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Blue Tit London

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You know that pub you love to go to, because everyone seems pleased to see you, there’s always a friendly face, you can practically see Norm propped up at the bar and they make you feel instantly at home?

Well that’s Blue Tit. Except it’s a hairdresser. And they have beer.

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Drama Parlour:
Bethnal Green’s coolest secret

Ever wondered where London’s designers, fashionistas, Dj’s, music producers and art scene get their haircut? Well, wonder no more.

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Getting the snip at Hare & Bone

Hare & Bone Poppy Loves haircut

I love Fitzrovia. I love the back streets packed with history, the cafes, the restaurants and new shop fronts are popping up all the time… so I was very excited to be invited along to one of its more recent arrivals, HARE & BONE for a cut and dry…. oh, and a glass of pink champagne….

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Ena Salon, Holborn

Ena Salon, Holborn

A couple of weeks ago I was invited to have my locks lopped off by the Scissor Ninjas at Ena Salon in Holborn. I leapt at the chance. Not just because it was voted one of the top five salons in London by Tatler last year, but because I was so overdue a haircut – my split ends had been screaming for attention for weeks and I’m sure had started plotting a revolution.

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Hair & Graces: John Macpherson

John Macpherson

Who knew. Who knew that hiding under the Westway in a light-drenched studio, with a beautiful chocolate brown doey eyed dog, is the genius that is John Macpherson. Not me. I had no idea.

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John told me he was from South Africa. “But you have a Scottish accent,” said I. (Poppy.) “Yes,” said John. “I was born in Scotland and then we moved to South Africa. But I kept the accent.” And he really has – I’d never have guessed he’d started his career in Johannesburg and stayed there for so long.

He worked his bottom off and managed to fly up through the ranks of the hairdressing world and worked in some of South Africa’s most exciting and prestigious salons.

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He moved to London in 1998 where he quickly built up a private clientele, preening, primping, colouring and styling some of the most fashionable and famous heads in town; Kings of Leon, Courtney Love, Harvey Weinstein, David Bailey, Poppy Loves… let me just pick those names off the floor…

He then decided to go freelance, which was when he met Tamara Mellon, fashion entrepreneur and Co-Founder of Jimmy Choo. She quickly snapped up John as her personal hair stylist and he was soon jetting around the world with her. Tamara, who John credits with having a massive influence on him, introduced him to a number of her chums and it wasn’t long before word started to spread about his super sonic hair dressing skills.

I learnt all of this while he blow-dried my hair into some kind of magic I’d never seen before. So swooshy. So swishy. Glamour Poppy – that’s me.

John Macpherson

Primped Poppy

John Macpherson

John used some Redken and Pureology magic on my locks…

John now hones his snazzy creative skills doing session work for music companies (ooooooh) fashion labels (ahhhhh) and high-end fashion magazines, including Vogue, Elle, Vanity Fair. Marie Claire etc..  Thinking about it now, he must be exhausted.

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He zooms all over the world with his amazing celebrity clients and amidst all of this, still manages to run his private warehouse studio in the heart of Notting Hill, off Portobello. Which, incidentally is a 5 minute walk from me. *High fives herself*

And. On top of all of this. He is a Really. Really. Lovely. Man.

Hair and Grace – it’s John all over.

 

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