Salon Spotlight: Material

Material is a modern calming space for skillful and creative hairdressing in Bath’s ‘artisan quarter’.

Established by Paul Harewood in 2013 and a finalist in the British Hairdressing Business Awards newcomer category in 2014, it is a salon of uncomplicated, sharp design with hairdressing and service to match.

We specialise in hair that looks great and is easy to manage from when our guests leave the salon to when they return for their next appointment. A lot of planning and training goes into organising the space so the team can provide a friendly, slick and unobtrusive service. The changing library of creative lifestyle journals, books, and music create an ambience where people feel relaxed and at home.


Having trained and worked at Vidal Sassoon salons and academies in London, Paul is known for precision cutting and teaching, while the team have a reputation for creative colouring and perming while also caring for the health of the hair and scalp. Having been trained on the product range and hair thinning at the Philip Kingsley clinic in Mayfair we feel able to offer more than a cosmetic solution to our guests’ hair goals and concerns.

“A big part of our success is really listening to and imparting knowledge to each and every one of our guests. We strive to help everyone understand how to look after their hair and scalp. Each guest receives a personal hair plan – recommended cleanser, moisturiser, scalp & hair treatments plus styling products and tips – based on an in-depth consultation. Philip Kingsley Spa Treatments are routine for many of our clients who we have taught to appreciate the importance of replenishing proteins and nutrients regularly and separately to the colour process.”

Our aim is to tailor stylish and striking looks for our guests, leading them on a journey, opening up new ideas and styles and advising on how to recreate the style at home. Partnering this with Philip Kingsley’s heritage and innovation and delivering service that is regularly described as “extraordinary” has helped us build guest loyalty well above the national average.

On choosing Philip Kingsley, Paul says:

 “I discovered Philip Kingsley products in 2009 and have been hooked since. Even before I opened the doors of Material I knew PK was my preferred product partner. I love the clean, simple, transparent approach that runs through the ingredients, formulations and packaging backed-up with decades of clinical expertise. It’s definitely a big bonus that the brand is British and independent.”

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Facebook: Material

Twitter: @materialhair

Instagram: @material_hair

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