In an age where everyone is always rushed off their feet, looking good can sometimes be a challenge.
But whether you’re squeezing in a manicure or taking time to be pampered from head-to-toe, finding the perfect salon where you can rely on trusted therapists to make you feel transformed is a must.
That’s why the Evening News has made it our mission to find the cream of the crop by launching the Salon of the Year 2014 competition.
We asked you to nominate your favourite hairdressing and, or beauty salon earlier this year and after hundreds of entries we can now reveal the top 40 who will be battling it out for your votes to receive the beauty crown.
Evening News editor Frank O’Donnell said: “We know that our readers feel strongly about the people and services they frequent, whether it’s a pub, sandwich shop, chippy or hairdresser. Now we want News readers to tell us why their salon is the best in the Lothians. Your testimonials will be printed in the paper and your votes will decide the winner. What better way to decide the cream of the crop.”
Our beauty columnist, Sarah Tolan, said the perfect salon was “somewhere that pampers you whilst giving you a home from home experience”.
“In my book, whether it’s waxing or highlighting, taking the time to have an initial consultation about what the client wants or would suit is vital and helps to build up a relationship. I also think it’s important that the therapist is engaged with the customer. This doesn’t necessarily mean chatting ten to the dozen but making sure the customer is made to feel special.”
But as well as having the best treatment, Ms Tolan said the more “obvious” aspects such as cleanliness, decor and good music are also important.
“The pampering shouldn’t just stop at the treatment and the little things can make all the difference with current magazines and a cup of tea.”
Top city hairdresser Charlie Miller has forged a reputation for introducing new concepts and trends and now has five salons throughout the city.
It is led by international creative and artistic directors Jason and India Miller who also agreed making the client feel special was the key to success.
“Every day we have the opportunity to make someone look and feel fantastic – that’s what we do,” joint managing director, Mr Miller, said.
“Hairdressing continually comes in the top three of the City & Guilds survey every year on job satisfaction and part of the reason for that is because of what it feels like to be a hairdresser – you get to make someone feel fantastic.”
THE TOP 40
1 TECHNIK - MORNINGSIDE
2 MYLES - DALRY ROAD
3 ISHI HAIR AND BEAUTY - HANOVER ST
4 LILAC ROOMS - CURRIE
5 ANNA MATHER - GIFFORD
6 PHILIP POLITI - CORSTORPHINE
7 STAR HAIR - DESIGN BATHGATE
8 JFK - BRUNTSFIELD
9 LOULABELLES - RODNEY ST
10 MEDUSA - BREAD STREET
11 REDLOX - INCH
12 JASON HALL - COLINTON
13 ARK - BONNYRIGG
14 AMS - GLASGOW ROAD
15 CASCAL - NEWHAVEN ROAD
16 EMMA HALL HAIR DESIGN - HADDINGTON PLACE
17 NATISSE HAIR - ARDMILLAN TCE
18 REVIVE BEAUTY - ASHLEY TCE
19 HAIR TECH - CURRIE
20 DANIELLE CARR - NEWINGTON ROAD
21 VIVA HAIR AND BEAUTY - ST LEONARDS ST
22 JOSEPH QUIGLEY - TRINITY ROAD
23 MEDUSA - TEVIOT PLACE
24 AUSTIN THOMSON - LEITH
25 EIVISSA - MUSSELBURGH
26 THE BEAUTY SPOT & VANITY - SEAFIELD
27 PINKK HAIR DESIGN - MORNINGSIDE RD
28 CHEYNES - BRUNTSFIELD
29 HAIR BY CHERYL - PARKGROVE
30 MILK - MID CALDER
31 LIVE, LAUGH, LOVE - PORTOBELLO
32 CABELLO HAIR & BEAUTY - MUSSELBURGH
33 MUSE - FERRY ROAD
34 THE SALON - HADDINGTON
35 EGG - BROUGHTON STREET
36 CHERYL JARRA HAIR - GRANTON MILL PL
37 DUNE HAIR, NAILS & BEAUTY - LONDON RD
38 FRANNAN HAIR - GRACEMOUNT
39 MEDUSA - GRASSMARKET
40 BABU HAIR AND BEAUTY - MARCHMONT
THREE WAYS TO CAST YOUR VOTE
TEXT: text the code EENSALON adding the number of the salon you want to vote for to the end of the code (without a space)to 65550. Example: EENSALON1. Premium rate £1.50 per text. Text line closes at midday on Tuesday, July 15.
ONLINE: log onto www.jpsurveys.co.uk/salon and register your vote.
COUPON: cut out and complete the coupon printed in today’s paper and send to: Edinburgh Evening News Salon of The Year Top 40 Vote, Orchard Brae House, 30 Queensferry Road, EH4 2HS. All postal entries must arrive by Tuesday, July 15.