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Date: 01.07.11 Category:

“Get your priorities (and hair) straight before jetting off – these spas and salons will have you ready to strip off and bare all on the beach this summer.”

Whip your whole body into shape in the weeks before hitting the beach with Lomax Bespoke Fitness, Nutrition and Health's Bikini Body 5 Day Cleanse, blast classes and/or Head to Toe Sacred Locks Massage (includes a full body massage, Louise Galvin hair masque and scalp massage).

There's no excuse for exposing even an inch of pasty flesh when you can get the help of a good spray tan. Offering a 'body building' service that uses tan to sculpt a narrower waist, perkier bust and slimmer legs, I'm certain James Read at Agua Spa could transform the Michelin man into a bronzed glamazon. And as well as tanning, BeautyWorksWest can attend to all of your holiday prep with treatments spanning from hair removal to hair maintenance at Kell Skött. Sadly I don't think their homemade brownies are swimsuit-friendly…

Start your holiday before leaving home by making an appointment for the special pre-holiday package at The Chapel for you and your travel companion (includes a cut, colour, Redken treatment and lunch – £200 for two people or £120 for one). And for frizz-free holiday hair, treat your tresses to a Brazilian Blowout or Ionic Straightening treatment at Taylor Taylor London. These beach-friendly treatments allow you to swim and leave your hair to dry naturally to a smooth, glossy, frizz-free finish (as well as freeing space in your suitcase by ditching your straighteners and blow-drier).

If you're in a pre-holiday frenzy, pop into Cowshed for their Cowgroom Maintenance Package (£80) which includes a speedy facial, eyebrow tidy and speedy manicure or pedicure, all at the hands of two therapists and completed in just 30 minutes. And when you return having had a touch too much sun, book in to see Debbie Thomas at Hari's whose facial treatments can repair, brighten and boost sun damaged skin.

And if you're not lucky enough to get away this summer, the Tranquil Escape package (£365 for 3hrs 20mins) at The Spa at Mandarin Oriental offers a relaxing and rejuvenating experience that will leave you feeling as if you have. Well, nearly.

Before you jump on the plane be sure to check the Deals page on LadyBlonde.com for special offers from some of the wonderful spas and salons mentioned above.

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Agua Spa

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Agua Spa

Spa

"Agua offers complete escapism. This is a place to relax, unwind, forget and fortify."

50 Berners Street, London W1T 3NG

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Beauty Works West

Beauty Works West

Spa

"Blending beauty and science, BWW is a one-stop shop for all your health and beauty needs. "

8/9 Lambton Place, London W11 2SH

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Kell Skott

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Kell Skott

A hair salon

"Unpretentious and affordable, Kell Skott is a refreshing addition to West London's salon scene."

2-4 Lambton Place W11 2SH / 93 Golborne Road W10 5NL

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The Chapel

The Chapel

A hair salon

"The Chapel in Islington has a reputation for delivering a complete package of relaxation and service."

394 - 396 St John Street, Angel Islington, London EC1V 4NJ

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Taylor Taylor London

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Taylor Taylor London

A hair salon

"Taking your beauty into their hands, Taylor Taylor is regularly voted one Europe's leading salons."

137 Commercial Street, London E1 6BJ‎

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Cowshed

Cowshed

Spa

"Cowshed combines a unique home-grown, rustic ambiance with organic products."

Shoreditch House, Ebor Street, London E1 6AW

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Hari's

Hari's

A hair salon

"A sleek salon seeing to the tresses of South Kensington's glossiest."

305 Brompton Road, London SW3 2DY

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Mandarin Oriental

Mandarin Oriental

Hotel

"Excelling in faultless service, The Mandarin Oriental offers a winning combination of restaurants, bars and private event spaces."

66 Knightsbridge, London SW1X 7LA

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