This month we at the BID team have collaborated with our colleagues at Heart Streatham to road test some of the top beauty spots across our town – it’s a tough job but somebody’s got to do it! From Hill to the Common, Streatham has an array of spas, salons and wellbeing centres to put a spring in your step. So, ditch the DIY this Easter bank holiday, and read on to find out how to look and feel fabulous with local businesses instead…
The Remedie Rooms
6 Streatham High Road, SW16 1DB, 0208 677 5771, @theremedierooms
One of the longest-established day spas in Streatham, the Remedie Rooms is owned by French entrepreneur Mariama Diallo-Souare, who has created a series of signature treatments in association with a marine laboratory in Brittany. After months of wind and central heating, I wanted a facial. Mariama recommended the Phytomer Hydra-Blue Plumping Moisturising Facial.
This one-hour treatment is designed to treat dehydration and nourish the skin. Therapist Alba took me
downstairs to the Phytomer Treatment Room, which is one of four beautifully designed spaces in a subterranean oasis under our bustling high street. The treatment began with a deeply relaxing back massage and the application of self-heating mud to the spinal column to detoxify the system. It was an
incredibly indulgent and luxurious treatment which is £66.50 for a single session or can be booked as a
course of 5 for £270. I floated back to work with my skin feeling younger and my mind calmer.
Emma Wilson Urban Spa
108C Streatham High Rd, SW16 1BW, 020 8769 9764, @emmawilsonurbanspa
I choose a 60 minutes Fusion Stone Massage at the spa and was fortunate enough to have Emma herself. The massage room was a calming space and Emma talked me through the treatment and made me feel very comfortable.
The massage was thorough, invigorating and de-stressing – all at the same time and Emma ensured I was enjoying it throughout. She used a vegan VOYA organic oil which smelled divine. I was given 15 minutes at the end to just be in the moment and enjoy the benefits of the massage. After dressing I was offered a lovely green smoothie shot and again there was no rush to vacate the Spa. I was also given a little goodie bag with some sample products.
That night I had the most amazing sleep in a long time!
Emma Wilson Urban Spa thoroughly deserves their many awards, including South East Boutique Salon of the Year at the 2017 and London Day Spa of the Year 2018 at the Professional Beauty Awards for their outstanding professionalism, skill, and customer service.
135 Streatham High Rd, SW16 1HJ – 02086773700 @herdefinition
This sleek and spacious salon has a luxurious feel to it. The reception was warm and welcoming, and the service was great. At £40 I was very happy with my wash, cut and blow-dry which included a mini treatment and straightening.
Her Definition has a huge Instagram following and have created some amazing styles for some of the
hippest names in fashion and celebrity. This is a salon based in Streatham but with an international
clientele. They regularly do bridal makeup and makeovers and are part of a creative scene with fashion vloggers and photographers using the base as a venue for photoshoots.
S. Spa @Wellbeing95
95 Streatham Hill, SW2 4UD, 020 8674 7814, @SliqueSpa
S Spa is one of only two spas with an infrared sauna in Streatham. I tried their Bronze Spa Experience package – 30 minutes in the infrared sauna, a 30-minute massage and a 30-minute facial. Infrared saunas use light to heat the body without warming the surrounding air – perfect if you can’t stand hot air
from a regular sauna. I usually last about 10 minutes in a sauna but did this session without struggle. The heat has a meditative effect and prepares the mind for the massage. Therapist Ayshia is a muscle magician who really cares about her clients. Her new Meditation Massage is getting great reviews too – perfect for depression and anxiety.
Finally, I had a Vino Perfect Caudalie facial. By this point, I was half asleep! My skin was soft and
super-glowy, I felt rested than and as light as air, and a week on and still feel refreshed. For £65, that’s a win!
The Leigham Practice
8 Leigham Hall Parade, Streatham High Rd. SW16 1DR, 020 8769 7409, www.leighampractice.com
An established and advanced multidisciplinary therapy centre with award-winning health professionals, the Leigham Practice offers podiatry, physiotherapy, osteopathy, massage, acupuncture, aesthetics, and laser therapies. I’m having a course of Laser Facial Rejuvenation – £75 a session with 10% off for courses of 4 or 7 treatments for the price of 6.
True to Leigham Practice form, their beauty therapist, Elena, has worked with both the Vaishaly Clinic and Eve Lom herself. She explained that low-level laser therapy reverses visible signs of ageing and slows the ageing process of the skin – I should begin to see results after four treatments. I’ll be giving you a full report and reveal the before (scary!) and after photos at the end of the course.
Lotus & Lavender
51 Streatham Hill, SW2 4TS, 020 8671 7006, @lotus_lavender_
After such a glamorous refurbishment, we couldn’t help but visit Lotus & Lavender, previously known as American Top Nails. I booked for a Gel manicure appointment over the phone, £28. The staff were welcoming, and my manicure was done by Tommy, who’s taken over the business from his dad. He was friendly and attentive – I’m quite particular with my nails and he was more than happy to grant my requests. The refurbished salon looks lush and vibrant – fitting for their clientele. They’re hoping to have a spa downstairs soon – watch this space!