Bad hair day? I know the feeling! But there’s plenty of hair salons to the rescue in London. So many in fact, that it can be difficult to decide where to go. I’ve never been able to stick to one stylist or particular salon, and have always experimented with my hair styles. I’ve done everything from bleaching, creative colour, keratin treatments, perms and even hair extensions! So I wanted to share some of my favourite London hair salons with you…
Not Another Salon – Best For Colour & FUN!
Based in Brick Lane, this funky salon has been a go-to for many people looking for something a little more funky. But don’t be fooled by their rainbow of interiors, these guys do creative colour – but more importantly they look after your hair!
Not Another Salon is also one of the first salons to be price transparent. It can be quite intimidating to go the salon, so the last thing you want to ask about is price. Most other places won’t even tell you this, and you just get hit with a fat bill at the end. The stylists here explain everything to you and give you an exact price before you agree to anything. They want to ensure you are as comfortable and happy before booking you in.
One of the other amazing things about the team at Not Another Salon, is that they genuinely care about the health of your hair. Not only will they help create the look you want, but they will do it in a way that will ensure your hair stays healthy. In fact, I’ve been there a few times now and overheard stylists advising their clients ‘not’ to dye their hair. Most other salons, will take your money and run. Not these guys!
Rush – Best For When You’re In A “Rush”
See what I did there? Rush are a popular hair salon chain with several salons all across London. I’ve been going to them for a few years now and I always get great service and value for money there. They are always reliable and have different levels of stylists to suit your requirements and budget.
All of their salons offer an amazing 50% off for new clients. They also have a great offer on at the moment for blow dries! So if you usually treat yourself to a blow dry, why not check out their special offers and discounts.
I recently had a trim and blow dry at their newly opened salon in Kentish Town and was so pleased with my cut. I’m normally always on edge when someone new is doing my hair. But the stylists there were fab! My boyfriend also got a hair cut and has vowed to go back and cheat on his normal stylist (sorry @Chris at Rush, Westfield Stratford) just to get his hair cut – they were that good!
The Chapel – Best For A Treat
Earlier this year I discovered this unique salon in Angel. The Chapel have a different way of doing things and aim to treat each customer to a dedicated experience during their appointment. They take their time during their consultations and don’t like to rush the process. They even encourage guests to come in earlier so that they can settle into their appointment.
They also make sure that each stylist stays with the client for the duration of the appointment. In most other salons, you will get a junior stylist or assistant washing or blow drying your hair and the bulk of the work done by your main stylist – who is also seeing to other clients. This isn’t the case at The Chapel. They make the point to only see to one client at a time.
An interesting factor is that they also don’t have different prices for services, and simply charge per hour. They will still of course quote you on how long a service should take, so you always have an idea of cost.
Hebe – Best For Hair Extensions
It’s been a while since I’ve had extensions in, mainly due to the high maintenance and cost! But when I did get mine done, I would always go to one of the Hebe salons. The first time I had these done, I went to one of the main hair extension chain salons – and it was terrible! The hair quality was poor and the actual extensions themselves didn’t last very long.
Luckily I discovered Hebe soon after and went there for the two additional times. My hair grew out and I haven’t needed to get them done again, but if I ever do, I’ll go to Hebe.
So that makes my recommendations of “best” salons in London. Have you ever been to any of these? Have any you’d like to recommend?