Manchester’s best hairstylists for a radical change
Hair today, gone tomorrow
Finding your perfect scissorhands is a life-long process of too-short trial and brassy-colour error. We’ve narrowed the search down for you to five of the best
Make me a unicorn
Any of you who have actually tried to make your hair go pastel – silver, apricot, lilac, ‘blorange’ – will know that it is really, really hard. Until you are put beneath the capable hands of Danielle Davies, senior hairstylist at RCNQ, and suddenly your locks are glowing like the tail of a My Little Pony. We absolutely love this hidden rainbow dye job (left), but it’s impressive how her delicate touch manages to make blue hair look almost natural.
Whether you’re embracing your hair’s natural texture or you want to try something new, Lydia Carrington is your girl. This freelance stylist bounced around a few award-winning salons in Manchester before landing at House of Tinu on Great Ancoats Street. She’ll cut, colour, weave, tease, braid, dread, and style your hair into shape, even if it is desperately crying out for some TLC.
You can’t go far wrong with any of the styling team at Trevor Sorbie, who reliably churn out lobs, balayages, pixie cuts and thick flirty fringes on an hourly basis. Director of colour Lily Clare is your girl for avoiding colour f-ups, Fiona for big beautiful blonde blow-outs, and we adore the creative styling from Mai Ha (although probably won’t be sporting camouflage-painted hair or a studded parting any time soon).
Taking the plunge to short hair is scary. You could go in asking for a pixie cut like Frankie Bridge’s, and come out with Justin Bieber’s hair circa 2010 (this actually happened to a member of our team.) Hand the scissors over to Sarah-Louise Keane at Tyson Hair Design, though, and you’ll be just fine. She’s fantastic at creating choppy pixie cuts and one-length sharp bobs, and she’s a playful colourist, too.
You could spend four weeks overseas trying to get sun-kissed tresses, or you could just take a little shortcut. Nancy Stripe possesses the kind of painting skills that would get a thumbs up from da Vinci or Monet. Okay, that’s complete nonsense, but this girl is genuinely the master of balayage. You’ll find her at the new five-storey salon barn//it on John Dalton Street, where she’s even leading courses on the technique.