A trip to the salon is now more stylish than ever with a new wave of bijoux boutiques in south London. Those lucky enough to live in Brixton, Peckham, Blackheath, Greenwich and Deptford can now get the latest hair trends, cuts and colours in swish, friendly surrounds without having to set foot outside your postcode area…
Words: Vicky Smith
1 Blue Tit, Peckham
Blue Tit Peckham has sister salons in Dalston and Clapton, which should give you some idea as to the vibe at this fashion-forward hairdressers. Beautifully designed, with vintage tiles and elegant French-style hairdressing chairs, the team delivers precision cuts and on-trend colouring from natural flamboyage (a combination of ombre and balayage) to rainbow-effect ‘sunbuns’ (a festival must-have). With another branch in Brockley and a brand new Brixton venue, there’s really no excuse not to be sporting the latest must-have crop.
26 Peckham Rye, Peckham SE15 4JR; 020 7064 5073; bluetitlondon.co.uk
2 Aiko, Blackheath
He may only be 27 years old, but Nathan Gooding already has a glittering hairdressing career under his belt. It figures, then, that his new Blackheath salon, Aiko, offers first-class service with an emphasis on classic cuts that last. That’s not to say Gooding doesn’t have his finger on the fashion pulse. He’s styled the barnets of some rather big names (think Jessie J, Kelis and and Duran Duran) so he knows what’s hot and what’s not. ‘I keep in touch with what’s new by going to fashion shows and researching all the time. I see inspiration everywhere – on the street, in coffee shops…’ This salon is small, but perfectly formed, and a discreet, relaxing setting for your haircut.
50 Tranquil Vale, Blackheath SE3 0BD; 07961 722 759; firstname.lastname@example.org
3 Blue Peacock, Brixton
Walking into the Blue Peacock is rather like stepping onto the set of a swanky interiors shoot – beautiful trailing plants spill out of terracotta pots, vintage mirrors adorn the walls, and shabby-chic furniture stands in place of the often gaudy fixtures you find in chain salons. Owner Carlos Martin has designed his salon down to every last detail, including a cutting table situated in the middle of the room, so you can kiss goodbye to staring at your reflection and instead relax into the tranquil, pretty surroundings.
334a Coldharbour Lane, Brixton SW9 8QH; 020 3490 0528; bluepeacockhair.com
4 The Box, Deptford
The newest of the bunch, The Box opened on 22 August 2016. Part of the new Deptford Market Yard development. With an interior design concept inspired by the casual cool of Venice Beach, the relaxed vibe of a London coffee shop and the zen calm of an artist’s studio, The Box represents all that is fashionable and artistic about the area. Offering the latest unisex styling, colour and cutting techniques, the salon only uses ethically tested products, a fact of which owner Guillaume Ossant – who trained at the L’Oreal Academy in Paris – is incredibly proud. Guillaume is also pretty keen on his new salon’s south east London location: ‘Of all the neighbourhoods and villages of London, Deptford offers best of everything. It’s cool, but not pretentious; it’s affordable but not cheap; it’s busy but not overcrowded. People are daring and creative here. It was the obvious place to open The Box.’
Arch Four, Market Yard, Deptford SE8 4NS; theboxhair.com
5 The Curious Comb, Greenwich
Such is the demand for this quirky salon’s services that it recently moved from its Westcombe Park location into bigger premises on the new Greenwich Square complex. The Curious Comb has contrasted its shiny new location with a retro laundrette look, but rest assured the friendly service, top colouring techniques (including baby-lights and balayage) and hair treatments (Mamoko shaping and Nanokeratin smoothing), all remain the same. Their products of choice? Davines.
5-7 Hazel Lane SE10 9EF; 020 8853 8282; thecuriouscomb.co.uk