Let’s face it, there’s nothing that makes you feel quite as fabulous as a fresh, glossy blow dry. But not all salons provide the same results – so head to these luxurious spots in London to make sure you always look good enough to bump into an ex…
When it comes to hair, going luxury can make all the difference – and we’ve found the best spots in London for a blow dry that’s a cut above the rest. From fully reclining chairs to proper head massages and hair perfume to finish it off, these salons are worth every penny.
Edward James, Putney
The ladies (and discerning gents) of south London flock to Edward James’ Putney, Clapham and spanking new Balham salons for guaranteed luscious locks – done the natural way, using Aveda products. We all think twice about putting iffy chemicals into our bodies, so why not on them, too? The salon’s whole vibe is the epitome of natural luxury – think muted browns and creams, shiny copper, candles and fabulous tree trunk textures, resulting in a totally zen oasis that feels worlds away from the high street. And that’s not to mention the delightfully indulgent essential oils shoulder, neck and head massage that you get with every treatment – the reclining massage chair for when you have your hair washed, the spa that’s conveniently just downstairs and the latest luxurious addition of an optional mindful meditation to plug into during your visit (choose from 5, 10 or 20 minute meditations from leading hypnotherapist Malminder Gill). Everything about this place (quietly) screams ‘treat yourself’, and as you walk out with the most thoroughly cleaned and beautifully perfumed hair (and a blow dry that doesn’t budge for days), you’ll wonder why you ever thought otherwise… Blow-dry from £24. Locations at 77 Putney High Street, SW15; 18 Northcote Road, SW11; 162 Balham High Road, SW12
Gielly Green, Marylebone
For luxury indulgence for both you and your hair, boutique salon Gielly Green is indisputably the best in town. Since opening in 2008, the salon has collected the best stylists from around the city, and their staunchly loyal clients have followed suit – they want only the best, and this is where to find it. The hair wash alone is worth going for! The cushioned chairs recline back fully until you’re horizontally lying above the sink, your neck atop a cushion for extra comfort, while you receive a luxurious ten-minute head massage that will leave you feeling totally relaxed. They use their own custom products for your hair and each blow dry is completely bespoke, resulting in a swishy, glossy and full blowdry that will last you for days. Blow Dry from £40. 42 George Street, W1
This new boutique salon tucked behind Chiswick High Road has been making waves for miles around, both metaphorically and literally. Owner Katie Allan and her talented girl gang of hairdressers are famed for creating the perfect wavy hairstyle – the type that beautifully frames the face, has that done-but-undone look, and will have you proudly swishing your way down the street for days. Mayfive‘s combo of sustainable Davines products, supreme hairdressing skill, bubbly atmosphere and adorable salon puppy Ralphie make for an addictive experience that’s hard to beat, with loyal clients spanning the entirety of London. Haircut-phobes in particular should make the pilgrimage – you hardly notice the inches being chopped off when you’ve got a miniature dachshund nuzzled into your lap. Ralphie is undoubtedly the star of the show, so go at quieter times when you can have him all to yourself. A puppy and fabulous hair all in one? You’re welcome. Blow dry from £28. 44 Devonshire Road, W4
Leading a new wave of multifunctional spaces in London is the cutting-edge Salon64. Owner and respected hairdresser Ricky Walters spotted a gap in the market for a hair salon in line with the modern woman’s (or man’s) needs, creating a space in the heart of central London which seamlessly blends traditional salon with buzzy social hub. You almost can’t tell it’s a hairdresser from the outside – which is why it works so well, as busy Londoners hop in and out to charge their phones, have their nails done, touch up their makeup before a meeting, or grab an eco-friendly coffee on the go. It’s the kind of place where you can spend hours without worrying that you’re wasting time, tapping away at your laptop with a hot chocolate by your side and having a quick blow-dry simultaneously. Simply put, it’s genius, and will undoubtedly be followed by a slew of copy-cats wondering why they didn’t think of it first. Say hello to the future of hair salons. Blow Dry from £55. 14 Bateman Street, W1
Show Dry, Notting Hill
The excellent Show Dry has two London salons – one in Notting Hill (right next to Granger & Co) and one in Wimbledon Village. Both are state-of-the-art and as glamorous as you’d expect from a Tamara Ecclestone brand, complete with arty pictures, h chocolate leather chairs and huge light-up mirrors. From an iPad you can choose refreshments and snacks to enjoy while your hair is cared for (be decadent and go for a glass of bubbly and a chocolate brownie), and also read through the various treatments available which include braid styles, special hair masks and manicures. They make all of their own hair products, using luxurious ingredients such as caviar extract for protein, white truffle and ginger to help stimulate hair growth. You’ll leave with the greatest smelling hair thanks to the hair perfume which they use to finish off their signature big, bouncy blow dry. Signature Blow Dry from £30. 173 Westbourne Grove, W11 and 36 High Street Wimbledon, SW19
DryBy, Oxford Circus
Located right in the centre of town, this New York/London hybrid salon presents itself in an elegant and unique light. Fabulously discreet from the outside, inside it’s more something out of Pinterest with its marble furnishings, rose gold lighting and exposed bulbs. Upstairs there is a blow-dry bar, while downstairs is the nail bar favoured by Vogue’s beauty team. As you’re welcomed into the stylish DryBy salon, you’ll be given a glass of prosecco and a lookbook where you can flick through 5 classic hairstyles. ‘The London’ is bed hair chic, perfect for those who favour the ‘What Blow-Dry?’ look. Lucas whizzes it up in no time, and you’ll emerge 45 minutes later feeling rather pleased with yourself and ready to shine. The classic blow-dry is £35, including a mini head massage. 74 Mortimer Street, W1
Blush + Blow, Parsons Green
This pretty little salon in Fulham should be top of your list if you have regular blow-dries. Blush + Blow offer a package whereby you can have as many blow-dries and up-dos as you want for a full month! Their stylists manage to execute perfect hair every time, tailored to exactly what you like and using the best products for your hair type. If you’re in need of some real pampering, book in to have a manicure at the same time at one of their special tables (you’ll feel like a model) and don’t forget to ask what’s new – they’ve recently introduced the strengthening IBX nail treatment which is well worth trying out. If you’re a busy mum, you’ll love their Bambino playing area where you can park the little ones for free while you enjoy some well-deserved glam. £30 for a blow-dry; £185 for the unlimited package. 197 New King’s Road, SW6
As the official partner for the BAFTAs and with a portfolio that includes the likes of Margot Robbie and Keira Knightley, you can rest assured your precious tresses are in safe hands at Paul Edmonds. A quick blow-dry is never too far away, with salons based in Knightsbridge and Battersea – although we are certainly partial to the Battersea Power Station outpost; its exclusive licensed bar and lie-down hair spa experience are obvious allures. Pair your blow dry with a facial for optimal relaxation. Blow-dry from £30
You will no doubt have heard of Ruuby, the app which busy Londoners swear by for their blow-dries. Their hand-picked stylists will come to your home and style your hair to perfection at the click of a button – great if you’re having a last-minute hair panic ahead of a big event or occasion, and there’s nothing quite as luxurious as not even having to get out of your pyjamas! You can download the app here. Signature blow-dry from £35.