August 2019 / Style & Wellbeing / by Ali Howard


Daniel Galvin’s Vacation Blonde menu heads to Marylebone.

My hair and I have been on quite a journey of late; from the highs of thick and lustrous platinum layered lengths to the lows of shedding a good half of it through post-partum hair loss; to the relief of long-awaited re-growth: never had I been so pleased to see my natural colour. Thankful for the fine baby wisps appearing on my temples, I resolved to give up the bottle for good and grow out the bleach. This in itself was a battle of wills. The roots looked cool, a kind of ombré of my own making, but there was only so long I could walk around one third mouse/two thirds Marilyn before it just looked limp and tired, and like I hadn’t bothered. (Reader, I hadn’t)… It was time to call in the experts.

Every blonde needs to know the name Chelsey. The senior principal colourist works her alchemy (and it really is like spinning gold) from Daniel Galvin’s flagship Marylebone salon. Any appointment here feels like a special event with its glitzy décor, impressive square footage and buzzy atmosphere. And specialising in every sunshiny shade there is, Chelsey is the go-to for London’s blondes in the know. We discuss the options: highlights, lowlights, balayage. I want to go back to blonde but in a low maintenance kind of way, and given that I’m yet to find a grey hair I’m keen to keep some of the mouse. It’s a tough decision. Luckily, Daniel Galvin is offering an exclusive Vacation Blonde service this summer, with an enticing menu of four travel-inspired blonde looks to choose from: Bali, Tulum, Mykynos or Tahiti. I plump for Tulum, bohemian with gentle strokes of blonde balayage and halo highlights designed to instantly brighten and frame the face. I know I’m in expert hands as the gregarious Chelsey quickly gets to work weaving my strands with tail comb and foils.

Suffice to say I’m thrilled with the results and feel like I’ve had a restorative dose of sunshine, despite stepping out into W1’s inclement weather. Who needs Tulum’s Paradise Beach when we have Chelsey right here in Marylebone?

A full head of highlights by a senior principle colourist costs from £250. 58-60 George Street, W1U (020 7486 9961;