The evenings are getting lighter, we can enjoy food and drink outdoors with friends and family, bask in the Spring bloom and eagerly await the Summer sun. As restrictions lift and the city begins to look a lot more like normal, we all want to step back out in style, emerging from our familiar four walls looking our best, like a caterpillar transforming into a butterfly.
Whether you are looking for a hair makeover, wardrobe revamp, fresh manicure, new ink or even a relaxing massage, we’ve gathered the best independents to visit to help you look your post lockdown best.
Ease away the stresses of lockdown with a trip to Femi Health and Beauty’s multi-award-winning salon and indulge in an energising facial, relaxing massage or a quick pick-me-up manicure or pedicure. Experience a luxurious, comfortable atmosphere with an expert team offering a range of high-quality treatments – for her and him – so you can pamper yourself to the max. Not sure what treatment suits you? No worries! The team offer complimentary consultations to help you discover the best treatments for you.
Looking for hairdressing with a first-class service? Look no further than the award-winning Barrie Stephen. Feel like a superstar whether you opt for a cut and finish, hair styling, barber service or hair colour. From the first consultation with your stylist to the finished look, the team are dedicated to making you look and feel red carpet ready. Their hair colour experts are highly skilled in all aspects of colouring and create beautiful looks with their new Vegan Friendly colours.
Revive your wardrobe with cutting-edge fashion from PILOT – one of the city’s most loved independent boutiques. Explore over three floors of the latest collections from well-loved designer brands including Vivienne Westwood, True Religion and Dsquared2. A destination for the stylish and well-dressed in the city for over three decades, it’s a must-visit to find that perfect piece amongst their carefully curated selection of the very best in women’s and menswear.
Perfect Eyebrows Bar
They say the eyebrows really frame the face and can make the world of difference. If yours are looking a little unruly after a years’ worth of growth and you’ve resisted the urge to pluck/wax/thread them yourself (or even if you didn’t), the team at the Perfect Eyebrows Bar – located in the Haymarket Shopping Centre – will have your brows looking picture perfect in no time. You can also get your hands on a loyalty card, where you’ll be rewarded with a FREE eyebrow shaping after 5 visits!
Established in 1887, Henry Smith + Hamylton are a third-generation family run independent opticians. Their professional and fully qualified team are expertly trained to provide you with eye examinations, professional advice and a friendly and individual service. You’ll be spoilt for choice for your new pair of specs with their impressive selection of designer and fashion eyewear – many of which are exclusive to their practices.
One of the longest standing studios in the city, Skin City specialise in body piercing and tattooing, and over the years has boomed with success. Whether a tattoo/piercing enthusiast or virgin, every step you make is important to the team so you can be satisfied with the design and delivery. If you’ve been dreaming up your perfect tattoo, the talented team are there to make it a reality and create a truly unique and individual design.
Lockdown has had us reaching for our slippers as we spent more time indoors, or occasionally stepping into trainers for that daily walk. It’s time to freshen up your shoe closet and step back outdoors in style. With plenty of designer brands and many distinctive designs, you’re bound to find your perfect pair at TinFish shoes. Handpicked by their team, the Victorian Arcade store is stocked full of styles from Fly London, Birkenstock and much more to help you get back on your feet.
City Laser & Skin Clinic
Providing a prescriptive treatment plan to suit your needs, the practitioners at City Laser Skin Clinic on Loseby Lane are enthusiastic and passionate about helping build your confidence, from the welcome at the reception to listening to your concerns. Investing in new, innovative and cutting-edge technology, they have a wealth of treatments on offer for your hair and skin type. They’re specialists in laser hair removal, so if you’ve been pining for that hair-free smoothness for a while, why not book a consultation now?
Homme & Co
With a fashion focused vision for men’s haircuts, Homme & Co’s barbershop are committed to meeting your individual grooming needs. Their contemporary salon is a relaxing haven where their expert stylists prove with their experience and passion to be a cut-above. They also offer a range of their own products that you can pick up whilst you’re there. Shopping and a fresh trim – need we say more?!
Natalie Nail and Spa
Offering a wide range of services including nail extensions, nail art, manicures and pedicures, be greeted with a smile and taken care of by the team at Natalie Nail and Spa. Their team of creative and caring artists at their high street salon will work their magic to transform your lockdown nails in to Instagrammable talons, or simply care for and pamper your hands in a relaxed and friendly salon.
With life getting back to complete normality as early as June (fingers crossed), our diaries are ready for the influx of weddings, proms and special occasions that we’ve been yearning for. Say yes to the dress at Divine Boutique with their stunning selection of glamourous gowns suitable for any black-tie event. Head up to the first floor where their opulent bridesmaid suite is home to the largest collection of bridesmaid designs in Leicestershire!
Are you a sneakerhead, a hypebeast or someone who is a fiend for the latest must-have drops in men’s streetwear? Premium streetwear and footwear store, Wellgosh has over the years established itself a strong, dedicated customer base from stocking the world’s finest contemporary street and designer labels. From shoes to clothing and accessories to the latest limited edition kicks, you can leave with a top-to-toe fresh new wardrobe.