No need to get your hair off when a trip to London’s coolest hair salons is on offer.
Change your hairstyle as often as you change your mind? Loyal to your bob but looking to trade it in for a fresh look? London’s best hair salons can take care of everything from your basic trim to showstopping colour transformations, and with friendly, knowledgeable stylists on hand to help, you’re basically guaranteed to leave with a look you love. Here are some of our favourites!
1. Not Another Salon, Brick Lane
If you’re looking to change your hair colour to anything vibrant, rainbow styled or just darn magical, then we suggest a trip to Not Another Salon. Nestled along Brick Lane, this salon is as colourful in its interiors as it’s results are sure to be on your head. They’re right opposite the beigel shops in case you wanted a bit of salon fuel, and made headlines earlier this year for offering silent haircuts for people who hate small talk. Praise be!
188 Brick Lane, near Shoreditch High Street station, E1 6SA.
2. Blade, Soho
Inventors of the concept of ‘hairclubbing’, Blade offer tidy trims whilst allowing customers to watch Netflix on the salon’s iPads, sip rare whiskies (although the drinks are currently limited to being served outside due to Covid guidelines), or listen to live jazz. It’s quite unlike any other salon experience you’ve ever had, and quite frankly we reckon it could be the future of haircuts. Read all about it here.
26 Frith Street, Soho, W1D 5LD.
3. Muse of London, Fitzrovia
Whether you’re looking for a glamorous ‘do, your everyday blow dry, a blunt haircut or just a trim, Muse of London does it all. These hair wizards are also responsible for some of the most creative hair colour transformations that are known to man. So if you’re after a dramatic new look, then look no further. And while you’re there, they also provide beauty services such as manicures, waxes, facials and lash lifts!
24 Mortimer Street, Fitzrovia, W1T 3JP.
4. Bleach London, Dalston, Soho, Brixton
If you’re looking for a place to get your locks dipped in some of the most vibrant colours to exist, then Bleach is the salon for you. You’ve probably seen their hair products around the shops but a trip to their salon is bound to end in all those mermaid and unicorn dreams you’ve been having.
See their full list of salons here.
5. Butchers Salon, Hackney
Based in Hackney, Butchers Salon is a rustic and quirky venue that is decked out with all the foliage your heart could ever desire. This salon believes in ‘great hair and skin with minimal impact to animals and the planet’, so you can enjoy your experience guilt-free. And they are known for their Butchers blow dries, so if you want to be blown away, that’s a great start.
63 Hackney Road, Shoreditch, E2 7NX.
6. Paint, Hackney
The artist known as The Painted Lady (aka Belinda Hay) may have given up her Redchurch Street salon, but she’s still trimming, colouring, and drying at Hackney Downs Studios. The unisex salon also takes care of bleaching and balayage, and a roll-call of happy customers make this one of the London salons you’ve got to try!
Studio 42, Hackney Downs Studios, 17 Amhurst Terrace, E8 2BT.
7. Skyler London, Wandsworth
Skyler London is the UK’s first ever ‘colour only’ hair salon. By only specialising in colour, these hair experts know exactly how to bring your wildest dreams into a reality (only regarding your hair, of course). So whether you’re after a drastic colour change, balayage, or even highlights, you’re in the perfect hands. And there’s more. Skylar London has a slide! Never been to a hair salon with a slide? Well, there’s a first time for everything.
6 Garratt Lane, Wandsworth, SW18 4FT.
8. Duck and Dry, Multiple Locations
Duck and Dry are so popular they have five locations dotted around London, so if you’re in need of a ‘ducking good blow dry’, you know where to go. This hair salon offers blow dries, updos and prosecco – the trifecta if you will. With stylish interiors and witty, neon signs throughout their venues, this will be a treat for your eyes and your locks. Inside you will also find their Duck and File nail bar if you want to treat yourself a little more (you should, you deserve it).
See their full list of locations here.
9. The Rabbit Hole, Hammersmith
The Rabbit Hole is one of the very few salons in London that are 100% vegan! The products, ingredients and snacks are all plant-based, with the staff also following vegan lifestyles. You can expect a long list of hair services on offer and the warmest reception from their staff. The salon itself is chic and minimal, with green rabbits perfectly positioned around the venue to add a splash of colour. And upon arrival, guests are offered complimentary tea, coffee and biscuits to add the to the experience. Who doesn’t love a freebie?
6A Charleville Road, Hammersmith, W14 9JL.
10. Chaps & Dames, Finsbury Park
This unisex salon boasts an impressive list of sleek hairstyles that are ready to adorn any trendy head of hair. From slicked back orange locks to sharp 60’s inspired pixie cuts, we recommend going to this place when you’re in need of a bit of a revamp.
154 Tollington Park, near Crouch Hill station, N4 3AD.
11. Paul Edmonds, South Kensington and Battersea
Be transported into a chic Knightsbridge home (a new branch at Battersea Power Station is also worth a trip) with these lovely interiors and kick back, relax and have a blowdry almost as luxurious as your surroundings. The prices certainly are not cheap but if you’re willing to splash the cash, then go in for a bespoke facial or one using LED light technology. Fancy.
217 Brompton Road, Chelsea, near South Kensington station, SW3 2EJ.
12. Tuttii Fruittii, Deptford
This eccentric, colourful and vibrant hairdresser caters to all hair types, meaning that whether your hair is straight, curly or coily, you can receive the hair transformation you truly deserve. Tuttii Fruittii is run by an incredible clown-duo that has made a conscious effort to create a safe space for all genders, races, sexualities, sizes and ages. And their mission is to enable guests to be their most authentic selves and ‘feel free to play with their identity’. You will surely fall in love with the playful interior and the warmth of the owners.
2C Douglas Way, Deptford, SE8 4AG.
13. The Curious Comb, Greenwich
The Curious Comb is a boutique salon, focusing on innovative hair colouring, balayage and permanent hair straightening. They offer an array of services for both men and women, however they are notorious for their mermaid inspired creation. The decor inside is inspired by the 1950s and comprises vintage furniture and unique pieces. Heads up: their vintage washing machines are a great spot for a post-hair do photo!
5-7 Hazel Lane, Greenwich Peninsula,SE10 9FZ.
14. Blue Tit, Multiple Locations
Okay, the name is rather humorous, but this award-winning boutique hairdressers has no fewer than ten salons all over London. Our favourite is perhaps the Dalston branch, which is covered in vintage photographs, brick walls and lots of upcycled knick knacks.
See their full list of locations here.