The Best Salons For Black And Afro Hair In London

Twist outs, braids, blow dries, extensions — they do it all

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Smiths Salon

The Man To See: Vernon Francois

Best For: Natural hair styling, blow dries, extensions (you name it)

The reigning superstar of the hair world, Vernon Francois has a devoted, A-list client roster to match. He's the man behind all the best heads of black hair in Hollywood: Lupita Nyong'o, Solange Knowles, Tracee Ellis Ross, Thandie Newton, Ava DuVernay — the list is impressively long. Name a black woman hair crush, chances are Vernon's magic is behind it, a fact that is a testament to his ability to work with all hair textures. And while he's considered a global force, he still maintains a private client base out of Smiths Salon in Soho. He books up quickly, though, so plan out your visits well in advance. And while you wait? Try his eponymous haircare line.

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Hair Lounge

The Woman To See: Charlotte Mensah

Best For: Natural hair styling, hair care education

Not only is she a West London institution (Mensah opened Hair Lounge on Portobello Road 15 years ago), her salon is a little oasis of British black girl magic with a mix of models, fashion editors, artists, television personalities, authors (Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie is a long-time client), and corporate professionals all passing through her door. Mensah also has an international following; she's the London stylist of choice for Americans living abroad and has a loyal group of clients who fly in from Nigeria and Ghana to see her. What makes her so popular is not only her styling breadth but equal emphasis on hair health and maintenance. She uses her own line of products, an impressive range of shampoos, conditioners and treatments based on the centuries old, regenerative Manketti Oil, which she discovered in the Serengeti while traveling for a wedding.

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Ziuzo Salon

The Woman To See: Victoria Akuagwu

Best For: Colour treatments and natural haircare

When it comes to colouring natural or chemically processed Afro hair, Ziuzo Salon is unbeatable. If you've got a daring new hair colour in mind, pop-in to the Lewisham-based salon for a consultation, treatment and an amazing after-care service, so that you don't shed a strand in the process.

Neville Salon

The Man To See: Randolph Gray

Best For: Blowouts and weaves

With a career that spans work with Naomi Campbell and Beyoncé, as well as brands including Armani, Calvin Klein and Dolce & Gabbana, Randolph is the man to see if you like to use the word 'tresses' and prefer them blowing softly in the wind. He has a gift for all hair types and lengths, but a special knack for long hair styles — the softest sideswept fringe, shoulder-dusting blunt bobs, or full layers. But don't let his expertise in straightening hair fool you: there will be no fried ends and edges here, he prioritises maintaining hair strength above all.

Charlotte Mensah's Hair Lounge

Salako Salon

The Man To See: Jimo Salako

Best For: All hair types, especially cuts and styling of curly hair textures

Following a career as an editorial stylist in which he worked with Nick Knight and David Bailey, among others, Jimo Salako founded his eponymous salon in Marylebone London where his clients include Yasmin Sewell, Elisa Sednaoui, and a fleet of fashion insiders. Specialising in creating hair styles that nod to art and fashion, he's known for his flair for cutting all hair textures and types. If you're looking for a career-defining new look, he's your go-to.

Kannis Undiscovered Beauty

The Woman To See: Gloria Odumosu

Best For: Frontal weaves and wig-making

A go-to Afro hair salon for those who want to get their protective-styling on, the Kannis Undiscovered Beauty team are experts in tucking away natural hair in custom-made wigs that come complete with baby hairs and are undetectable IRL.

Someone Very Beautiful

The Women To See: Victoria Baker and Charlene Brewster

Best For: Natural hair styling, braids, blowdries and extensions

This modest, no-fuss salon in Southeast London punches above its weight with two young hair stylists who specialise in natural hair health and styling, as well as blowdries and extensions at good value prices. With a cult following of fashion editors, buyers and expats, this is the little hair shop that could.

Hype Coiffure

The People To See: Chlesea Dacosta, Deen Fashola, Michelle Sultan, Kim Johnson and Marian Belfon-Rose

Best For: Treatments galore

Having first opened its doors in 1995 at the Balham store, the time award winning Hype Coiffure has a slew of treatments including Keratin treatments, relaxing and weaving for those with Afro and multi-textured hair. The quickly expanding salon, has since opened two more locations in Battersea and Brixton maintaining their reputation as one of the most in demand salons for Afro-Caribbean hair.

Radiant London Salon

The Woman To See: Tracey Campbell (head stylist)

Best For: Weave/wig lovers

One of the most on-trend Afro-hair havens in London, Radiant caters to weave lovers and naturalistas alike. Nestled in Bermondsey, think tight edges, beautiful braiding styles and celebrity-inspired installations – a term used to describe the weaving process – that slay.

Morris Roots

The Man To See: Morris Aberdeen

Best For: Dreadlocks and natural styling

A savior for those with locks and twists, the aptly named and internationally acclaimed Morris Roots (after owner Morris Aberdeen) opened its doors in 2001. Three more salons quickly followed in and around London including an academy. Morris Roots is the destination for faux locs and interlocing and has a strong following for its range of natural products including a Lock-It-Up formula and hair tonic.

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