I caught up with London-based hairdresser Carly Price, partner stylist at Muse of London and hairstylist Sam Burnett, owner and creative director of Hare & Bone, to ask them which hairstyles London girls were asking for in-salon right now. And it turns out, there are three key hairstyles pretty much everyone will be stepping out with on the streets of the capital this autumn/winter. Keep scrolling to discover the most popular women's haircuts in London right now, as well as some expert tips on updating your style for the season ahead.
I've lost count of the number of friends who recommended Netflix's Russian Doll to me this year, and while I have yet to watch it, I'm well aware of the impact lead actor Natasha Lyonne has had on the increasing penchant for '70s-style hairstyles—in particular, the shag.
It's not just that London girls have been binging on boxsets more than other regions either. "Hair this year has definitely been more natural and effortless, and shags have been a highly requested look in the salon due to this," Price told me.
Plus, if you already have naturally wavy or curly hair, the shag is a great hairstyle for you. "This type of cut requires lots of movement and texture, and can be created by incorporating layers into the hair," said Price. "The key to this look is to look almost unstyled. Therefore, using a simple salt spray to finish this look and provide the style with added texture and grit is perfect."
Ah, the most classic hairstyle of them all: the bob. It comes round time and time again, but right now, Burnett informed me that London girls are asking for "collarbone-length bobs." It's not as short as an Anna Wintour–esque hairstyle but not as long as a lob (which we might just be coming to later).
"Bobs, particularly blunt bobs, have made a huge comeback recently, with so many celebrities sporting the trend and the hairstyle blowing up over social media," said Price. The key to the perfect blunt bob is the sharper, the better, so ask your stylist for a super-sharp blunt bob."
"It looks great whether worn tousled and effortless or sleek and smooth. Fringes are also in for autumn/winter, and we've had so many people coming into the salon teaming their blunt bob with a sharp fringe for extra drama," says Price.
Having just dedicated an entire feature to this timeless, mid-length hairstyle, it was no surprise to me that the lob is one of the most popular women's haircuts in London right now. "When Kim Kardashian West was spotted with her glass-like shiny lob, this trend went crazy," said Price.
If you're tempted by a bob but don't feel ready to embrace short hair quite yet, the lob could be right up your street. "This hairstyle is perfect for those who don't want to go too short and want to keep some length but still give their hair an update for the season," agreed Price.
As for styling? "This haircut also looks particularly great with a middle parting, but for those who need more volume, switching to a side parting can provide this and give hair extra body instantly," said Price.
I swore by this multitasking treatment when I had a lob. It basically does a bit of everything—smooths, volumises, conditions, strengthens and adds polish. Plus it repels dirt, so your hairstyle stays fresher for longer. Genius.