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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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Great atmosphere , friendly staff
And have never been disappointed with my hair cut and colour .

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Dear Pat, thank you for leaving a review of your recent appointment at Combers Hair Salon with Megan. She will be delighted to know she made such a difference in your day…
Combers Inside-Out Hairdressers, Taunton, Somerset.

Excellence...as usual
5.00
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Kelly is a master at the interpretation what I want and it's execution.
She has managed to make my hair professional looking g but with funky colours underneath so I can feel wild.
I am always well cateredfor with coffee, water and biscuits.
I very much appreciate the head massage.
Thank you... .excellence every time
......and I have been going there for 22 years.

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Dear Helen, thank you for leaving a review of your recent appointment at Combers Hair Salon with Kelly. She will be delighted to know she always makes such a difference to your day…
Combers Inside-Out Hairdressers, Taunton, Somerset.

5.00
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Had a trim with alisha and she was really lovely.
Was happy and chatty, and made me feel welcome. Really happy with the wash and cut and will definitely be back. Thank you!x

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Dear Sophia, thank you for taking the time to review your most recent visit to Combers with Alisha. She values the opinion of her guests and welcomes feedback to keep her at the top of her game. .......Combers Inside-Out Hairdressing.....The Taunton Hair Salon, Somerset

5.00
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In love with my hair as always, Laura makes us feel so comfortable & relaxed she’s the best! Lovely atmosphere to be in.

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Dear Paige, thank you for taking the time to review your most recent visit to Combers with Laura. She values the opinion of her guests and welcomes feedback to keep her at the top of her game.........Combers Inside-Out Hairdressing.....The Taunton Hair Salon, Somerset

5.00
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Caring customer-focused service in a beautiful and very relaxing environment. I always look forward to my appointment with Kelly. She is an excellent stylist, very professional and 100% reliable. She has such great knowledge about colour and knows how to style my hair to suit my particular needs. I trust her to give me honest advice on what suits my hair type especially as the colour has changed over the years. Thank you Kelly.

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Dear Sherri, thank you for taking the time to review your most recent visit to Combers with Kelly. She values the opinion of her guests and welcomes feedback to keep her at the top of her game. Positive feedback like yours is much appreciated........Combers Inside-Out Hairdressing.....The Taunton Hair Salon, Somerset

Very happy customer
5.00

Felt very comfortable with whole experience. Love my hair.. knew exactly what i wanted ... thankyou

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Dear Jane, thank you for taking the time to review your most recent visit to Combers with Beckie. She values the opinion of her guests and welcomes feedback to keep her at the top of her game. Positive feedback like yours is much appreciated........Combers Inside-Out Hairdressing.....The Taunton Hair Salon, Somerset

Superb attention to detail. Always friendly and helpful.
5.00

Alex is always kind friendly and listens to what I want from my cut. Even when I change my mind between cuts.!
A really understanding person, who takes care of her customers.

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Dear Pat, thank you for taking the time to review your most recent visit to Combers with Alex. She values the opinion of her guests and welcomes feedback to keep her at the top of her game. Positive feedback like yours is very much appreciated........Combers Inside-Out Hairdressing.....The Taunton Hair Salon, Somerset

4.20

Alisha was charming & I was very happy with the whole experience, also my hair. Thank you.

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5.00
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A really great cut, Alex is very talented. Very happy with my new hair

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Dear Bec, thank you for taking the time to review your most recent visit to Combers with Alex. She values the opinion of her guests and welcomes feedback to keep her at the top of her game. Positive feedback like yours is very much appreciated........Combers Inside-Out Hairdressing.....The Taunton Hair Salon, Somerset

Excellent Service
5.00

Kelly is always on time, very friendly and efficient…I’m always pleased when I walk out of Combers. Kelly always listens to how I wish my hairstyle to look and I have never been disappointed

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5.00
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Beautiful cuts, very patient with my 10 and 8 year olds girls. Thank you very much

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Dear Abigail, thank you for taking the time to review your most recent visit to Combers with Cam. He certainly values the opinion of his guests and welcomes feedback to keep him at the top of his game. Positive feedback like yours is very much appreciated........Combers Inside-Out Hairdressing.....The Taunton Hair Salon, Somerset

5.00
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Very good

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Dear Mandy, thank you for taking the time to review your most recent visit to Combers. We value the opinion of our guests and welcome feedback to keep us at the top of our game. Positive feedback like yours is very much appreciated........Combers Inside-Out Hairdressing.....The Taunton Hair Salon, Somerset

4.60
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Simon gave me an excellent hair cut as usual. Highly professional service. An enjoyable experience.

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5.00
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Always nails my colour every time - lovely service, always make you feel very comfortable and special!

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Dear Emily, thank you for taking the time to review your most recent visit to Combers with Alex. She values the opinion of her guests and welcomes feedback to keep her at the top of her game. Positive feedback like yours is very much appreciated........Combers Inside-Out Hairdressing.....The Taunton Hair Salon, Somerset

Always happy with my cut
5.00
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Megan is just brilliant. I always feel she gives me the best advice and always does an amazing cut. I leave feeling completely refreshed and Megan doesn’t do unnecessary colour if I don’t need it. The condition of my hair has improved no end. I always look forward to a hair cut. I always leave feeling fantastic and very glamorous.

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Dear Juliet, thank you for taking the time to review your most recent visit to Combers with Megan. She values the opinion of her guests and welcomes feedback to keep her at the top of her game. Positive feedback like yours is much appreciated........Combers Inside-Out Hairdressing.....The Taunton Hair Salon, Somerset

4.80
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Good as always

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Dear Lucy, thank you for leaving a review of your recent appointment at Combers Hair Salon with Cameron. He will be delighted to know he made such a difference in your day…
Combers Inside-Out Hairdressers, Taunton, Somerset.

Best salon experience
5.00
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I had my hair cut and coloured today, as always it is the best salon experience! I have very damaged bleached hair and Alisha was there to help and protect my hair! The cut as always is fantastic! The colour is brilliant!
Fantastic service and the best outcome! Highly recommend!!

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Dear Danielle, thank you for leaving a review of your recent appointment at Combers Hair Salon with Alisha. She will be delighted to know she made such a difference in your day…
Combers Inside-Out Hairdressers, Taunton, Somerset.

5.00

As always Alex is cheerful and pleasant. She always discusses your hair and style on arrival and is happy to make suggestions to help. Really happy with my highlights and cut.

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Fantastic service. Just love the colour & cut Megan did. Talented girl & very friendly. Such a friendly & welcoming salon. Overall a wonderful experience. The glass of bubbly adds a nice touch. Already booked my next appointment.

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Dear Eilish, thank you for taking the time to review your most recent visit to Combers with Megan. She values the opinion of her guests and welcomes feedback to keep her at the top of her game. Positive feedback like yours much appreciated........Combers Inside-Out Hairdressing.....The Taunton Hair Salon, Somerset

As always, very careful re Covid and a warm welcome and a great haircut. Thank you.

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