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

Love Combers! Really professional atmosphere, the stylists know what they’re doing. Peaceful space with gentle background music and beautifully clean. Staff are always busy and junior staff are not lounging about reception like some places! Love going here. It’s not cheap but you definitely get what you pay for. (Would love to have the coffee back soon!)

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Response from Combers

Dear Alison, They say feedback is the food of Champions and positive feedback like you're sending is very energising for all of the team. I say team because we are 28 in total from Administration through to Assistants, Apprentices and Reception that ensures our Professional Hairdressers can concentrate on doing what they do best......Your comments on our Coffee and full refreshment service wont be far away now......I hope to be able to relieve you of the need to wear masks as part of the Governments final roadmap soon as unlike coffee shop waitresses, your stylist is in close contact with you for a large part of your service and we have the different guidence to abserve..............Combers Inside-out Hairdressing, Taunton.

Verified Appointment Verified by Salon Control

Amazing hairdresser! Absolutely love my hair! A massive thank you to Emily!

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Response from Combers

Dear Sophie, Thankyou for your feedback....We all think Emily is Amazing too but it's lovely for her to hear and read this in a review from a valued guest.......Combers Inside Out Hairdressing, Taunton.

Always pleased thank you Emma

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Response from Combers

Dear Anon Thank you for your 5 star review.....Combers Inside-Out. Taunton hairdressing

A visit to Combets .

Bernie Petty - 11th Jun 2021

Verified Appointment Verified by Salon Control

Very good service but missing a cup of tea 🍵

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Response from Combers

Dear Bernie, Thank you for your 5 star review. We are missing these too, together with our full choice of refreshments and the lunchtime food service from Augustus directly to our guests that are waiting for their colour to process.......Looks like we will have to wait another 4 weeks afer the Government's delay announcement to freedom day............Combers Inside Out Hairdressing, Taunton.

It’s only that Emily is a brilliant hairdresser that I visit your salon. Frankly your front of house experience is absolutely dire. You must be the only salon in the uk that makes people sit outside. If restaurants can allow people to eat inside what on earth are you doing with cheap metal chairs outside. Looking directly at a restaurant where people are eating together. It’s been bad since the start of COVID but today was particularly irksome. Your clients are not lepers!

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Verified Appointment Verified by Salon Control

Kelly , you delivered everything I asked and more. My hair looks and feels amazing, thank you and see you again very soon . I've already booked my next appointment.

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Response from Combers

Dear Joanna.
Thank you for taking the time to give us your feedback. Kelly will be delighted to hear that your hair feels amazing and that her service delivery exceeded your expectations. She and all at Combers look forward to welcoming you again on your next appointment..........Combers Inside Out Hairdressing, Taunton.

Verified Appointment Verified by Salon Control

This was my first visit to Combers. Owing to a small misunderstanding at the time of booking, I was allocated to Alisha, an apprentice, who is clearly still building her confidence. However, she was guided and supervised by Simon, with charm and patience. If only all business proprietors showed the same amount of dedication to the development of their people. I hope that I played my role acceptably. Whatever the case, I was very pleased with the outcome.

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Response from Combers

Dear Kevin. Thank you for your feedback. You didindeed play your role impeccably. Alisha leaned lots and appreciated your patience. She will be thrilled with her first independent review and we look forward to seeing you again.......Combers Inside Out Hairdressing, Taunton.

Beautiful balayage

Pamela - 10th Jun 2021

Verified Appointment Verified by Salon Control

Laura always works wonders with my balayage. I've changed colours a few times, from lighter blondes to more caramel subtle tones and the results always look great. I prefer balayage as it's more natural looking and it grows out really well so the upkeep is easier.

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Response from Combers

Dear Pamela. Thank you for taking the time to post a review. Laura will be delighted with your comments as will all the team as our reputation and everyone's professional promise to perform at a high standard is something that we all pride ourselves in....once again Pamela....Thank you......Combers inside-Out Hairdressing, Taunton.

Verified Appointment Verified by Salon Control

As always an excellent hair cut by a very accomplished hair stylist.

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Response from Combers

Dear Lorna, Whilst your comments dont surprise anyone that works with Alex it is lovely to have Alex get this feedback from you in a formal review and so we thank you for taking the time to do this and value your continued custom.......Combers Inside-Out Hairdressing, Taunton.

Verified Appointment Verified by Salon Control

So lovely to spend some time on myself for a while. Emma is always so kind and thorough explaining each process and helping me select colours for highlights, though I’m Always happy to leave choices to her. Very happy with the result. Thank you Emma

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Response from Combers

Dear Jenni. Thank you for your feedback. Emma will be delighted to read your positive comments. Trust in any relationship is paramount and the one with your hairdresser is no exception, so we are very pleased that you have found this in Emma which in turn promotes more confidence and allows Emma to perform at her best.......Combers Hairdressing, Taunton.

Verified Appointment Verified by Salon Control

As always, I got a warm welcome from Alex and a constructive, positive assessment of my hair and requirements. I left with a lovely haircut, I know I’ll be able to cope with it and look good until next time 😊

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Response from Combers

Dear Sandra, Thank you for your feedback. Despite wearing PPE and having to ask you to do the same, I am pleased to hear we are still managing to tranfer the warm welcome and high standards. Alex will look forward to seeing you again soon.......Combers Inside Out Hairdressing, Taunton.

Verified Appointment Verified by Salon Control

excellent service very friendly

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Response from Combers

Dear Joan. Thankyou for your feedback. It's always lovely to be appreciated and even better to know we are meeting your expectations, as it boosts our teams resolve to do this every visit for you and every guest....Combers Inside Out Hairdressing, Taunton.

Consistent quality and care

Leo Roche - 9th Jun 2021

Simon is superb.
Listens to my requests and then overachieves. Result is invariably better than envisioned. Great chairside manner.

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Response from Combers

Dear Leo, Thank you for taking the time to give us feedback as it really helps us to know if we are on track. Simon will be delighted with your comments as are we all. Than you once again....Combers Inside Out Hairdressing, Taunton.

Emily was so wonderful! She did such a brilliant job and was such a lovely hairdresser: thank you!

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Response from Combers

Dear Jenna, Thankyou for taking the time to write a review. We aprecciate it and Emily is very pleased you are so delighted....see you again soon.... Combers Inside Out hairdressing, Taunton

Verified Appointment Verified by Salon Control

To experience Comber's is the best and I highly recommend it. Amelia listens to everything and talks through what she is doing and why which is extremely reassuring. The quality of both cut and colour is excellent. Thank you.

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Hey Ann, Thank you for your kind and supportive words. feedback like this gives everyone extra energy....Amelia and the whole team are delighted. Combers Outside-In Academy Taunton

Amelia is Excellent

Brian Kearns - 8th Jun 2021

Verified Appointment Verified by Salon Control

Listened to what I wanted, and then actually did it. Came in looking like a caveman and came out looking like a caveman with great hair.

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Response from Combers

Ha Ha....Thank you Brian......and .thank you for the positive feedback. I know Amelia will be delighted to recieve and its very reasuring to know that your rugged good looks are still intact. Combers Outside-In Academy Taunton

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