DryBy is one of the latest nail and blow-dry bars to join central London and has already earned a good reputation.
Based just behind Oxford Circus, the salon lies across two floors, with upstairs offering blow dry services and downstairs offering both manicures and pedicures. The decor is beautifully understated – marble tops and rose gold touches are balanced by wooden floors and whitewashed walls, with fresh flowers on the tables every day.
I have been twice now, the first time for a shellac manicure and the second for a pedicure. Both times the downstairs nail room was about half as full as the upstairs blow-dry bar and mostly filled with professional women in their early 30s. The atmosphere was calm and the nail technicians came across very professional, making it a lovely relaxed spot to have a pamper. The only downside for me is that as lovely as the pedicure space is, it can be hard to talk to friends if they are sitting in the chairs opposite you!
My white shellac mani has lasted me two weeks before starting to slightly wear down at the edges which is slightly quicker than usual but I have been doing lots of boxing lately which I don’t think helps!
DryBy isn’t the cheapest salon in London but is a modern, sophisticated space to have treatments done with friends, in the same vein as nearby Cowshed on Carnaby Street.
For anyone looking for cheaper options, I also love Cheeky Holborn (especially for their pedicures!) and Heritage salon in Soho. Can anyone recommend any other good salons I should try?