Bang! And the style is done

Cinderella, you shall go to the ball! Transform your tresses in half the time with these express salon services and style bars

When it comes to pre-party preparations, often it’s our tresses that can get left until the last minute (especially when time is tight). But this festive season it’s time to fight back! We’ve rounded up five fabulous salons and braid bars that offer dry-styling menus for looks that take as little as 15 minutes, making the switch from day to night even easier!

Linton & Mac, Aberdeen
It was recently voted Best Local Salon at the Most Wanted awards, so when it comes to serving up seriously on-trend styles, this salon team knows a thing or two! To take the fuss out of getting ready, Linton & Mac has created a specialist style bar so you can kick back and enjoy a glass of fizz while the team takes care of all your going out needs. Whether it’s an office event, a Christmas party or just a night out with the girls, the Linton & Mac Style Bar is the perfect place to start! With a regularly updated selection of styles to suit all hair types, this express service offers a little something for everybody. From fierce accessories like chic scarves and statement slides to romantic braids and low knots, you’ll be spoilt for choice!

The express service is £30 for 30 minutes – just come with freshly washed hair and team will do the rest!

The Braid Bar, Selfridges London
Located in the heart of the Beauty Workshop of Selfridges in London, The Braid Bar offers quick and affordable braids from an a-la-carte style menu. Simply choose from the menu of signature styles and one the highly-skilled braiders will work their magic, with no hair washing required. The selection of styles vary from 15 to 45 minutes depending on how intricate the braid is, and each look can also be accessorised with glitter, hair rings and extensions at a small additional price.

The team behind The Braid Bar also recently launched a limited-edition menu in collaboration with Disney for the launch of Descendants 3, with each of the exclusive looks available until 3 November. It’s the perfect opportunity to treat your nearest and dearest, who can channel the characters and get the Mal, Evie, Uma and Audrey look.

Prices vary from £15 – £45, and the team requests clean, dry hair to work with.

Headmasters, locations across South East England
Launched in association with ghd and influencer @whatlydialikes, salon group Headmasters has created a ‘Braids and Waves’ menu to make quick and wearable styles even easier to achieve. Choose from a selection of six key looks, such as chic Parisienne waves and chain knot braids with bows to hold the plait in place. Each look will be customised to suit your hair type and style, and at just £15 for 15 minutes it’s the perfect option for when time is of the essence!

No appointment necessary, simply arrive with freshly washed hair.

Chop Chop, locations across London
After the Layered Online team first discovered Chop Chop London a few years ago, the salon has since expanded with new locations in Wembley and Westfield – perfect for on-the-go styling wherever you are in the city! With a motto of ‘life is too short for boring hair,’ the salon has created a look book featuring 24 styles, ranging from braids to slicked back styles and everything in between. Chop Chop also promises to style or cut your hair no matter the texture, with the stylists trained to tackle all hair types. With each appointment taking just 20 minutes and costing £20, it’s the perfect location to visit when time isn’t on your side.

Simply book online, and remember to arrive with clean hair.

Toni&Guy, locations across the UK
For those looking for modern styles with a touch of edge, salon group Toni&Guy has created a fashion-forward dry-styling menu which is available across salons worldwide. Whether you’re searching for the perfect hair-up, looking to up your braid game or simply want to switch up your style for a special occasion, the extensive menu has something for everyone. Choose from looks across the three dry-styling menus, with styles including ‘The Pixie’ and ‘The Warrior’. Prices start from £25 for the Fashion Fix menu, although some styles are dependant upon consultation.

Head online to find your local salon and arrange an appointment. Remember to lather up your locks before heading to the salon too.