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The Best Hairdressers In London

In order to identify the top talent across the capital, we’ve scoured Treatwell to find the highest-rated hairdressers in London. Namely, hair salons that have a 5-star reviews based on at least 250 customers. Because that many customers can't be wrong, can they? Here is a list of the most popular salons, and what they each do best.

When it comes to finding the best hairdressers in London, the proof is most certainly in the pudding, which in this case is the reflection seen in the mirror once tools have been downed.

In the modern era, the honest public review along with before and after pictures posted on social media reign supreme. Leaving as much room to hide as the dreaded root regrowth, customer reviews will tell it exactly how it is, including whether their hair was left feeling fly or indeed, more flyaway.

Best Hair Salons in London

The following hairdressers are the "best" salons based on the number of 5-Star Treatwell customer star ratings. That is, the top salons have earned 5-star reviews in Treatwell from the highest numbers of customers. A rating based on more customers is certainly more reliable, so ranks higher in our results. Here are the winners.

RankingNumber of 5-Star ReviewsSalon NameAddressMost Popular Services
1644Noble Hair London64 South Ealing Road, South Ealing, W5 4QBWash, cut, dry; bayalage
2561Amy Star Hair Salon54 Shirley Road, Shirley, CR0 7EPWash, cut, dry; colour (bayalage, T-section highlight and root tint)
3470J&K Hairdressing157 Blackstock Road, London, N4 2JSBlow dry; alfaparf conditioning
4383Heads High Brixton54 Atlantic Road, Brixton, SW9 8PZWash, cut, dry; root drag; olaplex
5267Taylor Rose Hair Extensions London818 Garratt Lane, London, SW17 0LZHair extensions
6263Hopkins Hairdressing Ltd49 Warwick Way, Pimlico, SW1V 1QSOlaplex and blow dry

Noble Hair London tops the charts—their 5-star review is based on a remarkable 644 customers. That means nearly nearly 650 customers have decided Noble delivers a top-notch service. Their most popular services are wash, cut, dry and bayalage, earning them the title of Best Balayage in London. Read more about Noble below.

Amy Star Hair Salon, known for wash, cut, dry and colour (primarily bayalage, T-section highlights and root tints), came 2nd, with 561 customers awarding then a 5-star rating. As a result, they've earned the title of Best Overall Colour in London. Read more about Amy Star below.

J&K Hairdressing came 3rd with a 5-star review based on a remarkable 470 customers. That means nearly 500 customers have decided J&K delivers a top-notch service, mainly for blow dries and alfaparf conditioning, earning them the title of Best Blow Dry in London. Read more about J&K below.

While Heads High Brixton ranked 4th in terms of the number of 5-star reviews, we consider them to be the best all-around London hairdresser because their popular services range from wash, cut, dries to roots to olaplex treatments. Their customers rate them highly on a wide range of services. Read more about Heads High Brixton below.

Taylor Rose came 5th with 267 customers contributing to their 5-star review; they specialise in hair extensions. Read more about Taylor Rose, the best hair extensions in London.

Hopkins Hairdressing in Pimlico is sought after for the Olaplex and blow dries, with 263 customers awarding them a 5-star average putting them in 6th place. Read more about Hopkins, the best olaplex in London.

Best Balayage In London: Noble Hair Salon

  • 5-star reviews: 644
  • Most popular services: Balayage, blow dries, cutting and washing.
  • Location: 4 South Ealing Road, South Ealing, London, W5 4QB

Located just moments from South Ealing Station is Noble Hair Salon, where stylist Heidi Nel is famed for her talent and innovative approach to colour application. Treatwell customers have been extremely quick to praise the “world class treatment that’s delivered at a local price” at Noble Hair, with its balayage services at the top of the billing.

Whether adding caramel tones to brunette hair or enhancing the lightness of blonde hair, balayage at Noble Hair not only gives effortless results but the hair condition is maintained by the nourishing treatments that are applied during the process. Included in the price of a balayage treatment is a cut and a professional blow dry or just the blow dry, ensuring the finished result will be shown off in the best light.

Balayage overview: For those in search of more dimension to their hair colour without committing to a full head of colour, balayage is the way to go. The process involves strategically painting sections of the hair giving a natural sun-kissed that’s ultra low maintenance.

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Best Hair Colour Salon In London: Amy Star Hair Salon

  • 5-star reviews: 561
  • Most popular services: balayage, blow drys, cutting, T-section highlights, root tints, washing.
  • Location: 54 Shirley Road, Shirley, CR0 7EP

It would be all too easy to drop a pin on a concentrated area of central London in search of the capital’s best hair colourists. But in terms of honest Treatwell reviews that cover the entirety of London, the people have spoken, and it’s Amy Star’s salon in Croydon that they are raving about.

With 14 years spent working within the hairdressing industry, Amy Star is renowned for her incredibly diverse client base. Where colouring is concerned such experience is invaluable since there is no one size fits all solution to hair colour. This is especially the case when factoring in the heritage of the client, which will ultimately affect which products are suitable, along with which tones and processes will achieve the desired outcome.

Amy’s social media page is awash with tricky to master brights just as it is subtle blondes and glossy brunettes. Though the hair types of her clients vary dramatically, the one consistent element is that the hair is left in a healthy condition with plenty of bounce and movement. Knowledgeable colourists that can work across so many different hair types are rare, making it easy to see why Amy is so highly rated by her clients.

Colour overview: A great colour involves considering the client’s natural hair colour, skin tone and current hair condition to deliver a tailored outcome that suits the unique attributes of the client. Whether opting for icy blonde or luscious raven tones, a colourist must have an expert eye to ensure the health of the hair will be maintained, and that the outcome will suit the client’s individual features.

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Best Hair Extensions In London: Taylor Rose Hair Extensions London

  • 5-star reviews: 267
  • Most popular services: Hair extensions
  • Location: 818 Garratt Lane, London, SW17 0LZ

On an unassuming residential street in Tooting lies a hair extension salon that has clients travelling from far and wide to experience. Taylor Rose Hair Extensions uses Russian hair that is applied using the micro ring method, which involves using undetectable copper rings to hold the hair in place. It is considered one of the least damaging types of hair extensions available.

Clients particularly appreciate how thorough the consultation stage is, as it ensures the finished look will perfectly suit the hair colour of the client while meeting their desired length. The service is carried out in a modern salon with an incredibly welcoming environment, which instantly puts patrons at ease. Though the end result is where it’s at, and the soft, glamorous looks that client’s rave about on social media is worthy of any Rapunzel wannabe.

Hair extensions overview: Hair extensions offer the quickest and easiest way to achieving longer and fuller looking hair. There are various types of hair extensions available with some of the most popular including micro ring, halo, tape-in, weft and weave hair extensions.

It’s essential that hair extensions are installed correctly to ensure a professional result while minimising the potential for damage. Typical hair extensions last for 3-4 months before needing to be redone.

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Best Blow Dry In London: J&K Hairdressing

  • 5-star reviews: 470
  • Most popular services: Alfaparf conditioning, blow dries
  • Location: 157 Blackstock Road, Finsbury Park, London, N4 2JS

There is an incredible amount of elbow grease that goes into winning the title of ‘exceptional for blow dries’ on Treatwell. J&K Hairdressing of Finsbury Park has done just that, with additional ‘top rated’ salon awards for 2019 and 2020.

A great blow dry can quite literally change someone’s posture as they stand tall with their shoulders back, brimming with confidence. A recent review of the salon stated the client received “at least 10 compliments’ following their treatment” which certainly taps into this mantra.

Products are undoubtedly a huge aspect of what makes a blow dry great, and J&K Hairdressing uses Alfaparf Milano for the job, with stylist Jennifer Kavanagh winning the award for ‘Alfaparf Milano Fantastic Hairdresser of the Year Awards 2017-2018’. In short, Alfaparf products cater to a wide range of hair needs including wavy, textured, shine, volume and hold. This makes all the difference where blow dries are concerned, because unless the hair is dried with the correct hair texture in mind, it will not fall correctly on the face, let alone last properly.

The salon’s client gallery is an endless stream of ultra sleek blow dries as well as elegant curly blow dries, both of which are abundant in light and shine that can only come from the correct products and techniques having been used throughout.

Blow dry overview: Whether finishing off a cut in the right way or wanting to look the part for a special occasion, blow dries involve washing and styling the hair. The hair will be blow dried, and sometimes the look will be finished using tools such as curling tongs or straighteners.

Compared with clients attempting their own hairstyling, blow dries offer the advantage of the professional being stood behind the client, meaning they can cover all the angles that are impossible to do alone. Add in years of experience, professional products and tools and it’s no wonder blow dries make clients feel like a million dollars.

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Best Olaplex In London: Hopkins Hairdressing Ltd

  • 5-star reviews: 263
  • Most popular services: Blow dries and Olaplex
  • Location: 49 Warwick Way, Pimlico, London, SW1V 1QS

When hair is feeling stressed beyond repair, only Olaplex will do. Hopkins Hairdressing Ltd in Pimlico has pipped others to the post for this mission, having been rated as Treatwell customers’ favourite place to get Olaplex applied.

Olaplex works best when it’s left for a little while to do its thing, and what better way to relax than the flatbed washing stations in the salon? Offering plenty of comfort, clients emerge with strengthened tresses without any of the discomfort normally associated with hair salons sinks and lengthy process times.

By far the most commented on attribute of the salon is owner Kevin’s warm personality, along with his ability to think on his feet to come up with innovative solutions. Given Olaplex can solve so many different woes, any hair that passes through this salon is in excellent hands.

Olaplex overview: Only invented in 2014, Olaplex is still relatively new to the market but this doesn’t diminish how revolutionary it’s become.

Olaplex is used as a hair repairing treatment either to maintain the condition of the hair in general, or to prevent damage when bleaching the hair. The product looks to repair the bonds of the hair strands, something that no product on the market previously was able to provide. In addition, the product itself is patented meaning no other product can or will ever replicate Olaplex.

There are various Olaplex treatments available, with some including Olaplex 1 and 2 only being available in salons.

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Best All-Around Hair Salon In London: Heads High Brixton

  • 5-star reviews: 383
  • Most popular services: Cutting, blow dries, Olaplex, root drag, washing.
  • Location: 54 Atlantic Road, Brixton, London, SW9 8PZ

Naming any hair salon ‘Heads High’ comes with a certain amount of expectation, and given Heads High Brixton is the best all-around hair salon in London according to Treatwell users, the crown is truly deserved.

From sharp angled bobs to flowing waves adorned with the most precise of colouring applications, Heads High can do it all. Not forgetting a range of men’s cutting techniques, which all too often get overlooked unless heading to a barbers. The service is so great that clients have noted in their reviews that they have followed its stylists across from their previous salons, which is surely one of the highest compliments a client can pay any salon.

What stands Heads High Brixton apart from the competition is the passion for their work, with founder Jacob Lindie having worked in the hairdressing industry since the tender age of 13. Some are born to do hair, and the exceptionally talented stylists that can be found here are a shining example of this.

What makes a great hair salon?: A recent review of Heads High sums it up perfectly: “Jacob never ceases to amaze me. He's able to provide the same really exceptional service whether you are the first of his jobs of the day, or the last.”

Ultimately, clients want to feel relaxed in the environment, safe in the knowledge the treatment they are booked in for will be tailored to their hair type, needs and preferences as a client. It’s also essential that a client feels as if they are getting the very best from their stylist in terms of the techniques used and advice given.

Repeat custom is also the biggest compliment anyone can give a hair salon since this means there’s never a thought better can be found elsewhere.

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