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Published on May 3rd, 2017 | by Sara Foxley

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Review: Nylon Hair Artists

Reading is not just experiencing a rise in independent bars and eateries of late, but has also seen an increase in the number of progressive independent businesses opening in the centre of town. We recently caught up with the founder of Nylon Hair Artists, Claire Higgs, to hear about her new salon, and why they believe their service is a ‘cut above’ the high street chains.

Tell us a bit about yourself

I’m the founder of Nylon Hair Artists and have a vast portfolio in the session and fashion industry, having worked and led teams at London Fashion Week for a number of years, and worked on numerous film/magazine shoots, with the latest being a shoot with fashion blogger Rosie Fortescue. I set up the salon with my husband, Keil, and we are extremely fortunate to work with three other fabulously creative stylists – James, Michelle and Millie May.

When did you open and where can people find you?

We opened last December, with ambitions to deliver a new and innovative salon experience.

We’re based in central Reading at 7 Duke Street, so right in the heart of RG1.

What sets you apart from other salons in the town?

With a New York loft vibe the salon we offer a different customer experience, a calm and friendly environment and a barista style coffee bar where clients can relax in.

Our relaxed ambience within the salon coupled with our progressive and highly trained stylists is concentrated on offering you a “total experience”, one which will leave you looking and feeling your absolute best.

My husband and myself single-handedly built and designed the salon, with the help of the actress/interior designer Charlotte Salt. The table where clients can relax at whilst their colour is processing was made by my husband – as was everything else in the place – which we feel adds to the bespoke, personalised experiences we offer our clients.

The inspiration for the salon came from a short film we worked on for Selfridges shot on location. The house, called ‘Skywood’, was created by architect Graham Phillips and is referred to as “a house that turns lifestyle into a work of art”.

Have you worked with any other local independents since you opened?

Yes! This was always a really important consideration when we set up the business. We have an area dedicated to Reading fantastic arts community, and working with Jelly Reading the art that adorns this space changes every two months. We’ve also worked with local photographer Robin Stevenson – @wisemonkeyphoto, who took our interior shots.

What products and services do you offer?

We aim to offer a comprehensive yet indulgent service, whether you are a returning client, looking for first-time hair colour, or coming for a regular hair treatment.

We use a wide range of products, including the exclusive Bumble & Bumble range. Additionally, we use OLAPLEX, one of the most exciting deep conditioning products we have ever come across. Our Shampoo Hub allows the clients to feel separate from the salon, and is where hot towel conditioning treatments can be done.

Each treatment we offer is personalised to an individual’s hair type. So please do pop in and speak to one of our experienced Nylon team for a chat if you have any questions about treatments and our pricing.

Nylon Hair Artists is open Tuesdays-Saturdays and is located at 7 Duke Street. Call 0118 996 8897 to make an appointment. Find out more on their website and Facebook page. For “hair-spiration”, see their Instagram.


About the Author

works for a local creative agency and has been exploring independent Reading as a resident for four years.



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