I only started going to a toni and guy hair salon over the last few months. Before i pretty much let my friend - a self proclaimed "hair artist" (to be fair she was very very good) do my hair or go to a local salon. I always thought toni and guy was a little too expensive but now that my friend has moved back to japan and my hair stylist just messed up my hair for the 20th time.. i decided this time i would go to a toni and guy salon whatever the cost - and admittedly i do spend as much on creams - so considering i only cut my hair 3-4 times a year i think its a good investment..
while the prices certainly are a little steep you have the choice of what hairdresser - differing on level of education and experience: a stylist will cost you £40, senior stylist £47, style director £52 and manager/director poa. As there was only the style director left when i went into have my hair cut i had to pay a little more than i was used to but was it worth it?? hell yea!
I wanted a totally new style and he spent a good 10 mins talking about my hair and kind of length, texture and look i was going for. He helped me pick the right length for my face and i have indeed had alot of compliments on my new hair do - apparently its slimming, or maybe my poor pestered (by me) friends were being nice lol
The hair cut took all of 40 mins including a wash and a blow dry at the end and was done very expertly. He gave me the exact layers I had tried getting my old hairdresser to do and right amount of volume at the back.. in short he brought my hair to life again! He also gave me some reccomendations on products i could use to maintain and enhance the look without pushing any of the in store products on to me.
Toni and Guy has very good reputation and one they truly deserve, although prices may vary from salon to salon - hampstead prices were pretty steep, brent cross was moderate and if you have a spare 4 hours you can even get your hair cut at the toni and guy school in tottenham court road for a fiver by a trainee stylist>> so you can treat yourself if your a little cash strapped too!
Also what makes it value for money (i dont know if every t n g salon offer this) but in brent cross, i was offered a free frindge trim after 6 weeks and a loyalty card. After 12 salon appointments you can get the last one free! Ok so realistically that mean every 2 years I can get a free toni and guy haircut but its something eh?
truly great, and i'm looking into buying their new label.m shampoos and conditioners which cost £17 for a whopping 1000ml's of product! but can only be bought in the salon itself.
The salon offers, cutting, styling, blowdrying, colouring/highliting, eyebrow threading (well in the hampstead branch they do) perming and yuko permananet straightening as well salon treatments for when your hair needs extra care.
overall was well worth going there and i love the style of my hair and will be going back in a few weeks for my free frindge trim :-) (costs 15 pounds for frindge trima t my local salon)
I've frequented the Manchester branch of Toni and Guy's training academies since I was pulled in from the shops for a free haircut for a student's portfolio. Since then, my haircuts have reached the princely price of £12, and compared to a recent emergency splurge of £40 in a normal Toni and Guy hairdresser I can honestly say that there was little point spending the extra cash.
The Toni and Guy academies book up very quickly, and only offer 2 time slots (am or pm) so if you want a haircut, plan at least a week in advance. Arrive early too - I have once turned up 5 minutes late, and unfortunately whilst the other models and students had paired off there were 2 absent students, which then meant 2 models were sent away without a haircut, though we did recieve a very polite apology, refund and rebooking for a free cut.
One you arrive, the students basically get to pick their model. I generally lag a little in being chosen, probably because I have long hair which has no intention of having a very interesting or challenging cut. However, all the students are courteous, professional and closely watched by a teacher/supervisor, so in my opinion you're safer in these hands that at cheaper hairdressers.
The Toni and Guy academy students are very up-to-date on modern styles and complex cutting techniques that i'm fairly sure other hairdressers aren't even aware of, and are thoroughly competent stylists providing professional service for a drastically cut price!
I have been going to Toni & Guy for around 2 years now and I find their service amazing, whichever salon I go to. I have been to different salons and had different stylists and I consistently receive a fantastic hair cut. I make a point of asking for the same hair style every time, but not because I like it the same way, because Toni & Guy stylists make it look different every time, so there is no need to ask for other styles. They cut your hair to perfectly match your face, body and personality, making every cut unique, unlike other salons I have been to such as Francesco's who are simply trained to dish out the usual, conventional hair styles. Toni & Guy stylists are creative, friendly, fun, up to date and totally in tune with their customers. I have recommended them to any person I have spoken to about hair and despite their occasional reservations about the price, they agree that it is totally worth it.
me and my sister had booked an appointment for a cut at the new oxford street branch for 2.30. we arrived at 2.35 which was due to major delays on the train. We were told at reception that 'no more models were required'. I then told them that we had appointments already but the lady continued to say models were not required. we were then told that as we were just 5 minutes late, there had been people waiting prior to 2.30 ready to steal a genuine booking. well they got ours! moral of the story: be early... not on time... EARLY. we were extremely disappointed and angered as we felt this was most unfair. we had booked in advance and yet our appointmens went to those who had simply turned up on the day! :(
As a lowly student, I am, of course, typically perenially short of cash. So what do you do when there's not enough dosh in your purse, but too much hair on your head?
Well, I've constantly come across those adverts screaming "hairdressing models required" in the free "GAT" magazines... but I was waaay too scared... being really quite tetchy about my unruly hair, the mere prospect of letting a student near my head with a pair of scissors was unthinkable! But when the hair starts looking more like a bush-caught-in-a-whirlwind than actual hair, I decided it'd be worth giving it a try, especially after reading the favourable reviews on 'ciao' and 'dooyoo' (yes, in my paranoia, I researched extensively before even considering booking).
There are several branches of the academy, all dedicated to different services - cuts or colour etc. So I wanted both a cut AND highlights, so I decided to go for the branch in St Christopher's Place, Central London. Well, I tried calling them first, using the number was on the advert, but I couldn't get through as the "number was unavailable". So I decided to trudge down there myself. The location is relatively easy to get to, if not cunningly hidden - cross the road from Bond Street Station (on the Picadilly Line), walk in the direction AWAY from Selfridges, and you'll normally see a large sign advertising something in St Christopher's Place, pointing down a narrow alleyway (called "Gees Court") off Oxford Street. I swear I would have completely walked past it had the sign not been there - it's quite easy to miss! Walk down this alleyway and it leads to St Christopher's Place; the Toni&Guy building is on the left, past the fountain.
Anyway, I got there, and told the receptionist I wanted a colour and a cut. She promptly swiped something behind my ears with a cotton bud as a colour test - I'd have to ring back the following monday with news of the results, and then she'd book an appointment. Now, being the idiot that I am, I had to go back to Uni (miles and miles from London!) the next Thursday (I'd left it so late because I just hadn't thought of this until then! Plus I was trying to save money by putting off any regrowth time). so I asked her if there'd be any colour appointments going before that - she said no. So much for that, then :(
So, I asked for a cutting appointment - she made one for me for the following Monday, at 3pm in Knightsbridge. This puzzled me somewhat, as no amount of googling came up with any Toni&Guy Academy in Knightsbridge... plus my voucher only mentioned the ones on Stamford Road and St Chrisophers Place. Being slightly paranoid (and REALLY not wanting to pay - cheapskate, I know, but if I can get it free...!) I rang the number I was given for the Knightsbridge branch... I was told that I had reached the salon; that they had a branch of the Academy downstairs in their basement(?), and no, they had nothing to do with them, so they wouldn't know. (I then rang St Chrisophers Place again - their phones now working - and they assured me that yes, my voucher was still valid). So that left me a couple of days to stew in worry about how my hair would look the following week...
Getting to the Knightsbridge branch was easy - hop on the Picadilly Line to Knightsbridge tube station, head to the high street (Brompton Road), turn left and walk; it's a little way down at number 241. The reviews I read advised getting there about 15 mins before the appointment, but this is NOT necessary - I was told to go away and come back at 3! (Which reminds me, *money saving tip*: there are 2 appointment times, all on weekdays; one will be early in the morning (think 9-10am or so), the other in the afternoon (2pm-3pm), depending on the branch. If you go for the later one, the tube fares will be cheaper as you won't have to travel at peak time).
At 3 I showed up again, and was taken to the back door. Down a flight of stairs (really not wheelchair-friendly, I'm afraid), there was a couple of chairs and some sheets of paper laid out. Two teachers were in the next room, briefing two students. The area was clean and had a pleasant atmosphere (dispelling any misgivings I had when I heard that it was situated in a 'basement'). I was told to sit down, read through their terms and conditions, and sign a form stating that yes, I was over 18, the cut would take a long time, and I might prefer the results in a salon, BUT that every effort would be made that both student and client go away happy with the result :) They don't tick off names, so theoretically anyone who just showed up could get their hair done. However, boooking is the only way you'll know for sure that the ratio of models to students won't be ridiculously low/high, and otherwise you won't know where to go, or at what time.
Including myself, there were only 3 hair models (so one lucky woman got hers done by the teacher!); they paid £5 each and I handed over my voucher. I was then asked by a teacher what I wanted. I pulled out a picture of a hairstyle (a true "here's one I found earlier!" moment) and showed it to her; she assigned me to her student and told me to repeat what I wanted to her. The student took my coat and scarf, helped me put on a robe, and listened as I described what I wanted. She filled out a consultation form detailing what my lifestyle was, the shape of my face, hair density etc - showing that they really do take into consideration the needs of the individual models. So all the rumours that you have no choice when modelling for students are false - she and her teacher made sure they understood exactly what I wanted before starting.
Then I had a towel draped around me and was led to the washbasins. The wash wasn't the most comfortable experience ever, as the basin dug into my neck a bit; however the wonderful smells of the "TIGI Bed Head" products they used proved an adequate distraction! That's one thing I regret - not asking exactly which products they used on me, so I'd know for future reference (namely if I won the lottery and could afford those TIGI hair products, I'd know which to buy!).
Then the cut. I asked for a layered, choppy cut with a soft fringe - and mine was the last to be finished. The student was very careful about how she cut it, measuring and re-measuring strands to make sure they were even... which, although it may have been time-consuming, was very reassuring as I knew she'd make sure the end result was perfect :) Turns out she'd not done a style exactly like mine before, but I have to say I think she did a wonderful job. She made sure to ask the teacher if she needed any help, and the teacher tidied up any incongruities, while telling her exactly what to do. It was really interesting to hear all the technical terms for the angle of the cuts and the techniques used, too... it really enforces the idea that hairdressing isn't just a necessity, it's an acquired art! So yeah, the cut was done, firstly to technical conventions, and was then "personalised" bu the student to soften the layers, making it less uniform. The student was really nice; although there was minimal chat (which mostly occured at the wash basin), at least then I felt she was concentrating on my hair!
I was asked how I'd like the hair finished, which took me aback a little (can you tell I've not been to a salon before, let alone an academy?) - so I just said, "flick it out... make it look like the picture". "Smooth?" "Yeah... I guess." Cue more lovely-smelling products, a radial brush and a hairdryer. Even at this stage the student took great time over it... although both the teacher and other student had finished with their models a while ago, she carefully flicked out my hair. As it was progressing, the other student and both teachers remarked on how good my hair was looking :) When it was finished, I swear my hair has never been so glossy, or had such a kick to the flicks! The student and teacher were really courteous as well, thanking me for my time almost as profusely as my thanking them for the cut!
I have only 2 issues with them: one, they didn't wipe my face after cutting, so I had lots of little hairs stuck to it... which I only realised when I looked in the mirror after I stopped to use the washrooms in Harrods! And secondly, they didn't offer to show me what the back of my hair looked like... but I forgive them for that as when I went home and checked it out, it looked fantastic. I couldn't have asked for more from a free haircut :D
So after I brushed off my face, I walked back with my head held high and my hair flicking and tossing like nobody's business. I got home and my mum had just cut her hair for £10... wash and blow dry not included... and mine still looked better! I think I'll pass my next voucher onto her... ;)
Well, I hope this was useful to anyone considering getting their hair cut by students, at a mere fraction of the price. In any case, I reckon it's worth a go... after all, hair grows out. Right, I'm off to check out cheap(er) highlights now. I managed to make an appointment at Hebe Hair Salons in London to model for them... £20 for 1/4 head, £30 for 1/2... I'm not sure which to go for; £30 seems a lot for something that will eventually grow out. We'll see...
Toni & Guy Academy: 020 7908 3824 to book.
I’ve been going to both Toni & Guy Academies for a couple of years now and think they’re top banana! Firstly, the lowdown on cuts and trims – I must say that I’ve always had 100% satisfaction. Because the Director has to check each student’s ‘work’ (ie, your hair!) before each stage, there is practically no chance that they’ll make a mistake - besides the students have all been working in hairdressers before & have had plenty of practice ;) To be honest, I’ve had more complaints at regular T&G salons, as the hairdressers aren’t supervised by the best: I’ve never once had to go back for a correction or touch up at the academies – How about that! What makes the service extra brilliant is that you’ll may a maximum of £5 for a cut. And if you keep your eyes open for those free magazines given out at tube stations (Miss London, Girl About Town) you’ll often find vouchers in there that entitle you to an absolutely FREE cut! The highlights T&G Academies do are also excellent, even though you’ll have to push the boat out at £20 (a snip – geddit?!?!) Again, total thumbs up! The only downsides to T&G Academies are that you have to be flexible regarding times, (they only do week day slots) appointments can take up to twice as long as regular appointments, and there are no free bevs given out! ;) Regardless, I highly recommended it: Top notch service with budget prices! Girls ‘n guys welcome of all ages: Get you’re split ends down there now!
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