Incredible cuts, gorgeous colour, superb service – uncompromising standards in hairdressing. hob salons is a group that takes their status as hair care experts seriously. Their award winning hairdressers take pride in their reputation for hairdressing excellence and receive on-going training from the hob London Academy. The 15 strong salon group was founded in 1983 by Paul Simbler, Clive Collins and Akin Konizi. Their artistic vision and business acumen has seen hob win many awards including the much coveted British Hairdresser of the Year, British Colourist of the Year and Artistic Team of the Year 2009.
There are 15 hob salons based in and around London, each offering a wide range of cut, colour and hair care services, with over 400 staff trained to listen carefully and blend client’s needs with their in-depth knowledge and skill. All hob salons have a warm and welcoming atmosphere coupled with a commitment to give each client a look they will love. hob salons are a Five Star Salon in the Good Salon Guide and award-winning top London hairdressers.
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With the party season in full swing and my hair resembling frizzy mess, I definitely couldn’t put off having my hair for another week. I had booked for a cut with hair stylist Adam and a half head of highlights with the colour technician Claire.
Neither was apparently put off when I showed them the finger in the plug socket look I was currently sporting and Claire got started on my colour. As my appointment was in the afternoon, the salon was quiet and there was only one other client booked in. Claire did my highlights last time I had booked an appointment at HOB, so she already knew the colour to use on my hair and want I wanted.
I was asked if I wanted any drinks whilst my highlights were applied but wasn’t offered any magazines. Adam came over and introduced himself while Claire mixed the colour, talking me through how I wanted it cut and what would suit my thick hair. I was impressed with how genuine and friendly he came across.
The colour looked great and Adam spent a lot of time getting my hair perfect, which makes a change from receiving a rushed cut from a hairdresser who cuts your hair exactly the same as all their other clients.
I usually avoid my local hairdressers in Watford and instead tend to opt for established well known ones in London such as Jo Hansford or John Frieda, as I have found that the standard is higher in London based salons. However, I have to admit that HOB in Bushey is an exception. It is the only salon outside London that I would trust with my hair and one that I would regularly come to. HOB as a chain has a great reputation; I have heard impressive reviews of the Rickmansworth HOB as well.
Claire does a fantastic colour, the girl who washes the hair does a great scalp massage and Adam does one of the best cuts I have had. For £130 for a cut and colour, it’s not cheap but it was worth it. With Claire’s colour and Adam's signature cutting edge technique, I left with a traffic-stopping finish…just a shame it was raining outside!
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Visited September 2009
Posted 5 years ago
I have been getting my hair cut and coloured at HOB salons (Stanmore first, now Bushey), since I moved to England, with high expectations and horror stories about British hairdressers in my head! I was lucky enough to met an amazing colour technician, Claire, who likes to experiment with my hair almost as much as I do!
She is incredibly talented, a great listener and she'll never force a colour on anybody.
This time I decided to go for cherry highlights on my bob, and they couldn't look better!
On my last visit I dragged my boyfriend for a much, much needed chop, and it was another happily ever after story. Couldn't be happier with all my experiences at HOB.
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