It’s one of the first things people notice about you. So make sure you get a good one.
And here I am getting my hair trimmed up by one of the best in Scotland. Charlie Taylor.
She’s one of the most talented, tenacious and current hairdressers in Scotland – and she’s cutting my hair. Charlie travels the world with her craft – she has three bustling successful salons, three grown-up children, a business partner who is also her husband and a career spanning 40 years.
She has also just been named as a ‘hair industry trailblazer’ by judges as she walked away with the trophies for Scottish Stylist of the Year and for Best Large Salon of the Year at the Look Awards, run by The Herald, se picture below.
I settle down in her Perth salon – and she talks me through my hairstyle. She agrees with the length and the style of cut, but reckons it could do with a treatment; a deep conditioning one and I am taken to get one put on. Actually getting your hair washed at Charlie Taylor’s should be on the NHS. It’s so relaxing.
They have massaging chairs, seriously, and the hair washing bit is just as heavenly. After the treatment goes on; I’m treated to a hand massage – no honestly – and I thought I was just getting my hair cut.
Charlie is delightful, chatty and intelligent. She really cares about the way she cuts hair – it’s more like art for her. Yes, that’s my impression of her; an artist standing in front of a blank canvas or a sculptor with a chunk of clay.
She peruses my hair and makes sways of cuts this way and that. And then she wants to dry it – and then cut it again; just for the pin-point accuracy. She dries my hair – fluffy and shaggy; and when I turn up at the school gates later that day; I’m almost unrecognisable as I normally just tie my hair back for speed.
And the thing about a good haircut is that it makes you feel better. It makes you look better – but it gives you a spring in your step.
We have all felt this when we’re delighted with our haircuts or colour. It’s like sunshine… and Charlie Taylor is spreading her ray of light all over Scotland – and for that, Charlie gets the YMB Gold Star award.