Considering its vast community of style-focused residents, Dalston is poorly served for salons along Kingsland Road – with only Blue Tit and Bleach to its name. Now Stunt Dolly deserves some of that fashionable footfall, but it’s also got a refreshingly welcoming feel. ‘A lady came in for a wash and a trim the other day,’ says head stylist Dean Tooley as he gives my hair a powerful lathering and my ears a thorough gossiping.
‘It was only when I started scrubbing that I realised she was wearing a wig. She had total alopecia, but I thought: Why shouldn’t she sit down and enjoy an hour in the salon? I gave her hair a lovely trim, a fab blow dry and sent her out the door smiling.’
Stunt Dolly may be in hipster central, but it caters for everyone, not just the dip-dye types that hit the strip (although they do a mean ombre too). Unusually for a style salon – if not for the area – it also does dreadlocks, wefts and wigs. If you buy a hairpiece from nearby Pak Cosmetics, they’ll position it for you for a tenner. Washing and wig services take place on the good-looking ground floor, which is all original floorboards and reclaimed art deco fittings from Retrouvius.
Downstairs, where the dries and nails are carried out in a pair of darkly painted rooms, has more of a disco feel. The reasonably priced, full menu of hair services come with a retro roller dry rather than a blow dry (for soft waves.)
|Venue name:||Stunt Dolly||Contact:|
582 Kingsland Rd
|Transport:||Tube: Dalston Kingsland Overground|
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I've neglected my hair for ages after switching to cruelty-free products and not knowing a salon with the same principles. Then I found this absolute gem of a place! The salon is just about the friendliest one I've ever been to, all of the staff are super lovely and welcoming. Serafina is an amazing stylist. I gave her very rough instructions about balayage and a trim and she basically gave me the hair I've often dreamed of in my head. She also gave me a head massage, whilst a treatment did it's thing, that was just MAGIC. If you want to get your 'hair did' book in with Serafina - you definitely won't regret it. I've already rebooked!! Thank you
I have been going to Stunt Dolly for years and they are always knowledgeable and friendly. I recommend them to everyone
Run by two charming fellows and Dolly the dog, the service is personal, attentive and high quality. They really know their stuff. Great sound track too.
On the day of my engadgement party I was let down by a hairdresser near by who was recommended by a friend. Luckily, after frantically calling round a few different hairdressers I stumbled upon the best place I could have hoped. One of the hairdressers Per came to my rescue, not only did he fit me in at the last min, calm me down after a very difficult morning but he just seemed to know what I needed in a cut. I'm slightly indecisive and in the past, that's lead to some questionable decisions but he gave really good, but not pushy advice and the result was excellent. I cannot recommend enough and I came away relaxed with super bouncy party hair. Anyone reading this should get straight on the phone and make an appointment.
Absolutely brilliant! Customer care and attention to detail is faultless, ethical and sustainable company and my cut and colour is a whole new look. I wanted advice and creative input which I got and the results are fabulous. Highly recommend!
I love Stunt Dolly and have been getting my hair cut here for years. Lovely owners, lovely staff, lovely dog (Dolly)! Also excellent hair cuts and colour with nice, ethical products, and they're always playing good music. You leave feeling relaxed and refreshed.
It's all about the fantastic highly talented staff especially Dean he is amazing, a true asset to the hairdressing industry. The atmosphere in the beautifully decorated salon is always welcoming and positive. Love this place and its peeps!
Have been a loyal customer since it opened, fantastic service, great products and a gorgeous Welsh terrier called Dolly!
Dean helps me decide what to do with my hair every time I go, which is now well over three years. We tried different styles together, polished or dyed it a few times and I loved every stage of my hair ever since I first started going to Stunt Dolly. They even managed to rescue me from a bad perm I decided to get on a holiday (don't make such decisions on holidays), and products they use smell amazing and are from ethical brands. Just go and treat yourselves already!
A fantastic unisex salon in Dalston, that caters for everyone. Very friendly and welcoming staff but most importantly top-standard hairdressers.
Cannot recommend highly enough. I have visited most salons in East London and Stunt Dolly are a cut above the rest. Give them a go!
Awesome place and staff! Chilling place to get your haircut - have been coming here for the past 3 years.
Amazing friendly staff, great service, the stylist recommend great products but are never pushy, plus a very cute dog - what's not to love?
This salon is amazing. The staff are so friendly, and ready to give advice and creative direction on style, cut and colour.
I love this place. Quality in every respect, people, styling and an amazing environment to kick back and relax whiilst having your hair cut. Couldnt reccomed more highly. Thanks Dean and David for creating Stunt Dolly.
I love everything about this salon!
I have been coming to Stunt Dolly since it opened, when Dean sorted out a horror bleach job on my hair (courtesy of another salon, which shall remain anonymous). Now I wouldn't go anywhere else!
As soon as you walk in everyone is friendly and attentive and the atmosphere is great - very relaxed. It doesn't have that snobbery that can sometimes come with east London (I'm definitely not cool enough for that.)
I am very fussy with my hair but I always trust Dean's judgement and I have also had other stylists when Dean is away who are great. I have long hair and often ask for Dean to do something different with the finish - he has done fish plaits, up dos and high pony tails for me and they all looked amazing!
Overall a fantastic salon - David and Dean are a great team and I couldn't recommend it more.
Better than Tinder!
Thanks to Dean's fabulous cut and colour, I am now literally chasing them off with a stick!
Thank you Dean, you are truly better than Tinder
Good beer too....
Having moved from another City, I panicked trying to find any salon that would be able cut my hair to the same standard as my previous- I am glad to say I've finally found it! They fit me in at the last minute and Teesha was such a friendly stylist, making me feel welcome. She actually listened to what I wanted and it turned out exactly how I asked- she calmly cut my long, thin hair with even layers using scissors (rather than a razor comb- a nightmare for thin hair) and gave me advice on creating volume to my chronically flat hair. I initially thought Stuntdolly would be all hipster fashion and no substance- but they were welcoming and I will definitely be coming back! Great prices too- note they don't accept tips on card! Bring cash!
I always have a great time in dolly. I am quite fussy with my hair and wouldnt let anyone but Stefanie cut and colour it :) the atmosphere in the salon is so nice and relaxed, it really is great fun getting your hair done there. Thank you team dolly, and overall steffi - you guys rock!
Had a great time in stunt dolly!!
Stefanie helped me to make a really great decision, she colered my hair from brown to gray! I wasn't sure about how it will look like... One of the best decisions that i have ever made thanks to stefanie!
Also the rest of the crew is really cool and friendly!
I love dolly!
Thank you guys
Had a late business meeting in Dalston Junction and I needed an urgent short haircut. According to the good references via timeout I called the salon and I was lucky that Stefanie still had time for me. She was super friendly to me and made a great haircut.
Many thanks to Stefanie
By the way: very nice salon and good whiskey!!
Since I started going to Stunt Dolly I haven't considered going anywhere else. It's the combination of the environment and professionalism that make me go back time and time again. Simon is my hairdresser and I'm always more than satisfied with the outcome, something that rarely happened to me before (previously, I had to wait a week or two in order to get used to my new haircuts).
I have short hair and I like experimenting with different lengths and cuts. Either haircut or colour change, the experiment always succeeds and I'm always satisfied. I show him a photo with the haircut I like or explain to him what I have in mind, he always delivers it. He doesn't "blindly" copy my suggestion but he adjusts it to my hair and face's needs and limits, which makes the result amazing!
Couldn't recommend Stunt Dolly and Simon more!
Had such a great experience at Stunt Dolly! I'm quite fussy with my hair and Simon did such an amazing job, he knew exactly what needed to be done and I LOVE the finished product. Could not recommend him high enough =)
I'm not usually fussy with my hair, it's short but I like it feminine, I usually drift somewhere when I feel the need and on this occasion I ended up at Stunt Dolly with a guy called Simon. Drifting off into a snooze while Simon talked about himself I was left with a dull looking boys haircut, hmmm what will my boyfriend say. Be careful where you drift I certainly won't be returning.
It takes a long time to find a good hairdressers in London, but Stunt Dolly is without doubt the best in East London. Simon has been cutting my hair for quite a few years now and I trust him implicitly. Just like all the Team at Stunt Dolly, he is welcoming and friendly and is an extremely skilled hairdresser. I always leave very happy and relaxed. I can't recommend Simon or Stunt Dolly highly enough.
A beautiful place with a calm and relaxing atmosphere. Very friendly team.
Simon who has been cutting my hair several times is always attentive to my requests, can also offer his own suggestions when required and delivers perfectly.
Everytime I trust him with my hair, I leave feeling fresh and happy with the result.
Once a month (on average) Stunt dolly cut my hair. I've been going here since they opened, and consistently i've had a very personal, and professional experience in all aspects, from the cut, wash, to the music and atmosphere. They have always had a unique range of products, and now they have organic products too. Despite moving out of London, I still return to Dalston, and one reason is to get a cut here!!!
Cannot say enough good things about Stunt Dolly, Dean is a wonderful hairdresser, I always leave there smiling. Great cuts, great colour work, I won't let anyone else near my mop!
This isn't a hair cut - it's hair therapy! Dean is completely amazing, he gave me the best haircut I have ever had, was totally honest and I completely trusted his judgment. Not only do you get an amazing haircut at Stunt Dolly, but the whole atmosphere is wonderful - it's like walking into your best friend's living room! Love it there - I'll never go elsewhere for a haircut!
I visited Stunt Dolly for the first time after recently moving into the area, the salon’s repertoire of great reviews on Timeout and The Dalstonist persuaded me to try them out and I was particularly excited by the promise of popcorn! The atmosphere in the salon is warm and comforting, much more welcoming than the clinical harshness typical of most! The interior design could easily be that of a café/bar, and I was pleasantly surprised to be offered a drinks list when I arrived! A lovely touch, the drinks selection makes you feel relaxed, whether you are there for a quick trim or a completely new look. Dean quickly got to work and within 20 minutes my straggly locks had been replaced! He understood I wanted a low maintenance cut that would last a while, he was also very happy to share his wisdom and I made the most of my visit to pick his brains about colour and updo’s. Once he’d finished my trim, Dean insisted on whipping my hair up into a style we’d discussed so I could try it with my dress when I got home! Stunt Dolly far outdid other salons I have frequented in the past and I’m looking forward to becoming a regular!
I used to hate getting my hair cut because I never felt the hairdressers I went to listened to what I actually wanted. The first time I went to Stunt Dolly nearly a year ago, Katy listened to me and took on board the fact that I am totally rubbish at doing my own hair. I walked out with a great cut that I was really happy with and it stayed looking good until my next cut. Dalston has been crying out for a great salon like Stunt Dolly. I love having these guys on my doorstep - they're so friendly and welcoming. AND they feed you free popcorn, beer, wine and whisky. What more can you ask?
Absolutely love this place! For starters the place looks uber cool - the place to be seen on the Dalston drag! But they don't take their coolness seriously. As soon as I'm through the door I'm met with a neighbourhood-friendly, laid-back attitude and if I'm lucky an incredibly cute little dog! It's worth stopping by just to see the art installations in the window! I'm then offered popcorn and beer/ wine and sit reading magazines i can never justify buying for myself. As for the haircut, I always see Hannah who exudes relaxed sandi cool and cuts my hair with meticulous precision. I love it every time! Finally, the whole beautiful little package is wrapped up by the fact I'm charged the price of a guys cut rather than a girls. Important because I've been getting dyke-do's for over 10 years and always get charged the extra for a girls despite it's just like a guys...all the do's are equal in the eyes of Stunt Dolly!
After many years of dreading every hair appointment due to the fear of getting the 'Rachel' cut and being served crap tea I decided to venture to Stunt Dolly in Dalston after hearing great things about the quality of service and staff. I was very impressed from the get-go - lovely, relaxed atmosphere, great coffee (and wine!), great head massage and the friendliest, most attentive staff ever. I had my haircut and also had an ombre style colour job which looks incredible! Its safe to say Stunt Dolly have cured my fear of hair appointments and I'll definitely be making it my regular. I'd definitely recommend Stunt Dolly to anyone that wants not only a great hair do but a lovely afternoon with great people also.
I agree with all the reviews here. Stunt Dolly is a brilliant salon. I can’t believe that the wine, beer, hot drinks and home-made popcorn haven’t been mentioned yet. On a serious note, I first had my hair done by Dean when he worked at a different salon. After years of searching for a good hairdresser in London, Dean was the best I’d come across. I always used to leave salons not completely happy with what I had done or with a huge urgency to go home to wash and restyle my hair myself. With Dean doing my hair, I ramble to him about what I want and somehow he manages to completely understand it and make it happen. He challenges what I think and knows what will suit me. Even when I don’t completely agree with him at the start, I leave the salon feeling really glad I listened to him. I am so happy he opened his own place. On top of having great skills as a hairdresser, I know he has very high standards for the people he works with. Everybody at Stunt Dolly is professional, friendly and very good at their jobs. David is front of house and I think he deserves a huge accolade too. A lot of salons, especially if they look very cool and trendy can feel a little intimidating. David is warm, friendly and will always have a chat to make you feel welcome and relaxed. There’s a real family feel to the salon and it’s just a pleasure to go and hang out there. The huge bonus is that you leave with great looking hair. I can’t recommend Stunt Dolly enough. Go now!
After a lot of bad experiences with previous hairdressers I had given up trying to find one. When my friend recommended a stylist called Katy at Stunt Dolly in Dalston I thought I'd pluck up the courage to go and try it out. The warm welcome from my stylist put me at ease. Katy was really friendly and sweet and listened to exactly what I wanted. That's what I found most annoying in previous hairdressers I had seen, they just didn't listen to what I really wanted. Katy completely understood me and I had the best haircut I have ever had. I really can't recommend her enough. The salon is really lovely inside too which is an added bonus.
Stunt Dolly really is a great salon. Style-wise, it definitely fits into the achingly fashionable Dalston scene, but two key things set it apart. Firstly, it's the friendliest salon I've ever visited - co-owner David sets the tone with his warm, effusive welcome, the team are all smiles, and having a cute house puppy just adds to the homely, welcoming atmosphere. And secondly, owner Dean is simply the best colourist and cutter I've ever had - I cannot recommend him highly enough. He's a consummate professional with amazing technical skills, but what's great is the way he translates the client's wishes, gives advice and then delivers a flattering, personal style. My hair has never looked better, and Stunt Dolly have a loyal customer for life!