Yes, I didn’t think kids and hair salon should be in the same sentence either HOWEVER my good friend Frankie is a PRO hair colourist and works in the uber cool salon ‘53 am‘. I’ve known Frankie for over 10 years now, she’s a fellow West London girl and has been colouring my families’ hair since before time 😉 If she’s not in the salon, she’s on another awesome holiday somewhere living the high life (always envious of her tan!).
53 am is on Golborne Road, on the doorstep of the renowned Trellic Towers, and among some of the trendiest west London boutiques/ antique shops and most famously the Golborne Road weekly market. A stones throw from Portobello road, this neck of the woods is my stomping ground.
Run by the lovely duo that is Angela and Justin (hence the shops’ name ‘am’), this TRENDY salon is home to some top notch stylists and colourists, plays fab current tunes, has eclectic decor and oozes with vibrancy.
My last visit to get my bad boy roots sorted was with child in tow! No, it wasn’t planned that way (trust me), as usually my hair time is MY time, however childcare issues meant little Stanley had to come with. Having had a morning from hell with Diego in full force (Stan’s alter-ego name), a tantrum before leaving the house for school run, then a further tantrum after leaving his mini pals at the school gates, meant I was DREADING the next couple of hours in my ‘foils’. To my absolute shock though, he was the most well behaved Stanley ever….and no sign of Diego!
I’d pre-prepared a rucksack of goodies (OBVS) such as cars/ dinosaurs, snacks etc and let him get on with it. The salon were great and it meant Frankie and I got to have a good ol’chin wag and discuss everything BUT kids! Anyone that has their colour done knows it takes a good couple of hours, and surprisingly my little toddler was fantastic and totally charmed the clients!
Ladies, have a little faith and don’t cancel your appointment if childcare help fails on you…trust me. A bag of crappy toys and some in-house salon mags totally do the trick. And should you ever be in my neck of the woods, shopping the markets, browsing the Moroccan goods or sampling the local Portuguese delicacies on Golborne Road, I cannot recommend my Frankie enough for some brand spanking new colour!
Visit www.53am.info to book an appointment.