By Mary-Jane O’Regan, aka GlamityJane
Queen is one of Waterford’s hottest hair salons! Run by Lyndsey Kelly, they specialise in unique upstyling and creating beautiful hair. An Affinage Salon, we caught up with Lyndsey and her team last week in the opulent salon to chat hair, makeup, and most importantly, glamour. The salon is a bijou with three sections downstairs and upstairs having the basins and the makeup and nails. The colour scheme is black,and bling and Queen by Lyndsey Kelly has a range of clips and combs tailored towards bridal parties and occasions. It truly is a treasure trove of diamantes, pearls and stunning hair accessories!
“Nobody leaves this salon without feeling a million dollars,” says Lyndsey. “We like to give clients the five-star treatment and have created a vibe that is unparalleled in Waterford. All our clients have now become friends. We are booked out for weeks in advance.”
All the staff have their favourite things to do and are all trained under Lyndsey. They use the brand Affinage in the salon for colour and aftercare. “When I opened my own salon, I was adamant that my customers would be able to afford the aftercare, which is why we stock Affinage. The kits for a shampoo, conditioner and treatment retail at only €24, which is well worth it. Using a salon product means that the colour stays true and there are no nasties in the products that could damage hair.
“The styling range is great too. It makes it easy for people to do their own hair during the week and stay as fabulous as they are when they leave the salon. Offering clients these products, isn’t to be pushy or sales driven, it just means that they are getting a quality product that we are happy to stand over. People get very easily bamboozled in a chemist or supermarket with the range that is available. As we do so many Platinum Keratin bonded extensions, we love that the Affinage range is sulphate free.”
Bridal styling is one of the team’s passions. “We go above and beyond to make sure our clients look their absolute best for their big day with every style created for the individual and their bridal party. We have so many ideas and options, whether the bride wants sleek and classic or big and a little undone. Nothing is too much trouble for the Queen team. Bridal hairstyling has come so far from the classic chignon; we now have the option of adding clip in hair extensions to make a more glam focused look, if that is what the person wants.”
Her clip-in range by Stranded Int starts at just €30 and comes in a huge range of colours. The idea that natural hair can only be used for upstyling is old news and the Queen team will even use padding to get you your perfect look. They get inspiration from all over the world but most especially celebrity stylists and trainers. I have experience of Lyndsey’s backcombing skills and I must admit they are epic!
Queen by Lyndsey Kelly
16 Baileys New Street, Waterford
051 852 596