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Ask Hari: Hair Tips & Advice from Renowned Hairdresser



As Hari’s opens in Lebury Road, the famed hairdresser offers hair counselling to Absolutely readers

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At last, a place for us to speak frankly about our hair: the trends worth talking about, noteworthy science as it breaks, those cutting conundrums and the real reason behind your good and bad hair days. Say what you will about the British, while we may have good-getting-better hair, we’re afraid to speak out in the salon chair. How many times have you looked at your less-than-lovely new ‘do, only to murmur, ‘it’s perfect’?

My name is Hari, and I am here to help. I have been cutting hair for over 35 years, watching the exciting evolution of styling, from my early days at Leonard’s salon cutting Twiggy’s hair to today’s modern manes created at my four eponymous London-based salons, the latest of which opened up in Notting Hill this month.

But reader, we’ve left you behind, and I’m sorry. You see, I’ve noticed the one thing that has fallen behind the cutting curve is a British women’s confidence in her own hair. And it’s not surprising, because the world of tresses can be stressful at the best of times. With that in mind, this blog, aptly named ‘Ask Hari’, is your monthly forum to speak up and out, all in pursuit of hirsute perfection – it’s time to let our best hair down.

Think of #AskHari as a two-way conversation, between you and me. This is the backwash chat before you get to the salon chair, arming you with everything you need to know before you head to the hairdresser’s chair. In short, your perfect hair wish is my blog’s command.

All you have to do is pose your mane questions on Twitter to @HARIsSALON and @Absolutely_Mags using the #AbsolutelyAskHair, and we’ll answer them here.Hari’s Notting Hill didn’t want to arrive without making some kind of a Bohemian bang, complementing the area’s own unique, lassez-faire style, with that same west London vitality. We opened the doors to our newest bijou salon with treatments designed to let the locals’ hair shine.

Step forward our bespoke Chili & Oyster Hair Shot – the ‘ultimate Winter blow out’ if you like. Developed by our in-house biochemist, Nausheen Quershi, this 60-minute treatment uses natural Japanese oyster extract and chili extract, and a whole lot of scalp and mind boosting massage in-between, to rebuild and repair, while stimulating and strengthening every strand. “I designed the oyster and chill shot to stimulate circulation and promote growth,” explains Quershi, who also infused the blend with amino and water-based azalaic acids and zinc to transform hair quality. Hari’s is calling this the antidote to moody winter manes and minds. £95 for an hour with blow-dry.Visit

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