Whether you’re looking for a style overhaul, a colour change or just a bit of pampering, it can be hard to find the right hairdresser, so we’re here to help with our list of where to go, whatever you need…
Best For Blondes: Josh Wood
Josh Wood is one of the UK’s leading colourists, tending to the tresses of celebrities including Elle Macpherson and Laura Bailey. It’s his technique that makes him a colouring legend – ‘halo-ing’ involves creating a ring of highlights around the hair line, like a halo, to replicate a sun-kissed look. When his team aren’t working on set for Vogue or Elle, they’re tending to the hair of those in the know.
The Josh Wood Atelier is set in a Notting Hill Mews House between Notting Hill Gate and Holland Park. Colour starts from £75.
Best For Drastic Cuts: George Northwood
With prosecco and popcorn available, this is a treat of a salon. George Northwood – who counts Alexa Chung, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley and Alicia Vikander as regular clients – is a master when it comes to cuts and is known for his effortlessly tousled yet red-carpet-worthy style. While a cut with George himself will set you back around £300, his entire team have been trained in the Northwood ways and you can book in with them for less.
The salon is a five-minute walk from Oxford Street Tube and is open from 7am, three days per week. Prices start from £75
Best For Colour: FOUR London
Anyone who’s struggled to find their perfect colourist should head here. FOUR London is the brainchild of four friends who met when they worked at Jo Hansford and, with over 40 years of experience between them, it’s safe to say the FOUR team are true specialists. Whether you’re thinking of going into colour for the first time or merely looking for a change, FOUR has you covered.
Located on Conduit Street, the salon is a five-minute walk from Oxford Street Tube and prices start at £100 for a full-length tint.
Best For Balayage: Taylor Taylor London
Heralded as one of London’s original boutique hair salons, Taylor Taylor London boasts a slew of high-profile clients and is regularly voted one of the top hairdressers in the capital. Their latest outpost in the Liberty store on Regent Street has created quite the buzz, and the hype around the team’s colouring techniques remains unchanged. On the menu are babylights, microlights, balayage, ecaille and ombre, and all prices include a complimentary consultation, toner and blow dry.
The flagship salon is located on Commercial Street but there are also salons on Portobello Road as well as in Notting Hill and Liberty.
Best For Blow-Dries: Hershesons
SL have been fans of Hersheson Blow Dry Bars since they first opened in Topshop, Oxford Circus, in 2006. Branches have now popped up in Westfield, One New Change, Selfridges and Harvey Nichols. A 30-minute blow-dry (you can choose one of 12 set styles) will set you back just £28.
Booking is recommended. For more information on specific locations, visit Hershesons.com.
Best For Treatments: Hari’s
Offering bespoke services and pioneering techniques, Hari’s is one of London’s best kept hair secrets. Their impressive range of treatments will cure even the most troubled of tresses – choose from Moroccan Oil, Kerastase, Philip Kingsley or even Hari’s own iteration, or book in for a legendary Olaplex service, which will restore strength and structure to dry, damaged hair in just 20 minutes. While you’re there, finish the treatment with one of Hari’s iconic blow-dries or book into the bun, feather or braid bars.
With outposts on Brompton Road, King’s Road, Parsons Green and Notting Hill, there’s no excuse not to get your Hari’s fix. Treatments start from £25.
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Best For Organic Luxury: Gielly Green
Boasting their own product range that champions all-natural, luxury ingredients such as argan oil and Dead Sea minerals, Gielly Green take a holistic approach to your hair and wellbeing. For those who find their salon visits more stressful than serene, it’s worth booking in to this central London sanctum where nothing is ever too much trouble. Expect to leave with glossy, bouncy tresses and a blissed-out vibe, thanks to a head massage on the salon’s plush, reclining shampoo station beds.
Prices for a cut and blow-dry start from £70 and a full head of highlights from £173. The salon is located a stone’s throw from Marylebone High Street and close to Bond Street, Marble Arch and Baker Street Tube stations.
Best For Hair Loss: Philip Kingsley
The Philip Kingsley clinic is a specialised offering, providing consultations with qualified trichologists (experts in the hair and scalp) to get to the root of your hair woes, panning everything from damaged tresses to dandruff and hair loss. During a private, hour-long consultation, you’ll talk through your diet, medical history and lifestyle before being given a bespoke hair prescription, which can include vitamin supplements, scalp masks and shampoos. Don’t expect luxe seats and massage chairs – Philip Kingsley is a clinic aimed at treating those with more serious hair issues and for this, is worth every penny.
The clinic is near Marble Arch Tube station. For more information and to book a consultation, call 0207 629 4004.
Best For Afros: Errol Douglas
Whether you’re battling frizz or breakage or looking for a new style, Errol Douglas’ award-winning salon has a dedicated team of afro specialists. Having worked with afro hair for more than 30 years, and with an MBE under his belt, you’re in good hands at this Belgravia salon. Expect specialised treatments, expert advice and a relaxed, yet professional vibe.
The salon is a five-minute walk from Knightsbridge Tube station and prices for afro services start at £80.
Best For Hair Extensions: Vixen & Blush
Used by many an A-lister, extensions are a hairstylist’s secret weapon for red carpet events, and improvements in both quality and technique mean extensions look, and feel, more natural than ever. Known for its tailor-made extensions (perfect for those with ombre or multi-tonal locks), the expert team at Vixen & Blush will put you at ease and leave you with natural-looking, superior-quality extensions that are entirely undetectable.
Salons are located a stone’s throw from Oxford Circus and in Shoreditch; prices for a quarter head of extensions start at £335.