Wednesday, 16 March 2016


Flint is at the forefront of hairdressing in Norwich, situated on St Benedicts Street in the Norwich Lanes we caught up with owner Conor O Brian to find out more about what makes Flint stand out amongst Norwich's many salons.

Flint Opened in 2009 and has been a firm favourite with Norwich folk since the beginning. Starting on Bridewell Alley Flint soon needed to expand is now located on St Benedicts Street in the Norwich Lanes. 

The current team are a mix of local talent, home grown stylists and assistants who are taking their first steps on the hairdressing career ladder. 

The idea was to open a modern salon  to reflect our interests in art and design and of course our hairdressing ethos. We were also very keen to collaborate with local business's,artists and also to spread our wings further a field through our events bringing artists and photographers from other parts of the country to Flint to help fly the flag for Norwich and promote this wonderful city.

What do you think makes Flint so popular? 
We aim to provide a relaxing and inspiring environment with a focus on giving clients high standards of service, not necessarily in a typical hairdressing .environment. But as well as good cuts and colours our clients seem to enjoy the friendly environment and the design element of our approach

You hold exhibitions and art events at the salon, how does this impact/benefit the hairdressing and clients?
Hairdressing is influenced by a myriad of everyday things as well as art, fashion, graphic design, photography... we enjoy sharing with our clients the work of artists that inspire us. And the private views give clients and staff a great opportunity to hang out, share a drink and a chat without the time restrictions of a hair appointment. 

The products you use at Flint are not ones you see at other salons how do you select what brands you work with?
 We try to keep it simple...  we only stock a couple of brands but they have been tried and tested. 

The Fourth Floor range was developed by Richard Stepney of the Fourth Floor - Clerkenwell London where I (Conor) worked for many years. Its a simple and effective product range of 4 shampoos, 4 conditioners and 4 Styling aids.  And the packaging was designed by North Design

The Davines range we chose for its effectiveness and environmental credentials as well as its great looking packaging.  The OI range of products is our Staff Pick of the month EVERY month! 

For us its really important to be able to provide the right products for our clients to continue caring and styling their hair at home, when they leave the salon.

What do you think will be key trends for 2016? 
Overall we are seeing a trend towards more natural looking hair styles. In women's hair you will see  bobs  dressed with a very natural look with a matt finish, lots of natural waves and even volume and strong fringes with soft edges. We are seeing very effective new products out in the market to help achieve these looks. 

We are also seeing  the classic chin length bob's Sassoon / pulp fiction and quite a few shorter style,  like the mia farrow which will always be a heavy inspiration with various twists.

As for styling hair, there will be lots of ponytails low side and central and braids tight to the head or loose as well as the natural dresses and undressed waves as refered to earlier in the article.

In colour trends we moving forward with the ombre'/ balayage trend and going for subtle bleeds /blends using more muted colours.

Salon photos by Tristan Conor Holden

Follow Flint on Instagram @FLINT_HAIR_ 

Book Appointments and find out more WWW.FLINTHAIR.CO.UK



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