Everyone has a secret spot, that little, inconspicuous door you slip through every few months or so; to have the moustache stripped, the wrinkles renovated, the talons tamed and the barnet refurbished so you can continue to show your well groomed self to the world, whether it be on the school run, or in the coffee shops and boutiques of Bath.
We have whispered with the insiders of Bath’s beauty scene and found the best salons in town, which we’re going to share with you right here, alongside some hot tips to get you back in shape from top to toe after a long summer of sun scorching the skin, swigging chilled rosé and ravaging your hair in harsh sunlight, chlorinated pools and salty seas. Your body’s largest organ, your poor, tired skin is in dire need of some proper TLC.
Lift the body and the spirits
Take yourself out of the city and up to Colerne, where Sam Teifel, spa therapy manager at Lucknam Park country house hotel, will provide you with a much needed Total Body Renewal, from the Spa’s Ila Collection. This therapy can heal and renew using the ionising properties of Himalayan salt crystals to nourish both bodily and emotional wellbeing. Packed with stimulating argan oil, juniper and rose, battling cellulite, stress and exhaustion, strengthening the bio-energy fields and will, apparently leave your mind, body and spirits uplifted. Sam says to continue to care for your skin by drinking lots of water and use hydrating cream all over the body.
Back to your roots
The latest and edgiest new hairdresser to choose Bath, is Material run by Paul Harewood in Walcot Street. After your summer tresses have been tangled Paul advises Living Proof, a restorative shampoo and mask treatment, (Material is the only Salon in the UK to stock Living Proof from the US) followed by a soothing head, neck and shoulder massage. Paul recommends that for colour you add some darker tones to you hair in preparation for autumn, snip off those fragile, over-light ends and have a good haircut ready to get back to work. Material is currently a finalist in the Independent Salon – Business Newcomer category of the British Business Hairdressing Awards 2014.
Tame those brows
Have you found Bath’s hottest ticket yet? The Brow Place on Abbeygate Street is the place to get your peepers looking perfect – for £10 a pop you can stroll in off the street and have those eyebrows tamed by the best in the brow business – make sure you shape your brows and keep up with the likes of Cara Delevingne and Natalie Portman.
Treat your skin
Betsi Hughes at stylish urban spa, Green Street House says a re-surfacing facial is the key to repairing your skin after the summer. Betsi says this treatment will leave your face feeling incredibly smooth and radiant, she added that using the Elemis Advanced Brightening Even Tone Serum twice daily afterwards would be perfect to restore sun-damaged pigmentation. Finally, Betsi says we should all exfoliate regularly: “Body brush” she says: “literally buff your skin towards your heart, de-tox after all that indulgence and start taking vitamins, eating leafy veggies to prepare your body for winter.”
All made up
Re-vamp your look and your make-up bag, for the most contemporary ticket in town make an appointment with Kat at LittleLAB. Bath local, Kat Spreadbury, is a professional make-up artist, who has worked with celebrities and on top fashion campaigns. She has her finger on the pulse of the hottest make-up skills around. At LittleLAB, 76 Walcot Street, you will learn quick and slick techniques from the mistress of make-up, use the latest ultra-modern technology and craft designed for your individual skin tone and keep your look natural and simple. Kat offers one-to-one sessions, mother and daughter and/or group workshops at http://www.littlelab.co.uk.
Hands and feet
Make sure those hands and feet are kept in tip top youthful shape by heading to The Orangery Laser and Beauty Clinic at 2 Kingsmead Street and enjoy a Jan Marini Hand Peel. This hand treatment is designed to treat sun damaged and ageing hands and provides immediate results. The Orangery maintain an after-care service with the continued application of Age Intervention Hand Cream. Meanwhile, your tootsies are probably in need of a ‘foot facial’, which includes, among other things, a holistic pedicure, exfoliation and a foot and leg massage.
Beauty on the inside
Finally, ensure you revitalise your body from the inside out and order a personalised detox juicing programme from master juicers Mark and Ayshea Hawthorn at Beyond The Kale in Green Park Station. This month the pair are launching a new juice cleanse delivery service, with added super-foods and supplements tailored to individual goals. All the cleanses are fresh and contain organic ingredients. Caring for your post summer skin, they recommend topping up your diet with whole grains like buckwheat to fight skin damage, almonds which include the antioxidant Vitamin E and fight free radicals, for younger looking skin try Brazil nuts. Both swear by spinach and kale, which are packed with nutrients for detoxification and vitamins A, K and C. We should all eat plenty of citrus fruits which, contain vitamin C and help to produce skin collagen to stop the post summer skin sag.