Best For: Tailor-Made Colour
Why We Rate Him: There’s very little Adam Reed can’t do when it comes to hair, but his speciality is tailor-making the best colour for you and your individual skin tone. After working at some of the biggest salons – as well as runway shows and editorial shoots – it’s safe to say, what he doesn’t know about colour isn’t worth knowing. You’ll be in the very safest hands – and you’ll walk away with something unique.
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Best For: Textured Hair
Why We Rate Her: You’ll find Alisha at Bleach London – a salon with a playful approach to rainbow brights and soft pastels. One of Bleach’s longest-serving employees, she’s the person to take you outside your comfort zone. She’s also brilliant at balyage on textured, curly hair if that’s more your style. Rita Ora and Jessie J are fans – just take a look at her Instagram for some inspirational screenshots.
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Best For: A Bit Of Everything
Why We Rate Her: Now working with @TheHairBros, Bryony has trained under some of the best in the business. She’s a must-see for balyage, but also colour in general – think bleach, highlights and newer techniques like baby lights. In short, there’s nothing Bryony can’t do for you – we especially love some of the looks she’s created on darker, brunette hair.
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Best For: Subtle Tweaks
Why We Rate Her: A firm favourite here at SL, Camilla creates lived-in colour that’s both glossy and cool. We love her subtle stroke work – you’ll find the tones catch the light beautifully, without being too brassy or full on. Expect an overall finish that’s subtle but will still earn plenty of compliments.
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Best For: Cool New Techniques
Why We Rate Her: Francesca is one of our favourite colourists in London, working at the popular salon, Hari’s. Always ahead of the curve, she’s constantly exploring new techniques and trends. Case in point: she now specialises in baby lights, ombre piecing, bronde and creamy toners. Never heard of them? Francesca can suggest what will suit you best, so you can be sure you’ll love the results. If your colour has gone wrong elsewhere, Francesca is a whizz at fixing mistakes, too – she’s a genius when to comes to getting rid of green, brassy, unwanted tones.
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Best For: Blondes Seeking A Change
Why We Rate Her: For many, Nicola Clarke needs no introduction. Often dubbed ‘the colour queen’, she looks after the likes of Cate Blanchett, Jennifer Lawrence, Kate Moss and Kate Winslet. Known for her ability to transform brunettes into blondes without any obvious roots or brassiness left behind, she’s to be found at John Frieda’s popular Margaret Street salon. If she’s hard to get hold of, try Shannon, who was trained by Nicola – though all the colourists there come highly recommended.
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Best For: Warm Tones
Why We Rate Him: Recommended to us by several industry insiders, Paul has 25 years of colouring experience – as you’ll soon realise after an appointment with him. Expect plenty of warm, glossy tones, as well as a natural effect that perfectly complements your individual features. With an artistic eye for colour, he can suggest looks or you can take in screenshots and he’ll tell you what’s achievable.
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Best For: Minimising Maintenance
Why We Rate Her: Sally has been highly rated for years. Her technique is natural and flattering, with one goal in mind: to ensure less maintenance and fewer colour top-ups are needed. From creamy blondes to chocolatey brunettes, there’s nothing Sally can’t do. She’s brilliant at sharing tips for in-between appointments, too.
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Best For: A Full Colour Makeover
Why We Rate Her: Sibi is best known for her beautiful balyage and freehand colour. She is the person to see for a full hair makeover. Whether you want to transform your current tone or enhance it, Sibi can create exactly what you want – with a glossy, sleek finish to boot. Check out her Instagram profile to get a feel for the colours she’s renowned for.
Book via: SibiBolan.com
Maisie At Myla and Davis
Best For: Affordability & Options
Why We Rate Them: We love Myla and Davis salons, which you can find all over London. The group has plenty of amazing colourists, but Maisie stands out for her varied skillset and eye for colour. The salon itself has a vast menu, offering everything from baby lights to balyage, colour melts and classic highlights. Plus everything is accessible – prices start from just £35 for a toner which will lift and revive strands. We love the playful approach to colour, but also the ability to take things back to basics with simple and slick tones.
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Best For: Everything Blonde
Why We Rate Her: Harriet is a go-to for well-known blondes like Poppy Delevingne, Abbey Clancy and Pixie Lott. She has an innate understanding of an individual’s undertones and how it affects your look overall. Harriet’s also super approachable, full of advice and open to finding the right techniques and options for both your budget and individual preferences. Whether you want a root blend, colour with a smudge or a total blonde revamp that feels modern, Harriet is your woman.
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