In Review: Stuart Phillips, Covent Garden

London Hair Salons, Stuart Phillips, Beauty review, Summer haircuts
We headed to London’s premier salon for a fresh hair makeover

If – like the rest of Dubai – you’ve made a mass exodus to Europe for the summer, we suggest you stop by Stuart Phillips in London for a fresh new chop at his swanky award-winning Covent Garden salon.

As a stylist-to-the stars, Stuart has been obsessed with hair since he was a child, and counts chef Jamie Oliver, tennis ace Serena Williams and English actress Michelle Collins among his celebrity fanbase. And while an appointment with the man himself might not come cheap – a two-hour appointment will set you back around Dhs1,150, we promise it’s worth it.

Stuart Phillips, Covent Garden, London

A small, unassuming salon nestled in the much-coveted Central London postcode, we’re welcomed by Stuart almost as soon as we set foot through the door and he guides us to our chair for a thorough consultation. A process he takes very seriously, Stuart will determine your face shape, bone structure, body type and lifestyle before suggesting some cuts that will be the most flattering.

We learnt we had an oblong-shaped face that suited a cut that was neither too long or too short - something no hairdresser has ever mentioned before.

Perhaps our favourite part of the process, the hair wash was followed by a dreamy Shiatsu head massage that almost sent us into a slumber, before our locks were coated in a conditioning treatment that was left on for ten minutes to work its magic.

Stuart Phillips, Covent Garden, London

As for the cut itself, it may be on the longer side timewise, but that’s just because Stuart is a perfectionist and wants all his customers to leave his salon feeling 100 per cent satisfied. Which we did, of course.
If you’re not lucky enough (or can’t afford) to get an appointment with Stuart, rest assured you’ll be in talented hands with any of his team of stylists, who are all personally hired by Stuart himself, with those new to the game trained by him too.

A celebrity in his own right, Stuart has been on the London scene for 25 years, travelling around the globe to tame the main of some of the world’s biggest power players. He’s also quite the character – we spent the majority of our appointment oohing-and-aahing at his accomplishments – the most recent being the fact he has learnt all 30-plus instruments in the orchestra which now take pride of place in his home.

Stuart Phillips styling Chris Noth aka Mr Big

Fun fact: he was also in the Guinness Book of World Records for the world’s most expensive haircut, which he surpassed years later with a plus-Dhs90,000 VIP service that included entertainment and bubbles on tap.

Two weeks on and our cut is still just as perfect, with the daily compliments flowing.

INFO: Stuart Phillips, 25 Monmouth Street, Covent Garden, London, WC2H 9DD

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London Hair Salons, Stuart Phillips, Beauty review, Summer haircuts