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Style, skills and sass at Solo Hair Design

Wednesday, 13th September, 2017 6:11pm

When you step in to a hairdressers, you're not just there to get your hair done, but to take a break from the hustle and bustle of everyday life for a few hours of pampering. Step forward, Solo Hair Design. The salon is based at 2, Camden Quay and is a corner of heaven and luxury in the city centre.

Opened nine years ago by Eimear Byrne O’Connell and Vivienne Egan, the duos wealth of experience ensured that Solo was set for success.

This gorgeous salon is modern and chic but customers can expect a warm and friendly welcome thanks to the expert staff that Eimear and Vivienne have handpicked. Treatments aside for just a moment, the Solo staff are a credit to its owners with their professionalism, friendliness and a good sense of fun, the exact mix needed for any salon to succeed.

Back to the long list of treatments available at Solo, because it's not just your hair that will be beautifully cared for at Solo, the salon also offers eyebrow waxing and tinting while there is a staff makeup artist so both your hair and your makeup can all be taken care of under one roof for convenience.

Not just that, but Solo offers its customers a full menu of refreshments on arrival including prosecco, herbal teas and juices along with tea and coffee, so clients can enjoy an afternoon of pampered bliss with no stone left unturned at Solo.

And as for your hair? Throw anything at the Solo staff and you'll come away with twice the results you were hoping for. Specialising in the art of colour, including corrective colour and dimensional foil highlighting, Solo's colouring and cutting skills are second to none and if you're just looking for a quick treat, a walk-in blowdry at Solo is just €15. However you look walking in to the salon, you'll be leaving with a smile on your face and a gorgeous glow outside and in - what more could you hope for?

On this occasion, Eimear managed to transform mangled and faded red hair (it was a vibrant red at one point but more similar to the colour of baked beans after weeks upon weeks of neglect) to a gorgeous rich brown, complimented by lowlight undershades while my split ends were a thing of the past after a careful and expert cut along with a fabulous Olaplex treatment. My once frazzled and fried locks now bore resemblance to hair I could only dream of before my consultation at Solo.

One of the reasons for Solo's skills is its ongoing commitment to educating its staff, keeping up to date with current hair trends and fashion trends with regular trips to Dublin, London and Milan while haircare brands used at Solo include Actyva, Joico and Alfaparf Milano.

Although there's no star rating with this review, Solo would be getting one star more than the full rating if there was - the staff, the treatments, the salon décor, the location - this is a salon that has it all.

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