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Number Three: stylish, but warm and friendly with it

GeTTING THe CHOp Lydia Tewkesbury visited Number Three for a much-needed barnet refresh


enerally speaking, I am not the biggest fan of haircuts. With my shoulder length, quite thick hair, I have to head to the salon on the regular lest it get completely out of control and turn into what I think of as The Clump, but it’s always one of those things I’ve viewed as a necessary evil. The hairdressers – I’ll be honest – intimidates me. So it was on a rainy Wednesday I wandered down to Number Three Hairdressing on Saville Row with a trepidatious heart and hair I had left just a little bit too long between trims. Okay – a lot too long. But at Number Three, they did a good job of making even my inwardly trembling self comfortable – all while not judging me too harshly for my split ends. Set over two floors and a little out of the bustle of the busiest part of town, Number Three is classy without coming over sniffy, luxurious but with a laid back attitude very appealing to the salon-shy.

Your experience at Number Three starts with the offer of a cuppa and magazine (I said yes to both). For anyone having a more lengthy treatment, they even have a little courtyard garden where you can sit with said literature and pick-me-up while your highlights sink in – or whatever it is highlights do. After having my hair scrubbed and massaged with the help of some sweet-smelling Bumble and Bumble Crème de Coco shampoo and conditioner, I sat down with my stylist Katie to let her whip my wavy bob into shape – which she proceeded to do, with a laid back but authoritative air that immediately put me at my ease. At Number Three, Katie explained to me, the relaxed environment I was enjoying so much was absolutely key. Stylists are encouraged to take their time with clients, so it never felt at any point that I was being rushed out the door as I have been during hair cuts past. There was nothing hectic in the way Katie methodically worked on my hair and chatted away about her life at the salon, our

shared adoration for a Cornish beach and the finale of Love Island. It’s a way of being that seems to work for the stylists too, as many of them, including Katie, have been at Number Three for most of its decade of business. After my hair was cut and dried, I had my final moment of stress. I prefer to wear my hair wavy, but asking for curls always comes with the risk of leaving feeling like a poodle – a look I wasn’t keen to sport back at the office – but I needn’t have worried. After drying my hair with the beauty blogger’s favourite Dyson hair dryer (I can confirm, it is as good as the price tag would suggest) she gently twisted my hair into gorgeous beachy waves with the help of a GHD curling tong and kept them in place with some more Bumble and Bumble – this time the Brilliantine styling creme and Thickening Dryspun Texture Spray. As I was getting ready to leave, another stylist commented that no one cuts a textured bob quite like Katie. I have to say, I agree. In all, my experience at Number Three was almost enough to cure my fear of going to the hairdressers. Almost. I’ll have to make a return visit to complete the process, I think. n

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Bath Life – issue 399  

Bath Life – issue 399