Tried & Tested: Matthew Cross Hair Salon, Sevenoaks
Sometimes you just have to call in the big guns. Until last week – and I blame the crazy juggle of the looooong summer break – my hair was the most unkept, with the worst roots that I can remember. I mean, I know the two-tone thing has been fashionably acceptable for a while (but I’m pretty sure it’s not meant to include a peppering of grey) and anyway I’d gone waaay beyond the rock ‘n’ roll too-cool-to-care, ‘I’m rocking my roots’ phase. Sometimes there’s more root than hair, if you know what I mean…
Matthew Cross had been recommended to me by several friends and, since the salon also came a very respectable close second in our Muddy Awards Final, I thought I’d better try the salon out – in the hope they liked a good challenge.
The salon is on London Road, smack bang in the middle of the main high street in Sevenoaks, just up from The Stag Theatre. Inside there’s soaring high ceilings, lots of cool interior touches yet with a friendly, relaxed vibe, so right up my alley. There’s nothing intimidating about coming here, in fact Matthew Cross himself (I snapped him, below) still cuts every Wednesday – Saturday and is very personable, full of chat and anecdotes making the snippity-snip bit a pleasurable experience.
But first the colour. Beforehand, as I’ve already confessed, things were getting serious (no, I’m not showing you, are you mad?) and the problem with dark hair like mine is that the regrowth shows immediately. I leapt over the receptionist like Jessica Ennis-Hill’s more talented sister to reach that consultation chair. Yeah go on, put that Olympic gong around my neck, and hand another one to my lovely colourist, Natasha. She did a brilliant job on the Muddy barnet, restoring it to a better version of its original colour.
My cut was courtesy of Mr Cross and there was a fair bit here to challenge his skills – having left it so many weeks, my longer layers were a straggly mess and he sorted it all out with good grace.
Finally hair sorted. I was very happy with the end result – voila!
No wonder I’m looking so pleased with myself, although in hindsight it might have been a good idea to remove the black gown before my ‘After’ photo so I looked less like I’m wearing a nun’s cassock (which I can assure you I’m not…)
For Cleanse, Cut and Blow Dry it’s £45 for a Stylist or £62 for Senior Stylists (though admittedly if you want the man himself he charges a more sweaty £105). Tints cost £68, (Vegetable colour £45). As with all things, you get what you pay for, and prices are at the higher end. But, for me, there are times when simply only the best will do to get my hair back on track.
What’s more Matthew Cross is kindly offering all Muddy readers an exclusive 15 % off any cut or colour – all you have to do is quote ‘Muddy Stilettos’ when you book your appointment. Because you’re worth it!
Matthew Cross Hair Salon, 7 London Rd, Sevenoaks, TN13 1AH, Tel: matthewcross.uk.com