After many years of despairing over the beauty scene in South West London, I think I have found my ideal salon.... So far, beauty spas around Fulham and Chelsea were spread between shabby (sometimes grotty) places where affordable but often quite good treatments are dispensed on precariously balanced and hygienically challenged manicure stations from before the millennium, and over-priced salons where all the attention was given to the decor, and none to the actual treatments (if you want bleeding cuticles these are the places to go). Enter Blush + Blow, the new arrival just off Parsons Green, literally a couple of minutes from my house, and my prayers have been answered.
The brainchild of make-up artist cum entrepreneur Bridget O'Keefe, Blush + Blow is the stuff dreams are made of. Think gorgeous greys and aqua decor, with antique gold accents (those pedicure basins are simply lush, I want one in my bathroom please), every single detail has been thought of: the decor is definitely from this century, but with a nod to the retro years of weekly blow-dries.
Which is exactly what this place is meant to offer. The services range from manis to blow-dries, but also massages, facials, etc. The prices are affordable (not cheap, but then again nothing is in this area anymore, but remember the saying about getting what you pay for, people) and the packages are really interesting, there is even an unlimited blow-dry monthly for those of us pining for a Duchess worthy mane!
I also love that Bridget really understands the neighbourhood she has opened into: this is the ultimate Nappy Valley, where women take their children and assorted prams everywhere... So it's perfectly fitting that there is a fold-away children play area, complete with toy blow-dryers and straighteners, and for little ones who want to imitate mummy there are children friendly everything-free nail polishes for a mini mani!
I have been coming here a few times now, and I have to say each time I've been greeted with friendly and welcoming service from everyone on staff, and the ultimate treat? Having little Pickles, Bridget's cavalier pooch, snooze on my lap as I'm getting a pedicure done is just a little extra perk of this fabulous place.
If you are nearby I cannot recommend a visit highly enough, you will come out perfectly groomed, with the best products in the market by a team hell bent on making you go out happy and relaxed. Next on my list? Probably a facial... I need one after my holiday in the Greek sun!
Check out more details here:
Blush + Blow
197 New Kings Road
0 207 736 0430