Loving the new henna craze this summer?

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The history of Henna

Traditionally Henna is well known in India and the Middle East for occasions such as holidays, birthdays and weddings. Now the trend has spread worldwide. Today henna is being used a lot more for fashion and creative purposes. If you can’t bear to go through the pain of getting permanently inked, henna is a great temporary alternative.White Henna hand designs

Instagram is full of bloggers, beauty entrepreneur’s and celebrities such as Rihanna, Selena Gomez, Katy Perry, Beyoncé, Vanessa Hudgens and Cody Simpson showing off their new temporary tattoo designs.

With festival season on our doorstep, many festival goers are turning to henna to complete their look and help them to stand out from the crowd. The Vanity Van Team can bring these techniques to your next event or campaign and help your guests to stand out from the crowd too!white Henna hand designs

Henna is a paste made out of crushed leaves from guess what? A plant called henna! The henna plant is found and grown in South Asian and North African countries. Once the paste is applied to skin and left for a few hours, it then leaves a stain to the skin which can last from 7 to 14 days. White henna is applied in the same way and for Golden henna once you have applied the paste, brush a layer of mehron powder over the pattern and brush off the excess to create that metallic look.

The current henna trend

We have recently been drawn to the beautiful white and gold henna trend, a beauty bloggers favourite, which looks great with a tan and summer outfits.

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White henna look gives a delicate finish, as if lace has been applied to the skin. This trend started in the Middle East where brides opted for white, instead of the traditional brown. To attend your summer events in style, team your white henna look with a white outfit and a pale coloured pastel nail varnish.

Golden henna

Also known as a metallic henna. This look is very elegant and feminine. This trend has come from Dubai, from a renowned Japanese jewellery designer Nobuhiko Akatsuka. Golden henna will give you a fabulous shine at the special events you have planned.


Henna painting techniques and their significance

When people get their very first henna, they tend to start off with a more universal design until they find one more tailored to them. Designs such as butterflies, flowers, mandalas, YingYang and stars are among the more common designs.

While henna has become an art, there are hidden meanings behind certain designs and where on the body it is. Dependent on where you get the henna, it can hold a significance. For instance, having a design on your hand signifies an offering from you to the world, while, on the back of your hand signifies protection.


How to book

We can provide make up artists to deliver these fantastic treatments into any event or campaign anywhere in the UK drop us a line at bookings@vanityvan.co.uk to discuss the details.

Intern roles available Summer 2016 – Event management and PR assistants

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We have some new intern roles available for this summer ! Please see details below and how to apply

Vanity Van event staff

Vanity Van are an events based mobile beauty company who specialise in delivering services to the music industry, corporate and retail. We create unique event experiences for companies and individuals and run campaigns for brands utilising a wide range of hair, make up and beauty treatments. We have a series of indoor and outdoor salons and a large team of therapists, managers and PRs across the UK.

Vanity Van’s summer tour involves running salon activations at various festival and corporate events. We are looking for interns who are looking for experience in events to help support these activities.

Event management assistant
Duties / Responsibilities

– Aiding with the preplanning and onsite organisation of of logistics, equipment, stock and staffing
– Involvement with event administration onsite and offsite
– Helping with the setting up/breaking down and the running of the on site salon activity
– Working front of house on reception talking to the public and artists about the services and helping with appointments and data gathering
– Supporting the event manager during staff briefings and debriefs
– Helping compile event reports and feedback for clients

Event PR assistant

Duties / Responsibilities

Event based work

– Helping with the setting up/breaking down and the running of the on site salon activity
– Working front of house on reception talking to the people about the services and helping with appointments and data gathering

Vanity Van event staff beauty prsOn and off site marketing and PR tasks

– Helping create and collate social media content
– Working on website content and blogs
– Aiding decisions on what photographs and content are to be used for online and press
– Helping with press releases
– Helping with collating of data for marketing clients and media contacts

This will involve 2-3 months working on site and offsite conducting pre and post event activities we are ideally seeking someone to work at all the events throughout the summer but will consider applications from those that cannot attend them all and consider a job split between a few individuals. The off site work once trained is around 1-2 days a week (could be job shared) can also be conducted remotely we are quite flexible in terms of hours, locations etc.

Event dates throughout June, July, August and Sept – apply for exact details

Prep work for events

Normally PR prep work for the big events e.g. festivals is the 1-2 days before we leave for the event in Bournemouth and post event work the day or two after we return from the event again in Bournemouth.

For festivals we normally arrive the day before and leave the day after. For corporates the events are normally conducted in one day.


– Assessment for placement requirement
– All tickets for the events & transport is covered
– Some corporate events there is an intern wage, some festivals where we are charging there are spends
– Some food and drink are provided on site for the bigger events including bar b qs, snacks and drinks.
– For events which require it accommodation is provided. At camping festivals you will have areas to camp with the rest of the team
– Future paid work as a freelance PR

Skills and qualities

Training is given to the right candidates however we are interested to hear what relevant experience you may have for example working in similar environments or producing relevant content

We are particularly seeking candidates who exhibit the following qualities:

– Hard working
– Enthusiastic
– Team player
– Outgoing
– Professional
– Attention to details
– Creative
– Good with clients
– Comfortable working in a busy pressurised environment
– Able to cope with the elements

We will be assessing applications and holding phone interviews from 13th-15th June for a trial to start on 16th June. Please apply by emailing a covering letter explaining what qualifications you are currently or have just studied, why you are interested in the work experience and fill out this recruitment form

All the celeb gossip and news from Vanity Vans backstage salon at Leeds festival 2015

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All the gossip and news from backstage from Leeds festival 2015

What a fabulous first day at the wonderous rock extravaganza that is Leeds and Reading festival! With only a small smattering of rain the sun has be shining down on our backstage salon and its been our busiest Friday to date!

Tending to the likes of the Years and Years, The Maccabees, The Gaslight Anthems, Black Honey and Feed the Rhino we have been fully booked for hair cuts for the boys, much needed back massages for those busy on tour and NYX makeovers to beautify the artists for their stage shows.

Rupert bassist from the Maccabees post hair cut

Everyones talking about a new festival in Paris RockenSeine which most of the acts we looked after today are working at between Leeds and Reading festivals ! Lots of jet setting around…

The Maccabees who are old Vanity Van veterans (we met them way back in 2009 at Beach break live!) Orlando the lead singer booked in for a much needed massage and Rupert the Bass guitarist popped in for his usual hair cut. They have been having a break for the last three years from the scene but stormed the stage with a vengeance – great to have them back…

The Libertines publicist just popped in and we are hoping to go down to their dressing room shortly to do some treatments – wondering what Pete Doherty will be up for !?

Frank Turners drummer was telling one of our hair dressers that Frank is considered a huge legend in his home town of Watford – they spend a lot of time there apparently and it just happened to be where our stylist Toni is from!

We had all the Coasts in Chris lead singer for massages and Ben the drummer for a massage and a hair cut – we transformed his barnet and the poor babe was telling us about a recent accident hes had which has left him with a huge scar on his head.

Izzy lead singer from Black Honey having a makeover

Black Honey were hilarious and they came bounding over from the Festival Republic stage first thing this morning to be sorted out as they had slept on the side of the road last night after being unable to find the campsite ! Izzy lead singer and guitarist was suffering from insane tent hair and we created a stunning bouffant 60’s style do and gave her a NYX makeover – she was ecstatic.


Another amazing day at the one like Leeds fest ! My god the artists were weary today…. All todays line up were at Reading last night and we hear on the grape vine Reading is where the P.A.R.T.Y is ! So many hungover weary people it was untrue. But our massages and beautifying saved the day as usual.

Busy busy day particularly for massages with Fred Durst lead singer of Limp Bizkit and Marcus Mumford lead singer of Mumford and Sons being our biggest clients of the day who were suffering from bad shoulders and necks probably from all that over exertion on stage.

Marcus Mumford lead singer of Mumford and Sons post massage

Our last visitor of the day was the lovely Dan from Bastille who came in for a hug and some goodies – no need for treatments as he was out having fun by this point.

Dan lead singer of Bastille


We bumped into regulars Wilkinson in the catering Marks singer Simon and MC Adam told us how mental the Reading crowds can be and even showed us vids from the stage the crowds were going OFF 12,000 people going mental… They have a whole live show this year with guitars, singers the works we cannot wait to see them later on tonight.

Adam and Simon from Wilkinson

Aaron guitarist from Martin LB was telling excitedly that hes off to record with the one and only Britney Spears tomo whos recording a new album – he was in love with her when he was 13…

Sydney Singer of Echo Smith post massage

Don Broco Robert lead singer and Matt drummer came in just now as they got our and pinched the last slots of the day chucking out some pretty riskay comments about what treatments we are doing…. We were fully booked for massages but we managed to squeeze in some cheeky head massages from our hairdressers instead.

Robert singer from Don Broco post head massage

Last stragglers from Friday we bumped into Deadmau5 last night having a cheeky fag outside the salon we had a little chat with him about meeting him a few years ago at Rockness when one of his friends had their nails done and he was showing us some crazy vids. His stage show was awesome the crowd went mental chanting “you what you what you what you what leeds!” it turned into a mosh pit so we had to leg it !

Jake Issac with manage Alix post massage

We had most of Misty Millers band in and had a right laugh with them talking about their experiences as band members over the years and some of the crazy things they got up to at their after parties… Misty loved her NYX goodies.

The crowds were going crazy this afternoon to All time Low and girls were fainting left right and centre and being carted off to the backstage for treatment.

Jack guitarist from All time low

Phil Bass Player from the Districts let on that he was massively star struck the other day when he bumped into Sanza from Game of Thrones at a festival the other day what a gem…
Hilarious moment of the day was bumping into Xfactors Piff the magic dragon and his dog in matching outfits – his face was a picture.

Xfactors Piff the magic dragon

Band God Damn were talking to us about the NYX face awards Emily Clayton who we met at the awards ceremony last week. She was the make up artist on their latest video and they love her work she is super talented we LOVED her two headed lady makeover that won her first prize at the awards.

Beautiful face art and Guyliner were the new trends at Leeds with all the chaps from Drenge coming into have it done – the Jack Sparrow look we like to call it. They loved our “we spotted Johnny Depp twice at Latitude but didn’t know it” story!! And we created some hilarious Kiss style rock make up with our NYX kit in honour of our rock fest


Last day at Leeds festival today gutted to be leaving the last one of the season… salon has been rammed all day great end to the weekend.

Mike lead singer from Young blood

We spotted Mike from Young Blood outside the salon and offered him a hair cut we LOVE his curly luscious locks he is sat contemplating it right now as we speak – told us hes been trying to grow it…. Fingers crossed he lets us later!

Jordan keyboardist from Bring me to the Horizon

Men of the moment Bring me to the Horizon are headlining under Metallica this year on the main stage they have had a huge rise to fame since we last saw them. Jordan their keyboardist who had a hair cut today with us joked with us as last time we were at Leeds with them we painted them as animals for their stage show. This year though they need to be taken seriously so no more tigers !

DJ Fresh
We have been pinging all over the site today visiting peeps in the other stages – we bumped into DJ Fresh at the Dance tent who is sporting an amazing new bleached ‘do’ we cut his hair a few years ago at Radio Ones Big Weekend. He would have had it trimmed with us today but he was worried his fabulous flamboyant hairdresser would be offended and shout at him for ruining his do.
Baby Metal with manager Alix

Our favourite band of the day by far were Baby Metal we want to take them home with us they are the cutest thing ever waving and giggling all over the backstage. Their dancers and band were sporting some epic scary face paint – seriously eery…

Its all about the girls here on site today with Azealia Banks headlining in the 1xtra tent and Vanity Van regular Miss Dynamite in full effect – she loves her massages and we dropped off some lush NYX goodies to them both earlier. Edgy Charlie XCX is also set to smash the Dance stage and we had her Bass player in for massaging post head banging sessions last night at Reading to Metallicas set.

Elliphant post NYX makeover and manicure then with the band after she had hairstyling too !
Swedish singer Elliphant popped in this afternoon she was an absolute hoot she was ‘waxing’ lyrical over waxing… literally ! She says that’s the only thing anyone in Sweden ever wants – they are prob way too super beautiful already!. She said she wouldn’t be showing us her *** hole today ! We gave her a manicure and a stunning NYX face art makeover. She asked us “don’t make it photo shoot make it lifestyle!”We had all of Fidlar in for massages and vocalist Zach was joking he’d already had his face art done as he was sporting a beautiful black eye… apparently falling out with the Bass player over a shower towel ! They were a right laugh and had girlee flower face art, glitter and Zac even had NYX Angel lipstick applied.

Regulars Twin Atlantic popped in to say hello they are swinging by before their set later for their usual hair cuts and massages. They have been super busy on tour feet not touched the ground in the last couple of years.

And so ends another epic season – big thank you to our utterly amazing team for wowing the artists with their creativity and amazing skills. Heres looking forward to next year already….

Many thanks

Alix and the Vanity Van team

All the celeb beauty gossip from Vanity Vans backstage salon at Latitude festival 2015

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PRESS RELEASE – Latitude festival post event report

Vanity Van featured backstage at Latitude this weekend in the 6 music dressing room village tending to all the hair, makeup and beauty needs of the artists and performers



What a weekend being the 10th edition of Latitude they pulled out all the stops with secret gigs left right and centre and a superb line up coupled with their usual eclectic mix of arts, culture, comedy and creativity that only Latitude knows how to do best.

This weekend was all about the surprise gigs and celeb spotting – the site was buzzing after late night impromptu sets from Ed Sheeran, Thom Yorke from Radio head and Snow Patrol on the uber cool Other Voices stage. Ed Sheeran was on site every night and actually out in the festival on Sunday night. Most amazing bit of goss of the weekend was our team spotting Johnny Depp bowling around the backstage yesterday sporting a sharp suit and a typical johnny hat – we didn’t stop him as we didn’t quite believe he would be here until we heard the rumours that its actually true !!!! opportunity missed 🙁

We were inundated in our backstage salon at Latitude word spread like wildfire this weekend our professional team were seriously delivering the goods and we had the artists flocking in for everything from makeovers to massages to hair cuts. Portishead and the Vaccines were some of the biggest acts to hear about our services and we had the singer, guitarist and drummer in from both bands for treatments.

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Portishead                                                                    Freddie from the Vaccines

It was a lot of fun backstage the weather was been kind and its been a real family weekend backstage with lots of children running around creating havoc and nicking our haribos and crazy entourages doing head stands to dry their pedicures and did you hear about the drone???

Headline sets from Portishead with classics from Dummy drawing the crowd into a melancholy trance and Noel Gallaghers High flying birds blew the crowd away with his closing rendition of Don’t look back in anger.

This weekend we are getting creative with make up. Festival beauty looks galore experimenting and pushing the boundaries. We have teamed up with pro make up brand NYX Cosmetics and have been using their kit on the artists and press to create everything from flawless beauty looks to high impact stage make up.

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         Mahalia having a makeover                                                                Nao post makeover

We crafted sugar skulls, tribal body art, drag queen stage show looks and stunning floral creations. We perfected stunning NYX makeovers for the likes of the Nao, Mahalia, Dolores Hayes and ladies of the moment French Cuban the Ibeyi twins Lisa and Naomi. 

They graced the cover of the Times on Saturday and came in for all sorts of treatments they are such different personalities with a really edgy style – Lisa is very bubbly and smiley Naomi typically sullen French but lovely none the less – they loved our NYX lipsticks and makeovers and had plaits and manicures too. They had just flown over from a gig in Dublin and hated the weather over there.Vanity van Ibeyi twins after manicures and hairstyling

Ibeyi twins post makeover and manicures with our manager Valentino

Singer Mahalia loved our products saying that NYX felt amazingly soft on the skin and raved her butter gloss finished look. Vanity van Make up MahaliaMahalia having a NYX makeover

We were as always been inundated for mens hair cuts seeing the likes of Freddie The Vaccines guitarist, Matt La Rouxs Bass player, Summer Camp, Django Django, The Districts, Soak and Black River for restyles and trims.

The furiously up and coming Years & Years were a lot of fun lounging around in our waiting room for hours Michael the bass player having very manly blow dry and the others having hair cuts and massages.54 - Years & Years hanging out in our waiting room

We had lots of laughs with La Roux and her band she was super cool effortless style in a beautiful Asian style blue two piece. This woman is stunning without a drop of make up and such epic hair.



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La Roux post massage

She was telling us about one of their techs who was in a lot of trouble for leaving her to go on stage without a micro phone…. Rooky error they planned to massively stitch him up today she had bought a oxfam style blu chiffon vintage dress from the site to make him over with us as a drag queen we are waiting with baited breath for him to be delivered to us!

They chatted about the trouble with tour buses with countless stories of bunk bed shenanigans, fun with gin and near misses on the road… They were all shattered from touring having just come from Melt festival in Belgium and had lots of luxurious massages and the bassist had a restyle.

Massage won though hands down today with the usual tour stresses and strains on the bands desperate for some relief from their aches and pains with some of them coming back twice !

JP Cooper got our invite tweet and came bounding over for a head, neck and shoulder massage he’d been travelling on trains from Bath to London yesterday carrying a couple of guitars and bags and completely done his back in – its not all stardom and fame in this game !

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JP Cooper with our therapist Charlotte

Hilarious point of the weekend were the band Drenge who started explaining about this new telepathic system they use to communicate on stage and proceeded to demonstrate it to us using dominos – they nailed it every time trying to work out how they duped us !

Vanity van Bryan lead singer of Stornaway having a hair cutThe guys from Stornaway were hilarious having everything from beard trims to hair cuts and they bet the keyboardist a fiver to be painted as a tiger for his set – and he was game – not sure the humiliation was worth a fiver tho…

Until next year latitude….

All the beauty gossip from Vanity Van’s Glastonbury salon 2015

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PRESS RELEASE Vanity Van’s Glastonbury festival salon post event report


Vanity Van had their biggest salon yet for their seventh year trading at Glastonbury this year. But this year our salon in a field has smashed all records from previous years, based in the John Peel area of the festival.


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We are reminiscing in the midst of packing up after yet another superb Glastonbury. Our 7th year on site as always demand surpassed all expectations and the salon was fully booked Fri and Saturday before we landed. With almost 2000 clients in 5 days, our salon in a field has smashed all records from previous years – maybe we should apply for the Guinness book of records next year!

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Makeovers were in hot demand this weekend, we have a glorious new NYX cosmetics kit which we used to beautify four… yes four ! clients with stunning natural beauty looks who were due to get married on site. For the more adventurous we blended some beautiful smokey eye effects and edgy festival looks using NYX jumbo metallic eye pencils, butter gloss lips and our customers loved their matte effect lippy giveaways. The best seller of the weekend for the more creative edge was the glitter look which we sold in droves to men and women alike – shimmer is most definitely in Demand for luscious festival locks was insane so we added more hair stations and staffing to tend to the shower area and queues to ensure the services worked like a dream and our regulars left super  happy!

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We were inundated with demands for curly blows from the northern contingent onsite and as usual the Glastonbury weather tested us with frequent downpours followed by glorious sunshine which soaked us one minute burnt the next – we swear Glastonbury has its own crazy micro climate! As a result weather resistant plaits were the order of the day and we got through tonnes of super strength hair spray fixing in victory rolls and quiffs to make them last in the showers.

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Our new undercover shower area sported pump showers with hot water on tap and a luscious range of Jason Natural Products shampoos and conditioners for clients to choose from. They are bio degradable to ensure we leave no footprint on Worthy farms eco system. ‘Save the farm’

Man pampering is on the up and we road tested new luxury wet shave treatments, hot towel facials, beard trims and moustache grooming on the festival crowd. The team love a good beard! Guys were also getting involved with the hair obsessions the team did a ton of male hair cuts – skin fades are particularly popular at the moment and they even got involved in the braiding.Vanity van Luxury wet shaves

We were so busy at the salon the team hardly got to see a single act but we heard Lionel Richie was an absolute legend if not a little squiffy on stage and Kayne shocked the world with his declaration of being the greatest rockstar ever… really… Rumours had it that Prince Harry was on site we wonder what he got up to in his Glastonbury adventures…

The team are knackered but loved every second and cannot wait for our next adventures backstage at Latitude and Leeds festivals

Vanity Van features at Confex 2015

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Press release for Confex 2015 – Vanity Van – bringing the VIP beauty experience to events and campaigns across the UK

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Add the VIP experience to any event with this specialist mobile beauty service. With 7 years in the business Vanity Van are experts in delivering premium beauty activations in every conceivable location. The team combine glamorous treatments with relaxing holistic and beauty therapies. Perfect for those added extras that get people talking – everyone loves to look good and be pampered – even your gentlemen guests! Men are one of VV’s biggest growing client base and the team are bang on trend with the upsurge in male grooming by introduced a host of new treatments to their repertoire to cater for the metrosexual male.

As well as delivering entertainment packages for corporate and private guests Vanity Van have toured hundreds of high profile public events. They regularly run large activations in arenas/campsites and work back stage with the artists and celebrities at events such as BBC Radio 1’s Big Weekend, Glastonbury, the Grand Prix, Leeds and Latitude festivals to name a few…

Vanity Van have worked with many brands and corporations including BBC, H&M, Google, Yahoo, Virgin, Sky, Echo Falls, TK Maxx, Barclays, ITV, Booker, Butlins, Festival Republic and GSK. Their services and ‘story’ have been featured on the BBC news, Radio one, The Times, The Guardian, Daily Mirror, Heat magazine, Cosmopolitan, Harpers bazaar, Q Magazine, Company, Now magazine and many more…

This year sees the launch of their exciting new sister company EXPPR and sees the Vanity Van & the EXPPR team link up with big brands for large scale experiential salon tours delivering customer rewards in retail environments for H&M, in concert environments for Butlins and in festival and city based environments for high profile hair and beauty brands. More news regarding these tours will be released soon…

Vanity Van indoor salonConfex regular Vanity Van is kicking off their 2015 season with a fresh focus – brand new indoor salon set ups with stunning lit black lacquer hair/make up mirrors, stylish black barbers’ and make up chairs and ergonomically designed nail stations. There is also a new fleet of made to measure airstream salons and a fabulous new male pampering range including luxury wet shaves, hot towel facials, barbering, moustache and beard grooming and shiny buff ‘man’icures.Man hair cut

Offering the glam touch with hair cuts/styling, make up, eyelashes and creative body art; beauty indulgence with nails, tanning, facials, eyebrows; and holistic remedies such as massage and reflexology. They will advise on what works best for your clientele, aims, objectives and environment. You can book the staffing alone or the indoor and outdoor salons can be delivered and tailored bespoke to your needs.

The experienced and fun-loving team pride themselves in delivering a highly professional service, advising guests on what suits their look and all the latest trends. Their award winning team are carefully selected for their outstanding skill, passion and customer focused approach. The flexibility of the service is evident when you look at the events they’ve attended previously. Private parties, retail customer rewards, style tours, fashion weeks, client incentives, product launches, festivals, staff rewards, corporate fun days, themed experiences, weddings, conferences, award ceremonies, concerts. The list is endless!

3 - Katy B and Lilly Allen with AlixThey are loved by the biggest names in show biz and music Lady Gaga, Lily Allen, Sam Smith, Rudimental and Paulo Nutini have all had the Vanity Van experience as well as a host of presenters including regular customers Fearne Cotton & Dancing on Ice winner Caroline Flack. The team conducted almost 1000 celebrity, artists & presenter treatments in just the last 2 years alone & have worked on big TV shows like Xfactor.

Come along and visit Vanity Van on Prestige Events magazines stand CF61 at this year’s Confex from 18-19 Feb at Olympia, London for all the show biz goss!. Our therapists will be showcasing their skills and offering complimentary hair styling, makeovers, and eyebrow treatments and running a beauty hamper competition.

Vanity Vans mobile salon is back for Glastonbury festival 2015

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We are very happy to announce Vanity Van will be trading once more at Glastonbury festival. This is our seventh year on site and once again we are striving to make further improvements to last years larger set up to deliver the best possible service we can.

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New features include:

– more stylist and Do It Yourself slots

– two receptions will be run again as this worked very well last year – one for treatments and one for DIY to reduce queuing times

– even more staffing to manage the shower area, assist front of house and conduct treatments

– further equipment – new hair stations and barbers chairs

– additional electric to reduce the chance of power outages and to provide as much hot water as possible throughout the day

– man pampering – wet shaving, hot towel facials and moustache and beard trimming for the boys

Our online booking system enables you to prebook your own appointment with ease. Please find below all the information you need about the salon and how to book with us this year.


Pricing for 2015

Please see below our price list you will notice we have maintained the same prices as last year.

As payments are taken online via paypal we have had to add a small 4% charge into the featured price – but you can see the actual price on the description of the treatment

How to book and pay


To book please click on this link payment is taken during the booking process using paypal If you don’t have a paypal account you can still pay through paypal using a debit card using their Account optional service.


Hair appointment times

You book the hair appointment for the time of the styling slot – don’t forget you will need to arrive 20-25 mins early to book in for your 15 min washing slot if you are using our Do It Yourself washing facilities before your DIY styling slot or your styling with a hairdresser slot.


Booking more than one treatment or for multiple people


If you want to book more than one type of treatment one after another on a particular day simply select all those you want then book the start time of those treatments.


If you want to book multiple slots for the same treatment on different days click on the recurring appointments option at the end and it will allow you to select extra days.


Salon site


Our salon will be based in the John Peel area towards the end of the row of shops by the entrance to Silver Hayes and the wall of flag installation. We will send out formal confirmation of this and any landmarks visible to help you find us once we are on site and set up on Mon/Tues.


Arrival times


Please arrive for ALL appointments 5 minutes early to book in and to allow for queues as the salon gets very busy.


For ALL hair appointments where you have booked a wash please arrive 20-25 minutes early – this is because a 15 minute slot is allocated before your hair appointment for you to wash if you wish.


Hair washing facilities


If you have booked for a hair appointment with a wash we will have a selection of battery operated shower heads and pump action shower heads to enable you to wash your own hair into sinks and tubs.


We will have extra urns heating water from 5.30am this year however we cannot promise the water will always be hot later on in the day due to the huge demand and also electricity restrictions mean we cannot run all the heaters once the hair dryers are on.


You are however welcome to either shower before you come to us or use our showers to wash your own hair.


We provide all shampoo and conditioner as this has to be biodegradable due to Glastonburys new agreement with us to prevent contamination to the farm. Please remember to bring your own towel.


Festival price list 2015


Salon treatments



Express hair styling – dry styling only – £22

Basic hair styling includes DIY wash – £32 – suitable for med/thick and long/fine hair

Luxury hair styling includes DIY wash – suitable for thick, long hair or hair with extensions – £42


Hair cut and style – POA normally around £48 for female cut and £27 for male


Do It Yourself options – use our equipment and products

DIY wash and style – £19 (includes 15 min slot for wash and 15 min slot for styling)

Double DIY wash and style – £29 (includes 15 min slot for wash and 30 min slot for styling)

DIY hair styling- £14 (includes 15 min slot for styling)

Double DIY hair styling – £24 (includes 30 min slot for styling)


Make up

Express eye makeover or touch up – £17

Basic makeover – £25

Luxury makeover with face art or false eyelashes – £32


Face art / Body art

Using make up, face/body paints, glitters, diamantes etc..

Mini design – £9

Small design – £11

Medium design – £13

Large design – £15

Extra large design – £30



Fitted by our stylists full range of amazing feather, diamante, colour and natural eyelashes

False eyelashes – £15;   2 pairs £28;   3 pairs £39;   4 pairs £48

Individual lashes – £20

Mini face art and eyelashes – £21

Small face art and eyelashes – £23

Medium face art and eyelashes – £25



 (Express includes file, shape and paint; Basic includes express plus cuticle work; Luxury includes basic plus soak and massage)


Express Manicure – £17

Basic Manicure – £25

Luxury Manicure – £32


Express Pedicure – £25

Basic Pedicure – £32

Luxury Pedicure – £39


Gel polish

Application only – £35

with a basic manicure – £48

with a basic pedicure – £53



*full body massage within our private treatment room


Hand or foot massage – £12

Express refresh – £14

Rapid Relax – £19

Intensive unwind* – £29

Complete revival* – £39


Beauty Treatments



 (Express includes exfoliate, cleanse, tone and moisturise; Basic includes express plus massage; Luxury includes basic plus a deep cleansing mask)


Express Facial – £29

Basic Facial – £39

Luxury Facial – £49




Eyebrow shaping with tweezers – £10



Full leg – £36

Half leg; ¾ leg; Bikini line including Brazilian and Hollywood – £29

Underarm; Upper Lip; Chin and eyebrows – £15 each or 2 for £29


Man pampering

‘Man’icure – file shape and buff – £15

Beard or moustache trims – £22

Hot towel facial – shave without the shave – £22

Luxury wet shave – £32

We look forward to pampering you !!

Movember wet shaves and beard & moustache styling now on offer!

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We are very happy to announce that our team are now fully trained in barbering techniques including wet shaving and facial hair styling . These treatments will be available from the 12th November 2014. 

Wet shavingWe will be offering:

  • Luxury wet shaves – 30 min treatment
  • Hot Towel experience – the mans facial using hot towels, luxurious shave oils and creams massage and cologne – like having a shave without the shave – 15 min treatment
  • Moustache and Beard trimming and styling – 15-30 min treatment

Perfect for a Movember themed fund raising event or to bring the pampering focus back to the guys !

We will also be offering these treatments at Glastonbury 2015 !

moustache styling

Book us for corporate parties, client incentives, publicity campaigns, pamper parties, weddings – its time to give the guys some much needed attention…

To book the team simply email bookings@vanityvan.co.uk or call 07825 875210


All the celeb beauty gossip from Vanity Vans backstage salon at Leeds festival 2014

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2 - Leeds backstage entrance and flags

Vanity Van featured backstage at Leeds this weekend just outside the main stage dressing room village tending to all the hair, makeup and beauty needs of the hundreds of artists and performers on site

 Ryan Lewis

We had an amazing weekend at Leeds despite the crazy weather not making up its mind as to whether it wanted to rain or shine. We met loads of great artists and witnessed some amazing performances!!

Florence and the team
The first day was rammed all of Clean Bandit popped in to say hello and came in for massages and told us that they were off to Paris to perform tomorrow night before they hit Reading festival on the Sunday they have a busy weekend ahead of them as they had to rush off after their set because Grace has to go to a wedding.

Elisabeth Troy
The Kooks swung by for a catch up and chat. Lead singer Luke said they will always support the Vanity Van and we commented on his new funky hairdo which he had done just before the festival. Hugh the guitarist said it’s an ongoing joke that people keep asking them where they have been and they haven’t even been anywhere! They had a much-needed day off planned on the Saturday before they hit up Reading.

the kooks

Maverick Sabre was tweeting us before he hit the site telling us he has three new backing singers in need of our skills. They are regulars of the salon and we often see him over the season – such a lovely man and an amazing voice…

Dan You Me At Six
You me at six all came in to the salon on the Friday and are uber busy touring this year, they still have Kuala Lumpar, Australia and America to do this year but will be home in time for Xmas.  Dan the drummer from You Me At Six had a trim with us again and hasn’t had his hair cut since he last saw us at Radio One in May! Hilariously their drum tech told us when he saw them on stage at radio one he thought they looked a bit fresh on stage from that morning and he couldn’t put his finger on why then realised they had all had their hair cut with us! Poor Dan has been having major problems with his arms from drumming, it’s like hitting concrete as he grips the sticks so hard he’s in agony a lot of the time with severe cramp so we invited him in for a massage.

 Josh You Me At Six

Lead singer Josh also asked to be annihilated by our masseuse as he has very achy lungs from all his antics on and off stage! We worked on his trigger points and gave him a proper battering! The boys from the band absolutely love our Batiste XXL plumping powder and have even been searching for it in the shops since they ran out from the Radio One event.

We have also had pretty much all the crew from Blink 182  for massages as they have had a tough time on tour at the moment!

1 - Disclosure and the team

The Disclosure boys popped in late doors on Friday and we cut and styled Howards hair. They have been busy touring America. Howard also really wanted a massage as his back is really bad at the moment we were teaching him how to do different squats to help strengthen the muscles in the lower back. He really hurt his back apparently trying to learn yoga through a phone app. They totally tore up the NME tent – people were getting hoofed out on stretchers it was so mental in the crowd!

Also on Friday we had a last minute call from Ryan Lewis for a full body massage just before he went on stage. He said he was looking forward to the massage because he is so energetic and jumps around so much on stage that it makes his muscles hurt and he hasn’t been able to have one since they played in Germany. As we left the dressing room we bumped in Macklemore who was genuinely gutted he missed out this time.

 The Saturday was just as crazy weather wise, the weather was completely schizophrenic all day raining one second and sunny the next and it even did both at the same time at points!

8 - Rob from Enter Shirkari post hair styling and massage

Rob the drummer from Enter Shikari who is a regular told us during a massage that he has to stop drinking beer because he doesn’t think it’s good for him. He had an amazing t-shirt on of a horse with a suit on that we nicknamed Jorge! He also showed us the tattoo he has of a stick person drawn around a mole. We gave his hair a once over and showed him how to create texture and volume using some of our Batiste products. Roughton their lead singer also came in for a blow dry and restyle just before they went on stage he had a huge quiff styled in and secured with tonnes of hair spray so he was rain proof.

Rou Enter Shikari Haircut
Aluna from Aluna George came in for the works – manicure, Batiste hair styling and a massage. She says that she was bored of having her photo taken this weekend but that Reading and Leeds was her favourite festival because the crowd are so fun. She said that she spends half an hour warming up her voice but always feels silly that everyone else can hear her.

Wilkinson tweeted us to see if we do tour bus delivery which we do and singers Becky Hill and Adam were joking on twitter that he was looking for a happy ending…. Adam their MC enjoyed a lovely massage with the team just before their set.

All the boys from Deaf Havana had massages and Lee the bassist fell in love with our therapist Bonnie and tried to ply her with free alcohol lol. 

 Vampire Weekend were on the last stop of the tour and announced to the crowd that even though Reading was good, that the Leeds crowd were the best. Chris the bass player came in to the salon afterwards after a hectic set for a much needed massage

Twin Atlantic 1
All the Twin Atlantic boys came rushing over to see us and they all came in for massages and again to bribe some more Batiste XXL plumping powder as they are huge fans. They have been crazily busy on tour recently and will be travelling to Europe and Australia in October and then hopefully home for Christmas. They are taking some of our team on tour with them so they can keep their hair trim and their backs in check!

Twin Atlantic 2
Hayley Williams from Paramore specifically sent someone over to raid our shelves for a huge bag of Batiste dry shampoo before their headliner set because it is her favourite. 

We bumped into Wilkinson and crew in the guest bar that night and he apologised for the salacious comments on twitter about happy endings. He made us give him a massage in the middle of the guest bar which he had to kneel on the floor for as he’s so tall…. They then kidnapped the team and took us to see Netsky on the Relentless stage, he did a bit of back to back with him and Becky Hill sung their song Afterglow with them. They were a scream and the Relentless stage literally went off it was rammed to the seams!

On the Sunday the weather took a turn for the better and we were blessed with sunshine and dry weather.

Pulled Apart By Horses unfortunately had to pull out of their main stage set today because one of the band members became really ill so everyone at the festival was gutted to hear that and we hope they get better soon.

Sam the drummer and Dan the saxophonist from Bombay Bicycle Club came in for a massage to distress their shoulders and arms as they were stiff from annihilating the drums and living on tour buses, we were only too happy to help of course!.

Royal Blood were seen by a member of the team playing catch with their drumsticks earlier on today in the backstage area of the NME stage just before their insane set. Someone commented on facebook they thought they were miming ! we don’t believe it….

Die Antwoord have got some brilliant neon costumes for their set on the NME stage later, we snapped a cheeky pic of them as we gave them a manicure earlier in the day.

Beasts were hilarious and all had massages in the salon they were larking around on our beanbags with the team for hours and we got some stupidly funny pictures of them.


Hozier’s Mia and Alana his keyboardist and cellist came in for their regular hair styling and makeovers. We used some conditioning mist on Alanas long locks to smooth in a lovely curl and gave Mia some dramatic Sleek smokey eyes for her set which she tweeted a pic of later on that day as she loved it so much.


Lead singer of the Hives Pelle popped in for a massage wearing a dapper game keeper style outfit all in white.

 The Hives
Foster and the people were going begging for more beers after their set as they were desperate to chill out… and the lead singer Mark popped in for a last minute cheeky massage to take that relaxation to the next level..

Arctic Monkey flares

We went to see Arctic Monkeys and the crowd were absolutely crazy with flares being lit and an insane mosh pit that we were nowhere near but still managed to wipe out the entire team when it got out of hand and spilled out to everyone else. So many people were carried out on stretchers! The Arctics are made to perform on this stage the sound was incredible.

Vanity Van face paint

All in all it was a great festival, a lot of fun was had by all and there was a great atmosphere backstage – the artists loved our treatments – Leeds was a truly memorable festival for the last stop of our festival tour of 2014. Until next year…..

Festivals For Frugal Fun? Yeah, You Can Do It…

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Festivals are probably one of the most carefree, free living things that you can do with yourself (if you’re that way inclined) over the summer months. They’re either a once in a lifetime thing you do, or something you look forward to each year.


It’s pretty fair to say though that these days they don’t come cheap and it’s up to you to be savvy, smart and cost aware if you’re planning on such a trip. There’s some tips and tricks you can take into account so that it becomes an easy venture rather than something that costs the earth.


Think about your equipment. You know the old adage, buy cheap, buy twice? It stands to reason here – think about the things you’ll need, a good tent, decent backpack, proper equipment. Save a bit in advance and get them from reputable shops. The initial outlay might be more, but in the long run you’ll save money, because you’ve only bought once!


As far as possible, take your own food and drink – and don’t pay hyped up festival prices. Not always easy, but it also means if you feel you can’t face what’s on offer, you’ve got you’re own provisions to fall back on.


Get your tickets as soon as you can – the earlier the better. Some sites will offer discounts the sooner you buy. Or, you can earn your ticket – by taking on some volunteer work for one of the charities that often have stands or people working on the festival ground. Put some hours in, you can very often still get to see all the bands and activities that you want to, but for free.

For lots more helpful info and further reading, you can see this guide here.