We've tried and tested the most raved about UK hair salons to bring you the very best (2024)

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Finding the right hairdresser can be harder than finding a cute date (there's no Tinder for hair salon soulmates). And I don't know about you, but it's taken a whole lot of stress, deep conditioner and Tangle tee*zer's to get my hair in a place I'm happy not mad about, so the idea of giving someone carte blanche to chop and change my locks, fills me with dread.

That's why we've started a list of hair salons that are a cut above (soz) the rest. Each is known for pioneering the best-in-industry techniques, has received countless rave reviews, and has built up a chunky list of happy clients.

Visit one of the pit-stops below for a haircut or colour and I can guarantee your hair will be in good hands...

Best hair salons

Sisters Salon - West London

Set up by (you guessed it!) two sisters, Emma and Ashley’s salon in the heart of Sloane Square opened in 2022. Offering a relaxed and friendly feel from the get-go, every treatment comes with a proper consultation, so the stylists can really get a feel for what you’re after, as well as share the advice and guidance they’ve built up over a collective 20 years.

Alongside all the usual hair treatments, like bouncy blowdries or a head of highlights and tone, Sisters Salon also offer the full beauty works, with services like waxing, microblading and brows available in a downstairs studio. Essentially, a Princess Diaries makeover is on the cards, should that be what you’re after!

What they specialise in: As we mentioned, quite literally everything. But Sisters is making a name for themselves in the extensions department, thanks to the fact they’re ethically sourced and created exclusively for them, to give you that natural feel you might not be able to get elsewhere. They’re also brilliant at blondes, and will create a custom offering to suit what you might need. Root smudge? Face framing? Creamy blonde, with not a hint of yellow? Tick, tick, tick.

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Larry King - West London

Session stylist, Larry King, has worked with a-list stars across the world, including the likes of Jared Leto, Gigi Hadid, Karlie Kloss, and the Delevingne sisters.

Larry opened his flagship hair salon in South Kensington, in January 2017, and it's since become one of the most popular hair spots in London.

What they specialise in: Pretty much everything, tbh. Cuts, colour, you name it. But if you're ever in the market for luxury hair extensions (think model-like lengths, with zero TOWIE vibes), then book in for a consultation with Vicky Demetriou, she's possibly the best hair extensionist in London, tending the manes of the likes of Kristen Stewart and Alicia Vikander.

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Lush Hair Lab - Brighton

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Did you know that Lush Cosmetics have their very own hair salon? Well, neither did I until earlier this year when I discovered the brand had branched out into the world of cutting and dyeing with its very first standalone flagship salon in Brighton! So, as one does, I headed down to the seaside town to experience all that they had to offer…

What they specialise in: The lab, as they call it, offers a range of treatments including botanical hair washing with hard and soft water selections, herbal head spa experiences, hair cuts, henna dye treatments and styling. Plus, it's also an exclusive hair product retail shop and café!

When I attended, not only did I receive the best f*ck ass bob haircut I've ever had – courtesy of Yo Alexxi Kruiz – but I was also treated to my very first herbal head spa treatment by Junu Ye (spoiler: the dreamy 90-minute session had me falling asleep with rain music playing and head, leg and arm massages... aka, the works!).

To say this hair appointment changed my life would be an understatement... how ever will I go back to a regular cut and colour sesh?!

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Bleach London - East and South London

If you’re anything like us, you would know Bleach London as a leading box-colour brand in the drugstore. *War flashbacks of my experimental (yet still temporary!) lilac hair phase circa 2013* However, not only do they provide professional standard at-home colour kits, but Bleach London also hosts two IRL salons in London where you can get your hair bleached, dyed and/or cut! The OG flagship is located in Dalson and the second is south of the river in Brixton.

What they specialise in: Whether you want to go neon green or are after more of a natural brunette hue, no shade is off limits when it comes to London’s no.1 colour salon. Though, professionally speaking, the team will always readvise if your hair health is likely to be compromised in doing so – which we, ofc, always appreciate!

Now, while Bleach is known for its bleach (duh) and colouring products, the expert stylists in-house are well-versed in cutting and styling hair, too. Tom Gear was the genius behind my summer hair colour refresh, making sure to cater to my every need when styling my lengths. In other words, he created a ~whole~ Pinterest mood board to ensure my every textured bob fantasy was fulfilled. You're doing God's work, Tom.

So, if you’re after the full shebang, look no further. Plus, all colour services include a toner, Plex treatment and blow dry for the very best results! Winning!

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Aveda - Covent Garden

If you've ever tried Aveda's heavenly-smelling hard-working hair products, this salon does not disappoint. It's located near Covent Garden but it will feel like you're miles away from the hustle and bustle in this airy space.

You can treat yourself to everything from a haircut to a scalp treatment to a facial – the limit doesn't exist when it comes to how long you can camp out at Aveda's salon. Did we mention it's hijab-friendly too? Yep, you can book into one of the salon's rooms to give yourself some privacy for no extra charge.

What they specialise in: Colour, specifically redheads. Yes, I might be biased (as an Aveda-given redhead), but whenever a fellow pro does my hair, they always say 'Did you go to Aveda for your colour?' – apparently, their red hues are legendary and I can see why. I blindly trust Technical Education Director, Susann Hohlfeld, with my life hair.

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Josh Wood - West London

Nestled behind organic food shops, local delis and even a Buns From Home, Josh Wood is thriving in an unsuspecting mews house behind Holland Park station. The bustling yet chic salon is the perfect escape for a few hours of uninterrupted pampering, and with a team of highly attentive colourists and stylists, you can be sure you'll leave the salon with the haircut you were dreaming of.

What they specialise in: Like their in-store line of haircare and colour products, the salon makes for a dream team of colourists and stylists, famed for their ability to create personalised colour, tailored for the individual.

Complimentary drinks and gorgeous bathrooms are also part of the package, and if you've made it all the way to West London for your cut and colour you can treat yourself to a walk in gorgeous Holland Park after, making sure the world knows your hair has never looked better.

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Hari's Salon - West London

When it comes to super-chic London hairdressers, Hari's Fulham Road salon is one of the very best. The salon is warm, welcoming and relaxing, there's no pretentious vibe and no scary stylists, it's just a great place to sip a coffee whilst they work a little magic on your tresses. The salon itself has one of the dreamiest interiors, ever, with a botanical-inspired theme and plant-based menu on tap.

What they specialise in: Again, a multi-tasker when it comes to all things hair. The colour services are second to none, the salon is forever innovating with cool new techniques and in the process, setting colour trends across the hair industry.

The newest service, Wet-Lights, is a restorative colour treatment for over-processed bleach blondes and brassy brondes. It takes under an hour and is 50% faster and 50% healthier than all other traditional colour treatments. Smart, huh?

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Cuttlefish Eco Salons - Brighton & Lewes

If you're after a hair salon that embraces natural, cruelty-free, sustainable hairdressing Cuttlefish Eco Salons are where it's at. They always opt for the greenest products and techniques to ensure that your hair transformation is as environmentally clean as it is cute.

What they specialise in: All things hair! From beautiful balayages (go stalk their social media for LOTS of inspo) to dreamy deva cuts for curly locks. We're into it.

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Hershesons - Belgravia

There's a whole lot of competition to be crowned London's best hair salon, but OG Hershesons has long remained one of the most-talked-about hairdressers in the game. Despite all the new buzz-worthy salon launches, Hershesons remains a cult spot for those who want the highest quality cuts and colours.

What they specialise in: Colour has always been at the forefront of the salon's mind, and they're constantly on the lookout for new ways to re-invent traditional techniques to give clients a finish like no other.

The Berners Street space is way more than just a salon, with its own cafe, nail bar, brow technician, in-house Sunday Riley facialist and waxing expert, it's an all-star beauty destination.

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Taylor Taylor - Liberty London, Notting Hill and Shoreditch

If you're looking for a truly luxurious, treat-yourself experience, Taylor Taylor is the answer. Located in London's iconic Liberty department store, you'll feel like an A-lister from the second you walk through the door. Not only do they have a full (and delicious) complimentary co*cktail menu, but their expertly trained colour technicians and stylists are some of the best in the business.

What they specialise in: If you're looking for a bespoke, natural look, you're in the right place. Taylor Taylor prides itself on longer appointment times so you never feel rushed, creating a really personal experience and a cut or colour that feels fresh but perfectly 'you'.

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Kitch - Angel

Transport back to the 1950s with this kitchen concept salon in the heart of Angel, Islington, that offers full salon and barbering services – after all, who hasn't had their hair done in the kitchen? Quirky aesthetics aside, if you’re after environmentally conscious colouring services that use natural ingredients, PPD-free and ammonia-free products, then look no further because the Kevin Murphy brand is at the heart of Kitch.

What they specialise in: The Kitch team and salon encourage people's differences and celebrate individuality, treating everyone as equals by providing a price list based on hair length, time and products, not gender.

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MO ISO - Croyden

If you want curls with flair (and then some) you need to head to MO ISO. One of the founding salons of the Antidote Street Manifesto - which if you aren't familiar with it, is an agreement between a handful of London's best afro hair salons, committing to improve the quality of service for all their clients.

With oh-so-many services on offer, from silk presses to protective styles, it's well worth stopping by.

What they specialise in: Not only are MO ISO raising the bar when it comes to service, but they're also bringing so much creativity to both colouring and styling. Check their Instagram feed and I guarantee you'll be impressed by the ah-mazing transformations.

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Gatsby and Miller - Amersham

We first spied this salon on our Instagram feeds and instantly fell for the brand's chic charm. But it's not just awesome interiors, the salon was recently shortlisted for the British Hairdressing Business Awards Salon of the Year. Nice work, huh?

What they specialise in: If you're looking for beaut balayage, this is the salon to check out. Go and take a peek at their Instagram feed for a whole host of flawless before and after pics. Trust us, you won't be disappointed.

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Not Another Salon - Shoreditch

Located in the heart of Shoreditch on Brick Lane, Not Another Salon may have an interior larger than life (I’m talking rubber ducks on the walls) but it’s anything but intimidating. The team may love brightly coloured transformations but they also are all for a more natural look. Whatever it is that you’re after, however, hair health and condition is their no.1 priority – and we love to hear it. In other words, you’re in safe and capable hands!

What they specialise in: Not Another Salon has a ‘no judgment policy’, acknowledging anxiety and neurodiversity with services such as mirrorless and silent haircuts. The environment itself is a warm and friendly one, celebrating the LGBTQA+ community and those of every age and race, ability or belief.

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John Frieda - Mayfair

If you want to experiment with colour, without succumbing to some serious damage, John Frieda should be on your list. The salon in central London has been packed with beauty industry insiders from the get-go and always delivers on a hair transformation. Seriously, your hair will come out in much better condition than when you went in – that's a promise.

What they specialise in: Blondes. No matter whether you want a cool-toned peroxide hue or a warm bronde, Nicola Clarke is the queen of blonde hair. If you don't take our word for it, ask Kate Winslet or Cate Blanchett because Nicola is their go-to for their iconic blonde shades.

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