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Hair Extensions

We have a Hair Extensions team, trained by Michael Jane in Mayfair to attach Great Lengths Hair Extensions. Great Lengths Hair Extensions are made from 100% human hair, so they look and feel very natural compared with made made fibre. The extensions are attached by a special bonding system, which does no damage to your natural hair. The bonding process takes several hours for a full head of extensions, because about 200 extensions need to be attached. Our aftercare service includes: advice on handling your new extensions, advice on the best products to use, free check after two weeks wear and low cost ongoing maintenance as required (recommended every three months). Phone now and ask for your FREE extensions consultation with Lynette


Volumising and Perming

We can perm your hair using many different techniques. The traditional method of using perm rods and creating a lot of curl is still available, but losing popularity with most of our customers.

The spiral perm for long hair is still requested by people, but is not as popular as it used to be. The spiral perm is a good technique for long hair because it enables thorough penetration of the lotions and thorough rinsing after processing; two important considerations when perming long hair. It is also requested because people like the effect.
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The newest techniques involve volumising, which means that we are perming for volume rather than curl.
The points to consider are:
—it is only suitable for hair up to four inches long
—it produces no curl, just body and root lift
—it will not last as long as a traditional or spiral perm, only up to about six weeks
The benefits are:
—it is quick and easy to do, so does not take long
—because it is quick, it is also much cheaper than traditional perms
—because it does not last so long, it is ideal for people who like to change their look often

If you want volume with no curl and your hair is longer than four inches, then consider hair extensions. Hair extensions can be used to create volume without adding extra length.


Cutting and Styling

Ninety per cent of our clients visit the salon for a hair cut, rather than a styling service such as a set or a blow dry. This is because most people want a good cut that they can manage themselves at home. Therefore, all our stylists are trained to create cuts that people can manage at home.

They will spend time in consultation in order to find out the critical factors that they need to know before they can design a style that will suit any individual. They will consider your faceshape, lifestyle and any other requirements. So whether you want a short hair cut or a long hair cut, you can be sure it will suit you.

All our cutters are trained to the Level 2 National Vocational Qualification, however young they may be. The more senior hairdressers will either have Level 3 or many years of salon experience. Therefore you can be sure that when you have your hair cut in Hans Hairdressers’ salon you will always have a qualified person cutting your hair. For more information on qualifications and experience see Our People page.

All cutting services, whatever the price, include consultation, wash, cut and styling, all products used to cut and style your hair and hair care advice.

Although we place great emphasis on creating the right cut for you, all our stylists are also well trained in styling hair. They will finish by blow drying, finger drying, scrunch drying or you may choose to relax under a climazone to dry your hair naturally.

We also train in styling long hair up, including the techniques of creating pleats, plaits, rolls, twists and chignons to name but a few.


Salon History

Hans Schneider came from his native country of Switzerland intending to stay in England for only one year. He liked the English people and the English way of life so much that he stayed on and founded Hans Hairdressers (originally called ‘Mister Hans’) in 1971 at 48 High Street, Salisbury. Hans’ dream was to run the best salon in town. He believed passionately about high quality, doing the best you can and he wanted to be a different kind of boss, one who cared about his team.

The salon out grew the original premises and Hans had to start seeking new premises. He also brought his wife, Lesley into the business. Lesley had a teaching background, and developed an in-house training programme superior to any other local training. Lesley believed that hairdressers should have a complete and thorough training so they are able to perform all the skills of the trade, even if they choose to specialise later.

Eventually the salon moved into ground floor premises at 46 High Street. Hans and Lesley joined 365 Day Hairdressing, an organisation dedicated to improving the business education and professionalism of hairdressers. The ‘pursuit of excellence’ philosophy of 365 was very much akin to Hans and Lesley’s personal philosophy.

The salon became recognised as a City & Guilds Training Centre for Hairdressing Level 2 National Vocational Qualification (NVQ). This gave stylists career opportunities to develop into trainers and assessors. Lesley became a Regional Training Advisor to salons in Wiltshire, Hampshire and West Surrey for the SAM 2000 programme, the creation of Cheyne’s Training in Edinburgh.

Additionally, the salon started being very active in the local community, participating in many charitable and commercial events, including fashion shows, hair shows, wedding exhibitions, working with local schools and women’s groups.

The salon went from strength to strength, growing both in size and reputation. Hans and Lesley were invited by 365 to become special educators to other salons. They lectured to large groups of salon owners from all over the country, and gave educational presentations to salons in the South of England.

As NVQ’s were developed the training team introduced Level 1 alongside the successful Level 2, and after that, Level 3.

As the millennium approached, Hans and Lesley looked forwards with energy and enthusiasm. The salon has been recognised as an Investor in People, has achieved 5 Stars in the Good Salon Guide and has become a Nationally Approved Salon by the Hairdressers Training Board.

In the year 2000, the salon has focused on doing more artistic work, developing the careers of the salon team into trainers, specialists, managers and future partners and improving training yet again by introducing the Level 4 qualification into the salon. It is also the year the web site was developed!

Year 2001 marked 30 years of continuous trading. Tragically on the 20th July 2001 Hans went scuba diving off the Isle of Wight and failed to surface. His Team, however, will pursue his dream, having made it our own – we strive to be forever the best salon in town.


Why can’t I grow my hair very long?

Did you know that you can lose around 80 to 100 hairs per day?

Have you seen them in your hairbrush? It is part of the normal hair growth cycle which determines that each hair will grow for so long (between 2 and 7 years) and then fall out. Then another will grow in its place. All the hairs on your head are at different stages in the cycle.
This is why some people cannot grow their hair to a very long length, their hair growth cycle does not allow their hair to grow for many years.


My hair is going grey, what can I do about it?

Firstly, hair does not go grey, it goes white when it loses its natural pigment. The eye sees the hair as grey because it blends the white hair with the natural colour hair. Whether you want to conceal a little white hair or whether you want to cover a lot of grey hair there are many ways to do it, and a professional hairdresser will know which is best for you. So what you can do is make an appointment to discuss your colouring options!


How often should I have my hair cut?

It depends on the style you are wearing. Your stylist will be able to advise you, but generally speaking short, sharp hair cuts need cutting quite often (it could be as often as every four weeks), whereas a one length longer style does not need cutting so frequently. However, even if you are growing your hair, it will benefit from having the ends cut every so often.


How long do they last?

The extensions gradually fall out over a period of time, either because the bonds degrade through wear and tear, or because all the hairs to which they are attached shed at the end of their natural life cycle. Therefore, we cannot guarantee longer than three months. Having said that, some will last much longer, and therefore it is possible to maintain the look as long as you have regular maintenance to replace those which have come out or are coming loose.



We are a City & Guilds recognised training centre and we deliver Hairdressing National Vocational Qualifications at Levels One, Two and Three. We operate the SAM 2000 programme created by Cheynes Training, which is superior to any other system we know because:

—it delivers two qualifications at Level 2
—it requires twice as many assessments to be achieved
—it is backed up by high quality logbooks and training materials
—and it is run by highly skilled, practising, professional hairdressers.


Trainees can enter the SAM programme at any level. Level 1 can be achieved whilst still at school, in the evenings and on Saturdays. Most Level 2 candidates are school leavers at age 16, and it takes about 18 months to achieve. Level 3 candidates usually start on qualifying at Level 2, so they do this qualification while working as a hairdresser. Our training team is a group of senior hairdressers working in the salon currently, who take time out of work to teach the trainees, so they are up-to-date, enthusiastic, professional and very experienced. During training, our trainees have two or three training days each week. If you would like to train with us please phone 01722 335333 If you have a question about training please email us