So I am currently looking at the world only through one eye. I got conjunctivitis. But despite this, I braved the outside world and decided to do a salon review. Because if I don’t do it, where do you look for trustworthy reviews, right?
I have been wanting to review Envi Salons for a while but never got around to doing it. In fact, I have called them several times, making an appointment but not turning up- and this has happened a couple of times. Yes, not good behaviour but I promise I had good reason. Anyhow, onto the review.
The Envi Salon and Spa in Powai has a posh location and sits pretty with fancy eateries for company. Inside, the place is spacious but seems in a little bit of a disarray with random parts of it boarded up with Kumkum wood. Yeah, go figure. The hair wash area also had some parts of it dug up and they didn’t even attempt to cover it. What? Unless they were planning to bury a dead, unhappy client there, I don’t see why it should be this way.
The few times that I had ditched them before, I had called and booked an appointment and they didn’t call back at scheduled time to ask me if I was going to make it- and if you’ve been reading my blog you know that I don’t think that that’s very nice at all. Anyway, I walked in this time and asked for a Oil Massage with Wash which was Rs.600. I asked about the Mythic Oil massage but that was expensive without a wash, so I said I would stick to the good, ol’ oil massage.
You know how I love dressing up inappropriately for the occasion right? So I was in a skirt and that climbed up pretty high. Half way through the service, I asked for a towel to cover my legs and for the sake of decency. Ravi was appointed to do my service. When he looked at my hair, he said I would be better half with a Hair Spa Service because my hair was going dry from the winter. He also suggested I get something called Powerdose done. It would have worked out to upwards of Rs.3000. I said I would just do the hair spa which was Rs. 1500 for medium hair. It was Rs.1250 for short hair.
On to the service. I am so ambivalent about this one, I don’t know where to place it. While Ravi was attentive and nice, the massage was nothing to write home about. I did mention that my crown was the pain point but he didn’t concentrate on it. My hair was washed first which I thought was weird but apparently that’s how it’s done. After applying the product and the massage, he applied a cream and put the giant steam pod on my head. At this point, it became quite comical with the steam machine not making it to my head, then getting pulled and coming unplugged and then us figuring out that we should probably use the other, closer plug point.
After this, the steam pot on my head was dripping on to my clothes but I was reading an article on my phone and ignored it. After this, he gave my hair a final rinse, blast dried it and then went on to recommend that I get extensions. We spent a considerable time discussing this and I left without doing it. So much for that, then.
Also, here’s the reception area and the lady who does the billing. Please to be noticing the Star Plus channel playing in the background.
Update: Rohan Kant, the owner of Envi Salon, got in touch with me after reading this review and invited me over for a complimentary Kerastase Fusio Dose treatment. This time, the salon was spiffy, clean and packed with people. I was taken to a special room where Nimesh explained the ritual to me. This was followed by a lovely treatment that has my hair feeling soft and rejuvenated. While I was ambiguous earlier, I am certainly more positive about Envi now.
That’s a wrap
Salon: Envi Salon and Spa
Service availed: L’Oreal Hair Spa
The wallet is lighter by : Rs.1718 rupees . Expensive, right?
Get in touch: G-3, B. G.House, Hiranandani Business Park, Powai, Mumbai, Maharashtra 400076.They have branches all over Mumbai. Call :022 2570 5311
Brands used: L’Oreal mostly.
Hygiene of salon and professional: Not very good. The salon was clearly in need of some upkeep and the booth next to me still had hair all over it. Eeks! Ravi was clean and neat. The towels though old, seemed clean.
Destress Quotient: 3.0 AAHs
Verdict: Like I said, I am mostly ambivalent about Envi. It’s not high end but charges steeply. If you are going to make me pay that much, surely you can up your game. It’s the kind of place I would recommend for for regular services but not for colouring or expensive jobs.
Therapist’s names: Ravi