For the glossiest, bounciest manes of all…
Having a good blow-dry can transform your entire look and for this reason, blow-dry bars are heaven sent, speedy, functional and expertly executed. Whether you have long or short hair, are looking for heaps of volume or something sleeker, London is brimming with blowdry hotspots to help you achieve the hairstyle you want, fast. No matter your budget or the time you have to spare, there’s a hair salon to suit any bank balance and borough.
For a Girls Night
Cheeky Parlour, Redchurch
Ideal for pre-party or post-work, this three-floor space based in Shoreditch offers a wide-ranging menu of beauty treatments for men and women. With Hair by Josh Wood having taken residence, you’re able to book into everything from blowdries to ‘Cheeky’ updos and braids, plus there’s a Cheeky Bar offering wine and Prosecco too.
For All-Over Glam
Hershesons, Berners Street
This is not your average blowdry bar. A one stop beauty shop spanning 5,000 square feet, you’ll find a great assortment of hair services to choose from here as well as great third-party collaborations from the likes of Dryby for nails and Sunday Riley skin treatments. Plus, there’s a café-come-workspace for customers to hang out in too.
For Signature Styles
With an elegant and sophisticated decor and a menu of signature styles, there’s ample hair inspiration to be found behind this in-demand salon’s doors. There is a capsule collection of five blow-dry styles that will take you across the globe, from a classic London look, to beach-ready Rio waves and back to the sleek and chic Upper East Side. We also love the nail art services on offer too, giving you a real treat from top to toe.
For Group Bookings
Duck & Dry
With a Prosecco bar and an impressive selection of blowdries and updos to choose from, Duck & Dry’s the perfect place for big groups looking to kick their night off in the best possible way. Each salon has a distinct feel and a fun and friendly atmosphere that’ll keep you coming back, especially in the new flagship store where there are 20 styling ‘pods’ with a menu featuring a choice of eight blowdry styles and eight updos, together with a DJ booth.
For Style Transformations
The Josh Wood Atelier, Lansdowne
Whether you’re looking for a style revamp or a way to enhance your natural hair texture, you’re in safe hands with the pros at The Atelier. With consultations that are thorough and personalised, you can rest assured that the down-to-earth team will be able to transform and revitalise any hairstyle and get your locks back to looking their best.
For The A-List Treatment
Neville Hair & Beauty
Stylish and refreshingly unpretentious despite its Belgravia postcode, the stylists provide considered, thoughtful recommendations to best suit your hair type and lifestyle and help you step out of your comfort zone. With everything from speedy options, to the ‘5-day blow-dry’, afro styling and a ‘Meghan Markle Sparkle’ treatment, there’s something for everyone.
For a Pre-Night Out Preen
Relaxing, elegant and luxurious, the stylists at Paul Edmonds combine technical expertise with great attentiveness to ensure that you leave with a blowdry that looks healthy, shiny and wondrously bouncy. We particularly loved the variety of different techniques that you’ll find showcased by the team here. It has a definite VIP service, so if you’re not in the mood for a night out before your appointment, you certainly will be after.
For Style and Substance
Hari’s Salon, Kings Road
Bright and colourful with a team that is wonderfully creative and experienced, a visit to this beautifully decorated hair salon is a treat for all the senses. From the unique stations to the welcoming and approachable demeanour of the stylists, watching them work their blowdry magic is like watching true artists at work.
For the Time-Poor
Blow Ltd, Covent Garden
With makeup and nail services to choose from in addition to great blowdries, there’s something for every beauty need here. Walk in feeling frazzled, walk out feeling amazing in 30 minutes or less, making it ideal for those looking for high quality results when short on time.
For Early Birds
Ideal for both career women and mums on-the-go, the Breakfast Blow-Dry is available at Jo Hansford from as early as 8am. Whether you’re looking for glam and voluminous or sleek and chic, the salon will ensure your hair is fabulous all day long. The best part? The 35-minute blow-dry is accompanied by a coffee and croissant, so you can be fed, beautified and out the door by 9am.