Gielly Green

Gielly Green Exterior Ruth CrillyToday I went to Gielly Green to have my hair trimmed and blow-dried. You may remember the name Gielly Green from my shampoo and hair treatment review a while back – you can read that HERE.

My hair was in desperate need of a cut – for various reasons, it hasn’t been trimmed in ages and when I caught sight of it in a shop mirror the other day I was horrified! The last three or four inches of my hair were wispy and dry, see below:

The top layers of my hair looked quite voluptuous and the ends looked weak and puny – it all just needed balancing out a bit. So! Off to Gielly Green, nicely situated in the quiet streets of Marylebone. A short, short walk from Bond Street tube if you’re a fast walker like me!

I loved the inside of the salon – very welcoming. And an amazing thing happened as soon as I stepped through the door – I mentioned that my iPhone was about to die and the lovely reception girls said that they had a charger and they’d charge it up whilst I was being snipped at! Result.

Gielly Green Interior Ruth CrillyThe interior of the salon (as mentioned) was very welcoming; plush leathers, warm tones. The chairs at the backwash are amazing – having my hair washed is my least favourite part of the whole salon experience, but I reckon these chairs might be the most comfortable I’ve ever sat in. Actually, I was lying down, which is even better!

Gielly Green Interior Ruth CrillyAbove, behold the very chair that I sat in to get my haircut. Nice! Shai (Greenberg, salon namesake and initial founder) and I agreed that my hair needed a good three inches cut from the longest layers, and that the shorter layers just needed a bit of neatening up. We also talked about my fringe – I’m growing it out, so cutting that shorter wasn’t an option. Shai suggested thinning it out so that it didn’t sit so heavily when I pushed it to the side, and I thought that this was a marvellous idea.

Do you know what? Shai did exactly what we had discussed. This rarely happens to me with a stylist who has never met me before – usually it’s a battle of wills, the stylist wanting to do one thing and me another. But throughout the session I didn’t once feel nervous – Shai was quick but very precise. He didn’t ‘talk me through’ what he was doing, but I think that maybe I prefer this silent approach!

Here’s my ‘after’ picture:

Gielly Green Ruth Crilly(Colour hasn’t changed from the ‘before’ picture – it’s just a different light!)

How much better does my hair look? A lot more balanced – the fringe is easier to push to the side, which is now its default position during the ‘growing out’ phrase. The layers are more balanced, the straggly ends are gone! And do you know, I was only in the salon for thirty-five minutes? Bliss. Straight in, straight out and what a difference!

A Cut and Finish at Gielly Green starts at approx £45 for a junior stylist, up to approx £115 for Shai.


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  1. March 24, 2011 / 12:08 pm

    oooh love the new hair! I want to go there!! xx

  2. Georgie
    March 24, 2011 / 1:45 pm

    Wowzers the cut looks absolutely Fab!

  3. Sylwia
    March 24, 2011 / 1:51 pm

    Great look, Ruth! Fresh and new but not a radical change. I absolutely love it!

    In case you would have any Edinburgh based recommendations for a haircut, please give me a shout :)

  4. Tabvi
    March 24, 2011 / 1:55 pm

    it looks STUNNING!!

  5. Living in Edinburgh
    March 24, 2011 / 3:04 pm

    Sylwia – Give India Miller at Charlie Miller’s a try. She is really good and costs about £65 for wash, cut & finish. She is the best one I have come across in Edinburgh.

  6. Lizziee
    March 24, 2011 / 3:27 pm

    Great haircut, Ruth. And the fringe still looks part of your style, not the usual growing out way.

    Sylwia – I can highly recommend Stan at JFK in Edinburgh. The salon is on South Clerk St and he´s fab. Did my hair for years and I always loved it

  7. Rachel
    March 24, 2011 / 6:34 pm

    Very nice! Are you not going to Kennaland anymore?

    • March 24, 2011 / 9:27 pm

      Now and then I have to mix it up a bit! Otherwise I’d be being biased! x

  8. Phil
    March 24, 2011 / 9:26 pm

    Ruth you look stunning!

  9. em
    March 24, 2011 / 10:28 pm

    it looks great! but why didn’t you go to kennland? i thought loved it there x

    • March 24, 2011 / 11:41 pm

      I can’t always get in – and I’m always at hundreds of different places for work, so it’s nice to have a bit of variety! x

  10. Vera
    March 24, 2011 / 10:50 pm

    Love the fact you’re not and you don’t WANT to be biased!
    I saw some blogs going to that wrong direction as they started to have more visits… pity.

    BTW, I was wondering what would be your recommendations on:

    1. The best lip balms to dry lips;

    2. The best body creams for dry skin (specially legs).

    Would be nice to see some videos about that, or only posts.

    I just bought a big body cream from Avéne, hope it’s worth the price (around 32 Canadian dolars). I was divided between buying this one or Bioderma (actually Bioderma was a few dollars cheaper) but this seems to be more rich… Don’t know if you ever tried it before. xxx

  11. ScaryG
    March 31, 2011 / 1:20 pm

    Hi Ruth love your hair, looks thicker. I was wondering why you growing fringe out? I was thinking of cutting one into my hair and I have a heart shaped face so worried about being swamped. I have wrinkles to hide though and you don’t lol. Regards x

    • March 31, 2011 / 6:06 pm

      Just can’t be bothered to style it!!!! x

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