London Loves Black Beauty!

Well…it was a no brainer wasn’t it!  There was NO other city to have been in over the weekend!  Dispite the (quintessentially British!) rain, thousands and thousands of people have descended upon central London  to celebrate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee!

This one is for the people - leave your cars at home!

London really is an amzing city and we certainly know how to throw a party…

I Love London!!!!

… yep, here I am at the Royal Wedding celebrations that took place last year…

..but we also know how to SHOP until we DROP!! London is indisputably one of the fashion capitals of the world – but it also a fabulous city to shop for beauty and as a lover of all thing beautiful, I want to share my favourite places to shop for the best in hair and beauty for the woman of colour! This post is also a follow up the brilliant guest post that I featured on my blog by Parisian beauty blogger Doria, aka Miss BB who shared the beauty haunts that every woman of colour should visit when in Paris.  I promised to reciprocate the favour…so I hope that all who read this post – whether home or away – find it informative!


Junior Green Salon


Based in the heart of Knightbridge, the award winning stylist and his team will tend to your tresses.   Whether you are looking for the ultimate relaxer or dreadlock extensions, Junior Green is able to create the look that you desire.



You can be sure that you are in safe hands with Mr Green who has a plethora of accolades under his belt  and last year he added the title of  Afro Hairdresser of the Year  at the British Hairdressing Awards – the most prestigious hairdressing award in the UK.  After entering the category for 10 years without success, Green finally took home the trophy! Read more about his win here.

Junior Green  39 Knightsbridge,  London, SW1X 7NL  Tel: 020 7752 0620




Established in 2001, by Harriet Kessie, this popular salon recently re-branded and changed the name from Harriet Kessie Salon to Afrotherapy.   An online store was also launched – making it easier for clients to repurchase the essential home care products to maintain their style.



The north London based salon has a very loyal client base, including  Yolande Brown, the celebrated saxophonist and fellow London based beauty blogger Dija’s World...well if it good enough for them…


Afrotherapy Salon 235 Fore Street, Edmonton London  N18 2TZ


Hype Coiffure

Those venturing to the south of the city should head to one of the three Hype Coiffure salons (Balham, Battersea and Brixton) .  I used  to live in Balham, which is the location where the first salon opened in 2005.  I frequented the salon on many occasions. The stylists are forward thinking and always on trend and between the three salons the staff won numerous awards.  In particular, Kim Johnson,  Salon Manager and Michelle Sultan Director and Colour Technician of the Battersea branch have formed a formidable partnership. With over 30 years experience between them, their work has been featured in leading magazines and in campaigns for Goldwell products.

Kim Johnson for Goldwell 2011

Kim Johnson and Michelle Sultan for Goldwell 2011

Hype Coiffure Battersea, 186 Lavender Hill  Battersea, London SW11 5TQ



Now I am sure that you are all aware of the the big department stores in the centre of London – Selfridges, John Lewis, House of Fraser and the like each have an extensive beauty hall that is home to most of the mainstream beauty brands (MAC, Bobbi Brown, Clinique etc), and although I do frequent these stores often  my favourite London department store of all is Liberty.   The iconic Tudor building which is a stone throw away from Oxford Circus, is beautiful both inside and out.  Full of character and history, I love to visit the recently renovated beauty hall which now houses brands such as NARS, Bobbi Brown and Laura Mercier, which all have shades of foundations to suit darker skin tones.   Some of my  skincare brands that can be found in store include REN, Eve Lom and Dr Sebagh.

The extended beauty hall

The Liberty beauty hall

I love the Dr Sebagh range! It is one of the most effective skincare ranges I have ever used – and if money was no object (it is quite a pricey range – but worth every penny!) – I would buy every item that is suited to my skin type!  Alas, this is not to be at present, so I make do with the AMAZING Deep Exfoliation Mask (£59). Why do I recommended this product?  It contains a high percentage of active exfoliation ingredients that enhances cell renewal and really does reduce the appearance of  even very dark  pigmentation scars that often effect those with a darker skin tone. Liberty, Regent Street  W1B 5AH



BECCA Boutique

If you have been following my blog for a while you will know that one of the make-up brands that I love to talk about is BECCA.   With a foundation range that boast 34 shades – there is a shade for every woman.

The sumptuous BECCA Boutique

If you are ever in the South Kensignton area of London, you MUST visit the BECCA boutique!  This  luxurious, yet modern space  is far away from the hustle and bustle of London, and you can purchase the products, take a makeup lesson or make use of the photographic studio on the lower ground floor!  Read more about BECCA here and here !

BECCA  91A Pelham Road,  London, SW7 2NJ

Space NK

If you are a die-hard beauty enthusiast than a visit to a SPACE NK boutiue is essential!  There are several stores dotted around central and suburban London, so you are never too far from what is the ultimate beauty playground.   I often pop in just to have a play!  The minimilist in store interior showcases the array of products and the staff are helpful but not pushy…allowing you to browse at your leisure.

Do you want to play???

. The carefully edited brands represent the best of global beauty and you can be sure there will always be something new to discover! My latest find is the skincare brand CANE & AUSTIN.  Their Retexturising Treatment Pads (£48 for 60) harness the power of glycolic acid to exfoliate and retexture the skin while helping to rebuild collagen, revealing a clearer, more radiant complexion and is said to be very effective on pigmentation scaring. There are also always a series of events that you can attend, where you can meet the founders of some of the brands, enjoy discount evenings and much much more! Again, I have attended a few of these events and they have always been a lot of fun. The Cheapside store is one that I like to visit, it recently underwent a renovation and it is large and airy – and just  when you thought things could not get any better – I have just found out that this store is now also home to a Blink Brow Bar!!

I started to visit Blink to get my eyebrows threaded way back in 2007 – and they are the ONLY company I trust with my eyebrows!  Blink also have several locations in the city – so check out their website for more details.

Space NK – stores located across the city

Facials and Treatments


Facials are also crucial for tip-top optimum skin and in London you are spoilt for choice as to where to go to get a well deserved skin treatment.  Over the past few years Dermalogica have opened several counters in department stores and stand alone concept stores that serve the customer directly.  This was a significant development in the history of the brand, which had built its reputation on only selling the products via an interdependent spa/skin centre.

One such concept store is in the One New Change shopping centre.  Located  on Cheapside, (can you tell I like to visit Cheapside!!) in the heart of the City of London – overlooking one of London’s most famous landmark, St. Paul’s Cathedral, the location of the Queen’s 60th Jubilee Thanksgiving Service.  Here you can not only purchase items from across the entire Dermalogica range, but you can also treat your skin with a 20 min power facial. Dubbed the MicroZone® treatment – these mini facials target your most pressing skin concerns in a flash!  The Dermalogica skin therapists will analyse your skin, then perform a zone specific treatment designed to solve your skin problem.   At just £20 for each 20 minute treatment, it goes to show that having great skin does not have to cost the earth!

Dermalogica Concept Store - One New Change

One New Change, London, EC4M 9AF

Antonia Burrell

If you are looking for something a little more indulgent, why not visit Antonia Burrell. Burrell has been in the beauty business for over 18 years and has tended to the skin of  both men and women providing them with friendly one-to-one counsel and effective skincare regimes that have not only healed facial scars but re-instilled self-confidence. Antonia’s approach as a leading skin expert is holistic and she explores internal well -being as well as external beauty and believes that skincare is a journey. Advice is practical, detailed and specific and if you follow Antonia’s advice, then you are on your journey to flawless, younger looking, trouble-free skin. Each facial treatment is bespoke and expertly tailored for your exact skincare needs so you will leave Antonia’s presence with corrected, radiant, glowing skin, feeling loved and truly pampered.

Natural, Holistic Skincare by Antonia Burrell

After more than four years of research and development, Burrell launched her own holistic skincare collection to reflect her expertise and passion in helping troublesome skin suffers achieve radiant, flawless skin through naturally potent plant based remedies that work and help harmonise the body with the mind.  A good friend of mine recently had a treatment with Antonia – I have asked her to write a guest review for my blog, so look out for this in the near future.

To book treatments with Antonia contact: Urban Bliss 333 Portobello Road, London, W10 5SA Telephone: 020 8969 3331
KX Spa 151 Draycott Avenue, Chelsea, London, SW3 3AL Telephone: 020 7584 5333  Monday only / 5:30pm – 9:30px
Stay beautiful!

13 comments for “London Loves Black Beauty!

  1. royalpriestess
    June 6, 2012 at 10:56 am

    Thanks for this, so useful! As someone who’s not massively into trying new beauty/make up stuff, I mostly go on reccommendations – so as a black Londoner, I’m really happy to have discovered your site. Keep up the good work 🙂

    • beautypulseLONDON
      June 6, 2012 at 11:03 am

      Thank you so much for reading! I still get a buzz from reader comments -the fact that people take time out of their day to read my posts is so humbling! Do let me know if you visit any of the locations and what your thoughts are! Also, are you on Twitter?

      • Royal Priestest
        July 5, 2012 at 1:56 pm

        Will do 🙂 @rpriestess on Twitter.

      • royalpriestess
        July 5, 2012 at 2:02 pm

        Sorry, is it possible for you to remove my name off my reply to you, and put ‘royalpriestess’ instead please? My mistake…Ta!

        • beautypulseLONDON
          July 5, 2012 at 2:08 pm


  2. June 6, 2012 at 9:42 pm

    You’ve done London justice with this list! Some of my fave places and products have got a mention so I’m so pleased. Even I got a mention. Thank you! Another place to check out is EF Medispa in St Johns Wood. Amazing variety of treatments.

    • beautypulseLONDON
      June 7, 2012 at 8:50 am

      Thank you! Will have to check out the Spa. Thanks for the recommendation!

  3. June 10, 2012 at 8:24 pm

    Hi i really enjoyed your blog it was so useful and very
    inspiring.. Im currently in the process of setting up a stall and mail order business
    in Nottingham to specialise in makeup cosmetics for darker tones for women.
    After doing a lot of research in Nottingham, results showed theres a huge gap in that market.
    So it was lovely to see you highlighting businesses that are passionate about the same thing!
    Please contact me im officially launching next month and i would love to be
    featured in one of your blogs 🙂

    • beautypulseLONDON
      June 10, 2012 at 9:41 pm

      Hi Candice,
      Thanks so much for reading! I would love to find out more about your business when you are up and running! I am originally from Leicester, so I am a Midlands girl at heart! Email me ( any time you wish!

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