How To Find The Perfect Hairdresser
We all have a special relationship with our hair, and we’ve all suffered through cringe-worthy hairstyles and regrettable colour decisions. It’s no wonder that finding a trustworthy hairdresser can be such a momentous task!
You’ll want someone who understands what you’re after, who has the skills to make it happen, and who won’t cost you an arm and a leg just to get your hair right.
Finding highly rated hairdressers can be a mission, but we’ve done the hard work for you. Here’s a list of hair salons that will have you looking fab in any city.
Looking for a cutting edge hairstyle?
If it’s a perfect pixie cut, the lob or a style that’s a cut above the rest that you’re after, try these leading salons:
About: Kevin McKenzie has more than three decades of experience working between Sydney and London, and inspires his team in focusing on style, sophistication and excellence.
12a Westpac Place Sussex Lane
(02) 9262 2444
About: Lorenzo and his team offer a boutique experience using detail cutting techniques and specialising in precision cuts and colours.
Civic Square Apartments, 61, 378 Beaufort Street
(08) 9328 3696
“Love visiting this salon. It has a great vibe, its trendy and most of all has great staff. I travel 30 minutes to visit the salon and will continue to do so knowing I am always getting great service.” – NettyHall
30 Hawken Drive, St Lucia
(07) 3870 9661
About: It doesn’t get much more cutting edge than the multiple-award winning Ibiza Hair. This salon has worked on Loreal Fashion Week and the Mercedes Benz Fashion Week, and cuts and styles hair for a number of famous models and celebrities.
151 Victoria Ave, Albert Park
(03) 9686 1834
– Cataldo’s has been a premier salon in Canberra since it launched in 1965, and today is known internationally for its portfolio of editorials and magazine cover work.
Melbourne Building, 55-57 Northbourne Avenue
(02) 6262 6262
“Highly recommend Bellezza Hair, great service, good prices for excellent work.” – REDFLAME
Les Lees, 109 Liverpool Street
(03) 6234 1517
For a quick trim that won’t break the bank
If all you want is a trim or a cut to keep things fresh, pop in to these friendly salons:
“It’s the little things, like a cup of coffee and a great head massage that make it a special experience. The salon is clean and their client’s hair always looks great. I highly recommend the team at Urban Hair.” – Sally22Summer
1326 North East Road
(08) 8265 1326
About: With plenty of five-star reviews, Estilo Hair and Beauty has made a name for itself as a friendly and welcoming hair salon – a true community experience.
287 Clarendon Street
(03) 9682 2264
“I love getting my hair done at Get Funked. The staff are friendly and helpful, the owner Russell is a GENIUS with hair, and so much fun to boot. I’m always so happy with the result and I cannot speak highly enough of the quality of service.” – Facchwa
347 Kent Street
(02) 9262 1059
About: Jean-lou offers a free consultation and doesn’t believe in hidden costs. Plus, his clients absolutely adore him and rave about his exceptional hairdressing skills.
1, 28 Gladstone Road
(07) 3844 7754
“The place to go for all your haircare stuff! Cheap As!!” – Adrian1
Shop E04 Ground Floor, Bunda Street
1300 854 484
About: Quick, easy, and central, Salon Express won’t cost you an arm and a leg, but the team will surprise you with their exceptional skill and dedication to getting your haircut just right.
Enex100 Shopping Centre, Level 3, 100 St Georges Terrace
(08) 9226 4445
About: L A Hair is in a convenient central city location, and prides itself on offering affordable cuts, styles, and colours for the whole family.
Cat and Fiddle Arcade, Shop 47, Murray Street
(03) 6234 5230
For phenomenal colour
Hair colour can make a statement whether good or bad, it can make you stand out from the crowd, elevate your natural colour or just cover up those greys. Getting the right colour expert is essential, so check out the colour experts below.
About: In all fairness, you could go to Elysium Hair for any treatment and still be amazed. The team has won multiple awards as for the best salon in Australia, and the reviews are nothing short of glowing.
15 Adelaide Street
(07) 3229 0816
About: Every staff member at Vogue Avenue Hair holds multiple certificates in colouring, as well as cuts, styles, and treatments. With rave reviews and a bevvy of awards, this salon will leave you enamoured with your new colour.
361 Bay Street, Port Melbourne
(03) 9646 1626
“Best colorits in sydney !! Always on time. Always professional and always perfect colour. Love love my hair.” – Piccola
Sofitel Sydney Wentworth Hotel, Shop 7, 61 Phillip Street
(02) 9235 2161
Antics Hair has won salon of the year multiple times, and it’s no wonder when you see the stunning cuts, styles and colours that come out of this salon every day. Enjoy a central location and funky music as you discover your new colour.
Shop 2, 8-10 Petrie Plaza
(02) 6247 5585
“Love this place been going for years. The staff are excellent I get different ones sometimes but the quality is always the same. I make sure they know what I want and they respond each time. I love the colours they can do and the balayage is to die for.” – Sasha20012
Carillon City Shopping Centre, 207 Murray Street
(08) 9321 3391
About: With highly trained staff and a range of top-quality products, the team at South Terrace Hair & Beauty will get you the results you’ve always wanted.
70 Centrepoint Shopping Centre Street
(03) 6224 3038
For men’s cuts
It’s not all about the ladies — a hairdresser who knows how to find the right style for a man is a valuable one indeed! Look for a salon that will make you feel relaxed and a stylist who listens to what you want and can tackle your facial hair while they’re at it.
About: From a trim to a colour to a whole new style, these guys know how to make your hair work with your face shape and personality. While you don’t necessarily need to go to a men’s barber for a cut, it may help you feel more comfortable during your visit.
Merchant Building corner Bourke Street, 95 Merchant Street
(03) 9600 2511
“Quick, efficient service. Best cut I’ve had in Sydney. Would highly recommend.” – Benton52
Shop 2, 1 Shelley Street
(02) 9299 2345
Whether it’s colouring and extensions or up-dos and men’s cuts, there’s nothing the team at Aquae Sulis can’t do. Plus, you get free beer, wine, and coffee, and a handy WiFi connection while you wait.
Merthyr Village, Shop 4, 81 Merthyr Road
(07) 3358 3913
Grab a quick haircut or go all out and get a full face shave with a straight-edge razor as well. If you’ve never had one before, now’s the time to try.
Bailey’s Corner Arcade, Shop 5, 143 London Cct
(04) 3152 8567
Guy’s Grooming has a stack of awards to its name and is the country’s most awarded male grooming lounge. With the goal of focusing as much on the grooming services as the relaxed atmosphere, this salon doesn’t disappoint.
848 Hay Street
(08) 9226 3022
“I’ve got a pretty rough head but they always manage to make me look presentable. Worth calling ahead for an appointment, although sometimes they can fit you in off the street if you don’t mind a short wait.” – Surly Dave
31a Murray Street
(03) 6234 4514