Hair salon review: Jigami
15 Ingestre Place, Soho,
London, W1F 0JH – map
Telephone: 020 7287 0788
Hours: Mon 10.00-17.30, Tues-Thurs 10:30 – 21:00, Fri 10:00 – 17:30, Sat 09:30 – 17:30
Rating: **** (out of 5)
Review by: Alexa Williamson
For those who are looking for a convenient, safety-conscious (ie who use virtually organic colours if you request it) central hair salon in London’s West End, which offers great colours and cuts at reasonable prices, then look no further than Jigami.
Having decided to avoid as many hair colour chemicals as possible when getting my latest highlights, and after surfing around the web for organic hair salons in London, I was lucky enough to come across Jigami.
Using a seaweed-based lightener, by Organic & Mineral Research, to achieve blond tones (instead of standard bleach) and also colours, that are “95% water and contain no peroxide, resorcinol, ammonia or mercury“, plus patiently answering all my questions about the products before booking the appointment, they intrigued me enough to trust* them do my hair.
Upon arrival, I was met by a nice stylist named Sarah who did a colour consultation with me and my trim. I liked her as she, similar to the staff who answered the phone, was very patient and good at what she did. After being offered a beverage, Sarah chatted to me about the colours we could use and then got down to work. The atmosphere of the salon is humble and pleasant with spotlighting, a large window out front, and wooden floors. It also doesn’t smell of chemicals as the products they use are virtually fume-free.
Opting for a half-head of highlights, Sarah said that she used to work with Aveda products (which also contain less chemicals than a lot of other brands), but even those used to make her eyes run. However, she never had a problem with the Organic & Mineral Research Colours.
The whole process to get my hair coloured and cut took about 2.5 hours and I was, overall, pleased with the results as my hair came out a gorgeous golden blond. I rate Sarah’s work as good and would go back to her again. However, it wasn’t as impressive as the work at Rush in Camden as they got exactly the colours I wanted first time round. However, they use chemical products.
I had asked Sarah to use at least two colours for the highlights. However, only one was used. (Rush knew to use two without my asking – and they matched the colours perfectly without my asking). The cut was also a bit average, yet I still like it. I say this, as a few weeks earlier, I had gotten a trim to my bob that had given me an excellent flair with some loose layers. This time my bob was nice, but not as sexy as my previous trim.
Yet, I still think that she could do an excellent cut with a bit more input from me next time (although I did mention what I wanted before she started snipping).
* If you’re a bit vain like me (and have had your hair turned orange or white when you asked for blond), you’ll know that switching hairdresser is a big step.