Top 5 Hair Salons in St Albans
I’ve lived in St Albans, Herts for 15 years now and have tried quite a few hairdressers. For the most part, they have all been good and I have no horror stories to report but there are a few that stand out in my mind.
I typically have a half a head of highlights, a cut and a blow dry. When times were a bit tough, after having a child, I rang quite a few in town to compare prices but they all came out around £125, which seems pretty standard, hence why I don’t get it done as often as I used to.
Here are my Top 5 Salons in St Albans, Herts
Alley Cats (0172 786 4100)
I love the team at Alley Cats. It’s a lovely independent family run salon on London Road run by husband and wife, Apollo and Lorraine, both their boys worked at the salon till recently. They’ve been cutting my daughters hair since she was little. They have a cute little car seat that children can sit in to distract them.
Sadly, my daughter no longer fits in it. She loves going just so she can see what colour Apollo’s hair will be, we often have bets on it. I’ve also had my hair done there on quite a few occasions and have always been more than happy. Plus, Apollo specializes in men’s cuts as well.
My close friend Annie recently had her hair done there and she said they transformed her. For the record she’s a QPR fan hence the blue. Hair Colour is optional.
Wilde About Hair (01727 830527)
I recently went to Wilde About Hair in French Row and was thoroughly impressed. It’s another family run independent Salon, owned and operated by Gary and Claire Wilde for the last 3 years. I’m a huge supporter of local businesses. I’d walked by it on many occasions but had never been in. It has a lovely relaxed but professional feel to it, and the team seem very tight knit.
I had my hair cut by Lizzy, a Senior Stylist with a plethora of experience. She worked for years as a hairdresser but then moved into industry and training, but after having a family of her own reconnected with Gary and wanted to go back to the floor; by all accounts he sounds like a great guy to work for.
I just wish when my niece, who is a newly qualified hairdresser, was here from Canada she would have got a chance to work with him. I will be definitely going back. Plus, they have an online booking system.
Hair by Marie (01727 851991)
When money was tight I thought I would try out Hair by Marie on Catherine Street, which has a reputation for being an old ladies salon. But this should have no reflection on Marie’s skill as a hairdresser, her techniques are totally up to date. She did a fabulous job and I found the whole experience rather entertaining. It’s not often you get to hang out with OAP’s drinking tea under a hair dryer with their slippers on. But I do recommend it if you are looking to save a few pennies.
St Albans Hair and Make-up (07771 761666)
I can’t recommend Karen Snook from St Albans Hair and Make-up enough. She charges almost half the price as the high-street salons (£66 for half head highlights, cut and blow-dry) and this is not reflective of the quality, she just doesn’t have the overheads to contend with. Karen is mobile but she also has a lovely salon in her home in Marshallwick. Plus, she has a wine fridge, mind you she won’t let me anywhere near it.
Karen also works with a team of other beauty consultants and can coordinate nails, spray tans etc at the same time. The last time I went I had my hair done, while I was waiting for the colour, the lovely Tanya Hutt did my nails (Shellac) as a busy mum I appreciated killing two birds with one stone.
Karen was also heavily involved behind the scenes with St Albans Fashion Week.
Bit further afield
Espiritu Salon and Spa (01923 858052)
I’ve written about Espiritu Salon in the past, Mummy Friendly Salons near Radlett. It’s only 15 minutes down the road in Radlett. If you’ve never been to Battler’s Green I would recommend a visit to the salon and a nosy around the place, there’s a pub, vintage shops, butchers, etc. Do check out their Mummy Mondays where you can get a free Quick Kids Cut.
Do you have any other local salons that you would recommend? If so, please do leave in the comments section.