All my life I’ve been a suburban hairdresser and do-it-yourself-at-home kind of girl. When you have super long hair like I had for many years, there’s really not a lot of difference in cutting a few layers into it wherever you go. I was really just there for the head massage during the hair wash. I’ve only had my hair coloured in a salon once – blonde highlights to go with my ‘Rachel’ cut in 1997 – and have generally stuck to dying my hair at home with a box of dark brown dye that matches my natural shade.
After I returned from Italy last year I finally took the plunge and had my hair cropped into a long bob. I took a couple of pics of Emma Roberts and Lara Bingle’s blunt, textured cuts and went to my usual salon and saw my usual person. She did a great cut in terms of it being easy to wear, however it looked nothing like the photos. When I went back for a trim nearly two months later, someone else cut my hair and did a much better job. This time she took a lot more off it and cut a really good angle that looked especially sharp. I loved it but I didn’t love when she went on maternity leave and I didn’t have the option of her cutting my hair again. So I went back to my usual stylist for my next trim and I just didn’t like the result. It wasn’t short enough, it was a bit shapeless and I got the sense she was just cutting to what she knew rather than what I wanted. So the search as on.
I’d heard about Boda Haircutters in Prahran vaguely through blogs and Instagram – it’s one of those fancy places where people get their hair done for the Brownlow and other local events (which really is the pinnacle in Melbourne). However it wasn’t until I starting working with a girl who was a friend of Angie, the owner, that I considered going there for a cut. My friend’s hair was fantastic and modern, so I booked an appointment with Angie for after my holiday. I’ve really enjoyed having shorter hair this past year so I grabbed a pic from Boda’s Instagram of a choppy, textured bob (the pic shown above) and walked in hoping for the best.
I honestly don’t think I’ve ever had a better haircut in my entire life. I also think it’s possibly the only time I’ve ever been given a haircut that looked exactly like the inspiration photo. I filled in a new customer card that asked questions such as what I liked about my hair, what I wanted, what sort of products I use, how long I spend on it etc which helped form a good discussion before the scissors were even raised. After talking me through the cut then chopping off a good couple of inches, Angie did an amazing job styling it. I love watching anyone who excels at their craft, particularly people who do things I can’t. She twisted it while drying it then finished off with some loose GHD curls and I’ve been replicating that at home. It also looks great when just straightened and with a blast of product, retains all the shape and texture.
Also I have to say this for the shampoo part of the process: Best. Head. Massage. Ever. And they had vibrating massage chairs.
So the lesson learned is that there is a huge difference between getting someone to cut your hair and getting someone to style it. You wear your hair every single day – why wouldn’t you want it to look consistently great? I’ve always just been happy to have a haircut that was good enough. My cut at Boda set me back $90, which was only $20 more than where I had been going, and I can say it was worth every single cent. I thought I’d post this because when I was trying to search for a new hair salon I found it all a bit overwhelming – it’s the same reason I’ve never gone for a facial anywhere. The options in Melbourne are endless and it can be tough to make a choice. So this is my two cents worth if anyone is looking for a great haircut in Melbourne, Boda is absolutely my pick. Best haircut ever.
Boda Haircutters is located at 183 Greville Street, Prahran.