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Meet Chelsea’s wedding glam squads

Salons in the neighbourhood have all you need to prepare for the big day

6 June 2023

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Behind every beautiful event and red-carpet look there is a team of experts who have collaborated to illuminate and accentuate the wearer’s natural features, and your wedding day should be no different. Working with professional artists makes the world of difference to how special you feel on the day, and happily, Chelsea has a wealth of salons offering just that. Read on to discover all of them.

Salon Sloane

Founded by Chelsea hair legend Belle Cannan who trained under Vidal Sassoon and Nicky Clarke, Salon Sloane is a place you can put full trust in to have your hair, makeup and nails looking spectacular on the big day.

Cannan says that the key to healthy, shiny hair is to start early, so book in at least three months ahead of your wedding for the salon’s Restore and Revitalise service – a personalised consultation programme that addresses scalp health, hair behaviour, density, strength and condition. The salon also offers event hairdressing for the day itself and has a network of trusted makeup and nail artists who can all be booked for the same day.

Event hair styling, £110-£150; Restore & Revitalise treatment from £60


Michaeljohn salon has a sparkling list of influencer and celebrity clients who trust its expertise for big events. What’s more, the company’s technical director has collaborated with the likes of Louis Vuitton, Valentino and Dolce & Gabbana for photo shoots, so whether you’re going for high-fashion styling or a classic updo, you’re in the right place. Michaeljohn has specialists in all hair types and offers a huge variety of services perfect for the run-up to the wedding and on the day itself. 

In the months and weeks before your wedding, opt for bespoke facials to address any existing skin complaints, and you can book in for micro-blading and a course of laser hair removal. Now is also the time, well in advance of the day, to consider whether you’ll have permanent makeup and any aesthetic treatments. Consult with the team’s talented hair and makeup artists on the kind of look you’d like for the main event and do at least one trial session beforehand. 

And finally, since there are few who are immune to the pressure of wedding planning, treat yourself to a massage shortly before the day to dissolve any stress and tension. 

Wedding hair styling, £POA

Richard Ward

Richard Ward Hair & Metrospa believes that getting ready should feel as special as the rest of your wedding day, so it offers a choice of three packages for the bride and her closest friends and family to prepare together. All of them include a consultation and trial for wedding hair and makeup, while the deluxe service includes post-ceremony touch-ups to ensure you’re photo-ready well into the reception, and a mani-pedi at the salon beforehand. 

Speaking of pre-wedding, there is also a selection of pamper experiences to help you relish this exciting time and destress before the day. Options include a Kérastase hair treatment for super glossy strands, a champagne lunch, eyebrow and eyelash tints, a facial, and a wax. We recommend booking in for the full works, because knowing it’s all taken care of is a sweet, sweet feeling. 

Hair and makeup packages from £695; pre-wedding experiences from £95

Duck & Dry

Getting ready with Duck & Dry on the King’s Road feels like a party in itself thanks to the salon’s Instagram-worthy, plant-filled space and bar serving cocktails and prosecco. It can even be booked out for hen dos, or for the whole bridal party to get ready, and the team offers a mobile service, too..

When it comes to styling, Duck & Dry has developed a special bridal lookbook with 13 options, including soft updos, ethereal braids and incredible blow dries to choose from, making it easy to match your outfit with the right kind of hairstyle. 

Bridal hair trial, £70; bridal styling, £120; salon private hire from £60pp; mobile service, £POA 

Cosmetics a la Carte

Creating a makeup look that is both natural and camera-ready is no easy feat, but Pavilion Road’s Cosmetics a la Carte is an expert in exactly that. The beauty company offers several bridal packages with its senior makeup artists: wedding day makeup on location, in its boutique or ‘bridal makeup playtime’ – a curated product selection that you can apply yourself on the big day. The latter is ideal if you’re getting married abroad, and works through a consultation with one of the team’s artists, who will select products to match your desired look. Brides also love the brand’s ‘bespoke lipstick blending’ experience, in which they create a personalised lip shade to wear on the day.

Both Cosmetics a la Carte’s in-house and on-location wedding day makeup services include a trial at its Chelsea studio that is carefully recorded to ensure the look is recreated perfectly on your wedding day, when a senior artist will do your makeup and that of your bridal party, too. For party time on location, have your artist change up your look to introduce a touch more glamour. 

And while the boutique itself doesn’t offer hair styling, its recommended partner, Salon Sloane, is helpfully just three doors down.

Bridal trial, £125; wedding day makeup, from £140 depending on location; bridal beauty lesson, £160; bridal makeup playtime, £150 redeemable against purchase; bespoke lipstick blending, £80.

Sarah Chapman Skinesis

If your skin needs some pre-wedding TLC then look no further than Sarah Chapman Skinesis on Pavilion Road (and don’t miss her exclusive pre-event skincare guide here). Chapman is one of the industry’s most respected and knowledgeable experts, so you can be confident that any existing skin issues will be taken care of in the best way possible. The clinic offers a special Wedding Glow facial, which you can book in a perfectly timed series of three ahead of the day. Elsewhere, in its newly launched Glow Zone, you can book in for mini versions of the clinic’s most popular treatments. Perfect for those whose countdown to the big day is almost over. 

Glow Zone treatments, from £20; 75 min Wedding Glow facial, £100, or a package of three with consultation and gift, £300


Looking for somewhere that can do literally everything in the wedding wellbeing and beauty sphere? Hari’s on the King’s Road is the place. 

Not only does it offer wedding facials, lashes, manicures, make-up, massages, and a signature blow dry service, but it caters to the groom too and has a hen-do package that will have you so excited to work with its team on the wedding itself. Expect: mani-pedis, blow-dries, cocktails, and massages to soothe your hangover the next day. 

Hari’s illustrious team has worked at global Fashion Weeks, styled for brands such as Chloé and Gucci, and even been featured in bridal magazines for the looks they’ve created.

Wedding services, £POA

GA Salon

You might have seen GA Salon’s glowing review in Vanity Fair recently, but if you’re not familiar – founder Gennaro Dell’ Aquila is a legend in the hair industry for developing natural hair colours using plants, flowers, roots and bark. His motto is “beauty through nature.”

If that’s your vibe, then head straight to its chic Bray Place salon and start your wedding prep with its ‘Hi-Tech Bespoke Advance Facial’, which will give you radiant skin ahead of the day. The team also offers a mani-pedi and advise on the best way to match it to your outfit. Then there is the all-important hair and makeup styling, which you’ll have a thorough trial for in the salon. GA Salons’ team is available for on-location styling, including abroad. 

Wedding services, £POA

Pavilion Barbers

For men, make like Bond and head to Pavilion Barbers – Pierce Brosnan’s regular spot. The shop’s full-service luxury treatment is perfect for a pre-wedding spruce up, and includes a haircut, hot towel shave, ear and nose waxing, eyebrow threading, and a facial with deep cleansing treatment. There are other options too, such as clipper cuts, beard shaping and kids’ trims for budding page boys. The bridal party will undoubtedly be sharing this morning moment together, so why not gather your groomsmen and do the same? It’s the perfect way to shake off any pre-ceremony nerves.

Pavilion Grooming Experience, £170

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