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...Pre-Party Preening

Date: 10.12.10 Category:

“I don't care how tired you are; being a dog isn't acceptable for life or just for Christmas.”

With December in full-swing but the party season far from over, cracks are beginning to show. Certainly, after several glasses of fizz, 'Champagne goggles' help to, not only see a sexier side of Neville in Accounts, but also to gloss over one's own smudged make-up, limp hair and laddered tights, but this is no recompense the following morning. Sadly, there is not much to be done if you choose to snog Neville in Accounts by lassooing him with aforementioned tights, but there is a way to ensure you look genuinely hot doing it: bring in the experts for some pre-party preening.

If the wow factor is on your wishlist this season, Daniel Hersheson - a favourite among celebrities and the fashion press alike - are known for avant-garde techniques and revolutionary products to boost struggling hair. At luxurious Paul Edmonds, enjoy their enviable, chic Knightsbridge salon whilst your up-do takes shape and don't be surprised if you find yourself seated next to an Oscar-nominee. Or - famous for blow dries and cuts that last - head to Andrew Jose for that perfect statement coif. And if you’re running behind, this is the place for you with late appointments available during the week.

Head to Daniel Galvin for their new Botox hair treatment; it is just the thing for lack-luster locks. With the catchphrase “Couture hair, bespoke beauty” Richard Ward oozes with promises of catwalk finishes. The salon also offers gourmet bites at their licensed bar and electronic, lie-down back washes meaning your journey-time on Chelsea's conveyor belt of honey-blonde sophisticats is that bit more luxurious. Or if you're City-based, Taylor Taylor London captures the essence of celebrity in their original boutique salon in Spitalfields, allowing you to feel like a star as they transform you into the belle of the ball.

If you’ve been naughty this year, what better place to repent than in The Chapel, an oasis of elegance and relaxation in Islington. In addition to a fresh hairstyle, coat your nails in candy-cane colours and book a make-up session that will see you sparkling alongside the millions of lights adorning the city.

For those who think brownies and a relaxed atmosphere make the perfect salon experience, try Kell Skott Haircare in their Notting Hill salon and include a trip to their neighbours, Beauty Works West. BWW has the power to overhaul your bod this holiday season, offering everything from fabulous facials and anti-ageing treatments to cellulite busting laser miracles. They combine cutting-edge technology with expert beauty therapy to make you look and feel fantastic.

Boys, Santa has something for you too. Brooks and Brooks have proven they know how to pamper the male sex, thrice scoring ‘Men’s Hairdresser of the Year’ (not to mention ‘London Hairdresser of the Year’ as many times as well). Stephen Way also embraces excellence in haircare, as the longest running sole trader on Bond Street, and Hari’s is poised to perfect you, with a string of rave reviews from Vogue, Glamour and Tatler. With spa and beauty treatments on the menu as well, Hari’s could be the answer for a beautifying over-haul.

Which is all well and good. But if - quite frankly - you couldn't give a follicle about all that, focused as you are on spinning through December on a non-stop-party-roller-coaster fueled by alcohol and midnight munchies, be gratified by the knowledge that Lomax will see you on the other side of the new year to pick up the pieces. The Lomax January Post-Tox Purifier is an integrated 7 day cleanse to help re-balance, purify and energise your body following the Christmas party season. By the end of the week they promise you'll be ready to take on the New Year feeling stronger, lighter and full of energy. And legally be able to operate heavy machinery and get behind a wheel of a car once again. Phew.

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Paul Edmonds

Paul Edmonds

A hair salon

"If you're shopping in Knightsbridge, this salon is a perfect retreat to get a (root) lift."

217 Brompton Road, London SW3 2EJ

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Andrew Jose

Andrew Jose

A hair salon

"For those that work hard during the day but want to look their best to party through the night - Andrew Jose has late..."

1 Charlotte Street, London W1

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Daniel Galvin

Daniel Galvin

A hair salon

"Daniel Galvin is a place to wind down and spruce up; it's the ultimate in relaxed chic and guarantees tresses to impress."

58-60 George Street, London W1U 7ET

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Richard Ward

Richard Ward

A hair salon

"For glossy, glamorous locks and tresses to impress, head to ever-buzzing Richard Ward."

82 Duke Of York Square, London SW3 4LY

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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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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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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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Beauty Works West

Beauty Works West

A 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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Brooks and Brooks

Brooks and Brooks

A hair salon

"A boutique salon in Bloomsbury, Brooks and Brooks has won hairdresser of the year three times. "

13-15 Sicilian Avenue, London WC1A 2QH

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Stephen Way

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Stephen Way

A hair salon

"There is a reason why Stephen Way is the longest-standing sole-trader on Bond Street."

109 New Bond Street London W1S 1EG

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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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Lomax Bespoke Fitness, Nutrition and Wellbeing

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Lomax Bespoke Fitness, Nutrition and Wellbeing

A personal trainer

"A health concierge company that will bullet-proof body and mind against life's cheeky little indulgences."

59 Buckingham Gate, London SW1E 6AJ

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