From manicures and pedicures to five-star facials and gleaming tresses, dip into our beauty guide for treating yourself this holiday season
When it comes to nail treatments, DryBy really is in a class of its own in London. It recently launched the UK’s first Christian Louboutin manicure and a unique IBX nail repair treatment for tired-out tips. There is also a sophisticated nail art menu curated by beauty editor Alessandra Steinherr – forget fussy motifs and think minimalist stripes sophisticated, tonal graphics. DryBy also offers sleek blow-dries, pin-sharp up-dos and curl-friendly treatments using 100% natural Bouclème products (another first in London). All this plus unbelievably chic interiors and friendly, efficient staff that keep this salon running like clockwork.
74 Mortimer St, Marylebone, London W1W 7RZ, drby.co.uk
2. Hari's Salon
For added sparkle this Christmas, pop by the new Metallic Hair Bar at Hari’s Salon for a lustrous slick of colour. Available in gold, rose gold or silver, the bold metallic sheen can be applied to up-dos and blow-dries and washes out easily the next day with a thorough shampoo. There are three, instantly recognizable, bright red Hari’s Salons in London, including the recently opened Notting Hill branch. For layers, volume and faultless shape, ask for Tina.
A metallic hair treatment costs £30 and takes approx 30 mins; 41 Ledbury Road, Notting Hill, harissalon.com
3. Duck & Dry
Duck & Dry, the renowned aquamarine jewel on the King’s Road, spread its wings this year and opened two new salons on Carnaby Street and Market Place (behind Oxford Circus). Each outpost offers blow dries, manicures and makeovers, plus a DJ booth and prosecco on tap for a full-scale pampering party, open 7 days a week.
335-337 King's Road, Chelsea, London SW3 5ES; 28 Market Place, Fitzrovia, London W1W 8AW; duckanddry.com
4. Pfeffer Sal
Not only does Pfeffer Sal offer one of the best facials in London, but it tops our list for the most stylish salon, located at the bottom of a charming Marylebone mews – think exposed brick, pastel walls, flickering candles and streams of hanging plants. The Glow & Go facial is just the ticket for a pre or post-party pick-me-up, supercharging skin in 60 minutes. A deep cleanse and exfoliation is followed by a panoply of hydrating products for a radiant, relaxed complexion.
The Glow & Go facial is priced at £125; The Stables, 10 Warren Mews, London W1T 6BY, pfeffersal.com
5. blow LTD
With salons in Covent Garden and Canary Wharf, Blow is your all-in-one post-office party saviour this holiday season. Simply roll out of bed and fall into Blow for a super-speedy hair, make-up and nail transformation. Turn up at the office looking as good as new, and do it all over again that evening. Blow LTD has also released gift cards for Christmas that can be used online or instore.
8 Slingsby Place, London WC2E 9AB, blowltd.com
6. Nails Inc
Nails Inc is renowned for its long-lasting, multifarious manicures, from speedy to sybaritic, in a rainbow of gleaming colours. Take your pick from salons all across London, from Harvey Nichols to Canary Wharf, for treatments that will carry you right through until New Year.
This season, we recommend The Glossy package at Harvey Nichols, which includes a gel manicure and Hershesons Blow Dry for £80.
8a Cabot Square, Canary Wharf, London E14 4QS, nailsinc.com
7. MYZ Beauty Boutique
The toastiest treatment in London has to be a manicure or pedicure at MYZ Beauty Boutique in Notting Hill. Created by salon owner Maryam Zandi, the pampering treatment includes a moisturising, toasty paraffin wax wrap that will leave your skin gloriously silky. If you’re lucky, the salon pooch will also curl up on your lap.
£38, 20 Powis Terrace, Notting Hill, London W11 1JH, myznailsboutique.com