We've all been there. What starts as an innocent trip to the hairdresser for a new 'do can often end in tears when you realise that the end result is SO not what you're after. Mind you, that's for any old cut and colour – as any golden girl will attest, the pressure is so much more intense when you're dealing with blonde tresses!
Going blonde, or generally maintaining blonde hair, is no easy feat and it's sure as hell not the time for trial and error. Let's be honest – you want to walk out of the hair salon with the perfect blonde for your skin tone, a blonde so good that people will stop and ask you where you got it done. More Blake Lively, Sienna Miller and Cameron Diaz, less Courtney Love, Lindsay Lohan and Christina Aguilera in her god-awful Dirrty days.
Here at TUL we understand how important it is to achieve the perfect blonde, which is why we've looked high and low for Melbourne's best blonde colourists. We've done the rounds, asked family and friends, and can safely say that the hair salons below will deliver you the best blonde colour of your life!
When it comes to the best blonde colourists in Melbourne's north, it's hard to go past Biba Carlton and in particular, Tristan Ballinger. We've seen client after client walk out of Biba with babelicious blonde locks and they all have one thing in common – Tristan. So what does he do to guarantee the perfect blonde? "I like to work some free-hand balayage through the mid-lengths and ends after I have put my foils through…this ensures a beautiful even colour from roots to ends." That's right, pick up the phone and get booking now.
Telleish Hair Studio
Like moths to a flame, the women of Port Melbourne flock to Telleish Hair Studio. Why you ask? Because these women have all clued on to the fact that the Telleish team is home to some of Melbourne's best blonde colourists. The secret to their success lies in a considered approach and application style; they take the time to craft juuust the right blonde for each client. Oh and a confident attitude doesn't hurt either. "We strongly believe that you can have any blonde colour you want, as long as you have the confidence in yourself to own it!"
Nestled amongst the cute cafes and shops on Glenferrie Road lies Anaka, a hairdressing studio that knows exactly how to nail the blonde look. "There's nothing like a tailored series of tones, hand placed to suit your facial structure, lifestyle, hair type and cut," salon colourist Portia says. "This is something I indulge all my blonde clients with." Portia's not the only one at Anaka who can do a brilliant blonde – we hear Lou is also excellent!
Have you ever looked at a picture of Jennifer Hawkins and envied her perfectly golden hair? Put a stop to that hair envy and head straight to Prahran's UVA Salon, Jen's hairdresser of choice. Creative director Marie Uva is the woman behind Hawko's hair however warns that not all people suit that exact look. Marie's tip? "Paler skin tones should go for cool blondes while olive and darker skin tones are best suited to warm blondes." Equally as excellent are Tielle and Renee – both responsible for some of the best blondes in Melbourne.
Located in the heart of Toorak Road, Meddlers can be found in the beauty black books of the sleek and chic South Yarra set. Why? Because, quite frankly, at Meddlers they do a damn good blonde. "We won't rest until we have the perfect tone for our clients", says owner Christopher Dunkley. He's not lying – Christopher and the team at Meddlers are perfectionists when it comes to achieving the right blonde. After all, blonde hair requires extra TLC and if you don't put the effort in, you won't get the results! The effort is worth it though and so is Meddlers.
Hair by Sarah Caporale
So you want to go blonde, but not sure whether you should just start with balayage or jump right in and go the whole way? Hair by Sarah Caporale can help. Working out of a spacious studio on Chapel Street, stylist Sarah Caporale is known for her personalised approach and will help you achieve the perfect blonde look. "I love applying different techniques with blonde, whether it's the original foiling from the roots, balayage or ombre – it's all about creating a personal look" says stylist Sarah Caporale. Spoken like a true hair artist!
Edwards and Co.
Our roundup of the best blonde colourists in Melbourne would not be complete without Edwards and Co, the newly opened hair salon that's already making waves amongst the style set. Want proof that Edwards and Co delivers goods? Look no further than uber bloggers Elle Ferguson and Miann Scanlan who both sport envy-inducing blonde locks thanks to Edwards and Co. According to director Jaye Edwards the key is "a combination of techniques (never just one!) and ALWAYS gloss – this helps to protect the longevity of the colour."
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