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Wednesday, 11 March 2015


The world's best colourist

Leslie at Real Hair

You don't have to spend a fortune to get a decent haircut, unless you have money to burn. But there's one area where it's essential to pay for the best, and that's hair colourouring.

I find the idea of colouring you own hair hard to understand; to me, it's like suggesting you drill you own teeth and fill them yourself. Glossy advertisments give the impression that you can simply buy a bottle from your local chemist, slap it on your hair and you'll come out looking like a supermodel.

But the reality is very different. The actress or model who posed for those adverts will have had a team of experts on hand to create the look – and that's before the photoshopping that will be used to make her hair look sheek, shiny and almost transparent.

It takes years to train as a hair colourist and there are very many good colourists out there with the skills and talent to make your hair look its very best.

If you don't have the budget to pay for a top colourist, you can always take advantage of cut-price training nights run by many of the top salons and schools, paying only a fraction of the full price. Make sure to take a good book, though, as what you save in cash you will spend in your time.

The number one rule in hairdressing is that the only star is the client. Many so-called celebrity hairdressers – including myself – cringe at the title, and it's certainly not how I would ever describe myself. I recently saw a colourist tweet: “I am a superstar colourist,” which I found appalling – with such a big ego, how do they manage to fit their clients in at all?

I've come across some very good colourists but few as accomplished, skilled or professional as Lesley Jennison, whom I've been fortunate enough to have tend my own blond locks for the last 10 years.

With 32 years experience in the business, she started out at Sassoon's and managed the shop in Covent Garden for a number of years before moving to be senior colourist at Harrods. She is now the world educator for Schwarzkopf and also sees clients at the fashionable salon Real Hair in Chelsea.

The first thing you will notice is that Lesley is interested in you, and what sort of look you want to achieve. With her, there's no such thing as a stupid question and she makes her clients feel totally at ease as she explains every step of the procedure.

When she applies the colour, it's like watching an artist at work. Lesley does not cut or dry hair but you can have that done at the Real Blow bar or in the salon itself. And they are more than happy to give you a hairdryer so you can dry your beautifully coloured hair yourself.

Lesley at Real hair worlds best colourist  in my opinion.