Heads up mama – there’s a new salon in town!
DAZ Hair is dazzling the Orient with his cutting edge creations across the east and they are definitely the cream of the crop (pun intended!). Following the success of The Hairdressers in Central and with 25 years experience under his belt, Aussie boy Darrin Usher was itching to put his creative talent to good use, opening DAZ Hair in both Shanghai and Hong Kong.
With the tagline “Not just another hairdressers” Darrin’s latest conception is much more than your average salon. Hong Kong is famous for its old, nondescript high-rises that are filled with treasure troves behind closed doors… and DAZ Hair is one of those. A typical Hong Kong building with rickety lifts leading to an unimpressive passageway, the door opens and voila, you enter a rustic, earthy space that could easily double as a vintage lover’s hunting ground!
With its exposed brick walls and distressed wood, the décor is equally as authentic, with each station featuring unique chairs and exquisite vintage mirrors, which cast a flattering reflection with their gold flecked, slightly tinted glass. You’ll spy antique relics throughout the salon (some of which are for sale) including everything from vintage suitcases used as a rather dapper-looking coffee table, to old-style cameras, cutthroat razors and typewriters.
And as you sit back and get comfortable, you’ll notice that Darrin’s flair for design means he’s left no stone unturned in the salon décor. From the carefully chosen light-fittings to quirky water glasses and personalised coffee cups and sugar packets – even the bathrooms will have you spending an extra minute or two soaking up the chic ambience!
We all know how important it is to have a hairdresser that can do your ‘do, and I have to admit that as an expat it can be even tougher finding a salon that works for you. Add blonde hair into the equation and let’s just say that it’s a bit like finding a needle in a haystack!
But owner Darrin is more than just your average hair stylist; don’t be fooled by the tattoos, bleached Mohawk and metal accessories – this softie is as every bit as gracious as he is talented! I often get asked where I get my hair cut and coloured and I’m choosing to think that’s a good thing…
Boasting handpicked international stylists, DAZ should have you covered no matter what your tresses request. As an added bonus, the warehouse style and size is super-spacious, meaning your little ones can roam free without danger of spilling anyone’s coffee! Staff here are very child-friendly and will gladly look after your tot while you get glammed up!
And here’s the really good bit! Sassy Mamas will enjoy a 20% discount on their first visit, and a free treatment on their second! Heaven knows in this climate, our locks surely need it!
With regular workshops including a Lab Day for students and helpers who need a bit of TLC without the price tag, GHD product workshops and makeup sessions, make sure you stay tuned to get all the latest details.
DAZ Hair 2/F Tung Chai Building, 86-90 Wellington Street (just near the Midlevels escalator), Central, Hong Kong
2956 3668 www.dazhk.com
Nicole was a newsreader with Sky News Australia for a decade, before stepping outside the box (literally) for a change of pace in Hong Kong with her hotelier husband. It was just as well she was in the ‘city that never sleeps’ because swapping the news desk and microphone for a change table and nappy bag with a new baby in tow, meant sleep was limited. Eventually emerging from the sleep-deprived bubble, 3 years on, Nicole now works as a freelance journalist, copywriter, presenter, master of ceremonies and media trainer across Asia. Check out her blog Mint Mocha Musings: The Hotelier’s wife – an expat affair in Hong Kong