Heads and Tails Salon

Health and beauty, Beauty salons Upper Holloway
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Heads and Tails is a new neighbourhood salon with a touch of old grandeur about it.  The first venture of Angelo Piaggi and Monique Smart has been able to fashion a quirky and vintagey style hairdressers, being free of the uniform styling set out by big hairdressing chains. That means you'll find a boutique salon dressed with distressed leather sofas, a decorative piano and baroque curly mirrors at every cutting station. A relaxing 'zone' is set out in an exposed brick corner, complete with dartboards, stocked bookshelf, a serious looking coffee machine and a cocktail shaker.

Piaggi and Smart, with an impressive hair-history covering New Zealand, Milan, and several salons in Covent Garden and Camden Town, have thrown themselves into the renovation project. Their own personal touch is evident in the small details-  my complimentary drink rests atop a book (a weighty looking tome of 20th Century Theology) which acts as a kooky shelf.  Products come from the excellent eco-friendly Kevin Murphy range rather than the ubiquitous Kerastase.  

I opt for a trim and reshape to add some life back into an over-grown style. After a luxury wash and condition the cut is sharp and precise, without any exaggerated fluffing or hair tossing. Angelo expertly re-crafts a side-fringe around a pesky cows-lick and finishes off with a lustrous blow-dry that has friends still commenting on its super-shine a day later, despite a fair dose of London's worst weather. 

Bottom line: A good value new local that delivers a thoughtful service from idiosyncratic surrounds. 


Venue name: Heads and Tails Salon
Address: 792 Holloway Road
N19 3JH
Opening hours: Mon – Closed. Tue-Fri 11am-8pm; Sat 10am-6pm; Sun 11am-5pm
Transport: Tube: Archway
Price: £45 Cut & Finish (Girls) £28 Cut & Finish (Boys)
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Laura C

North London's, perhaps even London's best salon. Friendly, talkative staff and quick service is key, in a quirky setting that has its own stocked bar at the back! Female cuts aren't the cheapest at around £48 for a normal wash cut and dry, but the hairdressers are efficient and know what they're doing so it's worth it. A cut above the rest (sorry)!

Jeni P

Really great local salon who take the time and trouble to give you exactly what you want. The hair products are lovely, smell amazing. Definitely going back.

shirley hill

What a great place to go & relax,I have been looking for years for a place like this,nice friendly staff,Had a great cut done by Angelo & I am hooked & would go nowhere else,thanks guys for making me feel special

shirley hill

I have been to this place & it was a great experience,the staff are very polite & friendly,My hair was cut beautifully by Angelo & now i would not go anywhere else,at last after many years of looking for the right salon,I have found it,thanks guys for making me feel special