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

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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

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