor (drop dead gorgeous Amber) who proceeded to rattle off everything that I had been thinking and feeling about my hair for years and what had to be done to correct the uneven tones and give me the colour that suited me. It was clear to me that Amber was very experienced in her field, she asked relevant and detailed questions and listened to my answers. Under Amber's guidance Helen proceeded to work on my hair for the following 2 and a half hours. I was and am over the moon with end result and have had numerous compliments at work this morning about the colour and condition of my hair. In six weeks time I will happily fork out the £17.50 it cost to transform my hair and wouldn't hesitate to recommend the Vidal Sassoon school in Davies Mews
When I enrolled to do a hairdressing course, I was terrified as I had to cut, perm, and colour peoples hair. I knew this was involved at the time I enrolled but I didn?t realise that theses people were actually paying customers. I wasn?t even on the course a week when I was let loose on my very first client. I was physically shaking when I was putting in the first few rollers, I just could not stop I was that nervous. My first clients name was Mrs Bell, she had been coming to get her hair done for the previous four years, she had seen hundreds of students come and go over the years. Once I got talking to Mrs Bell I was totally at ease, she just talked at let me get on with it at my own pace. The finished result was better then I could have hoped for, and Mrs Bell was happy was happy with what I had done as well. I could not have wished for a nicer person to help me get through that first stumbling block. After that there was no stopping me, I could not get enough of doing other peoples hair. I had three years training, and I was just about to finish the course to become fully qualified when disaster struck. I went in to work and had a colour booked for later that after noon, it was a lady I had been doing for the past four years, I had done her hair hundreds of times before. So like every other time before, I mixed and applied the colour, the same as I always did. And I left it to develop for 20 minutes, before I rinsed it off. To my horror her hair had turned green, I didn?t know what to do. I called over my tutor and explained what had happened. We both went through what I had done step by step, but I hadn?t made a mistake. As I said before I had done this lady?s hair hundreds of times before. I just could not understand what had gone wrong, I was in tears, but the lady was very understanding and tried to reassure me that
it was not my fault. As I had done the same as I had before. To my relief, it turned out that the lady was taking antibiotics, which had affected the colour, making it go green. The instructions or her doctor had not stated that she should not colour her hair, or not that she was aware of anyway. I don?t quite understand how the antibiotics had made a difference, but we were both assured that it was down to the tablets. The lady finally got the colour she had originally wanted, well after a few hours anyway. I was just glad that I wasn?t my mistake. You may be sitting there thinking, that you would never let a student near your hair. But I feel that a student puts in 100 percent effort, and you must never forget that there are professionals around to make sure that the student are doing it correctly. They would never let a student do your hair unless they were more that capable of doing it right. So if there is a training college near you, why not give it a try, as it is a quarter of the price you would pay at a hairdresser. As I said before you may feel that you get more out of a training establishment, because the students are totally committed to you and your hair. I have had a bad experience but don?t let it put you off, because there is a one in a million chance of it happening to you.
Long hair, short hair, curly hair, straight hair. Blonde, chestnut, auburn, black. I love hair. I love it when it's freshly washed and it lightly bounces around your shoulders as you walk down the street. I love the way the sun makes it gleam and shine, the way ringlets cascade down backs, and glossy locks swish from side to side in the breeze. All imperfections fade to insignificance when hidden by a curtain of beautiful hair. My hair has the ability to look very good. (if I do say so myself). It falls just below my shoulders, is very thick, and on a good day, quite curly. Normally it's brown, but in the sun other colours such as gold and red seem to magically appear. Bad days are unfortunately far more common. And it was a bad day, a very very bad day, when I came face to face with the dreaded bathroom mirror a couple of weeks ago. The phrase - 'dragged through a bush backwards' sprung to mind. Frizzy, bushy, and straggly, I looked a wreck. I'd gone past the 'getting away with it' stage. I HAD to get a haircut. And fast. Hairdressers in London, like most things, are ridiculously expensive, and that's the reason I rarely go. The last time I went I paid £22.00 for a simple trim, with an additional £2.00 charge for every extra product put on my hair - that included intensive conditioner, mousse, and a styling spray - making the total cost a disgusting £28.00. Unwilling to part with such a large amount of money again, I moaned and groaned to my boyfriend for several days until...... click! A light switched on in my dim brain. I remembered The Vidal Sassoon School of Hairdressing. A hazy memory of my days as a penniless student. Dare I risk it now I was so much older and wiser? (ho hum) Well, why not. How hard can it be for a student to cut in a straight line? =======So, what exactly is The Vidal Sassoon School of Hairdressing ============= I'm sure
you've all heard of the famous, and rather pricey Vidal Sassoon. If you're feeling flush, then, first of all I hate you, and secondly, ditch the school, grab your prada handbag, and trot off down the proper Sassoon. However, for cheap skivvies like me, The Vidal Sassoon School will just have to do. It's basically what its title implies (clever that!). Students from around the world come to the school to learn how to be 'proper' hairdressers; they have their theory lessons, and they have their practicals - when they're set loose on brave members of the public. Your hair will be normally be cut by a Chinese girl (or if you're lucky - like I once was - a fit Australian Hunk à la Jason Donovan in his early days) A qualified Vidal Sassoon teacher will be on hand throughout to give the student advice, and in extreme cases, to furiously take over before you either become completely bald or your hair is coloured green instead of the honey blonde you asked for. How do I get there ====================== The School is very easy to find. Shuffle out of Bond Street tube station, pushing those annoying tourists out of your way. (You know Bond Street, that place where the rich and famous shop, just off Oxford Street And if you don't, then tsk...do yourself a favour and read my opinion on Oxford Street) Now, from Bond Street Station, you'll have a very short walk, approximately 5 minutes, less if you have an uncontrollable urge to jog. Well, you never know. If it's a bad hair day, chances are it'll also be a fat and ugly day. Don't be lured into the shiny shops. You've got an appointment to keep. So, turning left out of the station, take the first turning on your left down Davies Street. Trot along for a few minutes, ignoring the first 2 turnings. It's the 3rd on the left you want. 56 Davies Mews. And there you are - there's The Vidal Sassoon School of Hairdressing. F
irst Impressions========================= The actual building doesn?t look too impressive. In fact it looks more like an unused warehouse than a hairdressers. But first appearances aren't everything are they. There will no doubt be several groups of gaggling Chinese students with 'interesting' hairstyles and big chunky boots hanging around just outside the doors. Don't be put off. Most of them are very friendly, and I'd personally rather have my hair cut by an interesting Chinese girl, than a badly permed Sharon in stilettos. Once inside, you'll find yourself in reception. It looks a little bit more like a hairdresser now, with a very tasteful black and white colour combination. Reception is normally fairly busy, but you'll be seen pretty quickly. Something I do have a few qualms about is the fact the first thing you're told is how much your particular hair cut will cost and are faced with an outstretched perfectly manicured hand demanding you pay up immediately. So basically, if they make a complete hash of your beautiful hair, it'll be too late to refuse to pay. Your money will be long gone. Well, you have to take some risks in life, and you'll be hard pressed to find anywhere cheaper. That's the way I look at it. So how many pennies will it set you back==== Not too many, to be honest. In fact, none at all if you're lucky. The School often offers special freebies, such as 'pay once, get your next cut free', and on occasion (when I was a desperate student) I was lucky enough to come across the odd 'Have a Free Haircut' ad in The Evening Standard. If you've got the time and you're desperate enough (listen up students!), a little investigation is well worth the effort. Give The School a ring to see if they have any special offers on at the moment (0207 318 5202). The perfectly manicured receptionist may well give scroungers a filthy l
ook, but who cares, you're not parting with a single penny. For you not so lucky people, here are the standard prices for the paying customer... ~*~* Haircut - inclusive of blow drying, and all products used. Adult. Non Concession £8.50 *~*~* Concessions: - Student (with NUS card)/OAPs/Income Support - £5.50 *~*~* Colour (Tint) - £17.50 *~*~* Full Head - £32.50 Booking appointments======================= ~*~*~* Contact number - 0207 318 5202 ~*~*~* Appointment times - well, here's where student and pensioner favouritism comes in, because Saturday appointments are quite rare. I managed to squeeze myself in on a Saturday afternoon, but had to wait 3 weeks for it. *~*~* Mon - Fri 10am or 2pm for a cut *~*~* Mon - Fri 9.30am or 1.30pm for colour The Eating Up Of Your Day=================== Time is something you're going to need a lot of. You are actually informed by a rather large notice as you walk in the door, that you need to allow approximately 2 ½ - 3 hours for your hair cut. From experience, I know that this time scale isn't entirely accurate. I once spent well over 4 hours in the cutting chair, and another time, I was in and out in just over an hour. It really depends on the confidence of the student. Nervous students will spend hours fiddling with each strand of hair. The Procedure============================= The receptionist will hand you a plastic disc - similar to those you're given in changing rooms in clothes shops. You'll be asked to please take a sit on the long black squidgy bench, usually squashed up tight, next to a penniless student, or a very enthusiastic and talkative pensioner. Eventually a teacher will appear from down the stairs, ask you what you want doing and then tell you to follow either the blue group or the red group, depending on the colour of your badge. It's li
ke being on a school trip, and you'll find yourself looking for a 'friend' to walk in twos with. If you're having a fat day, you'll be happy to discover you have several flights of stairs to climb. If you're a pensioner, you won't be too happy and you may need a helping hand. At last, you find yourself in the salon, or is it a classroom... Your coat will be whisked off your shoulders and a small Chinese girl will be waiting to meet and greet you. I know I keep going on about the Chinese, that's because the majority of students usually are, but there are students who come from places like Iceland and South Africa, and there's always a fair few Italians showing off their snipping skills too. The Panic=============================== I was a little worried at first as I thought my hair was going to be cut dry. It happened once before, (and at a proper hairdressers too!) - my hair was simply sprayed with water instead of actually being washed and conditioned. Admittedly, I was charged a lot less, but even I know that one of the main rules of hairdressing is that you never ever cut dry as it doesn't give an accurate enough indication of what you're cutting off and whether you're cutting in a straight line, especially if the hair is curly like mine. Being too shy for my own good, I would never have the courage to criticise or challenge a hairdresser to their face. So I just sat in the cutting chair biting my nails while my student made small talk for 10 minutes. When I was eventually led to the sink I was so relieved. It turned out we were just waiting for the go-ahead from the teacher. I could breathe again. My hair was safe. So far... The Hair Wash============================= I love having my hair washed and my head always welcomes a good strong massage. Some hairdressers get it spot on, and others just tickle me with scared little hands, worried
they might hurt me. I have to say that on this occasion, and in fact every other occasion when I've been to the Vidal Sassoon School, the whole washing experience has been absolute heaven, bliss, perfection. If I could collect enough freebie vouchers from the newspaper, I'd be down the School every weekend for one orgasmic massage after the other. I was asked if I use conditioner. Doesn't everyone? I asked for something intensive, and extra strong. And I was very pleased to be given exactly what I wanted. With my hair luxuriously light on my head and a towel round my shoulders, I was then led to the 'cutting chair'... The Cutting Rhythm ================ It'll be several hours before you're able to step down from the 'cutting chair' so you're going to need some form of entertainment to keep your feet tapping and to help your student snip to the beat without losing interest. Music is essential, and TV and videos an added bonus. In this area, the School sadly let me down. There was something wrong with the CD player when I arrived and we all had to sit in eerie silence for the first ½ an hour. All you could hear was slow motion snip snip sniping, and the students muttering under the breath "It's too quiet, it's too quiet". When the CD player was eventually fixed, out tinkled a pretty rubbish selection of dance tracks. I was very unimpressed and so were my feet, they refused to tap to such rubbish, and as a result I was attacked by a multitude of pins and needles. And then I kept nodding off (old lady that I am!) and had to have my drooping head yanked upright on several occasions. I've been to hairdressers where the music's been all upbeat and sing-a-long and the TV's been on and videos have been played. But you have to remember that this is a School, not a proper hairdresser where everything is top-notch quality, and you're of
fered tea and biscuits in reception. =So, can a student cut in a straight line= I have never had a bad experience at The School, but then I never ask for anything radical. A straightforward trim isn't really brain surgery, hey, even *I* could manage that (<cough>, although my sister would probably disagree) I'm sure there are some students who would have no problems with a difficult haircut or a dramatic colour change. But to be honest, it's really not worth the risk. Of course, if you really feel the need, it's always possible to make a dramatic exit half way through the cut. Like my Granny one time, who jumped up out of her chair, shrieked "Sorry, got a train to catch", and simply ran, leaving her incompetent student open mouthed, scissors still in hand, mid cut. The teacher will always be available to correct any minor mistakes the student might make. And the teachers are always very very good, laden with hairdressing qualifications and years of experience. If you're lucky, then the teacher will be the overbearing, "I must do everything" type, and the student will continually be pushed to the side. Ok, poor student and all that, but think of number 1 and the potential gorgeousness of your luscious barnet. While I was having my hair very slowly snipped, I had a nose round the room and didn't notice any major disasters. In fact, everyone looked rather wonderful, although that could have been due to the fact that they all looked like models, from hair to waist to legs. Grrrrr. My only gripe was to emerge during the blow-drying. My student got a little carried away chatting to a fellow colleague and totally over dried my poor locks. The cut was fine, but when the hair drier was turned off, I looked a tad worse for wear. The teacher quickly spotted me from across the room and came bounding over. Out of the cupboard came the miracle worker - the Vidal Sassoon Int
ensive Conditioning Hair Repair Cream. It was smoothed onto my frizzled locks and my curls were scrunched with moisture until they shone and gleamed and the frizz had completely disappeared...Panic over...Thank god for the teacher and that Vidal Sassoon miracle worker. My student was now proud enough of the final outcome to take a photograph of me for her Successful Hair Cutting folder. ==============After Thoughts=============== Why I love the Vidal Sassoon School of Hairdressing... (nosy people take note!) I've never had a bad haircut, when I walk out of the salon doors, I still have plenty of money in my purse for some quality West End shopping (Well, what's the use of beautiful hair if you haven't got any decent clothes to set it off), and, perhaps just as importantly, the School is a nosy person's paradise - a far more interesting place to eavesdrop than your common "Where are you going on holiday" hair salon. For a start, the students are always full of juicy x-rated gossip. And there'll always be at least 2 students (usually the hunky Australian boy and the supposedly meek Chinese girl) who fancy each other and who will purposely rub bottoms and bump breasts in passing. And to top it off, the variety of nationalities, from Italian to Chinese, to Icelandic to Arabic - makes every student very different and interesting to talk to. As long as you don't get the Australian boy just after he's had the brush off from the Chinese girl! So what more can I say. You're poor, you want beautiful hair, and you're into nosing - give the School a call and get yourself sorted. *~*~*~*~*~*0207 318 5202*~*~*~*~*~*~* To purchase any Vidal Sassoon products, visit the website - www.vidalsassoon.co.uk <http://www.vidalsassoon.co.uk> and order online. I totally recommend it!
15 Davies Mews / Westminster / London / W1K 5AA / Course Duration: 25 weeks / Course Qualification: Post Graduate Diploma in Hairdressing /