Opened in summer 2016 by John Vial, session stylist to some of the fashion industry's biggest names, and Belle Cannan, formerly of Vidal Sassoon, Salon Sloane bills itself as a reaction against hipsterdom – in that it doesn't seek to pander to trends, rather provide good old-fashioned service, with a focus on quality and technique.
Vial and Cannan have assembled an impressive team, including some staff who run their own successful salons elsewhere. Despite its location right by Sloane Square, mere mortals can afford to get spruced up here – blow dries start from £28, cuts start from £75, but prices increase significantly according to the seniority of the stylist (an appointment with John is £500 for new clients). My session with Andreas and Paul left me with the deep, rich colour I'd been craving and a healthy-looking cut – and I felt well looked-after throughout my visit.
The interior of Salon Sloane, with its polished wood panelling and black leather chairs, has the sleek, unfussy feel of a high-end airline cabin. Its distinct lack of gimmicks and loud music provides an air of calm luxury – and makes it a fine place to be a passenger for a couple of hours, in our book.