Combers in Taunton

Combers
  • Description

    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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Verified Appointment Verified by Salon Control

I think Alex is brilliant 👏 I had a problem when I first came to Combers and Alex sorted it . I won't be going anywhere else.

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Restyled hair cut and finish

Doreen - 30th Jul 2021

Emily always does a perfect job of styling my hair which hadn’t been cut for several months this time. She came up with very helpful suggestions concerning which style would best suit me and I am very pleased with the result.

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Professional service as always. Pleased to see covid safety measures are still on place although legal restrictions have been lifted.

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Response from Combers

Dear Alison....Thank you for taking the time to review your recent visit to Combers Inside-Out hairdressing. Taunton, Somerset

Verified Appointment Verified by Salon Control

Perfect colour and cut, so pleased with the result. Beckie takes time to discuss your colour and advise you on getting the best result. Feel fabulous, thank you.

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Response from Combers

Dear Jane....Thank you for taking the time to give us the feedback on your recent visit to Combers and for telling us how Beckies professional service made you feel. Beckie is naturally delighted.....Combers Inside-Out Hairdressing, Taunton Somerset.

Knowledgeable, Professional and Friendly

Anonymous - 27th Jul 2021

I came in for a consultation with Beckie which I was very pleased with. I am now looking forward to having my hair done. 😊

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Response from Combers

Dear anon....Thank you for your feedback...We are pleased that you appreciated the free consultation at Combers and it filled you with confidence....Beckie looks forward to completing your service and delighting your further, and the opportunity to make a difference.
Combers Inside-Out Hairdressing, Taunton Somerset.

New person. New style

Nina Vinall - 24th Jul 2021

Verified Appointment Verified by Salon Control

I normally have Laura Davies so was surprised to be met with a different always as not prepared with a photo. Previous Laura knew me and my hairstyles. However, I ended up with a shorter than normal haircut that is growing on me. So a good change

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Response from Combers

Dear Nina, Thank you for the feed back on your recent appointment at combers with Laura. Apologies that you were surprised to have a different Laura but laura Davies retired afer the first Lockdown last April, concentrating on raising her beautiful family.....So it is wonderful so hear that the name Laura is working for you and that your new shorter look is a welcome change. Combers Inside- Out Hairdressers. Taunton, Somerset.

Verified Appointment Verified by Salon Control

Laura is always completely professional friendly and an excellent colourist and stylist.

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Response from Combers

Dear katy. Thank you for your feed back on your recent appointment at Combers and your positive appraisal of Laura's professional service. Combers Inside- Out Hairdressers. Taunton, Somerset.

Verified Appointment Verified by Salon Control

Lovely cut and colour by Laura today thank you. Full consultation, as always, to decide how to go forward to get the perfect colour. Very relaxed, friendly and professional. Excellent summer colours.

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Response from Combers

Dear Clare, Thank you for taking the time to review your last vist to Combers and specifically Laura's professional expertise and 5 stars. We are all delighted, and laura especially so, that the new Summer colours that you both agreed on is so perfect for you. Combers Inside- Out Hairdressers. Taunton, Somerset.

Great experience as always.

Christine Beattie - 23rd Jul 2021

Verified Appointment Verified by Salon Control

Emma was her usual efficient friendly self. She takes a personal interest in her clients and always listens to what you say. Her head massages are amazing and she knows when to stay silent as well as when to chat. I am delighted with the cut and shape of my hair - as I always am!

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Response from Combers

Dear Christine, Your feed back to Combers hair salon and in particular the lovely words to express your appreciation of Emma and her very special approach developed over many years will be music to her ears...well her eyes...you know what I mean :)....Thank you for taking the time comment. Combers Inside- Out Hairdressers. Taunton, Somerset.

Verified Appointment Verified by Salon Control

Professional, friendly and will give you the best advice. Cat will never rush until your happy and she is happy, I always fully trust her advice and judgment as she always delivers above expectation. Fantastic I could not recommend more.

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Response from Combers

Dear Helen, Thank you for your detailed feedback on your last visit to Combers hair salon, with Catherine. Your 5 star review together with your reccommendation is a beautiful thing to read and Cat will be delighted. Combers Inside- Out Hairdressers. Taunton, Somerset.

Verified Appointment Verified by Salon Control

I have been coming to Combers for years now and each time Kelly has done a fabulous job with my hair extensions, all of the staff are so friendly and helpful, I would fully recommend to anyone.

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Response from Combers

Dear Katie, Thank you for your glowing review of Kelly's hairdressing services. It is always lovely for our team to read this sort of feedback....Mentioning and recognising the happy and friendly staff that also make such a difference is welcome and much appreciated....Combers Inside Out. Taunton Hairdressing

Verified Appointment Verified by Salon Control

Fantastic cut, beautiful advice for my colour and a lovely relaxing experience! 10/10

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Dear Clare... We are over the moon to recieve your postive comments on your recent colour and cut service. 5 stars and a 10/10 is a perfect score and one we always strive for, so the feedback for Megan and all the support team is most welcome and helpful.......Combers Inside-out. Taunton Hairdressing

Excellent cut , l am NEVER disappointed with Vicki's attention to what l have mind....one of the best at her trade

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Dear Elaine Thank you for sharing your opinion on your latest service visit with Vicki......Everyone that works with her agrees with you....but it so lovely for Vikki to read it coming from the most important person in our salon...The person who is sat in our chair...Thank you..........Combers Inside-Out. Taunton hairdressing

Verified Appointment Verified by Salon Control

Having been a client of Emily’s for over 10 years, I would not go anywhere else. I trust Emily’s judgement in trying something a little different

Always first class service at Combers and health and safety protocols in place always make me feel comfortable

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Response from Combers

Dear Theresa....Thank you for your feedback on your recent visit......Emily has a huge sense of pride in her work and focus on her guests fulfilment. When our guests return over many years and reccommend their friends, like yourself we remain humbled and elated in equal measure..... Thank you.....Combers Inside-Out. Taunton Hairdressing

Lovely cut

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Dear Anon.....Thank you....we will be sure to let Vikki know....Combers Inside-Out Hairdressing

Brilliant hair experience as always

Gill - 16th Jul 2021

Verified Appointment Verified by Salon Control

Always a lovely morning with Cat who makes my hair look good enough for strangers to compliment her work 🙂

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Response from Combers

Dear Gill...Thank you for the feedback......What a lovely thing to experience when radome people compliment your hair....Thank you for sharing.....Combers Inside-Out hairdressing

Verified Appointment Verified by Salon Control

Today I left the salon, as always, completely satisfied and pleased with the wonderful results Beckie achieves. Brilliant hairdresser, fabulous ideas and excellent execution 💕

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Response from Combers

Dear Clare.....It is very uplifting to read your review and I know Beckie will be very happy to be decribed as you have as we both know that her talent is certainly no accident, and your appreciation is so satisfying......Combers Inside-Out . Taunton Hairdressing

Verified Appointment Verified by Salon Control

Brilliant colour Carolyn, I always enjoy our chats. Thank you you’re a star xx

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Dear Pauline.....Thank you for these kind words. We think Carolyn is a star but of course to read that others think the same is very uplifting, especially for Carolyn!!...Thank you....Combers Inside- Out. Taunton Hairdressing

Verified Appointment Verified by Salon Control

I was made to feel very welcome by Demi and love my new cut. Had a really enjoyable time especially the head massage and the back massage chair.

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Dear Julia......Thank you for your feedback. Being made to feel welcome is so important but feels more difficult with PPE and even more difficult to gage an immediate response, so we are delighted to know that our actions and those specifically from Demi are being felt.......Combers Inside-Out. Taunton Hairdresssing

Verified Appointment Verified by Salon Control

I love this salon everyone is so friendly, starting with reception staff who greet you with a happy friendly face and are efficient ,especially during Covid times.
Then there is my stylist Demi who coloured ,washes and styles my hair to exactly the way I want, with lots of advice if needed. I would highly recommend Demi to anyone who wants their haircut.
The salon is beautiful and relaxing too since it’s had the change over and hair products are great .
The whole experience is worth every penny.

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Response from Combers

Dear Katie.......Thankyou for taking the time to write this detailed review.....We especially love you for recognising the efforts of everyone in the team that went to make your experience so rewarding. We all love getting recognician and postive affirmations always give us a boost of energy. Demi of course will be most thrilled that your enjoyed your visit.......Combers Inside-out . Taunton Hairdressing.

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