Beauty salons


Hershesons has torn up the salon rule book with their impressive new flagship on Berners Street, a one-stop beauty shop complete with a cafe-come-social space. In addition to cuts, colour and styling (they’re known for ‘cool girl’ hair that’s wearable with an edge of effortless luxury,) you can book in for all your beauty services. There’s DryBy on nails, Sunday Riley, Dr Barbara Sturm and The Light Salon offering skin treatments, plus Suman Brows and the Ministry of Waxing all under the one roof. Open 8am-8pm, it’s perfect for pre- or post-work appointments, or even for day-long pampering, should your schedule permit.

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Jo Hansford

Originally celebrated for outstanding colour services (which is the founder’s expertise), Jo Hansford in Mayfair delivers a wealth of world-class hair services with the deftest of touches. Whether you’re dropping in for a morning colour appointment and decide to take breakfast from the in-house chef, or enjoy the lunchtime buzz when in need of a trim (ask for Frankie), you’re sure to feel relaxed and in good hands. What’s more the salon is specifically designed so you don’t have to bellow over the sound of hairdryers when talking to your colourist, and it’s those little touches that count.

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Glasshouse Salon

If you are passionate about only using organic products and have struggled to find a salon that fits this need while also providing you with a modern and trendy cut or colour, you need to make an appointment at Hackney’s Glasshouse Salon. Located near London Fields (as part of the community at Netil House), the salon focuses on the long-term health of your hair by avoiding the use of harsh chemicals and only using naturally based products which will nourish your hair, keeping it looking great for longer, while also being better for the environment. The staff are knowledgable and excited about organic beauty, making this salon very much one of the future.

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Paul Edmonds London

Paul Edmonds London, (the official hair partner to the EE British Academy Film Awards, no less), has opened its second home at the iconic Battersea Power Station – and it’s all about luxury. Inspired by the restaurant world, in place of the reception desk you find a drinks bar, while the colour section features a bar where you can watch your colour being made and mixed whilst sipping on champagne, and there’s a separate, oh-so-chic, blow dry bar for express hair and nails. Anyone in SW11 is in for a treat.

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Natural Enhancement

They have 12 years’ experience; techniques have evolved into concept treatments, formed by extensive research & development and continuing professional education. They provide bespoke enhancements which are tailor-made to complement your unique skin tone and features, for a look that’s both attractive and natural. Their services include Areola Restoration, Scar Camouflage Micro-Hair Simulation, Vitiligo Re-pigmentation, Cleft Palate Restoration and many more other treatments.

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Ned’s Parlour

The hotel salon to beat all hotel salons, when you next pay a visit to The Ned be sure to treat your hair there, too. With an art deco ambience and unpretentious vibe, the two-station salon within the property’s sumptuous spa is chic and cosy in equal measure – quite the city’s hidden hair gem. See Nicole for the ultimate blow-dry that’s red carpet-worthy, and ultra-long lasting.

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Gielly Green at Four Seasons at Ten Trinity Square

Ten years after the launch of its flagship salon in Marylebone’s George Street, Gielly Green is taking its comfortable charm east. Situated within the Four Seasons Hotel at Ten Trinity Square, the new location offers an escape from the bustle of East London, creating a little piece of quiet just metres from the hordes of tourists and commuters pounding the pavements around Tower Hill. Relax in a Japanese-imported state-of-the-art reclining chair and enjoy an Indian head massage while your hair is washed, before putting yourself in the capable hands of founder Shai Greenberg’s styling team.

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Nicola Clarke at John Frieda

Famed colourist Nicola Clarke has taken the helm at John Frieda’s ultra-chic Margaret Street salon making it the new go-to destination for colour and cuts. Considered the queen bee of blonde, she counts Kate Winslet, Cate Blanchett, Jennifer Lawrence, Margot Robbie and Kate Moss amongst her clientele. No big deal. While you’ll want to book in with Clarke for her signature wearable-with-wow colour, you can also guarantee a stellar cut and blow-dry too. Oh, and they do superb manicures.

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The Chapel

One downside of a regular trip to the salon occurs post-appointment, on approach to the till. Was the conditioning treatment so casually applied complimentary or will the cost of that and other hidden extras await? The Chapel in Islington has done away with that sort of worry, charging by the hour for both colours and cuts and quoting a fixed estimation before starting. The plush double-fronted salon houses individual styling areas, along with a coffee bar and relaxation area, where clients can lounge while their colour develops. Perfect for North Londoners who can’t face a journey into zone 1.

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George Northwood

If you’re considering a drastic cut, hairstylist to the stars George Northwood is the man you want to see. The stylist responsible for the trademark locks of Alexa Chung, not to mention Rosie Huntington-Whiteley’s epic ‘lob’ (long bob), he’s a whizz with the scissors, with his own pop-up ‘bob bar’ to prove it. We wouldn’t let anyone else take us from long to short hair (although his team are amazing, too).

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Charles Worthington

He’s the main man behind all the BAFTA red carpet hairstyles and his salons celebrated their 30th anniversary last year – so it’s safe to say Charles Worthington and his team of hair experts can be relied upon to transform your tresses. What we love most is that we always leave with a style that can be recreated (with the help of their top tips) at home.

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Blue Tit

With salons in Dalston, Brixton, Peckham, East Village, Clapton, Brockley, Streatham and now Crouch Hill (pictured), Blue Tit has become the go-to spot for young creatives in the capital. We visited the Dalston salon, where the relaxed and low-key atmosphere made for an hour of pure relaxation. Get ready to sit back with a cocktail and enjoy a cut from a stylist who knows exactly how to update your look, whether you are after something drastic or subtle.

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Windle & Moodie

Windle & Moodie has been one of London’s buzziest salons for almost 30 years now and it’s easy to see why. The chic decor, with wooden floors and dark leather seats, has never dated, while the salon’s original founder is still cutting hair. Our favourite part is definitely the hair wash at the beginning: it takes place in a quiet, dark room that feels more like a spa than a hairdressers.

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Hare & Bone

Sam Burnett’s legendary salon in the heart of Fitzrovia is well worth a visit, especially if you are after a bit of a revamp. Stylists are trained specifically to prioritise cutting hair in a way that will suit every client, this includes everything from their bone structure to their personality. The salon’s niche is that they try to really get to know you, your lifestyle and what you want, before making any decisions on your cut. This means you can expect to leave with locks you love and a style that is guaranteed to suit you.

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Josh Wood

Josh Wood is without doubt one of the UK’s leading colourists, tending to the locks of celebrities including Kylie Minogue, Elle Macpherson and Laura Bailey. His secret? He has an incredible knack for assessing a client’s colouring, personality and style to create the perfect shade for them. Catch him at his salon in Holland Park.

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Daniel Galvin

Daniel Galvin is to hair colouring what Vidal Sasson was to hair cutting: a total game-changer. With more than 50 years’ experience, he’s revolutionised the world of colour and even has the OBE to prove it. His flagship salon spans 9,000 square feet, so getting an appointment, although tricky, won’t be impossible.

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Taylor Taylor London

Taylor Taylor London has been established for over a decade, but their new salon within the Liberty store on Regent Street has still created quite the buzz. Boasting beautiful interiors, a relaxed atmosphere and leading stylists who will transform your locks, the recently opened destination is definitely worth a visit. Alternatively, take your pick from one of their other three London locations; whether you’re in need of a total hair overhaul or a quick trim, your experience is sure to be an indulgent one.

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Salon Sloane

Salon Sloane’s co-founder John Vial is a familiar face backstage at Fashion Week. Among the salon’s plethora of talented stylists is Hannah Gaboardi, an experienced colourist with a gift for balayage, who should be your new go-to for perfectly blended sun-kissed highlights. For a cut with utmost precision, alongside a bouncy blow-dry that will last for days, book in with Giovanni Di Gesu. Or try acclaimed stylist, Ivan Ferreira’s invisible layering technique, aka the ‘no hair cut hair cut’ which works by cutting away split ends without compromising the length.

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Most of us have been the victim of a bad haircut at least once in our lives, when the stylist “butchers” our beautiful locks. Thankfully, this modern, buzzy salon in Hackney is not one of them, with it’s name being a complete misnomer. In fact, we left the hairdressers with a revamped mane, thanks in large part to owner Susannah Jones’ expert skills with a pair of scissors as well as her innate knack for knowing what your locks need. Little flourishes make the experience completely unforgettable – from the head and shoulder massage on arrival to balancing your chakras by finding the right Aveda scent.