Stepping into the light and elegant new premises of Julia Lampard’s hair salon in Guildford, it’s easy to see why the business has made the move. Julia has taken full advantage of the large, dual-aspect space to create a glamorous, relaxed setting that might well make her customers wish they could linger over tea and magazines long after their hair has been cut and blow-dried.
The new address also enables Julia to achieve an aim dear to her heart – by offering privacy to clients who come for the salon’s wig service, set up twelve years ago in her previous premises a stone’s throw away. In a dedicated consulting room with its own facilities for washing and cutting, customers who have suffered hair loss as a result of cancer treatments or alopecia can try on wigs from a huge range of styles. With referrals from a growing list of local and London hospitals, Julia and her team of seven can now accommodate those clients who need a completely new head of hair with just as much comfort as their regular hairdressing clients.
“We want people who are undergoing a personally challenging time to feel 100 percent safe with us,” Julia says. “We don’t simply supply and fit a wig, we care for the well-being of our clients and try to keep them looking like their normal selves.”
The process of choosing and fitting a wig begins with an hour-long consultation during which customers can select from more than a hundred premium-quality human and synthetic hair wigs from just three carefully chosen suppliers. When a style and colour have been chosen, a fitting is arranged. An important part of the service at this stage is cutting the wig to make it look natural. The techniques needed are different from normal hair cutting, Julia explains, because with synthetic hair there is no new growth to give movement and texture. “If you cut a wig in the same way as you cut living hair, it will look like a wig. To create a natural look, you have to go at it in different ways.” We also offer a fabulous range of natural eyebrows made of human hair.
As well as leading the field in her innovative approach to cutting, Julia has gone the extra mile for customers by designing and patenting a muslin wig liner. Exclusive to the salon, the liner is designed to increase the wearer’s comfort by preventing chafing and keeping the wig secure and the scalp cool.
And when the wearer’s own hair eventually grows back, perhaps fragile and brittle at first, Julia is on hand again. “When people who have been poorly have their hair cut for the first time in a long while they can’t believe the difference,” she says. “Even when they think there is nothing they can do with their hair, we can find ways to create a lovely style. And when they say, thank you, I feel like me again, I’m thrilled.”
Fantastic salon! My mother had her wig fitted and styled with Julia and it was ground breaking in tackling my mother's diagnosis. All the staff are so kind and knowledgable, it was such a pleasure to be a part of the appointment. So excited for the new salon!
Salon looks amazing, it has taken blood, sweat and tears to reach your dream. With the excellent work you've done with your clients in the past, you have an exciting future.
It's a pleasure to visit the spacious new salon which also has private consultation rooms. I enjoyed the comfortable and relaxing atmosphere. Julia's styling and product advice is valued along with her staff and their attention to detail, which has kept me returning for over 10 years. PS The newly installed air conditioning was very welcome in the recent hot spell!