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
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
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.
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.
Longer opening hours at these boutique salons make Saturday-night makeovers a new possibility.
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
One for vintage lovers, most of the furniture at this award-winning hairdresser has been upcycled. Plus, it even has its own wine cellar.
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
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
At this plush spa, divider screens and temperature checks will be taken on arrival for nails and waxing.
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
Award-winning stylist Darren is joined by the best in cut and colour. They also have a refill station for their own-brand shampoo.
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
If there was a hairdressing hall of fame, Errol would definitely feature.
Gatsby & Miller
This slick hair salon also has a barber area so you and your other half can go for a tidy-up together.
One of the biggest names on the hair scene, George is known for his signature effortlessly ‘undone’ styles.
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
Originally due to open in March, this new nail bar will soft-launch on a one-to-one basis this summer.
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.
At this spacious salon, leaving every other chair empty means not sacrificing your cut and colour requirements.
Hooker & Young
The namesake co-owners have racked up 22 industry awards between them.
Jamie Stevens Hair
A regular on This Morning, Jamie’s salon is launching an app to notify clients if an appointment opens up.
Exposed brickwork, rustic materials and squidgy leather sofas make for a chilled feel to accompany your post-lockdown pamper.
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.
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
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.
The cool kids flock to these stylish salons to experience Larry and his team’s unflappable attitude, fabulous cuts and face-flattering colours.
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
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
Holistic vibes remain thanks to the all-natural Authentic Beauty Concept products.
Michael Van Clarke
This swanky hairdresser has eliminated lengthy services like extensions, and two staff are dedicated to cleaning at all times.
Nicknamed the ‘Nafia’ by locals, the fun-loving nail techs serve up hand, foot and brow treatments in bubblegum-pink and baby-blue surrounds.
Known for chic, understated interiors, the ‘undone yet done’ philosophy is also apparent in Nashwhite’s exquisite haircuts and colours.
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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
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
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.
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
This living-room-style salon with vintage decor will be offering 10-minute root touch-ups for clients who feel the need for speed.
Minutes from the beach, this wood-panelled, succulent-scattered salon is reopening for one-to-one appointments.
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.
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
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.
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.
Expect stylists in swanky branded masks and cocktails in biodegradable glasses at this chi-chi salon.
Owned by London stylist Ky Wilson, this salon is adding antiviral plants to its jungle-esque interior.
Tim Scott Wright @ The Hair Surgery
Award-winning stylist Tim and his team are back offering cuts, colours, and ‘red-carpet hair’ for extra glam.
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
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
Managed by Reena Hammer (daughter of famed make-up artist Ruby), this is a five-storey wellness paradise.
Known for its rainbow hair colours, this uber-cool salon has Priority Booking vouchers available online to get you seen pronto.
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
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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