This week, we went to visit Collum Hair, a hidden hairdressing gem nestled in the heart of Dolphin Square. Collum Hair has been an integral part of the square for over seventeen years, so we decided to sit in front of the mirror and talk cuts, colour and being ‘classy not brassy‘ with director, Sarah Jane Collum.
We thought we’d start with the basics, so Sarah Jane, what can those who’ve never visited Collum Hair expect from their experience?
‘A fantastic service from start to finish with stylists trained to the very top of their profession, and who take pride in the quality of their work. All of our stylists regularly attend refresher and development courses at the Wella and L’Oreal studios ensuring our clients receive great service with modern techniques. Collum Hair is renowned for outstanding hair colouring expertise, couple with precision cutting techniques, allowing customers to achieve the perfect look.
We only use the best in professional products, being a Wella and L’Oreal salon. We regularly use Kerastase and Pureology products, and carry the expert knowledge to match every client with a product perfectly tailored to their hair needs. We also offer Olaplex treatments, which is high in demand!’
Tell us a little bit about yourself – what lead you to Collum Hair?
‘Well, I’ve wanted to be a hairstylist since I was 5, cutting hair from the age of 13 ( family and friends) – it’s in my blood. As a child I would stand outside hair salons peering in desperate to be a part of the buzz, the smells, the creativity, I craved it! I went to hairdressing college in Devon at 15 and the students scoffed at my dreams of going to London to retrain in a top salon, which only spurred me on more. I worked my way up the ranks in a prestigious salon in Knightsbridge, right opposite Harrods, assisting on fashion shoots, fashion shows and meeting some amazing industry platers – Annie Humphrey’s, international colour director for Vidal Sassoon was my heroine, and I got to meet her!
‘I actually don’t have a ‘favourite‘ style or colour as I’m excited by every hair texture and every hair colour, and every person has an individual face shape, hair type and personality – one cut and colour would not suit all, so favouritism towards a cut or colour is out of the question! I’m a Wella Master Colourist, but still go on refresher courses and technique courses as there is always so much more to learn. As hair colouring technology evolves, a favourite colour would probably keep changing anyway. So, my favourite cut and colour is the individual one I give to every client of mine’
‘Cutting techniques have not changed much at all, and styles like the bob are constantly being revived and altered very slightly to add something a little different, but it’s just a slightly new take on an old classic. From my early career to now I have seen styles come and go, and then come back again with a little twist, but even all the big hair blowdrys from the 70’s are back in! The tousled beach waves from the 90’s are back in and the short back and sides and long on top from the 80’s is back in – it all comes back around. We are also now back to the ‘crazy colours‘ in hair that every punk rocker and mod in town had in the 80’s. But, in my eyes ‘ you can’t beat the classics’
‘I’m not going to give away any secrets, but I do have one final word…my hairdressing rule I swear by, and probably sums up my work the best – Classy NOT Brassy’
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