Essensuals London [Seattle]

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

I was recently invited over this past weekend to come check out the Essensuals London hair salon owned by twin brothers, Jason and Robert Townsend. The duo who originated from Cali decided to open up a hair salon here in Seattle (Capitol Hill neighborhood) earlier this year. Their parent company is based out in London and they carry redken, pureology, and label. m products which is what they soley use during London Fashion Week! With both brothers' combined experience and knowledge on hair, these guys knows exactly what they are doing! Must I add that they are also both very funny and at times I couldn't stop laughing as I flip thru all the photos to put this post together. I seriously have a lot of facial expressions. ;)

My whole experience (lots of photos coming up..): 

Coming over from the Eastside, it was fairly easy to find parking on a Saturday! And when we arrived, we were greeted by both brothers right when we walked in. The salon's interior decor was minimalistic yet chic and modern. I just love the white walls! As you can see below, the salon doesn't have specific stations like you see in any other hair salons which makes them different and unique!  

Changed into a black robe to get more comfy and was offered a yummy mimosa. ;)

While waiting, I was recording everything thru Snapchat (my new addiction!) 
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Had a brief consultation with both, Robert specializes in color while Jason does the hair cut.

Right away they knew exactly what they wanted to do with my hair. Such a relief because I fully trusted their judgement and choices. Robert showed me a pic of a client he colored previously and we both agreed that was what I was going to get as well. A subtle light brown color melt that will highlight to my natural dark brown hair. 

After deciding on the color melt, Jason shows me what he'll be doing for my hair cut. 
A shorter lob* with sweeped bangs. Getting rid of the typical 'v' cut on the back and adding more texture.

*long bob
 Starting my color melt first with Robert. 

 Sharing his knowledge on the product dye he uses for my color which won't dry out my hair at all.
One of the main reasons why I stopped dyeing my hair in the past.

 As he's applying, he shares tips on not using hot water to wash my hair and to shampoo the scalp and less focus on the hair itself. Rinsing the shampoo will be washed thru the hair anyways.

Balayage is a French technique and term meaning "to sweep" the color.

 After the waiting period and the foils were checked by Robert. Got my hair shampooed and conditioned by Nick, who used this amazing smelling label. m organic shampoo!

 Next, I met back up with Jason to start my hair cut.

He cuts 5-6 inches off of my hair. It was definitely a change but I was ready for it! 

 Of course.. I'm snapchatting the process while he blow dries my hair. ;)

As you can see, Jason added a lot of texture to the back with no product needed! I was amazed! 

 They use the Bio Ionic stylewinder rotating curling iron. Which is a game changer to curl hair with!

 Gorgeous curls! You can see the subtle highlights coming thru against the natural light.

 I admit, I have a hard time finding someone to do and understand my hair especially since asian hair isn't always easy to work with. But Jason knew exactly what my hair specifically needed. Not just a general cut.

 Jason informs me how it should always be reverse directional curls. Changing between inwards and outwards curling. Not just going one direction. Definitely following that rule!

 Spraying with light hairspray and using the fingers to loosen up the curls and build the volume.

Jason fixes my hair to get ready for the final photos. :) 

Absolutely in love with my new hair!! <3

The final look on both mine and Essensuals London's Instagram.
If you live in the Seattle/Eastside area, definitely go make an appt at Essensuals London:

1156 11th Ave
Seattle, WA 98122
(206) 701-6999

Tell them Sheila sent you! ;)

*Prices will vary depending on the cut and color.

And if you wanna learn more about them, you can check out their Facebook, Pinterest, and Instagram!

Disclaimer: Essensuals London did give me the complimentary cut and color for a review. 
But all honest opinions and thoughts expressed were my own.  


  1. Wow this is a great post! Thanks for sharing...I would love to try this place! I'm sure it must be spendy though, being on the eastside...I will have to save up! Your photos are great and you are adorable!

  2. interesting post and great photos:)

  3. Your hair looks so good!! Can't wait to see it in person on Saturday :)


  4. SO pretty! Love the lob length and it looks great on you! Will have to check out this salon. See your new 'do this weekend! <3


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