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A guide to London’s best hair salons that are reopening this weekend

These are The Glossary’s recommended salons to book into for those much-needed hair transformations, and here’s what they’re doing to make sure they’re Covid safe

Over the last few months of lockdown there are many things we’ve been dreaming of – visiting our favourite art gallery, heading to a concert, jetting off on a long-awaited holiday – but top of that list has to be booking an appointment at the hair salon. Untameable locks, shocking split ends and unsightly at-home dye jobs have left us all in need of expert attention – so this weekend’s grand reopening can’t come soon enough. 

But while salons across the city may be opening their doors, that doesn’t mean it’s going to be business as usual. All hairdressers need to comply with the government’s strict coronavirus restrictions, which means maintaining social distancing of at least one metre between each customer, with salons operating between 50% and 75% capacity, and staff wearing full PPE, including visors. Clients, meanwhile, will be required to wear face masks, either disposable ones provided by the salon or your own brought from home, and salon chair catch-ups will be kept to a minimum.

Securing a coveted appointment is likely to prove tricky at first, too, with many of London’s leading salons reporting waiting lists of up to 2,000 and fully-booked diaries for the first three weeks. The majority of hairdressers have increased their working hours to accommodate the initial influx of bookings, with many operating 12 hours a day, seven days a week.

Here, we’ve rounded up our favourite London hair salons to book into from this weekend.

Josh Wood Atelier

Josh Wood Atelier, one of London's best hair salons

Nestled in an elegant mews house in Holland Park, Josh Wood is London’s king of colour, with a client list packed full of A-list celebrities, supermodels and style influencers. Josh and his handpicked team are all experts at performing minor hair miracles, whether that’s creating a totally personalised new shade or correcting any colour-based mishaps that may have occurred over lockdown. Ahead of their reopening, Josh tells us: “We have spent considerable time thinking about how we can build the salon experience of the future which will keep our clients and our team safe. We are ready with spaced seating, online booking, mirror consultations (not face to face) and longer appointment times to allow for additional cleaning.”

The Need to Know:

The Atelier will be open from 8am-8pm seven days a week and all bookings are being taken online.
6 Lansdowne Mews, Holland Park, London W11 3AN; Telephone: 020 3393 0977

Hershesons

Hershesons Berners Street, one of London's best hair salons

Known for their fuss-free blowdries and cool-girl, modern cuts, Hershesons’  flagship super-salon on Berners Street, covers 5,000 sq ft and boasts a slick café and several beauty stations. On their post-Covid reopening, creative director Luke Hersheson reveals: “We’re conscious of keeping the vibe and the feel-good factor at the same time as keeping people safe,” he says. “It’s a juggling act so the space doesn’t end up feeling too sterile.” New measures include a one-way system in the salon and biodegradable towels made by eco-friendly brand Scrummi. Their Farm Girl Café will be open for takeaways too, so you can still get your matcha latte or cold pressed juice fix.

The Need to Know:

The salon will be open 8am-8pm Monday-Saturday and all bookings are now cashless and being taking online, with a new app launching next week to speed up the process.
29 Berners Street, Fitzrovia, London W1T 3LR; Telephone: 020 7434 1747

Larry King

Larry King salon

A-list favourite Larry King has welcomed everyone from Poppy Delevingne to David Beckham into his flagship South Kensington salon, which features an Instagram-worthy powder room, crystal chandeliers and a rose gold cocktail bar. Famous for its relaxed atmosphere – the salon’s ethos is all about creating “a social life for your hair” – the team will be doing everything they can to maintain their usual upbeat vibe, with staff operating in two separate shifts to reduce the number of people in the salon at any one time. They’ll also be implementing a small additional Covid-19 charge of £10 per appointment, to cover the costs of the extra hygiene measures.

The Need to Know:

The salon will be open from 8am-8pm seven days a week, and all bookings are now cashless and being taking online.
 34-36 Harrington Road, South Kensington, London SW7 3ND; Telephone: 020 7584 6162
 2-4 Lambton Place, Notting Hill, London W11 2SH; Telephone: 020 7584 6162

Hari’s

Hari's Fulham Road, one of London's best hair salons

Hari’s has been a staple in London’s smartest neighbourhoods since the Seventies, with salons in the heart of Chelsea, Fulham and Notting Hill. Filled with hanging plants, their Fulham Road space is a relaxing spot to get a much-needed refresh, with Hari’s offering a range of special post-lockdown packages, including the ‘Over It Overhaul’, a total hair transformation with a cut, colour and bespoke treatment, and the ‘Hair Hug’, which comes with a gloss enhancer to bring back shine. “Even though it’s going to be busy, we’ll still be working at 50% capacity, with longer appointments to ensure our client and staff’s safety stays priority,” explains salon director Lucan Salem. As an added touch, all NHS staff workers will receive 25% off any appointment as a thank you from the team.

The Need to Know:

The salons will be open 8am-8pm seven days a week and all bookings are now cashless and available online or via phone.
88 Fulham Road, London SW3 6HR; Telephone: 020 7581 5211
183 New King’s Road, Fulham, London SW6 4SW; Telephone: 020 7731 6062
233 King’s Road, Chelsea, London SW3 5EJ; Telephone: 020 7349 8722
41 Ledbury Rd, Notting Hill, London W11 2AA; Telephone: 020 3873 0544

Taylor Taylor

Taylor Taylor

With multi award-winning salons in Shoreditch, Notting Hill and Soho, Taylor Taylor is known for its next-gen creative talent and indulgent treatments using their unisex range of vegan products, Løre Originals, which were developed by the team in-house. And while their famous freshly mixed cocktails may be on hold for the moment, they’re looking forward to welcoming back clients, with many of their stylists already fully booked through to August to carry out urgent “colour rescues”, according to director Sarah Brass, who has also implemented screens between stations in the vintage Parisian style salons. “We hope it’s not long before we’re allowed to mix cocktails and play a few tunes to recreate the relaxed glamour we’re known for,” she says.

The Need to Know:

The salons will be open from 8am-9pm seven days a week, and bookings are available online.
137 Commercial Street, Spitalfields, London E1 6BJ; Telephone: 020 7377 2737
309 Portobello Road, Notting Hill, London W10 5TD; Telephone: 020 8960 8569
Liberty, Regent Street, Soho, London W1B 5AH; Telephone: 020 7494 4599

Jo Hansford

Jo Hansford, one of London's best hair salons

Mayfair stalwart Jo Hansford has been the go-to colourist for some of London’s most famous faces for the past 20 years, with Angelina Jolie, Sophie Dahl and the Duchess of Cornwall all rumoured to be regulars. Her dedicated team have stayed in touch with clients throughout the lockdown and will continue to provide virtual consultations on reopening to minimise the need to travel before appointments. A special car service can also be pre-booked through the salon to bring you to and from your appointment. “The last few months have been testing for the hairdressing industry and we have missed the warmth, atmosphere and interaction that comes with our position,” says Jo. “We now look forward to providing a safe and welcoming environment for our clients to return to.”

The Need to Know:

The salon will be open 7am-8pm Monday to Saturday and 10am-5pm on Sunday, and bookings are available online or via phone.
48 South Audley Street, Mayfair, London W1K 2QB; Telephone: 020 7495 7774

Salon Sloane

Salon Sloane

This social hot spot in the heart of Chelsea famed for delivering the fastest, glossiest blowdries in town (ask for Emmanuel) was founded by acclaimed industry veterans John Vial and Belle Cannan. “While we won’t be able to have the usual little touches like helping clients into their gowns when we reopen, everyone’s just so happy to be able to come and see us,” says Belle, who’s kept in regular contact with her clients throughout lockdown to help them deal with any at-home haircare woes. The team will be carrying out online consultations wherever possible to minimise time in the salon, as well as mixing up bespoke hair filler treatments for clients to take home, to add extra pizazz and shine to their post-lockdown locks.

What you need to know:

The salon will be open 8am-8pm Monday to Saturday and 12pm-5pm on the first three Sundays in July, and bookings are available online.
186 Pavilion Road, Chelsea, London SW3 2BF; Telephone: 020 7259 0068

Adam Reed

ADAM REED HAIR 17HDR

Adam Reed, formerly one half of the Percy & Reed duo, opened his own salon in east London back in February a few weeks before lockdown, as a ‘no-trend’ salon that instead offers curated colours and cuts bespoke to every individual. The quirky Spitalfields space, housed in an old banana merchant’s warehouse and filled with vintage furniture, is also focused on championing local businesses, with its mini boutique stocked with Adam’s favourite lifestyle and beauty brands including candles from Earl of East and lipsticks by Lisa Eldridge. Post-lockdown they’re offering Zoom consultations to minimise face-to-face contact and have fitted screens between styling sections, as well as giving everyone on their priority waiting list £25 off haircuts and £50 off cut and colour for the first 12 weeks. The salon has invested in sustainable personal PPE packs for each client which contains a disposable gown, towels and hand sanitiser as well as a mask, which are all bio-degradable. “We have spent a lot of time to make sure we are fully prepped so everyone feels comfortable and safe. We’re so excited to see our clients again and can’t wait to welcome them back into our beautiful home.” Adam told us.

The Need to Know:

The salon will be open from 7am-7pm Monday to Saturday, and all bookings are made via email or phone.
No1 Fournier Street, Spitalfields, London E1 6QE; Telephone: 020 7239 7899

Hair Lounge by Charlotte Mensah

CHARLOTTE MENSAH HAIR LOUNGE SALON

Multi-award-winning hairdresser Charlotte Mensah was crowned ‘Afro Hairdresser of the Year’ for the third time at the British Hairdressing Awards, which means she now enters their coveted Hall of Fame, one of the most exclusive clubs in all of British Hairdressing. Specialising in natural textured hair, she counts Janelle Monáe and Erykah Badu among her ever-growing list of prestigious clients. Her Portobello Road salon, which has been a Notting Hill favourite for almost 20 years, features plenty of nods to Mensah’s West African heritage, from a wall of traditional wooden combs to the use of calabash bowls for their in-house blended shea butter. Mensah is as renowned for her innovative haircare products as she is for her hairstyling prowess, with her organic Charlotte Mensah Manketti Oil range made from ethically and sustainably sourced Manketti nut and Ximenia seed oil and formulated without parabens, SLS or silicones.

The Need to Know: 

The salon will be open from 10am-6pm Tuesday to Thursday, 10am-8pm on Friday and 10am-6pm on Saturday, and all bookings are made via email or phone. 
347 Portobello Road, Notting Hill, London W10 5SA; Telephone: 020 8969 9444

GA Salons Gennaro Dell'Aquila 

GA Salons Gennaro Dell'Aquila

Owner Gennaro Dell’Aquila’s sleek salons, which you’ll find in the chicest post codes across London, are best known for their 100% natural hair colour, which is all made bespoke from an innovative blend of ayurvedic herb and plants, using ingredients like chamomile, turmeric and hibiscus. This ethos extends to their Covid-19 preparations, where clients will be asked to sanitise their hands with a bottle of GA’s own hand sanitiser, infused with thyme, rosemary and eucalyptus. Routine client temperature checks will also be carried out on arrival. “We will try and do our best to fight this with passion and love, because we are family,” sums up Gennaro.

The Need to Know:

The salons will be open 10am-7pm seven days a week, and bookings are available via phone.
2 Wellington Terrace, Notting Hill, London W2 4LW; Telephone: 0330 135 9494
3 Bray Place, Chelsea, London SW3 3LL; Telephone: 0330 135 9494
Cotton Centre, Tooley Street, London Bridge, London SE1 2QJ; Telephone: 0330 135 9494
154 Arthur Rd, Wimbledon Park, London SW19 8AQ; Telephone: 0330 135 9494

Salon 64

Salon 64, one of London's best hair salons

Part cocktail bar, part salon, this revolutionary beauty spot turned heads when it opened in the heart of Soho three years ago, creating a social hub – complete with full bar – where clients could come to hang out as well as get a great cut or blow dry. On reopening, founder Ricky Walters reveals: “Where many brands are taking away offerings for clients, we’re thinking of innovative ways they can enjoy the same sense of luxury service. Clients are craving nothing but a good time, so we’ll have the champagne flowing, with a few small changes to ensure we are Covid-19 safe.” That includes serving their own-brand coffee in reusable ‘keep me’ cups and cocktails in biodegradable disposable glasses, as well as putting up screens between chairs and asking clients to wear eco-friendly single use gowns.

The Need to Know:

The salon will be open 9am-8pm Monday-Saturday, as well as for the first few Sundays after 4 July to catch up on their waiting list, and bookings are available online or via phone.
14 Bateman Street, Soho, London W1D 3AG; Telephone: 020 3848 4130

Buller and Rice

Buller and Rice

As London’s first sustainable salon, Buller and Rice pride themselves on their eco credentials, with biodynamic products, biodegradable protective capes and environmentally friendly foil alternatives made of recycled paper the norm. They’re determined not to let the Covid-19 safety measures derail that mission, so you can expect staff to be wearing plastic-free PPE and clients to be handed fully compostable robes made from wood pulp. And they’re just as committed to maintaining their fun atmosphere, as co-founder Anita Rice shares: “We’re keen to keep the experiential side of the salon alive, so we’ve created an outdoor waiting room at our Walthamstow salon in the style of a tiki bar, complete with local beers, wines and cocktails in cans.”

The Need to Know:

The salon will be open from 10am-9pm Tuesday to Friday, 10am-7pm on Saturday and 11am-6pm on Sunday, and bookings are available online or via phone.
157 Hoe Street, Walthamstow, London E17 3AL; Telephone: 020 8257 5265
36a Newington Green, London N16 9PR; Telephone: 020 7249 7727

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