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London’s best hairdressers

Time to get your mop chopped? Treat your hair with our round-up of the best salons London has to offer

Written by
Time Out contributors
,
Ellie Walker-Arnott
&
Chiara Wilkinson
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Bad hair day? Still (somehow) growing out that DIY lockdown mullet? If you’re longing for a professional to sort out your dodgy home haircut, are looking for an updated style for spring, or simply just fancy a trim, London is abundant with choice when it comes to hairdo wizardry. 

It’s not just basic bougie salons, either. For trendy locks with a bit of edge, check out Blue Tit. For daring colour that will turn heads, try Bleach. And for scientifically brilliant treatments to deal with hair and scalp issues, check out Philip Kingsley. Whatever your barnet looks like now (and we’re not here to judge), the professionals at these places are well equipped to listen and realise your hairy needs. 

Without further ado, we bring you the best hair salons in London to tame your mane: all tried, tested and reviewed by Time Out writers. 

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London’s best hairdressers

Blue Tit
  • Health and beauty
  • Hair salons
  • Dalston

Best for
Indie cool

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Dalston Kingsland Overground

A few minutes walk from Dalston Kingsland station, you’ll find Blue Tit: a boutique hair salon with a proudy maximalist interior. Dozens of miniature antique photographs decorate one wall, while exposed bricks, vintage decor, and tiny fake bluebirds join forces to create a homey, laid-back feel as soon as you step foot through the door. There’s a high chance that the staff, with their shag haircuts and nose piercings, might be cooler than you – but they’re also incredibly skilled professionals. You’ll be able to relax knowing you’re in safe hands as they talk you through the upkeep of a fringe or help you decide how light to go with your balayage. My stylist, Chris, listened carefully to my daring request of bangs and a bob – chopping off my long locks with a decent amount of chat and adding texture and shaping to suit my face shape. To make it even better, the salon is also sustainably conscious. The Dalston branch, along with their nine other hairdressers elsewhere in London, use biodegradable hair towels and Oway hair products: which are biodynamic, fair trade, cruelty-free, sustainable packed and smell amazing. What more could you want?

  • Health and beauty
  • Hair salons
  • Fitzrovia

Best for
A date with yourself

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Tottenham Court Road

Charlotte’s Place, Fitzrovia is one of those parts of London that somehow rewires your brain to convince you you’re on holiday and therefore deserve treats. The small, charming street is lined with Italian restaurants, an upmarket spa, a cute bakery and the endearingly-minimal Saco Hair Salon. If you want to commit to the holiday fantasy, a trip to Charlotte’s Place should begin with a visit to Saco Hair. Its salon-brand products are high quality and organic, the stylists are friendly without ever being overbearing (not a mid-trim talker? Not a problem) and a hair wash comes with a tension-easing head massage. Prices are as expected for central London (around £60 for a cut and blow-dry for women, £50 for men), but the staff really know what they’re doing: they actually listen to what you want, and give cuts that are made to last. When you’re done, take your blow-dry out for charcuterie and cheese at In Parma just a few steps away, and while you’re at it, grab a cinnamon bun for the road at Fabrique Bakery. Your rewired brain is right. You do deserve treats.

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  • Shopping
  • Covent Garden

Best for
Natural goodness

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Holborn

For those who care about what is going into and on to their bodies, the Aveda Institute on High Holborn is hard to beat. One of the original purveyors of natural hair and skin products, the brand continues to deliver quality treatments at this vast, airy hair and beauty spa. Time Out has long been a fan of the salon, not only for its fabulous non-aggressive colour and great cuts, but the serene manicure and pedicure booths, tucked away at the back. What makes this salon appealing is it’s refreshingly un-sceney: no air-kissing, fuss or celebrity gossip.

  • Health and beauty
  • Hair salons
  • Covent Garden

Best for
Own-brand products

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Covent Garden

This buzzy Covent Garden salon has a reputation for styling the uber-gorgeous, as the glossy mag pages on the walls featuring the locks of Kate Moss, Drew Barrymore and Gwyneth Paltrow demonstrate. But don’t be intimidated by the A-lister clientele – the salon has a friendly and down-to-earth vibe. Even the minimalist decor is offset by a huge table in the reception piled with retro board games, tastefully placed art books, and erm, ‘The Complete Guide to Ferrets’.

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Hare & Bone
  • Health and beauty
  • Hair salons
  • Fitzrovia

Best for
Cool wearable cuts

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Oxford Circus

Bloomsbury is well-served by swish salons, and this spot from hairdresser to the (fashion) stars Sam Burnett is no exception. Sleek, smart and with lovely stylists who’ll offer you a glass of fizz while you get your tresses trimmed, it really is five-star service. Happily, despite a large number of awards under this salon’s perfectly-groomed belt, it’s a down-to-earth, friendly place that you won’t walk out of with a ‘directional’ (read: ridiculous) new hairdo. 

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  • Spas
  • Mayfair

Best for
Hair and scalp specialists

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Marble Arch

Whether you’re desperately trying to rectify the disaster of a home perm, minimising the damage from a sloppy salon, or you’re a model victim of a photoshoot involving super glue and a blast furnace, the experts at Philip Kingsley are the people to see. The London Clinic, set in the Edwardian splendour of Mayfair, specialises in trichology – the study of hair and the scalp. The team of trichologists here are pros at dealing with issues such as hair thinning and hair loss and have even collaborated with cancer charities and patients who have had their hair or scalp affected by various treatments, so you can be sure your barnet is in very capable hands.

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Best for 
Down-to-earth vibes 

Closest tube
Holloway Road 

If you, like me, often emerge from a hairdressers feeling like someone has Mr Potato Head-ed the overly-coiffed locks of a Kardashian onto your normal person face, then Bebop might be a more down-to-earth fit. An independent salon located a handy stone's throw from Holloway Road station, it earns planet-saving points by prioritising vegan and cruelty-free products, but also has a more relaxed vibe than most. If you want to be tonged and preened then they can do that; if you just want to feel like yourself, but a bit shinier, then they'll style you more naturally. I went for a colour top-up and a conditioning mask. Though it's a fairly uncomplicated touch-up, Chloe, my stylist (and the salon's hands-on co-founder), tells me how doing simple things well is often just as satisfying as concocting a rainbow dip-dye mohican. With a tea in hand (wines and beers are also on the menu) and deeply relaxed by a top-level head massage, it's an approach that shows. Bebop is the kind of place that focuses on quality – in its ingredients, its customer service and beyond – rather than just giving you a glossy surface. I've even kept up the easy hair drying tips I learnt in my day-to-day routine. Unheard of. Lisa Wright 

Moose London
  • Health and beauty
  • Hair salons
  • Clapton

Best for
Relaxed vibe

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Clapton overground

Sean Fordham, owner and regular stylist to Graham Norton, FYI, established himself on the Soho hairdressing scene for 13 years before opening this hip east London salon. With its distressed wooden floors, bare-brick walls and lush green tiles, the interior at this unisex salon is very much as stylish as the hairstyles it creates. Excellent aftercare advice and attentive stylists ensure a regular stream of loyal clients. Plus, this place even produces its own pale ale. Who needs pubs when you’ve got hairdressers like this? 

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  • Health and beauty
  • Hair salons
  • Angel

Best for
Tailored treatments

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Angel

No, it isn’t located in a chapel but a former Victorian pub (that would be the first branch – located in a former nineteenth-century Baptist church in Tunbridge Wells) even so it’s hard to miss this green and orange-tiled salon on the corner of Owen Street and St John Street. The colourful, spacious salon has a unique pricing strategy, charging by time rather than by cut. Prices range from £50-£100 (depending on which stylist you go for) and complimentary drinks are served, including seasonal extras, like scrummy hot-chocolate shots. Set over two floors, each zone has a different artistic theme. We reckon you’ll fall in love with the chic modern interior as much as your new hairdo.

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  • Dalston

Best for
Cruelty-free colour

Nearest tube
Haggerston Overground

This vegan-friendly Dalston salon was a trailblazer of the dip-dye trend, as seen on the famous barnets of Lady Gaga and Alexa Chung. Founded by colourist-of-the-moment Alex Brownsell, and her agent and friend Sam Teasdale, Bleach has a client list that reads more like a who’s-who of London party people, including Pixie Geldof, Daisy Lowe and Alice Dellal. You'll also find salons in Brixton and Soho.

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