Book in at these beauty bars for express blow dries, manicures, brow treatments facials and lash tinting.
The New York notion of speedy primping at beauty bars has hit the UK and, month-by-month, new pamper pit stops are landing in our nearest high streets. It’s good news for the time-poor or the last-minute groomer who seeks to eschew lengthy spa visits and at-home prep for 30 minutes (or less) of expert beautifying.
From bouncy blow-dries on the double to brow and lash touch-ups in your favourite shops, a bevy of treatments have gone express for more efficient – but no less indulgent – pampering. Making it easier than ever to fit in a sleek manicure or a layer of lash extensions, these bars were built for big events and TLC.
In London, the trend for beauty bars is growing fast, with Soho and Chelsea boasting a conglomeration of chic speed spas and blow-dry pop-ups. However, it’s not just capital-dwellers who are reaping the benefits, as the likes of SHOW Dry and Primark open their doors across the country, to people in the mood for a quick pamper.
To make finding a must-book beauty bar all the easier for you, we’ve rounded up some of our favourites for every kind of grooming. If you’ve got a holiday coming up, you’re off to a wedding or a family party, we bet these havens will have you tempted to schedule an appointment – or three.
Keep clicking for our pick of the best beauty bars…
Introducing House of Elemis and its incredible Speed Spa services, which lend skin a blast of the brand’s signature treatments in 15- and 30-minute slots. The quick pace of their facials and eye treatments makes them no less powerful, as they fuse nimble massaging with potent products across the varied menu.
Facials tend to every skin type, from fatigued and lined to imbalanced and blemished, eking out stress and pummelling pores back to their freshest best in a matter of a lunch break.
2 Lancashire Ct, Mayfair W1S 1EX, Elemis.com
Some of the best brows have been built at Benefit’s Brow Bars, which offer waxing, tinting, shaping and lash gussying in stores across the nation. A fuller brow can knock years off your features, putting their speedy treatments at the top of the grooming agenda when seeking a lid- and cheek-lifting arch.
Also not to be missed is their lash tinting, where they apply the glossiest pigments to highlight tiny eye-framing strands you didn’t know were there. A worthy booking pre-holiday, it will make your lashes look longer, thicker and more defined by the pool, without the need for a stitch of makeup.
Bookings available nationwide, BenefitCosmetics.co.uk
Shoppers in Cardiff can indulge in a raft of purse-friendly treatments at Superdrug, where the Beauty Studio offers an impressive top-to-toe experience. They don’t stop at blow dries – the beauty mecca also provides HD Brows, lash extensions, manicures, nail printing, threading and even ear piercing. Best of all, you don’t need to book. Just turn up when the fancy takes you.
St David’s Dewi Sant Cardiff, 7 Bridge St, Cardiff CF10 2EF, Superdrug.com
It’s not just the calming, shabby chic décor and friendly experts that make DryBy a must-book – though they help. It’s also the brilliant brands they keep stocked on their beauty shelves. Sudsy washes and bespoke blow dries are engineered with Philip B and O&M products, while nail polishes from new US brand Lauren B Beauty are exclusively available.
74 Mortimer St, London W1W 7RZ, DryBy.co.uk
The ultimate SOS pit stop, a whirl in Clarins’ BeautyBAR chairs will work wonders on crepey under-eyes and skin that’s been sapped of radiance. In just 40 minutes and for £25 the skincare specialists deliver a bespoke beauty treatment to troubled faces, including Get Glowing, a must-book to revive your holiday gleam.
There are also satisfyingly efficient massages to hand, where your two key trouble zones are given the soothing, muscle-melting treatment. And, relax…
300 Oxford St, Westminster, London W1C 1DX, Clarins.co.uk/beautybar
You’re spoilt for choice with pampering options at Harrods’ in-store spa Urban Retreat, where facials, manicures, blow dries and brow treatments are all yours for the taking. It’s also home to The Make-Up Salon, which offers a range of cosmetic consultations, including a bespoke lesson to help you perfect the most finicky of looks. Whether, for you, that means contouring or etching on a feline flick, after 1 hour and 30 minutes (for £100), you’ll come away an expert.
5th Floor, Harrods, Knightsbridge, London SW1X 7XL, UrbanRetreat.co.uk
Cost-conscious, yes – but Primark’s Beauty Bars were pioneered by industry authority Monika Mohindra, ensuring that the results and service are to a high standard. Where they triumph is in their brow services, where threading clocks in at just £5, a brow tint is also £5 and half a set of lash extensions is £12. Manicures – including gels and acrylics – are equally purse-friendly, leaving you with every incentive to tick off a host of grooming appointments.
Bookings available nationwide, Primark.com
You don’t need Tamara Ecclestone’s budget to visit her chain of blow dry bars, which offer impeccable, express styling starting at £20. If you can’t get to the flagship Westbourne Grove bar, do not fear. You’ll get the same glossy, glamorous coifing and abundance of volume in their Kingston, York, Manchester, Colchester, Newcastle and Leeds branches.
Bookings available across the country, SHOWDry.com