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A cut above at The Chair

Top hair salon in Canterbury with beauty treatments upstairs? Mother's Day offer on now, you say? Stampede!

We’d been hearing great things about The Chair salon over in Canterbury, so we sent Muddy Kent’s Hettie Allison along to give it a whirl. Here’s what she said:

I was long overdue a pamper session post my husband’s three week ‘work’ stint in Australia, Thailand and Hong Kong (sounds more like a bloomin’ gap year) and so when I was asked to try out The Chair’s Mother’s Day package, it took me all of two seconds to say a big fat YES!

For those of you who don’t know where this little haven of delight is in Canterbury – it is in a beautiful 16th Century building, a former bakery don’t you know, positioned close to the Kings School entrance in the historic Northgate area of the city. Well I say little, it is actually a labyrinth of rooms each dedicated to a different wonderful craft designed to make you look and feel fabulous and a LOT less like Charles II who I was resembling upon arrival –  heavy snow led to wet lank curls forming around my head. Nice.

Anyhow back to the pampering – the Mother’s Day package consists of a blow dry, Shellac manicure and a glass of bubbles. The Chair is a L’Oreal salon and all of their products are Kérastase which contain the all-important ingredients to nourish, repair and cleanse your hair making it look more luscious and less loathsome. The Chair was established in 2003 by Katie Hopkins who is INCREDIBLY passionate about her work and has the best cackle I have ever heard plus she is pretty nimble with her fingers so is always in hot demand with her clients.

I took my mother-in-law as she was a super-star with my two young ones while her son was gallavanting, sorry working, across the world, and it was just blissful to sit side by side, with a glass of bubbles, and have a natter whilst being groomed to perfection. The vibe of the salon is incredibly welcoming and friendly and it was great to have Charlie, one of the Senior Assistant Directors, take over my locks and use her ‘fat wand’ to magic me back into someone with bounce of the right variety into their hair.

Following our hair makeovers, we were willingly escorted upstairs to the Borough Beauty rooms for our Shellac manciures. Now this was my first Shellac manicure (I know, where have I been?) and I am totally and utterly sold. Day 8 post manicure and NOTHING has chipped yet and believe me, my hands are very busy. And the promise is that they will stay looking perfect for 14 days. Hurrah.

Our nail room was an idyllic bubble away from the hustle and bustle of Canterbury and Melanie, one of the nail technicians, is exceptionally good at what she does as my nails err on the short variety but she still managed to make them look really rather spectacular. I am also plotting a Birthday Princess Party at the salon for my youngest when the time is right as they sound simply awesome – Hot Chocolate and Cupcakes, Mini Manicures with hand massage and Mini Pedicures with foot massage @ £22 per person. See you later Pass the Parcel….

So onto pricing – the Mother’s Day Package is £50 per person and usually a blow dry can start from £30, a Shellace manicure is £30 plus of course you get your complimentary bubbles so it is a no-brainer gift to treat your mother, mother-in-law or such like during the month of March (promotion runs from 1 – 31 Mar 2018) or just to treat yourself. Because you’re worth it. L’Oreal plug there. Allow two hours for the Mother’s Day package.

There was plenty of other treatments that I will be returning for – Balayage is what The Chair is also known for as the team have been trained by a former Harrods guru in this new hair phenomena. If you aren’t already in the know: Balayage allows for a sun-kissed natural looking hair colour with softer, less noticeable re-growth. Prices start from £69.

For Full Head Easi Meche, expect to pay from £61 to £82 (depending on stylist’s experience) and for a Cut & Blowdry, prices start from £40 and onto £63/£66 with the big guns like Charlie and Katie.

Borough Beauty uses Australian super brand, Lycon hot and strip wax and a half leg costs £20 plus I have got my eye on the Environ Active Vitamin Treatment facials – starting from £65 for an hour.

Nearest parking spot is St. Radigund’s Car Park in Canterbury and if you want to go for a good coffee or leisurely lunch afterwards, try The Skinny Kitchen. 7 St Peter’s Street in Canterbury where you can slurp on cocktails and chomp on mains such as their fabulous Coconut Cod Curry.

PS I liked it so much, I went again the next day with my two children for their haircuts who already want to return to see the ‘pirate’ hairdresser (bobble hat, tattoos and checked shirt means he’s definitely a pirate apparently), biscuits and juice from the Princess cup. PLUS the salon has a kid-friendly iPAD on stand-by if you do need more distractions for that critical chop above the eyes. Prices for children under 8 starts from £15 per child.

2-3 Borough, Canterbury CT1 2DR, 01227 455545, the-chair.co.uk

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