Time Out says
What began 28 years ago as a single unit on a quiet Covent Garden back street has expanded over the years to take over much of the road. For a salon to retain its buzz over such an extended period of time is unusual in the industry – in central London it's nearly unheard of. But at our most recent visit, every seat of the now quite enormous salon was occupied, and it's easy to see why the place never dated. The decor is modern and slick, but the service is gossipy and friendly – meaning you can sit in cool surroundings without being ashamed to ask for a bob. Original founder Paul Windle still mans the scissors, heading up a big team of great stylists.
41-45 Short's Gardens
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|Opening hours:||Open 10am-5pm Mon; 10am-6.15pm Tue; 10am-7.15pm Wed-Fri; 9.30am-5.30pm Sun|
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There is a reason why Paul Windle is booked 'by appointment only'. He has twice cut my hair to date and each time I can honestly say its the best haircut I've ever had. Im 15 years living in London/Surrey and having a haircut was purely something I had to do for the sake of it. I was content with a barber shop finish because it looked tidy. Thanks to a chance meeting and introduction to Paul I've discovered a real gem. I wont be getting my haircut by anyone ever again. I cant rate Paul, the salon and staff highly enough!!
Paul has been cutting my hair for many years and I have never been disappointed. The shape is always fantastic and overall cut exceptional. I couldn't recommend him more highly!
Windle and moodie have magical powers that make your hair grow, look & feel healthy, serve good coffee and have a friendly welcoming team!
I recommend Paul
Paul Windle gave me the best haircut i ever had.SO many people are commenting on how thick my hair is and looks when its actually not so thick , its the magic of his hands and sissors!! The salon itself has a lovely,very cool friendly atmosphere. I also purchased Windle and Moodie hair products and have been using them ever since. My hair is in the best condition its ever been in , they make my hair look and feel amazing ! Thank you Paul Windle
Jesus is brilliant! He is a master of color and took my fairly complicated hair and made it look naturally highlighted and beautiful. Feel amazing every time I walk out of there ...and his technique somehow makes it look great even after the roots start coming in. Genius!
Paul has been cutting my hair for a few years now and I would simply not go to anyone else. I trust him implicitly and I have never left the salon feeling disappointed. Not only is he super talented and gifted when it comes to understanding different hair types, but he is also a very sweet human being and I always feel better having visited him. I have had my hair coloured by Takashi recently and I have to say that I am absolutely in love with it. Having Asian hair, it has often been the case that colourists would end up giving my hair a reddish hue due to the warmth my hair naturally has, but Takashi knew this was a concern of mine, and he gave me exactly the colours (caramel and blonde) I wanted. People have stopped me in the street and asked me where I got such a natural looking balayage done. I have also seen Sergio on the odd occasion that Paul hasn't been available, and he is also great too. Highly recommended salon, please do go visit! Oh and they make you endless cups of tea/coffee, which is only a good thing!
I love this place! I get my hair cut by Paul W who is both technically and creatively brilliant, wether you want a classic style or a bit more edge. I always find his cuts easy to manage and they look great for ages. If you're thinking about going here, go. There is a reason this salon gets rated as London's best year after year.
I was very nervous about getting my first colour. Jesus was very understanding and explained what were the colours that he thought would suit me. Finally when it was done, it looked completely natural! I was happy and would definitely recommend Jesus to anyone who needs the perfect colour for their hair. Thank you Jesus! Oh also he did an amazing blow dry!
For 21 years Paul has been creating easily manageable and gorgeous looks for my curly hair. He seems to know what I'm looking for even when I'm not sure and I always leave the salon delighted (and sometimes slightly surprised) by what he has achieved. If you're fed up with mediocre haircuts, book an appointment with Paul, I reckon he already knows what will make you smile.
I have had two consistent, modern cuts from Victoria and my husband has had one. She's meticulous, exact, modern and a great advisor. Ask for Victoria. Best hairdresser I've ever had :-)
I rarely write reviews but after having such a great experience at windle & moodie I thought I should. Normally I find getting my hair cut a bit of a stressful experience and am rarely 100% happy with the result but my stylist, Vicky, interpreted my poor description perfectly and what's more, it not only looked great leaving the salon but a week after people are still commenting on how good my hair looks.
My first time at Windle and Moodie and I saw the lovely Vicky for a hair cut, after reading all the recommendations online. I have to say that it was one of the best experiences of having my hair done, ever. Vicky really listened to me, asking questions about my lifestyle and what i was looking for and gave me a lot of confidence to have a dramatic change to my hair (which is what i wanted ). She then took so much time showing me exactly how to style my new look, which no one has ever done before. I wasn't rushed and everyone was super friendly. I think sometimes going to the hairdressers can be a bit intimidating, but everyone made so much effort to give me a really lovely experience here. I love the cut, and i will definitely be coming back.
Had my hair cut yesterday by Victoria, I wanted a drastically different style and she gave great recommendations on what was quite a vague idea. She was incredibly detail oriented and made sure I was happy throughout the process. Very knowledgable and talented.
Also, she's featured in the Covent Garden magazine!
Another must-mention is the mood-lit shampooing area, super relaxing.
I recently went to W and M for the first time and had my hair cut by Victoria, and in sum, I've never been happier after a hair cut.
It was my birthday and I was asking her to cut off about 7 inches before I went out in the evening. I was expecting to have to go home and manically wash and restyle my hair - standard procedure after every other big hair cut I've had elsewhere. This was the first time I've ever left the hairdressers and not had to do that. She did exactly what I wanted. It's so nice when a hairdresser actually understand what you want, rather than cutting your hair too short/blow drying it too straight/insisting on layers and 'feathering' which leave you feeling like Rachel Green circa 1996.
Victoria was great, she listened and totally got what I wanted, as well as making suggestions which left me with a mid-ish blunt bob that I love.
Oh and its amazing value for money.
I will DEFINITELY be going back :)
Just had a cut from Paul Windle himself and couldn't be happier .. Have been shopping around London salons for 5 years without success and bam! Paul steps up and nails it first time I see him. Simple, versatile cut from a guy that clearly knows what he's doing. I hear he is recently back from a layoff so do yourself a favour and get in before his book fills up!
I've been getting my hair cut by Simon at Windle and Moodie for several years now and I couldn't recommend him more highly. He's technically brilliant, doing fantastic cuts for my short hair - very cool but very wearable and they last a long time and grow out perfectly. I've sent all my friends his way and they are always happy with the results - short and long haired alike. He's the best!
I have followed Simon around for the last 4 years and he is now at the fantastic Windle&Moodie. Once you find a great hair stylist, you don't let them go without a fight! Between the friendly, welcoming and relaxing first class experience I receive at Windle&Moodie and what Simon can do with a pair of scissors and an electric razor, you wouldn't find me going anywhere else. Simon always knows what to do, what you'd like, what works and when to push the boundaries. I highly recommend Simon and Windle&Moodie for a fail safe and excellent experience.
I wanted a big change having had long hair for years and years - the reviews here made me decide to try out Windle and Moodie. After an initial consultation with Mia I felt confident enough to go for a drastic cut. I can safely say it's the best haircut I've ever had - Mia's given me a style that looks amazing and is low maintenance, I couldn't be happier. It's a really nice salon, very relaxed and friendly too. Very highly recommended!
I went to W&M because my friend recommended it. And I am so pleased with my experience. Neives was so nice and patient, she really listen to my requirements and I am happy with my new look. All the other staff are nice and easy going. And the products they used are of high-end. I will definitely recommend to others and go back to W&M.
I had a haircut at Windle & Moodie today and cannot rave more about my experience and hair! The team is friendly, welcoming and down-to-earth, which is unique for such a cool and forward-looking salon. I love the buzzing atmosphere in the salon. Mia has a phenomenal talent! I absolutely love my haircut, it is exactly what I wanted and more. She shed 10 years off my age with this short, Audrey Hepburn cut. Mia recommended a collection of Windle & Moodie products, which smell divine and I can't wait to try them at home. Thank you very much, Mia and the Windle & Moodie team!
I found out about Windle and Moodie via timeout and chose to go there based on the good reviews.
Just a little bit of background, I had a haircut disaster from a well-known high street chain of hairdressers (rhymes with hush) despite going there three times to get it corrected. So I was a little apprehensive about having my hair cut again. However, I really needn't have worried. W&M is a funky salon and I was pleased to be greeted by a lovely member of staff upon my arrival.
Guiseppe was fantastic, he really took the time to find out what style I wanted and explained what he was going to do to fix my haircut problem. The result was an amazing haircut and a very happy client. Guiseppe is an artist and a perfectionist. I will definitely be going back and have already recommended W&M (and of course Guiseppe) to many of my friends.
Guiseppe, if you're reading this - THANK YOU!
Fantastic all round!
I have to remove my bad review of this hairdressers. After a week with my new do I love it! Jesus colour was fab and now I have styled Vicky cut myself it's a great haircut! I'm eating my previous words and giving this hairdressers all the stars!
Jesus is a "godsend", no pun intended. I came to him with my hair in a mess. The color was all over the place, and I feared my over processing would mean having to chop it all off and go back to my natural dark, but he has managed to sort my blonde like no one ever has before. Paul Windle is a genius with face shapes and found a way to flatter me without burying my features under the usual fringe that previous hairdressers have assign in a hurry. He took the time to get to know what I was after and delivered. The special treatments and products at Windle and Moodie are a miracle, my has hair been brought back to life. It was so brittle and tangly from the over processing I did before I found them, but now I can run my fingers through it. These two men and the Windle and Moodie products have somehow opened up my cheekbones, brought out my eyes and given me whole new look with long healthy hair. A skilful cut and color are not to be underrated.
Windle and Moodie offers fantastic service and I have been so impressed by the level of care and quality provided. I have been getting my hair cut by Linnéa for the past few months and have found her to be nothing short of exceptional. Her skill and personality are second-to-none, and she is very receptive to what I ask for, whilst also making suggestions about what will work best. I have always walked out extremely pleased with her work, which I have certainly not always experienced at other top London salons.
For colour, Jesus is equally exceptional in his talent and skill. His passion shines through, and he isn't afraid to question what a client asks for in order to produce the optimal result for their hair. He did such a fantastic job on my hair and exceeded all expectation.
All in all, the team at Windle and Moodie are friendly, warm, inclusive, and supportive, and this sets them apart from any other salon I have visited.
I will never let another person touch my hair after visiting Windle and Moodie. As a magazine editor from NYC, uprooting to London is a scary thing when one is used to being plugged into a vibrant city where frequent red carpet events call for fresh tresses weekly. Sure you need new doctors, dentist, gym memberships, etc., and most importantly, a HAIR STYLIST. I was lucky enough to be bestowed by the mighty craftsmanship, hair artisan, Paul Windle. Everyone who works at this Covent Garden oasis is top notch, but the salon's co-founder made some kind of magic happen, and gave me the BEST do I ever done did get. ;) Don't miss the line of products, which are ferociously addictive, like hair heroin only safer and good for your locks. The whole experience is luxe and I will keep going because when I walk out, I feel like a shiny star. Thanks Windle and Moodie!
I normally don't write reviews but I just came back home from the most delightful haircut experience ever!! And to put everything in context I have to say that I may be one of the most difficult people in the planet when it comes to haircuts and haven't actually properly cut my hair in ages (and I mean cutting it... new look cut!) this was a big decision to me, which is why I decided to spend time doing lots of research trying to find the best hairdresser in London and ended up deciding that I would go for Paul... I totally nailed it!
As soon as I arrived the staff was absolutely lovely and happy... you could definitely see how much they enjoy being there! And from the moment I met Paul for the first time till the moment he greeted me on my way out... everything was a fantastic experience! Paul totally understood how I was feeling about my hair (and how my hair was making me feel) and ended up nailing the look I was looking for! Refreshing and young yet stylish and quite sophisticated.
I've been to a few well-known hair dressers in London and I would definitely say that Windle & Moodie is by far the best! I absolutely loved my experience there! Absolutely loved my haircut! And I will definitely go back into Paul's hands to cut my hair again! Hands down best haircut experience ever! Highly recommendable!
POW POW I am on a post hair cut high! Effortlessly exacting standards. I'm also in love with the manoi oil invisible day and night cream.. far-reaching lustre. Create new far-reaching expectations for yourself and visit.
If there is one hair stylist I could trust to cut my super-long flat annoying hair, it's Paul Windle.
I came to Paul 4 years ago and he gave me the most flattering pixie cut that grew out wonderfully. Having grown it since, yesterday I came to Paul asking for a change with no photos. He suggested me to cut it pixie short. It was a brave decision but in Paul's hand, I trusted he could revive my hair and my life. I was not wrong. Paul spent almost 90 minutes cutting layers into my thin flat hair, playing with it like a true artist and nurturing it as much as I could wish for.
The end result was amazing. I got a full-bodied hair with sweep fringe that flatters my face shape, suitable for glass-wearers and so versatile for London windy wet weather. I felt like he could read my mind. This new hair receives so many compliments from friends and they said I could have done it much sooner. Well, from now on, it's only Paul or no-one else.
Bonus: his products work wonders for fine lifeless hair and give me a zen moment in the bathroom. I love Windle and Moodie Thickening Cream and Fortifying Shampoo.
What a wonderful experience! The lady who I had booked with had fallen ill and the salon booked me with Paul instead - without charging me more. Everyone took such good care of me and was really friendly and lovely. I really liked their products, because I tend to react quite sensitive to harsh cosmetics, Windle & Moodie have their own product line, which was wonderful for my sensitive scalp and generally dry hair. I am quite fussy about my really long, thick and curly hair and am not too experimental. Paul immediately understood what I was going for and only did a very light layering to bring out the natural curl, but still pretty when I leave the house without further styling. It's been a long and difficult search for a hairdresser I can trust, but I finally found the place for me.
After seeing my manager's new haircut from Windle & Moodie I was very impressed with how clean and stylish the cut was. I decided to step in and visit Nicole who gave me knowledgeable advice on my hair as well as addressing concerns I had.After discussing the look I was after, along with some recommendations (I have a funny shaped head you see) her cuts were slick and precise leaving my hair soft and light like a Disney princess.What’s important is how it grows so Nicole's technique meant that my hair grew neatly and evenly before it's next cut.
I have returned to Windle & Moodie on many occasions specifically requesting Nicole as she always knows what I’m after without me having to say anything! She knows her craft very well so I highly recommend her.She also recommended a variety of hair products based on my needs and they’re great.I recently purchased their Foundation Spray and the Light Satin Hairpray which are fantastic products from their new Windle and Moodie collection of hair products.
I had an amazing haircut by Jake! he did a great job!! Exactly what I wanted!! And I got a lot of compliments!
Highly recommend him!!
Mia is absolutely brilliant, she's cut my hair a few times now and is highly recommended! I've tried several salons in London (Taylor & Taylor, Charles Worthington) & have finally found my favourite hairdresser! Windle and Moodie matte texture spray is also brilliant & smells great!
Had an incredible haircut by Jake and awesome colour by Akio! Definitely coming back - hands down best hairdressing experience I've ever had in London! Never had so many compliments post hair cut.
loving my new haircut by Jake! And I was lucky to get an appointment on the day. Will definitely be going back!
I would highly recommned Mia at Windle at Moodie. She is excellent at what she does. I don't tend to style my hair, so she cuts it in a way that looks great even if i just wash and brush it, to the extent that I will get comments on it for months afterwards.
I've got my hair cut by Mia a few times, she is brilliant. She always takes the time to discuss what I want and takes the time to give me tips for styling after she has cut my hair. The salon itself is nice too, and the room downstairs where you get your hair washed is relaxing.
I don't know where I'd be without Mia at Windles. She was recommended to me by an award-winning hairdresser abroad as one of London's world class hairdressers and 6 yrs later, I wouldn't trust anyone else. Even when I've been completely broke, I've never compromised on a good haircut. People comment on my haircuts in shops, on public transport, constantly at work and socially. Not because they're wild, they're just so good and that's even with my terrible hairdressing at home! I've stopped advising on what I want and let her just do her thing, much better results! If she moved to Glasgow, I go there for my haircuts, I know I would. Can't recommend highly enough.
I just got a new haircut by Nicole at the salon yesterday. I actually decided to get an appointment at Windle&Moodies because of this very webpage...
Nicole is a very nice person and I really liked the way she was treating me. She took a lot of time to listen to all the ideas I've had in my mind for so long before getting a scissor anywhere near my head. She also looked at the pictures I brought with me over and over again. Not only did I feel understood but it also gave me a comforting feeling.
I've planned to have my bob shortened into a pixie and I absolutely ADORE what Nicole did with my hair. I even felt comfortable enough to request an even shorter version.
Anyway I'm really glad that I've had this appointment and I'm sure I'll be back to see Nicole next time I'm gonna be in London. Thanks for making it such a special (birth)day for me!! :)
I've been a client of Fran for two years and he is the absolutely best stylist in every way! My hair falls and moves perfectly after a haircut with Fran. It needs minimal maintenance in terms of styling because the haircut is first class. All I need to do when Fran cuts my hair is wash and go. My hair will always look stunning 24/7 thanks to his simple, strong, lasting haircut.
I'm very picky about my hair and not easy to please. I've had my haircuts in Los Angeles, New York, San Diego, Sweden and Dubai, and Fran is the most skilled, fabulous hair stylist! He knows exactly what he's doing. I can always tell how secure and comfortable a stylist is in her/his skills by the way they touch and move my hair. Fran is very experienced and talented and passionate about his job!
Fran will never cut too much, as most stylists do. He listens and knows what I want from simple explaining and pics. He reads me like an open book and no over-explaining needed.
I always walk out of the salon feeling great and happy after a visit to Fran!
The salon is spacious and has a nice ambiance. Very central location. Nice staff. Worth every penny. I highly recommend this salon and Fran!
I have been getting my hair cut at Windle and Moodie for years, with many of the different stylists and I have never had a cut or style I didn't love. Last week I saw Mia which is such a treat. She really talked through the cut and what she was going to do and why! Her experience left me with a gorgeous cut and bestowed upon me some useful styling tips that I could do at home. It was also the first time I visited since the release of their own Windle and Moodie hair product range. The Fortifying shampoo was amazing, it felt so light and clean after my wash and nice head massage. She also used some of their Shine and smoothing oil which left my hair so shiny. Thank you Mia and thank you to the girl who gave me such a pretty wavy blow dry! :)
I got my hair done here last month by Jesus who is an absolute genius with colour!! I've been to quite a few hair salons and because my hair is very thick and I generally keep it long a lot of other places have me feel like a bit of a burden if I'm honest. Jesus really took the time and was very patient with my hair and was still blow drying when the salon was nearly closed..I was the last person there! At no point did he rush anything and I'm so thrilled with the colour. I would definitely recommend Jesus for anyone looking for a change but nothing too drastic! Also Nicole does a fabulous cut :) Thank you!
Wanted to say a huge thank you to the wonderful staff of Windle & Moodie - they are the best! For colour, Jesus is a total dude; he really took the time to understand my hair and had some brilliant recommendations. It was also a lot of fun - I love the result. For the cut I had Mia who was wonderful. I really appreciated how she spent time finding out about my lifestyle and delivered a style which looks amazing and that I can keep up at home. Definitely the best hairdresser I have visited - I'll be sure to come back next time I'm in London.
I have been going to have my hair cut by Mia at Windles (now Windle & Moodie) for more years than I can remember. She is the best hair dresser that I have ever come across, as well as being incredibly nice, friendly and considerate, and indeed has become a good friend. A definite sign of an excellent cutter is not simply how it looks immediately after the event, but whether it lasts. Mia's haircuts look good for ages, which Is why I only need to go back every 12 or 13 weeks. So although the salon isn't at the cheapest end of the market, it is definite value for money. It is also a great place to go: brilliant ambiance and treated to hot chocolate. I cannot recommend Mia and the salon more highly.
Fantastic salon and the whole team is professional and friendly! I've been coming here for the best part of 10 years and never disappointed! Mia (the most friendly hairdresser you'll ever meet) cuts my hair perfectly every time and it always feels and looks beautiful and amazingly nourished. It's always cut in such a way that even if you only visit every 6 months, the hair keeps it's shape and doesn't look in need of re-styling. I highly recommend this salon, good value for money, great team and a lovely few hours of pampering.
I have been visiting this salon for a year and get my haircut by Vicki. She is a great stylist and has given me some great cuts and beautiful blow drys. I have very thick hair and find it difficult to find stylists that understand how to cut and style my hair so it achieves a soft shiny finish. Vicki is very good with thick hair and I have always been very pleased with the results. I also think the salon is exceptional value compared to other salons. I pay less than half what I was paying at Michael Van Clarke and the result is much better! I would definitely recommend this salon!
I have been having my hair cut by Tara for years now and could not rate her enough, she always listens to what I would like but also is not afraid to advise me on what is best and what's in and what's not. I always feel like she has the best advice and I am always pleased with the outcome and trust her 100%. I wouldn't want anyone else cutting my hair. She makes me feel comfortable and relaxed and I feel like I am her priority when I am in her chair showing me new ways to style my hair.
I can not recommend Tara highly enough! She has been my first (and I can safely say my last) hairdresser since arriving in London.
A wonderful salon that I can't recommend highly enough. Talented, friendly stylists and great personal service. I won't trust anyone else with my hair. The products are brilliant too. Thank you W&M
I had a haircut by the amazing stylist Linnea who did a wonderful job! She paid such attention to detail and made me feel fabulous. She is so talented!
After more than 2 years looking for the perfect hair salon I finally found it! I am more than satisfied with the service throughout as everyone is very friendly and gives you that feeling of being special. You get your hair washed in a separate room which means pure relaxation as you cannot hear a single hair dryer in there - just low-volume music. Get your hair cut by Charles and I am certain you will leave the salon not only with a stunning haircut but also with a smile on your face.