The 50 best covid-secure hair and beauty salons in the UK, as chosen by the Telegraph's editors

Does your local favourite make the cut?

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Hazel & Haydn, Birmingham Credit: Hazel & Haydn

Masks, visors and BYO refreshments may be the new norm, but we’ll take it if it means we can pass for presentable. So where to book? Here we bring you our top 50 go-to salons…

Adam Reed London

Spitalfields, London E1

Adam Reed London Credit: Adam Reed London

Adam had only just opened the doors to this new salon before he had to shut them – but now on the menu are the ‘Comeback Colour’, ‘Up and A’dam do’, and ‘Back for Blowdries’. Yes!

Barbara Daley Hair

Liverpool L1

Barbara Daley Hair Credit: Barbara Daley Hair

At this Liverpool institution, the team is offering e-consultations on colour, so everyone arrives fully prepped – clever! Plus you can wait for your dye to develop in their calming courtyard.

Bloggs Salons

Bristol BS7

Bloggs Salons Credit: Bloggs Salons

Hair colour and cuts came first, then nails, now Bloggs will be adding wellness talks too. After lockdown lifted, Sundays were dedicated to NHS workers for complimentary hair services.

Blue Tit

10 London locations

Blue Tit Credit: Blue Tit

Longer opening hours at these boutique salons make Saturday-night makeovers a new possibility.

The Boutique Atelier

Ellesmere Port, Ches CH65

The Boutique Atelier Credit: The Boutique Atelier

Run by session stylist Richard Phillipart, here the extra UV sterilising units shouldn’t detract from the fashion-forward ethos.

Brooke Evans Ironbridge

Coalbrookdale, Telford TF8

Brooke Evans Ironbridge Credit: Brooke Evans Ironbridge

One for vintage lovers, most of the furniture at this award-winning hairdresser has been upcycled. Plus, it even has its own wine cellar.

Buff

Edinburgh EH8

Buff*  Credit: Buff* 

This nail salon has cool industrial interiors with edgy nail art to match – waiting benches have been placed outside with umbrellas provided.

Buller and Rice

Newington Green, London N16

Buller and Rice Credit: Buller and Rice

This eco-focused salon invites you to bring Keep-Cups so you can still have a coffee, while stylists will be in biodegradable aprons.

Cecily Day Spa

Berkhamsted, Herts HP4

Cecily Day Spa* Credit: Cecily Day Spa*

At this plush spa, divider screens and temperature checks will be taken on arrival for nails and waxing. 

Daniel Galvin

Three London locations

Daniel Galvin Credit: Daniel Galvin

The first hair professional to receive an OBE for his contribution to the industry, Galvin’s salons offer top-class service with  zero snootiness. 

Darren Webster at Electric London

London W1U

Darren Webster at Electric London Credit: Electric London

Award-winning stylist Darren is joined by the best in cut and colour. They also have a refill station for their own-brand shampoo.

Douce

Cambridge CB4

Douce Credit: Douce

A salon in an Airstream trailer – why not? It’ll now be a static caravan rather than mobile, but each client will have it all to themselves. 

Errol Douglas mbe

Knightsbridge, London W1X

If there was a hairdressing hall of fame, Errol would definitely feature.

Gatsby & Miller

Amersham, Bucks HP6

Gatsby & Miller Credit: Gatsby & Miller

This slick hair salon also has a barber area so you and your other half can go for a tidy-up together. 

George Northwood

Fitzrovia, London W1T

One of the biggest names on the hair scene, George is known for his signature effortlessly ‘undone’ styles. 

Gina Conway

Three London locations

Gina Conway Credit: Gina Conway

These Aveda salons will offer the Tint & Depart, where your colourist will apply your root tint before you’re handed a timer and instructions on how to rinse and maintain when you get home. 

The Glow Up Nail Bar

Plymouth PL4

The Glow Up Nail Bar* Credit: The Glow Up Nail Bar*

Originally due to open in March, this new nail bar will soft-launch on a one-to-one basis this summer. 

Hazel & Haydn

Birmingham B3

Hazel & Haydn Credit: Hazel & Haydn

Featured in BBC Three’s Glow-Up, the stylists at this open-plan salon (all plant installations and stripped-back stations) are top-notch. 

Hershesons

Fitzrovia, London W1T

Hershesons Credit: Hershesons

At this spacious salon, leaving every other chair empty means not sacrificing your cut and colour requirements.

Hooker & Young 

Four Newcastle locations

Hooker & Young  Credit: Hooker & Young 

The namesake co-owners have racked up 22 industry awards between them. 

Jamie Stevens Hair

Ripley, Surrey GU23

Jamie Stevens Hair Credit: Jamie Stevens Hair

A regular on This Morning, Jamie’s salon is launching an app to notify clients if an appointment opens up. 

Joseph Ferraro

Harrogate, North Yorks HG2

Joseph Ferraro Credit: Joseph Ferraro

Exposed brickwork, rustic materials and squidgy leather sofas make for a chilled feel to accompany your post-lockdown pamper.  

Jo Hansford

Mayfair, London W1K

Jo Hansford Credit: Jo Hansford

This glossy salon is offering some clients a car service to take you to and from your appointment, so nothing gets in between you and your balayage. 

Ken Picton

Cardiff CF10

Ken Picton Credit: Ken Picton

With umpteen accolades under its belt, this mega-salon has nudged its closing time back to squeeze in more of its loyal clientele.

Kokoa Eco Beauty

Altrincham, Cheshire, WA14

Kokoa Eco Beauty Credit: Kokoa Eco Beauty

This excellent 100 per cent vegan beauty salon will do manis on park benches and astro turf – plus you can still buy their own-brand skincare products.

Larry King

South Kensington, London SW7, and  Notting Hill, London W11

The cool kids flock to these stylish salons to experience Larry and his team’s unflappable attitude, fabulous cuts and face-flattering colours. 

Laundry 

Sheffield S1

Laundry Credit:  Laundry 

Set in a Grade II-listed building, this kitsch, launderette-inspired salon has new hand-wash stations, a refreshed colour scheme and longer mirrors to ensure social distancing is taken seriously.

Linton & Mac

Aberdeen AB10

Linton & Mac Credit: Linton & Mac

Voted Best Local Salon by Creative HEAD, L&M prides itself on ‘I woke up like this’ hair and cool Polaroid-lined interiors.

Mewies & Co

Mountsorrel, Leicester LE12

Mewies & Co Credit: Mewies & Co

Holistic vibes remain thanks to the all-natural Authentic Beauty Concept products.

Michael Van Clarke

Marylebone, London W1G

Michael Van Clarke Credit: Michael Van Clarke

This swanky hairdresser has eliminated lengthy services like extensions, and two staff are dedicated to cleaning at all times.

NAF! Salon

Glasgow G2

NAF! Salon Credit: NAF! Salon

Nicknamed the ‘Nafia’ by locals, the fun-loving nail techs serve up hand, foot and brow treatments in bubblegum-pink and baby-blue surrounds. 

Nashwhite

Warwick, Leamington Spa and Stratford-upon-Avon

Nashwhite Credit: Nashwhite

Known for chic, understated interiors, the ‘undone yet done’ philosophy is also apparent in Nashwhite’s exquisite haircuts and colours. 

Nkd ( )

Leicester LE1

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Looking more like an art gallery than a waxing salon, here lash and brow treatments including henna and HD will be on the menu, too.  

Nicola Clarke at  John Frieda 

Fitzrovia, London W1W

At the helm of this salon is Nicola Clarke, colourist  to stars including Kate Moss  and Jodie Comer. Her team’s mission is to give you a shade you’ve always dreamt of. 

Not Another Salon

Shoreditch, London E1

Not Another Salon Credit: Not Another Salon

Here, rainbow art echoes the extrovert hair colours that are the team’s speciality. Clients will be asked to hand-sanitise on the way in for the foreseeable. 

Nylon 

Reading RG1

Nylon Credit: Nylon

With an area dedicated to works by the Reading art community, this forward-thinking salon is home to stylists who are Fashion Week regulars.

Paint & Powder

Stafford ST16

Paint & Powder Credit: Paint & Powder

This living-room-style salon with vintage decor will be offering 10-minute root touch-ups for clients who feel the need for speed.

Ro Hair

Newquay, Cornwall TR7

Ro Hair Credit: Ro Hair

Minutes from the beach, this wood-panelled, succulent-scattered salon is reopening for one-to-one appointments.

Russell Eaton Hair

Leeds LS1

Russell Eaton Hair Credit: Russell Eaton Hair

This super salon offers trichology consultations as well as cut and colour, in case stress has got your scalp in a tizz. 

Seckingtons

Northampton NN1

Seckingtons Credit: Seckingtons

An Aveda salon that’s all about raw materials and minimal fuss, there’s a photo-friendly wall of hanging baskets that will act as an ideal backdrop for that inevitable post-haircut selfie. 

The Secret Brow Society

Sheffield S6

The Secret Brow Society Credit: The Secret Brow Society

Set in a buzzing former factory, this ‘in the know’ salon is so well-versed in amazing arches, it even has its own brow academy. 

Spring

Birmingham B4

Spring Credit: Spring

If you have rings, waves or kinks, you’ll want to book in here – the UK’s first dedicated curly-hair salon, offering a curl-by-curl cut and colour technique. 

Salon 64

Soho, London W1D

Salon 64 Credit: Salon 64

Expect stylists in swanky branded masks and cocktails in biodegradable glasses at this chi-chi salon.

The Social

Kendal, Lake District LA9

The Social Credit: The Social

Owned by London stylist Ky Wilson, this salon is adding antiviral plants to its jungle-esque interior.

Tim Scott Wright @ The Hair Surgery

Wollaston, Stourbridge DY8

 The Hair Surgery Credit:  The Hair Surgery

Award-winning stylist Tim and his team are back offering cuts, colours, and ‘red-carpet hair’ for extra glam. 

Trevor Sorbie

Brighton BN1

Trevor Sorbie Credit: Trevor Sorbie

Stylists can only work here if they’ve passed a rigorous training programme devised by Trevor himself, so you know you’re on to a winner. 

Trinder Hair Studios

St Albans, Herts AL3

Trinder Hair Studios Credit: Trinder Hair Studios

Trinder’s wide, open-plan interiors lend themselves beautifully to socially distanced styling, so there’s no need for screens. 

Urban Retreat at The White House

Knightsbridge, London SW1X

Urban Retreat at The White House* Credit: Urban Retreat at The White House*

Managed by Reena Hammer (daughter of  famed make-up artist Ruby), this is a five-storey wellness paradise.

Voodou

Liverpool L13

Voodou Credit: Voodou

Known for its rainbow hair colours, this uber-cool salon has Priority Booking vouchers available online to get you seen pronto.

Westrow

Leeds LS1

Westrow Credit: Westrow

Beloved of Leeds’ glossy posse, here extra time is being allocated for colour appointments to right any wrongs (aka DIY dye jobs) committed during lockdown.

Yoke the Salon

Plymouth PL1

Yoke the Salon Credit: Yoke the Salon

This freshly redecorated salon has views across Plymouth’s historic Royal William Yard, and is home to the city’s only L’Oréal Colour Specialist. 

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