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From blonde to bombshell: we test the new salon led by Kate Moss’ hairstylist

March 25th 2018 / 0 comment


Where better to highlight our hair for summer than at the new John Frieda salon with ’Queen of blondes’ Nicola Clarke at the helm?

Where are we?

Nicola Clarke at John Frieda, Margaret Street, London.

AKA the only destination you need on your radar when it comes to blonde colour. It takes a lot for me to trust someone with my hair, and I often put off having a freshen up for the fear of coming out looking like my mane is overly bleached, instead of sun kissed and natural. However, having felt at home at the John Frieda salon for the past few colour overhauls, I'm cheating on my go-to Aldford Street salon, to check out the stylish and equally beautiful John Frieda on Margaret Street.


Completely revamped with a chic yet understated interior (you'll be Instagramming every corner, it's that luxe), it sees cult colourist Nicola Clarke at the helm; Clarke is known in the business as the ‘Queen of blondes’ thanks to over 15 years of experience in painting the locks of the A-list, and now as she heads up the new salon she’s bringing together some of the best hair stylists and colourists in the business. If trust is what you’re looking for (as we blondes, and wannabe blondes are) then this is the place to be - with Kate Moss, Cate Blanchett, Kate Winslet, Margot Robbie and Madonna among Clarke’s regular clientele, you can guarantee your hair is in the best hands under her leadership.

What are we having?

Full head of blonde highlights with a blow dry to finish off, from £150.

John Frieda are known for their genius in natural-looking colour work, and for blondes, that is an exceptionally hard feat to conquer. I’m hoping to have my naturally rather nondescript, mousey dark blonde hair brightened up into a more noticeable shade of blonde, while still looking perfectly natural and sun-kissed. A big ask, but I’m in the right place.

After a detailed consultation with recommendations on what will compliment my skin tone with hair colourist Shannon (which was more like a frank but friendly chat with your girl pals on what you hate and love colour wise), it was time for my colour to be mixed up. Shannon suggested two different tones of blonde for a more natural colour to really lift the roots, with a little balayage throughout the ends to give it a more summery, beach vibe.

What's it like?

Tailored to your preferences, incredibly luxe, and with no request too big or small, this is colour as a work of art. Shannon instantly understood what I wanted (could I have banged on about not wanting to be stripy and overly bleached any more?!). Setting to work on my full head of highlights with foils, she then hand painted the strands in between to really give my hair a full lift from root to tip. It takes a good hour or so to get through my head of hair before it is all washed out, followed by a 10 minute head massage - dreamy.


The results

Natural, sun kissed and brighter from root to tip, the result was just as I’d hoped - John Frieda still stands as the best colour I have ever had and I’m not sure I’d trust anywhere else to nail my perfect blonde. Until the next appointment, I’m using Color Wow products which my stylist Mark ensured I was fully clued up on before I left the chair, including how to recreate volume, shine and style at home. His recommendations for my fine hair were the Color Wow Carb Cocktail Bionic Tonic and Raise The Root Thicken and Lift Spray, which stop my strands from sticking to my head, and add enough lift and bounce to last a couple of days - unheard of for me!

A high end and luxe experience from start to finish; if you're a blonde, I guarantee you'll leave with a smile on your face.

Our treat to you...


Create the perfect voluminous blow dry at home: John Frieda are offering Get The Gloss readers 20% off all Color Wow products.

To redeem, simply go to and use the code GLOSS20.

T&Cs: Offer is valid until 25th April 2018 and not available in conjunction with any other promotion or discount.


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0207 636 1401
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