Does your barnet need refreshing? Does your beard need a trim? The capital is home to some of the best hair salons in the world and we’ve compiled a list of the 20 best independent hair salons that you can find in London. Stop putting off your mop chop and pay one of these salons a visit…they’re all fantastic and it’s been a tough choice choosing our top 20!
As well as being known for its extended appointment times and celebrity stylists, Taylor Taylor is equipped with a free cocktail bar to quench your thirst. This independent hair salon fits right in with its Shoreditch location with its classy interior being inspired by an elegant mix of French Baroque and 18th century England.
Where: 137 Commercial Street, London, E1 6BJ
Flaxon Ptootch, much like its name, is full of quirk. Not only is it a hair salon, but it also doubles up as an art gallery. Conveniently located next to Kentishtown tube station, this is the perfect salon for any art lover who wants a good barnet.
Where: 327 Kentish Town Road, London, NW5 2JT
3. Atherton Cox
Striking the right balance between stylish and cosy, it’s no wonder that Atherton Cox hair and beauty salon has been going strong for fifteen years. Sat right in the heart of Marylebone, there is no style that Atherton Cox can’t create for you, but rumour has it that their real prowess lies with a cut and blowdry.
Where: 18 New Cavendish Street, London, W1G 8UR
Home to the renowned Mark Woolley, Electric is one of London’s most popular salons. When you enter the Electric Studio, you will be met by an experienced stylist who will ensure that your salon experience is as flawless as your new do, so you can walk the London streets in style.
Where: 29 Thayer Street, London, W1U 2QW
5. Blue Tit
This is a unique, boutique hair salon exclusive to London. And, in true London style, it is complete with its own coffee bar. Using only natural products, the salon itself is decorated with foliage and shabby-chic decor and prides itself on making hairdressing an enjoyable experience for the customer, rather than a chore.
Where: 7 Stoke Newington Road, London, N16 8BH
6. Unruly Curls
Have you been eating your crusts? Unruly Curls is an independent hair salon that embraces your waves and listens to what your hair wants to do. Whatever your hair’s’ texture, colour or style, it will thank you for treating it to this exceptional salon.
Where: 2 Olaf Street, London, W11 4BE
This two story high hair salon, which also has a gallery space that rotates its collection every three months, welcomes its guests with world class service and an extensive complimentary drinks list. It has a minimalistic interior, leaving all eyes on you as you walk out onto the Shoreditch streets with your new haircut.
Where: 93-97 Redchurch Street, London, E2 7DJ
Butchers is a hair salon that specialises in taming your hair with natural ingredients – looking after both your hair and the environment. The owners, Susannah and Katie, claim to be on a mission to obliterate bad hair from existence, so if you think your barnet needs some serious attention, these two can definitely work their magic.
Where: 63 Hackney Road, London, E2 7NX
This salon was co-founded by Ricky Lee Jones and Stewart Payne after the pair met working at Taylor Taylor. They pride themselves on making every clients’ visit a pleasure, offering them the full attention of their talented team as well as unprecedented customer service, all at a reasonable price.
Where: 45 St. Martins Lane, London, WC2N 4HX
10. The Painted Lady
The Painted Lady is the perfect independent salon for parties or group bookings. You can choose from a variety of packages including Femme Fatale and Vintage Vixen. All of The Painted Lady’s stylish treatments will have you feeling and looking like a million dollars.
Where: 65 Redchurch Street, London, E2 7DJ
11. Daniel Galvin
The Daniel Galvin hair salon specialises in colour treatments. So whether you want to go bold or just cover up those pesky greys, with complimentary consultations, you have no excuse to not pay them a visit whilst you’re in London.
Where: 67 Abington Road, London, W8 6AN
12. Barbers Point
This independent salon has made it onto our list for its famous mod cuts. With Barbers Point, you can take yourself back to the 1960s with a mod cut, or be a rocker and try out a restyle, wash and blowdry.
Where: 7 Kingly Street, London, W1B 5PG
13. Hair Republic
If unconventional is more your style, you’ll love Hair Republic. This salon was founded on the values of providing its customers with something new; combining the top stylists that bigger salons have to offer with the more personal feel of a small franchise – however you want to wear your hair, you’re bound to feel at home at Hair Republic.
Where: 108 Upper Richmond Road, London, SW15 2SP
14. Saco Hair
Slick, chic and full of style – but what else would you expect from a top London salon? The stylists are trained in the Saco Academy, giving you an expert haircut experience exclusive to Saco Hair. Saco experts are masters of their field, providing you with perms, brazilian blow drys and everything inbetween.
Where: 4 Charlotte Place, London, W1T 1SE
Windle and Moodie have not only known for being named as ‘London’s best hairdressers’ by Timeout, but they are renowned for their 7 famous hair treatments. Their tea-infused shampoos, conditioners and masques will be sure to give your hair whatever it needs to be on top form.
Where: 41-45 Shorts Gardens, London, WC2H 9AP
Josh Wood Atelier’s jungle-themed interior is a breath of fresh air for its clients, offering an escape from the Big Smoke whilst they get primped and preened by one of the industry’s finest hairdressers. This salon is brimming with creativity and bespoke decor, holding testimony to its ambition to stray away from the conventional salon atmosphere.
Where: 6 Landsdowne Mews, London, W11 3AN
17. Percy and Reed
Percy and Reed are experienced stylists who have seen to the barnets of countless A-listers. They wanted to use their top-notch knowledge to grace Londoners with fabulous haircuts at an affordable price. Here you can get up-do’s for any occasion or take a trip to the more unusual ‘make up for hair service’, which is designed to highlight and contour your hair to enhance your face.
Where: 157C Great Portland Street, London, W1W 6QS
As the master of all hair and salon trades, you can find whatever you’re looking for at Independent mindbodysoul. This salon is all about relaxation and natural products, so whether you want to go for a cut and colour or chill out with a pregnancy massage, you’ll be sure to feel zen as you walk out of the doors.
Where: 87 Balham High Road, London, SW12 9AP
Before sitting in the seats of Alfred Dunhill Spa and Barber, each customer is given an assessment of their needs. Specialising in men’s grooming, this salon offers everything you need to look fabulous, from your quiff to your beard. But it’s not just exceptional wet shaves and beard trimmings that gives this salon its charm, it also offers a variety of spa treatments, including a groom, best man and usher experience.
Where: 2 Davies Street, London, W1K 3DJ
At the more expensive side of our list, Gentlemen’s Tonic is the perfect salon for male grooming – particularly their ‘Father & Son’ offer where you can get a complimentary bloody mary as your son gets his haircut, and your son is treated to a morning of cartoons while you have your hair cut.
Where: 31A Bruton Place, London, W1J 6NN
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