It is easy to miss this multi-storey salon, tucked in a secluded corner of the Cathedral Green behind the Beer Cellar and next to Al-Farid Moroccan Restaurant. Despite this unassuming exterior, however, the warm service and top quality treatments inside are a cut above those salons typically frequented by students. Haircuts, colouring, manicures and pedicures, massages, and a whole plethora of beauty treatments are offered.
While the prices are relatively high (£25 for a basic women’s cut, £18 for a basic men’s cut) with the quality and care of their service, it is completely worth it for a special occasion.
I had a haircut and a gel manicure on my visit. Upon entering the friendly receptionist took my coat and offered coffee and tea.
I was then led up two flights of stairs to the hair salon, where the stylist took a while before starting to discuss the style I wanted and suggest what would suit my face and needs best. As someone thoroughly clueless on all matters beauty- related, I greatly appreciated the candid, tailored advice, and the cut surpassed my expectations.
The gel manicure was a thorough, multi-step process which took about twenty-five minutes in total, but when I left my nails were completely dry and did not rub off on anything. Nearly two weeks later, they are still in remarkably good shape.
Throughout both services the stylists were unfailingly polite and pleasant, making conversation and offering bever- ages at every turn. All products used in the salon are also on sale from reception if you are interested in bringing their beauty regime home.
While Space Hair and Beauty is rather expensive, and perhaps more comprehensive than some may be looking for, its services are top quality and ideal for both everyday and special occasions.