Last week, I volunteered to help out the wonderful ReeRee Rockette, by modelling for a demo taking place at her vintage style hair salon, Rockalily on Kingsland Road, Hoxton. Perfect timing as I really needed a hair cut too, so first off I paid for a trim and some much needed bettie bangs. Thought I’d do a little review of the salon for you too, as it’s quite different from a lot of places out there and if you’re into vintage or alternative style, it’s a great place to go.
First off, huge marks for the serving of a cup of tea in vintage china, with a Penguin biscuits and sweets galore! If tea isn’t your thing you can enjoy something else with your cut too: cream soda, ginger beer, regular beer, lemonade, cola, coffee and a selection of retro biscuits. You can’t say no to a Penguin though, they’ve got jokes on them.
The salon’s decor is truly awesome, they’ve gone for a grey base so as to appeal to both male and female clients (in fact over half of the clients of Rockalily are men, looking for that Mad Men style short back and sides) this is totally refreshing for me too, being a not so typical girl, I’m not a fan of overly glamourous, girly salons. The give the place some personality, Ree has decorated the place in an ever growing collection of bits and pieces from her personal vintage collection, it’s truly unique and stunning.
Being a independant salon and therefore not affiliated with any one hair brand means the team use products that they genuinely love and would recommend. For hairspray they switch between L’Oreal Elnette (obviously) and Tresemme Firm Hold Hairspray, which is apparently the secret to keeping your vintage up do in place! Here’s a little before and after photo for my haircut and then I can get onto the fun bit, the up dos! I was in serious need of a fringe trim and finally got the curved Bettie Page style bangs I’ve always wanted, and guess what? It was trimmed with hair clippers! Scary but very effective.
The hair demo was to a group of beauty industry experts looking to learn about vintage style and trends, so the awesome Lola Primrose from the salon demoed Victory Rolls and a 60s inspired Beehive on me, here’s the snaps….
All of the Rockalily staff are very professional and know their hair, so you can visit with confidence that you’ll get a quality cut to rival any of your local chains. However, because the team have a genuine interest in vintage and alternative trends, you know that if you want something a bit different, they are going to do it wonderfully. They are awesome at all the vintage styles and can offer a range of bright colour treatments too. For more info on the salon, check out the Rockalily website.
What do you think of my new hair cut?
Would you wear any of these vintage up dos?
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