Neville Hair & Beauty is the original celebrity salon and pearl in the proverbial crown. The flagship salon is a staggering five storey townhouse located at 5 Pont Street and calls the iconic Knightsbridge department store Harrods it’s neighbour. Although this super-salon’s clients include worldwide superstars and A-listers, there is a refreshingly friendly atmosphere, making it a home from home to its regulars. The talented team of over 40 colourists, stylists and beauticians are undoubtedly the best in the beauty business and a day at Neville could be mistaken for heaven.
Neville is a salon so good it should come wrapped in soft tissue paper and tied with a silky, red ribbon. A bare brick wall is the feature behind the tall, sleek reception desk and ginormous floral display. As we gaze around the first floor of the salon, we can’t help but notice Italian owner Elena’s influence on the bright, breezy space with iconic Italian furniture adorning the salon floor. Located amidst the most exclusive neighbourhood of London, Neville commands a very high clientele and a large collection of regular customer’s visit multiple times a week for blow dries, styling and makeup sessions.
Downstairs is the recently renovated colouring bar, where it’s clear extreme measures have been taken to ensure natural light fall by extending the top floor window down the entirety of the wall. The swanky black and white theme continues, broken up by brightly coloured pop art collections which fill the walls with a splash of colour and vigour. Taking a seat at one of the bars, we can’t help but feel as if we’re part of a club… An exclusive club, reserved only for those who want to spend copious amounts of money on ensuring perfectly pristine hair. Women are placed around the room, none sitting too closely, having full colours, highlights, lowlights and root touch ups by some of the best colourist’s in the business and there’s a distinct feeling of serenity amongst them all.
Our colourist was Seniz Alkan, nicknamed ”Queen Of Colour” and now we know why. This lady is known far and wide for her incredible colouring skills and has enhanced the barnet’s of celebrities such as supermodel Lisa Snowdon (as seen above) and Game of Thrones actress of the moment Maisie Williams. Seniz’s mission was to restore our dry and damaged locks with a hair-friendly full colour and we couldn’t wait to see the results. Astonishingly, with the help of a rather yummy food and drinks menu, our hair was revamped and revived in under an hour. Seniz used a semi permanent dye meaning that no roots or fading would show and our locks would look five star until the day we return. Our hair felt beyond healthy, bouncy and by far the smoothest it had ever been. No wonder they call her the Queen Of Colour!
Onwards and upstairs to the styling area where unfortunately the fabulous Cristian (my usual stylist) was nowhere to be seen, however the equally talented Antonio filled a rather large heart spaced hole. The sunshine beams down through the original sash windows, illuminating the faces of the smiling stylists and clients brimming with happy smiles. Taking a seat at the bar, Antonio appears behind us in the mirror and talks over the plan for our hair today. Our tresses are in dyer need of a haircut so thats highlighted in the chat, as well as a desire for bouncy, voluminous curls so we relax with a cup of tea and leave Antonio to get underway.
Little over 45 minutes later, our brand new, beautiful barnet is revealed and we couldn’t have imagined anything better. Thanks to Seniz our hair now has a natural shine to it, further enhanced by the haircut Antonio skilfully cut to perfection. Clear layers are now visible and we’re informed that our shortest layer ends at our cheekbones, therefore highlighting and giving the effect of higher cheekbones. Gentle, yet voluminous waves settle on our shoulders ready for the night ahead and we can’t wait to show them off.
Head over to one of the 3 London salons today for an experience we promise you won’t regret.
To book, call 0207 235 3654
5 Pont Street
Belgravia, SW1X 9EJ
To book, call 0207 151 1055
Neville Bulgari Hotel
To book, call 0207 235 8900
Neville Grace Belgravia
11c West Calkin Street