In the heart of Chelsea, London is Duck & Dry, the ultimate hair salon where you can literally ‘duck-in’ and get your hair perfectly coiffed before you go about your day or night.
The space is light and airy while the chic interior complete with drinks area makes you feel like you’ve just stepped into a trendy bar. I’ve been to a few blow bars but this is by far the most superior. The staff are uber-friendly and professional and my messy natural curls were instantly transformed into a glossy mane that was styled to perfection.
Duck & Dry was founded by Yulia Rorstrom who then partnered up with hair guru Snowden Hill as Creative Director (both featured above). I caught up with Snowden to find out more about the salon and to tap him for some insider tips and tricks that can help you to maintain those tresses.
(Sarah Sian – Beauty Editor)How did you come up with the concept for Duck & Dry?
(Snowden Hill – Creative Director) Yulia’s background is finance. A year ago she was travelling a lot in the US and Japan where the hair industry is extremely developed and advanced and she felt that there was a niche in the London hair styling market for a more experience led blow dry bar concept . She wanted to introduce a blow dry bar with a difference – that offered affordable pricing yet not compromising on quality in a unique, fun and social environment. So her career took a new turn and when looking for a partner in the hairdressing industry – I was a natural choice for the Creative Director as we met previously when I did Yulia’s hair on her wedding day and we instantly clicked!
(SS) How would you say the Duck & Dry blow dry experience differs from other blow dry salons?
(SH) At Duck & Dry the focus is on quality in every aspect of the experience – from fully trained stylists and in-house training programme across all signature styles to boutique and natural hair care products, barista quality coffee and Prosecco on tap! Duck & Dry brings fun to the hairstyling experience with its open plan space, modern and fresh interior design and styling stations facing the centre creating a social and buzzy atmosphere. Open 7 days a week from 7.30am – 7.30pm we cater to early morning busy executives as well as pre-party dos with Prosecco cocktails and nibbles on offer and exclusive hire out for private events. And apart from 8 signature blow dries, we also offer 8 easy to wear updos as an alternative option for your everyday style.
(SS) What products do you use in the salon? Why did you choose these particular one?
(SH) We use Davines, O&M and Moroccan Oil as well as Babyliss Pro and Cloud9 electricals. Each brand has been carefully tried and tested by us and we picked the products that really work.
Davines combines nature and science as well as Italian style with each bottle beautifully designed! Moroccan treatment oil is a staple product for our stylists to create shine and frizz-free locks. O&M is an exclusive brand from Australia designed specifically for coloured hair with natural ingredients to design specific issues – be it volume, detox or hydration. Their rootalicious mousse is one of our key products for big and bouncy blow dries! We love Cloud9 waving wands for those big curls and BabylissPro hairdryer is our staple tool.
(SS) Tell us a bit about your background in hair?
(SH) I have been in the hair industry for 20 years now and I adore creative styling. From catwalk shows to glossy editorial shoots, I have worked on many including the likes of Princess Charlene of Monaco, Cameron Diaz and Gisele Bunchden. My first ever show was for Versace in Milan. I remember I was so star struck when I saw Whitney Houston for the first time backstage! I just couldn’t stop staring at her; she definitely had that star quality - a glow that was very endearing. I also worked with eponymous label FUDGE as their Global Ambassador and am now on to my most exciting feat yet; Duck & Dry – a whole new adventure of its own!
(SS) Can you give us some insider hair tips for the following hair concerns:
- Fighting Frizz – O&M Frizzy logic serum and Moroccan oil.
- How to get glossy hair – choose the right shampoo! O&M conquer blonde shampoo really lifts the colour on blondes and O&M gloss treatment creates fantastic gloss and shine for brunettes.
- How to combat dry hair – We love Hydration range from Moroccan Oil and Nourishing range from Davines.
Duck & Dry is located at 335-337 Kings Road, London, SW3 5ES. To book your appointment call 0203 48 99370 or visit the Duck & Dry website.
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