It’s time to book into one of these London hairdressers… Whether you made do without, masking grown-out roots with an array of headbands, or tried to master the at-home chop, we are all rejoicing the reopening of our beloved hairdressers.
You may have been pondering a hair overhaul: whether it’s an on-trend long bob, or some sun-kissed balayage to lift your lockdown locks. Perhaps you want to start small, with a fresh out of the salon bouncy blow-dry? Whatever your heart desires, we’ve got you covered with the CF edit of the 10 best London hairdressers to book into now.
Josh Wood Atelier
Josh Wood has been unofficially crowned ‘the king of colour’, and with good reason. If you have a specific colour in mind, the team at Josh Wood Atelier will execute it to perfection. Unsure of what you want? The Josh Wood crew have the remarkable talent of assessing your colouring and personal style on the spot, working with you to create a tailor-made shade that suits you. Warm and friendly, a visit to the Holland Park mews house always feels like coming home.
Larry King is the master of cool-girl hair, which is why he’s a regular session stylist at the Paris couture shows, and oft found on the set of the most glamorous fashion editorials. When he’s not coiffing the hair of supermodels, he’s in the salon. There’s always a buzzy energy at Larry King, either at his original South Kensington salon, or the recently opened Notting Hill outpost. Whether it’s colour or a cut on the agenda, you’ll leave with beautiful structured and workable hair you can easily maintain at home. And did we mention the bathrooms are perfectly curated for your post-appointment selfie?
Neville Hair & Beauty
Neville Hair & Beauty opened in the 90s and has been an institution of Belgravia ever since. Customers are super loyal. Why? Neville’s turn out the most expensive looking of hair. The colour experts exhibit artistry is like no other: sun-kissed balayage or their signature ‘Silhouette Slicing’ are great choices for a summer spent on the Italian Riviera look. To top things off, there’s an impressive in-salon menu, so you can nibble burrata salad with a green juice as your colour develops.
Great for a spot of people watching, Hari’s is a hit with the royals didn’t you know? With four outposts peppered throughout London, the Fulham Road studio is the flagship. The salon had a 2,000 strong waiting list for the reopening on 12 April. To cater to this, Hari’s is now open seven days a week which a special lockdown menu to counteract every hair woe. The ‘OVER IT’ Overhaul, starting at £200, is the ultimate service to transform your look: including a consultation, cut and blow-dry, hair treatment, and colour appointment. Just after a pre-night out boost? Hari’s is my go-to for the quickest bounciest blow-dry in West London, best accompanied by an expertly mixed espresso martini, of course.
Taylor Taylor London
There are many, many reasons to love Taylor Taylor London. Firstly each of their London studios are an interiors obsessive’s dream: replete with antique mirrors and flocked wallpaper. The bottomless cocktails also make you feel rather special. What’s more, the team use their in-house brand of products, Løre Originals, which smell ridiculously good and linger on the hair long after your appointment.
The new Hair Facial is THE treatment of choice to revive lockdown locks. Understanding we should be tackling our hair and scalp with the same due diligence we do our face, this four-step treatment works to detoxify, exfoliate, stimulate, and nourish. From a pleasingly tingly mud mask to a reassuringly firm scalp massage, a deep-cleaning hair and scalp scrub and a nourishing treatment catered to your specific needs. The hair-plumping filler treatment (packed with hyaluronic acid) is particularly wonderful for parched, coloured hair. Expect to leave with hydrated, shiny, va-va-voom hair.
In addition to cuts, colouring, and styling, all of which are carried out with expert finesse, Hershesons is the definitive one-stop beauty emporium for all your post-lockdown needs. With a coterie of beauty powerhouses all under one roof it’s easy to linger a little longer here. There’s DryBy on nails, The Light Salon offering LED skin treatments, plus Suman Brows, and the Ministry of Waxing to treat yourself from top-to-toe. Open 8AM-8PM on Berners Street, it’s perfect for pre- and post-work pampering.
It’s safe to say you are in VERY good hands at George Northwood’s eponymous salon. He counts style doyennes like Alexa Chung and Rosie Huntington-Whiteley as clients, and was responsible for the Duchess of Sussex’s beautifully modern wedding hair. The signature GN look feels very undone, very relaxed yet glamorous, whether you opt for a tousled bob or long loose waves. Aside for excellent cuts and colour, there is also an array of keratin and gloss treatments for hair that practically gleams as you glide out the Wells Street salon.
No nonsense Glasshouse Salon is perfect for East-London dwellers. With sustainability at the heart of their ethos, Glasshouse Salon’s sustainably sourced, plant-based products, which are gentle and nourishing to ensure your hair looks its best long after your visit. Taking an uncomplicated approach, they offer modern cuts and colour, with no price differentiation for men’s or women’s appointments. The salon’s green credentials don’t stop where your haircut ends: they also offer a Make-up Bag Overhaul service to clean up your regime. Clients can bring in their make-up bag and the expert team will replace existing products with natural, cruelty free brands.
Salon Sloane, situated on the covetable Pavilion Road, draws a well-heeled crowd of A-Listers and socialites alike. Its founders, Belle Cannan and John Vial, come from great hairdressing pedigree, with combined experience at hair heavyweights Vidal Sassoon and Nicky Clarke. The salon is a decadent vision of polished wood and gold, but don’t be fooled, prices are more affordable than you’d think. By nurturing new, next generation hairdressers the salon offers a range of prices without compromising on quality – a super-fast, swishy blow dry starts at just £35.
STIL is the salon you want to find yourself in for some much-needed R&R on a frenetic day. Perhaps it’s something to do with the Scandi minimalist interiors, which gives the salon a super modern art gallery vibe, that instantly puts you at ease. Their signature ‘Lux Lights’ is the perfect enlivener for sun-deprived hair. This low-maintenance highlighting technique subtly animates hair with warm tawny notes, bronzed honey hues, or creamy caramels, to cleverly mirror light within darker hair. Feeling brave? You may even be swayed into swishy bangs, which Founder Christel Barron-Hough has identified as the chic trend of the summer.