London's best hairdressers

Looking for a great haircut in London? Treat your tresses at these classy salons and classic barbers

Straggly ends, visible roots and troublesome fringes? Worry no more, for these brilliant London hair salons can solve even the most serious barnet-based challenge. All tastes and budgets are catered for, even if you're looking to sit next to a glossy celebrity, or want a dip dye to match your jumper. To save you from any future bad hair days we sent a group of testers out into the capital to track down the best hairdressers in central, north, south, east and west London.

Saco

Best for
A personalised primping experience

Nearest tube
Goodge Street

‘Beauty first’ is the philosophy at Saco. Which means whatever ideas (or ego) your stylist has, they’ll put them aside if they won't make you look and feel beautiful. It’s a refreshing approach, one that means you won’t end up with an asymmetrical bob and a blunt-cut fringe – unless, of course, that’s a look you can totally rock. The narrow salon is sleek and simple, and there’s not even a whiff of pretension among the talented cutters and colourists. In fact, even a session with Richard Ashforth, one of the founders, is an entirely laidback affair which includes a reassuring consultation and plenty of chat about face shape, hair length and ‘beauty enhancing’ styles.

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Fitzrovia

Atherton Cox

Best for
Blokes' cuts

Nearest tube
Bond Street

Think of Atherton Cox as the Jil Sander of hairdressers: beautiful cuts delivered without fuss. It was founded nearly a decade ago by Lisa Atherton and Paul Cox, and the team is now nearly 40-strong, catering predominantly for glamorous thirtysomething Marylebone professionals and yummy mummies. Thanks to Men’s Hairdresser of the Year award-winner Desmond Murray, who charges £116 for a ‘re-design’, it’s a go-to for a brilliant gents’ cut too.

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Marylebone

Aveda Institute

Best for
Chemical-free colour

Nearest tube
Holborn

For those who care about what is going into and on to their bodies, the Aveda Institute on High Holborn is hard to beat. One of the orginal purveyors of natural hair and skin products, the brand continues to deliver quality treatments at this vast, airy hair and beauty spa. Time Out has long been a fan of the salon, not only for its fabulous non-agressive colour and great cuts, but the serene manicure and pedicure booths, tucked away at the back. What makes this salon appealing is that is refreshingly un-sceney: no air-kissing, fuss or celebrity gossip.

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Covent Garden

The Spa and Barber at Alfred Dunhill

Best for
Men's luxury

Nearest tube
Bond Street

You may feel a little self-conscious approaching the rather grand Bourdon House, home to luxury brand Alfred Dunhill’s flagship store, but a calm, unpretentious welcome makes you feel as though you’re a member of an exclusive men’s club (which, incidentally, is just what occupies the other half of the building). Step through clouds of cigar smoke on the Cellar Bar patio, up the plush carpeted staircase, and into the barbershop where everything is exquisitely done yet reasonably priced.

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Mayfair

Brooks and Brooks

Best for
Good value cuts

Nearest tube
Holborn

Brooks and Brooks is a multi-award-winning salon in Bloomsbury (three times London Hairdresser of the Year, for starters). It’s good value in general (with cuts from £45), but on Mondays and Tuesdays you can get a restyle completely free. Cuts are by trainees, but fully supervised by the best in the business.

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Midtown

Hershesons Blow Dry Bars

Best for
Speedy blow dries

Nearest tube
Oxford Circus

The Time Out team have been fans of Hershesons Blow Dry Bars since the first one opened in Topshop, Oxford Circus in 2006. Branches now exist in Westfield, One New Change and Selfridges. A 30-minute blow dry – you pick from one of 12 set styles, from a neat wave to an ambitious Bardot up-do – will set you back just £25. Booking is recommended, but no appointment is required: you can just turn up, which is always handy.

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West End

Stuart Philips

Best for
Cuts & blow dries

Nearest tube
Covent Garden

Having tended the tresses of the rich and famous from Ivana Trump to Jamie Oliver, Stuart Philips retains a remarkably down-to-earth attitude and his plush Covent Garden salon reflects his friendly, professional demenor. We are always impressed by the treatment we receive here – on a recent trip the blow dry we had managed to give volume to our fine, limp hair with out making it frizzy. The interior is ultra-comfy and induces instant calm; recline in cool leather chairs and have a chat with the friendly, informative staff. From £30 for a wash and blow dry.

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Covent Garden

Charles Worthington

Best for
Colour and cuts

Nearest tube
Tottenham Cout Road

For no-nonsense blow-dries, great colour and cuts in bright, comfortable surroundings, Charles Worthington is your man. We have long frequented the Percy Street outlet for lunchtime blow-dries (from £36) and can’t fault the customer service – a bowl of nuts and glass of bubbly is always offered within seconds of sitting down (you can have unlimited top-ups for a £2 charge. By our reckoning, if you drink enough, you can break even). The salon is minimal but super-comfortable, and for a place with such a big name behind it, it is remarkably friendly.

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West End

Daniel Hersheson

Best for
Speedy blow dries

Nearest tube
Oxford Circus

Despite its location in the heart of upmarket Mayfair, this modern two-storey salon isn’t at all snooty, with a staff of very talented cutters and colourists. Prices start at £60 (£45 for men), though you’ll pay £300 for a cut with Daniel (£150 for men). There’s also a menu of therapies; the swish Harvey Nichols branch has a dedicated spa. Hersheson’s Blow Dry Bars are located at Topshop, Westfield London and One New Change.

Mayfair

Geo F Trumper

Best for
Cut-throat shave

Nearest tube
Green Park

This traditional Mayfair barber has been pampering men since 1875 offering both a range of fragrances and grooming products (aftershave balms, razors, shaving brushes) as well as an indulgent range of treatments from wet shaves to manicures and facials. Branches: 1 Duke of York Street, SW1Y 6JP.

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Mayfair
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The Blow Bar

Best for
Stylish blow dries

Nearest tube
Angel

This drop-in hair bar has just opened on a cosy Islington back street. The young, stylish team offer a range of blow-dry styles from £24 in the teeny, clean-as-a-whistle salon. That gets you a swish blow dry, your own iPod on a speaker and a glass or two of fizz to prep you for a night out.

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Islington

Oskar Pink

Best for
Personlised service

Nearest tube
Mornington Crescent

Walk into Oskar Pink and you’ll be met with a pleasing, somewhat Parisian-style interior – there’s a gorgeous art nouveau-style mural on the wall and bespoke wallpaper with a quirky repeat-print scissor pattern. It’s a wonderfully welcoming space, and the latest salon in a stable of three (the other two are in Chalk Farm and Kentish Town), each with a different interior vibe, though all headed up by the charismatic Stavros Konstantinou. Having spent ten years as a creative director at Toni & Guy, and a further year managing a salon for Nicky Clarke, he decided to turn away from the corporate world of hairdressing, shake off his formal training and adopt a more freestyle approach to cutting and colour. He opened his first branch in 2007, hoping to attract cool north Londoners by encouraging his stylists to put the customer first rather than just cutting to a formula – and the approach pays off.

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Camden

Blue Tit

Best for
Trendy cuts

Nearest tube
Dalston Kingsland Overground

Forget slick looking minimal hair salons, this lovely indie hairdressers has a proudly maximalist interior with framed antique photographs, bare brick walls, a wooden bar over which hang delicate lightbulbs and lots of reclaimed vintage décor. The Dalston massive, try-hard city boys and east London locals tend to come here for trendy looks and dip dyes – but a classic fringe, or even a few Chelsea layers are also perfectly executed by skilled staff who specialise in listening to their customers.

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Dalston

Chaps & Dames

Best for
Value

Nearest tube
Finsbury Park

Tucked away behind Finsbury Park station, Chaps & Dames is worth seeking out, if not for the great value, then for the homely atmosphere. The mirrors are mismatched, stylish old suitcases are used as tables and there’s a piano in the window – the same one that owner Paul Federici has been playing since he was seven. You can find the singing barber tinkering at the old ivories at least twice a week. Open since 2005, Federici’s modest hairdressers has discarded its old vintage emporium in the back to make way for Linh Cassling’s nail salon, but various voguish items can still be found scattered around the place.

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Finsbury Park

Gary Ingham Lifestyle Salon & Spa

Best for
High tech touches

Nearest tube
Hampstead

Having out-grown its original Hampstead space, the popular Gary Ingham salon relocated to a bigger, flashier site on Heath Street in spring 2012. The move saw the Aveda salon expand its offering with a new upstairs spa and a broad range of treatments, from threading, waxing and facials, to Chakra balancing and Lava Shell massages. Therapists are friendly and skilled – ours offered personalised tweaks to a very accomplished and effective deep tissue massage – while the hair salon staff are equally service-minded, ferrying wines, coffees and Aveda's own blend herbal tea to relaxed punters. High-tech additions (such as bliss-inducing electronic massage chairs at the wash basins) show Gary Ingham to be ahead of its competitors, while talented hair stylists and colour technicians make use of Aveda's superior products to deliver uniformly excellent results.

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Hampstead

Razors and Blades

Best for
Friendly atmosphere

Nearest tube
Oval

This new Oval barbershop caters for young South London men who want a good cut with a bit of banter all served up in a friendly atmosphere. Owner Tokunbo promises 'class, comfort and culture' and a 'sharp trim'. There will be DJs on selected evenings, a reading section and free Wi-Fi.

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Kennington

Hobbs Barbers

Best for
Old school charm

Nearest tube
London Bridge

Nestled in between the stalls of Borough Market and under the London Bridge railway tracks, Hobbs has all the charm of an old-school barbershop, with a few hip twists. A mishmash of ’70s tat cover the walls – Bowie posters, antlers, violins, and saucy seaside postcards in golden frames – and Union Jack flags dangle from the ceiling, semi-ironically. It’s no-nonsense here, just cheap-and-cheerful cuts and beard trims, with no appointment necessarily.

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Southwark

Hype Coiffure

Best for
African Caribbean 'dos

Nearest tube
London Bridge

Hype Coiffure is one of London's black-hair specialists. It first opened doors in Balham in 1995 and now has a further two branches in Brixton and Battersea. Billing itself as the 'African Caribbean equivalent to Toni & Guy', clients are offered are offered a comprehensive range of services including relaxers, perms, waves, weaves, extensions, braids, cornrows as well as beauty treatments such as Dermalogica facials, waxing, massage, manicures and pedicures. Its stylists have also collected a veritable trophy cupboard of awards (Battersea's Kim Johnson and Michelle Sultan won Afro Hairdresser of the year, 2010 British Hairdressing Awards). In short, your barnet is in safe hands here.

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Balham

Witches Hut

Best for
Colour & cut

Nearest tube
Clapham Common

This much-loved salon has been tending local tresses for over 20 years. As well as offering excellent colour and cuts, you can be sure to catch up on all the local gossip upstairs on the roof terrace while smoking a cigarette. That's our kind of salon. Blow dries from £25.

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Clapham

Tidy Hair

Best for
Affordable service

Nearest tube
Brixton

Tidy Hair is a soft-around-the-edges, cosy little salon decked out in retro wallpaper, furniture and fringed lampshades. Owner and local resident Sean O’Sullivan has 22 years of cutting experience to his name and opened Tidy Hair in early 2010 after spotting a gap in the SW9 market for a unisex Caucasian hairdressers. It’s been a booming success, with local media types and students taking advantage of the friendly and affordable service. Women’s cuts cost £35, men’s £22 and kids’ £15. ‘It’s relaxed and informal in here. It feels like a living room because most of the fixtures and fittings came out of my own,’ says O’Sullivan. He and his team do everything from creative cutting and colouring to wedding, punk and vintage styling. The most unusual request to date was from a girl who wanted leopard print on the side of her head – she left a satisfied customer.

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Brixton

Kennaland

Best for
Customised blonde

Nearest tube
Haggerston Overground

What was once a speakeasy saloon salon above a pub is now a hard-to-find grooming spot in a London Fields bunker. International hair stylist Kenna is often abroad tending the tresses of the beautiful people, but look to resident colourist Sophia for some of the most natural and lovely looking highlighting in London.

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London Fields

Bleach

Best for
Quirky colour

Nearest tube
Haggerston Overground

This Dalston salon was a trailblazer of the dip-dye trend, as seen on the famous barnets of Lady Gaga and Alexa Chung. Founded by colourist-of-the-moment Alex Brownsell, and her agent and friend Sam Teasdale, Bleach has a client list that reads more like a who's who of London party people, including Pixie Geldof, Daisy Lowe and Alice Dellal, and happily co-habits its Dalston space with Wah Nails – so you can get art on your finger tips as well as your hair.

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Dalston

Foster London

Best for
Styling cred

Nearest tube
Shoreditch High Street Overground

We love the Foster London interior; all pastel walls with framed needleworks, '60s dolly prints and cat ceramics. This may sound rather twee, but combine the uber trendy styling credentials of brother and sister team Drew and Nadia Foster and a prime Shoreditch location and you've got one of London's hottest salons.

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Brick Lane

Barber & Parlour

Perhaps the most exciting part of this multi-faceted beauty gem is the Josh Wood salon, with cuts and colour from this most esteemed of hairdressers. Wood has trained a new Shoreditch team, and somehow agreed to a menu of services at least half the price of anything in his two west London branches. A basic trim is £35, a fringe trim £10; while a colour touch-up is £40. That means follicular kingpin Wood is now one of the most reasonably priced snippers in the area, in probably the nicest setting.

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Brick Lane

Huckle the Barber

Best for
Service of value
Nearest tube
Old Street

You don't always get what you pay for with a haircut. Oftentimes a pseudo-sexual head massage and the dubious whiff of heritage are enough to double the price of a snip. So, at Huckle, a no-nonsense barbershop that still charges £35 an appointment, you'd expect the service to be damn good. Luckily, it is. Chris Ward, my barber, and the shop's owner, pays attention to the twist of my crown, styles a trendy sweep across my forehead (we are in the middle of Shoreditch after all) and even shaves off my neck fluff during a 45-minute appointment.

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Old Street

Murdock Shoreditch

Best for
Men's grooming

Nearest tube
Shoreditch High Street Overground

Murdock's artfully over-scrubbed interiors, full of flock wallpaper, vintage shop fittings and retro-packaged products, belies the small London chain's real age. Its first barbershop, in Shoreditch, opened in 2006, and still perfectly delivers the sort of centuries-old faux-heritage that is often copied but never bettered. With a full grooming package, from wet shaves, manicures and in-chair treatments to simple cuts and clever restyles, the décor may be old but consistent, high quality service is relaxed and contemporary.

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Jones & Payne

Best for
Attention to detail

Nearest tube
Old Street

‘Having previously always worked for other people, we’ve really paid attention to all the things that used to niggle at us!’ says Stewart Payne, co-founder and manager of this ‘East-Meets-West London’ salon. Business partner, Ricky Lee Jones, co-founder and Master Stylist who trained at the likes of Trevor Sorbie and the nearby Taylor & Taylor, and the addition of a few ‘little wow factors’ borrowed from more exclusive establishments is what really sets this homely-feeling salon apart from its mid-range competitors.

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Old Street

The Painted Lady

Best for
Retro styles

Nearest tube
Shoreditch High Street Overground

Located on a street that boasts APC and a Conran Hotel as neighbours, the Painted Lady could be forgiven for going a bit upmarket. However, this gently lit, cute little salon is much more interested than what was going on in 1950s hairdressing than the contemporary Shoreditch scene. As well as contemporary cuts and colour, the stylists at TPL specialise in screen-siren up-dos (£40) like Marilyn waves or Hepburn rolls. They even dispense lessons for groups in retro styling, so you can recreate the magic of the salon in your own bedroom.

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Brick Lane

Percy and Reed East

Best for
Cut & blow dry
Nearest tube
Liverpool Street

In any other salon, it might be disconcerting to be entertained with stories of how the hairdresser currently cutting your hair has previously left clients bald, scorched or with a mop ‘tightly permed into pubes’. But 25 years have passed since celebrity stylist Adam Reed first cut his teeth as an apprentice. In that time, Reed and business partner Paul Percival have built a boutique hair styling empire, with a Marylebone salon and a prettily-packaged eponymous product line both attracting a ritzy clientele.

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Brick Lane

Radio

Best for
Top notch cuts

Nearest tube
Shoreditch High Street Overground

Occupying renovated premises on the corner of Swanfield Street, Radio is a stylish, light and spacious environment where you can relinquish tonsorial control to a team of premier-league stylists and colourists. Cool often comes with attitude (and this is Shoreditch, after all), but Bumble & Bumble's flagship London store is hip, highly professional and friendly, offering everything from dip dyes to Brazilian blow drys. Saturdays are super-busy, but the blond wood floors, pale paintwork and high ceilings make relaxing a doddle.

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Brick Lane
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Carter and Bond

Best for
Men's grooming services

Nearest tube
Notting Hill Gate

This smart Notting Hill barber shop, now operating from Woodhouse Clothing, sells an extensive range of men’s grooming products featuring the best brands around such as baxter of London, Geo F Trumper and Zihr. They offer all the regular grooming services from beard trims to wetshaves and hair cuts, from £22.

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Notting Hill

Daniel Galvin Jr

Best for
Celeb sightings

Nearest tube
Knightsbridge

You'll invariably bump into a celebrity at this calm, classy and very Belgravia salon headed up Daniel Galvin Jr, son of celeb colourist Daniel Galvin. Daniel Jr (actually in his forties, so not so junior) has plenty of famous clients of his own, and has spent years earning fans such as Kelly Brook, Amanda Holden and Holly Valance – Tamara Beckwith was having her platinum blonde tresses tended to when we popped by.

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Belgravia

Errol Douglas

Best for
Afro hair

Nearest tube
Knightsbridge

Errol Douglas is one of the capital’s most award-winning hairdressers (nominated no less than 13 times for British Hairdresser of the Year) and is visionary in his treatment of Afro hair but equally adept with other types, too.

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Belgravia

Hari's

Best for
Blow dries

Nearest tube
Sloane Square

With another salon a mere hair-flick away from the King’s Road, Hari’s may be a blow-dry magnet for the über-Sloane but there’s no doubting it’s at the top of its game. Leaving behind the familiar charms of the chic and glamorous Brompton Road salon, we took a chance on the kookier King’s Road outlet, complete with diamond-encrusted skulls above the mirrors and paint-splattered work stations.

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Chelsea

Paul Edmonds

Best for
Ultra luxe 'dos

Nearest tube
South Kensington

For a glimpse at how the other half have their hair done, head to the unapolagetically luxurious Paul Edmonds salon. Located in a Georgian-style townhouse near Harrods, it’s decorated with opulent black lacquer and design classics. Edmonds has worked his magic on the locks of many a national treasure, from Emma Thompson to Penelope Cruz, and is universally considered one of the best in the business. It’s a jaw-dropping £500 for a cut and finish with the man himself (for new clients), but considering he trained Errol Douglas and Richard Ward, you can expect something truly special. Graduate stylists are more of a snip at £45. Edmonds trained for three years at the College of Psychic Studies as a healer (stay with us!), and the holistic approach used by all members of the 40-strong team ensures a calm atmosphere and individually tailored service.

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South Kensington

Richard Ward

Best for
Secret service

Nearest tube
Sloane Square

From the outside it may look like a swish King’s Road cappuccino joint, with ladies picking at posh salads on the terrace (ordered in from local delis by salon staff), but from the moment Richard Ward’s flawless maitre d’ Gavin greets you, you’re assured a regal hair experience (a regular is the new Duchess of Cambridge). They do things differently at Richard Ward: placing the hairdressing on the first floor means the clients won’t get papped, and you can wait for your appointment in the bar with a glass of wine.

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Outer London

Salako London

Best for
Arty cuts

Nearest tube
Queensway/Bayswater

What do you want from a salon? A simple cut and blow dry, no fuss, no frills – and potentially very little care? Or a more holistic experience which takes care of your creative wellbeing as well as your curls? Well, fans of the latter approach should see out Salako. The bright, sleek space near Lancaster Gate is not only an excellent place to get your hair cut (manned by talented cutters, big-name colourists and friendly assistant staff), it’s also a destination for talks, workshops and pop-up events. It follows the ethos of owner Jimo Salako – a former session stylist who moonlighted as a photographer and magazine editor – and suggests that if you’re into art and culture, you’ll want your hair cut in an individual, creative way. He still works on big campaigns for high street labels, and faithful clients (such as Erin O’Connor) have stuck with him from his early catwalk and editorial days. A scissor-session with the man himself will set you back £165, but a standard cut with a stylists starts at a reasonable £65 for women, and £40 for men, and colour is also from £65 for a full-head of highlights.

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Baker Street

Toni & Guy, Sloane Square

Best for
Classic cuts

Nearest tube
Sloane Square

For the original Toni & Guy experience, visit the Sloane Square salon. It’s been here for 30 years and harks back to the family roots of this global superbrand, and boasts a fiercely loyal clientele. The light and airy salon is the working residence of CEO Toni Mascolo OBE (who is available for bookings – surprsingly still only £69 for a cut and finish), as well as some of the company’s leading international artistic directors.

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Belgravia

The Parlour

Best for
Vintage glamour

Nearest tube
Turnham Green

Standing out a mile from its standard-issue-salon neighbours, retro grooming spot The Parlour offers a bundle of cosmetic services in a gloriously girly setting. Jacqueline and her team of retro stylists offer updos, boho braids and blowdries that will give you polish without looking too done. Owner Jacqueline Fletcher is from Boston, and there is an Americanness about the hospitality and attention to detail here – from the delicate cakes handmade each morning by Jacqueline herself, to the flawless 50s hairstyles sported by the stylists every day. Visitors can sip on cocktails as they choose between a menu of hairdos, and for just £12 you can also ‘upgrade your ‘do’ with a head massage, cake and unlimited drinks.

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Chiswick

Cobella

Best for
Fine hair maintenance

Nearest tube
High Street Kensington

This well-established High Street Kensington salon provides a range of hair services. Don’t be frightened off by the area’s moneyed demographic: Cobella has a low-key, laid-back atmosphere and down-to-earth customer service.Those with fine, wispy, hard-to-style hair should book in for an appointment with Adam Smith, head of the Cobella Art team, who is a whizz with the scissors and will help achieve a style and colour you’re comfortable with. Its buzzy sister salon in Selfridges attracts a slightly more ‘pop’ client; Madonna, Sienna and Savannah Miller and Zoe Kravitz have all been spotted there.

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Hyde Park

Comments

177 comments
Karen S
Karen S

Does anyone know of any barbers in London who cut womens hair ?

Monica N
Monica N

59 minutes ago

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Monica N
Monica N

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Monica N
Monica N

I recommend this place:

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the same service but not so expensive because in private home so you do not need to wait long and can enjoy worm relaxing atmosphere and sometimes nice glass of wine, coffee or nice homemade cake ;-)

Monica N
Monica N

I recommend this place http://kateshairdressing.tumblr.com/ the same service but not so expensive because in private home so you do not need to wait long and can enjoy worm relaxing atmosphere and sometimes nice glass of wine, coffee or nice homemade cake ;-)

Gabriele G
Gabriele G

I recently booked at  Mr Rizzo Grooming. I don't like paying a lot for my haircut but do notice the different between a stylist cutting my hair compared the £10 cut alternative.  I found the deal via http://www.bookyourlifestyle.com/london/haircuts-hairdressing  - the prize was not quite £10 pounds but it was definately worth the 20 odd pounds i paid.

louise B
louise B

Hi does anyone know where I can get a great hair cut for to make long hair look healthier near ealing?

Joanne B
Joanne B

I recently went to Daniel Hershesons as I wanted Balayage and was willing to pay to get quality. I was massively disappointed.First of all the colourist was 20 minutes late (I overlooked this, it happens to everyone).When I met the stylist she said all she could see was hair when she looked at me and I should try something new (my hair was very long and in great condition) I didn't mind trying something new so said happy to have a few inches off. She ignored what I wanted and imposed her own style on me. I left with a really short choppy bob and mediocre Colour which was expensive.

Malvika T
Malvika T

Hello - does anybody happen to know a good place to get a Perm done. Preferably a digits one but I am really looking for references of places that have done it well! Thankss

Nicola F
Nicola F

Hi

Could anyone recommend a good hair salon for my 9 year old daughter she has curly long hair and needs a cut desperately we are staying in Kensington soon and would like a local salon.

Thanks in advance 😊

Honey T
Honey T

Which is good for curly hair? Because it's realky rare to find a stylist who knows how to deal with curls.. Preferably inthe west , please!

Elaine D
Elaine D

Try Easton Regal in Clerkenwell road, not just brilliant colour delivered by the lovely Tori who made me feel totally comfortable and offered me very knowledgeable  colour advice, but the whole experience was amazing from the terrific massage chairs to the beautiful surroundings and really friendly salon staff, left feeling truly pampered!

Ivan M
Ivan M

There s a friend of mine who is looking for an hairdresser in London this weekend who satisfies her dream of having a short cut very modern and comfortable. To better understand a cut like Victoria Beckham! Please tell me help me the most famous!!!

Laura S
Laura S

All of them in the west - diversity in the addresses please! 

Leanne S
Leanne S

@Laura S There's Tabs at the top so you can choose and area. North, South, East etc...

anna f
anna f

I am disappointed in the fact that time and time again their seems to be a lack of Afro Caribbean salons listed in the top ten hairdressing salons, we all know how creative afro styles are. whyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy  time out whyyyyyyyyyyyy

Prettyboy27
Prettyboy27

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jolia r
jolia r

I liked these Salons and i will visit these salons soon! But have you ever heart about Shubhangi hair and beauty salon? 

Roxy H
Roxy H

Windle and Moodie are by far the BEST! Paul always cuts my hair just the way I like it! I highly reccomend them

Sophie
Sophie

Glasshouse Salon in the heart of delightful Hackney is a fantastic new Salon opened by New Zealand stylist Olivia Crighton. I used to get anxious when I'd go to get my hair done but at Glasshouse I feel totally relaxed and peaceful. Great selection of speciality teas and drinks (all organic) match the whole ethos of the salon. Healthy and organic. The hair styling is fantastic, they really understand peoples needs and have the best colouring system I have ever used. You will definitely leave feeling like you've been on holiday to a restful spa resort but really you've had a colour and cut at Glasshouse.

Nicola Beeton
Nicola Beeton

I just wanted to mention a fantastic hair salon just opened called SCISSOR CITY in Leman Street, London. Great professional service. Zena Ex- Toni and Guy gives great hair cuts, blow dry, colour and all hairdressing needs. Tony (her father) is a first class city barber. I highly recommend a visit.

Marcia
Marcia

I just cheated on my hairstylist, but it was worth it! I've been going to my hairstylist for many years, I needed something modern, chic, and eye-catching. I got all of that and more at Rock 'n' Dolls in Richmond. The price was reasonable, he was charming, gave me great advice, and he managed to fit me in at 9pm. I strongly recommend this place. Regards, Marcia

Lisa S
Lisa S

Checked out a really cute place called The Parlour London the other day (heard a lot of hype about this place!) and I just felt compelled to write something when I saw it wasn't on this list! (??) It's so cute and quirky, and from the minute you walk it it's like you're home... they even gave me a bunch of free cocktails and a really cute cake on a stick (popcake?) It was really amazing. My hair looked fantastic for days afterwards which was definitely a bonus and I can't get it out of my head! I had so much fun and I am dying to go back... I can't stop talking about it and telling all my friends! You guys have to go!!!

Bells
Bells

I really love this handy section on your site as the venues above look really good. pity not a lot of pics available to see more of their business. Had to check another site for more detail. www.daviesandbells.com

Susan C
Susan C

I want to warn people about The Chapel on St. Johns Street. They charge by time and not what you have done. They say this is better value but don't be fooled. This is a complete rip off! I used to have my hair dyed and they charged me £100 but wouldn't dry it for free which is appalling considering you can't leave a salon with wet hair. When I had it dried they charged me £60 telling me the hairdresser's hourly rate was £80. To say it took 20 mins to dry my messy bob you can see why I left and want to warn people of this disgusting unfair rip off!

Susan C
Susan C

I want to warn people about The Chapel on St Johns Street. They charge by time and not what you have done. They say this is better value but don't be fooled - it's not, it's just a complete rip off. I used to go there and have my hair coloured for £100 and they wouldn't dry it for free which is quite appalling considering you can't really leave the salon with wet hair! When I had it dried they charged me £60 and told me the hairdresser's hourly rate was £80. To say it took about 20 to 30 mins to dry my messy bob you can see why I left and want to warn people about this disgusting unfair rip off!!

Nick Boyle
Nick Boyle

I normally don't write on these jind of post however after reading this article I though that the salon I last went to deserved a mention. I recently went to Sergio Giannasso's hair salon in between Leicester Square and Covent Garden and found the experience to be amazing. I normally go to budget priced barbers where you just get a pretty standard cut. There usually isn't much thought as to style or design. Sergio's salon was different, tucked away on St Martin’s Lane I felt like they really cared about me. I was a bit apprehensive as the prices were a little more than I would normally pay but since a friend who works nearby suggested I go there and I really needed a haircut I went. They washed my hair, treated me to coffee and cake and gave me a haircut actually with style and shape that I haven't seen for a long time. I was really happy hence writing this comment.

Sarah
Sarah

What about The Parlour London in Chiswick? They are my local- really quirky blowdry and braid bar that serves free cocktails and cake! My friends and I go here all the time. This list must be out-dated??

Zoe
Zoe

Four Mirrors in Earlsfield is smart and professional but far more personal than most. I had a half head of highlight a cut and blow-dry and was really impressed with the results. Georgia took time to understand what I wanted but also offered a couple of suggestions which I'm really pleased with. To top it off the price was really very reasonable for the quality of the cut and colour; 2 months later it is still looking great and I'll be going back!

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Jahangir

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Shyda
Shyda

I have been a client of brooks and brooks for few years now and bec colours my hair. if you want a beautiful colour that will suit your skin tone then she's your girl. she has created beautiful tones on my hair over the years.

Sally Motteram
Sally Motteram

Neville's used to be good but not so any more I am afarid - the colourists are too busy larking about to really give good service and colour - such a shame as at £300 a pop I want something that is proper decent. I have moved onto ColourNation - Geoff (above) is quite right! Good quality and good price alright.

Bela Hollow
Bela Hollow

I went to Sejour with awful consequences. I left with an average hair-cut, a massive head-ache from hearing their staff b-tch about each other constantly and half my face basically burnt from a blow-dry from hell from a rough guy that did not speak enough English to know what "stop" means! Just do not go there.

Holly
Holly

I went to brooks and brooks and saw Valerie for my haircut. She was fantastic, finally found someone who understands that my hair needs to fit in my lifestyle not the other way round! And got my perfect haircut, and I will be going back for a Brazilian blow-dry. Saw 2 people leave after having it done and their hair looked amazing! Can't wait for Valerie to do it.

AJ
AJ

Although Foster London is not on the list here. They are amazing! I am always quite apprehensive when it comes to finding the right stylist. Especially when I am new in a city. But this place is warm, friendly and they listen to what you want. I went with a picture of the style that I wanted and Alex who cut my hair willingly listened to me. My aim was to get something new and different. I got exactly what I had asked for and I got tons of good compliments too for new haircut. I will definitely recommend Foster at Shoreditch. Moreover, their price isn't too high for London.

Sue
Sue

I went there for a £70 "discounted" highlights and cut and although it is in Chelsea, this timeout article is obsolete! A great hairdresser would not need to do business with discount websites such as Groupon- it's clearly not that good. Yes the team tries hard to be vibrant, customer-focused, full of beans but the girl who washes my hair was too vigorous and when I asked ( nicely becase I AM a nice person) if she could just not press that hard, I caught her exchanging surly looks with the other girl washing another customer's hair. In my opinion, some of the staff looked really unhappy working there, not a good feeling when you're sitting and your hair is in their hands. The colorist was a friendly chap but he could hardly speak English, bless him. Which created a big misunderstanding & ruined my highlights!! He simply FORGOT to come back upstairs to check on the highlights ( something that most colourists would do, half way thru the colouring) and I had to ask a member of staff to call him!! Unbelievable... By then the highlight had turned a shade of GINGER - something I had strongly emphasised I did not want. Unimpressed - they must have used Juniors all the way with my hair, even the cut was done by another friendly chap who was clearly a junior and who did the worse blow dry/finishing job ever. Steer clear, plenty more hairdressers in Chelsea to choose from!!

Madeleine
Madeleine

Hi Claire this time out article was written ages ago (just look at the number of comments - they go back to April 2010) so the time out article is not really up to date, since then new hairdressers have opened/closed/people have moved etc etc. I think that the comments are honest and just trying to help people find a hairdresser that they would recommend to their friends.

Claire
Claire

I don't understand why there are few salons( NOT on the list above), their customers keep giving comments for them here, are those comments real??

janed
janed

it's just a shame that time out went everywhere else in london except the south...

Jude
Jude

I'm thinking going to Eshk sometime in August for my colour and hair cut, does anyone here knows who should I ask for? Or could timeout recommend me? Thank you

Matt
Matt

After searching numerous amount of reviews, we chosen ESHK, my girlfriend Louise had a highlight and cut, she loves it, she was laughing a lot with the hairdresser, well, not sure what about, I didn't ask her afterwards, she seems very friendly for sure. And mine, i had my hair cut with a guy, perhaps he is from somewhere in Europe, good skill I would say. Good atmosphere, good service(i had a beer and Louise had a green tea both for free) price wise reasonable, we paid what we'd see from the price list Bad point-- I had to wait for about 2 hours for her highlights done, is a bit too long for a guy waiting in the hair salon, they do have a good selection of magazines, lovely music and offered me one more beer. Will go back and we believe that we picked a very good choice