AN EXPERIENCE LIKE NO OTHER
Each visit to London’s Brick Lane is a new experience, one day trip varying vastly from the next. The Shoreditch street, once plagued by crime, has now become one of the city’s largest cultural melting pots (and, fun fact, the heart of London’s Bangladeshi-Sylheti community). Additionally known as a scene for the edgy and artistic crowd, Brick Lane plays host to pop-up designer sales, an underground vintage market, affordable luxury fashion, food stands and fairs, and Rough Trade East, the UK flagship of the well-known record shop that also has a location in Brooklyn, New York.
Thus it’s no surprise that the aptly named Not Another Salon has found its home along Brick Lane. Not Another Salon is the brain child of stylist Sophia Hilton. If her various awards and accolades aren’t enough of a testament to her immense talent as a hairstylist, visit her and the Not Another Salon team. As soon as you walk through the door you’ll see the justification for the flood of praise of the salon, which, as of this writing, opened its doors only 15 months ago in October 2015. At least, that’s what I did.
I found Not Another Salon through its Instagram account. Peruse the images yourself and you’ll quickly see why I noticed it immediately on my Discover page. But the snapshots of revolutionary “hidden rainbow” styles, flawless dye jobs, and slow-mo videos featuring smooth, silky, rippling hair—as well as the stylists’ own individualistic (and awesome) fashion sense—are only a component of my interest in this business. Its #AntiFactory and no-judgement attitude are what really piqued my passion for the salon’s work.