Having a haircut in your native country can be worrying at the best of times, but how do you contend with a language barrier on top of this? With this list of English speaking hair salons in Madrid, you can’t go wrong!
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- Shimada Kemp
C/Cuesto de Santo Domingo 10, 29013: 911693758
Although the name does not fill one with confidence, this salon is home to many English- speaking stylists. The service is notable and the average price for a cut is a €20. They also have an English website where you can book online to avoid any embarrassing phone conversations.
C/Torrecilla del Leal 8, 28012 : 910 06 77 06
This international hair salon boasts stylists of many nationalities. The owner Shimada, aims to create a relaxed, homely environment in his salon and intends to meet the individual needs of his clients, which include adjusting to their preferred language! Shimada was originally based in LA, working on many Hollywood sets, so you won’t be disappointed. To make life easier, Shimada takes bookings via email.
Aveda is also a well renowned international brand, with English speaking staff. As expected, the prices are also top end. Its lifestyle salon uses exclusively Aveda products and it is this, paired with its central location, near Retiro Park and the main shopping district of Goya, that makes this salon the ideal place to have a stress-free haircut.
C/ Embajadores 10, 28012 Madrid. Open Monday to Friday from 10:00-14:30 and 16:30-21:00.
Located in Lavapies it’s strictly for gents but possibly one of Madrid’s hippest barbers. Like any traditional barbers, they also offer shaves, but mixed with a fashionable interior, moose heads on the wall and rock music. They speak English and you can only book an appointment through their website. The average cost of a cut is around €15. They also have their own range of men’s grooming products.
If you find yourself in a Salon where you need to express yourself in Spanish, here are a few key phrases to learn:
Hacer una cita– To make an appointment
Corte varon– male haircut
Corte dama– female haircut
Quiero cortarme el pelo– I would like my haircut
Recortar– to trim
Con mucho volumen– with body
Solo las punta – Just a trim
Entresacar– To thin
Con capas– With layers
Dejarlo Parejo– even it out
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