Talk­ing colour

Taun­ton has a new hair sa­lon and CATHER­INE COURTE­NAY went to in­ves­ti­gate

Somerset Life - - VITAL HAIR SALON -

We all chat with our hair­dresser, but when you visit Vi­tal, you’ll have a ‘real’ chat with your stylist. I say ‘real’ be­cause, un­usu­ally, it’s fac­tored into the ap­point­ment time, it’s your chance to talk a bit about your­self, your life­style, what you like and dis­like about your face, your hair. The stylist lis­tens and looks and at the end of the 10 min­utes or so, they’ll sug­gest cut and colour ideas based on the real you.

It feels good go­ing to Vi­tal. It’s spa­cious, an in­dus­trial-style brick wall on one side with strik­ing pan­els of colour be­hind a barstyle ar­range­ment on the other. It’s clean, white and bright, but the an­tique re­cep­tion desk makes it feel grounded and there’s a clever sound sys­tem which means back­ground mu­sic lev­els can be pitched just per­fectly.

Ev­ery last de­tail has been metic­u­lously worked out by owner Nick Martin, from handy USB ports and bag rests to the stylish Maletti chairs. The water in the taps is fil­tered to en­sure it’s as pure as it can be; it’s also kept at a con­stant pres­sure and heated us­ing a be­spoke boiler so no hot and cold sur­prises when hair wash­ing. And there are clut­ter-free, full length mir­rors – it’s im­por­tant to give stylists a clear view of the client’s head and shoul­ders, says Nick. hair. Nor­mally, with colour­ing, hair is re­peat­edly opened up so it be­comes brit­tle and sus­cep­ti­ble to dam­age. An­other win­ning fac­tor for Nick was that its prod­ucts are tested on hu­mans and sus­tain­ably pro­duced, the fac­to­ries use wind tur­bines and pack­ag­ing is re­cy­clable.

The colour­ing process is a unique as­pect of Vi­tal. Sit­ting at the ‘colour bar’, re­lax­ing with a cof­fee, you can see the stylist mix up the colours in front of you – it has the same fas­ci­nat­ing ap­peal of watch­ing a bar­tender mix a cock­tail – and of course you can ask ques­tions.

Nick says he wants peo­ple to leave the sa­lon con­fi­dent and sky high happy. He’s cer­tainly achieved the right at­mos­phere in which to do so with Vi­tal.

Prices start from £29 for an hour hair­cut. vi­tal­sa­

The colour bar at Vi­tal hair sa­lon in Taun­ton

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