SPAS & SALONS
Stylish new hair salons are springing up across the capital. Whether you want a blow-dry, colour, cut or a luxurious treatment, Kohinoor Sahota finds there’s somewhere for any type of hair
We look at the latest hair salons that are opening up across the capital, which offer treatments from haircuts to blow-dries.
In 1964 Vidal Sassoon picked up a pair of scissors and cut a sharp, never-before-seen style for fashion designer Mary Quant: the
bob. The hairstyle, which became the defining look of the Swinging Sixties, was born right here in London. As the capital’s salons have been creating stylish looks, from Victoria Beckham’s updated bob, nicknamed the pob, to the Duchess of Cambridge’s curls, you know you are in a safe pair of hands.
The Rosewood London, on High Holborn, is all about glamour. When the hotel opened, it hosted Harvey Weinstein, Brad Pitt and Amy Adams for a post-award show party, while Scarfes Bar – named after political cartoonist Gerald Scarfe, whose work is on the walls – is often visited by the man himself and his wife, Jane Asher. So it comes as no surprise to hear that the hotel has opened the Matthew Curtis hair salon, which is inspired by the charm of the Orient-Express trains.
Matthew Curtis says: ‘ The new boutique hair salon at Rosewood London is about unifying hair with the spa experience. From our standout salon design and experienced stylists with a wealth of catwalk, editorial and technical abilities to the unique in-room styling concept, clients will receive the ultimate hair treatment.’
Services include cutting, colouring and blow-drying. For the ultimate privacy, and for those in a rush, you can also have a treatment in your room. A hairstylist will visit you with a portable station, which means you can be groomed while you are in your pyjamas ( 252 High Holborn, WC 1V 7EN).
This month, The Hair Spa launches in South Kensington’s Aer Blowdry Bar. The salon, which specialises in blow-dries, has a new spa treating damaged locks. ‘ The Hair Spa treatment menu eradicates the damage that can be caused by the weather, colouring and over-styling, so they can continue to blow-dry their hair without concern,’ says Anushka Lakhani, the founder.
The Hair Spa’s menu has a range of treatments: Masque Architect rebuilds and strengthens brittle hair fibres so locks are shiny and smooth, while the Masque Therapy helps thick hair that has been over-coloured and styled to regain elasticity. Each treatment includes a blow-dry, so you can leave with anything from bouncy curls to super-sleek tresses (£ 50forthe treatment; 172 Old Brompton Rd, SW 50 BA).
Proving that London is a place where you should expect the unexpected, the new DKUK in up-and-coming Peckham has replaced its mirrors with artworks. Instead of looking at yourself, you can gaze at a work of art instead ( 20 Holdrons Arcade, 135 a Rye Lane, SE 154 ST).
Clockwise from main: Matthew Curtis salon; haircut in the salon; Rosewood hotel Below: Aer Blowdry Bar