The Best Curly Salons in the UK
As curly girls we all know the fear and anxiety we have sitting down in a hairdressers chair, are they gonna cut of too much hair or give me a dodgy triangle shape?!
It’s something I personally have never been comfortable with. I’m now on my hair transition like a lot of us, trying to get back the hair that I once hated, how crazy is that?!?!
Now more than ever I’m super nervous about who touches my hair as I notice every millimetre of growth HA! Last year I met a fabulous hairdresser called Jo Leigh (@curl.talk on Instagram)
It was an instant bond and I trusted her straight away, it helped that she had the most incredible head of curls. Jo Leigh will be opening a salon later on this year, she specialises with children and obviously all things curls, she will also be sharing her top tips with us soon. As I know it’s hard to meet someone we love and trust with our hair I’ve made a little list of salons up and down the country if you’re in need of a new hairdresser.
I hope you find this useful,
These are some of my favourites that I’ve either been to or a friend has had a wonderful experience.
UNRULY CURLS – West London - unrulycurls.co.uk
Spring Curly Hair Salon – Birmingham - springisinthehair.com
McCory Hair (Vicky) – Manchester - mccroryhair.co.uk
Inanch – Central London – inanch.com
Below is a long list that Elle Magazine have created..
Natalie Cole, Head Stylist and Head Technician based at Charlie Miller, Edinburgh
Natalie has naturally curly hair and really knows how to master the most unruly heads of hair. She is also a Kerastase Specialist which means that she has detailed knowledge of the products within the range and can recommend the most appropriate ones for curly hair.
Charlie Miller, 39 Frederick Street, Edinburgh, enq: 0131 225 1141
Jonathan Long, co-owner of Lockonego, London
Jonathan used to seek out curly haired customers to make him a better stylist at working with this hair type. This is one stylist who really gets curly hair.
Lockonego, 394 Kings Road, London, enq: 020 7795 1798
Alfie Maher, Senior Stylist at Jo Hansford, London
Alfie is hairdressing institution Jo Hansford's curly hair expert. High praise indeed.
Jo Hansford, 19 Mount Street, London, enq: 020 7495 7774
Kirsty Baughan, Art Director at Mahogany Oxford
Kirsty uses precision cutting and disconnection to create more space in the hair so it doesn't sit like a birds nest. She also believes that adding colour in single sections in curly hair can take away the density of the shape. This knowledge and skill creates great results.
Mahogany, 30 Little Clarendon Street, Oxford, enq: 01865 552 494
Darren Hau at Headmasters, London
Darren is Headmaster's afro and curly hair expert.
Headmasters, enq: hmhair.co.uk
Indira Schauwecker, stylist at Toni & Guy, Covent Garden.
Loves cutting curly hair; our Fashion Editor Emma Sells recommends Indira for a long-lasting and more directional haircut than you may be used to.
Toni&Guy;, enq: toniandguy.com
Jen Deighton, stylist at Toni&Guy;, Sunderland
Jen has been five times finalist for North Eastern Hairdresser of the Year. For me, it is always really important to keep asking my clients how they are managing their curls and continue to tailor their cuts bespoke to them.
Toni&Guy;, Sunderland, enq: 01915 147 744
Paul Merritt, celebrity stylist opened a new VIP studio in London.
Celebrities fly in from far flung destinations for appointments with Paul. His studios are small and discreet: great for an extra special treat.
Merritt Studio, 37 Gosfield Street, enq: 020 7631 5018
Drags Vranic, Art Director Mahogany Oxford
Drags is a pro at creating hairstyles that work whether worn naturally curly or styled straight for two looks in one.
Mahogany, 5 Market Street, Oxford, enq: 01865 790 245
Nadia Buckley at John Frieda, London
Nadia is a curl expert, so whether you have mad frizzy or gentle curls – she’s your girl. Oh, and she has curls herself so she knows exactly what it's like to live with this hair type, not just to style it.
John Frieda, 4 Aldford Street, London, enq: 020 7491 0840
Steve Rowbottom, L'Oreal Professionnel Ambassador, Leeds
Steve is your go-to curly hairdresser in the north-west. He has worked with Helena Christensen in the past who has naturally curly hair.
West Row Hairdressing, 18 Thornton's Arcade, Leeds, enq: 0113 245 6220
Maria Nowakaowska, Artistic Director at Mahogany London
Maria's understanding of curly hair was inspired by 2 years working with thick curly hair in the Middle East.
Mahogany, 17 St George Street, London, enq: 020 7629 3121
Karine Jackson, former London hairdresser of the year and salon owner, London
Karine is a curl expert using special cutting and colouring techniques to bring out the best in your curls. She also only works with organic products.
Karine Jackson, 24 Litchfield St, London, enq: 020 7836 0300
Jamie Stevens, salon owner, Somerset
As well as working in Somerset, Jamie also works 3 days per week as Artistic Director at Errol Douglas in London. Errol won Afro Hairdresser of the Year three times.
Jamie Stevens Salon, Sedgemoor Road, Somerset, enq: 01278 683413
Ben White, stylist and expert in cutting curly hair at Eleven Hair, London
He uses a dry-cutting technique that allows him to get the best shape out of each individual type of curl.
Eleven Hair, 11 Blenheim Street, Mayfair, London, enq: 020 7491 2390
Jason Welch, Colourist at Eleven Hair, London
Ben is trained in a specialised colour technique that gives curly hair a better dimension by defining the curls with colour.
Rae Palmer, Schwarzkopf Ambassador and salon owner Southsea and Chichester
Rae is not only an expert with curls, she is also an ambassador for Schwarzkopf. She uses a precision cutting technique for curly hairstyles that are directional.
Rae Palmer, 76 Palmerston Road, Southsea, enq: 023 9242 6622
Rae Palmer Hair Boutique, 114-116 The Hornet, Chichester, enq: 01243 532 325,