I hope you’re all having a relaxing weekend.
This is an index that I’ve wanted to compile for ages in response to the volume of emails I get looking for my salon recommendations. I get messages from regular readers as well as people planning a visit to Sligo for graduations, weddings and hen parties. The most common inquiries are for hair and makeup. I’m in a better position to recommend hair salons and stylists as I like to visit these havens almost weekly. As I mentioned in my last post, midweek my hair is a neglected mass perched in a ball on top of my head, so come the weekend I love to treat myself to a wash & blow dry and let my tamed tresses down.
You just feel ‘done’ when your hair is freshly coiffed. Honestly, one of my little loves and pleasures in life is getting my hair washed and styled. I’m known to make a blow-dry last 3 days so I don’t have to wash or style my hair.
So here goes…
Sligo’s Top Salons*
(*Disclaimer: this is based on salons I have visited, tried and tested. I’m certain there are many more excellent salons and stylists, so feel free to let me know about them and their areas of expertise.)
1. Salon 2: this has been my go-to salon for years. Sure, I like to mix it up every once in a while and visit new salons and stylists, but this is the salon I always go back to. Salon 2 will always fit you in. I’m one of those annoying clients that never makes appointments – I don’t plan far enough ahead to know that I’ll want my hair done on a particular day, at a particular time. I love the freedom of just popping in when I really feel like a lift. Anthony Kilcoyne is the friendly owner who really values your custom. He greets each customer that enters with a warm welcome and smile and really goes out of his way to thank you and say goodbye as you leave. It’s little gestures like these that go a long way. Anthony hasn’t actually done my hair in years (given my last minute approach and he being in high demand), but if you want your hair cut and styled to perfection, he’s your man. When it comes to a blow-dry or my favourite pony-tail up-style (pictured below), I’m not particularly fussy about stylists – they are all excellent, you’re in good hands so trust that they’ll all do a brilliant job. Both Shirley and Arron are popular stylists for a bridal updo. For students and teens they do a selection of really affordable styles – just ask about their BYoung menu. There are 2 car parks right beside the salon on Adelaide St. Call 0719160341 or visit their website. You can see some of my previous styles from Salon 2 here. If you’d like to see the results of the Instyler, click here.
2. Kreation Hairdressing: this is another salon I really love visiting regularly. Owned by Katie Codd, she is one truly fantastic stylist. She was the first person to do balayage in my hair about 5 years ago and she knows exactly what the customer wants. She really listens, understands what you’re looking for and I promise you’ll never be disappointed. I would recommend Katie for colour, cut and styling. Molly did my cut most recently and I loved the result too. There’s a lovely girlie vibe in the salon among the staff and clients. They specialise in EasiLocks extentsions. What’s great about this salon is that both your hair and beauty needs are catered for under the one roof at Abbey St. There’s a definite shift towards this service – the customer just wants the most hassle-free, enjoyable experience. For updates, visit Kreation Hairdressing on Facebook and for bookings call 0719142803. At the premises, MUA Annette Marshall has a beauty room with lash & brow bar and you can get your nails done with Andrea. I’m a big fan. Read my review.
3. Lydia Murray: located in Quayside Shopping Centre in Sligo town and opens Sunday. I find this so handy. Events and gatherings take place on Sundays, so this is an excellent service. And even if there is no event or occasion, it’s just nice to call in for a wash and blow-dry to set yourself up for the week ahead. (It sounds like all I do is get my hair done, but I really love to leave it to the professionals!) For appointments call 0719152809 or visit here.
4. Hair & Beauty Quarter: this is another 2-in-1 salon on High St. that opens 7 days a week. I can’t say I’ve ever gotten my hair done here, but Muireann McDermott is in charge of the beauty side of things and I know that she is an excellent beauty therapist. She is really proactive and regularly hosts events at the salon where she invites celebrity makeup artists to do demonstrations. I’ve attended these demonstrations in the past and her next guest is Aimee Connolly (MUA for Xposé and Pippa’s Fashion Factory). Call 0719138123.
5. Marian Dineen: is another well established salon in Sligo town. It’s located on High St. and has a dozen parking spaces right outside the premises. This is one truly unique salon in that Marian offers the client a wig service with private consultation room. Wigs are custom-sized and you can choose from both synthetic and real hair. She recognises that alopecia and hair loss affect so many clients. Read my review of her Joico K-Pax treatment here and of the L’Oréal Steampod here. Book your visit online here or call 0719142266.
6. Faith Hairdressing: this is the new kid on the block and the most recent salon I’ve visited. It’s owned by Lydia Murray and I’d recommend a bouncy blow-dry (pictured below). You can read a full review of my experience here. Call 0719160871.
7. Polished: this salon is located in Carney. It’s a very handy if you’re passing through Sligo en route North. It’s owned by a fabulous lady called Fiona. She is a whizz when it comes to skincare… she even makes up her very own lotions and potions. She is mainly beauty orientated, but she’s worth including on this list as she dabbles in haircare too. She’s your one-stop shop, works from home, but also travels to you for weddings and hen parties. Check here out on Facebook here.
8. Locks & Lace: this is the salon for you if you love all things organic. Owner, Emma is also a milliner and uses only sustainable and organic products. The salon is located in Strandhill where she also stocks a range of Zao organic makeup. She gives a fabulous Indian head and hand massage. For updates find them on Facebook or visit here. Call 0719128160.
I rarely get my makeup done, but it’s something I’d like to start doing more often. I don’t feel I’m in the best position to recommend makeup artists, however, based on the couple of times I’ve gotten my makeup done, MUAs I’d recommend are as follows:
Natasha Carty operates from her home in Carraroe, a short drive just outside Sligo. Her salon is called The Powder Room. She has a really beautiful set-up and she’s a beautiful person. You will love the result. She did my makeup for a wedding last summer. Find out more here.
Carol Willis is another MUA who operates from her home outside Sligo – another fab set-up. Carol did my makeup (pictured below) for the Sligo Races a couple of years ago when I was judging Best Dressed. I really loved my makeup that day. She kept it very simple with lots of highlighter. For more details, find Carol on Facebook.
Aisling Leydon is another very popular choice in Sligo. She has a big fan base and is another excellent MUA. Check out her Facebook page here.
Stephanie Kehoe is your lash lady. She loves what she does and operates from brand new hair salon Catherine Gormley Hairdressing (another multi-award-winning stylist that you’ll have heard so much about). She has her own room called The Lash Lounge. This lady is in demand so book well in advance! Find her on Facebook here.
Admittedly, it’s been a long time since I got my brows done, but I would always recommend Margaret of The Beauty Suite in Riverstown. She is another fantastic beauty therapist – for everything: waxing, tanning, nails, makeup, brows and massage. Find her on Facebook here.
I really hope that has helped if you’re in the Sligo area or visiting soon.
Thanks for reading.