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Best afro and black hair salons in London

Evening Standard logo Evening Standard 4 days ago Emma Loffhagen

It’s true that you don’t know how much you miss something until it’s gone, and it’s especially true when that thing is the hairdresser. 

For black women though it’s often still a tricky business finding a salon we trust even without a national lockdown scuppering our plans.  

Despite over two million black people living in the UK and more than 35,000 hair salons, only 302 cater to Afro-Caribbean hair. Clearly there's a very real deficit when it comes to training stylists in textured and afro hair, but there are salons out there to meet your every need if you know where to find them.

We’ve done the legwork for you and picked out some of the best London hairdressers serving sleek wigs, flawless frontals and game-changing expert care. Whether you're a wavy 3a or a coily 4b, we’ve got you covered.    

Hair Lounge

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Hair Lounge

If you’re after the very best in the game, look no further than Hair Lounge. The multi award-winning salon is run by afro hair royalty Charlotte Mensah, three-time winner of Afro Hairdresser of the Year. With an 18-year history and clients such as Michaela Coel, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie and Jourdan Dunn, her salon is a haven of British black girl magic. What makes Charlotte so impressive is her focus on hair care education and maintenance. She even has her own styling range including her famous Manketti Hair Oil. 

Best for: Treatments, natural hair styling, hair care education

Where? 347 Portobello Rd, London W10 5SA

The Curl Bar London

A new addition to London’s afro hair scene, The Curl Bar is a North London luxury pink oasis to fulfil all your aesthetic dreams. Specialising in natural hair styling and curl definition, the salon prides itself on being a safe space for women to fall in love with their natural coils again. They even offer styling classes for mothers unfamiliar with their children’s afro hair and for women wanting a better understanding of their own curls. The vibe is one of community and sisterhood - you even get a photoshoot at the end of your treatment!

Best for: Natural hair styling, curl definition, the big chop

Where? 210 Middle Lane, London, N8 7LA

Peckham Palms

Nestled in the heart of South London, Peckham Palms is an Afrocentric haven for all things beauty. Home to more than 30 professional stylists providing first class services specialising in natural hair and protective styling, Palms offers braids, weaves, locs, custom wigs and more. And don’t worry about bringing snacks for your six-hour braid installation; the retail space also boasts a diverse range of food and drinks venues to see you through the day.  

Best for: Braids, natural hair treatments, sew-ins, wigs

Where? Unit 1-14 Bournemouth Close, Peckham Rye, London SE15 4PB

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Keash Braids

Keash Braids is the spot for protective styling with a twist (pardon the pun). With a motto of cultural appreciation over appropriation that dictates their work, the salon was the brainchild of founder Taiba in 2014. They have since taken over the world of hair art and sculpture, offering the most unique and fun braid designs, diamante hair monogramming and hair tinsel. If you’re looking for something fresh and a bit different, this is your salon.  

Best for: Innovative and unique braiding  

Where? Pop-up salon across London

Hype Coiffure

Having first opened its doors in 1995 in Balham, Hype is an icon of British afro hairdressing. It has been tending to the manes of black women for more than two decades and is renowned for its expertise in a range of specialised treatments, cutting and styling. The salon has since opened two more locations in Battersea and Brixton, cementing its reputation as one of the country’s highest-quality salons for Afro-Caribbean hair.

Best for: Treatments, treatments and more treatments!

Where? Battersea salon: 186 Lavender Hill, Battersea, London SW11 5TQ  

Brixton salon: 17 Tulse Hill, Brixton, London  SW2 2TH

Bléu Ribbon

Looking to add a few extra inches to your do? You can’t go wrong with Bléu ribbon, London’s palace of wigs and weaves. They offer high quality sew-in bundles and weaves that promise not to tangle or shed, so no more wasting money on hair that looks amazing for one night only to be ruined the next morning. With clients like Jourdan Dunn and Love Island’s Samira Mighty, they have developed a reputation for the best quality hair and installation service.

Best for: Wigs, weaves, bundles

Where? 683A Old Kent Road, London, SE151JS

Eugenze Hair

Just a quick scroll through her Instagram will show you that Eugenze is truly the queen of hair colour. She is a freelance hairstylist mostly dealing in weaves and wigs who has even styled Nicki Minaj, so her reputation clearly speaks for itself. If she’s good enough for Nicki, she’s good enough for us!

Where? Queens Road, London, SE15

Best for: Weaves, wigs, colour

Her Definition

Based on one of South London’s busiest high streets, this chic beauty salon is a one-stop-shop for all your curly girl needs. Ranging from bridal beauty to protective styles, there isn’t a service that Her Definition doesn’t provide. It also offers a consultation with one of the many experienced stylists before your appointment to ensure you get the best out of your trip.  

Best for: Braids, bridal, weaves, wigs, treatments (the whole lot!)

Where? 135 Streatham High Road, SW16 1HJ


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