When I attended the Harrods’ Christmas press preview in July, I was lucky enough to meet hair stylist to the stars and Creative Director of Urban Retreat, Harrods, Andrew Barton.

Originally from Yorkshire too, we connected over our love of hair and all things Harrods. It’s always been my most favourite London store and I have the sweetest memories of visiting Toy Kingdom as a child-and now love taking my own children there.

And don’t get me started on the fashion…I could basically move into womenswear.

Andrew Barton

I didn’t however, realise there was a salon in Harrods? Where have I been?!

The charming Andrew put that right, kindly invited me into the Urban Retreat during our chat, promising me a beautiful blow dry- and his team certainly didn’t disappoint!

Dashing to Harrods in the rain (why does it always rain when I’m about to have my hair done!

Here I am, hair up, ready for the magic to commence!

Also, how glamorous is my Mum’s 1950’s vintage coat?! I can’t even…


…So from the moment you enter the Urban Retreat, on the top floor (5th) of Harrods, you find yourself transported to the ultimate hair and beauty haven.


…And another selfie for good measure. #Bloggerface on and (half) smile in action-

Where is my usual Paparazzo in husband Peter when you need him hey?! Selfishly working, that’s where 😉


Once inside, you check in at reception and take a seat on the sumptuous leather couches by the front desk. It’s all luxuriously dreamy yet not in the least pretentious. What’s not to love?!


I was quickly greeted by my charismatic stylist, Ali, who immediately informed me he simply loved my long hair and wanted to give me, ‘a big, bouncy blow dry’-in keeping with Urban Retreats’ illustrious front cover style hair-and my signature look of course! Yay!

I explained I’m allergic to Kerastase so he used the Rahua haircare range-all natural, rainforest grown products that smelt utterly delicious. Edible almost- and my hair smelt that good, days later, too!


…After the initial hair consultation, I was led to the low lit, back area of the salon (I love that the salon was divided into specific areas so you don’t hear hair dryers while having your hair washed for example)-and there I set to having my locks shampooed and conditioned.

It was the first time I’d ever had my feet propped up during a hair wash too. I’m not sure I can ever have my hair washed without one, again, now.

First word: divine. Second word: spoilt. Love it!

feet up

A thorough but relaxing hair wash later, and conditioner was applied only to the ends of my hair. Ali advised conditioner can create a greasy scalp even with dry hair.

I literally learn something new every day in this blogging job of mine.

With a warm towel wrapped around my head, I was led back to the main room to let the styling commence-

washed hair

blow dryThe blow dry was created using rounded brushes left in the hair, which once uncoiled, revealed Hollywood style waves!

big blow-dry

Et voila!

selfie hair photo

With the man who can, the super-talented Ali!

with hairstylist Ali

My hair has never felt smoother or silkier.

Honest MumAnd another shot to show off those curls-

soft waves

I was offered a cocktail during the styling, but as it was a working day for me, I opted for fresh mint tea (all served in Harrods’ eponymous teapot, cup and saucer) and a healthy seeded biscuit on the side.

fresh peppermint tea

A refreshing finish to a simply stunning and restorative hair appointment.

And let’s just appreciate the festive decor too shall we-what a darling wreath.

Christmas wreath

I glided out of Harrods with my beautiful big blow dry bouncing in the breeze and made my way to the British Library, where I was speaking on a panel there.

My hair definitely gave me the confidence I needed to deliver a hopefully, impassioned speech.

I was touched by the feedback on my words, and also on my hair.

It’s remarkable how hair and beauty can create such a boost.


Thank you Ali, and thank you Harrods for such a fabulous blow dry.

I shall be back!

You can book your appointments for the Couture Styling and Cocktail Bar at the Urban Retreat, Harrods HERE. The perfect place to do your shopping and have your hair done in one full sweep!

You can also watch my vlog including my trip to Harrods below too if you fancy it, its an entertaining one:

Harrods invited me in for a complimentary blow dry but all words are honest and my own.


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17 Responses

  1. Mama and More aka Zaz

    Absolutely love the hair, and also that they listened to your feedback on Kerastase and provided with an equally luxurious – if not more so – more natural option. I’ve visited the Urban Retreat a few times – being taken thanks to my former work, sigh, the things you miss when you leave corporate life! It really is such a relaxing and pampering experience, and for a beauty junkie I just get lost in the shelves! Great post, and naturally, great great blowdry! Xx

  2. Kapper Amersfoort

    Great pictures. Really make me happy. Seems like a great place to go to.

    • Honest Mum

      Thank you darling, such fun, we should go together next time. So good seeing you on Friday, thanks for coming and supporting me xx

  3. Babes about Town

    Fabulous blow dry, you look fantastic! Ali’s got mad skills. What a luxurious experience and those photos of the spa are making me want to book right in. Love Harrods toy store too x
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  4. Notmyyearoff

    Oh wow what a treat! I hope you’re still swishing it about. It looks fantastic. I’m not sure I even know they had a luxury hair place in there. We’re forever going to the toy hall!
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  5. Helen

    Oo this experience sounds amazing and such a lovely treat for us mummies too! Your hair looks gorgeous…especially compared to my permanent ‘top of the head’ bun to stop my daughter constantly pulling my hair!! 🙂

    Helen x


  6. The DADventurer (Dave)

    That looks quite an experience! Certainly beats my ‘I’m just popping to the barbers for 15 mins’ approach to hair and beauty! I now know what I’m doing when I’m next in London 🙂 Looks like Ali did a great job and I hope you went somewhere later that day (without rain) to show it off 🙂
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    • Honest Mum

      Yay, I did-I headed to the British Library to speak on a panel, they loved the speech thankfully and my hair. Ali is superb, you must head there x

  7. John Adams

    I find it hard to believe Ali has managed to improve your hair but that is a stunning job. I didn’t know Harrods had a salon but it doesn’t surprise me. I know my wife would love that level of service. Possible Christma present maybe??
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