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Honey B Beauty Bar reviewed

No time to get your glam on? This luxe Wokingham salon does the business on my trotters and tresses.

THE LOCATION

Grey and Gold exterior of the Honey B Hair & Beauty Bar Wokingham

You’ll find this stylish gender neutral hair and beauty salon near the centre of Wokingham. Yep, you heard me, gender neutral! With the news all over this debate, it certainly got my attention and it’s the first one I’ve noticed that’s prices are based on hair length and service not the presence of the X or Y chromosome. Fellas, you pay the same. Honey B Beauty Bar is actually on the edge of a rather non-descript housing estate. Although surprising, it’s by no means a negative – I’m just going to say free parking, no race against the meter and no need to stress in the town’s challenging one-way system. Winner winner.

 

THE VIBE

Quirky pedi plinth with fake grass, hot pink button backed chair and rabbit table lamp

Glam, cool and quirky. Forget the rather clinical vibes of large city salons, this place has bags of personality – just like owner Honey. Lots of large full-length mirrors for hair cutting, colouring, extensions, dry styling. In fact no matter how deep you’ve gone into Pinterest, Honey’s team can make it happen. There’s a couple of manicure stations and, my favourite, the pedi plinth covered in fake grass with a hot pink velvet, button back chair perched on top with an Abigail Aherne rabbit lamp sat next too it. It’s  a corner of the salon where you can disappear down the rabbit hole and escape the daily grind before popping back up with perfectly perky feet.

squishy glittery beige salon chair at Honey B Hair and Beauty Bar Wokingham

At the back of the salon, you’ll find a comfy reclining chair for other beauty services (not of the relaxing variety… yet). If you would like (or need) a bit of privacy they can whip a curtain across and you are shielded from the rest of the clients. There is also a small tanning room. It’s worth noting, plans are afoot to extend the salon which will provide dedicated treatment rooms to offer massages and all that other get your kit off stuff.
Going for gold in the loo at Honey B Hair and Beauty Bar with funny slogans to have a giggle while you piddle
Honey is ambitious and passionate about what she does. All the services are top notch, she chooses staff carefully, believes in continual education and wants her salon to be as good, if not better, than anything you’ll find in the big smoke. Lucky Wokingham, is all I can say. Twenty years in the hair industry, working in London’s prestigious salons and with celebs like Victoria Beckham, Naomi Campbell, Kanye West and the Victoria’s Secrets Angels (to name a few), Honey B Hair & Beauty Bar is a new concept for the time poor who need a one stop shop to make themselves look fabulous – or just human, in my case.
The Treatments
the white leather reclining chair at the luxury hair and beauty salon Honey B in Wokingham
If you’re constantly fighting a losing battle with the clock, then you need this place in your life. Cut, colour, extensions, styling, nails, brows, lashes, waxing, fake tan (if that’s how you roll) – plus, if you’re being really decadent, you get your make up fixed. Something I would definitely do for a big night out or special occasion. Plus CACI non-surgical treatments – the kind that can lift saggy jowls, plump thinning cheeks, and raise eyebrows in a quizzical ‘That’s right baby, I do look five years younger!’ kind of way. It’s like having a fairy godmother waving their makeover wand. Who has the time or energy to get everything done separately? And I haven’t even mentioned the military operation required to sychnronise appointments in multiple venues.
Navy blue nails professionally applied to the Muddy Berkshire nails at Honey B Hair & Beauty Bar Wokingham
 I was in for a pedi and blow dry – perfect party prep. Nail those bad boys and I’m good to go – just add frockage, slap and Chanel Mademoiselle. Poor Jade had the job of dealing with my trotters. Mr MS is very rude about my feet and, in fairness, they’re not the prettiest. But nail polish works wonders. The salon uses Jessica, professional nail treatments that help grow and strengthen your natural nails. I’ve used cheaper salons, but there’s no comparison. The skin on my feet is soft and moisturised (as you would expect form a good pedi), but the midnight blue Jessica toenails are perfect. Weeks later, the colour is still as good as day one – no chipping, fading or growth gaps. Paying a little bit more, pays off in the end.
going green at the hair salon – Bio degradable towels at Honey B Hair and Beauty Bar Wokingham

Now for the barnet. Honey B uses cruelty free, vegan free products where possible. Expect to see award-winning brands like Oribe, Tropic, Jessica, L’Oreal, Hair Rehab, Balmain and more. The Oribe shampoo and conditioner feels good and left my hair silky smooth. The packaging is really luxurious too. Rather brilliantly, they use disposable, bio-degradable towels. The green bit aside, I likes the fact only my head was going to be in contact with this large Thirst Pocket – gets around the ick factor.

Owner Honey B and Muddy B in the house – blow dry done owner Honey grab a snap

I have, Honey, the Lady Boss herself, tooled up for my blow dry. On a personal level, she’s my age, knowledgeable, professional and has every L’Oreal qualification going. She’s also really glam. I liked her a lot. Honey asked how I wanted it to look, where I’d like my parting and then chatted away as she worked her magic. The result was a bouncy, lightly curled do that felt like it would hold for days. I was bit worried the setting power she applied at the end would feel a bit like cardboard, although it felt a bit odd, it did its brilliantly. Three days my blow dry lasted. THREE DAYS! I reckon it would have been longer but I felt I was pushing my luck on hair hygiene.

Oribe vegan friendly hair products at Honey B Hair and Beauty Bar Wokingham

Good job, every new client receives a shampoo perfect for your hair type. And you can have Shampoo For Life every time you recommend friend you get another bottle (worth up to £46!). They also offer loads of brilliant discounts: 20% off colour on Wednesdays; Emergency Services, Military and NHS all get 10% off and students and seniors are treated too.

 

THE MUDDY VERDICT

Muddy Berkshire Car selfie showcasing the do from Honey B Hair and Beauty Bar Wokingham

Good for: Those who are time poor with high standards. From basic maintenance to red carpet ready, Honey B Beauty Bar sends every customer out of their doors  feeling a million dollars.

Not for: The salon doesn’t deal in the dark arts of facial paralysis, so if you’re for botox, fillers and all that malarkey, walk on. Right now, they don’t offer those relaxing, cat nap treatments – but watch this space, it’s coming. Fellas wanting special rates.

££: Very reasonable. A blow dry starts at £20 to £45 with Honey; cut and blow dry from £28-£78. Nail treatments start at £15. But the ZenSpa Pedi with Geleration I had  is £45.

Honey B Beauty Bar, 56 Meadow Road, Wokingham, RG41 2TD. Tel: 0118 978 1100 honeybbeautybar.com

1 comment on “Honey B Beauty Bar reviewed”

  • Valerie Hester October 28, 2017

    Really lovely,friendly salon. I have Stephen do my hair and it always looks and feels good. Have certainly recommended them to friends

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