Our philosophy is simple: beautiful curls, beautiful colour, beautiful cuts
Belle & Blackley are a motley crew of passionate, professional hairdressers.
Scott (our fearless leader - unless there's a spider involved and then you won't see him for dust), Eileen (the actual leader and killer of rogue spiders), Julie, Queen of the bouncy blow dry and our Extensions Expert and Bryan, our technician stylist who loves everything to do with colour. And then you have our team of assistants led by Shannon and Demi - who work tirelessly to keep the salon ticking and keep our stylists in check.
We love our work and each team member is encouraged to embrace their particular passion within the world of hairdressing.
As the home of Belle & Blackley Curls, we're thrilled that our reputation reaches far and wide.
We want our clients to enjoy our relaxed and friendly atmosphere but also leave having had the benefit of working with professionals that have over 35 years of experience.
Based in the heart of the city, in one of Glasgow's architectural gems, The Lion Chambers on Hope Street, we're perfectly placed to cater to our wide range of clientele: from Glasgow's thriving student community to the professionals that work in the city, to the people that travel far and wide to come and see us, we have a service to suit everyone.
We choose to work with companies and product ranges that not only share our philosophy by being dedicated to excellence but also push the boundaries of innovation within the hair and beauty industries.
We pride ourselves on our individuality and to that end we also use products from a range professional collections. When we come across a product that we love, our 'hero' product from a particular range, we add that to our mix - making sure our clients have access to the best products from Wella, Innersense, Schwarzkopf, Goldwell, Mood, Only Curls to name but a few.
A perfect partnership...
172 Hope Street is also home to our friends at WAX HQ.
Louise, Nicola and Olivia, a team of professional beauty experts who specialise in waxing.
Details of their service menu and online booking system can be found on their website www.waxhq.com.
Our new home...starting from scratch!
After 25 years at our old base, in January 2020 it was time to shake things up and make a new home for ourselves.
As if by fate, the building across the road became available and, as an empty shell, we saw an opportunity to make the place our own.
Built in 1904 - 1907, The Lion Chambers, is a Grade A listed building, sadly left to deteriorate over the years. Originally designed to be used by lawyers and artists - (classic combo!!!) - it's a beautiful building and we are happy to make it our home and draw some attention to it.
A new home and a new way of working....
They say necessity is the mother of invention and we have found that to be very much the case here at Belle & Blackley.
Lockdown forced us to re-evaluate our work/life balance and coming out of lockdown, returning to work, forced us to think outside the box to create a totally new working environment that was safe, satisfying and sustainable.
So we came up with Phase 1 - a reduced menu of services, staff working in 'style teams', reduced staff contact, reduced client footfall - all of which could have made our working environment clinical and lacking a bit of soul....
But in fact what started to reveal itself was a much more enjoyable working experience for our clients and for our team.
We enjoyed a much more relaxed pace, more time with our clients, more time with ourselves, less interruptions, less phone calls, quieter music, more breaks, better preparation with our online consultation forms, less faffing at the till due to the prepayment system, less missed appointments - a massive loss to any business.
But we definitely missed the buzz of the blow dryer, the flow of creativity that comes with more intricate colour work, the thrill of seeing the transformative effect of the finished look - so we knew we had to come up with a way to add more services but maintain all the positive effects of this new way of working.
Phase 2 began to take shape..... and now it's here.
A full service menu, stylists working safely in their dedicated areas and dedicated teams and colour packages designed to simplify the booking experience and maximise time with your stylist.
We want to keep on doing what we do best - making you all look and feel fantastic - so all of our safety procedures and Covid-19 codes of practise will continue to be the norm.
Our clients have helped us shape Phase 1 and 2 and we are grateful for all of their support, loyalty, patience and feedback.
Here's to Phase 2 and beyond...