A hair cut with the UK Creative Director of Sassoon Salon, Bruce Masefield, at Sassoon, Edinburgh, £130.
If your hairstyle is precious and you don’t want to entrust it to a newbie, go for top dog Bruce, who has been with Sassoon for 30 years and has just relocated from London to Scotland, where he will be available at the Edinburgh and Glasgow (Princes Square, 48 Buchanan Street, 0141-226 4484) salons (various days and times, contact salon directly). Among other things, he helps develop this brand’s seasonal collections, and works on editorial shoots for the likes of Marie Claire and fashion designers YMC. Basically, he knows his onions.
Our spy says
Charm. Bruce has it in spades. While I’m waiting to get my hair washed, I hear him finishing up with the customer beside me and he’s supportive and flattering in equal measure. Being a super successful hairdresser, like Bruce, is a lot to do with creating a rapport with the client.
I giggle when he tells me that I look too young to have worked at The Scotsman for 14 years, and immediately entrust my long, thick and slightly feral mane to him. The only caveat is that I still want to be able to tie it back (just incase it all goes horribly wrong, but I don’t say that aloud).
“Let’s go for a lob,” says Bruce. For the uninitiated, that’s a portmanteau of long and bob.
He points out which sections of my hair are looking good – the front, “let’s keep that,” he says, “but we need to lose a lot at the back”.
My hair is washed and my head massaged at the basin, then I’m led up front so Bruce can get to work.
He’s fast. My wet hair is combed then cut into a shoulder skimming long bob. I’m slightly nervous about how blunt it looks, as my hair is very thick, but this technique makes for a look that’s a bit more current than last year’s layered bob. Bruce dries my hair and I wait for him to do more – add layers, thin it down, add more product or straighten it. But, no, it’s left very raw and natural.
I am following Bruce’s advice to wash my hair as infrequently as possible, which gives my dry hair a nicely insouciant look. It’s a simple yet great cut, which manages to make my old colour look fresher too.
• 10 Multrees Walk, Edinburgh (0131-558 2849, www.sassoon-salon.com)