14 Best Curly Hair Salons in London
You asked for it and here it is mixed race parents. The 15 best mixed race curly hair salons in London. Let’s face it, if you’re mixed or your children have hair that’s a completely different texture, trying to do it on your own can seem overwhelming. A mixed friend of mine commented once that her Mum (perhaps because she had no clue) used to do her hair as if she was a cotton bud! (If you’re not in London, and need a curly hair specialist elsewhere in the UK, see our updated list of curly hair salons throughout the UK).
Jokes aside though, it’s important to get the right advice from professionals who can advise you on products, textures, hair styles and more. I will feature hair many times on this blog I imagine, but the best advice you’ll get is from a professional looking at your child’s hair and showing you what works.
***Disclaimer: this list is compiled through some dedicated research and existing reviews of the best curly hair salons in London so I cannot vouch for all of these salons but they were often mentioned by people asking for curly hair salons in London.
1. Unruly Curls– 2 Peoples Hall, 2 Olaf Street, W11 4BE, London
Likely the only curly hair salon in London that isn’t specifically for afro hair, it doesn’t get much more specialised than Unruly Curls. They are all about loose, tight, textured, you name it…curls. Beware though, I didn’t find many reviews about the rest of the staff but the owner, Michael Price seems to know what he’s doing and has received much ado. He also imparts his knowledge on how to maintain upkeep which is always a blessing. I’ve also heard the prices are reasonable.
2. Curl Talk, Unit 5e, 65 Princelet Street, Spitalfields, E1 5LP
“It is my mission to change our hairdressing experience and empower curlies to live up to their curls true potential. I am the first stylist in London trained and certified by the founder of ‘The curly girl method’ – Lorraine Massey in the curlbycurl™️ cutting technique and also trained and certified in the Devacurl cutting technique in the Devachan salon in New York.
A Curl talk cut is an interpretation of both of these specialised techniques, combined with over 10 years of experience in curls. I also specialise in the best techniques for colouring curls – Pintura highlights. With this technique, your hair is painted Curl by Curl for a personalised, natural colour made to suit your individual curls!”
3. Curly Hair London, 18 Denmark Str, WC2H 8NE
So I had the pleasure of doing a full review of Curly Hair London and shared her tips and expertise here…“I follow the Curly Girl Method, and will dry cut curly types of hair and after will wash it and style. I always suggest non- sulphate and non silicone products to my customers as curly hair dries out very quickly.
I’ve had countless people come in with flat, listless curly hair or thick, frizzy, unmanageable curls and I take huge pleasure in restoring the natural shape of their curls and helping them understand how to make their curls work best for them. Curly hair is beautiful,and with the right cut and the right sort of care, anyone with a natural wave can have glorious, stess-free hair.” I can vouch that she is probably one of the best when it comes to mixed race curly hair salons in London.
4. Ena Salon, 5 Great Queen Street, Holborn, London, WC2B 5DG
With many reviews from fellow curly girls, this salon boasts moisturising treatments, dry curly cuts and more. Plus, it’s amazing ambience inside!
5. Darren Scott Salon, 117 Shirland Road, Maida Vale, London W9 2EW
With a specialism in mixed race curly hair, “Darren Scott is a qualified hair stylist and make-up artist who has worked his magic on some of the biggest celebrities in the world. Following on from this success Darren opened his first salon in Maidavale. Darren Scott believes that a visit to one of these mixed race curly hair salons in London should not just be to get your hair cut, coloured or styled. It should be about the experience. Darren has personally trained all stylists to ensure great standards are always met, and new techniques are shared and delivered. You will be welcomed with a smile by our friendly and helpful staff. Our teas, coffee and hot chocolate are all fair trade, we buy coffee beans and use our burr grinder on the day to make you the freshest coffee available. Our aim is simple, to make you look and feel truly great.”
6. Afrotherapy, 235 Fore Street, Edmonton, London, N18 2TZ
“Caring for natural curls requires the right product for your type of curl, your hair’s condition and your scalp health. At Afrotherapy, in addition to our professional London afro salon, we also stock and extensive range of afro, multi textured and curly hair products in salon and on our online store at www.afrotherapy.com. During your hairdressing appointment at Afrotherapy Salon, your expert afro and multi textured hair stylist will advise you on different styling methods and prescribe the perfect products for you to take home and maintain the condition of your hair in between salon visits. One of the best mixed race curly hair salons in London, we stock an extensive range of products from leading professional afro haircare brands including Mizani, KeraCare, Moroccanoil, CURLS, Design Essentials, Ferm,FRO, Mixed Chicks and many more.”
7. The Charlotte Mensah Hair Lounge, 347 Portobello Road, W10 5SA
Award-winning hairstylist, owner and artistic director of the Hair Lounge salon, founder of the Charlotte Mensah Manketti Oil products.
Charlotte has been at the forefront of the natural haircare movement since the early 2000 and has been a columnist on the subject since 2005. She is recognised as the Go To authority regarding maintaining Natural Afro, Mixed & Curly textures by magazines such as Elle, Vogue, Harpers Bizarre and Tattler to name a few.
Charlotte believes that your hair, needs to be properly maintained and cared for, so it looks and feels its best. Her multi award winning Charlotte Mensah Manketti Oil premium hair care range is designed for afro/mixed and all curly hair types, it is made using organic, ethical and sustainable sourced oils, these products not only deliver amazing results but also smell divine. The luxurious formulas are as kind to the earth as they are to your hair.
8. Bloomin Curls, Goldilocks, 329 Muswell Hill Broadway, London N10 1BY
Thank you for trusting me with your curls.The only way to cut curls is in their dry natural state, taking into consideration where each curl ‘lives’. This is what a Curl by Curl cut is- pioneered and certified by Lorraine Massey. This is followed by a hydrating cleansing and conditioning service.
9. The Curly Way, mobile hairdressers in London, call to book an appointment: 07517 441 080 or 07450 247 365
This mixed race curly hair salon offers “a free consultation in order to assess your curls needs followed by an individually tailored drycut for your curl type. We respect the natural pattern of your curls and will give you hair that you can go home with, wake up and style yourself time after time with great results and ease.”
10. Purely Natural Hair, 119 The Grove, Stratford, London, E15 1EN
“Anastasia Chikezie is the founder of PURELY NATURAL one of the first natural hair salons to open in the UK. The first branch was opened 24 years ago, June 1990 to be exact! Purely Natural Contemporary natural Hair Salon is a multiple award winning salon, who specialists in Afro and Mixed Textured natural Hair. Ever dreamt of having healthy, beautiful looking hair, well you’ve come to the right place. From the moment you arrive at our salon, you’ll feel the stress of your busy lifestyle evaporate. Spoil yourself, relax and liven up in our contemporary natural mixed race curly hair salons. Purely natural have been providing first class services to the people of London and beyond since 1990, Styling some of the world’s celebrities and recreating fashionable styles for our customers, fashion shows and events.”
11. 3Thirty Hair and Beauty Salon, 330 Old Street, Shoreditch, London, EC1V
“Made the decision to stay natural or transitioning? We at 3thirty have made it our mission to reveal that no matter what trend hairstyle is set out there today or tomorrow whether its weaves or relaxed it can be interpreted naturally!The 3thirty hairdressing team have been carefully trained to an expert standard of styling and can confidently work with any hair type, from European, to Afro to Asian. Salon owner Tiff J’s passion is for transforming the way the way people look and feel about themselves and her talent and enthusiasm continue to inspire her team as the salon welcomes new friends into the 3thirty family.”
12. The Curl Bar, 210 MIDDLE LANE , LONDON, N8 7LA
The Curl Bar is a safe space for clients to feel empowered and embraced. We want everyone to feel relaxed from the calming energy in the space and confident with their beautiful hair. Nia’s love for restoring hair started in 2013 and hasn’t stopped since. This service is far from being just a cut. It’s an experience of connecting through curls.
13. Adornment 365, 81 Acre Lane, Brixton, London, SW2 5TN
“In April 2014, we launched our first Natural Hair & Loc Bar on Acre Lane, Brixton. It’s boutique, it’s fresh and we’d love to have you with us soon. The current Adornment365 Salon team is highly qualified. We hold formal haircare qualifications and have nutritionists and trichcologists on team. We consider this level of expertise critical to partnering with you for your long term hair health. As a brand we prioritise hair and scalp health over styling solutions. But you will always leave looking great.”
14. Karine Jackson Hair and Beauty, 24 Litchfield Street, Seven Dials, Covent Garden, London , WC2H 9NJ
“Fed up with curly hair that turns to frizz? Had enough of curly hair breaking off? Desperate to have healthy curly hair that behaves itself?
At Karine Jackson Hair & Beauty in Covent Garden, we are specialists in making curly wavy hair look sensational. One of the best mixed race curly hair salons you’ll come across, when it comes to colouring curly hair, Karine Jackson uses the superb Organic Colour Systems which delivers curl-friendly colour.”
15. Lindsay Hughes The Curl Whisperer, 21 New Quebec Street, London W1H 7DE
At number 11, these mixed race curly hair salons had this to say: “Having been trained at the world renowned DevaCurl Hair Academy in New York and LA – and now, officially, an Advanced DevaCurl Specialist myself – I am passionate about celebrating your unique curls and giving all my clients curl-confidence.”
16. Beyond Curls- Curly Hair Specialist @ The Standard Studio,156 Westcombe Hill, Blackheath, London, SE3 7DH
Although being skilled in working with all hair types, curly hair specialist Raquel Fernandes – founder of Beyond Curls, developed a passion for curly hair. Being a curly girl herself and having suffered bad haircuts, she felt that there were not enough hair stylists in the UK who understood curly hair. Raquel knew she wanted to make a difference and be able to help curly hair girls and guys feel confident about going to a hair salon.
Raquel decided to attend hair school and trained to become a fully qualified hair stylist. She took this further by enrolling at the world renowed DevaCurl Academy in New York, USA and gaining the ‘Deva Inspired Curl Stylist’ qualification. It was at the DevaCurl Academy where Raquel enriched her skill of working with curly hair by adopting the dry curl by curl cutting & pintura highlighting methods. Raquel also underwent the DevaCurl ‘Art of Texture’ speciality course for highly textured & super curly hair. This enabled Raquel with the skills to work with all textures and specialise in mixed race curly hair salons – from the loosest waves to the tightest curl.
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