Hair & Beauty

Lunchtime Beauty | Where To Go When You’re Short On Time

By Iro Kotsimbos - 28 May 2014

The Poodle Blow Dry Bar

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Waxed | Balaclava

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Waxed | Bentleigh

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Waxed | Elsternwick

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Waxed | Malvern

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Skin Wellness

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Take Off Skin & Body

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Miss Eyelash | Elwood

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Miss Eyelash | Mt Eliza

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Ella Bache | Prahran

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Does this scenario sound familiar? It's halfway through the day, you've got an evening or weekend event to be at and you're running out of time to get ready. Ahhh freakout!

Luckily there's a slew of beauty salons and businesses around ye olde Melbourne town that know just how to get you looking fancy in a flash. Yep, in the space of your lunchbreak, you can duck out to any of the following places and get yourself preened to perfection – think waxing, nails, hair, facials and more.

So in the words of Drake, "Nails done, hair done, everything diiiid!"


For Melbourne's best blow dries in a flash, you really can't go past South Yarra's The Poodle Blow Dry Bar. This vibrant salon on Toorak Road really nails the blow dry bar trend – simply choose your blow dry style from the 'menu' and then sit back and relax while one of The Poodle team wash, dry, and style your hair to perfection in 40 minutes. Not only are they fast, the blow dries also come at a very hip-friendly price of $40 each! Heck yes. That said, if you're short on time make sure you pick up a Mini Monthly Membership – four blow dries to use within the month for $99. Perfect hair SORTED!

The Poodle Blow Dry Bar are also giving away not one, not two, but THREE monthly memberships! For more details, you can enter the competition here.


Let's be honest, waxing is not the most enjoyable beauty treatment – hence why we like to get it done as quickly as possible! So when we're looking to get our waxing done in our lunchbreaks, we make a beeline for Waxed. The stellar team at Waxed are experts in – you guessed it – waxing for both women and men, providing smooth-as-silk results in no time at all (because errrr, the less time they spend with hot wax down there, the better!) While their new Malvern salon is our local, the Waxed girls can also be found in Elsternwick, Bentleigh and Balaclava. Get there now!


Fact: There's nothing better than a good old-fashioned massage. Think about it – it's the perfect chance to sprawl out and have all your knots kneaded out….aaaahhh. But where to go for Melbourne's best massage in a jiffy? Skin Wellness of course! The Canterbury-based beauty salon offers the most amazing 30 minute massages for $40 (you can choose from foot & leg, head & shoulders, or general relaxation) – just enough time to bliss out before dashing back to your desk. You can also upgrade to the Hot Rock massage which is perfect for soothing any muscle aches and pains.


We've all been there. It's Friday afternoon, you've got a weekend event on and need a bit of colour (who doesn't?!) but you've had zero time to tan during the week. Solution? Get your (pale) kaboose to Take Off Skin & Body in North Melbourne for one of the best, not to mention super quick, spray tans in Melbourne. The Take Off Skin & Body team are pros when it comes to tanning – we've never seen someone work a spray tan gun quite like they do! Choose from one of the many tans on offer (our fave is the 2 hour 'Minx' tan) and before you know it, you'll be strolling back to your desk looking like you've just arrived back from the tropics. Brilliant!


Nothing is quite as sexy as a wink and a bat of the lashes, which is why eyelash extensions are key! They take time to apply though, right? Not if you duck out to see Miss Eyelash! The queen of eyelash extensions, Miss Eyelash offers an Express service on top of her other lash and brow services available. Perfect if you want butterfly eyes before you can blink an eye, the Express service includes a pair of falsies from Miss Eyelash's Lash Bar range expertly applied by one of the team. Simply choose from the Natural, Party or Extreme styles and prepare to flirt the rest of the day away!


The genius creation of former Ten Network head of hair & makeup Antoinette Bekos, AB Pro Lab in St Kilda is one of Melbourne's best beauty havens. Antoinette and her team offer a full range of hair and beauty services but it's the Express Makeup that we find ourselves booking in for time and time again – in next to no time, you'll be prettied up (bar the eyes and lashes) just in time to run back for your next meeting. Yep, say goodbye to the lunchtime panic attacks over how you're possibly going to be ready in time for your after work event, and say hallelujah for AB Pro Lab!


While we're big fans of all the facials at Ella Bache Prahran, we're partial to the Express Signature Facial when we're after results but need them delivered STAT. Oh-so-conveniently located on Chapel Street, Ella Bache Prahran's Express Signature Facial includes double cleansing, exfoliation, customised mask followed by moisturiser…oh and perhaps a power nap because you'll more than likely be so relaxed you'll fall asleep. A lunchtime recharge of the batteries plus complexion perfection all in 45 minutes? Yes please!


#ManicureMondays? #FrenchPinkFridays? Whatever day of the week it is, getting yo' nails did at French Pink in the CBD is a must. We're kicking ourselves for not discovering this place sooner because seriously, no one delivers as kick-ass a manicure as well, as quickly and as delightfully cheap as the French Pink team do! If you're after a simple shape and polish go for the Mademoiselle Express or the French Pink Essential if you want a cuticle soak, exfoliation and massage too. All up, you'll be in and out in under half an hour!


Image Credit: Drop Dead Gorgeous Daily

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