I strongly believe that there’s a lot you can do with women’s hair. You know, cut it (but of course, keep the length), colour it, streak it, snip it short, add extensions, basically, plenty. With men, you can either cut it short, cut it very short or cut it too short and make them look like they are headed into the military. Of course, you can add colour but men and colour, I am on the fence on that one.
I knew someone who desperately needed a haircut and whose idea of a haircut was running to his local barber. And apparently it was great because you get ‘champi’ at the end of the cut. It took a lot of pleading and promising I would give him a head massage on my part to get him to agree to this review. I did my research and decided to take him to Drama Salon at Ghatkopar West. I know, Drama Salon isn’t a chain or all that popular but it has an interesting story. The thing is, Dhruv Abichandani is the art director at Drama Salon. And why is that important? Because Dhruv is also part of the L’Oreal Dream Team. This is a team of talented individuals handpicked by L’Oreal Professionnel for their ability to create art with hair. There are several others who are part of the dream team and you are almost guaranteed a good job when you head to one of their salons. Here’s how the experience at Drama Salon panned out.
The salon is located on the ground floor of a residential building opposite R City. We decided to go to the salon on a particularly rainy evening. Because what fun is a haircut if it’s not preceded by having to swim to the location and arrive soaking wet at a salon? Once we got there, I was a little underwhelmed. I was expecting a lot more from a salon owned by a member of the Dream Team. A few things were in a disarray and not everything looked spunky enough. For my friend, the space was not a concern, the haircut was going to the deal maker or breaker. The area is long with separate stations for threading and styling services, there’s an area for haircuts, a hair wash area and two stations for nail services. There are also two rooms for other services like facials and waxing appointments.
My friend’s hair was rapidly disappearing from his scalp which is why this haircut was more of a challenge than just a cut. We had asked for a junior stylist for the cut. The stylist recommended going slightly short with the hair but not too short. My friend and I were both on board. We did randomly go into a discussion about hair length but mostly it was irrelevant. The stylist then gave him a wash, post which the hair was cut and styled. I must point out at this point that the rather uninterested staff hovering around the reception area tends to leave a bad impression. The women didn’t look like they gave a damn and continued to watch TV. Erm. Odd.
After being a little disappointed by the salon, I didn’t know what to expect. But it ended very well. After a brief discussion, my friend was lead to the backwash where his hair was washed with L’Oreal Professionnel products. Then, his hair was cut, dried a little bit and any bits that seemed out of place were cut again. Then the hair was dried and using Playball (A L’Oreal product again) was styled in a way that looked pretty fantastic. The stylist told us that he had been trained at the L’Oreal Academy and it was an intense course. The cut ended up covering the scalp quite effectively giving the appearance of a head full of hair. This thrilled my friend as well. He was really impressed because he went ahead and invested in the Playball. Which by the way was more expensive than the haircut.
In a jiffy
Salon: Drama Salon and Spa, Ghatkopar West
Service availed: Haircut for a male
The wallet is lighter by : Rs.570 for haircut inclusive of wash and dry. Rs.675 for the playball
Get in touch: G-2,Presidential Plaza, Ground Floor, Opposite R City Mall, L B S Marg, Ghatkopar West, Mumbai, Maharashtra 400086. Call: 022 2517 0155
Brands used: L’Oreal Professionnel
Hygiene of salon and professional: Decent but could use a little bit of an uplift in terms of decor.
Destress Quotient: 4 AAHs
Verdict: While the salon itself isn’t anything to write home about, the haircut was well worth the trek and we left with a happy customer. Plus, if the reviews of the salon on their Facebook page are anything to go by, they are going a good job.
Stylists name: I forget but will be updated.
Photos taken from Google. Will be updated shortly.