Over the years, we’ve put our head, neck, eyes, pretty much our entire body on the line in the name of vanity. Today we’re sharing our little black book of top-notch beauty therapists, hairdressers, manicurists and other miracle workers.
The lightning-fast defuzzer is the only person we let near our brows. Once she perfects shape, her threading technique reduces and thins unwanted hair.
Jinny Lashes @ Blink Brow Bar
Natural-looking, semipermanent extensions are applied individually and work well for special occasions or a makeup-free beach holiday. Just make sure to have them professionally removed.
Strip Wax Bar
Stop in for virtually pain-free hair removal, thanks to expert therapists, pleasantly scented hot wax and a TV in every treatment room.
Nicole van Zomeren
Get your body back on track with a one-hour remedial rubdown packed with Reiki, Indian head massage, lymphatic drainage and more.
Unwind in an oasis of calm in the middle of bustling Knightsbridge. Warning: you may fall asleep during Michelle Sturjess’s relaxing scalp massage and wake up not knowing where you are (in a good way).
The Nail Station
Experiment with the latest trends and polishes, as well as long-lasting acrylics and Shellac, at the warm and friendly salon.
Book the cheerful Brazilian (077930 552145) for quick-as-a-flash at-home manicures and pedicures.
The no-frills, American-style chain (91 Notting Hill Gate, W11 3JZ; 020 7243 4188) is useful for walk-ins and last-minute nail emergencies. Additional branches can be found in Kensington and Chelsea.
The holistic facialist uses her soft, magical fingers and natural, organic products to destress and calm problem skin.
Skin Gym at Triyoga
Settle in for an emotionally soothing facial that involves live skin care products, deep cleansing and pressure point massage.
The Method cut at the elegant Italian spa helps hair fall naturally as it grows out. Balayage/ombre highlights are a more sophisticated take on the dip-dye technique, and the divine head massage/hair wash will send you off to sleep.
Tatiana’s Hair Extensions
Micro ring real hair extensions don’t require glue, sewing or braiding, so there is no damage to your own locks. Plus, they look so natural no one will ever know they’re not the real deal.
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