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I just had the BEST haircut and I'm so happy! A trip to the hairdresser's is usually a source of some dread for me - I've had a few traumatic experiences in the past at some fairly swanky salons (one which left me looking like a mulleted cross between Freddie Mercury and Katrina from Katrina and the Waves). No matter what I ask for, it never comes out looking quite right, so I generally just shut my eyes and hope for the best.

So I didn't really expect miracles when I went into the new RUSH salon (their fiftieth) on Earls Court Road yesterday evening (just down the street from CB HQ – très handy!) But a miracle did occur – the lovely Cassie managed to take my matted locks and transform them into swishy, swooshy tresses. It's been six months since my last haircut, I confessed, so the ends were dry, the layers had grown out and I had a weird rainbow fringe thing going on.

She washed my hair with nourishing Kerastase shampoo and conditioner to replenish lost moisturise, then got chopping. Cassie managed to keep the length while adding in some long layers to bring back the bounce, and chopped softly into the ends to keep the overall cut light. She gave me a cute blunt fringe (bye-bye rainbow!) and finished off with the most fabulous blowdry, using Shu Uemura's Kaze Wave. As well as bringing out the natural curl and wave in the hair, this has the added benefit of adding a delicious scent of Lily of the Valley.

The salon has a friendly, energetic buzz – Gaga on the sound system, funky young stylists – and it's conveniently open til 8 or 9 during the week, so you can pop in after work for a quick trim or a blowdry. I'm already looking forward to my next cut (a major step forward in overcoming my hairdresser phobia!) and am now armed with a RUSH reward card, which gives a discount on future haircuts and if you recommend a friend to the salon. phoebe frangoul

RUSH Earls Court Road, 202 Earls Court Road, London, SW5 9QF, 020 7112 1615 and www.rush.co.uk. Opening hours: Monday to Friday 9am to 8pm, Thursday 9am to 9pm, Saturday 9am to 6pm, Sunday 10am to 6pm