Balayage is the subtlest and most low-maintence way to colour your hair. Fact. But, where do you star if you want balayage colour as slick as the celebrities? Look no further, hair-friends. The perfect ombre fade-out is at your fingertips with our guide to the very best London salons for the laidback, easy colour that's straight out of a glossy photoshoot. Whether you're completely new to the trend, have previously dabbled in DIY balayage at home but are hoping to elevate your look, or want to experiment with a more dramatic colourway (warm bronde, grey, blush pink, the choice is yours), we have the hairdresser to suit you (with a range of different budget options, too).
Once you've consulted our edit, gather some celebrity hairspo (check out the gallery below for a starting point) then go forth and book an appointment. Trust us, you won't regret it...
Conduit Street and Harvey Nichols / 020 7201 8797 / danielhersheson.com
If you want the subtle ombre fade of balayage and a super-glossy blow-out then you can rely on the hairdressers at at Daniel Hersheson’s London flagship salons. Prices start at £160. Keep your hair looking tip-top in between colour treatments at their brilliant blow-dry bars.
48 S Audley St, Mayfair, London W1K 2QB / 020 7495 7774 / johansford.com
'When I first became a hairdresser, Balayage was used as a freehand technique for when you were in a hurry with a client; when foils were either too technical or time consuming,” Jo tells us. “It was by no means the trend that we see now and this is largely due to how much the product has been developed. Back in the day, the ammonia in the bleach would lift the hair next to it because of the bleach fume which used to create dubious results.
'Now, we see high tech formulations with no bleach fume and really expert results. It is always best used for that sun-kissed look on blonde and light brown hair.'
Choose Jo Hansford if you want some serious expertise and a picture-perfect finish.
Hare & Bone
69 Great Titchfield St, London W1W 7PU / 020 7401 2413 / hareandbone.co.uk
'Balayage creates a beautifully multi tonal colour which looks more natural than other techniques because it’s 100% tailored to you. We do it freehand which allows for a more bespoke colour that can suit all hair types and lengths, creating a flattering graduation,' says Sam Burnett, Owner & Creative Director of Hare & Bone.
'The trend has lasted the test of time because it immediately softens and adds depth to hair, plus it is easy to maintain and can be adapted to work on all hair tones. Clients love the sun-kissed, relaxed look it creates. To add a new, quick addition to this technique we offer an express ombre. To achieve this look a colour toner is applied at the basin and smudged into various sections of the hair, creating a beautiful soft shadowed appearance through the mid lengths to the ends. To maintain and lock in your colour I recommend KMS Color Vitality shampoo and conditioner.'
93-97 Redchurch Street, E2 / 020 8617 0024 / radiohairsalon.com
Supermodels, pop stars and socialites all frequent Radio for their modern colouring techniques. This East London salon has looked after the locks of Florence Welch, Daisy Lowe and Natalia Vodianova, so you're in pretty safe hands, and the space also doubles up as an exhibition space for up-and-coming artists, just to up the cool factor.
Paul Edmonds at 217 Brompton Rd, London SW3 2EJ / 020 7589 5958 /
Something of a colour genius, Jack Howard is on speed dial for many an A-lister. Trusted for imparting the most golden of glows, Jack counts Poppy Delevigne and Suki Waterhouse as some of his clients. Luckily for us, he’s also adept at seamlessly blending the manes of the masses, and as a L’Oreal Professionnel UK Colour Spokesperson he’s very well placed to do so.
82 Duke of York Square, SW3 / 020 7730 1222 / richardward.com
If Kate Middleton trusts this Chelsea salon with her famous locks; that’s good enough for us. Subtle balayage fade-outs and the bounciest of blow-dries, for tresses good enough to impress the West-End crowd.
27 Floral Street, Covent Garden WC2E 9DP / 0207 379 6901 / trevorsorbie.com
Trevor Sorbie's Covent Garden salon has been a go-to for those in the know for the past 25 years. Whether you're after a subtle wash of balayage colour or something more directional, you'll be in safe hands at this flagship branch - balayage specialists often get booked up fast for appointments, so be prepared to join a wait list (we promise it'll be worth it...)
It's also worth investing in a treatment after your dye job. Trevor Sorbie creative director Vincent Allenby told us, 'Toners are very important post your initial balayage colour technique to achieve the right tone and finish to compliment you, your skin tone and eye colour and make your balayage a summer success. An additional "must" is frequent weekly use of a violet conditioner such as Fabulouso violet conditioner to keep your balayage fresh and clean during the summer months. Invest in a deep conditioner at least weekly and get a touch-up around every eight weeks depending on your hair growth.' Got that?
Myla and Davis
425 Coldharbour Lane, Brixton SW9 8LH / 020 3818 0068 /
If you're friends with a well coiffed South Londoner, the chances are that they're a regular at one of Myla and Davis' three picture-perfect branches in Brixton, Herne Hill or East Dulwich.
Check out their flawlessly curated Instagram feed for colour inspiration before booking in, with balayage appointments starting from £60 with a junior stylist.
233 King's Road, Chelsea SW3 5EJ / 020 7349 8722 /
This King's Road fixture is a favourite with the Chelsea set and beauty journalists alike for good reason. Each balayage colour service is bespoke to enhance your skin tone, promising a flawlessly blended, three dimensional result.
Gather some hairspiration for your next salon visit with our edit of the best celebrity balayage hairstyles...
It's certainly a departure from her Cinderella blonde, but we can't get enough of Lily James' glossy bronde balayage 'do