There’s a lot of buzz around Salon Sloane‘s hair stylists and colourists but there’s another reason to step inside Chelsea’s most stylish hair salon and her name in Lanh.

Lanh is Salon Sloane’s amazing manicurist who is very much in demand. Before Christmas I popped in to see Ivan and was treated to a complimentary manicure by Lanh, which I absolutely loved. So, I wanted to give you a chance to get to know Lanh more so you can see just how special she is.

I asked Lanh a few questions …

What is your manicure background? I grew up in a family of beauticians; all four sisters are beauticians. I started helping out when I was 13 years old; training and learning about the business. During my 25 years experience with 4 years London experience working in high end nail bars in Berkeley Square, Mayfair and Chelsea, I became the personal manicurist for Sarah Doukas and her team (founder of Storm Model agency). I was frequently called for editorial work, celebrity and VIP clients.

What do you love about Chelsea? I live in Battersea and I walk across Albert Bridge to get to work via King’s Road. It’s such a beautiful walk with the park and the river view and then there’s the buzz of Sloane Square and King’s Road which is exciting.

What are the current nail trends? Classic short length almond shaped impeccable manicured nails with a perfectly polished glossy finish. The go-to colour this season is the sweetest, softest pale pink nail polish. What I am using right now is OPI Infinite Shine for a gel-like wear and shine.

Can you share some top hand care tips? Treat your hands as you would your skincare routine. Don’t forget to love your hands. Use a natural based sugar and honey scrub for a radiant glow and keep your hands moisturised especially through the winter months.

What type of experience would your clients at Salon Sloane expect? A relaxing tailored service where you will feel looked after and leave with perfect nails.

Salon Sloane, 186 Pavilion Rd, Chelsea, London SW3 2BF

Salon Sloane has arrived on Pavilion Road and has settled in very well amongst its boutique neighbours. The team are friendly and the calibre of their work outstanding.

Recently I popped in to say hello to celebrity stylist Ivan who cut my hair a few weeks ago so I could ask him a few questions about Salon Sloane’s move from Holbein Place and to find out more about his expertise that makes him very much in demand. Ivan’s clients include Demi Moore and Uma Thurman when they are in London. 

  1. What is your hair styling background?

I am originally from Brazil, a country famed for amazing hair and this is where my passion began. I moved to London 18 years ago and began my styling career at Real Hair based in Chelsea; working with Belle Cannan and Josh Wood. I am lucky to have always worked with some of the most talented hair stylists in the world and here I learned my craft! I have been called a ‘celebrity’ stylist due to my clients but to me all my clients are celebrities and they should leave the salon feeling like one! 

  1. What are your favourite places in Chelsea?

I LOVE London, it is a diverse mix of people, culture, food, creatively and talent. My favourite place in all of London and where I am based is of course Chelsea. It is the ultimate edit of the best London has to offer; the insiders’ secret. Specifically, my favourite place is Pavilion Road and I can easily spend a day here. I start at KXU for a workout and breakfast, Salon Sloane for Hair, lunch at Granger or the new vegan restaurant Wulf and Lamb, then a spot of (window) shopping at Boutique 1 and all my daily grocery shopping at the selection of grocery, baker, butcher and cheese stores.

  1. What’s your favourite hairstyle to do?

I love any style that my client loves. This to me is the most rewarding part of my job. When my client loves the way they feel or look. For guys, increasingly they love ‘the no-colour colour’; an easy treatment that can take 5 years off in an undetectable way! For ladies a great cut and blow dry that will make them look and feel AMAZING.

  1. What experience does a Salon Sloane customer expect when they visit?

In a luxury salon like this you can experience a first-class experience, understated elegance, natural talent, a friendly and welcoming and ultimately fun experience. Whether you want to have a chat or if you just want to relax and enjoy your experience, you can do so with the knowledge that you will have some of the world’s leading hair talent all under one stylish roof. Renowned stylists, colourists and new generation talent will all make your hair look and feel the very best.

  1. Do you have any hair tips to share? What are the latest trends?

Healthy looking hair whether that be in a beachy blow or a glamourous Anna Wintour style crop; it has to look and feel healthy.   

Salon Sloane, 186 Pavilion Road, Chelsea, London, SW1 2BF

I’m sitting in a cosy lounge in my gym and the plan after I write this post is to head downstairs for a swim, a dip in the jacuzzi and some time in the steam room. After the last week of struggling with a horrible cold, I’m looking forward to unwinding. But as I think about all the heat that awaits me I can’t ignore the fact that freezing in Chelsea is trending.

Take KXU’s cryotherapy chamber; one of only a few in London. For those who have yet to discover this experience, a cryotherapy session involves being taken to -90 celsius. And after just a few minutes inside the chamber, the benefits include aiding muscle recovery, pain relief and boosting the body’s metabolic rate. There are other health benefits related to cryotherapy and plenty more reasons why sports stars are using this treatment to reduce injuries, help sleep and increase energy.

Another treatment that is becoming increasingly popular is Coolsculpting; the fat-freezing procedure that reduces body fat in a non-surgical way. It all stemmed from a discovery in the 1970s when scientists linked the dimples inside the cheeks of children who liked ice lollies to the idea that ‘excessive exposure to cold could reduce fat cells naturally and eliminate them from the body’.

A few weeks ago I saw this treatment, which is available at KX Private Members Health Club and Mallucci London, being demo’d at Claridges. And I can see Coolsculpting increasing in popularity because it is non-invasive. There are no scalpels or scars that come with this treatment; and from what I’ve seen the results are very impressive.

This winter I’ll be heading to the slopes for the first time in many many years. Normally I love a hot climate, sandy beaches and calm sea. But perhaps this freezing trend is about to become real. KXU is a pay-as-you-go gym with treatment rooms and a restaurant; so it’ll be very easy to find out sooner or later.

KXU, 241 Pavilion Rd, Chelsea, London SW1X 0BP; KX, 151 Draycott Ave, Chelsea, London SW3 3AL; Mallucci London, 13 Crescent Place, Chelsea, London SW3 2EA

Last week I visited Salon Sloane on Holbein Place, just around the corner from Sloane Square tube station. There were quite a few reasons for my excitement: I’d heard so much about the great team at the salon who included the fabulous Kelly (the salon’s Chief Operating Officer) who I was thrilled to be seeing again after quite a few years. Another reason why I was looking forward to discovering Salon Sloane was because of its imminent move to Pavilion Road.

Pavilion Road deserves an entire post to itself because it is fast becoming a thriving neighbourhood hangout in Chelsea.

Diagonally across Sloane Square when you step off Symons Street …

… you can find UK’s longest mews lined with boutique stores and artisan food …

… along with this beautiful courtyard where you can enjoy Granger & Co, April’s Café and soon KXU (KX’s pay as you go gym, which is also very exciting).

In September, Salon Sloane will be moving to Pavilion Road and after being treated to a fabulous haircut with a fringe that is constantly being complimented, I am very certain the salon will be a great addition to this fabulous road. The staff are so friendly and just like the rest of Pavilion Road, Salon Sloane’s expertise excels.

With Cosmetics à la Carte and Sarah Chapman a stone’s throw away from Salon Sloane it looks like Pavilion Road is fast becoming as much a beauty destination as it is foodie for the locals.

Thank you Ivan for my haircut. I can’t wait to see you guys soon again.

A couple of weeks ago I attended one of Grace Belgravia’s #gracetalks. This one was on anxiety and depression in young people. If anyone has read or seen 13 Reasons Why it’s evident why young people are suffering more than ever in silence: from cyberbullying to increased pressures on self-image because of social media. The statistics on depression in young people are astounding: around 80,000 young people in the UK suffer from severe depression. But with campaigns such as Heads Together and celebrities such as Professor Green helping to raise awareness through their own projects, there is hope that the silence is starting to break.

But as much as mental health is a topic being widely discussed the reasons that brought me to this talk were more personal. Last year a friend had taken his life; the third man I’d personally known to do so. And given that I am also a mother to a beautiful boy who is full of charisma and energy, there was so much I wanted to understand too.

Grace Talks takes place inside Grace Belgravia’s stunning Atrium; a gorgeous space always dressed in beautiful art.

And for this talk there was a panel of three experts: Registered Clinical Psychologist Adriana Giotta, renowned Vedic Meditation teacher, Jillian Lavender and Lady Clare Milford Haven, Founder of The James Wentworth-Stanley Memorial Trust, which raises funds for and awareness of anxiety, depression and suicide amongst young people.

During the evening we listened to the fascinating facts around the physical development of the brain in adolescents. Did you know when teenagers are tired their prefrontal cortex (front part of the brain) shuts down and their angry, more reptilian part of the brain takes over? With pressure on exams starting earlier than before and the integral role of social media in young people’s lives it’s no wonder teens are tired.

Throughout the evening we heard a very sad personal story and from it there was so much to be learned and take away to ponder on. There were also useful pointers; try to numb the uncomfortable feelings, you also numb the good feelings. And what are the signs that someone’s in trouble? Look for change in their behaviour and if you see something, try to connect with them and talk. It’s easier said than done. I still remember a niggling feeling I had over a Facebook post I saw and to this day I really wish I had asked the question, ‘are you ok?’ It haunts me like I’m sure plenty of other questions haunt other friends. I guess that’s why 13 Reasons Why has been so successful: it touched a nerve.

Going back to the Atrium at Grace Belgravia and the brave discussions that were taking place, this #gracetalks also opened my mind up to so many questions and viewpoints I hadn’t considered as a parent yet. But at the end of the night, what was the big nugget I took away with me? The importance of connecting. My little boy is three and I already know how important connection is for good behaviour. What I now realise is that working on this connection is just as important when the boy starts growing into a man because the more connected you are the more there is a chance for communication and identifying a change.

Thank you to Grace Belgravia for allowing me to sit in on this talk. It really opened my eyes.

For more information on Grace Belgravia’s events, see here

Grace Belgravia, 11c West Halkin Street, London SW1X 8JL

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