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.
Stylish blow dries
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.
- 25 Camden Passage, N1 8EA
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.
- 5 Camden High St, NW1 7JE
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.
- 7 Stoke Newington Rd, N16 8BH
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.
- 154 Tollington Park, N4 3AD
High tech touches
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.
- 63-67 Heath Street, NW3 6UG
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I liked these Salons and i will visit these salons soon! But have you ever heart about Shubhangi hair and beauty salon?
Windle and Moodie are by far the BEST! Paul always cuts my hair just the way I like it! I highly reccomend them
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.
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.
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
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!!!
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
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!
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!!
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.
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??
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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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.
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 Â£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.
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.
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.
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.
I went there for a Â£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!!
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.
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??
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
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
The articles misses out Hairville, just of Villiers Street (The Arches), by Embankment and Charing Cross station. Top notch service comparable to posh and overpriced salons only for Â£35! Very fast and accurate cuts. Truly recommended.
Can't decide which one we should go, my girl friend and I just moved to east london area, desperate a hair cut, have seen Foster , ESHK or Hair and Jerome seem the best reviews, but Foster and Hair and Jerome are not in the list, should I go for ESHK? Any suggestion anyone or timeout writer? Good at men cut(60s/70s) style, women cut(classic with big fringe) style. thank you!!
hii, i.m hairdresser since 9 years ago and iÂ´m looking a job to 14 of July in a hairdresserÂ´s, but i need improve my english, so if you know about where, please tell me!! thanks!!!
Whatever you do, stay clear from Sejour in Chelsea. This place is beyond awful. I went there for highlights and a cut and not only did I come out looking like a Zebra but the service was absolutely appalling. All in all, my worst hair experience ever, I had to correct the highlights as they were so unprofessionally done...I really really dont recommend this place which by the way isnâ€™t even held by friendly staff at all.
I moved to London after graduating and was stuck for good mid priced hairdressers for special occasions without having to take out another loan! I found Windle & Moodie and have never been anywhere since! Top class stylists and great service, they also sell a lot of products from their website at www.windleandmoodie.com. Worth a look anytime!
It was my first time to Eshk hoxton salon, a friend recommended me to Oscar. He was wonderful. We had a thorough consultation. The shampoo and head massage was fantastic. Everyone was so accommodating. I love my new haircut, it's been so easy for me to maintain, and I will certainly be returning.
I love Foster London. It's one of the best hair dressers I've been to and I would go back time after time. In fact I'm taking my mum there on Sunday!
If you love your long hair and dread visits to the hairdresser's like a kid does the dentist, leaving your layers outgrown and style outdated, then a visit to Jones & Payne is an absolute must. I made the journey from West London to this chic and informal little gem in Shoreditch and it was well worth it. This place proves that quality and pretentiousness don't come hand in hand. The welcome was warm, the decor was a brilliant mixture of ultra modern and vintage. A friendly offer of drinks was made straight away, and before I'd had a chance to marvel at the Victorian style irons used as a doorstop, the tea and a yummy treat arrived in a cute blue and white tea set. The hair wash and massage followed and was a welcome relax from the rush of the day. And the hair? In a word: brilliant. Ricky Jones is as friendly as he is professional. Straight away recognising my hair type, wavy when long, curly when short, he took me through my cut step by step. The fact that I wanted it to stay long was never contested and he took great lengths (pardon the pun) to show me how much he was cutting. My new on trend hair style means I have more body and movement when I leave it out. It also allows me to keep my hair up with perfectly sized tendrils to frame my face. Jones & Payne is a welcoming home for hair and it is a damn shame Time Out London doesn't update their London list to include them. I've visited grand places like Daniel Hersheson's to the more run of the mill Rush. All hairdresser's should be like this, the focus is on the client and the hair with the affordability not taking away from the quality of the experience. Banker or student, give it a try, you won't be sorry.
Hi, my name is Bea, i,m from Spain and i need knowspanish hairdresser or where worked spanish people. I donÂ´t speak english very well and i need work. Thanks
Having curly hair its usually a nightmare getting it cut at the hairdressers so I always try to find stylists with curly hair themselves because they understand where I'm coming from, Claire at Foster London gives my curls a beautiful shape and natural shiny colour she's answered all my hair prayers!x
To Roberta, i am a client of Eshk too and i am always happy, i just want to let you know that the spanish guy that moves to madrid still coming to eshk every 6 weeks or so, he is been doing my hair for the last 3 years, you might be able to get an appoiment with him in hoxton branch, good luck.
ESHK is a good salon, however last time I went it was a total disaster , this lady was unable to handle my hair. In addition she added so much mousse at the end that I had to wash my hair immediately after getting home. Usually I have a spanish hairdresser , unfortunately he moved back to Madrid ..........fantasti with hair.......everyone would look a pop star ........ Why so many hair dresser cannot manage curly hair?
I normally don't comment but I know how tricky it can be to find a good hairdresser. I just visited Foster London and highly recommend them as well. I got a great cut from Nadia who is lovely and friendly. The salon is beautiful and has a warm and welcoming atmosphere. I'll definitely be returning.
I would not recommend Vidal Sassoon in Covent Garden. They recently burnt my scalp with chemicals.My GP and dermatologist stated that Vidal Sassoon applied a toxic mixture on my scalp. I stayed 5 hours in the salon because of limited staff that day, I paid Â£155 for a level 4 colouration, and they made me pay a luxury treatment at Â£18. They refused to refund me or even to conduct an investigation to clarify the incident. They are expensive, rude and extremely dishonest. I totally discourage anyone to have a haircut or colouration at a Vidal Sassoon Salon.
So happy with Foster London every time, great customer care and attention to detail always wins my vote and I'm dare I say very fussy!xx
i will personally recomend, vidal sassoon in covent garden, never had a problem with them, good luck!
@Laura S There's Tabs at the top so you can choose and area. North, South, East etc...
@anna f We have a a great AFro Carribean hairdresser http://www.martynmaxey.co.uk/salon/afro_caribbean_hair.html
we are by selfridges come and see us