Salon

HAUG LONDON HAUS

Philipp Haug, who, along with his wife Siobhan, has opened Haug London Haus, a cute, sustainable boutique salon in the heart of Fitzrovia. The couple were previously at Toni + Guy working in the education department and have huge reps within the hair industry, though more so with trade than consumers, so opening a new salon was quite the gamble. Luckily it seems to have paid off. As well as access to these two master trainers and a squad of great staff, the salon also partners with Schwarzkopf to provide products and cutting edge tech, which allows you to see the health of your hair and offer a bespoke treatment to suit.

NOTICE SALON

Ultra-convenient for Liverpool Street commuters and Shoreditch office dwellers, Notice is a gender-neutral hair salon just off Shoreditch High Street. The prices here are based on hair length, rather than gender, with services including haircuts and restyling, highlights, balayage, tints, glosses and creative colours. They also have a sustainable ethos, using only natural brands (like Davines) and products free from parabens and sulphates to lower their environmental impact.

TOWNHOUSE

Already a sought after manicure spot in Fitzrovia, Kensington and inside Harrods, nail salon Townhouse has made a move east with a brand new site near Liverpool Street. The stylish spot, complete with minimal glam interiors, is just around the corner from Spitalfields market and Liverpool Street tube station. You can get all the classics at Townhouse’s Liverpool Street location – manicures, pedicures, gel colour and nail art – as well as some bonuses, including a strengthening treatment, massages, nail repair and callus removals. Colours can be chosen via their QR code system, which lets your browse the full Townhouse colour library, with over 150 to choose from. And it gets better: you can sip on a free cocktail while you have your treatment and take advantage of the great WiFi if you can’t afford to take too long of a break from work.

NEIL MOODIE STUDIO

Stylist Neil Moodie has been in the hair game for 35 years, during which time he’s created iconic looks for runway, red carpets and magazine covers. Now he’s opened his very first solo sustainable and inclusive studio on one side of Old Spitalfields Market. The two-floor space takes design inspo from the mid-century modern movement whilst also highlighting the character of the Grade II-listed building, so there’s exposed brick mixed in with lots of light wood, herringbone floors and dark blue tiling, with most of the materials being repurposed and upcycled (and all of those mag covers Neil has worked on are displayed on the walls downstairs too). The salon prides itself on offering a VIP level of service for every single client, whether you’re in for a wash or a full head of highlights, so you’re guaranteed to be well looked after. With gender neutral pricing, a commitment to sustainability (they use eco head taps, compostable hair towels, eco-friendly cleaning products and no single-use plastics or gloves amongst other measures), and top service, Neil Moodie Studio really does tick all the boxes.

LINNAEAN

London’s most Instagrammable spa, Linnaean is a one-stop-shop for all your beauty needs – everything from scalp detoxes to oxygen-infused facials. You’ll def want to try the deep tissue massage which will loosen the tightest knots, the ones we get slaving away in front of a laptop 24/7. And when you’re done, hit up the cafe and check out some of the gluten-free, healthy AF lunch options like the Goodness Bowl with melon seeded crackers, quinoa, guac, beet hummus, mixed salad, watermelon radish pickle, crudités and spiralised courgette topped with cashew lime mayo. Inside it’s a social media influencer’s dream with interiors of pale pinks, baby blues, gold finishes and a roof covered in flowers.

THE BOHEMIANS

If you’re after the chop in Deptford, there’s one place you should head for and that’s The Bohemians. As the name suggests, it’s boho vibes all the way with lots of exposed brick, vintage and repurposed furnishings (in fact 80% of everything in the salon is recycled and their working towards making that 100% by looking at ways to recycle hair), and plenty of foliage. Inclusivity is also big for The Bohemians; they have gender-neutral pricing, so you’re paying based on the work and on the stylist’s time, and they’ve recently introduced the option to book a silent appointment for those who find it difficult to chat during haircuts or for those who just want some quiet time in the chair. They also use Oway colour at the salon, which offers 100% colour payoff and grey coverage whilst also being vegan, ammonia-free and made with biodynamic and organic ingredients

PATRIZIA MANIAS

Milan brand Patrizia Manias has a shiny salon in Covent Garden and the space is molto elegante, we’re talking polished floors, orange leather chairs and a sleek black central unit with mirrors rising up from the middle. In fact if you were walking past and couldn’t see someone with foils in, you could easily mistake for it a gallery or high-end furniture store. These guys are known for innovative colouring techniques and super bouncy blow-dries. And, if it’s not just your hair that needs a little TLC Patrizia Manias can take care of your body too, as they offer a range of beauty services.

BOND

Bond is a boutique women’s-only salon that’s recently been listed as a finalist for the Most Wanted Awards’ ‘Best New Boutique Salon’. It’s tucked away on a quiet street just off Brick Lane – think loft apartment vibes with high ceilings, wood floor, exposed brick and orb lighting. The stylists are super friendly and really make an effort to give you a personalised service. Bond also has full length beds at the basins rather than just chairs so you don’t strain your neck so much, and you can properly relax during the head massage. It’s the perfect balance between a relaxed atmosphere and attentive, personal service, making it the kind of salon you just keep wanting to come back to.

EPILIUM & SKIN

Parisian clinic Epilium & Skin has brought French medical beauty to Marylebone with its cutting-edge surgical and non-surgical treatments, including everything from laser hair removal to coolscuplting to botox. The clinic also does medical grade facial treatments like Obagi Blue Peel, Hydrafacial and Dermapen. It’s not a place to come to feel all relaxed and zen but it is a place to come if you want real results.

BILLI CURRIE

We all know Chiltern Firehouse and Monocle Cafe, but one of Chiltern Street’s lesser known independent businesses is hair salon Billi Currie. And whilst it might not necessarily have the glitz and glam of Firehouse but what it lacks in plush sofas and champagne it makes up in talented hair stylists and experience, having been resident since 2007. The salon is spread over two floors with wash basins below and cutting chairs above. It offers a super efficient service, they use Evo products (which means they are sulphate-free and not tested on animals) and the whole team have quite the CVs.

STORY

Story is the first face only clinic in the UK and it’s all about accessible aesthetic treatments. It’s also run in partnership with the Harley Academy, the county’s top aesthetic medical school. As all of the doctors are trained to Level 7, the highest qualification in aesthetic medicine, your face is in very good hands. The clinic offers a totally individual approach to treatments, so you get a thorough (and free) consultation before you commit to anything, and they offer 24/7 aftercare with their post-treatment hotline. With treatments spanning fillers, non surgical lifts and skin boosters to dermaplaning, microneedling and skin peels, Story is a one-stop shop for all your facial needs.

THE LION & THE FOX

Yes it might sound like a local boozer but The Lion & The Fox is a creative hair salon that’s a cut above the rest. Founded by hair stylist Tim Pateman and photographer Leo Cackett, this industrial space features a cut and colouring floor, alongside an art and photography gallery. And whilst treating yourself to a new do, you can sip on Square Mile Coffee or even a glass of vino selected by Ruth Spivey. Trust us, you’ll want to make the most of every minute of your cut and colour appointment here.

BLUSH + BLOW

Blush + Blow, founded by make-up artist and beauty blogger Bridget O’Keeffe, is Fulham’s one stop-shop for all things beauty. As well as offering blow dries, hair extensions and colouring, the salon does manicures, spray tans, facials, massages, waxing, microblading, IPL, eyelash extensions, make-up and aesthetic treatments so you can treat yourself from top to toe. You can even get piercings done here too.

DUCK & PLUCK

Get your brows and lashes done alongside your blow dry as the Mayfair branch of Duck & Dry has launched Duck & Pluck. The brow and lash bar offers a range of threading and tinting services, meaning you can get all multiple treatments under one roof rather than trekking across town to different salons. With its straw lamps, bright yellow chairs and stone bar, it’s as Insta-worthy as the rest of Duck & Dry – and don’t forget to take advantage of the prosecco bar either.

RH LONDON

Ethical hair extension specialist Richy Hair is not only good at adding hair to your bonce, they now have their own townhouse in West London with a salon, meaning they can cut, treat and blow dry your locks even if you don’t need extra hair. Located in Chelsea on the super cute Walton Street, RH London certainly stands out from its neighbours with a huge floral display outside, which also doubles as the ideal insta op – just add a new head of hair and you’re influencing in the wild. And with a focus on slowing down and enjoying some ‘me’ time, the four-story townhouse has ample space for clients to relax after treatments.

CLO&FLO

Chloe & Florence Bellas first launched Clo&Flo in South Kensington, a studio that combines their backgrounds in pilates and hairdressing, and now they’ve expanded to Borough with a second, very Instagrammable salon. It’s a space where you can get your hair done, have a manicure and work out in a pilates session all under one roof making it perfect for busy Londoners.

RAWR BEAUTY

Beauty salon brand RAWR certainly know how to make a statement, all you need to do is look at their decor to tell you that they don’t mess around. There’s an orange floor, blue walls and a strong jungle theme that extends from the palm print wallpaper to the foliage to the swinging monkey lamps above the nail bar. They specialise in brows, lashes and nails but with a team of expert therapists on hand, they also offer waxing, blowdries and massages. RAWR knows we’re all strapped for time, so the salon offers speedy treatments like threading, tints and file & polish manis that are ideal for squeezing in on your lunch break, as well as more intensive options like TLC pedicures and lash extensions for when you want something more glam.

ADAM ATELIER

Adam Grooming Atelier, Liverpool Street, Brushfield Street, London

ADAM have eight barbers around London, with the latest opening up in Spitalfields (where Rola Wala used to be weirdly enough). ADAM successfully fuses the traditional Turkish barbers with some of the more hipster salons that have popped up in London in the last few years. The design is vert futuristic, almost nightclub-y, with lots of mirrors, lights and a thumping soundtrack. There’s beers, whisky, and Turkish coffee on offer so you’ll be well looked after before you’ve even had a hair snipped. There’s a big range of pro services on offer, from a traditional haircut which includes a consultation, wash, cut, dry, second wash, hot towel, friction scalp massage, dry, finish and style, to new grooming services such as facials & manicures. We even had the tiny hairs on our ears singed off with a flaming cotton wool bud – a new one on us! With reasonable prices and top service, ADAM is probably about the most fun you can have at the barbers.

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