London has so much choice when it comes to beauty salons. They vary wildly when it comes to price, service and treatments so it can be a little tricky when it comes to choosing the perfect spot for you. To cut through the beauty blur, we’ve picked some of our favourite places for you to visit when you need a little TLC before your summer break.
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Unit B6 Wood Green Shopping City, High Road, London, N22 6YQ
This no nonsense salon on the first floor of Wood Green’s shopping centre is perfect if you want a quick, cheap treatment or wax. Eyebrow threading costs less than a fiver and you can just stroll in without an appointment. It’s not the place for you if you like a bit of privacy, because threading is done in full view of fellow customers as well as people walking past (the windows are big). However, it’s cheap and cheerful and perfect if you’re looking for somewhere to get you ready for holiday without breaking the bank. Try to avoid on Saturday afternoons unless you don’t mind a bit of a wait.
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Unique beauty and hair salon
31 Tower Bridge Road, Southwark, SE1 4TL
If you want friendly service, this is the place for you. Unique is a great little spot if you prefer a bit of discretion when it comes to your treatments. Although it’s popular, they often can cater for walk-ins and there’s a nice little room around the back for a bit of privacy. The staff are also complete perfectionists, and even whip out a piece of headgear equipped with a torch to search for any stray hairs missed after a wax. Be prepared for them to ask your name while they carry out a treatment and for them to even remember it next time you swing by.
Guys and Dolls Parlour
18 Cheshire Street, Shoreditch, E2 6EH
This is a one-stop shop for all your beauty needs. Complete with nail, lash, wax, threading and spray tanning bars, you can walk out of here looking like a different person entirely. Staff are friendly and professional and are happy to offer advice if you’re unsure what treatment you’re after. It’s the perfect spot to leave the hustle and bustle of the city to indulge in a bit of much-needed pampering. Oh, and the clue’s in the name – they welcome guys as much as girls. Guys and Dolls also offer a happy hour between 10am and 12pm every weekday with 15% off all beauty treatments.
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585A Forest Road, Walthamstow, E17 4PP
This relaxing spot ticks all the boxes if you want to get away from it all for an hour, or two, or three. Beauty Above offers loads of services, so you’ll be spoilt for choice when it comes to working out what to go for. Choose between spa treatments, facials, waxing, massage, manicures and pedicures and even a chocolate therapy treatment where you can enjoy a chocolate truffle full body massage while supping a hot chocolate. Is there a better way to spend an afternoon? We think not.
Ugly Duckling Beauty
Energie Fitness, 3 Reading Lane, Hackney, E8 1GQ
Firstly, we love the name. Secondly, the service is tip top. Thirdly, it’s right by Hackney Town Hall so you can go and meet a friend for coffee or something stronger after your appointment. Prices are reasonable, with eyebrow waxes costing £8 and spray tans costing just £12 on Sundays. You can even opt for a home visit if you’d prefer.