Last weekend, I had a soiree to attend and I hadn’t had a great haircut in months. I thought it was time my locks got some snogging with a pair of scissors and I have been wanting to try this place called Happy in the Head for a while now. So I made an appointment and here’s how the entire experience went. I must pepper you with a little information first. Avani, who owns this place is ex Mad O Wat and has that same quirky vein run through her. Or that’s what I assume.

The Space

It’s a tiny little cubbyhole tucked into a lane in Bandra. The lane in question though is home to 3 of the major colleges in Bandra so it’s not quiet. Also, I found it really peculiar that there’s more place outside the salon than in it. And when I reached, I was greeted my various women (clients) pottering around outside with foils in their hair. I imagine like baking in makeup? Baking your hair must be a thing as well. The place has your usual cool place suspects. Vintage mirrors, distressed doors and table top, you know, the works.

The Experience

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When I called the salon, the number is of a landline but it seemed like I had called a mobile coz first there was a lot of confusion and then some static and then someone’s voice came through. It was like an international call in the 90s. Anyway, they said they didn’t have a stylist for Rs.1000 at 11am when I wanted the appointment. The other price points were  1200, 1450 and 1650, I believe. Anyway, there was so much commotion I thought I had called some other place but turned out, I hadn’t.

The Service

If you’ve been reading up reviews on my blog, you know I have been to a lot of “quirky” places. And so I know some of them can be intimidating. I was walked in and said my name at the counter, the girl said she was waiting for me. Her name was either Presley or Preeti. I say this because she told me her name while washing my hair and I couldn’t hear a word. Anyway, I was taken to a chair and she asked me what I wanted. I told her and also said I wanted a hair tattoo. She said that a senior stylist would have to do. There was no mention of the extra cost. We moved to the hair wash area. They don’t have branded products here. I saw a few Wella bottles but the conditioner was out of a unbranded jar which was quite uncool. We got down to the haircut after consulting with the senior person because the cut would depend on what I wanted. I was also asked to look for designs.

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Now, here’s the bit that annoyed me to no end. The stylist didn’t talk much which is okay. But the entire staff keeps talking to each other over the clients’ heads. And while a little fun is always to be had when they’re constantly at it, you feel like an outsider witnessing something and it can get awkward. They want to come across as in their zone but it makes you want to tug their hand and give you some attention. Maybe have a conversation. Plus, the hair was lying around for a while after it was cut. There was a food smell because it was lunch time and overall the experience was quite average and chaotic. The haircut though, was excellent. And I got my hair tattoo which they charged me a flat Rs. 500 for.

Some one from the salon was very loud and she practically shouted stuff across the room. Got on my nerves.

It’s a wrap

Salon: Happy In The Head

Service availed: Haircut

The wallet is lighter by : Rs 1700. Apparently, you book a Rs.1000 stylist but pay 1200 and then the 500 was for the hair tattoo. 

Get in touch: Shop No. 1, Mangal Kunj Bldg, B Wing, Junction of 32 and 36 Road, National College Lane, Off Linking Road, Bandra West, Mumbai, Maharashtra 400050 Call: 022 6562 2325

Brands used: None


Hygiene of salon and professional: Just about okay. Hair swept but after a while and not super. 

Destress Quotient: 3.0 AAHs

Verdict: They offer great haircuts. If they would only get their attitude in place and look like they do care about their patrons, it would change things around. 

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