Having labored as a magnificence author for practically twenty years, I used to be equally nervous and excited once I moved to Amsterdam from London. Moreover settling right into a model new metropolis, one urgent difficulty in the back of my thoughts was how I’d substitute my much-loved magnificence companies – everyone knows how laborious it’s to discover a hairdresser you each love and belief. However, I explored the town with an inquisitive and discerning eye. 4 years later, I’ve racked up a bit black e-book of wellness and sweetness locations that I fortunately suggest to pals and even rival my favourites again in London.
The enjoyment of Amsterdam, the capital of the Netherlands, is that it’s a metropolis with a village vibe; just about all the pieces is a 15-minute bike trip away (and belief me, everybody bikes, there are genuinely extra bicycles than folks). However the village really feel, and slower tempo of life, equates to a magnificence and wellness tradition that isn’t essentially as leading edge with traits as London or New York is perhaps. As a substitute, there’s a powerful concentrate on high quality – they do issues meticulously properly right here, and that’s right down to the clientele. Dutch individuals are moderately no-nonsense, they like outcomes and good worth for cash (“kortings” or gross sales are all the time a trigger for pleasure) so when a salon, clinic or exercise is sweet, everybody is aware of about it. Within the Netherlands, luxurious isn’t essentially ostentatious, as an alternative, it’s seamlessly mixed with a low-key, easy-going environment.
These are the most effective magnificence and wellness locations that I belief and are price a go to the subsequent time you journey to Amsterdam.
Bert Visser, Museum District
Contained in the Conservatorium Resort, near the long-lasting Rijksmuseum, is the Bert Visser Hair Salon. A significantly stylish area, there are simply 4 chairs and a personal room for VIPs. As quickly as you descend the steps to the doorway, which could be discovered within the busy Skins Cosmetics magnificence retailer above, you’re feeling a peaceful wash over you. The salon is quiet and small, with white partitions adorned with images of Bert’s work. You’re welcomed within the reception by giant darkish cabinets, artfully curated with Oribe merchandise, Mason & Pearson brushes, objet d’arts and occasional desk books. Bert is the go-to hairdresser for celebrities and influencers, and whereas he retains quiet about his A-list clientele, his work has graced the catwalks of Chanel, Louis Vuitton and Saint Laurent. Shoppers belief him as a result of he takes a less-is-more strategy, his balayage expertise are the most effective on the town, and he actually listens to what you need. With Bert, you’re in protected and proficient arms – he’ll by no means get scissor completely happy.
Should purchase: Oribe Hair Alchemy Strengthening Masque, €76 (£65). Intensely hydrating and strengthening, this therapy product is Bert’s go-to for purchasers who need stronger, longer, healthier-looking hair.