To celebrate the launch of our new digital magazine, we’re celebrating the movers and shakers of our industry with 100 salon experts and establishments you need to know about in 2018.

We began our list with 50 beauty and barbering experts, and here we bring you the very best from hair, tech and beyond.

The Best Of Hair

Best of Hair

Sophia Hilton – Not Another Salon

As well as being an awesome #girlboss at her Brick Lane salon that has established an anti-factory ideology, Sophia has recently launched the ‘Anti bleach’ service which allows clients to achieve bold, bright hair – without using damaging bleach.

Discover: Ask the expert with Sophia Hilton

Daniel Kelly –  DKUK

Founded by Daniel Kelly, DKUK – the gender-neutral salon is like no other. Instead of offering mirrors, clients look at artwork whilst getting their hair tended to. Daniel has focused his efforts on blurring the lines between art and hairdressing to create an exciting and innovative client experience.

Discover: Salon Design Of The Month: DKUK

Sarah McKenna – Vixen & Blush

Hair extensions expert, Sarah McKenna prides herself on sourcing the right kind of quality hair for her clients. It took her 3 years to find a reliable source and has since used social media influencers such as Sarah Ashcroft to help amplify her business, Vixen and Blush.

Charlotte Mensah – Afro Hairdressing expert

A pioneer in afro hairdressing, Charlotte Mensah is a two-time winner of the prestigious ‘British Afro Hairdresser Of The Year‘ award, salon owner and founder of the ‘Charlotte Mensah Academy‘ which holds workshops to educate young single mothers in Ghana.

Lisa Farrell – Founder of Wig London Hair Academy

Lisa Farrall is the founder of Wig London Hair Academy which focuses on the education of session styling, creative cutting, colouring, afro hair and barbering. Having worked for over 17 years with celebrities, music artists, and TV personalities, Lisa has scooped a number of hairdressing accolades within the Afro hair market. These include Natural Weave Stylist Of The Year.

Anne Veck – Salon owner and stylist

Winner of Salon Businesses’ ‘Best Green Salon Award’ and the ‘Best Environmentally Friendly Salon’ Anne Veck hair specialises in creative hairdressing and colour with a green and environmentally friendly conscience.

Guy Tang – Hollywood Balayage Expert

Hollywood hairstylist and balayage ombre expert Guy Tang is a celebrity hair stylist who sets the gold standard in hair trends. Best known for his amazing hair colour designs, Guy Tang’s creations have become a viral sensation on social media and across the wider internet.

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Hester Wernert-Rijn – Salon Owner & Wella Colour Ambassador

The chic Mogeen salon was founded by session stylist and Wella colour ambassador Hester Wernert-Rijin. Mogeen was created all thanks to Hester’s yearn to combine art, fashion & hairdressing to provide a new vision and craftsmanship standard within the industry.

Darren Ambrose – 5-time BHA Award Winner & Global Ambassador For Wella

With extensive work with Wella Professionals and London Fashion Week under his belt, as well as winning British Hairdresser of the Year 2015, Darren Ambrose also runs his award-winning salon D&J Ambrose with his wife Jackie.

Daniel & Joel Hersheson

The Hershesons salon, founded by siblings Daniel and Joel, is a firm favourite with British bloggers and celebrity influencers. Carving a reputation as the go-to brand for ‘cool girl hair’, the Hershesons brand extends through 2 salons and 3 blow dry bars.

Jo Hansford MBE – First Lady Of Hair Colour

Dubbed the “first lady of colour” and “best tinter on the planet” as well as ‘Best Salon in Mayfair’, Jo Hansford is known for her expertise in colouring, colouring the tresses of HRH Duchess of Cornwall, Elizabeth Hurley and Natalie Imbruglia.

Paul and Neil at Windle and Moodie

It’s safe to say that Paul Windle and Neil Moodie know their way around hair. Paul began his career at Sassoon before launching Bumble and Bumble in the UK. Neil on the other hand has worked with celebrities including Drew Barrymore, as well as showing off his skills with labels such as Burberry and Gucci.

Jimo Salako – Session Stylist

Drawing on his experience as founder and editor of independent art and photography magazine NextLevel and as an award-winning film maker, Jimo has developed a creative space in the heart of London W1: SALAKO. Jimo set out to create a new kind of hair service with a client base including individuals from the worlds of design, art, fashion, law, architecture, healthcare and music, SALAKO has been created for a new community who value a definition luxury, relaxation and inspiration.

Andrew Barton – Award Winning Stylist

Andrew is an award winning stylist who has been awarded numerous accolades including British Hairdresser Of The Year. Andrew is also the creative director of the Urban Retreat at Harrods as well as retailing a number of award winning at home hair care products.

Andrew Collinge – Award Winning Stylist 

Lifetime achievement award winner Andrew is bred from a long line of Collinge hairdressers and has won numerous awards since his career began in 1974 including British Hairdresser Of The Year. Andrew is also famous for his time on ‘This Morning’ working with his wife Liz offering makeovers. Andrew has more recently launched a new range of hair products, CO by Andrew Collinge.

Jennifer Linton & Joanna MacDonald – Linton & Mac

Focused on creating a seamless client experience, Linton and Mac are passionate about education within their salon and train all assistants in house to graduate level stylist. Jennifer and Joanna know how important it is to invest in staff and this shines through in their team’s attitude – from front of house, right through to senior stylists and colour specialist.

Lino Carbosiero – Celebrity Stylist

Lino Carbosiero is based at the Daniel Galvin salon in London, and his talent, skill and eye for detail have been acknowledged by the many famous actors, musicians, models and other celebrities who have beaten a path to his door. Most recently, Hillary Clinton!

David Rozman –  Stylist & Salon Owner

Client experience is at the top of the agenda at David Rozman, Manchester. They focus on the ‘total experience’, not just a hair cut. With a relaxed atmosphere and friendly with staff on hand to meet their clients’ every need, we need more David Rozman salons around!

Malcolm Murphy Hair

Another salon that prides themselves on the customer experience, at Malcolm Murphy Hair, it’s not all about a cup of weak tea and a soggy biscuit, they serve an extensive menu of beverages including a range of speciality teas and freshly-ground coffees. All served in fine bone china with a homemade brownie and biscuits.

Sergio Gianasso

Winner of the coveted London hair and beauty awards, the Gianasso salon has become one of the top hair salons in Covent Garden and is also one of a few awarded the much-coveted L’Oreal Professional Colour Specialist certificate.

Brooke, Maleeka, Charlie & Denise – Four London

Four is the brainchild of four of Mayfair’s leading hair colour specialists: Brooke Bohan, Maleeka Robb, Charlie Double and Denise Arnold. Collectively they have over 40 years’ experience in colour correction and colour maintenance at the highest level.

Stuart Phillips – BAFTA Awards Creative Director

Stuart’s salon offers an eclectic mix of eastern versus western style. His experience and salon business has helped him win various accolades and awards including Cosmopolitan Magazine’s “Outstanding Talent in British Hairdressing Award”, London Lifestyle’s “Best London Salon and Top London Hairdresser Award” and many more!

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Mark Wooley – Electric Hair

Mark Woolley is an award winning hair stylist, international creative director and the entrepreneurial force behind the exclusive Electric hair brand and Electric Professional product line. Drawing from his love of fashion, music and art, Mark’s vision was to produce a creative stable of excellence that delivers the ethics of British innovation and design.

Craig Barnett & Andrew Sutherland – Sutherland And Barnett

Both hairdressers are Wella master colour experts, one of the most well-recognised colour accolades in the business. Craig and Andrew offer the very best colour services for their clients, and have the best website we’ve seen – you have to check out their promotional video!

Dry Bar

Named one of the top “100 Brilliant Ideas of 2010” by Entrepreneur Magazine, Drybar is based on the simple concept of focusing on blow dries. Offering customers quick and fast treatments, Dry Bar has inspired numerous fast beauty salons to take on the same approach.

Atherton Cox 

Founded by Lisa Atherton and Paul Cox in 2001, Atherton Cox is a hair and beauty destination for all people. Offering precision cuts, beautiful blow-dries, relaxing facials or luscious eyelashes Atherton Cox caters for all lifestyles and ages.

The Best Of The Rest


Discover the, trailblazers and the experimenters of the salon industry. Here we introduce you to those working hard to shake up the way we work.

Lacey Hunter-Felton – The Hunter Collective

The Hunter Collective is a membership club where industry professionals can access a modern, unique space to network / cowork with other people. You just pay for styling chairs, the nail bar or the meeting room/shoot space as you need them to work on your clients.

Tom Chapman – The Lions Barber Collective

The Lions Barber Collective is an international collection of top barbers which have come together to help raise awareness for the prevention of suicide. Every year the Lions Barber Collective Artistic Team produce an annual “LOOK BOOK” in which chosen members will donate a hair image which is then sold with the proceeds going to charities and future projects, training and development.

Olivia Crighton – Glasshouse Salon

The Glasshouse Salon specialises in natural, eco friendly treatments. The team champion Organic Colour Systems, and all of the products they use contain gentle, nourishing, natural ingredients and avoid any harsh or damaging chemical additives.  The ideal place for those with a vegan consciousness.

David Drew – The Hair Dressers Charity

The Hairdressers’ Charity is the official industry charity for the hairdressing industry; an independent service dedicated solely to helping hairdressing professionals and ex-hairdressers in their hour of need. With a heritage that dates back to The Hairdressers Orphans Fund in 1853, and more recently HABB, the philosophy has always been to provide financial assistance and support for hairdressers just like you, many of whom had nowhere else to turn.

No Filter Needed 

No Filter Needed is the professional hair and makeup app that creates a luxury salon experience in minutes! The app is currently taking the north by storm and is due for a national roll out soon – watch this space. The salon industry app scene is about to take a new direction.

Lee Brown – Curator Of #HairHour

The weekly #HAIRHOUR chat takes place every Wednesday, 8pm-9pm. Led by Lee Brown, the tweet-a-thon is the place for industry experts to share knowledge, news, pics and videos in a spirited community atmosphere.

Joanne Evans – Skin Matters

Having spent over 25 years in the medical and beauty sectors, Joanne has created ‘Skin Matters‘, a mmulti-treatmentapproach that includes an app which analyses beauty products for harmful or irritating components.

Barberette – A Gender Neutral Salon

The team behind the gender neutral salon, Barberette, are constantly challenging sexist pricing structures and the lack of diversity in salons across the country. Barberette offers a comfortable place for the #LGBT community to look and feel their very best.

Ronan Stewart & Connor Grant – RoCohair

Ronan Stewart and Connor Grant opened RoCo in 2011 – the duo developed the idea of an Eco salon that would cater to the needs of those passionate about the environment.

Tabitha James Karaan – Eco Salon

The Tabitha James Karaan salon runs on 100% energy from renewable sources, recycle 85% of their waste, and use environmentally friendly cleaning products – The salon is lit by low-energy light bulbs – they use recycled paper and water based inks for their leaflets as well as recyclable towels, ruling out a washing machine and tumble dryer in the salon

Dan At Headshot London

Headshot London are leading commercial photographs – Dan, Senior Associate Photographer, shoots clients that have ended up in British Hairdressing Awards (New Comer and Avant Garde categories)

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Farrah Hamid & Rhea Papanicolaou-Frangista – Prettly

Prettily offers mobile beauty services so there is no more worrying about catching the salon before it closes, having cash on hand for tipping, or having to travel far for a comfortable, high quality beauty treatment. Within seconds, using the app you can book delivered beauty services to your home, office or other location of your choice.

Gareth Penn – Good Salon Guide

The Good Salon Guide founded by Gareth Penn, is the only independent, nationwide scheme for assessing professional standards and services within the hairdressing and beauty industries. Listing around 2,000 salons in England, Wales, Scotland, Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland, the Good Salon Guide has become the Kitemark of quality for the public and hairdressing industry.

Lopo Champalimaud – Treatwell

The Treatwell team believe there is a better way to find and book your hair and beauty services. They wanted to make booking beauty, styling and wellness appointments simple, effortless and fast – around the clock. Today, Treatwell is the largest hair and beauty bookings website in Europe.

Fallon Carberry – Oh Blow

Unafraid of pushing creative boundaries. The Oh Blow salon endeavours to always be always that one step ahead of the trend game. Labelled “The Coolest Salon in the UK”, the Oh Blow team also offer a comprehensive training academy.

Sinead Corliss – London Hair Academy

The London Hair Academy is one of the most well recognised and progressive hairdressing academies in the industry. Recommended by Investors in People for the Best Newcomer award 2014 and Excellence in Leadership and Management 2014. The London Hair Academy is the fastest growing hair academy in the industry with the most up to date training methods.

Farrah Hamid – Zeebba 

Zeebba, which means beautiful in Persian, is the destination that lets the busy woman and man have the quality beauty treatments they want in a place and a time that is most convenient for them, at a reasonable price and without compromising quality.

Amanda Nottage – Creative Head Magazine

Creative Head is the place for industry professionals to catch up on news, views, education and events. With both a print and digital presence you can get your fix anywhere, anytime.

Juliet Davis – The Salon Magazine

Reflecting the needs of today’s best hair and beauty business trailblazers, The Salon Magazine reaches over 16,000 key decision-makers every month with the inside story on the latest products, trends and treatments.

Chris Stewart – Habia

Habia is recognised by government as the Standards Setting Body for the hair and beauty industries and plays an essential role in maintaining and improving professionalism within them. Habia’s responsibilities and duties are many and varied; developing the Standards that form the basis of all UK recognised hair and beauty qualifications.

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Jane Cunningham – British Beauty Blogger

Jane Cunningham started British Beauty Blogger as a place to talk about products and experiences in a way that just wasn’t possible in magazines or papers: Jane wanted to say if a product was rubbish and not just discretely ‘not mention it’.

Paul Heaton – MD & Lead Artist Of Born UK

Born is a makeup and styling studio specialising in trans beauty and feminisation, confidence and self-esteem. Everyone is welcome, trans, cis or gender fluid. Along with all things makeup and beauty we also offer voice therapy to help you find your own voice and can find you that perfect outfit to suit your shape.

Sarah Stacey & Jo Fairley At Beauty Bible

Having launched their website in 2001, The Beauty Bible to bring breaking beauty news as well as insightful education, myth-busting and more!

Wow How App

We love seeing the latest technological advances from within our industry, in particular, the AI scene. The Wow How App is designed to empower women to make the most of their face shape and skin type by creating looks tailored perfectly to them. 

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