“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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