‘What’s your go-to fix for a bad hair day?’, asks stylist Valerie as she spritzes mousse through my lacklustre tresses. ‘Ermm, scraping it back into a pony tail?’, I shrug. If you find yourself similarly uninspired when it comes to everyday hairdos, the Get a Grip tutorial at Brooks and Brooks salon can revitalise your morning routine and show you the skills to take your barnet from blah to classy. You’ll be taken through a 90-minute lesson of professional styling tips, zipping through a series of hair transformations as the show-and-tell is demonstrated. You’re certainly in cutting-edge hands – Valerie flits between the salon and jet-setting around Paris and Milan to style catwalk shows for the likes of Chanel and Mulberry. In our session, she deftly shows how, once armed with the basic foundations, even the clumsy-fingered can put together a pretty 1940s style, and create a high bun that looks ‘done’ rather than like a half-hearted attempt to conceal a greasy mane.
The sessions can be tailored to include the styles you want to learn, whether that’s retro-glam victory rolls or sleek evening dos. Valerie is cheerful, chatty and generous with sharing her expertise, dispensing advice on how to position your on-trend topknot to the correct way of brushing out backcombing to prevent creating an unholy mess of knots. At £100, the DIY classes aren’t super cheap, but could be a budget friendly option for brides-to-be who want to do their own and their bridesmaids’ hair instead of shelling out for multiple salon visits; or for girly parties (learn the skills and have a fun evening passing them on). And once you have the know-how, you’re set for a permanent good hair day. Natasha Polyviou
For info, see brooksandbrooks.co.uk or call them on 020 7405 8111.