Cut ‘n’ Blow Fish

This heroic man tackled my holiday hair and whipped it back into shape!

He’s the talented scissor-fingers behind the world renowned Michael van Clarke salon and he invited me for a little session.

I’m finally home, back in the concrete jungle and could think of no better way to celebrate than with a much needed chop and some expertly cut sashimi.

I popped in to see Michael in Marylebone.

My once carefree, salty holiday curls were washed and brushed away… leaving a Hagrid like creature behind.

Michael apologised for letting me see myself this way (!) and got to work.

A terrifying amount of hair fell to my knees and slowly the old me started to peek through.

He explained that the whole cut is done dry, meaning he can work with the natural curl and shape of the hair.

Over two hours I lost inches and inches… but was left with fuller, bouncy looking curls thanks to the new layers.

I left with arms full of his “3 More Inches” products and a huge ruddy grin!

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Before running straight to Soho for a lunch meeting.

Sadly I’m not allowed to tell you what it was all about yet… so I’ll just share the food instead!

Dozo is a seriously underrated sushi shop. Its humble facade gives away very little of the culinary wizardry inside.

Of course, this does mean that you rarely have to scramble for a table… so maybe that’s a good thing!

We kicked off with tuna tartar, avocado, quail egg & tobiko.

A jungle of sashimi.

Followed by seared white tuna, jalapeño & salad cress.

Salmon nigiri with spicy mayo, tomato, fresh shallot, sesame seed & spring onion.

Grilled scallops with apple dressing, grapeseed oil & kizami wasabi.

All topped off with my favourite…

Black cod!

I’m so happy to be back and can’t wait to see everyone, although I really could do with a fresh coconut on the beach…

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  • Hair looks amazing! I think i’m inspired to put some layers in mine! πŸ™‚

    michaela x

  • Sonja Nelson

    Love your hair! Your sweater is darling too. Always feels so nice to refresh your hair. You need. Canadian adventure next!

  • Alice

    Let’s be fair, whilst your hair looks amazing (look at that volume), I think a trip to the salon is a must for me, if only so that the rather handsome man that was holding your hair back, aka touching your face, can touch mine too. Swoon.

  • Nam

    Interesting about dry cuts, will have to ask around for it here. I’m lately super into Jared Leto’s hair- never cared much for ombre before him! πŸ˜›

    Gorgeous as always duh.
    Love, Nammie.

  • Athena

    I loved getting my hair cut at that salon (it was Gustav who did it!). Also the pre-wash treatment is the best treatment I’ve ever used and almost one year later the bottle is still half full. I’ve also used it during pool- and sea-filled holidays and it works like a charm, you should try it!

    • Janab

      What brand?

      • Athena

        It’s from the 3 More Inches range by Michael Van Clarke, I swear by it!

  • Michael needs to fly over to Sydney to tackle my own Hagrid hair…seriously. I think we have the same hair.. but mine right now is like that pre-haircut photo 10 times worse. MICHAEL HELP ME!! (do you think he heard me?) x

  • Emma Diggins

    Beautiful hair! I want a hair cut now πŸ™‚

    Emma | Em & Them

  • your hair looks amazing after that long trip! and the food as always looks divine

    xx Milly

  • As if my sushi cravings weren’t bad before this post….it looks perfect, as does your hair! Welcome back from your vacation–you look refreshed and beautiful, as always!

  • There is literally nothing better than a day in the salon!
    Hair looks lovely and full – better healthy and thick anyway πŸ™‚
    Mollie xoxo

  • So gorgeous! That is my dream, pop to the hairdressers, have a kickass blow dry and then go for a meeting over lunch. I seriously need to find a non-office based job!!

    Lucy xxx

  • I don’t know what I am more salivating over – the hair or the sushi! Both look perfect.

  • Your hair is so perfect!
    The Macadame. xx

  • Your hair is looking gorgeous! And the sushi looks amazing too! Sounds like a perfect day πŸ™‚

  • KLG_Hair

    Wow! My favourite kind of post, hair and food. πŸ™‚
    Looks gorgeous on both fronts. x

  • Kathryn Watts

    Your hair looked so incredibly bouncy after that cut! woweee. Sushi looks yummy too!

  • Your hair looks beautiful!

  • The hair looks stunning!

    Cheeky question; Is it affordable to get your hair cut by him? I’m assuming not but I’ve had the same hairdresser (in Devon) since I was 12 and have been going back to her for the last three years that I’ve been a Londoner. Unfortunately she’s not at her old salon hence why I need to find a London based hairdresser to trust my locks with! All I need is a good cut/style and blow dry. No colour or highlights.

    Any advice?!

    Also, excited to hear what the meeting was about!

    Katie <3

    • Athena

      I had amazing cut and blow dry experiences at Daniel Galvin in Marylebone, definitely worth it!

    • Guest

      To get your hair cut by him is sadly not very affordable but if you look on his website, he has a team of stylists of varying levels that offer services at a lower price range. Normally I stray away from a Level 1 stylist when it comes to getting a snip, but at a salon like this, I’m sure even the lower levels are more advanced than your average salon.

  • Woman, I want your hair! Lookin’ totally gorgeous! Btw I tried beef tartar the other day, which I likely would not have even attempted had I not seen it on the blog time and again. I was pleasantly surprised by it. Thanks for making me more food-adventurous!

  • Anjali

    Are you seriously promoting a haircut that costs nearly Β£400?! Who do you think your audience actually are. You seriously live on another planet.

    • esm

      Oh, boo hoo Anjali, So she has money to get an expensive hair cut, good for her!

    • JaxGilly

      It took 2 hours! This isn’t a barbershop cut. When it comes to hair (and shoes) you get what you pay for!

    • JackieP

      This is the first time I’ve commented on this blog despite reading it for a while but your comment wound me up – not in a million years could I afford this, but I don’t care. I think Rosie probably has an incredibly broad audience because she’s a great writer and comes across as a genuinely lovely person, therefore there may well be people reading this that can afford it. And those that can’t can take inspiration in other ways. Stop being jealous and bitter, life’s too short. Rosie, keep up the good work!

    • Guest

      If you’ve spent any time on here you would know that yes, thanks to her blog success and lifestyle, she enjoys “the finer things in life”, but just as much as she enjoys a $5 burger at Five Guys. There’s a good chance that like her Massato cut, this was gifted to her. I don’t know about you, but if a world-renowned hair stylist offered me a free hair cut, I’d jump on that like white on rice. She’s got an incredible head of hair for a reason.

    • Nia

      Completely and utterly agree with you, Anjali. So many things that Rosie blogs about are for the elite of London. What about your average girl straight out of university? I’d die from shock if I had a haircut that cost that much! Β£400 can do so much more than a haircut.
      Also, 2 hours is usually the amount of time that I spend in a hairdressers, due to my hair being quite similar in texture and thickness as Rosie’s. And I begrudge paying Β£25 for a haircut simply because at the end of the day – it’s a luxury. Not a necessity.

  • I can’t wait for trench coat weather here! You and I have very similar hair. The last time I went in to the salon I was really worried about the amount of hair coming off my head, but the layers looked amazing in the end. I also enjoy the Kerastase hair productions. Those products, along with my good cut, are so awesome that I don’t spend more than 5 minutes blow drying my hair at night, then I sleep on it and it still looks amazing the next day.

  • I love that place. There black miso cod is incredible! Hope you enjoyed πŸ™‚

  • Your hair is gorgeous, Rose! I’ve always wished for a thicker/full set of hair! Wheeee bit jelly over here! πŸ™‚

  • Holly Pockett

    Kate Middleton, eat your heart out! Gorgeous locks. Almost makes me want to grow my pixie crop out… Almost!

  • ooooh that hair, looks gorgeous and the sushi looks delicious!


  • saradujour

    Oh, I’ve missed this peek into your London life! Hair looks lovely, as usual. πŸ™‚


  • Your hair looks amazing & so does the sushi. Black cod is my fave too!
    Hugs xoxo

  • Anon

    Would you go back to the salon if you had to pay for the cut? I don’t mind the cost if the cut is worth it- just curious!

  • Sepideh

    The hair looks great! I’ve been hearing more about the benefits of a dry hair cut, so I might ask for that next time I get haircut.

  • Your hair looks great, if only mine could look that good πŸ™‚

    NK |

  • Looking good, girlfriend! πŸ™‚

  • Queenie Lee

    Your hair looks absolutely incredible, I’m so jealous – I wish my hair was as thick and bouncy! xx

  • Alia Hansen

    Your hair is gorgeous!

  • Claire

    What beautiful hair!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Gorgeous hair and gorgeous food!!

    Lots of love,


    SilverSpoon London

  • Shaleen G

    I have been meaning to try Michael Van Clarke’s “3 More Inches” line for so long. Hopefully you let us know your thoughts on those products! Your hair looks great girl!


  • Harriet Wild

    Just ordered that 3 more inches shampoo and conditioner… Can’t wait to try it. I think dry cuts are the way forward especially for curly hair, he clearly knows his onions x

  • My favourite combination-a perfect cut & blow & sushi!

  • I want your blowdry! So glossy and bouncy! xx

  • Jolien

    We have very similar hair but sadly I’ve never crossed paths with a hairdresser that could transform into a bunch of lovely flowing curls. Fingers crossed I will some day. (I reckon that day will probably come as soon as I don’t have to look for hairdresser’s on a student’s budget.)

  • In love with your blog and the life snippets! I love all the pictures.

  • Jane

    Wow, your hair looks amazing! It’s always the best thing, going to the hairdresser after a long vacation at the sea. xx

  • Eva Mingot

    well…Β£375.00 for a hair cut! sands you are doing advertising here! Normal people can’t afford this.

  • Eva Mingot

    i have to say the way he work with hair is deftly good, dry cut…sound interesting, i bet my hair dresser can do it for less!

  • I can’t decide which is more beautiful… the sushi, or your hair! Exquisite.

  • Chrissabella

    Your hair is AMAZING, love the volume! Dozo is one of my favourite sushi places, need to try the grilled scallops, tho.

    Greetings from London,

  • MissEmmySue

    Holy hair…I would die to have locks that thick and luscious. Seriously. The curse of thin, fine hair is a horrible one.
    Regardless, he did an unbelievable job! xoxo

  • Mia Salazar

    absolutely gorgeous hair. I wish my hair was like that. And the food. I just ate dinner and now I want some japanese.


  • love your hair πŸ˜€


  • Sandy

    Your hair is absolutely incredible! Having mine cut tomorrow and will be showing them a photo! xx

  • gr8p

    oh dear, haha, I did gasp when I saw the ‘before’ photo! Very Hagrid indeed! He’s a magician, this stylist. Your hair looks amazing in the final photo. Well done. I have far worse holiday hair as I usually have it braided before trotting off. When I’m back in the country, it’s a tangled, matted mess.

  • Emma R

    I’ve never tried any Japanese food! But seeing how much you adore it, I’m wondering if I should give it a go soon.

  • Your hair looks amazeballz! Especially in that photo right before the food part of post. Beautiful. x

  • Rosie! Would you say that his “3 more inches” hair products worked? My hair stopped growing until I started taking some biotin vitamins but my hair isn’t as strong anymore and I’m looking for something to help make it healthy again. Whats your review of this product?

    Also sorry for all the comments I just love your blog!