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Hair Haven: Gold Bird, Truro

A hairdresser you love is hard to find, so I’ll let you in on my latest salon discovery…

It’s a while since the Muddy tresses have been tamed and they were in dire need when I booked myself in with Jo at Gold Bird Hair Design in Truro.

This gem of a little salon popped up on Truro’s Lemon Street just under a year ago and has already earned itself a dedicated local following. Gold Bird is one of just three salons in Cornwall to work with Aveda, which may win you over alone but it’s Jo’s super skills and warm welcome that I’ll be coming back for.

The Vibe

Nicely tucked away from the busy-ness of the city centre, Gold Bird occupies one light and airy floor, in one of Truro’s gorgeous Georgian terraces. The classic elegance of the architecture extends to the interior, which mixes warm metallic tones and neutrals, with fancy gilt mirrors, mid-century leather chairs and industrial touches. A chic oasis of calm, I felt a bit better the minute I walked through the door.

The Service

I always take it as a good sign when I covet my hairdresser’s hair and Jo is so perfectly coiffed, I surely can’t help but scrub up by osmosis.

I popped in for a patch test prior to my appointment and we had a good chat about what my dream hair might look like – a mid-length shiny bob that works as well straight and curly. And that’s just what I got (see below). I always think the test is how your hair looks when you get home and have to style it yourself and the cut Jo did has been really easy to maintain.

For the colour, Jo custom-blended a deeper, richer version of my natural colour for a nourishing gloss treatment. Like the hair equivalent of a great spray tan it gave my hair an instant healthy, shiny look – the perfect way to freshen up for summer.

The Products

Pioneers of eco-beauty and green cosmetics, Aveda’s products are made with organic or sustainable ingredients, harnessing the natural power of flower and plant essences. They have beautiful, natural scents, that you get wafts of for hours after using them. Plus, they’re never tested on animals and all their packaging is made with recycled materials too.

I’ve been using the be curly shampoo for a few weeks now (it really lasts) and it’s done an amazing job of softening my thick, often frizzy hair. I still need a smoothing or curl defining product to keep my style in place through the day but it’s a great start to my routine.

Aveda colour is also 96% naturally derived, so not only will it not damage your hair, it actually enhances its condition in a way that I could really feel in the days following my appointment.

Gold Bird Hair Design Truro Staff

The dream team: Yasmin, Rhianna, Jo and Adam

Also:  If you’re after the full works, take your pick from Gold Bird’s hair treatment bar (you’ll get a lovely head and shoulder massage too).

The Muddy Verdict:

Gold Bird is a hair haven in the heart of the city. A really relaxing and welcoming place to spend a couple of hours, while Jo and her brilliant team work their magic.

Good for: Aveda fans. Anyone looking for a great cut and colour in a chilled environment. Jo is also super popular with Cornish brides (see her beautiful up-dos on Instagram).

Not for: Struggling to think if anyone who wouldn’t love this salon but it’s worth knowing it’s is closed on Sunday and Monday and the team is fairly small, so if you’d like an appointment at a busy time, it’s worth getting organised and booking in advance.

16 Lemon Street, Norfolk House, Truro, Cornwall. 01872 857325. www.goldbirdhairdesign.co.uk

All photos (except the Muddy hair selfie) by Griffin Photography

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