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Battersea Power Station to open 1950s-themed hair and beauty parlour pop-up

By Amanda Pauley | Published: 6-Oct-2023

1950s makeovers are available from MAC Cosmetics and Blush + Blow London as part of the London shopping destination’s anniversary celebrations

Battersea Power Station, the London landmark, is opening a 1950s-themed hair and beauty salon pop-up to celebrate its one-year anniversary.

The Power Parlour activation at London’s newest shopping destination will be open from 21 to 29 October and offer visitors a chance to get a fifties style makeover.

Bold Hollywood glamour styles and chic fifties waves are among the hairstyles that will be available from blow dry and beauty chain Blush + Blow London. 

Make-up giant MAC Cosmetics, meanwhile, will be delivering a range of beauty looks from the era, including a signature red lip.

An authentic fifties barber service will also be available from R.W. Wolf. 

“The Power Parlour will transport visitors back to the 1950s, when the second half of the Grade II listed Power Station was complete, through mid-century interiors and unique hair and beauty makeovers,” read a statement from Battersea Power Station.

“The 1950s were a defining decade for style – the rock ‘n’ roll revolution was in full swing, with pompadours and quiffs the hairstyle of choice.

“At the same time, Hollywood’s Golden Age was going strong, popularising Hollywood glamour.” 

Visitors can also enjoy cocktails during their makeovers, provided by all-day bar Control Room B.

The pop-up is just one of the activities taking place at the ‘Behind the Bricks’ festival, which marks one year since the Power Station opened its doors to the public.

The Grade II listed building reopened on 14 October 2022 after a large restoration project to turn it into a leading shopping destination. 

The building had been dormant for almost 40 years.  

Treatments by MAC Cosmetics and R.W. Wolf are walk-in only.

Blush + Blow London appointments can be booked in advance here.

Battersea Power Station is making a name for itself as a beauty destination for Londoners. 

US gender neutral brand Malin + Goetz opened an apothecary-themed store in the space in August. 

Plus, UK health and beauty retailer Boots is set to launch its first-ever beauty-only shop at the plant later this year. 

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