Choosing a hair salon that’s right for you can sometimes feel like Russian roulette. For anyone who’s ever left a salon with fresh tears to match their new hair, we’re here to help. From the catwalks of Milan, Paris and New York to the backstage of haute couture photo shoots, the greatest Australian hairdressers have traveled the world to demonstrate their know-how. Luckily for Sydneysiders, many of these award-winning professionals have set up lounges on your neighborhood harbor and beaches. We have spotted the best hair salons in Sydney that you must visit today.
1. Royal Hair
In a hair salon fit for royalty, colorful Moroccan lamps hang from the ceiling, while opulent, scented candles transport visitors to an exotic world. As award-winning professionals transform your hair, treat yourself to an ornate glass of tea and Middle Eastern sweets. Proud to remain at the forefront of hairdressing, technology and haute couture techniques, Royals offers ammonia-free hair coloring. This innovative hair color range means customers can walk away knowing that their freshly colored locks are 100% free of harsh chemicals. With three salons spread across Sydney, all you have to do is decide which Royal Hair location will become your new go-to.
2. John Bailey
Founded by celebrity hairstylist Joh Bailey, this iconic hair salon boasts 30 years of experience across its three Sydney stores. With a star-studded client list that includes Linda Evangelista, Elle McPherson and Hugh Jackman, you can rest assured that this is one hair salon you won’t be disappointed with. Reminiscent of a modern Alice in Wonderland, the whimsical and chic living rooms feature checkerboard tiles, eggshell blue walls, and sleek chandeliers.
3. Edwards & Co.
Light streams in through wide windows in Edwards & Co’s spacious, minimalist living room in Sydney. For women looking for the ultimate “undo wave,” free up your schedule for an appointment with the team at Edwards & Co. In a city whose hairdressers are recognized as some of the best in the world, this salon sets itself apart by employing the best freelancers in the hair and beauty industry.
Edwards & Co.
In a salon that looks like the ultimate downtown apartment, award-winning international hairstylist Anthony Nader and his team await you. Effortlessly, RAW’s exposed brickwork, vibrant succulents, hanging pendant lights and crackling fireplace create the perfect environment for your next haircut, style or color.
5. Brad Ngata: hair direction
For over thirty years, Brad Ngata has traveled the world, working alongside models and designers as the lead hairstylist for Australian and London Fashion Weeks. With numerous awards under her belt, the twice-nominated Australian Hairstylist of the Year recreates that atmosphere of glamor and luxury in her Sydney salon. At Brad Ngata: Hair Direction, full-length mirrors adorn the decadent sandstone walls, while aquariums hang from the ceiling. For Sydney women (or men!) looking for a fresh new look, treat yourself to a visit to these award-winning professionals.
Brad Ngata: hair direction
Located on Sydney’s prestigious Oxford Street, Oscar Oscar is run by 2015 Hairstylist of the Year, Paloma Rose Garcia. As a regular backstage at Australian Fashion Week, Paloma has styled for various high fashion magazines, as well as high profile clients such as Jessica Gomes, Margaret Zhang and Kim Ellery. For the modeling experience, put this salon at the top of your list.
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7. Neighborhood Fair
If you’ve ever had the pleasure of attending (or viewing photos afterwards) a Mercedes Benz, Australian or New York fashion week, chances are you’ve seen the talents of Alan White. As Creative Director of District Salon, White’s extensive editorial styling skills have catapulted this salon into the ranks of Sydney’s best. Sit back and relax in this peaceful living room with its skylights, lush plants and exposed brickwork, before heading downstairs for some shopping and a coffee at ‘The Stables’ homewares store.
8. According to the hair
With a client list that includes Kate Moss, Alexa Chung and Twiggy, there’s no denying these stylists know what they’re doing. Having worked on over 200 high fashion editorial shoots this year alone, Prema Hair has well and truly earned its place as Sydney’s leading hair salon.
According to the hair
9. Valonz Haircut
In this decadent living room, rare artwork and elegant furnishings create a relaxing and luxurious experience. At the forefront of the hairstyling industry, Valonz is led by Creative Director, Renya Xydis. An industry leader, Renya has worked in Milan, Paris, New York and at Australian Fashion Weeks. With a team of over 60 talented and highly trained specialists, Valonz is a show you will come back to time and time again.
10. Hair Cartel
Located on Sydney’s famous Bondi Beach, Hair Cartel is the salon to visit to refresh your sand-streaked hair. Listed as a L’Oreal Professional Blonde Salon and a member of Sustainable Salons Australia, you can’t go wrong with your next color and cut.
How to choose a good hairdresser?
Research is one of the most critical steps in finding a good hairstylist. Ask for recommendations from your friends or on local social media pages. Don’t be afraid to book a consultation and ask the stylist about their qualifications. The more qualified and up-to-date they are on training, the more likely you are to have a good experience. You should also look for a stylist who specializes in your hair type or who seems to have the same hair as you, as they will better understand your needs.
How much does a haircut cost in Sydney?
A women’s haircut in Sydney usually costs between $50 and $80. Meanwhile, for men, it is below $30-$50.
Are salons better than barbers?
Salons are the best choice for women, as stylists are specifically trained in female hairstyles, while barbers tend to focus on male cuts. Some salons are also very luxurious with nice extras like scalp massages, wine and nice decor.