best beauty salons
IN THE UK AS VOTED FOR BY YOU.
After 4 months of lockdown, Beauty is back in England and Wales from Monday 12th April and hopefully in Scotland by the end of the month. So I’ve decided to put together a directory of the best salons voted by you (and me. I mean I had to throw a few of my faves in there)!
It was so bloody gorgeous reading your love letters to your salons. Our industry is so special and full of such talented individuals. So book in, support them and enjoy every second of your pampering sessions.
Love & lipstick,
house of hair
01625 503 211
"Love love love Alex. An amazing hair- stylist and incredibly talented especially with hair extensions. Alex Worth is an absolute miracle worker with my hair, I go in with thin hair and come out with amazing full hair that's perfectly blended without even using colour. If you're looking for hair extensions I would definitely recommend her expertise & can't wait to go back soon!
Little Blank spaces Inverness
"An amazing salon. Ruth is the best for nails and a chat. I’d be lost without her. She is the hour of ‘me time’ I enjoy the most each month. Especially as a new Mum. I’m complimented constantly on my nails. As a previous nail biter she’s changed so much for me."
The Skullen Collective Newcastle
"The most creative, beautiful gel nails in the North East. An absolute sanctuary in the city of Newcastle. Fuelled by motivated, passionate female nail artists. It is a studio that prides itself on new, creative designs. It gives a safe, no judgement space for anyone wanting their nails, brows or lashes done."
The Hair Bros
"Gah I don’t even know what to say - their work is that good! Far and away always the best cut that just works with and for your hair. And it grows out perfectly, so can go long times between cuts if that’s your jam. Part of me wants them to stay under the radar (though already have a bit of a cult following) but I equally want to see them soar and take over the world lol, so highly recommend for anyone who doesn’t want a cookie cutter cut and wants to look and feel their best. 10/10 stars."
salon at no.5
"I love coming to this salon for all their services; nails, lashes, brows but I especially love their incredible skincare treatments. Being a makeup artist I have worked for many different brands offering life changing products and I have never found anything that works. The only reason I began my skin journey with salon at number 5 is because of the results I had seen first hand on friends and makeup clients. Not only are they incredibly friendly but they truly want to help you look and feel your best. My skin has never looked better and I have them to thank for that!"
Prickly pear beauty Nottingham
"I was so happy to have found the super talented Steph at Prickly pear. I go for my brows and lashes but her nail designs are incredible too. She’s so lovely and calming (def have not almost fallen asleep getting my treatments done-ha!) But despite this crazy year, she has made sure to check in with her clients by posting updates and beauty care until she can see them again."
Bangs London Walthamstow
"It’s the best for all things hair, nails, waxing and plants! It’s always such a lovely treat when you visit them. I’ve never been happier with my hair colour. They even have a partnership with the coffee place, Everything but the dog, who deliver an amazing flat white to your chair. Perfect."
Beauty Crowd Stratford
"Their attention to detail is incredible. They never rush and are perfectionists. They are always looking for the next best product, innovation and treatment. They are just so knowledgeable and can always help with any dilemmas you have."
Beauty within Inverness
Gemma is honestly the most caring, thoughtful and helpful person ever. All through lockdown she’s obviously not been able to work, but she’s still looked after her clients by dropping off gorgeous home baking, sending out skin care routines and generally just being a wee ray of sunshine! She’s opening her brand new premises on 26 April when Scottish beauty is allowed to reopen and she’s gonna rock it!
Dan’s barber shop London
"Dan is an incredibly skilled barber who’s been working in the industry for over 15 years. His skills with scissors and a razor are second to none and he’ll do the complete package including hair and beards. He also has an amazing range of grooming products. He set up his own barbers just before the pandemic hit so a shout out for him couldn’t come at a better time."
"I love my fortnightly appointments with Helen at Gorgeous beauty salon! Not only is she an amazing beautician and nail technician but she’s also a lovely person who I enjoy having a good gossip with and putting the world to rights over a cup of tea and a manicure! Great range of the latest beauty products and treatments! The girls are always up to date with the latest trends!"
Studio 7 nails Eastleigh
"A highly skilled team who have an amazing selection of glitter and gels. The nails last for ages and never disappoint. The ladies that work there are all super friendly and welcoming. It genuinely feels like they are family. The salon is always really clean and they have made sure they have a safe environment. They do free hand nail designs as well as the option for nail stamps They also do lash lifts and lash extensions which last for ages. I can’t say enough good things about their salon."
"My first experience with Megan was when she did my hair for my wedding in 2017 and I have been obsessed ever since! Not long after, she set up Megan Hair from her beautiful salon in Clitheroe, Lancashire and has been hugely sought after since, and for good reason! Just one look at her Instagram profile shows you how beautiful her work is. She has not only managed to grow an incredible business but she has trained up a team of amazing young women as well. AI look forward to my appointments with her so much, I always book my trips home to Lancashire from London around seeing her. In the 4 years since my wedding, I have been lucky enough to have two beautiful daughters and while motherhood is epic, it also takes a lot away from you temporarily and yet Megan always manages to make me feel fabulous and more like myself again every time. I couldn’t be without her!"
Vida Therapy Teddington
"A brilliant local salon ran by Lou, who do an array of treatments. Alex does all my waxing and it is the most pain free waxing I’ve ever had. And trust me, I’m a wimp when it comes to having hair ripped off my body so when I say pain free, I mean it."
"Mel, Elle & Danielle are all amazing. Mel has been doing my nails for years and they always look fabulous. In fact Mel does my mum and my nana's nails too so you could say it's a family thing. The salon is so welcoming and relaxing and we all love going!"
"I know the clue is in the name but they are the sassiest salon around, they offer the best waxing and tanning treatments (amongst others) but the girls are also so cool and funny - the best start to a night out was being in there in amongst the chat."
studio 14 beauty
"Tashi (the beautician) is my go-to nail lady! I’m so indecisive and just go with a general colour idea, and she wows me every time with all the sparkles, foils and designs a girl could dream of! She is also my mums favourite massage therapist - to rescue her after her runs, or when her joint conditions are flaring up.
We all know that we don’t go to beauticians just for the treatment, and she is the easiest person to speak to. She knows when to offer her amazing advice and when to just lend a listening ear during your time there - just the beauty “therapy” we all need! 💕
She’s also now become a Dragonfly Project Ambassador, an initiate to support people affected by domestic abuse - which is a prime example of how she is always looking to help others through her beauty community.
I am so excited to get back to see her! ✨💅🏼💕 "
"I moved literally in the middle of the first lockdown to a city I’d only visited 3x. I booked at their salon just because I was lonely and needed a pick me up. Danielle (the owner) was like an old friend - remembers everything you say and always so happy to see you. I have had everything from nails to facials to HD brows as I loved their company so much. They are literally the sunshine of my week when I go to see them! ☀️"
Beautique in Loughborough
01509 234 080
"This is a luxurious salon with an amazing community of therapists who are the best at what they do. You would trust any of them with your treatments which is why I think their customers are so loyal. I get my brows done there religiously but they are wonderful at every treatment."
MBK North London
07467 610 502
"A salon ran by Sisters. They are so wonderful. Mel is the most amazing facialist. My skin looks like I have a real life filter on after I’ve seen her. She sits down with you for 15 minutes to discuss your lifestyle, the products you use and she is so knowledgeable on everything skincare. You can tell she absolutely loves what she does. Her beauty room is so relaxing. It’s a complete self care spa-like moment. Just lovely."
Your Hairdresser Putney
‘He knows how to tame my mane. I have a lot of thick hair and it’s always all over the place. Stanimir knew exactly how to deal with my hair. He gave me a plan for what I wanted to achieve with my hair and, more importantly he gave me tips on how to tame it during lockdown. My hair is growing, my waves are on point and my hair is no longer a nightmare. The best little jewel in Putney’
"A gorgeous space and great independent ladies."tI’s a collective of amazing women who really care about their clients. Each of them is talented in their own rights. I can’t wait to visit again.
Salon Collaborators - @hairbyshelley, @coloursbykw, @hairbykelseycatto, @Tashamcintyrehair, @Harley Somerville, @km_makeup_and_beauty, @Beauty by Amy, @ferns_holistic_health, @at_juliette_abz
Rose and Driver London
0208 691 4313
"Rose and River came about after an incredibly difficult time in Lucy (the founders), life. She has created the most beautiful sanctuary in Brockley. Her and all her amazing women who work there are so inspiring and uplifting. Every time I go there I leave with kick ass nails and a more positive outlook on life."
"Michael has been doing my nails for over 10 years and he is now part of my family. He is also, without doubt, my favourite nail artist. So ,much so that I will never let anyone else do my nails. His entire team are seriously talented. Obvs I’m booked in for 9am on opening day!! Get ready for the nail video!!" Prices start at £13
penwortham skin& laser
"I have been to many salons over the years and this is by far the best. Professional, friendly and extremely knowledgeable. Hayley gave better advice than my own GP!
I’ve had a number of treatments including IPL and have been delighted with the results. It’s my go-to recommendation for any of my friends.
020 8964 1961
"Dija has created a space where women of colour can safety and confidently satisfy their skincare needs. Hers and her teams reputation speaks for itself."