Macs Salon, Kilburn
If you’re looking for a head-to-toe glam-over, but don’t want to pay the price for a prestigious postcode, head to Kilburn’s buzzy Macs Salon. Just because it’s not located slap-bang in the middle of Mayfair, doesn’t mean you won’t be treated like a princess.
No sooner than I’d parked myself on the tan sofa (adorned with trendy faux animal-print cushions), a glass of bubbly landed in my hand, and I was whisked off for a pre-chop manicure with an ultra-chatty beautician. Emerging with perfectly-preened paws (I’m now converted to the gorgeous Jessica nail varnishes), I was already feeling glamorous, and ready for my tress touch-up with top snipper, Gianni. I arrived with lacklustre, too-long locks, and left (a very happy woman) with a new, sultry dark shade and the perfect layers. Funky, down-to-earth and, above all, brilliant, this salon is on my highly recommended list.
Oh, and if you’re feeling the need for a little extra help, they’ve just started offering a range of cosmetic surgery treatments, too. I felt my face had a bit of life left in it yet, so passed, but if they do it as well as they do hair, you’re on to a winner. Book an appointment during April 2009, and you’ll get 25% off any hair, beauty or holistic treatment as listed on the website ( www.macs-salon.co.uk) when you reference Marie Claire. Get booking!
May Fair Spa Hot Stone Massage
There are few more heavenly ways to ease away the stresses and strains of the day than with a relaxing massage. This is perhaps why the May Fair Spa's hot stone massage has proved such as hit with the locals, as there are few spots in central London where you can truly escape the hustle and bustle of city life. Using heated black basalt stones, to literally melt away tension, the treatment is able to work six times more deeply than traditional massage technique. Take advantage of the spa's invitation to arrive one hour before your treatment and experience the sauna, steam and relaxation room, a truly blissful way to while away the day.
Six Senses Spa at Pan Peninsula Holistic Massage
Whoever knew that at the heart of London's most hectic business district, lies a haven of true relaxation? Step away from the bustle of Canary Wharf, and the second you step into the Six Senses Spa at Pan Peninsula, the stresses of the day are replaced by instant calm. The perfect spot for stressed-out city workers, or simply those in need of a spot of pampering, there's nothing better than the holistic massage A full body treatment, spend a blissful 50 minutes at the expert hands of a Six Senses therapist, who will promote deep relaxation, with this therapeutic treat. Prices start from £88.
The CityPoint Spa
Few would consider London's bustling City, packed full of businesses and suit-clad professionals to be a spot in which to indulge in relaxation. Step behind Moorgate station though, and tucked away is the CityPoint Club and Spa. A haven amongst the chaos, the spa is the ideal spot to unwind from the stresses and strains of everyday life. A 20m ozone swimming pool, sauna and steam room sit alongside seven treatment rooms, where a wealth of pampering facials, massages and the like are available. Treat yourself to a day package to really take advantage. For example, Moment of Calm lives up to its names, with an express back massage, manicure or pedicure, and even a healthy lunch in thrown into the mix.
The House of Rush
Set in a sanctuary of urban indulgence, Rush Hair's flagship hair and beauty salon, The House of Rush is located in the heart of London's Piccadilly. The 65th salon for the award-winning Rush Hair signifies a new era in hairdressing as The House of Rush houses both hairdressing and beauty services within a postmodern interior, infused with contemporary glamour and futuristic creativity.
Spread over 5,000 sq. ft. and situated across two floors, the salon encompasses an express blow-dry bar, luxurious waiting and retail areas, 26 styling stations and a beauty haven with treatment areas in the Wet Room, Dry Beauty Room, Bliss Beauty Room and the Elemis Beauty Room. The salon is a luxurious haven that was inspired by the hairdressing greats of the '50s and '60s such as Freddie French, Teasie Weasie and Leonard who all had glamorous ateliers based in the heart of Mayfair.
The stunning interior welcomes clients into the salon for a hairdressing and beauty experience never to forget. With sweeping marble staircases, glistening chandeliers hanging from the industrial ceiling and bespoke Rush Hair wallpaper, there is an interesting feature at every turn to make the salon journey feel like a visit to a five star hotel.
The hair and beauty haven is home to award-winning stylists, trained exclusively by the Rush Artistic Team and the crème de la crème of beauty therapists. An array of services and hairdressing treatments from L'Oreal Professionnel and Kerastase will be available along with Afro hair services from Mizani. In the urban beauty destination, Rodial, Elemis, Bliss and Ellipse Skin rejuvenation treatments are on the menu for those wanting to look good and feel fantastic even when time is of the essence.
The Organic Pharmacy Rose Crystal Lymphatic Facial
Few facials can claim to be suited and beneficial to all skin types, but the signature Rose Crystal Lymphatic Facial at The Organic Pharmacy can. Where other treatments stick to regimented routines, the beauty of this one is that the therapist will tailor the treatment to your skin type, spending more time on the areas where you need it most. Total relaxation is encouraged from the start, with lavender infused deep breathing exercises starting off proceedings, followed by a deep cleanse, exfoliation, steaming and extractions that includes four of the company's most luxurious masks. Massage is incorporated in the form of acupressure on the face, and as a blissful addition, on the scalp, hands, arms and neck. The type of treatment that lives not only your skin, but also yourself, feeling fully rejuvenated.
The Private Clinic of Harley Street
Sick of cutting yourself with razors and having to shave every day in summer? Tired of the pain and expense of waxing to keep yourself fuzz-free? If the answer's yes, then laser hair removal is for you. Treatments at The Private Clinic of Harley Street will banish unwanted hair permanently (yes, really!) in comparison to other methods that only offer a temporary, and often painful, solution.
Whether it be your legs, underarms, bikini line or face, the clinic's high-tech lasers work on a plethora of skin and hair types for lasting results. The treatment works by using light energy to heat up the hair follicles in the skin and, once enough heat is produced, the follicle is destroyed which prevents the hair from growing back. Not only is the process safe and effective, but the laser systems used feature cooling elements that ensure that the procedure is as comfortable for the patient as possible.
A full course of treatment usually requires around six sessions for best results, but the length and cost of each treatment will depend on the size of the area being targeted. A small section like the underarms may take as little as 15 minutes to treat per session, and prices start at around £70 for a single session for an area such as the upper lip. Laser hair removal is available at The Private Clinic of Harley Street in London, as well as regional clinics in Manchester, Leeds, Birmingham and Bristol.
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The Welbeck Clinic
Appointments at Mayfair’s The Welbeck Clinic are about as premium as dentistry gets.
With a whopping 15 years of know-how behind them, Dr Joe Oliver’s team of dentists and hygienists specialises in everything oral, from fillings and veneers, to cosmetic contouring and teeth whitening.
We tried out their teeth whitening ritual, which is a hybrid between at-home and in-clinic.
It’s all about a healthy, natural-looking smile. So if a Hollywood dazzler’s not your thing, fear not – thanks to the bespoke nature of the service, you can go as white as you want.
The process required just three fleeting visits to the (surprisingly luxe) clinic, plus four days of using the at-home whitening trays overnight.
Our tea stained teeth were lightened by a whopping four shades. Impressive stuff.
The teeth whitening treatment at the Welbeck Clinic costs from £545. To book your consultation call 020 7486 8100 or visit the Welbeck Clinic website following the link below.
It's one of the most popular beauty treatments going right now, and if you're sick of cutting yourself with razors whilst shaving and tired of expensive waxing top-ups, laser hair removal could be right for you too. Laser treatments at Transform are a long-lasting, sometimes permanent, solution to removing hair. Imagine never having to wax, shave or tweeze again! Sounds good, doesn't it?
Whether you want to treat your legs, underarms, bikini line, arms or face, the clinic's advanced FDA-approved lasers safely and gently remove unwanted hair on a range of skin and hair types. Treatments will be carried out by a specially trained practitioner and sessions can take between a swift 15 minutes rising up to an hour, depending on the area you want hair-free. The number of sessions and cost also depends on a series of factors, including treatment area and hair type, but most courses usually require between six and eight sessions for optimum results.
And how does laser hair removal work? A light energy is used to heat up the hair follicles in the skin and, once enough heat is produced, the follicle is killed which prevents the hair from growing back. The process is safe, effective and the laser systems used at Transform ensure the procedure is as comfortable for the patient as possible. Fancy giving it a go? Laser hair removal is available at Transform clinics nationwide, including London, Manchester, Birmingham and Bristol. Visit the Transform website now to find out more information and, like us, get ready to say goodbye to razors for good!