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East and South England’s Best Hairdressers: UK Salon Series

Some hair stylists will have you think the best hair salons are exclusive to London. We say, HELL NO! In or out of the Big Smoke, you can achieve hair perfection. From Manchester to Maidstone, Birmingham to Brighton, hairdresser gurus emerge from every corner of our tiny island like genies from a can of hairspray. Want salon-worthy hair without the commute? Check out our comprehensive top picks of hair salons in the UK.

 Now we’re heading to the South (and East) of England, renowned for beautiful gardens and miles of coastline. Out of London you can find some outstanding salons. Read on for our hairdresser best picks in the East and South of England.

INDEX (click on the headings to visit that section)

  • Our Chosen Best Hair Salon: Brighton
  • Trevor Sorbie - Brighton 
  • Our Chosen Best Hair Salon: Bristol
  • Betties + Baldwins – Bristol
  • Our Chosen Best Hair Salon: Essex
  • Kennady’s – Essex
  • Our Chosen Best Hair Salon: Bath
  • Artizan – Bath
  • Our Chosen Best Hair Salon: Plymouth
  • Arena Creative Hair – Plymouth
  • Our Chosen Best Hair Salon: Cambridge
  • Elaje Hair and Beauty – Cambridge
  • Our Chosen Best Hair Salon: Tunbridge Wells
  • The Chapel - Tunbridge Wells
  • Our Chosen Best Hair Salon: Reading
  • The 5th Element - Reading 
  • Our Chosen Best Hair Salon: Amersham
  • Gatsby and Miller – Amersham
  • Our Chosen Best Hair Salon: Exeter
  • Sak’s Hair - Exeter

First up, a multi award winning powerhouse in the southern beach capital of the UK. Winner of the L’Oréal Colour Trophy 2018 and Best British Hairdresser 4 times, a trip to Trevor Sorbie in Brighton won’t leave you disappointed. Their artistic team of hair stylists are as fearless as they are creative, pushing the boundaries of hair through their collective knowledge of art, culture, fashion. The products used at this top-rated hair salon are tried and tested by the salon team, and the hair you come out with is ensured to be fully self-maintainable until your next visit. 

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Betties + Baldwins – Bristol

 |Betties + Baldwins | Bristol |  12 Small St, Bristol BS1 1DB

A splash of colour against Bristol’s Old City, Bettie + Baldwins is a welcome 90’s refresh of the typical 21st century hair salon. Like their vibrant interior, they are masters at colouring; think bright vivids, pastels and seamlessly blended balayage. The big brains at Betties + Baldwins believe no hair is the same and use this mantra to celebrate the individuality of each and every one of their clients, whatever their budget!

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Kennady’s – Essex

Kennady's | Essex | 2 - 3 The Chequers, High St, Ingatestone CM4 0DG

Essex babes, how could we forget you!? Kennady’s certifies the VIP treatment the moment you walk through their doors. Renowned for exceptional hairdressing, excellent customer service and a super sleek salon, this salon offers almost any service imaginable to ensure you look like the best version of yourself. Masters of colour, this top-rated salon has pioneered a unique approach to colour - My Colours - which allows colour clients to receive a complimentary, in-depth consultation and treatment that is tailored to meet their individual requirements. They are also a key member of L’Oreal Portfolio Professional Salon, an elite group of hairdressers recognised for their creativity and expertise in the field of professional hairdressing. 

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Our Chosen Best Hair Salon: Bath

Artizan – Bath

Artizan  | Bath| 8 George St, Bath BA1 2EH

A leading unisex hairdresser in Bath’s George Street. Artizan exclusively uses Aveda hair services, focusing on providing a nurturing and wellbeing experience to its customers. This Georgian salon exudes a calm and friendly atmosphere, with a consistent professionalism from their expert team of hair stylists. They offer a range of excellent services ranging from Hair Extensions to Contemporary Perming. If you’re in this picturesque Roman metropolis, be sure to swing by for a much-needed refresh! 

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Our Chosen Best Hair Salon: Plymouth

Arena Creative Hair – Plymouth

Arena Creative Hair | Plymouth| 52 Ebrington St, Plymouth PL4 9AF

Extremely popular with locals and tourists alike, Arena in Plymouth is about more than just hair. Owned by hairdressing power couple, Lara and Richard Wintle, this top-rated hair salon has been pushing boundaries and pleasing customers since 2009. A self-proclaimed ‘sustainable salon’, expect a hair treatment designed with the environment in mind. The use of eco-showerheads, easy dry towels, and Kevin Murphy products cement this salon as a hairdressing eco warrior. The perfect hair salon to feel good about yourself while looking fantastic.

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Our Chosen Best Hair Salon: Cambridge

Elaje Hair and Beauty – Cambridge

Elaje Hair and Beauty | Cambridge| 148 Hills Rd, Cambridge CB2 8PB

Cambridge’s beauty hub, Elaje, is a minimalist Oasis in a 21st century metropolis. Armed with the creative elite, their team of the best hair stylists are guaranteed to pamper you within an inch of your life. Winner of a seemingly endless throng of awards, this top-rated salon is a true master in all thing’s beauty. The creative, harmonious ambience is present whatever treatment you choose, with each customer receiving a personalised service that delivers a haircut and colour to suit their lifestyle and personality.

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Our Chosen Best Hair Salon: Tunbridge Wells

The Chapel - Tunbridge Wells

The Chapel | Tunbridge Wells| Chapel Place, Tunbridge Wells TN1 1YQ

Amanda Dicker embodies the spirit of an ornate converted chapel in her Tunbridge Wells salon. After extensive research into the hairdressing experience, Amanda set out to positively reinvent the hairdressing experience from the Chapel itself. Centred around excellent hospitality, peaceful sanctuary and great hairdressing, this top-rated salon is the perfect escape from the pressures of modern-day life.

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Our Chosen Best Hair Salon: Reading

The 5th Element - Reading 

The 5th Element | Reading | 24 School Rd, Reading RG31 5AL

Nestled in the heart of Reading, hair stylists at the 5th Element have over 35 years of experience in the Hairdressing industry. This top-rated hair salon is passionate about exceeding expectations, priding themselves on offering high end treatments for affordable prices. They’re masters of modern hair treatments including Olaplex and Keratin, and offer a bespoke bridal service for your wedding day. With the cornucopia of stunning country manors in Berkshire, a local bridal hairstylist is a welcome relief for frantic wedding planners in the county!

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Our Chosen Best Hairdresser: Amersham

Gatsby and Miller – Amersham

Gatsby and Miller | Amersham| 67 Sycamore Rd, Amersham HP6 5EQ

Gatsby and Miller is a renowned hair salon in Amersham with a large selection of awards under their belt. More than just a salon, their top-rated salon provides the perfect place for you to eat, drink, work or relax, so your day doesn’t have to stop to have great hair. A salon designed with you in mind, expect a trip here to incorporate hair cutting, styling & colouring, men's hair & male grooming, anti-ageing aesthetics services, beauty treatments, nail and brow bars, a tanning booth and even a 19-seater café with alcohol licence. They innovatively use scent machines, music, and lighting to produce an ultimate zen atmosphere. Perfect for escaping the pressures of 21st century life!

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Our Chosen Best Hair Salon: Exeter

Sak’s Hair - Exeter

Saks Hair | Exeter| Princesshay, 2 Bampfylde Lane, Exeter EX1 1GQ

Sak’s Hair is built of the creative elite, priding themselves on the daily creation of head-turning cuts, colours, and styles. Their team of hair stylists perform as L’Oréal Colour Degree specialists, as well as attending fashion events and shows to keep their creative juices flowing. Established in 1974, they’re true veterans of the hair business. Using only the highest rated hair products available, step in this top-rated hair salon for a friendly welcome and a fairy-tale hairstyle. 

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