Frequently-Asked Questions

Who we are & what we do

About us

Simon Webster Hair is on Gardner Street, in the North Laine area of central Brighton. We’re only a 10-minute walk from Brighton station and just around the corner from Brighton Pavilion and NCP carpark.

We’re proud winners of some of the UK’s top industry awards, including the UK Ultimate Salon Award, the Mizani Afro Styling Award, and Best Salon Newcomer Award. SWH Team are among the very best hairdressers in Brighton and the UK and we won Best Hair Salon Brighton this year.

Gender-free or gender-neutral styling means that we don’t charge differently for men or women. Instead we charge by time because it’s the fairest way we can think of.

98% of our styling range is vegan, but a few products contain animal-derived ingredients, such as honey extract, to create the best finish possible.

No animal testing is used during the development of any of the products we use or retail.

SWH are proud winners of the Global Sustainability Leadership Award 2021. Sustainability is very important to us at SWH and we are members of Green Salon Collective. All our paperware, including toilet rolls, are ethically produced. We use eco-heads at the backwash to soften the and regulate water flow. And our towels are made from bamboo and 100% recycled, cutting down on the water and electricity we use. Our product packaging, plastic and metal waste is recycled and our single-use disposables are biodegradable. We offer a refill service for the shampoos and conditioners we retail to keep them sustainable. Our aluminium colour cans have a 4-year life due to their dispensing mechanism and we use innovative technology when mixing our colour to minimise chemical waste. The little chemical wastage we do produce is treated and used as green fuel. Even the hair cuttings are collected and used to make hair booms which help contain oil spills. So we’re helping clean up the environment, not just reduce our impact on it. 

Choosing my Stylist

All our stylists are at least Level 3 NVQ trained or equivalent. Our Graduates represent new talent, while Seniors are established stylists. Our Specialists have reached the finals of an industry competition and have a certified specialism within our craft. And our Brand Ambassadors are educators with 10+ years’ experience who represent SWH on a national platform. Simon is our Artistic Director and  Founder.  Prices reflect the skills of each team member, the time needed to complete the service and the premium products we use. 

Yes. SWH Team are highly-trained in colour and cutting, although some have particular specialisms: curly hair specialists, afro specialists, colour specialists, hair extensions specialists and alopecia specialists. You can opt to see one stylist for all your services or mix and match your stylists based on the services you’re booking. The specialisms of each team member are on our Team page or ask our Front of House Team for guidance on who is the best hairdresser for your needs.

Yes. We have afro specialists and curly hair specialists across all levels. They’re trained in the techniques best-suited to different curl types and afro hair, including the Deva cutting technique. We don’t offer dreadlocking.

Booking my Service

An appointment-only system means a smooth arrival and experience in-salon. Walk-ins are  available on consultation. And if you’ve booked, you’ll receive a pre-appointment SMS with a link to this page to remind you of our policies. To book now or buy an e-voucher, click here to be taken to an external page with all our booking options. 

Yes. You can book online via our external bookings page. You can also book via Instagram, Facebook or Google. E-bookings allow you to track your appointments, rebook with one click and make fuss-free pre-payments. You’ll be taken to an external bookings page and must have a UK payment card registered to the address you link with your SWH booking account. 

It depends on what you’re booking. Consultations are complimentary 15min sessions to discuss your hair needs. We offer optional consultations for styling and products. If you want to book a first colour service or to change colour, you will need a consultation to assess your hair needs before colouring, along with an Allergy Alert Test.

Some colours are more complex to achieve, for example if you’re having a colour change. When you go light to dark, your hair will initially fade quite quickly because the hair is usually more porous, so you’ll need regular visits to top-up your colour before it holds. If you go from dark to light, your hair goes through stages of warmer orange tones before you reach the cooler blonde shades. We can’t speed up the process because it depends on your hair’s natural colour structure as well as your current shade. And we won’t risk your hair’s condition by pushing beyond what is responsible to do. So it’s important to understand that you may need several visits and services over time to achieve and maintain your target colour. This is called your ‘colour journey’. Each colour service is priced per application, so if your colour journey requires two applications (or more) then you’ll be charged for each one individually. In your consultation, we can advise how many visits your colour journey may take – but it isn’t an exact science so it’s an estimate, not a guarantee.

Yes. We have to dry your hair after colouring to check the quality of the colour, so it’s not possible to leave without a finishing service. You can opt for different finishes after your colour service to suit your budget or time needs: an express dry with one of our Graduates, a blow-dry or a cut. 

A standard wash, cut and finish takes 60minutes and suits most clients’ hair needs. Your stylist will advise you if you should book a shorter service, perhaps because your hair is particularly fine or if you are visiting for a freshen-up between services. Our ‘luxe’ services offer extra time for clients with particularly long or thick hair. We have to wash and dry your hair to ensure the best cut. 

We offer Bond Pro as a stand-alone treatment or as an add-in to your colour service. Like Olaplex, it helps protect the bonds of your hair that can be damaged through heat styling, colour use and aging. We recommend Bond Pro for all colour services to maintain the life of your colour and protect the integrity of your hair. At home you should always use a salon-quality sulphate-free shampoo to maintain colour and condition.

Allergy Alert Testing for colour (Skin tests)

We are proud to be a Colour Responsible Salon.

Skin sensitivity can develop over time through prolonged use of colour or develop very quickly from a new colour product. So even if you’ve been colouring your hair for years, it’s important to allergy test regularly for your own safety and peace of mind. All Colour Houses have strict testing guidelines that we adhere to and we can’t accept disclaimers in place of a skin test or allergy screening. We have two options for testing, which you can read more about below.  

If you require an AAT but miss your appointment or don’t complete a Colour Passport, we may need to reschedule your colour booking.

You’ll need an AAT or Allergy Screening:

  1. prior to any first colour with us
  2. when changing your regular colour
  3. after a break in colour services
  4. if your Colourstart Passport indicates it is required


You may need an AAT or Allergy Screening:

  1. if you’ve had a tattoo or piercing since your last colour service
  2. If you’ve had an illness, like Covid 19, since your last colour service
  3. If you’re pregnant or a new mother

Allergy Alert Testing (AAT) is important when you’re having a colour to assess your sensitivity to the colour prior to your service.

There are two types of AAT that we support at Simon Webster Hair. Complimentary AATs are carried out in-salon or you can purchase a Colourstart home-screening Colour Passport. The Colourstart Passport is our preferred method because it allows us greater flexibility to adapt your colour services without the need to re-test. But you can choose either option:

1) AAT in-salon (Allergy Alert Test) complimentary service

Book a colour consultation at least 48 hours before your colour service. We’ll put a pea-sized amount of colour on a cotton bud, which you apply to the inner side of your forearm in a thin layer on an area of 2 cm x 2 cm. Leave it for 45 mins and then wash the test area with water and pat dry with a clean tissue. If you don’t observe any changes throughout the next 2 days (such as itching, redness, or swelling) your colour service can go ahead. If you have any irritation, you must notify us immediately. If you develop symptoms that make you unwell, contact a medical professional.  Subsequent colour services may not require an AAT, subject to screening questions. But we will need to re-test at regular intervals or if you want to change your colour. Your stylist can advise you if you have any questions. You can be sure we only use premium products and your  wellbeing and peace of mind is at the heart of our AAT protocols. Thank you for your co-operation.

2) Colourstart Passport (MHRA approved) £15

Register your contact with Colourstart to create an online personal Colour Passport. Answer the 6 simple screening questions, buy and apply your Colourstart Patch, following their instructions carefully. Ideally you need to allow a week before your initial colour service. Upload your results onto your online passport and share your results with SWH via the Colourstart website (we are a Colourstart registered salon). For subsequent colour treatments, just answer the Colourstart screening questions again. If nothing has changed, you won’t need to take another test. Your Colourstart passport confidentially stores your records so they can be shared with your salon of choice at any time.

This is our preferred method of allergy screening because it allows us to adapt colour formulas to respond to your hair needs, without further testing.  

Colourstart is a clean and convenient way to screen for allergy to PPDs in hair colour at home. It is a patch, much like a nicotine patch or temporary tattoo. And it is fast becoming the industry preferred method to test for allergies because it’s simple, is valid up to a year and offers a greater flexibility to change your colour product, brand or salon without the need to re-test.

Colourstart is registered and approved as a medicine by the MHRA (Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency) so has to be charged for a fixed fee. It is supported by the Colourstart Passport. Registering for a Colourstart Passport and ongoing screening is free. The Colourstart test is £15. You can buy it direct from SWH or online from SalonLove. If you buy your Colourstart test from us at SWH, we’ll add a complimentary Bond Pro in-colour treatment (usually £25) to your next service to thank you for using Colourstart and to offset the cost of the patch.

The process of using the patch takes 5 days in total and you just follow our simple step-by-step guide. First, register online for a Colourstart Passport, answer the screening questions and then purchase your patch. We’ll post you the patch and once it arrives, register it to your Colour Passport and follow the steps above. Don’t forget to take a photo of the patch on your arm! You’ll be prompted to share your results with SWH via the app through the process so we know you’re good to go for your colour service. And if you have any questions, just ask your stylist in-salon or use the Colourstart Live Chat

Watch the Colourstart video to see how to apply a Colourstart patch and use the Colourstart Passport.

If you are pregnant or have active dermatitis you cannot test with Colourstart and must have an AAT in-salon.

Paying for my Appointment

Pre-payments are taken for all bookings, so we can plan our schedule and better assess our product requirements in advance. And it means we can keep payments hassle-free, efficient and contactless where possible. Pre-payments are £20 or 30% of your anticipated final bill.

Pre-payments are refundable or transferrable as long as we have a minimum 48hours notice of cancellation by telephone or email. This allows us to contact clients from our waiting lists who may like to take that slot. Late arrivals or cancellations with less than 48hours notice are only refunded at the discretion of management.

Yes. Our Front of House Team can’t accept tips on your card payment, but you are welcome to tip any of our team directly, either in cash or using their Easytip individual QR code.

We offer NHS and NUS discounts. There are also discounts and rewards for members of local businesses and personal recommendations. Other discounts may be available at different times.

A small sustainability levy of £5 is applied to each bill, which enables us to provide you with a Covid-secure, environmentally responsible and sustainable service. This ensures that everything is recycled and managed responsibly, from single-use PPE, plastics and metals to hair and chemicals.

Client Care & COVID

Our promise to you – our clients, community and team – is to deliver a safe, responsible and professional service with your wellbeing at heart. For a time, our client experience will be slightly different. But our pledge to create beautiful, bespoke hairstyling remains the same.

We’ve worked very hard to ensure a safe and enjoyable experience in-salon. All our team wear masks in-salon and additional visors where appropriate. Your personal styling bay is appropriately-spaced and backwash areas are separated by hygiene screens. There are sanitisers around the salon for your use. All our items are single-use or sterilized between clients and service times have been extended to allow us to offer a fair and hygienic service to all.

Please arrive on time and alone where possible – for your safety and social distancing. When you arrive you’ll be asked to use the sanitiser at the entrance and we’ll provide a freshly-cleaned box for you to place any personal items in while enjoying your service. Payment is by card and contactless whenever possible, but we do accept cash.

Due to the close-contact of our services, we politely ask you to wear a face covering. This is also in-line with the latest guidelines for retail environments. Please wear your own mask to help us reduce waste. Masks will be in close proximity to products and so especially for colour services, we’d recommend the use of a disposable mask. If you’re unable to wear a mask or exempt, please advise our Client Care Team ahead of visiting.