Much like NYC, London is a city obsessed with speed. Want to test that out? Drop your Oyster card near the subway gates for a split second and feel the wrath of countless impatient Londoners as they foot-tap and shove to get you through those barriers. Coffees and sandwiches are assembled with military precision and dexterity in the capital’s cafes, and the cultural obsession with queuing makes lines move quicker than you can say “one flat white, please.” Beauty’s no different. While there’s undoubtedly great places to spend a whole day unwinding and being pampered, we’ve also got a host of speedy spots for when you just need a little zhuzh, fast.
If you’ve ever wanted to recreate the airplane hangar scene from Miss Congeniality, this is your chance. This salon is a behemoth, offering blowouts, nails, brows, and facials. The name refers to the hairdressing dynasty that is father-and-son team Daniel and Luke Hersheson, so you know the blowouts are good. They work whip-fast with 30 minute slots – they even offer a no-wash blowout with just dry shampoo and styling. Add-ons include manicures and pedicures, brow and lash services courtesy of Suman Brows, super-fast LED facials courtesy of The Light Salon and waxing from Ministry of Waxing. It’s top-to-toe beauty maintenance in a flash.
“If you’ve ever wanted to recreate the airplane hangar scene from Miss Congeniality, this is your chance.”
DryBy is the kind of spot that’s always packed with fashion and beauty insiders but somehow the atmosphere remains calm and quiet. The stylists work in a kind of synchronised pattern and get everything done in record time, but the quiet chatter makes it never feels like you’re being rushed. Offering blowouts and manicures and pedicures, you can double-book yourself to have your nails done while your hair is being styled for maximum efficiency. They do chic nail art or classic Shellac mani-pedis, and their blowout lookbook is chic but never overly coiffed. They’re also conveniently located next to Psycle, London’s best-loved spinning studio, for a post-sweat touch-up.
Offering blowouts, braids, nails, and make-up, Blow Ltd should be your go-to if you need to get glam FAST. They can have your own personal glam squad working on you simultaneously to get you in an and out in under an hour, and they’ll even steam your dress for you while you’re having your makeover. Don’t think that just because it’s fast they’re scrimping on quality: the salon is stocked with brands like Kerastase, Jouer, and L’Oreal Professionnel, and the team are highly skilled. Perfect for any truly last-minute plans that arise, Blow Ltd. caters to London’s truly time-pressed women.