Non-pricey salon for cut and colour in London?

(22 Posts)
sky1010 Mon 22-Feb-16 21:37:48

Hope someone can give me some recommendations, as even though I moved to London three years ago, I still don't have a hairdresser and have had a few groupon/wahanda nightmares. The salon prices are mad compared to 'back home' so I have been trying to cut corners.

I am searching for a good (but affordable) colourist who can help me find the perfect cool brown.

I keep on being dyed with very red based dyes even though I am assured they are 'cool toned', which glint red in the sunlight and fade into chestnut. The colour is the priority, but if they are good with 'undone' cuts, that would be great as along with my too-reddish hair I have also been given some severe angular cuts with don't sit very prettily.

I can't afford Kensington prices, and budget is no more than £70 for a colour and trim. That would have got me a cut, colour and finish at a nice salon in my home city, but from what I have seen- it's a tall order here.

I am currently zone 2/3 east, but am happy to travel wherever for something within my budget or with good recommendations.

LaurieFairyCake Mon 22-Feb-16 21:46:55

Are you quite sure that £70 could now get you a cut and colour in your home city?

I ask because prices are generally much more even 2/3 years later.

I get highlights and a trim done. If I go in London it's £150 at the cheapest - it's 3 hours work for a stylist with foils.

I go outside London to the Home Counties and it's 90 quid - I think that's really good value at £30 an hour

sky1010 Mon 22-Feb-16 21:52:02

Yeah, but I am from up north. Prices are about the same from talking to my mum. Not a luxury salon, but a 'nice' one.

I suppose I could stretch to a bit more, but I really am not in a position to be spending upwards of a £100 on my hair nowadays.

Baaaah I'll admit defeat.

Do I have any chance of getting a cut and trim for under £100 in the SE? I can even venture into Essex..

LaurieFairyCake Mon 22-Feb-16 22:24:37

I genuinely don't know.

But I do know I'm moving to SE London this summer and keeping my hair dresser in the Home Counties grin

Can you go back oop North and get your hair done properly 3 times a year and get a supercuts cut in between times?

What about dyeing it yourself - if you do all over dye that's just as good as salon. Highlights which I have are much trickier and require skill imo.

ThinkAboutItTomorrow Mon 22-Feb-16 22:34:39

Have you looked at home visits? Since DD I've had someone come to my home. Great colourist, less fab cut, she used to work at a good salon but quit to build up her own business, she does lots of fashion shoots as that's what she's into, cutting hair in people's homes is just to pay the rent.
If you're SW i can pm her details.

sky1010 Mon 22-Feb-16 22:44:38

I am East afraid, so no good.

I would be very much interested in home visits, but none of my friends can suggest me anyone!

bloodyteenagers Mon 22-Feb-16 22:58:46

Seven sisters road Holloway. Cannot think what the place is called. Don't go on a weekend, it's packed.

Occasionally I get my hair colored in there, never spent more than £70. Wash, cut, dry is around £25.

It's great. One place get hair done, eye brows threaded and nails done.

tethersend Mon 22-Feb-16 23:13:41

If you have the time, try the Vidal Sassoon school in Bond Street- they will do you a fantastic colour and cut for a very cheap price, but be prepared to wait around for a while. Details here

Zampa Mon 22-Feb-16 23:17:34

When living in London I always got my hair done at Pimps and Pinups at Spitalfields. Cut & colour £100 and truly excellent. My relationship with my hairdresser there remains my longest ever (although DP will beat her later this year!). I stopped going in 2013 so prices may have increased.

lamingtonnutty Mon 22-Feb-16 23:22:22

I can't remember how, I think Gumtree, but I got a free haircut by an Aveda student. Best haircut ever as they have a pro standing over them making sure it all goes well. Do a bit of research online. If not, I used to visit a lady in South London (I was also east), she did a cut and colour for £80. PM me and I can give you her name.

EachandEveryone Mon 22-Feb-16 23:27:39

HOB salons are great. They give 25% off nhs workers and never ask for id

whynogutfeeling Mon 22-Feb-16 23:28:49

Laurie check out Geddes in Ladywell and Over The Top in Sydenham when you move to SE London. Both fab!

Dungandbother Mon 22-Feb-16 23:51:35

Headmasters chain do a big discount on Mondays I think. Might be Tuesday

I have a mobile hairdresser whose colour is better than her cuts. But she's still ace.

SE tho.

bloodyteenagers Tue 23-Feb-16 00:20:54

Also try colleges and salons who want models. At some point they do have to colour. Seriously discounted then. Completely forgot about that one. My dd paid £20 to go blue and have a cut etc.. Her choice for the colour btw.

cressetmama Tue 23-Feb-16 11:42:07

I used to go to the Toni and Guy Academy, which was for trained hairdressers often from Europe wanting a refresh/update course. Long time ago now, but worth a look.

LaurieFairyCake Wed 24-Feb-16 07:52:31

Thanks whynogutfeeling
smile

CurbsideProphet Wed 24-Feb-16 08:01:58

Hayward & Golding in Lee/Blackheath. I moved back to the north but still have my hair cut by them when I am in London smile

tharsheblows Wed 24-Feb-16 08:08:22

Idol Hair near Victoria Park, make a appt with Greta, she's been great with my hair (naturally grey, now red, used to be brown). smile

Itscurtainsforyou Wed 24-Feb-16 12:15:06

I second the Vidal Sassoon training salon - it's been a while since I went but it was brilliant!

Lndnmummy Wed 24-Feb-16 16:06:22

I have a great girl that comes to my house and does highlights/toner and cut for £65.00. She is fab, i love her. Happy to pm her details for anyone in se london.

Lndnmummy Wed 24-Feb-16 16:08:43

I used to go to pimps and pinups too! Loved my stylist there and was so sad when he moved back to nz. It is a reallly funky trendy place (i am not, am a banker) and they always made me feel so welcome. I used to love that place.

Stokey Wed 24-Feb-16 16:45:04

More central than east but they'd a place called Clerkenwell's on Leather Lane who are great, probably around £75.

A bit more expensive but excellent with colour are Karine Jackson just off Charing Cross Rd near Leicester Square tube.

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