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Fab cut & colour at The Peacock Rooms


It’s been a while since the Muddy barnet was tamed, and it had got awfully long and straggly so who better to Scissorhand it into shape than The Peacock Rooms, in Sevenoaks a fab new salon that promises to go that extra mile?

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The Peacock Rooms is a fairly compact salon, let’s say boutique, but it’s bright and airy with a beautifully stylish interior. This is what it looks like normally, above. But I visited in the pre-Christmas season when the shop looked a little different, see below!


The shop is in the centre of town, on London Road, and backs onto Blighs carpark – what could be more convenient than that? (Basically even if the heavens open you’ve only ever got a short dash back to your car after your appointment).


Owner Sarah Rumsey is a Vogue recommended bridal hair and make up artist so not surprisingly the salon specialises in, and does great, bridal packages. As for hair, the master stylist here is Vanessa, working her magic, above. She’s great with colour and cutting – I prefer the same person to do both just in case you want to raise any issues about the colour once it’s dry. The salon uses Aveda products which are the more natural plant-based products in the beauty industry and mixed on site (see below). For me it was a permanent tint with scattered foils around the face.


I had long hair, with serious layers when I entered the salon and Vanessa suggested I get rid of several inches, taking me to a long bob – otherwise known as a lob. And I decided to go for it. I’ve not looked back since and have had a fair few compliments *sniff* even if I do say so myself…


A lovely cuppa from local tea artisan Dandylion Teas while my colour takes


Essential oils, flowers and plants form the basics of all Aveda products

And, in terms of the tint, while Aveda is meant to be a gentler, more natural product it still packed a punch in terms of quality – I really, really loved the colour and condition of my hair after. I have dark brown hair that is now riddled with little grey strands at the temples, but the thing with colouring them over is that if you don’t add any nuance of shade my hair can end up looking like a chocolate helmet. So Vanessa put some lighter tones through, not to be too summery about it (for have you noticed, it’s bloody freezing suddenly) but to give it some light and shade without blondising my preferred darker colouring.


But I’m totally digging my colour – I took this snap in the salon under artificial lighting which I don’t think does it justice, but then another in the natural light when I got home so you can see the highlights. What d’you reckon?


Prices are reasonable for a quality salon – cuts start at £49 for a stylist rising to £56 to be Vanessa-ed (yes, it’s a word). Foils cost between £35-£102, a semi-permanent is £49-52, and permanent tint is between £58-£63. Even better, go on Tues/Wed/Thurs and quote ‘Muddy’ to get 15 per cent off.

The salon also offers Express Beauty Treatments which you might want to squeeze in around your hair appointment. For example, I had my nails painted while my colour took. They also do 15 min facials or eyebrows. In the meantime, give them a whirl if you’re in the vicinity – I came out with one of the best cuts and colours I’ve had in ages.

The Peacock Rooms, 48 London Rd, Sevenoaks TN13 1AS, Tel: 01732 666056,

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