One of my greatest fear living in Frankfurt is not being able to find a suitable hair stylist. I remember my German friend telling me years ago that hair stylists in Germany are crap. I’m notoriously known for sulking and crying on the spot if the haircut was a disaster. I reckon that would be quite embarrassing so it was probably a better choice to look around first.
Speaking zero German, I was nervous about going to a hair salon in Frankfurt. There weren’t many positive comments on toytowngermany.com on English speaking hair stylists. Since My Zeil looks quite trendy, I thought there must be a hair salon in there. Actually, there are 2 – kpOchs and Meyer and Marks. And they both have English speaking stylists. I had a quick look at both places at the same time one evening and found that Meyer and Marks had not a single customer in there. On the contrary, kpOchs was pretty packed. Hence, I decided to entrust my hair (and vanity) to kpOchs.
I had an appointment with Irena and she was absolutely lovely. Very German too – she told me not to have a fringe because I’ve got a huge face and having a fringe only makes it look bigger. And I think it is this very aspect of German culture which I like – being straight forward and honest about one’s opinions. A lady’s haircut (wash, style + blow dry) starts from €54 (price starts from €32 for Meyer and Marks). I must admit that the price tag is pretty heavy and I reckon part of it is due to the fact that the salon is indeed very posh. Customers get free wifi (whatever for when you can’t really move your heads, hands and shoulders much during a haircut), a TV screen for you to watch silent programmes when you’re having your hair washed and a cup of coffee/tea. They also have ipads at every seat with a slide show of various trendy hairstyles.
Anyway, Irena spoke sufficient English and was very friendly. To help her understand my needs better, I brought in pictures of bob hairstyles I fancied. Front, side and back views all included just to make sure she absolutely understood what I wanted. I highly recommend anyone who doesn’t speak German to do so. Speaking slower and louder in English doesn’t necessarily help people understand you better. Irene explained to me how she would cut my hair just to confirm that she understood what I wanted.
As my hair was half way down my back, I ended up paying €70 for the haircut. It is the most expensive haircut I’ve ever had but I was really pleased with the result. Goodbye to knots and hair flying all over my face! I love the dramatic bob A-line and how easy it is to just simply blow dry it after adding a little mousse (or schaumfestiger) for more volume.
I might try Meyer and Marks when I need a little shaping up since they are a lot cheaper. It looks like my bob is here to stay for a while! Let me know if you know of any other great salons in Frankfurt!