June 2020


Update on the re-opening of our Covid-safe Baldwin Street hair salon

With the latest news that hair salons are able to re-open from 4th July 2020, we thought we’d update you on the measures taking place in our Covid-safe Baldwin Street hair salon.

central Bristol hair studio

We’re pleased to inform you that we are now making appointments, and please be assured we will try and accommodate everyone. In light of the current Covid-19 epidemic, our top priority is keeping our team and clients safe.

We would like things to continue as normal as possible during these challenging times, and so we will be exceeding the Government’s health and safety measures during every client appointment to ensure full protection.

To keep you safe during visits to the salon, we are taking the necessary steps to welcome you:

  • All members of our team will be wearing Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), visors and masks.
  • Every other work station will be used to enable the 2m social distancing between clients.
  • Only one basin in use at any time.
  • To ensure effective social distancing, walk-in appointments will not be available until further notice. Please call us to book an appointment.
  • We will not be able to offer refreshments, but you are welcome to bring your own drinks (no alcohol please).
  • All magazines have been removed from the salon to reduce the handling of materials, but you can always use your kindle, tablet, phone or personal book/magazine for entertainment.
  • We will politely ask every client to wash or sanitise their hands upon arrival.
  • We will accept cash payments but to reduce the handling of material between our team and clients we ask you bring the correct money.
  • We will be taking card payments and making future appointments at the workstation to avoid crowding at reception.
  • We will not be able to facilitate dry haircuts.
  • All tools, workstations, mirrors, gowns, and PPE will be cleaned, disinfected or disposed of between each client.
  • Salon areas will be cleaned regularly, and disinfectant spray will be used on door handles, taps and other areas of multiple contact, throughout the day.
  • Floor markings will be in place to help ensure social distancing.
  • We ask you attend your appointment alone unless a carer is needed.

What to expect our ‘new normal’ to look like:

  • We will ask for your name, mobile number and email on booking an appointment to enable track and trace and to send advice updates about your appointment.
  • To ensure your appointment goes ahead and to avoid having to wait outside please arrive at your appointment time.
  • On arrival at the salon the door will be locked so you will have to ring the foot-operated bell.
  • Your stylist will answer the door.
  • You will be asked to use the hand sanitizer provided, put on a face mask and place your belongings (coat, hand bag, etc) into a clear plastic bag, please keep personal items to a minimum.
  • If you are having a colour you will be directed to your seat, if you are having a cut and finish you will be directed to the basin.
  • We will carry out your consultation sat alongside you speaking into the mirror to avoid speaking face to face.
  • We will be using disposable towels and our gowns which will be washed after every use at over 60
  • Payment can be contact less card (£45 maximum) Apple or android pay (no maximum) or cash.

Before making or coming to your appointment, please ask yourself the following question:

  • Do you or anybody in your household or ‘bubble’ have any cold or flu-like symptoms?

If so, please call the salon on 01173763248 to reschedule, should you already have an appointment booked.

We appreciate that some of these measures may cause some inconvenience, but our main priority is the health and safety of our team and clients. We value your cooperation, thank you.

If you have any queries about our central Bristol hair studio, please feel free to get in touch with us at our Baldwin Street salon here.


Baldwin Street hairdresser says “Bristol hair care is on the way!”

As the lockdown continues to ease gradually in line with occifla recommendations, Baldwin Street hairdresser Aidan Garlington is getting ready to welcome clients back to the salon in July, with a firm commitment to offering the best Bristol hair care available.

As we approach the hopeful open date of 04th July, subject to government clearance, we’ll be getting the whole team ready to take care of you in person.

With appointments being booked in from 26th June, we’re hoping to be able to see our clients again, as well as welcoming new clients into our Bristol salon.

If you’re doing your own hair at home, please don’t be tempted in the final weeks leading up to salons re-opening to hack away at your hair!

Maybe a tiny bit off the fringe, then simply ensure that the maintenance and conditioning of your hair is as good as it can be. But please leave it to the experts at our Bristol hair salon when we re-open to help you.

The next few weeks are also a great time to think about a change of style or colour, or perhaps both.

We’re here to provide you with the best Bristol hair care possible, particularly after a long three month absence from being able to have access to our central Bristol studio hairstylists amid the Covid-19 crisis.

In the lead-up to hopefully being able to re-open our Baldwin Street salon in July, we’re here to guide and advise you if you’re thinking of:

Complete restyle

Longer hair styling

New hair colour

Hair colour correction

Hair care and maintenance

And can offer free advice by email up until the salon is able to safely re-open for you. Simply get in touch on hair@aidangarlington.co.uk.

If you have any queries about our central Bristol hair studio, please feel free to get in touch with us at our Baldwin Street salon here.


Our central Bristol hair salon will soon to be making appointments

We’re really pleased to announce that our central Bristol hair salon will soon be making provisional appointments for clients old and new, around the latest government and Public health England guidelines and advice.

central Bristol hair studio

We’ll be making provisional appointments from 26th June, with a view to re-opening on 04th July. This is based on the current recommendations given to all Bristol salons, although this date may need to be moved, dependant on advice at the time.

Furthermore, we will have new safety measures in place, including a new client journey as a direct result of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Client safety is paramount, and with that in mind, our team of Baldwin Street hairdressers have been busy taking steps leading up to the proposed re-opening of our leading central Bristol salon on 04th July.

Recently, for example, we successfully gained Barbicide qualifications as a Covid-safe salon – read more about it here.

There will be new PPE in place for all stylists, with clients putting on their own gowns and PPE for their appointments with us.

Clients will be met at the salon front door by their designated stylist, and will be brought directly to their styling station by the stylist. We will be asking clients to arrive on time, and not early, as no waiting area will be operational for the foreseeable future.

We will also be maintaining social distancing rules between clients and columns, and will be asking any clients with Covid-19 symptoms not to come to the salon for their pre-booked appointment from 04th July.

The salon is already a stringently-clean environment, and we have further stepped up the cleaning and sanitising routines, with longer clean-down times between each client visit at each column.

There will be further updates closer to 04th July, should the situation change, but we’re fully committed to our clients and to returning safely to the salon.

If you have any queries about booking a hair appointment with us in Bristol, please feel free to get in touch with us at our Baldwin Street salon here from 26th June.


What’s better after Bristol lockdown lifts – hair colour correction or hair colouring?

One of the most common questions clients are asking us at Aidan Garlington hair Design is What’s better when Bristol lockdown lifts – hair colour correction or hair colouring?

Central Bristol hairstylists at Aidan Garlington Hair Design

As many clients are now approaching three months without any hair colouring due to the Covid-19 outbreak, many have been in touch asking what to do.

Over time hair hardens and becomes more difficult to colour. It needs a new colour application, and this can be costly, as well as time-consuming.

With the current lockdown in place across Bristol, many people are seeing that their old hair colouring has grown out, whilst some fancy a complete change. We’ve also heard a few horror stories involving box colours at home.

This is where a hair colour correction can sometimes be a better services for a client compared to a traditional hair colouring service.

soft copper Autumn hair colour in Bristol at Aidan Garlington Hair Design

Hair colour correction is also a useful service when hair is exceptionally damaged by poor quality hair colouring, and needs urgent attention.

We’re also predicting that once lockdown lifts and Bristol hair salons can safely re-open, there will be huge demand for hair colour correction services.

Typically, a standard hair colour correction will cost £45 on top of the normal cut and hair colouring costs in-salon.

As a rough guide for more involved hair colour correction services, we’d look at going from two to three levels up in steps of colour, costing £40 per level.

best Autumn hair colours in Bristol for 2019

With such a detailed hair colour service, our consultations are all bespoke, and we only provide the best hair colouring advice for each individual client.

At our Baldwin Street salon, we offer bespoke and free hair consultations, and a hair colour correction is effectively a hair colour reset or a bleach-based colour correction for a client.

If you have any queries about hair colour correction, please feel free to get in touch with us at our Baldwin Street salon here.


Bristol hairdressers give advice on handling longer hair in lockdown

Our team of Bristol hairdressers at Aidan Garlington Hair Design have been giving clients free advice via emails, social media channels, blog posts, and phone calls on handling longer hair in lockdown.

bristol hairdressers advice longer hair lockdown

And with the ongoing Covid-19 outbreak, the Bristol lockdown since late March has meant that more clients are looking at ways to manage, clean, condition, and style longer hair than they have been used to before.

The senior team of stylists at our central Bristol hair studio are on hand to [provide experienced tips and tricks for clients looking to ensure that their hair looks good and is in great condition, whatever the length it’s grown to.

When it comes to handling longer hair in lockdown, our Bristol hairstylists have a few simple tips to bear in mind until salons can safely re-open.

Hair growing out and getting longer can provide clients with the perfect opportunity to experiment with different looks at home, including:

Side sweeping of partings – this also helps to cover up roots and colour fade

New colours – research online and look at new colours to try when in-salon

Balayage – a freehand and versatile hair colouring technique we specialise in

One of the most important elements to consider during lockdown with longer hair is the conditioning of the hair and scalp, as well as maintaining hair integrity. Condition of hair is everything, and this cannot be stressed enough.

Tying up hair with Hair Bobbles rather than restricting bands can help to ease the pressure and strain on longer hair when it is tied up in lockdown, too.

One of the simplest ways to keep longer hair looking and feeling good is by applying leave-in conditioners weekly, to give extra moisture and hydration.

Something we also tell clients in-salon who have dry hair, fine hair, or longer hair in bad condition is simply not to touch and pull it about if possible.

Leaving the hair alone lets it rest, breathe, and maintain a higher hydration.

Some of the recent blog posts we’ve published for clients to help them with hair colouring, root concealing, hair care, hairstyling at home, and other issues in lockdown across Bristol include:

Hair care advice during lockdown.

Hair colouring hints in lockdown.

Low-maintenance hairstyles to try in lockdown.

Online ordering of hair care products in lockdown.

If you have any queries about the best ways to handle longer hair in lockdown, please feel free to get in touch with the experienced Bristol hairdressers at our Baldwin Street salon here.