For some, a trip to the
hairdressers is about as fun as an appointment with your dentist; looking at yourself in a mirror for four hours, seeing what you look like with your hair slicked back and inevitably chewing the fat about what holiday you've got booked or how much of a bastard your landlord is. Folks, it just doesn't have to be like that. In fact, getting a trim can be a downright heavenly experience – if you choose the right place.
We've collated seven of our favourite boutique
hair salons in London that will have you booking your next appointment before your blow dry is finished. From A-list celebrity favourites, to Refinery29 staffer's choice spots, here are the hair salons that are a cut above the rest (...#SorryNotSorry).
Bebop New kid on the block Bebop London is a gender-neutral salon opened in December 2017 by super stylists Pont Smith and Chloé Hervé. Previously at Myla & Davis and Bluetit, the duo opened their doors as a new boutique hair hangout with a focus on fashion and music hair culture. They're the first salon to bring LA brand R+Co to the UK, the #aesthetic products are proudly cruelty free, sustainable and made without sulphates and parabens. With sweet tunes and a glass of Sauvignon Blanc in hand, this is the place to get your locks looked after in 2018. 6 Hornsey Street, London, N7 8GR Tube: Holloway Road www.beboplondon.com @bebopldn
Myla & Davis
Myla & Davis If you don't follow Myla & Davis on Instagram, what the heck are you doing with your time? Even if you think you're not into following an account dedicated to follicles, you'll be screenshotting your wee heart out. Fashion writer and podcaster Pandora Sykes is a fan, as is TV presenter Laura Whitmore. It's ideal for anyone after fresh-as-a-daisy natural locks. Salons in East Dulwich, Brixton and Herne Hill www.mylaanddavis.co.uk @mylaanddavis
Not Another Salon
Not Another Salon Smack bang right in the middle of East London's Brick Lane, this relatively new salon is fast getting a reputation for the best ultra-bright colours in London. Not one for the faint-hearted, the salon is as Instagrammable as its yellow-haired owner, Sophia Hilton, whose trademark is serious colour transformations (pinks to blues, reds to purples) with seamless skill. You can also treat yourself to some mega cute nail art while having your hair did. 188 Brick Lane, London, E1 6SA www.notanothersalon.com @notanothersalon
Bleach Bleach - East London's cult cutters who defined generation Y's dip-dyed tresses. Founder Alex Brownshell's motto is 'life's a bleach and then you dye' and the salons have a similarly anarchic and cheeky feel to them. They opened their third London salon on Berwick Street in Soho last year, with Interiors by set designer David White the new salon is an open space with splashes of colour where London's club babies come to get their garnets spruced- not before capturing an obligatory #BleachSinkSelfie. Being on the cutting edge of colour trends they've even launched their own bold bright make-up range. Salons in Soho, Dalston and Brixton www.bleachlondon.co.uk @bleachlondon
Blue Tit Blue Tit is a low-key salon with a solid-reputation. You'd wouldn't be alone in mistaking the salon for a chintzy antique shop and it's quirky interiors are what the brand is known for. Think vintage leather boxes, floral wallpapers and battered leather couches and you're getting there. The homely feel is entirely mirrored by the friendly as anything staff that have got clients returning again and again. Head here to try out innovative new repairing product Olaplex, that we can't live without. There's eight locations to choose from across London, we love the Brooklyn loft feel of the new Crouch Hill salon. Salons in Clapton, Dalston, Stratford, Crouch Hill, Brockley, Streatham, Peckham and Brixton www.bluetitlondon.com @bluetitlondon
Taylor Taylor Tucked away on Commercial street (with numerous other branches now firmly under the tool-belt) this gem of a salon has gained a reputation as a Fashion Editor go-to. The exterior is somewhat discreet but inside you're greeted by a chandelier that would make Elton John blush and more velvet upholstery than Lawrence Loewllyn Bowen could fathom. Salons in Shoreditch, Portobello and Liberty London www.taylortaylorlondon.com @taylor_taylor_london
ESHK This salon's origins are in the heart of East London's Shoreditch, and it has 'classy' written all over it. Founded by Fernando Lopez and Meg Liu, ESHK now has four hair salons across London and Berlin. Looking more like a New York downtown bar than a hairdressers, the decor is glamorous and effortless; think milky-white tube tiles, dark wood and black painted walls. Go here for modern, quality cuts. Salons in Shoreditch, Clerkenwell and Barbican www.eshk-hair.com @eshkhair