Tuesday, 19 June 2007

Beauty Salon Review: EGO (4/5)

For those of you in Greenwich, both ladies and gentlemen, who are into luxury pampering, then look no further than EGO Beauty Salon on Trafalgar Road. This is truly an oasis where you least expect to find one.

As soon as you step inside, you are warmly greeted by a very attentive, cheerful staff who are genuinely happy to help. You are guided through the treatments on offer with a professional who gives you a thorough assessment (and estimate) and walks you through the details of the procedure (great for first timers). If you are in for facial treatments, you are offered a complimentary skin analysis. The salon offers hair, body and beauty treatments with a wide range of products that include Dermalogica (for all skin treatments), Paul Mitchell, Tigi and others for hair.

Downstairs, you've got the hair salon (for men, women and children) which is tidy, well-kept, busy and buzzing with energy. The surfaces and mirrors are clean as was the downstairs toilet which was well-ventilated and in excellent condition. No expense has been saved there.

The upstairs beauty treatment room is clean, airy and private with a shower which is very convenient. The treatment bed has clean linen and the towels are visibly freshly washed. The staff (well, mainly Lindsay) is polite and friendly which makes it a lot easier to tolerate the more painful procedures and some of the more embarrassing (think bikini wax).

Whimsy ChiChi got a manicure and waxing in addition to a hair cut and hair color. The results are very positive and this is one happy chichi. However, beauty does not come cheap, and you will have to cough up quite a sum. Having said that however, the price range is quite the same as you would find in any other upscale beauty salon and for certain treatments EGO actually comes out cheaper. But as the saying goes: no pain, no gain!

This is a busy place, so booking is essential and for some treatments you may have to wait a week to find a booking as according to the staff, "with warmer weather upon us, pedicures, manicures, and waxing treatments in particular are really in right now". But a 10% discount is in place if you rebook on the day of your appointment. However, if you reschedule the appointment the discount no longer applies.

One thing I would change or add is another treatment room. But end of the day, if you've got a big day coming up or you just feel up to some pampering, this would be the place to visit. Whimsy ChiChi recommends it. Go on, don't take my word for it, take the day off and check it out for yourself.

Full leg wax: £18
Mini Manicure: £18 (for 30 minutes): not so great if you've got dry ankles as this procedures doesn't involve a scrub.
Hair cut, color and blow dry : from £80

99 Trafalgar road, Greenwich
Tel: 020 8293 1901

note: Whimsy ChiChi reviews anonymously and pays for all treatments.

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