In the post-pandemic years, two major trends emerged in the beauty industry; on the one hand, we’ve all become much better educated in advanced skincare technology and clinical treatments, and on the milder end of the spectrum, ancient remedies like sound baths, cupping, and reiki are booming. Finding both under one roof in London would normally be a challenge, but skin guru Andrea Pfeffer is on a mission to change that.
“I felt there was a shift in my clients’ expectations that accelerated during Covid,” says Pfeffer, who opened her second clinic, Salon C. Stellar, in Carnaby in 2015. “It is no longer enough for brands to simply offer an experience, we are now looking for transformation. We want to leave feeling completely different.”
Her latest venture is billed as a sensual, experiential space where ancient wisdom meets modern science. Which, translated, means that the clinic offers all the high-tech treatments from radio waves, HIFU, microcurrents and microneedling, as well as activities such as sound baths, lectures on astrology and specialist health workshops. “We absolutely want these effective results from science-based therapies, but I think many elements of ancient wisdom – which we are increasingly turning to as a society – help us heal, repair and manage internally,” says a former Melbourne resident who left her first business in March 2021.
The combination of old and new can be complementary. “For example, a sound bath can help you manage stress, and stress levels affect hormones, affect skin reaction, gut reaction, and that affects internal inflammation.” The idea is that by combining a list of different practitioners under one roof, they can share notes (with your blessing) and offer a holistic, multi-disciplinary approach to skin health and overall well-being, from chakra realignment before Mercury hits retrograde, to enhancing collagen production and reduce pore size.
If you can’t give a hoot if your face falls out during the full moon, that’s fine too. The treatments, most of which are performed by the former Pfeffer Sal team, are absolutely top notch and can be completely customized to you. “Each of the therapists comes with a minimum of ten years of experience working for the best clinics and doctors,” says Pfeffer. “They have the knowledge to be able to really customize the treatment in the room.” The entry-level and fully customizable ‘Best Facial’ (£145) includes 10 different electrical devices that the therapist can choose from depending on the needs of the skin. Playing an astrology reading while under the LED light is optional.
The three-story space is on Beak Street, next to perfume brand Somerset Fern and cool clothing brands Rejina Pro and Ganni (an increasingly chic little corner of Carnaby) and has art-covered, colorful interiors that look more like a trendy coffee shop than a clinic. “I wanted to create a truly uplifting, sensual space where you will feel like your cup has been filled after your visit,” says Pfeffer, who plans a rolling program of artists, florists and brands to take over the space.
For those wanting to biohack their nutrition, there are DNA tests and for those looking for Jennifer Lopez’s body, the salon hosts the UK’s only qualified practice of Sheila Perez’s method, a specialist in deep lymphatic massage that J Lo has on speed dial.
In short, it is a one-stop-shop that will make you look but also feel good. Mysticism is very optional.