THE HOME VISIT...
Regular readers will know how much we rate Secret Spa. A convenient way to keep up with your beauty routine, its services are seriously impressive – especially the blow-dries. With a full menu – from dry styling to Brazilian blow-dries and even braiding – there’s something for everyone and all occasions (you may even be able to get a small trim done at the same time). Slots are often available last minute, so you know you can squeeze in an appointment when time is of the essence. Even better, it covers all of London, Manchester and now Brighton.
THE LUNCHBREAK PIT STOP…
Hershesons was one of the first salons to roll out blow-dry bars across the UK, and it remains a popular option for a quick hair makeover. With locations in Fitzrovia, Selfridges and Harvey Nichols, it’s easily accessible and often takes walk-ins – ideal if you want to chance it on your lunchbreak. Working fast but delivering long-lasting results, you can be in and out within 30 minutes, plus there’s a range of options on offer – ask for bouncy waves, poker-straight strands or even slick updos for a special occasion. Go for ‘The Swank’ if you have an upcoming event. You’ll also find the Hershesons pros don’t use endless sprays and backcombing techniques to achieve results – much better for the health of your hair.
THE GO-TO FOR GROUP BOOKINGS...
Duck & Dry
Loved by industry insiders, Duck & Dry has the kind of fun and relaxed atmosphere you can really take advantage of if you have a bit more time on your hands. With a prosecco bar and group styling table, we recommend getting together with the girls to visit one of its salons – there are five across London. Like others on this list, it has a full blow-dry menu with different styles on offer, plus various treatment add-ons available.
THE AFFORDABLE OPTION...
Ralph & Rice
Prices start from just £25 at Ralph & Rice, which is competitive for London. Salon owner Anita Rice begins by scrubbing and lathering hair with products by Italian brand Davines, before applying a nourishing hair mask and allowing it to sit for 20 minutes – during which you’ll be offered a free glass of wine. Then your stylist will get to work on the blow dry and your desired effect – be it full and voluminous, or sleek and glossy.
THE OPEN-ALL-HOURS OPTION…
It can be hard to squeeze a blow dry into your day, but that’s where Aer comes in. Doors are open daily from 7.30am – even on a Sunday – and walk-ins are always welcome. Better still, Aer makes everything easy. No matter what you’re after – be it volume, waves or full-on curls – its team can create them quickly. Use the iPad near your seat to peruse the large treatment menu if you need some inspiration, while the laidback atmosphere will help you properly switch off during your appointment.
THE LUXE EXPERIENCE…
It doesn’t get more luxe than Salon 64. When you walk in, you’ll see there are hidden vanity tables that flip up so you can touch up your make-up while waiting for your appointment. The main salon is behind this section, with a large fire pit in the middle and big communal tables. Offering every blow-dry imaginable, results tend to have an effortlessly French aesthetic – think softly tonged and naturally waved. You’ll be treated to a glass of fizz during your appointment, too – this one’s a must-visit if you’re looking for some me-time.
THE A-LIST LOCATION…
Neville Hair & Beauty
Neville Hair & Beauty is loved by the A-list – regular clients include the Delevingne sisters. It’s known for its killer, bouncy blow-dries, and you’ll be in and out in under half an hour – that’s including a wash. Offering everything from braiding to afro styling, intricate updos and slick blow-outs, the team pride themselves on catering to every preference. If you turn up without warning, friendly receptionists will always find a way to fit you in. Expect to leave with full, glossy and expensive-looking hair that lasts for days. Choose between the Belgravia salon and the one within the luxury Bulgari Spa.