Getting ready is half the fun of a big night out and if you’re in Manchester to party this festive season, you’re going to want to look your best. Of course, you could get the party started at Roomzzz, getting ready with your mates, but if you’d rather get some professional pampering, we’ve picked out some of our favourite beauty salons and blow dry bars in Manchester to help you turn up the glam.
Beauty and Bubbles, 47 Dale Street, M1 2HF
There’s a clue to what makes this salon special in the name… bubbles, bubbles and more bubbles. Set in Manchester’s buzzing Northern Quarter, you can get the full body treatment from waxing to tanning, manis to pedis and even full body Swedish massage if you fancy a real treat. Every treatment comes with a complimentary glass of fizz, and you can book in for a group experience for the whole gang to kick your weekend off in style.
Bella Spa, 12 Faraday Street, M1 1BE
Another little gem set in the heart of the Northern Quarter, Bella Spa has been around for 20 years, with a focus on natural, organic and wellbeing. Taking group bookings for hen parties and birthday celebrations, they offer HD brows, sculpted acrylic nails, massage and waxing, and their group packages include drinks, snacks and exclusive use of their treatment room, which can hold up to 20 people. Perfect for team preparations ahead of your big night out.
Blow LTD, Debenhams, Market Street, M60 1TA.
Shopping for your party dress and need a quick blow dry? Pop in to Blow LTD, inside Debenhams for a wash and blow out, starting from £15. They do nails too, including gel manicures, French manicures and a simple tidy up and polish. This isn’t a relaxed spa day experience – the focus is very much on ‘fast beauty’. So if time’s tight but you still want to glam up, this is the perfect place to pop in for a quick pamper session. They’re open from 7am ‘til late and you can book online to save you even more time.
Escape SPA MCR, John Dalton Street / First Street.
For a full on pamper session in the heart of the city, give Escape SPA MCR a go. With two sites in the city, Escape SPA do everything from express treatments like facials, eyebrow tints and file and polish, to full on spa days, hen party experiences and couples’ packages for those romantic weekends. With cool, contemporary interiors, saunas, steam rooms and a gym (if you’re feeling energetic) it’s the perfect pampering treat, whatever the occasion.
Sarasin Massage and Spa, 4 Bradley Street, M1 1EH.
If you like your beauty treatments with some Insta-worthy interiors, Sarasin Massage and Spa is the place for you. Offering Thai massage alongside a range of beauty treatments, this lavishly-decorated spa – packed with flowers and intricate fabrics – is hidden away on Bradley Street, with an exterior that doesn’t reveal what lies inside. Choose from massages with body scrubs, mini facials or anti stress foot massages – perfect for getting your feet ready to dance the night away.
Razor’s Edge, 1 Royal Exchange Arcade, M2 7EA.
Fancy an elaborate up do for your big night out, or want to change your whole look? Razor’s Edge has been at the cutting edge of Manchester’s beauty scene since 1970 and is the place to go if you want hair that’s red carpet ready. They’re known for keeping up with the latest trends in men and women’s cuts and colour, specialising in free hand balayage, though they’re happy to do a wash and blow dry if that’s what you’re after. Set inside the stunning Royal Exchange in the main shopping district, it’s the perfect stop off point after a hectic morning’s retail therapy.
The Blowout, No.1 Spinningfields, 1 Hardman Square, M3 3EB.
All made up and decked out in your finery but your hair’s missing a bit of oomph? Pop into The Blowout for a pre-party blow dry with a glass of champers on the side. What makes this place different is the absence of the usual chair in front of a mirror salon set-up. The idea is that clients put themselves in their stylist’s hands and wait for a ‘big reveal’ once they’ve worked their magic. And it’s not just blow dries – you can get a full colour, get your roots done and even get a full face of make-up to go with your revamped hair. It’s popular with visitors and locals alike, so make sure you book in advance.
House of Evelyn, 40 Spring Gardens, M2 1EN.
If you’re looking for a pampering experience with a touch of glamour, House of Evelyn is the place to be. Decked out with chandeliers, sumptuous fabrics and Art Deco styling, this salon is a little bit special. Offering everything from blow dries to manis and even a four-minute non-surgical facelift, you can get everything you need to look and feel your best, all under one roof. It looks much more expensive than its prices suggest and is a lovely treat for a group of friends looking to make a weekend in Manchester extra special.