Whether you want a complete colour change, quick trim or top-to-toe beauty experience, here's a round-up of the Bazaar beauty team's favourite salons
One of the hottest names in hairdressing, Larry King is an A-list-favourite who works with the likes of David Beckham and the Delevingnes. Famed for his beautifully structured haircuts (as well as being the King of cutting curls), you'll find the talent at his namesake salon in South Ken – when he's not styling hair for front covers and fashion shoots. The Insta-worthy boutique salon has a lounge-like vibe, complete with a cocktail drinks trolley and the perfect selfie lighting. Handy, as you'll want to capture your cut and/or colour on camera immediately, trust us.
For more information, visit larryking.co.uk
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.
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).
For more information, visit georgenorthwood.com
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.
For more information, visit johansford.com
Percy & Reed
With locations in East (Spitalfields, pictured) and West (Great Portland Street), Percy & Reed salons are up there with the best. The babies of veteran stylists Paul Percival and Adam Reed who know everything there is to know about good hair, these salons are excellently executed with superb staff to boot. We recently had a colour refresh with Reed (he took Bazaar's digital beauty director's blonde from lacklustre to luxe) using the L'Oreal Professionnel Smart Bond strengthening system to prevent any potential breakage. We highly recommend.
For more information, visit percyandreed.com
Taylor Taylor London
While Taylor Taylor London’s Shoreditch salon remains its flagship, in addition to the Notting Hill branch comes its gorgeous new home at Liberty London. With 12 individual cutting stations and six wash basins, it’s a sizeable space with stunning décor – from a statement chandelier to a sprinkling of classic Liberty prints throughout the soft furnishings. Speaking of which, the luxury salon offers a unique styling service, ‘Tie It Up’, where you can choose iconic Liberty prints and scarves to be skilfully woven into an up-do. Styling, cut or colour, a visit makes the ultimate pit stop while you shop the capital’s dreamiest department store.
For more information, visit taylortaylorlondon.com
Aveda’s flagship salon may be in the heart of Holborn, but it feels like a tranquil retreat in the busy west end. A one-stop-shop for haircuts, colour, styling, and a whole host of face and body treatments, the Aveda Institute feels more like a spa than a salon. The hairstyling space is light, spacious and welcoming, with herbal tea on tap. You can choose one of the Aveda aromatherapy oils for a head and neck massage before your haircut, selected by smell rather than sight so it instinctively matches your mood. Your stylists then takes the time to talk through how you normally wear your hair and listen to your concerns, removing any stress that you’re going to leave with something you didn’t want. Not a chance, in fact. The destination is everything you’d hope for from the brand; high-performance while eco-friendly.
For more information, visit aveda.co.uk
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.
For more information, visit pauledmonds.com
Michael John is the hair maestro behind Aldo Coppola which keeps its regular clients coming back for more. His inventive chignon cut follows the shape of the head, framing the face perfectly and leaving you with volume for days (even when you wash and dry at home). Don’t skip on the salon's signature hair treatments: the formulations are proudly made with all-natural ingredients including freshly squeezed orange juice (quite literally in front of you), cocoa butter and Mediterranean herbs, skilfully applied to the strands and scalp to improve the health and vitality of the hair.
For more information, visit aldocoppola.co.uk
Salon-slash-social hub, Salon64 is reinventing the hairdressers as we know it. Pop in for your full cut and colour, a quick blow-dry, or simply for a coffee or some bubbles at the bar - no hair appointment necessary: it offers some sanctuary in Soho whenever you fancy. Do book in with the man behind the salon, stylist Ricky Walters, for when your hair needs a pick-me-up - you won't be disappointed. Charge your phone, catch up with friends and stay to touch-up your make-up, the team will make you very welcome.
For more information, visit salon64.co.uk
Tucked away in the heart of Notting Hill, Stil salon needs to be on your radar when it comes to the best in the city. Founder and award-winning colourist Christel Ludqvist has developed the “prism lights method”, an alternative to the popular balayage, which involves light reflecting colour effect that’s delicate, natural and feels very luxe. The technique is hand painted and uses two tones of lighter shades for a multidimensional effect. The salon is decorated beautifully and reflects Ludqvist’s Scandi roots, the staff are so friendly and she even brings her little dog Bertie to work. Stil excels in expertise, service and style, but best of all it’s at an affordable price.
For more information, visit stil-salon.com
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.
For more information, visit glasshousesalon.co.uk
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.
For more information, visit thened.com
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.
For more information, visit giellygreen.co.uk
Neville Hair and Beauty
Repeat clients, from celebrities to models to royals, are the norm at Neville and, upon visiting, it’s not hard to see why. The renowned London salon may be regulars backstage at London Fashion Week and the Paris couture shows, but its adept, highly skilled staff have lost none of their charm or warmth. Each cut, colour and styling session starts with a consultation whereby your hair type will be assessed, you’ll be truly listened to and advised accordingly. Its razor cuts – which can be damaging under the wrong stylist - come highly recommended, creating a swingy, textured look that will earn you lots of compliments. The flagship salon in Belgravia also offers a food and drinks menu in case you get peckish before or after your appointment. At Neville, the customer is the focus and it shows.
For more information, visit nevillehairandbeauty.net
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.
For more information, visit nicolaclarkeatjohnfrieda.com
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.
For more information, visit thechapel.co.uk
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.
For more information, visit Charlesworthingtonsalons.com
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.
For more information, visit windleandmoodie.com
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.
For more information, visit bluetitlondon.com
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.
For more information, visit hareandbone.co.uk
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.
For more information, visit joshwoodcolour.com
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.
For more information, visit danielgalvin.com
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.
For more information visit butcherssalon.com
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.
For more information, visit salonsloane.com