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Finding a hairdresser you trust with your precious locks can be a bit of a nightmare, especially in a sprawling metropolis like London. Everyone and their mother has one to recommend, but it might be the case that they have very different hair and want an entirely different service. With so many celebrity-endorsed places, it can be tricky to figure out which ones are worth the (often extortionate) prices, while on the other end of the spectrum there is a huge difference between a budget salon and one that offers good value.
Fortunately for you, we’ve compiled a list of the 11 best hairdressers in London. These places come with glowing recommendations, our own testing and varied price ranges and individual specialities. While some come with celebrity clients and celebrity price tags, there are still some that offer good value for money. If you're trying a new place, make sure you arrange a consultation first to make sure they can provide exactly what you're looking for.
If you can't quite stretch your budget to some of the pricier salons, most have their own product lines that are stocked both in the hairdressers and in certain shops. The Percy & Reed, Aveda and Josh Wood ranges are particularly popular, and you can buy all of them in Boots!
This low-key luxury salon is located in the heart of trendy Covent Garden and specialises in styling and colouring hair for photo shoots. Covers from magazines like Vogue adorn the walls, so you know you're in good hands. The decor is calm and minimalist, with a zen hair washing room complete with massaging chairs and relaxing music - falling asleep is almost inevitable!
They're known for being very professional and providing fantastic cuts and delicate colouring. Stylists specialise in either colour or cutting to perfect their technique. The prices are reasonable for a top London salon, but a range of stylists are available. Plus, there's a top-notch espresso machine and a selection of very fancy teas for you to enjoy.
Windle and Moodie also now have their own full luxury product range incorporating 'keratin technology' to help rebuild and fortify hair. The shampoo and conditioners don't contain sulphates (key if you've had a Brazillian blow dry or similar treatment) and less damaging to hair, so make sure you ask about the range whilst you're getting your hair styled!
Ps: Jesus is GREAT with colour and Fran likewise with cutting (from experience) - I mention with the risk that they may run out of appointments! Charles is also amazing with scissors and does a five star blow dry!Address: 41-45 Shorts Gardens, London WC2H 9APPhone: 020 7497 2393
When you step through the door of ESHK's new Clerkenwell salon after a hard day in the office, you breathe a sigh of relief that there isn't a hectic team of stylists running round to pounding music.
The decor and atmosphere is more spa than salon - with natural and reclaimed materials used throughout. Importantly, all the stylists are friendly, relaxed and in a good mood, taking the time to listen to their clients and decide on the cut or colour as you sip your complimentary drink.
They also do some of the best head massages I've ever had in a salon. So many salons neglect this detail, but it massively adds to a clients experience as it relaxes you for the rest of the cut, and potentially, day!
Because ESHK listen to what the client wants, and are also so expert at their profession, you're in no doubt of leaving with a cut that not only suits you, but was in-keeping or even better than what you wanted. If you really want to relax when having a hair cut, in the sure knowledge your hair is going to be looked after - go to ESHK, but don't expect the talented Dimitri! He'll surely be booked up already, by me!!Address: 14A/B Pitfield Street, London N1 6EYPhone: 020 7739 3211
If Louis XIV had designed a hairdresser, it probably would have looked like Taylor and Taylor. The place is packed with antique chairs, gilt mirrors and chandeliers, like Versailles in a salon. The shampoo room is a particularly spectacular gold extravaganza, akin to a very wealthy bank vault. They have three salons in London, with the flagship in Shoreditch, just next to Spitalfields market. The clientele are largely young and cool, and the complimentary cocktails go down a treat.Address: 137 Commercial St, London E1 6BJPhone: 020 7377 2737
In contrast to Taylor Taylor, Percy & Reed salon on Great Portland Street is a display of industrial chic, complete with concrete floor and modern chairs. Don't get us wrong though - the service is pure luxury. Clients are greeted with a steaming teapot of tea and shortbread, before moving on to a cut and/or colour by award-winning stylists. Their popular haircare line is also sold in store, so make sure you pick up some products before you go!Address: 157C Great Portland St, London W1W 6QSPhone: 020 7637 4634
Occupying the half of Bourdon House that isn't an exclusive men's club, the Alfred Dunhill salon is a little intimidating at first. Fortunately, the staff are kind and welcoming and you'll feel at home (albeit in a very posh, classic version of home) in no time. This place is without a doubt one of the best hairdressers in London for men, and offers everything from haircuts to wet and dry shaves. All you need is a martini in hand, and you'll mistake yourself for James Bond.Address: 2 Davies St, London W1K 3DJPhone: 020 7853 4440
As the flagship salon and education centre behind this gentle beauty brand, this place was always going to be good. Aveda products use botanicals instead of strong chemicals, so it's perfect for hair in need of some TLC. The salon itself is sleek and modern, and there's a spa and shop on site too for some extra pampering and products to take home.Address: 174-177 High Holborn, London WC1V 7AAPhone: 020 7759 7355
This self-confessed 'anti-salon' in Notting Hill is the latest outpost from celebrity hair darling Josh Wood. Along with getting a fabulous hairstyle, you can enjoy personalised playlists from your own iPad, bespoke flowers, contemporary art and a green living wall, just like your holiday house in the Caribbean. If that's not enough, they also have a concierge service, and a wide array of freshly made juices and smoothies. Think of it as a luxury retreat with a hairdressing service thrown in...Address: 6 Lansdowne Mews, London W11 3ANPhone: 0203 393 0977
If another salon has left you with barely a hair left after a terrible bleach, then The Philip Kingsley Clinic is the place to come. A team of professional trichologists are used to dealing with the worst hair disasters, and will have you back to normal in no time. They also treat all sorts of hair and scalp issues from thinning to extreme dryness, and will give you a very thorough debrief and consultation, and send you away with plenty of products to help maintain your new locks.Address: 54 Green St, London W1K 6RUPhone: 020 7629 4004
This London chain of salons has now spread throughout the South, but the quality hasn't diminished. While the salons do vary, Headmasters is the best option for a good value cut with a well-trained stylist. The salons are sleek and modern, and they offer frequent discounts and sales such as the VIP club (open to everyone, 25% discount), student discount and the twice yearly colour sale. A range of stylists from junior to senior can be booked too.Address: Various
10. Unruly Curls
Finally, a salon just for wavy-locked ladies (and men) who have been struggling to tame their hair. There is no curl these guys can't conquer, whether you want your hair de-frizzed or some lacklustre locks given shine and volume. The salon is classic and elegant, and the hairdressers knowledgeable. Without a doubt, this is the best hairdressers in London for curly hair.Address: 2 Olaf St, Hammersmith, London W11 4BEPhone: 020 7243 1030
11. Jones and Payne
Last, but definitely not least - Jones and Payne. Founded by two hairdressers who met at Taylor Taylor, Jones and Payne was voted Best London Hairdresser at the London Lifestyle Awards 2014. This Shoreditch salon is full of cool retro chairs, vintage gilt mirrors and big windows letting in plenty of light. Clients are offered cocktails and wine while their hair is snipped and styled, so it's impossible not to leave happy, relaxed and looking great.Address: 73 Curtain Rd, London EC2A 3BS
Phone:020 7613 6550
12. Renata Jon
When you have two salons, one in the heart of Hampstead Village and another in Chelsea, you must be doing something right. Renata Jon offers a range of haircuts for the ladies and for the gentlemen, from your standard wash and cuts to the more complex Yuko hair straightening. You can even catch Renata herself, who has styled many a hairdos in the fashion industry, cutting customers' hair at the Hampstead branch.