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HAIR we go Finally - the relief of getting a proper hair style again after months of bad hair days

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Bryan Murphy, Art Director at Kazumi, with Mary McCarthy

Bryan Murphy, Art Director at Kazumi, with Mary McCarthy

Bryan Murphy, Art Director at Kazumi, with Mary McCarthy

Hurray! Hairdressers are open after 137 days shut.

I was first in the door of the Kazumi salon in Dublin and after months of bad hair was dead set on a radical hair rethink.

The owner Mark McCauley greeted me with a smile and took my jacket and bag.

The face masks and social distancing are the same as before, and you can’t get a magazine (though you can bring your own) - but unlike the re-opening last summer, instead of fear, there’s was a real party vibe and celebration in the air.

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Mary McCarthy getting her hair done at Kazumi

Mary McCarthy getting her hair done at Kazumi

Mary McCarthy getting her hair done at Kazumi

The Kazumi crew were not visiting clients for a secret snip in lockdown so there is a waiting list of over a thousand clients but Mark says they are raring to go.

My hairstylist was Creative Director Bryan Murphy - he is fifty years in the business and he needed that experience to deal with my straggly tresses.

I’ve not had a cut since July. I went to the hairdressers in December but was late for my hair straightening treatment which took two hours so there wasn't time for a trim.

For twenty years I’ve had the same style - past the shoulder, middle parting - and I’ve never had a haircut to suit my natural hair, the aim has always been what it would look like blow dried.

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Bryan Murphy, Art Director at Kazumi with Mary McCarthy

Bryan Murphy, Art Director at Kazumi with Mary McCarthy

Bryan Murphy, Art Director at Kazumi with Mary McCarthy

I’d not been to Kazumi or Bryan before and it’s the first time a hairdresser told me my natural curls with a side parting would be softer on my face.

We discussed the plan - I had photos of Alexa Chung with a shaggy bob and curtain bangs as inspiration which caused Bryan to look worried.

“I can do a tapered fringe but not straight across as otherwise your cheekbones get hidden, for your features you need width at the back and not too long”, he said.

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Mary McCarthy getting her hair done at Kazumi in Molesworth street after it reopened. Picture: Arthur Carron

Mary McCarthy getting her hair done at Kazumi in Molesworth street after it reopened. Picture: Arthur Carron

Mary McCarthy getting her hair done at Kazumi in Molesworth street after it reopened. Picture: Arthur Carron

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His first step was to lob off six inches as there was zero hope for those nightmarish ends.

In one snip, years of hair damage by heated appliances was gone, and already I felt perkier.

I’d lashed in different box dyes in lockdown and my colour was messy so we picked a semi permanent to even it out.

I didn't have that many grey strays, but I hated them, so the thought of them hidden under a shiny brunette shade cheered me up even more.

I headed to the basin. It felt amazing to have someone else wash my hair and the head massage nearly sent me to sleep.

The colour was applied and I was sat under the climazon for 25 minutes.

Bryan then cut my hair into a solid shape and started a painstaking process of taking away from that.

He wanted to keep some length, a little longer at the sides, and to avoid layering it too short on top.

He stood me up and then started to slide through the sides to lightly layer it.

He added a bit of Shu Uemura nourishing protective camellia oil and combed it through.

Bryan reckons Ireland has got stuck behind, curly hair has been happening for years and he thinks more people will go for natural styles after lockdown.

Working upwards he scrunched in Shu Uemura curl defining mousse and then held a diffuser to my hair to dry it.

He got a mirror so I could see the back and how my hair bounced like it had never bounced before.

I skipped out of Kazumis feeling happier and like a ton of weight had been lifted from my shoulders.

My terrible hair had felt like a signaller of my state of mind in lockdown and my new style felt like a mood change, a new beginning.


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