Stil Salon - Notting Hill
Summer is long gone and Christmas is just around the corner, the ideal time to treat your hair a bit extra. To our excitement, in the heart of Notting Hill, London, a new Scandinavian hair salon has recently opened and the Nordique team had the pleasure to try it out!
Stil (Swedish for ‘style’) certainly lives up to its name. With clean lines, pure white walls, stylish exposed birch wood features, and a minimalistic, uncluttered salon workspace, it’s clear that Scandinavian design has a strong influence on the aesthetic here.
The salon is owned by Christel Lundqvist who moved to London from her native Sweden in 1999. As well as being the owner and creative driving force behind Stil, Christel is the Global Creative Technical Director of TIGI. She has travelled the world working for various high profile fashion houses and celebrities such as Ellie Golding and Pixie Lott. As a three-time winner of the prestigious British Hairdressing Awards Colour Technician of the Year, Christel certainly has the pedigree to make a real impact on the London scene.
Nordique met Christel, and Style Expert Alessandro (Alex) Jottini, and the welcome was made even warmer with chocolate pralines and plenty of hot drinks. Our coats are immediately taken care of and our bags get their own special bag to sit in so that they are not directly on the floor. Understated attention to detail that is a feature throughout the Stil experience.
The first thing that strikes us, set at the heart of the salon, is the colour bar. Here is where the creative process really gets to work, with a huge range of colours that are specifically blended for a bespoke colour for each customer. A consultation for each colour customer ensures the individuality of service, ensuring that it is tailored to exactly meet each customer’s needs.
We are taken to the wash area, which is cleverly tucked away in one area of the salon with a dividing wall - perfect for indulging in a wash and scalp massage without prying eyes. Once seated at our comfortable, minimalistic salon chairs, we get the chance to properly meet our wonderful hosts.
Alex, an Italian who has lived in London since 2012, has vast experience of the fashion industry, having worked at London, Paris, New York and Milan fashion weeks. He brings confidence and charm, while coupling this with a real passion for addressing his customers’ requests. Talking to Alex, it quickly becomes apparent how much passion and interest he has for his work, which is reflected in the high profile engagements he has had from some of the world’s biggest fashion houses, such as Cavalli, Marni and Missoni.
Christel, the brains behind the salon, has a typical Scandinavian feel to her, she’s warm and chatty, and gives a very confident impression. Without knowing of her impressive background most are able to tell her experience and put trust in her hands. She’s very passionate about her job, which mirrors her personality.
The Nordique team was hugely impressed with the Stil experience. An unmatched personal service, tailored exactly to meet our requirements, and provided by a small but highly impressive and committed team. Nordique loved the Scandinavian aesthetic, and the understated charm of the salon, while the stylists’ impressive international experience really shone through in the service we experienced. Attention to detail, a real knowledge and understanding of the industry and latest trends, and a comfortable, welcoming environment. What more could we ask for? Easy to say, the two of us from Nordique were in safe hands!