Presenting our hand-picked list of London’s best hair salons – from classic favourites to the new kids on the block, we’ve got you covered.
1. Daniel Hersheson
Hersheson’s flagship branch is nestled in the heart of Mayfair on Conduit Street. A cut and finish by Daniel will set you back £300 (£150 for men), but judging by his list of clients – from the Duchess of Cambridge to Sienna Miller – it’ll be worth every penny. If you’ve only got 30 minutes, head over to Hersheson’s Blow Dry Bars in Topshop, Westfield London and One New Change.
45 Conduit St, London, W1S 2YN
2. Joe and Co.
For a modern cut, shave and beard trim look no further. This Soho favourite is fast becoming a classic in our books. Rumour has it, they even offer you a beer whilst you get groomed – what’s not to love? Ask for #barberstar Hayley, who’s got over a decade of experience under her belt.
7 Greens Court, London, W1F 0HQ
Set up by four of London’s top hair colourists, FOUR has got everything from highlights to your roots covered. Free wifi and iPads are available for clients on request. Plus, their in-house chef, Debbie will whip up an entire breakfast or lunch menu for you. Enough said.
62 Conduit Street, London, W1S 2GB
4. J. Moriyama Hair Design
The Japanese are all about precision and when it comes to hairdressing, J. Moriyama is no exception. Ask for Seiko in their Marylebone branch, she gives a wicked head massage post-haircut. Something we’ll never object to.
58 Upper Montagu Street, London, W1H 1FP
5. Jo Hansford
She needs no introduction, but US Vogue sums Jo Hansford up perfectly: “the best tinter on the planet.” A firm favourite with A-listers like Angelina Jolie and Gwyneth Palthrow, a full head of highlights starts from £205.
48 South Audley Street, London W1K 2QB
6. The Chapel, Islington
Professional, friendly and not one bit pretentious, The Chapel charges by the hour (starting at £49) but they make every minute count. A client’s first visit includes a free 15-minute consultation that’ll get you acquainted with your stylist. Ask for Danni Smith – a firm favourite and wedding hair specialist.
394-396 St John Street, London, EC1V 4NJ
Hurwundeki means “hair” in the Jeju Island dialect of South Korea. Haircuts last approximately 15 to 19 minutes and are charged at £14 (£9 for men). For a premium 30-minute version by Ki Chul-lee – the owner and former top hairdresser in Seoul – a wash, style and cut is £29 (£24 for men). Order a stone bowl of bibimbap post-hair cut for £7.90. You guessed it, a strategic wall separates the hair salon from an authentic Korean restaurant!
Arch 298 Cambridge Heath Road, London, E2 9HA
8. Percy and Reed East
A welcome addition to Spitalfields, Adam Reed and Paul Percival’s second salon is wonderful. In particular, their colour consultation area helps you visualise – using a variety of lights – how your new hair colour will look like under differing luminosities. Diane Kruger and Agyness Deyn are fans. In a rush? Try Percy and Reed’s in-house “Eau My Goodness Shine & Fragrance Spray” for £22 – Sophie Dahl swears by it.
1 Fournier Street, London, E1 6QE
9. Atelier Josh Wood
Josh Wood and his team of colourists are a much-celebrated set, especially by Daphne Guinness and a whole string of blue-blooded VIPs. His Atelier in Notting Hill is as much a dream as it is a reality. If you can’t get an appointment, try his sister salon at Liberty (3rd floor). Quote “LibertyLab” when booking and receive 25% off your first appointment on Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday.
6 Lansdowne Mews, London, W11 3AN
LIBERTY, 3rd Floor, London, W1B 5AH
10. London School of Barbering
Guys, if you’re in need of a haircut (and have lots of time) the London School of Barbering offers them free – including shampoo and finish – in Covent Garden’s Drury Lane. A session usually lasts for 1-1.5 hours and you get to pick your own style. Perfect for students who’ve got Wednesday afternoon off!
186 Drury Ln, London, WC2B