Surely we can all agree that selecting an establishment to entrust your precious locks is a big freaking deal. We’ve all had an experience where we’ve walked out of a salon looking worse off than when we arrived and there is nothing worse than paying for a bad hair day! So we’ve compiled a list of Auckland's best hair salons that will be sure to leave you walking out with a perfectly preened, Insta-worthy mane. And, for all you busy bees who don’t have the time in your day to beat the Auckland traffic to your next hair appointment, fear not. We have put out our feelers and it seems that some of Auckland’s top hairdressers have heard our prayers and are offering late-night sessions for nine-to-fivers. For a full round-up of Auckland’s best hair salons and where to cop a late-night chop, read on and get ready to book!
Killer HairEden Terrace
Killer Hair is all about, well…killer hair. Whether you’re after expert colouring, a decent chop or a bold, bright makeover, this dream team has got your locks under control. If you’ve got the time (lucky bugger!) to slot yourself into one of their day time appointments, not only will you be the envy of friends and fam, you’ll also be able to make use of their extensive colouring, treatments and up-do services. And, if time isn’t on your side, don’t fret. Simply let lead stylist Stephen Kelly look after you! If a quick cut is all you need to leave feeling like a new woman, this hair-cutting visionary will chop your locks ‘til around 8pm on Thursdays.
Amiee Marie Hair StudioBeach Haven
Y’know those seamless balayage looks you see all over Instagram? They’ve probably been done by Amiee Marie. Working out of her gorgeous Beach Haven studio, Amiee Marie is the Queen of balayage and ombre looks and creates some of the glossiest, healthiest and natural looking tresses around. A self-proclaimed beachy blonde specialist, if it’s a top quality hair colour you’re after, Amiee is the girl to see!
This Auckland hairdressing institution is known for its hair skills for a reason. Styling some of the best hair we’ve laid eyes on, Servilles is your go-to for mop chops, fancy ‘dos and impressive colour work. They also offer a keratin blow-out treatment for the silkiest hair you’ll ever have. With studios in Ponsonby, Takapuna and Newmarket, their award-winning team and gorgeous salons make visiting nothing but a treat. As if being treated like a king or queen with a complimentary glass of vino in hand wasn’t enough, they also offer late-night bookings too! If you’re just after a quick spruce up and cut, from Tuesday to Thursday at their Newmarket branch, late night appointments tend to run until around 7:30pm. How ideal is that?
Casa Hair & MakeupNorthcote
Priding themselves on their warm, friendly vibes and knack for creating beautiful hair, Casa Hair & Makeup is a double whammy salon. Not only are they pros at colour and cutting, but they’re also super skilled when it comes to makeup—perfect for weddings or special events! Casa Hair & Makeup pride themselves on keeping up with the latest trends and techniques. With a service list ranging from lush hair treatments and hair extensions to make up applications and make up lessons, there is nothing they can’t do! So pop along and pay them a visit for your next event, you’ll leave lookin’ super fly and be the envy of all of your friends!
Live & Let DyeMt Eden
It seems that the people of Auckland are LOVING colourful hairstyles at the mo and that’s what Live & Let Dye do best. These gals are all about bold, bright hair, using eco-friendly dyes to churn out some seriously unique looks. Founded from a passion for hair, creativity and rock’n’roll, Live & Let Dye pride themselves on treating your hair in the best possible way. They don’t believe in damaging your hair just to get the perfect colour so instead use a range of natural, organic products designed for even the most sensitive of scalps and the best part? No animal testing! They even offer late night sessions for all you worker bee’s on Wednesday and Thursday nights until 8pm. So settle in with a cup of tea and a plate of delicious complimentary cupcakes and let the team at Live & Let Dye take care of your locks. You’ll walk out feeling funky, fresh and loving your new bright do.
French Revolver StudioAuckland CBD
Taking inspiration from salons in Paris and New York, this award-winning CBD salon can give you the unique and edgy look you’re after. The talented team of world-class hair stylists at French Revolver channel their creativity and knowledge into every head of hair they touch. Situated in the coolest of loft spaces, the studio has been used for photo shoots, art exhibitions and yoga classes, so rad! This high-end salon is even open for late-night sessions on Tuesdays and Wednesdays until 8pm but be sure to book because this salon is super popular and frequented by Auckland’s A-list and appointments go like hot cakes!
Dry & TeaMultiple Locations
You can thank Dry & Tea for bringing the popular blow wave bar concept to this fine city of ours and we’re rather chuffed about it. With three locations—Newmarket, City Work Depot and Britomart—you can sip on tea and let one of the talented stylists get to work. If you’ve got a big event on and need to be looking on fleek you can pop on down and get your hair did for next to nothing! Seriously, if you’re on a budget this is the place for you! With services ranging from a wash and blow wave to a dry updo and braids, they’ll trim ya fringe or add in some hair extensions for a Kim K inspired do. Or if you’re in for the full works they offer cut and colour services. And after you’ve had your hair styled, why not go that extra mile and get your make up done by one of their talented artists? After Dry & Tea are finished with you, you’ll be the bell of the ball. They also offer late night sessions Tuesday through Thursday so get booking ladies.
D & M Hair DesignPonsonby
D & M was created by two super-talented hair stylist friends, Danny and Michael, who had a vision and came together to create D & M hair design! Situated in the ever-stylish Ponsonby, D & M has been recognised time and time again for its top salon team in the country. Danny Pato, one of the owners winning hairdresser of the year 2016 and a multitude of awards to show for themselves D & M is the place to go for a brand new on-trend cut or colour. They are even open until 8:30pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays but be quick to book. They are super busy and appointments go before you can say “balayage.”
If you haven’t already checked out Helmut’s Instagram page, go and do so now. Oozing nothing but cool and boasting a feed of ever-so-chic wearable and kick-ass cuts and styles, you are guaranteed to leave with a smile and a head of awesome hair! Offering a complete one-on-one service from start to finish and with late-night appointments available from Tuesday to Thursday until 7:45pm, clients can take the time to relax and know they are in the best hands and scissors possible!
Auckland’s Britomart is renowned for its trendy vibes, top-notch collection of fashion boutiques and eateries, and so it comes as no surprise that one of the finest hair salons resides here too. Ryder Salon has that (h)air of cool about them and, with such a sleek and contemporary studio as it’s a haven for art and sculpture, we completely get it. Designed by architects Petr Cvejin and Andrew Greenslade, this salon oozes sophistication with its wooden and steel look and doubles as an art gallery with quirky little sculptures scattered around the salon designed by artist Michael Parekowhai. Ryder also prides itself on being an eco-friendly and sustainable salon with eco shower heads installed to reduce their water usage and eco and cruelty-free products. So it’s no surprise that this salon is an all- round winner! Open late night until 7pm from Tuesday through to Thursday, arriving fashionably late never looked so good!
Transforming an old heritage building into a contemporary and ridiculously stylish “home away from home” salon, yet still managing to maintain the character and history of the original space through the use of industrial lighting and plush velvet sofas, ASC Salon is nothing but an Instagram dream. Complete with in-house craft beer and a wine bar and with top-notch experts on hand, your visit couldn’t get any better, or could it? Every Tuesday and Thursday, ASC hold their late night services, meaning that all of us busy bees can get in on the action. With the last colour appointments held at 6pm and regular haircuts ‘til around 7pm, we are very happy bunnies indeed!
Kokomo has been a staple hair salon on Ponsonby Road for more than 18 years! This super-groovy salon will make you feel like you’ve taken a step back in time to the swingin’ sixties with their funky, fresh and ever-so-stylish décor! With only the best senior stylists on staff, specialising in cutting and colour to tend to your tresses from beginning to end they are dedicated to making your experience with them relaxing and luxurious. As an L’Oreal colour Professional studio, they are dedicated to on-going training to keep up with the latest and greatest in the hair and fashion world. This groovy salon even has an in house dry bar for those of you with a special event to attend, with a list of bangin’ up do’s to choose from, there is something to please everyone. And, if you’ve got some extra time to spend, why not check out their “create your own cocktail list?” Where you can choose from a range of hair treatments that will leave your hair looking healthy and sleek and with a loyalty card system in place to help you save some moolah, this salon is for sure one of the best in town.
This multi-award-winning Newmarket hair studio is a must-visit on our list! If you’re looking for the crème de la crème to look after your precious locks then look no further than Blaze Hair! Most recently awarded the 2016 L’Oréal colour trophy Salon of the Year award and competing in the International vision trend awards in Barcelona against 43 other countries and coming out with the silver award, this salon has gone from strength to strength. Leading the team at Blaze is Mana Dave, New Zealand’s hairdresser of the year five times running! Mana is internationally recognised as one of six stylists to have been included to create the Redken’s global collection. It’s easy to see why Blaze is one of Auckland’s best hair salons and, with late night appointments Tuesday through Thursday until 8pm you too can have award winning hair.
Looking for long, luscious locks? Then look no further than Loxy’s. Priding themselves on having the best hair extensions in town, Loxy’s has developed a special technique for applying the extensions to your precious tresses without damaging them with glue and braiding. And the best part? A full head of extensions only takes an hour to apply—amazing. This Ponsonby salon also offers a full list of cut, colour and hair up options and even has the option for an organic spray tan! So when it’s time for your next big event, grab the girls and head on down to Loxy’s for some serious pampering.