By Lara Kavanagh in London—
Trying to get a haircut at a good price can be a bit of a gamble. Budget establishments can be less creative, and a bit of a worry if you want something specific. Visiting a salon with a more defined sense of style can be prohibitively expensive, particularly if you’re female.
Luckily, London has some great budget hair salons. Here are three of my favorites:
Hair By Fairy
8–10 Neal’s Yard
Tel: 020 7497 0776
Opening hours: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Saturday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Thursday and Friday 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., Sunday noon to 5 p.m.
A long-time favorite in central London is the wonderful Hair By Fairy, set in the uber-colorful Neal’s Yard in Covent Garden. A mere £13 will get you a quick, professional cut and a brief blow-dry of sorts (just be warned that you won’t emerge as a picture of perfection), and the quality of the cuts rivals much more expensive salons. There’s no need to book; just turn up and queue, but avoid busy Friday lunchtimes.
Nationwide chain – see site for contact details and opening hours
A reliable chain option with stores across town, and rarely much of a queue. The value cut will cost you £13.95, and £20.95 will get a shampoo, cut and blow dry. The stylists know their stuff, and are friendly, professional and provide good value for money.
Railway Arch 10
Gales Gardens Mews
Tel: 020 7729 8416
Opening hours: Tuesday 1 p.m. to 8 p.m., Wednesday, Thursday and Friday 2 p.m. to 8 p.m., Saturday 1 p.m. to 8 p.m., Sunday noon to 6 p.m.
The quirkiest option in the list is the arty 10 Gales, a complex set into the railway arches by Bethnal Green tube station, comprising an exhibition space, café, vintage shop and a “Cut & Go” hair salon. Cuts cost between £5 and £15–an absolute steal for the quality and rather cool surrounds.