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.

I woke up this morning with a bounce in my hair and a spring in my step thanks to yesterday’s visit to Clo & Flo on Old Brompton Road. It was my first visit to this family run hair salon where two sisters called Chloe and Florence are starting a new chapter that continues on from their father’s work who had run the salon under the name of Belissima for years. And I absolutely loved meeting them and finding out more about their story.

Clo & Flo Old Brompton Road

I’m not sure if it’s because I’m now a mother or because I have friends who have taken over their family business. Or it could be because of the strong community feel around South Kensington and the different nooks in Chelsea but when I was speaking to Chloe and Florence I could see why they fit in so well into the area.  They grew up round here, went to schools nearby for starters so the switch between speaking in french and english is seamless. Customers also walk in and are greeted on a first name basis. There’s a friendly atmosphere here that makes the salon a relaxing place to be. And as for my blow dry? I was very happy with the results that gave my hair a well needed lift. Clo & Flo Old Brompton RoadLooking at their website I also love that they do private parties and children’s parties: Blowdrys, updos, mini manicures and drinks to kick off the evening sounds great, especially when you have Boujis, Ramusake and Eclipse down the road.

Normally I get my hair cut a few doors down from me because I always tend to walk in last minute on a Sunday asking if they can squeeze me in. But I think I’m going to try to organise myself a bit more so I can take a walk down the road and try Clo & Flo for my next haircut because in a nutshell, I really like their vibe.

Clo & Flo, 55 Old Brompton Road, Kensington, London, SW7 3JS

Disclaimer: My blow dry was complimentary for the purpose of the review. But I will gladly return as a paying customer for another visit.

Recently I’d written about Duck & Dry when Barts cocktail bar had popped up there for Valentine’s Day. Genius, I thought. Cocktails and hairstyling are a match made in heaven.

Unable to drop by to review this delicious concept, I visited Duck & Dry the day after. I wanted to experience this place which I’d been curious about since it first opened on the King’s Road.

Duck & Dry

The interior is stylish …
Duck & Dry

And there’s even a bar. Looking at Duck & Dry’s website, I noticed that they even host parties which I love the sound of. It’s a great space.Duck & Dry

Don’t you love these Kilner jars?Duck & Dry

So what do Duck & Dry offer? Blow dry or updo styles as well as extensions and treatments. There are even little dos for under 12s.Duck & Dry

And you can also sip a glass of prosecco or a cup of coffee or an orange juice whilst enjoying some nibbles.

Michael who looked after me was a really great guy to meet and I was very surprised that he managed to add waves into my thick straight hair which I loved.Duck & DryWhen I first arrived, it was pretty clear that the place had caught on. There were a few women having their hair done as somebody else waited.

And what I loved the most about Duck & Dry was how relaxed the whole place felt. It’s not intimidating at all. In fact, it fits into the area just nicely. It feels like it’s been around for years whilst at the same time it looks brand spanking new.

Duck & Dry is located towards the Beaufort Street end of the King’s Road.

My blow-dry and Prosecco/popcorn were complimentary for the purpose of the review. But once my hair starts to grow out, I’m definitely planning on going back; especially when I have a special event to go to.

Chelsea Girl

I’m not looking forward to uploading my before and after photos but it has to be done, to show what a great job Yasmin aka Sarah at Toni&Guy has done.

It was a couple of weeks ago when I popped into the hair salon in South Kensington for my review. I had decided that enough was enough. As much as I loved having my hair long, it was time to give it the chop. Fact is being a new mother and running my own business doesn’t give me much time to spend on my hair, as you can see from the state it was in …

Long HairDry, lacklustre and overgrown. Sitting down with Yasmin, we talked about what I wanted. I didn’t give Yasmin any specifics. In fact, I just left her to it in the end.

Yasmin decided to try one of Toni&Guy’s styles from their latest 50/50 collection. Can you believe it? Toni&Guy have been around for fifty years? And yet, they still feel fresh and cutting edge.

The hairstyle Yasmin gave me was this … which I LOVE!

Short HairWithout knowing it, this was exactly what I wanted. The length was much shorter and it felt shapelier. And what I’ve discovered since, it’s a lot easier to look after. I don’t have to do much and it still looks more presentable than the mop in the top photo.

Before I left the salon, Yasmin gave me a goodie bag with label.m products inside.

Label ShampooI’ve been enjoying discovering this brand as my hair is feeling a lot different and is a lot shinier again. The sea spray is a good touch too.

So all I can say is a big thanks to both Yasmin and Toni&Guy for making the chop feel like an easy decision. I love it.

Disclaimer: My haircut was complimentary but this has no way affected my opinion. I hope you’ll agree with me that my hair has experienced a vast improvement thanks to Toni&Guy.

Almost a couple of years ago I had the shortest fringe and I mean short. I guess subconsciously I was angling for the Audrey Tautou Amelie look, although I can guarantee you mine wasn’t nearly as chic. Nevertheless, I couldn’t go to a hairdresser without giving my fringe another severe chop. So at some point I decided to avoid hairdressers altogether, so I could grow out my fringe. And given how fast my hair grows, this meant my hair became quite long quite quickly.

This long to be precise …

My hair - BeforeSo when Wahanda offered me the opportunity to review their site and services, I decided that perhaps it was time to go for some kind of chop.

Before now, I had never tried a voucher service when booking a beauty treatment. I do follow Wahanda on Twitter because I like the way they interact with their followers. But I had yet to try their website.

The remit for my review was simple: just somewhere in the Kensington Area, which meant anywhere from South Kensington to North Kensington. So you can imagine, there were a lot of places and thus special offers to consider.

Trying to find somewhere to book was a bit of challenge. At first I didn’t know where to pick. Then I decided to look at the reviews and based on the positive feedback and number of stars, I finally decided on Gravity on Ladbroke Grove.

Gravity Health and BeautyAnd I wasn’t disappointed. Admittedly my hair is quite easy to treat. It’s straight and thick, so it is low maintenance but I also enjoyed the friendly service at Gravity. Jason took his time and was considerate. He even snapped a couple of photos for me.

This is the after photo; so much hair ended up on the ground.

My hair - ShortThe ease of finding somewhere to have my haircut through Wahanda was emphasised by its online booking system, which was so simple to navigate. All I had to do was click on a date on the calendar; click on a time; and input my details. I then received a confirmation email for my appointment. Yep that’s right, I made my booking when it suited me and in a quick moment.

So all in all, I was very happy with my experience and of course with my haircut. 

*The treatment was complimentary for the purpose of the review.*

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