However, you shouldn't go to Wortley to visit Gray's as you'll be disappointed due to the fact it isn't there any more. After months of planning and hard work, the salon has now moved to its new location in Stanningley.
I can't pretend that I'm not slightly sad that the salon has moved, mostly because it was five minutes from my house so I could pop in to get my nails or eyebrows done while on my lunch hour when I was working from home. However, the salon really had outgrown their own location after a lot of hard work put in by the guys who work there.
Last weekend, I headed to the Stanningley salon for the first time since they moved to get my hair did and I am absolutely in love with it.
The salon is based in Swinnow Grange Mills now, which is along Stanningley Road and pretty hard to miss. There are a number of businesses grouped together in awesome old brick buildings and you can spot Grays instantly by the sign over the door.
As soon as you walk in, you experience everything that I loved about the previous salon but on a bigger scale. It looks so comfortable and cool, but rather than being a tiny space with several little rooms and everything a bit cramped together, everything is in one large room. Every section of the salon is separated by the type of furniture and the way it is laid out stops the big space from feeling empty and imposing.
In typical Gray's style, there is awesome stuff all over the walls and plenty of personality, which is what attracted me to the salon in the first place and what I think many places are missing. You kind of feel like you've stepped into someone's house, especially as everyone is always so lovely and welcoming.
I really like that they've made the most of the building's features - such as the beams coming down from the ceiling - and have used them in the salon design, while still making the space their own. Even though Danae - Gray's owner - told me that there's still things she wants to do, I think it looks fab.
If you haven't booked in yet, I suggest you do. You can find all of their services here - yes those really are the prices - and check out the amazing cuts and colours they've created here.