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Hunting for a Hairdresser

photo 2Finding a good hairdresser can be compared to dating. You meet for the first time, you give it a chance, and every once in a while you find a keeper. It can be hard to determine “the one” from the crowds, but once you do, you’ll never let them go.

Such is the case for me after visiting color specialist Karen Holland at Oh You Pretty Things (Spuistraat 53). Karen is the salon’s resident hair colorist and, to put it simply, she can give you just about any hair color you’d like.

Karen works using Fudge, the Australian-born and London-based brand with renowned dyes (in every color under the rainbow) and styling products. Their dye is 98 per cent organic and – as it was developed with the Australian climate in mind – it has UVA and UVB filters to ensure long-lasting color.

Even though I stopped by for routine blonde highlights, Karen took her time to ensure a top quality dye job. She folded each foil like a tiny care package and carefully separated my hair to guarantee even highlights; she even took the time to dye the baby hairs at the front of my hairline. This lady is serious about hair color. She’s part of the Fudge creative team to attend hair shows and educate other colorists; she even distributes her own newsletter to clients to inspire them with the latest celebrity color trends. How fab is that?photo 5

Oh You Pretty Things is by far the coolest hair salon I’ve ever experiencedI happily sipped a glass of wine while my hair processed the dye, and the bookshelves offered the best variety of English magazines I’ve ever seen at a hairdresser in Holland. There’s funky décor (ie: taxidermy, a vintage cash register and unique artwork) and a quirky, mirrored, theatre-like wash station where you can watch a film while your hair is rinsed! Styling is done using products from MoroccanOil and Kevin Murphy – two of my favorite brands.

Oh You Pretty Things rents chairs to freelance hairdressers, which means each stylist makes their own schedule – there’s no sense of being rushed out of the chair so the next client can come in. As Karen is the resident colorist she doesn’t cut hair, but she has connected me with her colleague who will trim my locks next week. It can, of course, be arranged to have a back-to-back color and cut, for an all-in-one appointment.

Oh You Pretty Things is owned by Heath Roberts and Aziza Bos; Heath also co-owns the Wild Romance salon across the street. For a full list of hair dressers, visit Oh You Pretty Things’ website and send an email – they’ll respond quickly to answer any questions or set up an appointment. To reach Karen for a dye job, email

Text: Lydia Parafianowicz

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