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    ABOUT COMBERS OUTSIDE-IN
    AND WHAT MAKES US DIFFERENT

    The prevailing model in our culture is that our experience of life is created from the outside in- that is, what happens to us on the outside determines our experience on the inside. Whilst it is difficult to change this paradigm in ourselves and others, at Combers Inside-Out we recognise the need for change.

    MORE ABOUT INSIDE-OUT

    Sinse our inception on 29th May 1982, Combers hair salon, Taunton, in the heart of the County town of Somerset, has evolved to Combers Inside-Out Hairdressing. Most of our regular guests may not notice our evolving culture, and the incrementle changes we make or necessarily care as long as our service and standards of hairdressing remain high. But without a strong company philosophy at the heart of what we do there ceases to be a why. Without a why, salon standards and skill levels can vary from stylist to stylist and even from guest appointment to appointment, with the guests loosing trust and the stylists loosing confidence and focus.

    THE ART

    Attracting and keeping a team of happy Hairdressers takes more than a philosophy of course but when everyone is facing the same way and understands the why as well as the what, we can unite behind a defined purpose which at Combers Inside-Out Hair Salon and Combers Outside-In Academy is to continuously ‘Practice the art of difference making’

    Many think the mind works like a camera, accurately recording what’s really going on around it, but in actuality, the mind works more like a projector, continuously creating our own reality. Therefore a five to fifteen minute face to face consultation EVERY visit is important so we can listen and feel what our guests are projecting. Their reality. Sometimes the message feels confusing or confused, which is why we learn to ask key questions and test our assumptions as it is only then can we make appropriate design suggestions and agree a hair style for our guests that consistently reflects them, from the Inside-Out.

    MAKING A DIFFERENCE

    We believe that a hairstyle that projects from this perspective is more authentic and sustainable. Designing a hairstyle from the Outside-In is how hairdressers normally work and in the foundation years as a Combers graduate in our Combers Outside-In Academy this is a very important stage, where the focus is on hair, learning new skills and developing creativity and getting valuable experience.

    Thinking Outside-In is a must for creative hairdressing but not always the right choice for every guest. At Combers Inside-Out hairdressing salon the hairdressers that choose to work and learn with us turn their thinking upside down or as we say Inside-Out, adapting and developing their service approach and consultation skills.

    For experienced stylists who are naturally empathetic this change can be very subtle but very rewarding as it changes the focus, reminding us why we do and why we enjoy what we do so much. Its the people, its the smile, the positive emotion and energy that feeds into our guests from the whole team, the walls of the salon, and ultimatley from the stylist with the energy at the end of the service bouncing back from our guest. That energy is a feeling you get when you know something feels right and is confirmed by the delight in our guests eyes.

    THE DIFFERENCE

    For an ego centric stylist the change to Inside-Out designing can be a little more of a personal challenge, especially as their beautifully designed Outside-In hair styles definatley change the way their guest feels, and keep them on trend. But is this really what they want? The feeling from an Outside-In design perspective only, can be temporary, and not sustainably satisfying for the guest or ultimately the stylist.

    It can be nagging feeling that there is something missing….

    ……The missing elements are vital and should be reviewed each visit as they can change. They are sometimes only little tweaks and suptle design changes, but these elemental tweaks and changes are the ones that relect the real you, the you we dont always know ourselves and are discoving new things about everyday if we care to listen. An Inside-Out thinking hairdresser on their game, asking the right questions, actively listening and reflecting back before getting agreement and comencing, looks for these elements.

    The haircut and colour, your Haircut and Colour has to work for and with you everyday, non verbally representing and speaking for you, especially in those concious and unconcious first impression encounters ……It is vital that you know and are comfortable with what it’s saying, because unlike your cloths, you cant take it off.

    BUT WHY?

    At Combers in-side out and now at Combers Out-side in Academy we know it is important to continually educate and evolve as humans. Hairdressing is what we do; it should never define or limit us. Every one at combers is a valued individual with their own past story and a new developing one that they are creating every day. There are so many people that depend on each one of us and that we depend. So many layers to our beauty and our life that each of us are greatful for.

    LOVE WHAT WE DO

    We come together for moments through out the week at Combers Inside-Out and Outside-In to practice the art of diference making and feel that warm glow of satisfaction in return, like so many others in so many different ways and professions do on planet Earth…Hairdressing is how we do it, we love what we do and believe you will to.

    It is a commitment, for some a paradigm shift in thinking but if you want to work along side our beautiful team of professional hairdresssers, apprentices, receptionests, administrators and support staff you have to commit to mastering the art of difference making or choose somewhere else. It’s a lifetime’s work. My late son, James, who passed aged 18 and still lives in my memory and by my side, who continues to inspire my work and inner wisdom, would I’m sure is telling me that ….”It’s many lifetimes work”

    With stress, anxiety, doubts and fears, now part of everyone’s experience it is the function of a responsible company to recognise and provide support, nurture and encouragement for those committed and determined to grow and evolve. Seeking to find ways to navigate our super-fast paced world of change is easier through sharing experiences, strengths, and different perspectives alongside compassion and understanding. Understanding that we are one and our happiest moments are when we remember this and are kind and forgiving to ourselves.

    INSIDE-OUT CONSULTATION

    Every feeling we experience is the shadow of a thought, not a reflection of the world around us. We all live in the feeling of our thinking, which is why a consultation is important. We ask key questions and listen and observe our guest’s expressed feelings and described experiences when our they speak about their hair. Knowing that feelings and experience come from thought we seek to impart some thoughts of our own, thoughts that help change the way our guests feel and elicit confidence in our ability to fulfil their expectations. Then throughout the guest journey we offer more thoughts, tips, ideas, advice,product reccomendations and explanation to help you replicate the same finish at home 365 days a year.

    Everything has an experation date and a designer haircut and colour is no exception, which is why we remind you to book your next visit before you leave to ensure you’re hair always say’s the right things about you, everyday.

    THE INSIDE-OUT REVOLUTION

    Many years in hairdressing, speaking and helping guests with their hair has led me to agree with Michael Neill author of the book ‘The Inside Out Revolution’

    ” Our deepest fear may be that there is something wrong with us and we’re not enough. ….That until we achieve sufficient levels of beauty, spiritual wealth and material success, or both, we won’t be worthy of love and without something tangible to show for it, we have a wasted life”

    He concludes, “We could no sooner be ‘not enough’ than a tree could be the wrong colour. We don’t have to become worthy of love, because love is what we are made of.”

    If you have got to the end ….
    ……You, like me are a reader. Please say hello next time you're in our Salon.

    Simon

    "Cutting and colouring your hair to reflect you from inside-out and
    bringing out your best is what we do…. Mastering the art of
    difference making, we can only aspire."

    Simon Willetts.

    "We shall not cease from exploration and the end of all our
    exploring will be to arrive where we started and know the place
    for the first time"

    TS Eliot.

    "We’re only ever one new thought away from a completely new
    experience of being alive".

    Michael Neill

  • Contact Details

    01823 334331

    • The Courtyard, St. James St
    • Taunton
    • Somerset
    • TA1 1JR
  • Opening Hours

    Monday

    09:00 - 17:30

    Tuesday

    09:00 - 20:00

    Wednesday

    09:00 - 17:30

    Thursday

    09:00 - 17:30

    Friday

    09:00 - 20:00

    Saturday

    08:30 - 17:00

    Sunday

    Closed

About Us

ABOUT COMBERS OUTSIDE-IN
AND WHAT MAKES US DIFFERENT

The prevailing model in our culture is that our experience of life is created from the outside in- that is, what happens to us on the outside determines our experience on the inside. Whilst it is difficult to change this paradigm in ourselves and others, at Combers Inside-Out we recognise the need for change.

MORE ABOUT INSIDE-OUT

Sinse our inception on 29th May 1982, Combers hair salon, Taunton, in the heart of the County town of Somerset, has evolved to Combers Inside-Out Hairdressing. Most of our regular guests may not notice our evolving culture, and the incrementle changes we make or necessarily care as long as our service and standards of hairdressing remain high. But without a strong company philosophy at the heart of what we do there ceases to be a why. Without a why, salon standards and skill levels can vary from stylist to stylist and even from guest appointment to appointment, with the guests loosing trust and the stylists loosing confidence and focus.

THE ART

Attracting and keeping a team of happy Hairdressers takes more than a philosophy of course but when everyone is facing the same way and understands the why as well as the what, we can unite behind a defined purpose which at Combers Inside-Out Hair Salon and Combers Outside-In Academy is to continuously ‘Practice the art of difference making’

Many think the mind works like a camera, accurately recording what’s really going on around it, but in actuality, the mind works more like a projector, continuously creating our own reality. Therefore a five to fifteen minute face to face consultation EVERY visit is important so we can listen and feel what our guests are projecting. Their reality. Sometimes the message feels confusing or confused, which is why we learn to ask key questions and test our assumptions as it is only then can we make appropriate design suggestions and agree a hair style for our guests that consistently reflects them, from the Inside-Out.

MAKING A DIFFERENCE

We believe that a hairstyle that projects from this perspective is more authentic and sustainable. Designing a hairstyle from the Outside-In is how hairdressers normally work and in the foundation years as a Combers graduate in our Combers Outside-In Academy this is a very important stage, where the focus is on hair, learning new skills and developing creativity and getting valuable experience.

Thinking Outside-In is a must for creative hairdressing but not always the right choice for every guest. At Combers Inside-Out hairdressing salon the hairdressers that choose to work and learn with us turn their thinking upside down or as we say Inside-Out, adapting and developing their service approach and consultation skills.

For experienced stylists who are naturally empathetic this change can be very subtle but very rewarding as it changes the focus, reminding us why we do and why we enjoy what we do so much. Its the people, its the smile, the positive emotion and energy that feeds into our guests from the whole team, the walls of the salon, and ultimatley from the stylist with the energy at the end of the service bouncing back from our guest. That energy is a feeling you get when you know something feels right and is confirmed by the delight in our guests eyes.

THE DIFFERENCE

For an ego centric stylist the change to Inside-Out designing can be a little more of a personal challenge, especially as their beautifully designed Outside-In hair styles definatley change the way their guest feels, and keep them on trend. But is this really what they want? The feeling from an Outside-In design perspective only, can be temporary, and not sustainably satisfying for the guest or ultimately the stylist.

It can be nagging feeling that there is something missing….

……The missing elements are vital and should be reviewed each visit as they can change. They are sometimes only little tweaks and suptle design changes, but these elemental tweaks and changes are the ones that relect the real you, the you we dont always know ourselves and are discoving new things about everyday if we care to listen. An Inside-Out thinking hairdresser on their game, asking the right questions, actively listening and reflecting back before getting agreement and comencing, looks for these elements.

The haircut and colour, your Haircut and Colour has to work for and with you everyday, non verbally representing and speaking for you, especially in those concious and unconcious first impression encounters ……It is vital that you know and are comfortable with what it’s saying, because unlike your cloths, you cant take it off.

BUT WHY?

At Combers in-side out and now at Combers Out-side in Academy we know it is important to continually educate and evolve as humans. Hairdressing is what we do; it should never define or limit us. Every one at combers is a valued individual with their own past story and a new developing one that they are creating every day. There are so many people that depend on each one of us and that we depend. So many layers to our beauty and our life that each of us are greatful for.

LOVE WHAT WE DO

We come together for moments through out the week at Combers Inside-Out and Outside-In to practice the art of diference making and feel that warm glow of satisfaction in return, like so many others in so many different ways and professions do on planet Earth…Hairdressing is how we do it, we love what we do and believe you will to.

It is a commitment, for some a paradigm shift in thinking but if you want to work along side our beautiful team of professional hairdresssers, apprentices, receptionests, administrators and support staff you have to commit to mastering the art of difference making or choose somewhere else. It’s a lifetime’s work. My late son, James, who passed aged 18 and still lives in my memory and by my side, who continues to inspire my work and inner wisdom, would I’m sure is telling me that ….”It’s many lifetimes work”

With stress, anxiety, doubts and fears, now part of everyone’s experience it is the function of a responsible company to recognise and provide support, nurture and encouragement for those committed and determined to grow and evolve. Seeking to find ways to navigate our super-fast paced world of change is easier through sharing experiences, strengths, and different perspectives alongside compassion and understanding. Understanding that we are one and our happiest moments are when we remember this and are kind and forgiving to ourselves.

INSIDE-OUT CONSULTATION

Every feeling we experience is the shadow of a thought, not a reflection of the world around us. We all live in the feeling of our thinking, which is why a consultation is important. We ask key questions and listen and observe our guest’s expressed feelings and described experiences when our they speak about their hair. Knowing that feelings and experience come from thought we seek to impart some thoughts of our own, thoughts that help change the way our guests feel and elicit confidence in our ability to fulfil their expectations. Then throughout the guest journey we offer more thoughts, tips, ideas, advice,product reccomendations and explanation to help you replicate the same finish at home 365 days a year.

Everything has an experation date and a designer haircut and colour is no exception, which is why we remind you to book your next visit before you leave to ensure you’re hair always say’s the right things about you, everyday.

THE INSIDE-OUT REVOLUTION

Many years in hairdressing, speaking and helping guests with their hair has led me to agree with Michael Neill author of the book ‘The Inside Out Revolution’

” Our deepest fear may be that there is something wrong with us and we’re not enough. ….That until we achieve sufficient levels of beauty, spiritual wealth and material success, or both, we won’t be worthy of love and without something tangible to show for it, we have a wasted life”

He concludes, “We could no sooner be ‘not enough’ than a tree could be the wrong colour. We don’t have to become worthy of love, because love is what we are made of.”

If you have got to the end ….
……You, like me are a reader. Please say hello next time you're in our Salon.

Simon

"Cutting and colouring your hair to reflect you from inside-out and
bringing out your best is what we do…. Mastering the art of
difference making, we can only aspire."

Simon Willetts.

"We shall not cease from exploration and the end of all our
exploring will be to arrive where we started and know the place
for the first time"

TS Eliot.

"We’re only ever one new thought away from a completely new
experience of being alive".

Michael Neill

Opening Hours

  • Monday:
    09:00 - 17:30
  • Tuesday:
    09:00 - 20:00
  • Wednesday:
    09:00 - 17:30
  • Thursday:
    09:00 - 17:30
  • Friday:
    09:00 - 20:00
  • Saturday:
    08:30 - 17:00
  • Sunday:
    Closed
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5.00
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I was recommended Alex from a friend. Alex lived up to my expectations. Really happy with my hair cut and the whole experience, everyone at the salon was really friendly. Have booked to go back in 8 weeks.

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Always 100% great service
4.80

Emily is always helpful and has a good understanding of hair. I’m always happy with the cut and colour choices she gives me.

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Excellent Perm!
5.00

Amazing perm by Carolyn today , love my new hair! Thank you!!

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Most excellent haircut and highlights xx
5.00
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Thank you Cat, a most excellent hair cut and colour, I am so pleased.
See you in 10 weeks

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5.00
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Welcoming, kind,courteous and cheerful from the moment I arrived I was impressed. Emma took her time talking to me,explained as she went along,gave me tips and recommended products,even the coffee was lovely. I left the salon feeling great with a style I knew I could manage .l will recommend you too everyone.

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5.00
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Welcoming, kind,courteous and cheerful from the moment I arrived I was impressed. Emma took her time talking to me,explained as she went along,gave me tips and recommended products,even the coffee was lovely. I left the salon feeling great with a style I knew I could manage .l will recommend you too everyone.

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Another wonderfully attentive time at Comber Salon. Becky knows just want I want and I always feel great when I leave the salon. Thank you.

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5.00
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Lovely experience from start to finish! Cat did a great job, my hair feels so lovely and looks so shiny! Going back for a colour in a few weeks! Would highly recommend! Xx

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Amazing experience
5.00

I hadn’t had my hair cut for at least 2 years and I hadn’t been to Combers before but I felt I needed a bit of self love so I decided to have a complete style change. My hair was long and curly and I wanted to go short and curly.
I was introduced to Demi , she listened to what I wanted and interpreted it perfectly. I now feel 10 years younger and have a renewed confidence. It’s amazing what a hair cut can do !
Thanks Demi, your service from start to finish was outstanding and I won’t hesitate to recommend you to friends and family xx

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5.00
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As always, Vicky provides an outstanding service and I always feel so much better after she has cut and styled my hair. Nothing is too much trouble for her and she is an excellent communicator.

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5.00
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My first visit to the salon and couldn’t have been made to feel more welcome. Zeke is a top hair stylist, he made me feel completely at ease, listened and helped guide me with what it was I was trying to ask for. Love my new do. Thanks Zeke.

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Lovely service, always so happy!
5.00
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I love coming to the salon - a couple hours of me time, it’s a lovely friendly environment. Vicky is so lovely and I always leave so happy with the colour, cut and style of my hair. 100% recommend - couldn’t be happier!

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5.00
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Really friendly, did a lovely job

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4.60
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Good experience, well cut & styled with pleasant service

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Response from Combers

Dear Rosanne, thank you for reviewing your hair appointment at Combers hair salon with Emily. Emily loves what she does and as you have experienced, it shows. Thankyou for your kind comments as it's always great for our team to know how our fantastic guests feel about our service and skills........Combers Inside Out Hairdressers. The Taunton Hair Salon, Somerset

5.00
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Love laura doing my hair she always makes it look amazing .

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Dear Mandy, thank you for reviewing your hair appointment at Combers hair salon with Laura. Laura loves what she does and as you have experienced, it shows. Thankyou for your kind comments as its always great for our team to know how our fantastic guests feel about our service and skills........Combers Inside Out Hairdressers. The Taunton Hair Salon, Somerset

4.80
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Emma was so lovely! She is very experienced and made me feel at ease straight away. She’s great at communicating and definitely knows what she’s doing. Can’t wait to visit again, thank you!

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Response from Combers

Dear Kelly, thank you for reviewing your hair appointment at Combers hair salon with Emma. Emma loves what she does and as you have experienced, it shows. Thankyou for your kind comments as its always great for our team to know how our fantastic guests feel about our service and skills........Combers Inside Out Hairdressers. The Taunton Hair Salon, Somerset

Cut and style to last
5.00

As always, Emma's attention to detail and incredible memory made this a wonderful hour spent at Combers. Lovely products and a great cut - thank you.

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Response from Combers

Dear Dianne, thank you for reviewing your hair appointment at Combers hair salon with Emma. Emma loves what she does and as you have experienced, it shows. Thankyou for your kind comments as its always great for our team to know how our fantastic guests feel about our service and skills........Combers Inside Out Hairdressers. The Taunton Hair Salon, Somerset

Cut and style to last
5.00

As always, Emma's attention to detail and incredible memory made this a wonderful hour spent at Combers. Lovely products and a great cut - thank you.

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4.80

The salon was welcoming and Kelly was very helpful and knowledgeable and put my daughter at ease during her consultation, she also fitted us in for an appointment for a few days' time which is greatly appreciated

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Response from Combers

Dear Olivia, thank you for reviewing your hair appointment at Combers hair salon with Kelly. Kelly loves what she does and as you have experienced, it shows. Thankyou for your kind comments as its always great for our team to know how our fantastic guests feel about our service and skills........Combers Inside Out Hairdressers. The Taunton Hair Salon, Somerset

5.00
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Love my wash, trim and blow dry. Great job Zeke

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Response from Combers

Dear Celine, thank you for reviewing your hair appointment at Combers hair salon with Zeke. He loves what he does and as you have experienced, it shows. Thankyou for your kind comments as it's always great for our team to know how our fantastic guests feel about our service and skills........Combers Inside Out Hairdressers. The Taunton Hair Salon, Somerset

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