Meet a salon that is truly personal to you. Steve Ratcliff (owner) opened his Dirty Classic Hair & Beauty salon 3 years ago and has been expanding ever since. 3 months ago he opened a store located at 34 High Street East, Wallsend-on-Tyne and this is where I caught him for a chat.

Steve discovered his passion for hair styling at age 14 where he began work at Toni & Guy. Little did he know that, what was first just a weekend job for extra cash, would turn into a glowing enterprise on its way to the top. He received his qualifications while working at Toni & Guy, and since then he has worked for other big names.

Through it all, he always felt that his work wasn’t as personal as he knew or wished it to be, and this is where the idea to open his own salon came to light. His first salon was in Sunderland, where he grew up, and since then has opened a salon in Wallsend and in Heaton. DC4

I was not surprised to see that  just 3 months after the salon was opened it was really busy, their fabulous reputation and stunning 60’s inspired interior is all the publicity needed. Steve was quoted saying “I am a huge fan of vintage” and this is what inpired his unique style and accessories. Even though his salon caters to whatever style you are comfortable with, Steve has a love for short pixie hairstyles, and the “wella” hairstyle is his signature cut. DC2It seems that his client are big fans as almost all reviews have resulted in a 5 star rating and positve words. For example a client was quoted saying “Me and my sister just had a cut and blowdry…… one of the best we have had amazing staff!! Will deffo be back, dirty classic hair is our new salon.” The staff is truly loved, the products they use are easily accessible to the public, and at fantastic prices too. Steve swears by Schwarzkopf and uses products such as silloette and oasis on his client.

DC3Wallsend itself had a lot of hairdressers and salons, but to Steve the competition isn’t a worry. His opinon is that every hair salon has their own style and colours, and the clients he has love his techniques because they best suit them. All new clients are welcome to check out the Dirty Classic Facebook page to see all the reviews. Remember to leave a message on there after you experience the for yourselves.

Oh and I almost forgot, make sure you pick up a price list in store, because you might not belive the prices I am about to tell you. A blow-dry cost as little as £12.00, and semi permanent colouring costs £30.00. Oh My God!!! Dirty Classic’s even provided chemical straightening at £99.00, and childrens hair cuts from just £4.00. Lets not forget that this salon has a range of beauty treatments, such as massages and facials from £12.50, waxing from £4.95 and spray tanning from just £10.00. I hope you have fallen in love with this place just as much as I have.