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Dye-ing for something new? Then look no further than our guide to some of the best hairdressers in the local area.
Errol Douglas has been working in salons since his school days. The legend behind this Belgravia boutique got his first job aged just 11, and is now considered to be one of the most influential hairdressers in the world; the MBE he was awarded in 2008 for services to hairdressing is testament to that.
But what really makes this salon stand out is its expertise in looking after all hair types – in fact, this is the only salon that works under the ‘International Technical Excellence’ banner. In other words, the team boasts technical pros in European, African and international hair, so when you enter the premises you know you’re really getting someone who knows how to make you look fantastic.
For special occasions, you can also arrange all sorts of other services, from chauffeurs and photographers, to florists and image consultants – all through the salon. That way when you visit, you know your important day will go off without a hitch.
Nicky Clarke has been a household name for decades, and it’s all down to Nicky’s creative flair and his wife Lesley’s commercial acumen. There are more than 30 Nicky Clarke salons across the UK, and the business prides itself on training exceptional staff, many of whom have gone on to achieve great things in the industry. Styling and providing an unbeatable salon experience is what they work hard to achieve, and it’s what keeps their clients coming back time and time again.
This Belgravia salon prides itself on its attention to detail, careful consultation and its soothing, relaxed environment. Its founder has been styling hair for more than 40 years and has accrued one of the most loyal salon followings in London – comprising lords, ladies and several other high-profile names.
Stephen Casali is particularly renowned for its bridal work. A pre-wedding consultation will give you the chance to chat to his team of experts on the different styles you could opt for, and begin hair treatments that will get your tresses in tip-top condition for when you tie the knot. Then on the big day itself, stylists, colourists and manicurists will gather to create a bespoke look that will really make you stand out.
Nyumba by Michael Charalambous opened on Mayfair’s Mount Street in 2003 and since then has built a reputation for exceptional hair and beauty treatments. Now located in Sloane Square, the salon prides itself on being home to a dream team of artistic talent, with Michael leading the staff with his more than 30 years of experience in the industry.
‘Nyumba’ means ‘home’ in Swahili and Michael has succeeded in making the salon feel like a home away from home. It is a place where clients can come for a treatment and relax, knowing they’re in safe hands. The décor is inspired by Michael’s childhood spent in Africa, and features African art on the walls and a fantastic seashell curtain.
If you’re in need of a re-colouring, a touch-up or a whole new colour, Daniel Galvin Jr’s team of specialist colourists are on hand to help. The two-storey salon on West Halkin Street offers clients panoramic views from the top floor and huge Regency windows to let in as much natural light as possible – essential, the salon believes, for getting clients’ colours just right. With its organic products and a team that, between the individual members, boasts a century of industry experience, any client that visits the salon is treated to a world-class service.
Often dubbed the ‘first lady of colour’, Jo Hansford has certainly made quite a name for herself. This MBE-holding stylist was hugely instrumental in raising the profile of hair colouring throughout the industry, and was the first to bring colourists from behind the scenes to the front and centre of the salon.
Of course, it’s not all about colour, but condition as well. Anyone who’s put their tresses in Jo’s capable hands knows her treatments leave hair feeling like silk. Her dedicated stylists and colourists, frequent winners of the ‘Best Hair Salon in Mayfair’ award, are all passionate about delivering a tailored, consultative service.
Jo’s Expert Colour Care Collection will help you keep your hair shiny and healthy in the comfort of your own home, too – from shampoos to specialist conditioners.