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BEST FOR…HAIRDRESSERS IN NOTTING HILL & CHELSEA

For cut: Gina Conway takes a holistic approach its haircutting, offering a seriously relaxing experience. The process begins with deep yoga breaths, inhaling rose-scented oils, before an almost-coma-inducing head massage. The space at its flagship London store on Westbourne Grove is just as zen, its all huge mirrors, chilled music and cool concrete floors. My hairdresser Ronan, talked me through every aspect of the cut, how much he was going take off, the style, and how he prefers cut the hair when it’s dry so he can work to the natural texture and movement of the hair. The result is a manageable, stylish creation. If your time short, you can squeeze in a 15-minute treatment while you’re hair is being cut. There’s seven to choose from, including an exfoliating facial, back massage and eye treatment and a hand massage. Prices for a cut at Gina Conway Aveda Salon costs from £54 with a stylist

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Get your highlights done at Lockonego, Chelsea

For colour: I was surprised to hear that Lockonego had been around for over a decade, unknowingly I must have passed it over a hundred times, missing the shop front on the corner of the King’s Road by Eight Over Eight for years. Which is a shame because the moment I walked in I felt like I had come home. The staff are so friendly, hugging clients they haven’t seen for a while, and welcoming new ones like old friends. This is absolutely the place to go for colour in Chelsea. Colourist Sophie is not only an expert in highlights and lowlights, but also the new trend smudging. She really knows and understands hair choosing different techniques for those with thick, thin, frizzy or post-baby locks. Looking at my dark roots she mixed up three colours, one to lift, one to blend with my natural colour and one to ensure my roots where never so stark again. Chatting away while she worked her magic, the usually tedious task of having highlights done whizzed by. Sophie knows how to colour hair with subtlety and skill, but if you want dramatic, she can do that too. Highlights start from £70 for half a head lockonego.com

For a blowdry: Massato the renowned Japanese hairdresser darts around the world, from London to Tokyo and Paris taming the tresses of damsels in distress. Self-proclaimed genius, there are many who would agree, including Kate Moss. His cool London salon on Fulham Road is bright and modern and adds to the joy of the experience with Champagne and pick and mix sweets. If you need a quick lift stop in for a brilliant wash and blow dry for £35 – it’s totally worth it. massato-london.co.uk

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