Blow-dries may be off the agenda, but London’s hair gurus are setting up online

Emma McCarthy
Bleach London

1. Call the hair helpline

HARI's salon (HARI's)

Want to look hot for your next HouseParty date? Or totally pulled together and not like you’ve just changed out of your pyjamas for your 2pm Zoom conference? Hari’s is on hand to help.

With its four west London salons closed, the pro team of stylists and colourists are just a WhatsApp video call away thanks to its new virtual consultation service.

Book in for a 15-minute appointment for expert at-home tutorials at your fingertips, whether you want to perfect an in-salon blow-dry, disguise outgrown roots or master that braid you spotted on Instagram.

£25, redeemable against future salon appointments. To book, email

2. Join a house party

Bleach London (Bleach London)

Dalston’s brightest beauty disruptors Bleach London is launching its Hair Party series which will see some of the best colourists in the world guide rainbow-haired stay-at-homers through “self-dye-solation”.

Kicking off this weekend, the first hair party, hosted by co-founder Alex Brownsell, will invite quarantiners to DIY dye along at home with the help of step-by-step advice, while special guests Georgia May Jagger, Pixie Geldof, Nick Grimshaw and Mesh Henry provide some much-needed LOLs.

Shopping from the brand’s product range is your ticket to gaining access with different product bundles granting entry to the party best suited to your hair’s needs and colour choices — the secret time, date and virtual location of which will be revealed in advance.

What’s more, there’s free delivery on products this week and the brand will also be making a donation to the NHS Charities Together fund as part of the campaign.

3. Colour by numbers

Josh Wood (Josh Wood)

The capital’s “king of colour” Josh Wood has seen a surge of customers stocking up on his at-home hair dye range —­ and an equal amount of questions from those scratching their heads about where to begin.

In a bid to answer, Wood has doubled his customer service team using colourists from the salon, who will be fielding questions and dishing out expert advice from their homes to yours through video sessions.

Finding your right shade and how to cover roots without ruining highlights are among the most frequently asked questions. His top tip? “I personally recommend using the ‘dotting method’ ­— parting hair into four sections like a hot cross bun and dotting dye in a line along the partings, paying particular attention to the hairline, before massaging in for maximum coverage.”

Crucially, they’re also on hand to tell you when to step away from the sink. “We are here to help with shade matching and pro application tips, but we’ll also be honest with parts of hair colour that are best left to the professionals when the salon reopens.”

15-minute appointments available from tomorrow,

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