When we were enduring the worst days of the coronavirus lockdown, it brought into focus how important the simple pleasures in life truly are; being able to hug a loved one, get outside in the fresh air for a peaceful walk to clear the mind and even something as simple as getting your hair cut and sorted out!
Lots of people suffered “lockdown hair”, with their usually well-kept hairstyles sprouting out in all different directions! Thankfully the salons and barbers are now open, meaning we’ve got one of those simple pleasures back again. With that in mind, here are ten of the best hairdressers and barbers in Devon.
Aveda Salons, Totnes and Exeter
So, our first entry is technically two salons, but as they come under the same umbrella, we’re counting them as one! Company director and founder Amanda Marsden has a core aim at the heart of her hairdressing: for each of their customers to feel totally transformed in a welcoming and special environment. The business was launched in Totnes in 1995 and those key philosophies have been strengthened over time. As well as hairdressing, there’s comprehensive spa treatments on offer here too.
The Cutting Lounge, Dartmouth
Established in 2003, this bright and airy salon has an enviable reputation with customers, going above and beyond to make sure that a visit here isn’t “just a haircut”. The team of experienced stylists are highly motivated to give you the exact look you want, working to the highest standards. There’s a focus for the team to continuously pursue education from the industry’s leading academies, to stay on trend and provide the best service.
March Hair, Plymouth
If a hairdressing business can go on to open not just a second but a third salon in the local area, you know that they must be doing something right! March Hair first opened its doors in 1986 and in that time has built a loyal customer base, with salons in Plymouth city centre, Hyde Park and nearby Yelverton, all offering the latest styles and trends, along with the latest beauty treatments. Whatever you’re looking for, be it a classic or contemporary look, you’ll find it at March Hair.
The Loft Barber’s Lounge, Exeter
Often the experience of going to a barber’s is very simple, straightforward and understated; The Loft aims to keep that relaxed vibe but provides a ‘man cave’ style retreat with anatmospheric lounge-inspired space that has exposed brick walls and stylish interior design. All their hair services last 45 minutes, including an in-depth consultation and a tea tree hair and scalp treatment. On arrival, you’re even offered a choice of lager, ale, freshly ground coffee or bottled water!
Energy Hair, Topsham
You probably wouldn’t expect to find a hairdressing salon alongside a popular farm shop, but that’s exactly where you’ll find Energy Hair, a destination hair salon based at Darts Farm in Topsham. Stylists at the salon use only the best products and provide a quality service with the key objective of making clients come back time and time again. Stylists prioritise listening to their clients to find out exactly what you want before they get to work.
Jeff Goodwin Hair, Exeter
This salon has four words that it builds its entire ethos around; passion, trust, love and fun. Jeff Goodwin launched in 1984 with an aim to provide great haircuts in a friendly atmosphere. The boutique style salon is contemporary and as fresh as ever, with that central ethos having never changed.
Upper 38, Plymouth
This place offers a bit of everything, with a ladies’ hair and beauty salon, plus a gents’ barber and grooming salon. With its central Plymouth location just a short walk from the Drake Circus shopping centre, Upper 38 has grown its business through strong word of mouth and quality service. With its bright interior and complimentary refreshments, you’re always guaranteed a warm, friendly welcome at Upper 38.
Boutique Hair and Beauty, Cullompton
It’s been a quick rise to prominence for Boutique Hair and Beauty, which was only founded in 2017 but has since gone on to be named best salon in the South West at the British Hair and Beauty Awards in 2019. They also got an award of excellence and winning best training academy too, so they’ve got plenty of strings to their bow! The salon covers a huge range of beauty treatments as well as hair dressing too, so you can get pampered to the max! The salon is coming to Topsham, so watch this space on what they do next!
Village Barber Shop, Torquay
This is a traditional barbershop with a modern twist; The Village respects the long traditions of barbering, but having recently been taken over by Ben Perry (son of the original owner John) and Darren Libby, the team at this barber’s has more than 100 years combined experience delivering haircuts, from the latest trends to the old classics.
R&G Barbershop and Shaving Parlour, Crediton
Similar to The Loft in Exeter, R&G is a welcoming barbershop with an eye-catching interior; solid wood floors and panelling, signed rugby shirts in picture frames adorning the walls and comfortable furniture make coming here for your haircut an experience. They’ve been busy since lockdown eased, with more than 1,000 appointments booked in just 24 hours! You can see why, with their emphasis on customer satisfaction.
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