Posts Tagged: Harrods

Jul 13

Rahua Treatment at Urban Retreat, Harrods

Journeying to Harrods is always a bitter sweet experience; I love having a gorgeous treatment in beautiful surroundings but I’m not too proud to admit feeling pangs of jealousy when I see tourists from the Far and Middle East snapping up Chanel/Celine/Saint Laurent bags with wild abandon. And that’s just the ground floor!

I was in Harrods to visit the Urban Retreat spa for the new Rahua treatment.


Rahua is a salon-only chemical free treatment that repairs even the most damaging hair. The 100% natural, organic, vegan and gluten free treatment contains omega -9- rich ungurahua oil, grown and sourced directly from the Amazon rainforest, which helps flush out toxins that build up around hair follicles while its lipids strengthen hair roots. The treatment aids hair regeneration, resolves dryness, dandruff and excessive hair loss.

It’s always refreshing when a stylist is completely unfazed by my hair. I reason that if you can deal with mixed/Afro hair you can deal anything. Habit makes me check with the PR that they had someone comfortable working with Afro hair and was told of course they do. In fact she was almost surprised I was asking the question. What a refreshing change!

The treatment involves:

Shampooing hair twice with Rahua Shampoo
Combing through damp hair with Rahua Omega 9 Pro Hair Mask mixed with 7-10 drops of Rahua Elixir, paying special attention to ends
Stimulating the scalp with massage for five minutes; leaving treatment in hair for 10-15 minutes followed by another scalp massage for five more minutes.
Rinsing with warm water, finishing with a short cool rinse to close the hair cuticle and seal treatment.

Before blow drying James applied Rahua Finishing Treatment and a few drops of Moroccanoil to protect and hydrate my hair. As heat from styling tools enhances treatment results, he blow dried with a round brush and created loose waves with hair irons, pinning them as he went.


I was left with the best looking and feeling hair I’ve ever had. It was shiny, silky, strong – I was one of those annoying girls that checks their reflection in car and shop windows. It looked that good.

The Rahua treatment is perfect for all dry and distressed hair types but particularly Afro hair that’s relaxed, coloured or chemically treated. It’s like a spa weekend break for your hair.

Rahua Omega 9 Pro Treatment is available at Urban Retreat, Harrods
Price: £30 (does not include blow-dry)

Dec 12

Original Sugar Manicure at Harrods, Knightsbridge

Nail art is great way to add some temporary jazz to your otherwise ordinary nail polish.

I’m always keen to try a new trend so I was happy to be invited up to Harrods department store in Knightsbridge to try out the new Original Sugar manicure. The manicure took place in the Urban Retreat Nail Loft on the fifth floor which, once I could find it (better signs please!) was a lovely space, reserved purely for mani and pedi treatments.


Harrods Nail Loft

After a mani and hand massage from my very sweet beauty therapist Ellie, I was asked to choose a colour – I went for Leighton Denny ‘Embellish Me’ and a nail art design. Original Sugar have recently brought out a range of new colours and designs – velveteen, bullionaire, gold leaf and Swarovski crystals to name just a few.

Original Sugar Bullionaire

Original Sugar Bullionaire

Unable to decide between the bullionaire and the velveteen I decided to have both. ‘Tis the season! After my nails had been painted and two coats of top coat applied, Ellie poured the bullion and velvet on the respective nails, shook of the excess and left them to dry. Another layer of top coat was applied to seal the bullionaire nail art while the velveteen was left to its own devices. Here is the finished product.


Now I’ve had it done I wish I had got the velveteen treatment on all my nails as it is such a cool, modern, matte look. Next time. Not all Original Sugar nail art is meant to last ages; after a couple of days the velveteen is starting to wear off although the bullionaire is still going strong.


Original Sugar Velveteen

You can buy kits to get these effects at home (prices start at £4.95) but if you’re in London, I recommend a visit to the Nail Loft at Harrods for that real first class experience.

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