A trip to the hair salon is rarely just purely functional. When in the right setting, it becomes a shared and social experience. Hairdressers behave like friends and counsellors. The salon is a place for relaxation, self-reflection and a good ol' conversation.
Therefore, there is nothing more annoying than bad music. OK, the stylist can be forgiven if they have as much personality as a wet blanket, so long as the haircut is to a certain standard, but if I hear them banging an EDM number or the latest pop drivel, it’s just unacceptable. Not only is it an interruption of what we believe the salon atmosphere should be but when you are working up to 12 hours on your feet, do you want to be listening to rubbish? No thank you.
Here at the About This Place, a salon headed by the Hair Mistress, Victoria Saunders has perfected that blend. She cuts the hair of half the DJs in London and apparently the reason they keep coming back, aside from a damn fine haircut and our ability to talk bollocks professionally, is the fact the music is spot on - hence being asked by R$N to compile a fortnightly feature for them. Music To Cut Hair To, a selection of some great music played in the salon alongside some appearances from friends...
"My February playlist is from the effervescent and wonderful Grace Sands. Excellent taste in music and an excellent taste in outfits…particularly dresses. This playlist is from the heart and filled with love. Perfect for for the month of LOVE"
1.When were you at your happiest?
In the ‘Tranny Waggon’ at the NYC Downlow, Glastonbury
2. What’s your greatest fear?
Not being let back in!
3. Who do you admire?
4. What trait do you deplore in yourself / other people?
Procrastination / Being lardy
5. What’s your worst habit?
See above, although am improving.
6. Favourite word?
7. Who would you like to say sorry to?
8. Who do you despise?
I’m not a big despiser - but Julian Assange is a devious man
9. Who or what is the love of your life?
With G Man on the dance floor combines both!
10. What would improve your life?
My label TruVanity going booooooom
11. Worst job you have ever done?
Delivering Xmas trees, Santa hat, red minidress...
12. What’s your greatest achievement?
Gathering fun souls under the stars
13. What keeps you awake at night?
Not enough draw.
14. How would you like to be remembered?
As a cool beatch who lived it
15. What lessons has life taught you?
Life IS too short
16. What would your super power be?
Instant outfit change - could rescue ANY situation
17. Favourite smell?
Nail varnish remover and take away curry - try it!
19. Who would play you in a film?
Grayson Perry (as people are ALWAYS asking me if I’m him. Tsk!)
19. What song would you like played at your funeral?
Eddie Kendricks - Date with the Rain
20. Top tip?
Clean your razor with a toothbrush
21.Tell us a secret...
Sara Cox eyed me up once
Also anything exciting you would like to shout about, upcoming gigs, parties. weddings etc etc
House of Sands presents T.O.P. - Party Tellt EP - out now HERE and all good record stores.
TRIBES WORLD PEACE PARTY Feb 16th at the CAUSE,
Tottenham ADONIS with Andy Butler, Hannah Holland, N-Gynn 6th April at the CAUSE
BOTTOM HEAVY with Wes Baggeley at the Superstore Sat 16th March
GET THE LONDON LOOK with SUPERDRAMA at the Superstore, Fri 22nd