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5 Steps to Holiday-Ready Nails, Hair and Skin by Vicky Stothard - Independent MindBodySoul

5 Steps to Holiday-Ready Nails, Hair and Skin by Vicky Stothard - Independent MindBodySoul

You’re just five steps and a plane ticket away from a carefree, polished holiday.

The talented team of hair stylists and beauty therapists at Independent mindbodysoul salon & spa share their pre-holiday prep tick list to get you beach-ready pronto.


Before a holiday there’s only one option when it comes to a hard-wearing manicure that will last throughout your break and that’s gel polish. It’s long-lasting so you won’t need to pack any polish for touch-ups while you’re away and allows your nails to breathe and can even strengthen them.  Win-win.

No drying time is required as the polish is set using a UV lamp so it’s a quick treatment to squeeze in before heading straight home to pack, without the fear of smudging a nail!

Essie gel manicures from £40 at Independent mindbodysoul

Wax On / Wax Off

Fuzz-free skin is essential before jetting off to sunnier climes to slip into that swimsuit so 2-3 days before your holiday it’s time to book a wax. Love it or loathe it, waxing is the best option for long-lasting hair-free results but for the most painless experience around those intimate areas, choose hot wax. The warmth of the wax helps to open the hair follicles allowing the hairs to be removed more easily for an efficient and hygienic wax.

Waxing at Independent mindbodysoul from £7.

The Eyes Have It!

Forget mascara melting down your face in the heat and scrubbing at the waterproof alternative after a day by the pool and say hello to the LVL lash treatment for make-up free poolside glamour.

LVL Enhance is a revolutionary natural lash treatment which straightens your natural eyelashes at the root, so unlike a traditional lash perm it creates the effect of longer, lifted lashes in just 40 minutes. They’ll stay that way for six to eight weeks even after your tan starts to fade, especially when you nurture your lashes with Nouveau Lashes Conditioning Serum.

The results are immediate, plus the added lash tint creates a mascara-type effect so you are ready to head out right away.

LVL lash enhancement £40 at Independent mindbodysoul
Top: Before
Bottom: Immediately after LVL (length, volume, lift) Enhance


It’s not just your skin that needs protection from the sun as its rays do some serious damage to your hair colour and texture too and that’s before you even bring salty sea and chlorinated pool water into the mix.

Pack AVEDA Sun Care Protective Hair Veil to protect your locks with its water-resistant UV defense that forms an invisible screen to help protect hair from sun exposure for up to 16 hours, minimizing colour fading, damage and dryness. The conditioning formula will make post-swim combing tangle-free while the anti-oxidising blend of green tea extract, certified organic sunflower seed oil and vitamin E helps protect against free radicals which means it’s even ideal for summer in the city to prevent damage to your hair from air pollution.

AVEDA Sun care protective hair veil, £21.50, at Independent mindbodysoul

Smooth skin

Not only will buffed and polished skin mean you look smooth and ready to bare (almost) all, any dead skin cells will be removed so if you choose to fake tan before you travel you’ll have an even result with no dark patches of tan clinging to dry skin.

So get into body brushing a few weeks before you travel – if you’re not already in the habit – and you’ll also get the circulation going, especially in your legs and hips to give your skin a lift.

It’s not just about your body though, don’t forget to pack an SPF specifically designed for your face and use it daily without fail. We love AVEDA Daily Light Guard with 100% mineral-derived sunscreens for natural protection that’s not greasy and is easily absorbed into your skin without harsh chemicals.

AVEDA Daily Light Guard SPF 30, £34, at Independent mindbodysoul

EXCLUSIVE OFFER: Quote TOOTING DAILY PRSS when booking for £5 off any service, any day, any time.

Independent mindbodysoul hair salon & urban spa

87 Balham High Road London SW12 8AP – 020 8772 0208

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