If you’re like me you will be extremely fussy about who cuts your hair, my hair is probably the most important part of my look. I believe you could be having the worst day ever but if you’re having a good hair day, you can smile through it.
When I go to a new salon I look at the work of the stylists but I also look at the style of the salon itself.
I have recently visited a new salon in Bristol called ‘Kings and Queens’ it screams style as soon as you walk in, from the urban walls to the BMX hanging by the entrance, the whole place has got an effortlessly cool feel about it.
I spoke to the owner and manager of the salon Gina Tigwell to find out a bit more about her and the salon that seems to be exceeding expectations since opening July 21st 2016.
I asked Gina why she felt the salon was doing so well and did she expect such a great response?
“honestly nobody could have expected such a great start, the Salon has only been open a few months and we are already taking booking for Christmas and most days we have back to back clients”.
I asked what do you think the secret to your success is?
“I think the whole feel of the salon puts everyone at ease, it’s quite relaxed and at the same time edgy, I have tried to make it as gender fluid as I can, so both male and female clients feel comfortable”.
As I am a great believer in the gender fluid style I definitely noticed that the Kings and Queens salon, was rocking this look perfectly. There is nothing worse than being a bit of a tomboy and going to an extremely feminine salon and feeling out of place and uncomfortable. Also you don’t want to walk into a salon and get the feeling that it’s a barber shop just for men. Gina has definitely succeeded in getting the balance between masculine and feminine just right.
Before opening the salon Gina’s career was on a slightly different path, she was a Police officer for a few years then moved on to work within the charity section of probation service.
So what made her open a hairdressing salon?
“I’ve always been interested in hair and wanted to study hairdressing at college but life gets in the way. I was walking around the water front in Bristol and noticed a space available and thought that would be a great place for a salon! It was definitely one of those take a leap moments, so I went for it”.
I am always in ore of people who take a risk and follow their dreams and for Gina that has really paid off!
It has been a lot of work getting the salon together, she designed everything herself and has been non-stop since deciding to open but I can see all her hard work has been worth it.
So what’s the plan for the future?
“Well the salon is still very new but we are already looking to create our own line of hair products and branded products such as organic wash bags, which will be available in the salon soon.”
Do you think you will open another ‘Kings and Queens’ salon?
“there are no immediate plans but if I did open another one, it would be in Bristol, maybe I might start looking end of next year. but I definitely have enough to keep me busty here at the moment”.
Since opening in July this salon has been a huge success and I believe it’s down to the great thought that went into the branding, look and style of the salon. There is really nothing else quite like it. It has a perfect location on the beautiful Bristol harbourside, with a great view of the SS Great Britain and the stunning canal boats the frequent the spot right outside.
I would definitely recommend you visit Kings and Queens and while you’re their book in your next hair appointment, before they’re fully booked!