I had thought the ideal time for a hair-cut was just before giving a party for a significant birthday for my husband, a welcome break from the skillet. Time is the word as it had run out, so I arrived at HK London in something of a state, panicking about all the things that still needed to be done before 40 people descended on our small flat in a couple of hours – time and regretting my rash decision to visit a new hairdresser.
HK London launched on King’s Road, Chelsea in 2017. It’s a modern, 2-floor oasis of calm which was created by a joining of forces between the world renowned celebrity and award winning Turkish hairdresser, Hakan Köse, and leading London based Turkish hairdresser Mehmet Bozdal.
At once I was made to feel welcome in the boutique salon opposite Bluebird on the Kings Road. Jake looked after me throughout and he immediately understood that he had a woman bordering on hysteria on his hands and he was the epitome of calm good sense.
I have always wanted to have hair that doesn’t just hang but has volume and bounce, sadly the reality is that with extensive use of a great deal of spay, curlers, heat and mousse this look can be achieved however within 10 minutes its back to dead straight, with the unwelcome addition of a sticky residue. Many is the time I’ve had to wash it again within minutes of getting home.
Jake knew exactly what was needed to give long, straight hair a bit of oomph using modern cutting techniques with a bit of good old- fashioned blow drying – pulling the hair forward over my face before throwing it back which is a clever trick. It turns out Jake comes from a family of hairdressers who go back generations – his grandfather used to do my actress mothers hair in the 60s, Jake trained at Hari’s who used to cut my hair in the 70s so we had a lot in common and had a good laugh together.
The salon has become a go-to destination for inspirational hairdressing. Combining Hakan and Mehmet’s extensive client list from London, Istanbul and around the globe, here you will receive cutting edge style and progressive creativity. Kératase products are used at HK London and the newest member of the team, Zoe, chose the right shampoo for my hair type and gave me a relaxing, thorough head massage.
The result of my visit to HK London was that I turned from a mad woman into a calm human being with a really good haircut too, the party wasn’t bad either.
To discover more and book an appointment with Jake, Hakan, Mehmet and the team, visit: hklondon.co.uk
By Lucy Fox