From Hershesons to Richard Ward, London is home to some of the best hair salons in the country. But if you’re looking for a haircut or colour on a budget, it can be a little more challenging to find. It’s a general rule of thumb that prices tend to increase the further you get to central London, but there are still some very reasonably priced treatments to be found in the city. Check out our guide below to the best affordable hair salons in London.
1. Feel Hairdressers
What’s that you say? A hair salon in Soho that charges under £50 for a cut and blowdry with a senior stylist? No you’re not dreaming – Feel Hairdressers offer the winning combination of top-rated styling and service combined with a central location and great prices.
Feel has been in business since 2005 and has amassed a loyal following of clientele in that time thanks to its talented team and reasonable prices. The 13-strong team of stylists includes three “Wella Master Colour Experts”, and specialists in blondes, balayage, highlights, and other colouring techniques.
A ladies cut and blowdry starts from £46, a half head of highlights from £77, and a full head balayage colour from £140.
49 Berwick St, Soho, London, W1F 8SH
2. Muse of London
You’ll find Muse of London next to all the celebrity nail bars and luxury makeup brand stores of London’s West End, but you’ll know as soon as you step in that Muse is different. It’s not only friendly and non-intimidating, but also affordable – somewhat of a rarity in these parts.
The stylists as Muse can give you a great haircut, but they also specialise in colour. The salon’s most recent colour menu for SS19 is a menu of blondes inspired by biscuits. Whether you prefer light custard cream, or “bronde” Viennese Whirl, the team will help you to find the perfect shade of blonde for you.
A cut and blowdry starts from £51, half head of highlights or ombre/balayage starts from £104, and a full head bleach and tone starts at £114.
24 Mortimer Street, London, W1T 3JP
3. TOKITO Hair
Shoreditch is not only the place to head for great street food and hipster design shops, it’s also home to the excellent TOKITO Hair, an award-winning Japanese-run salon, which has attracted rave reviews since it was established in 2014.
Hiro is the salon director and skilled head stylist here, and he’s backed up by a team that’s equally as skilled. “Best hair salon of London”, “Best haircut in London”, and “better than anything I could imagine” are just some of the phrases you’ll see over and over again if you look up the reviews for this salon.
All appointments start with a consultation to be really clear on exactly what you want, and your haircut will never be rushed here – expect it to take an hour or more as Hiro takes his time and perfects every cut.
Haircuts with a senior stylist are priced at £55 (£75 if you want Hiro himself), colour starts from £60, and a half head of highlights is from £110.
10 Hackney Road, London, E2 7NS
4. Hairform Studio
Hairform Studio in Holborn has won several awards for its women’s hairdressing and men’s barbering services, and has a very impressive average star rating on 4.8 out of 5 stars on Google reviews.
The studio is committed to helping clients maintain healthy hair, and uses some of the most advanced treatments and products in the hair care industry from Olaplex, Global Keratin, Redken, Fudge, and Moroccanoil.
A ladies cut and blowdry starts from £45, balayage colour starts at £100, and a half head of highlights is £80.
4 Procter St, Holborn, London, WC1V 6NX
5. Duck & Dry
The Duck & Dry blowdry salons in various locations all over the city are one of London’s best-kept secrets if you’re looking for a cheap haircut. If you’re already happy with your hairstyle, there’s no need to pay over the odds for a restyle. Duck & Dry will give you a trim on request and blowdry your hair to perfection.
There’s also an updo style menu, and a choice of treatments and glosses to make sure your hair is in tip-top condition. Let’s face it – you don’t always want a haircut when you go to the salon, you just want to come out looking and feeling great.
Duck & Dry blowdries are priced at £35, and if you want a trim with your blowdry, you pay £65. You get a complimentary coffee with each appointment, or you can even get a glass of prosecco for £5
There are Duck & Dry blowdry bars on King’s Road, Chelsea; Market Place, Oxford Circus; Carnaby Street, Soho; Commercial Street, Spitalfields; and Audley Street, Mayfair.
Check the website for opening times of each location.