Beauty

Your guide to the best speedy treatments and all-in-one beauty salons in the UK

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Ever find that all-of-a-sudden all your beauty "areas" are in need of a good sorting out?

A little bit like buses, three will come along at once, and you'll discover that not only has your manicure chipped, your eyebrows make you look like Doc Brown and you no longer need to wear tights because it already looks like you're wearing a pair.

Not only that you're strapped for time and don't know when and how you'll get them all done. As we fully understand these woes of the modern woman, we've taken it upon ourselves to find some of the fastest treatments and all-in-one beauty salons in the UK. 

Make sure you watch out for the 'Beauty Team Pick', which are the salons deemed one of the best by Stylist's very knowledgeable beauty desk.  

  • Percy & Reed, London - The Breakfast Blow-dry

    157c Great Portland Street, London, W1W 6QS

    Want to eat and also get yourself prepped for the day ahead? Behold, the breakfast blow-dry from Percy & Reed. Appointments are around 30 mins long, from 7.30am and you get a delicious breakfast from Villandry.

    Price: depending on who you see prices start from £25 plus whatever you order from Villandry

    percyandreed.com

  • Selfridge's, London - The Beauty Workshop

    400 Oxford Street, London, W1A 1AB

    In London and just want to get everything done in one go? Selfridge's Beauty Workshop is the way forward. 

    Joanna McGarry, Stylist's associate editor (beauty) recommends the Face Gym facial, which takes 30 mins: “I despise languishing in stifling heat while a beauty therapist strokes and caresses my face. I am all about visible results. And after half an hour at Face Gym, I swear my cheeks have risen a few centimetres.”

    There's also the St Tropez skin finishing studio for your tan, the Hersheson's blow dry bar, a Blink brow bar and also The Paint Shop by Nails Inc. 

    Prices: Face Gym (£40), the Express Workout 15 mins (£20), St Tropez (from £25), Brows (from £5), make-up and nails (from £19). All prices here

    selfridges.com

  • Beauty Bazaar, Liverpool- The one-hour facial and brows

    Liverpool One, Manesty's Lane, Liverpool L1 3DL

    There are many different types of facials you can go for here and while it's a bit of a squeeze time-wise, if you were going in your lunch break, you can go get yourself a one-hour facial, from various beauty teams at Liverpool's Harvey Nichol's Beauty Bazaar. Environ offer in-store one-hour facials from £29, as do Elemis and many of the other brands available. There are also a range of other services, such as a Blink Brow Bar, available so you can get other areas seen too all under one roof. Make sure you book in advance.

    Price: From £29

    harveynichols.com

  • Cheeky, London - The quick mani and blow dry

    1st Floor, 64-66 Redchurch Street, London E2 7DP and 198/200 High Holborn Road, London, WC1V 7BD

    Shannon Peter, Stylist's beauty assistant: “Despite years of practice and a polish collection to rival a branch of Boots, I am still yet to master the art of painting my nails. What should be a quick half hour file and paint session quickly descends into an out-of-the-lines, smudged mess, with nail polish everywhere except my nails. So I tend to leave it to the experts. And at Cheeky, it's so laid back and so quick, you're out of there at record speed - 20 mins, if that - but only if you are slightly more decisive at picking your colour than I am.” 

    You can also get a blow-dry at the one in Shoreditch. As for the one in Holborn you can get your make-up done too, and it's attached to the new Hoxton Holborn hotel, so you can pop next door for a drink.

    Prices: nails (from £12), make-up (£25), blow-dry (from £20)

    urcheeky.com

  • Urban Retreat, Harrods, London - Express treatments

    Fifth Floor, Harrods Knightsbridge, London SW1X 7XL 

    Want to get your nails a good seeing to but really quickly? Urban Retreat in Harrods offers a menu of intense express treatments. From manicures to pedicures, as well as foot massages, there's even a tri-enzyme treatment, which includes a soak, scrub, and gentle file all in 30 minutes.

    Prices: all £30

    urbanretreat.co.uk

  • The Style Bar, Sheffield - blow dry and nails in one

    Blenheim Reach, 861 Ecclesall Rd, Sheffield, South Yorkshire S11 8TH

    There aren't many places outside of London which are blow-dry bars alone, which is why The Style Bar is way ahead of its game. Depending on hair length a blow-dry will take between 30-45 minutes, and a manicure will take from 30 minutes. However, if you're rushing you can get them done at the same time. Hurrah!

    Prices: from £20

    thestylebar.co.uk

  • Aveda Institute, London - Waxing, massages, and blow-dries

    Tanning, massages, shellac - you can pretty much get anything done at the Aveda Institute. Stylist's very own beauty editor Sam Flowers particularly recommends the wax as it's done brilliantly and quickly (under 15 mins). This place is also perfect for those who are particularly environmentally conscious and want to know the source of all the products that are going in their hair and onto their skin. 

    Prices: waxing (from £22). Full menu of services here

    avedainstitute.co.uk

  • The Lanes Health & Beauty, Brighton - treatment packages

    5 Market Street, Brighton BN1 1HH

    While there are many packages you can go for, such as a bridal and the Hollywood package, we love the sound of the half-day spa. For £200 you get a full body polish to start followed by a hydrotherapy bath. This is then followed by a hot stone massage and a facial. The finishing touch is a manicure and a pedicure. 

    Prices: treatment packages start from £50

    thelaneshealthandbeauty.com

  • Priv app - home beauty treatments, for London dwellers only

    Your house

    Can't bear the thought of heading out to get every inch of you waxed, plucked and polished? Fear not, help is at hand with the Priv beauty app. You simply need to choose which service you want and who you want it from. From manicures and haircuts to make-up and fitness, professionals will come to where you are, rather than the other way round. 

    Price: depends on service

    gopriv.com

  • Pure Spa & Beauty, Edinburgh, Aberdeen and Glasgow - one-stop shop

    Locations in Edinburgh, Glasgow and Edinburgh

     From their spa menu which includes facials and massages, to their beauty offering which includes waxing, tanning, make-up and nails, they basically have everything you could so desire. We want to try out their The Works package, which includes a mani, pedi, facial and a massage. We're considering a move to Scotland because of it.

    Price: beauty packages cost from £30

    purespauk.com

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