You’re right many beauty treatments in London cost a small fortune, but after a bit of digging we’ve come up with a list of affordable salons in the city for a range of beauty treatments from spray tanning to haircuts...
Berry Brown is a mobile tanning service and one of the team will come to you and set up a temporary spray tanning booth for just £25.
If you don’t want to be tanned in your office or home; visit Wahanda the beauty website often has offers. Online right now you can book in for a spray tan for as little as £10 at plenty of central London locations. Add it to your bookmarks.
Another mobile beauty company, this time called Perfect 10 Mobile Beauty offers a full manicure including file, soak, cuticle removal, hand massage and polish for £22.50 or a shape and paint for just £12.50.
Alternatively head to one of the Nail Spa’s three central salons, it offers manicures from £18 or a straight file and re-polish for £10. You can also book in for a file and re-polish pedi for just £15 which should last a month. Pre-holiday it would be worth having the dual manicure and pedicure treatment for £40.
Forget waxing or tweezing, threading is the best way to get your brows in shape; there is no tugging on the skin from hot wax and it’s more precise than tweezing. Threading is an art and unlike waxing or tweezing it’s not really something you can do at-home which is why it’s often more expensive. But if you are willing to head a little out of town Sajna, in Tooting Bec and Clapham, offers eyebrow threading for £3, compared with the central London salons that charge upwards of £15 that’s a big saving. It’s a walk-in service, so you may have to wait a bit, but then that’s the norm for most threading ‘bars’.
For waxing try Cucumba on Poland Street, it’s a walk-in salon and charges £18.50 for a half leg, from £21 for bikini line and £35 for a Brazilian.
If that’s still a bit pricey, try Earth Hairdressing where a Brazilian costs £28.
It doesn’t matter where you go in London a haircut is quite expensive. We love Headmasters, it doesn’t seem to matter whether you see the Graduate Stylist or the Consultant Director you get a great cut. Plus, it really is a myth that you need to have your hair cut every six weeks, you can stretch it out to 10 weeks if you don’t have short or overly layered hair. From £34 for a cut and blow-dry.
If you’re looking for an affordable colour try Willie Smarts in Clapham. Highlights start from £50; tints from £35 and bleaching from £35. One of the co-founders Kevin Ryan styled Kristen Stewart and Alexa Chung for past cover shoots, so you know you’re in good hands at his salon.