Ministry of Waxing
Ministry of Waxing is the concept salon from Asia that’s taken the depilatory world by storm. Therapists are trained at the company's Singapore HQ and pride themselves on speed, hygiene and professionalism. There’s no double dipping (using the same wax twice), latex gloves and face masks are worn at all times and each customer is given a personal wax pack for their famous Brazilian. The hot wax is applied to the skin, allowed to cool and then pulled off. It hurts, there's no getting around this part, but therapists work quickly and efficiently and the new chocolate wax means that you'll be dreaming of Cadbury's (other brands are available) rather than focusing on the pain. There are now two of the Ministry’s retro-chic salons in the capital - one on South Molton Street and another on Floral Street.
Prepare to Bare
As the name suggests, this treatment package is aimed at a total groom to prep your body for the beach and the summer months to come. Most of us need some serious TLC before we're ready to get our pins out and go bare foot, so if that's you, then this treatment does all the hard work for you. Beginning with a body exfoliation to boost circulation and revive tired skin, a body brush and then scrub are worked over the entire body. The next step is the Elemis Tanning Treatment, a cream rubbed over the body to give skin a subtle and natural-looking glow to avoid looking pasty on the beach. Finally, sit back and unwind on the pedicure 'throne' and enjoy a City pedicure and manicure. Designed more for a reshape and polish, as opposed to foot massage and scrub, you'll feel utterly preened from top to toe and ready to hit the beach.
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.
Thai Square Spa
Nestled in the midst of bustling Covent Garden, Thai Square Spa offers all the luxury of exotic, far-flung pampering retreats - just minus the hefty flight and hotel costs. Instantly forgetting I was in the heart of tourist-trap London, setting foot inside the Oriental-themed spa is like arriving in an oasis of calm. Upon first arrival, it’s hard not to get distracted by the yummy smells coming from the food court on the ground floor – but once you head downstairs it’s as if you’ve truly left London and entered the mystical realms of Thailand.
Your shoes are instantly swapped for a pair of sole-saving slippers, and you’re greeted with a cup of soothing Thai tea – the first of many authentic touches.
I opted for the Traditional Thai massage – which for those of you unfamiliar with the technique, can be best likened to gentle assisted yoga. Swapping my street clothes for the loose-fit smock top and fisherman trousers provided, the treatment began with a warming floral foot soak and massage, before the Thai therapist proceeded to spend an hour massaging, kneading and stretching my body into various pilates-esque positions. And it felt amazing - any tension I previously felt had instantly evaporated.
With seven rooms in total, the spa has an exclusive, boutique feel to it – it’s quite likely you may never even spot another guest during your time there. But although fairly small as far as spas go, it’s excellently equipped, with a specialist Thai massage couch, two luxury relaxation baths, a mosaic steam room, full facial and pedicure suites and a calming relaxation area.
In short, it was a wonderfully tranquil, relaxing experience which I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend. And plus, if you book in February, they’re offering an amazing 50% off.
Now if that’s not reason to indulge, I don’t know what is.
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.
Get ready to bare!
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!