Reilly Denholm Edinburgh: An Honest Review

My hair has never been my finest feature. Well, unless we’re using the word ‘fine’ to politely imply that it’s thin and limp, because in this case, it is my finest feature.

Over the years I’ve had pretty much every hair colour imaginable – can you picture me with the darkest of brown hair? Don’t. It ain’t cute. Anyway, back in, hmm maybe 2010, I found my colour. Blonde. Preferably as blonde as I could possibly be. I mean, everyone wanted to look like pixie Lott, don’t judge.

I love being blonde. I love nothing more than a fresh set of highlights or a yellow-killing toner. But boy has it taken its toll on my not-so-luxurious hair over the years. Which is why after trusting only my dad (who’s a hairdresser FYI) to handle my easily broken hair for my whole 23 years, it was a huge leap of faith putting my tresses in the hands of someone new.

First Impressions

I visited Reilly Denholm in the heart Edinburgh. Ok, it’s in Leith, but it turns out Leith is pretty awesome and packed with the best brunch spots. Just a short walk from the shore, I found the salon with no problems – which FYI, is some kind of miracle because I could get lost just two minutes from my flat. Anyway, as soon as I walked through the door I received a warm welcome from everyone there, offered a drink, and ushered to a seat in the middle of the room where I browsed through magazines.

One of the first things I noticed was the stark contrast to most other salons which are often very white and clinical. Much to my preference, Reilly Denholm has a unique rustic and homely interior. It’s also dog friendly which means you could be in for a whole lot of puppy cuddles whilst you wait on your colour developing – hell YES. 

Before jumping straight to it, Josh sat down and chatted to me about what I was looking for. If you’re like me – that’s fussy and particular but also very bad at vocally describing what you’re envisioning – the one to one consultation is super helpful. And not to mention reassuring.

Josh explained each process as we went along, and also made sure I was informed about each of the products he used on my wee head which was super useful. Also, just a heads up, if you dread small talk or feel a little bit intimidated by new salons, this is the perfect place for you. Everyone is super friendly – I felt like I’d been a client for years! My good gal pal (who also has her hair tended to by Josh) popped in for a chat whilst my colour developed too. Chill factor 10/10.

The Outcome

One thing that really stood out was the honesty and quality service – when my toner came out slightly more warm than expected, Josh took the extra time to make sure we got it exactly right, which meant staying at the salon a little later than usual. I didn’t feel rushed and know that I’d never be allowed to walk out without being 110% happy with the outcome. There’s no doubt that i was well looked after throughout my entire visit (and boy, I was there a while, not that I’m complaining!)

The colour and cut itself turned out fabulously and I walked out the door feeling like a new and refreshed version of myself. I can’t recommend Reilly Denholm enough – whether you just need a trim, some fresh highlights or a total reinvention, Josh and the team will have you covered.

I can’t recommend Reilly Denholm enough. If you’re in Edinburgh (or not in Edinburgh – its worth the visit!) definitely book yourself in with Josh or the team.







Posted by:Rebecca

Hello! I'm a pint-sized marketing graduate in Edinburgh. I spend too much time scrolling through Instagram, drinking copious amounts of coffee and thinking about what colour of lipstick works best with my outfit.

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