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Papaya Hair Design DERI ROBINS gets sleek for summer on Princess Victoria Street T


here’s been a hairdresser’s called Papaya at the Avon Gorge end of Princess Victoria Street for a while now, but since last


December the salon has been under new management. Owner Leanne Hatfield tells me that


she assumed she’d be renaming the place, to make it her own, but somehow it stuck. It suits the area; papaya’s a posh kind of a fruit, says Leanne, and we both agree that Clifton’s pretty posh, so it’s a good fit. Make it ‘posh yet affordable’ and you


have a business plan, decided Leanne, and certainly Papaya offers competitive prices in an area fairly stuffed with the competition. Talking to Leanne, you get the


impression that she’s thought it all through very carefully. Not only has she absorbed all the skill and experience you’d expect from a stylist who’s worked for Toni & Guy – renowned for their training programme – but she’s taken a lot of trouble to work out what customers want from their salon experience. “During my hairdressing career, I have


realised that making the customer feel listened to and giving them what they


actually ask for is the key to providing good customer service,” she says. Throw in a thoughtful menu of extras –


there’s a manicurist to shellac your nails while your hair’s being coloured, and a book-in-advance sandwich menu from the Cotham Sandwich Company – and it all adds up to a salon with a personal touch, which should endear it no end to locals and out-of-Cliftoners alike. Products are L’Oreal, and I was so


struck by the way that the Absolute Repair mask and Mythic Oil tamed my sun-dried, blow-dried hair that I have


You really don’t want to see the ‘before’ shot


since ordered both products. I was booked for a cut, and made


my usual apologetic murmurs about ‘a bit more shape, not too short’ that has doubtless inspired hundreds of stylists down the years; one day I’ll say ‘dip-dyed asymmetric, please!’ – but not today. While making me aware that my hair’s


a bit too fine to hold dramatically defined layers, Leanne got as close as anyone has ever done to creating the face-framing shape I’ve always wanted, with a soft fringe to hide my forehead (so much cheaper than Botox). A root-lifting mousse added volume to


the hair when drying, while a neat little product called texture dust created extra texture without being to heavy or greasy. I nearly bought them, too. Papaya should do well; consider it having the CL stamp of approval. CL


Treatment details Cut and blow dry £58


109 Princess Victoria Street, Clifton 0117 9733 050 • papayahairdesign.co.uk


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