Yesterday saw the arrival of a splash of vintage glamour on Oxford Street in London. The Topshop flagship store at Oxford Circus is now home to the lovely Lipstick & Curls ladies and their team of hair and make-up experts, who are waiting to transform you for a night out or to teach you the tricks to do it yourself. They managed to work some magic on my hair in a mere 15 minutes when I attended Coquette at Kettner’s in Soho earlier this year, so I was pretty excited to discover that I’d now be able to make an appointment with them at a location so incredibly close to my office. These ladies are well-known in vintage circles, having worked with film companies and staff/volunteers/visitors at last year’s Vintage Festival, so for me their new parlour was definitely worth a visit! It’s on the ground floor, next to Topshop’s make-up counter, and looks just as cute as you might expect. I’m already going through my diary to see what events I’m heading to after work that might require their services en route.
Despite many people’s preconceptions of a vintage parlour, it’s not all about victory rolls. So, if the classic look of the 1940s isn’t really your thing, you can still turn to them for that touch of glamour. They’ve created hair styles from the 1920s through to the 1970s, but even if you’re not a retro gal they still will have something for you. Need a glamorous up-do that will add a hint of vintage without overpowering your look? They can help. Want some luscious lashes for a night out? They can help. Need to learn how to get the perfect lip and eyebrow shape for immaculate make-up every time? They’re your go-to girls.
The salon is open every day in the afternoon and evening (Monday to Wednesday 1-7pm, Thursday to Saturday 12-8pm, Sunday 12-6pm) and the price list and contact details are available on their website.
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