Salon Review: Stuart Phillips, Seven Dials in London
Stuart and his team have seen first-hand the evolution of London’s Seven Dials from its days lined with market stalls to the smart boutiques it plays home to today. With a long-standing family ethos, both the salon’s stylists and its clients have been closely linked to the salon some 20 years.
A concept that revolves around ‘holistic hairdressing’, Stuart and his team go beyond simply the basics of the, style cut and colour and instead offer something they have coined as a ‘lifestyle hair consultation’. This process is where the stylist consults the client on their face shape, bone structure, body type, hair texture and personality. This, they say, is considered an important element as Stuart believes it’s important to know whether his clients will feel confident enough to carry off the end result away from the salon chair.
This fully encompassing, forward thinking approach to hairdressing seems to have worked in his favour over the years. Having won numerous awards, including English Hair & Beauty’s ‘Best Hair Salon in London’ and ‘Best Hair Salon in the UK’, he has also cut and styled the heads of many famous individuals including Rolling Stones rocker Ronnie Wood to TV legends Jonathan Ross and Jamie Oliver to Hollywood actor Benicio del Toro and singer Beverly Knight. This glamourous side to the salon has extended to working on many catwalk shows, music videos and high-profile showbiz events such as the BAFTAs and the National Television Awards.
Always looking to challenge himself and push boundaries, in addition to also teaching himself to learn how to master 30 different musical instruments, in the past Stuart also made a name for himself when he broke the Guinness Book of Records for offering the world’s most expensive haircut. He did this by outdoing his own £8,000 price tag with his ultimate £20,000 VIP service, when he embellished Serena Williams’ hair with £1 million worth of diamonds.
This creativity also transcends with a hands-on approach. Elevated by a team of talented colourists and experienced stylists who Stuart handpicked for their carefully honed skills and knowledge, they offer clients some extra help to achieve their look back home. Stuart and his team will offer invaluable tips, including tips on easy blow-drying and styling techniques – believing that it is important for the client to feel at total ease and not panic about how they will manage their look.
With an approach that offers each and every client who steps through the salon doors a personalised and bespoke experience, Stuart that endeavours to go beyond a traditional salon offering. Having worked at some of Australia’s premier salons and having travelled around Asia, he became accustomed to the art of holistic hairdressing, inspiring him to create his ‘lifestyle hair consultation’. An example of this is the fusion of Eastern traditions such as soothing Shiatsu massages with western touches within a luxurious central London setting.
Address: 25 Monmouth St, Covent Garden, London WC2H 9DD, 020 7379 5304, stuartphillips.co.uk