The lively King’s Road branch of this smart west London salon chain offers haircuts free of charge but there’s a small charge of between £10 and £25 to cover the cost of colouring. Bookings can be made online only and make sure you choose the right day for your hair length. Check back in January for their updated schedule.
Long of hair and short of money? We know the feeling. Fortunately, there are many cutters in the capital who are happy to give you a free or very cheap styling session from one of their trainees.
These appointments are not as scary as they sound – they are always supervised by a senior stylist, and come with a blow-dry to boot. It's the perfect way to get a hair cut in luxury surroundings without having to shell out – and proof that sometimes there is such a thing as a free lunch. Or at least, a free short back and sides.