As a blogger, it just wouldn’t feel right for me not to be gushing over the gorgeousness of autumn. But seriously, after such a disappointing summer, the warm coppers and burnt oranges have made such a welcome change. The transitional nature of these in-between months has had me feeling like doing something different, and where better to start with a transformation than with one’s hair?
Over the last few months, I’d been growing increasingly uncertain about how I would deal with my hair going forward. I’d always relied on the convenience and availability of high street chains, but the products they use have long not sat well with my cruelty-free conscience. Cutting my own hair had popped up as an option, but after a few haphazard attempts I realised that wasn’t going to work.
That’s when, after a little Googlin’, I discovered The Rabbit Hole – London’s only 100% vegan hair salon, right down the road from me in Shepherd’s Bush. I messaged the salon’s owner, Dori, immediately, with details of my hair type and what I was hoping to have done (this is always helpful for hair stylists to get an idea of how long the work will take), and we arranged an appointment a few weeks from then.
A stone’s throw from Goldhawk Road tube station, The Rabbit Hole is a speakeasy-style salon. Following Dori’s instructions, I looked for the yellow door, and pushed it open, going up the stairs, where I found the salon. Over the next few hours, I had a colour melt treatment (individual strands painted with a lighter colour, from the mid-length to the ends) followed by a re-styling of my grown-out bob, to which Dori added texturising layers.
I usually shy away from chatting at the hairdressers’, but it was so nice to discuss our vegan journeys and discoveries while resting assured that all the products being used on my hair were 100% inline with my ethics. As I waited for the colour to develop, I was treated to a peppermint tea and a biscuit (vegan, of course) and able to peruse copies of The Vegan Life magazine, while reclining in a comfortable chair and the most charming surroundings.
I hope you’ll agree that the results of Dori’s work on my hair are just gorgeous. The colour is subtle, coming alive in certain lights; the cut has given my short, fine locks a much-needed volume boost. I have also been reminded to wash my hair less, shampooing twice when I do (once lightly to lift the dirt, and then again to clean), and conditioning, too.
For a moment there, I’d really worried what would become of my hair as a vegan with limited stylist options. Now I know there’s a place I can go where the ethos and products match up with my lifestyle, and the results far outshine the high street chains.
If you’re living in London, or thinking of taking a trip here, I can’t recommend booking into The Rabbit Hole for a treatment highly enough.
Can’t quite afford a trip to London / the hairdressers’ right now?
Have a go at cutting your own hair. As long as it’s nothing extreme – say you’re trimming your ends or fringe – then you can’t go too far wrong. Besides, it always grows back. Check out YouTube for tutorials.
Find a hair salon that uses a vegan brand, like Paul Mitchell. Ring them up in advance and request that they only use that product on your hair. You might even want to consider asking if you can bring your own shampoo and conditioner.