Auckland is a mecca for hair salons and when it comes to choosing “the one”, selecting a hairdresser to entrust with your precious locks is a big freakin’ deal. Well, stress no longer because we’ve rounded up the best Auckland hairdressers to that will be sure to leave you walking out with a preened, Insta-worthy mane. Whether you’re after a dramatic cut, simple trim, seamless balayage or voluminous blow-dry, these top Auckland hair salons have your back—and your hair.
Sitting pretty in the old Ponsonby fire station is INCO Studio. Fitted with a plush peach-pink and gold decor, this contemporary studio is the perfect spot to sit back, relax and get your hair did. Their colour menu is ranked by “commitment level”. “Low” being services such as babylights where soft and subtle colour is added to your hair for a sun-kissed look. “High” basically means transforming your hair to a pale blonde with regular maintenance required. Colouring aside, INCO also does styling, cuts and luxurious treatments.
Killer Hair is all about, well…killer hair. The dream team has got your locks under control when it comes to everything from routine haircuts to a bold, bright makeover. Situated in a beautiful historic building in Eden Terrace, the light and bright salon boasts high ceilings and huge windows—swoon. Visit for a cut, blow-dry, treatment, up-do or make use of their extensive colouring services. If time isn’t on your side, don’t fret. The salon is open after-hours with appointments until 9pm on Thursday. You’ll leave with picture-perfect hair that will make you the envy of friends and family—it’s no wonder Killer Hair is one of the best hairdressers in Auckland.
Amiee Marie Hair Studio
You know those seamless balayage looks you see all over Instagram? It’s probably the work of Amiee Marie Hair Studio. Working from her gorgeous Beach Haven studio, Aimee Marie is the queen of balayage and one of Auckland’s best hair colourists. She is known and loved for her ombre looks and creates some of the glossiest, healthiest and natural-looking tresses around. A self-proclaimed beachy blonde specialist, if you’re after quality hair colouring Aimee is the girl to see. But don’t take our word for it—check out her Instagram for total hair envy and book an appoint stat.
French Revolver Studio
Taking inspiration from salons in Paris and New York, French Revolver Studio’s inner-city salon doubles as an art gallery. Wooden floors are paired with high ceilings and exposed brick walls, creating the perfect backdrop for fashion shoots, art exhibitions...and your next haircut and/or colour. The talented team will give you the unique and edgy look you're after as they channel their creativity and knowledge into every head of hair they touch. Be sure to book in advance because the award-winning salon is super popular (it’s even frequented by Auckland's A-list) and appointment slots book up fast.
Britomart is renowned for its trendy vibes with its dreamy fashion boutiques and incredible eateries. It comes as no surprise that one of the best hair salons in Auckland resides here too. Ryder Salon has that (h)air of cool about it and, with such a sleek and contemporary studio, an appointment here will leave you feeling totally fabulous. The salon oozes sophistication with its wooden and steel fit-out and doubles as an art gallery with quirky little sculptures on display. Ryder also prides itself on being an eco-friendly and sustainable salon with eco shower heads to reduce their water usage and the use of cruelty-free hair products. Even better, the salon serves a range of refreshments including Harney & Sons Teas, organic coffee, sparkling water and a range of wines. It’s no wonder Ryder is one of the best in the bizz.
Dry & Tea
Newmarket, Britomart and City Works Depot
You can thank Dry & Tea for bringing the popular blow-wave bar concept to Auckland—and we’re rather chuffed about it. Sip on a comforting tea and let the talented stylists get to work at one of their three gorgeous salons Auckland-wide. Their service menu includes an extensive selection of blow waves including added treatments and even a pastel blow wave for a fun, temporary change—total festival vibes, right? Alongside classic cut and colour services, Dry & Tea are also the masters at hair-ups and braiding. Choose your dream look from the menu, let the team create it for you, and you’ll head to your next event, party or date feeling like a total ten. The salon also offers make-up and nail services—is there anything they can’t do?!
D&M Hair Design
D&M Hair Design was created by two super talented hair stylist friends, Danny Pato and Michael Sisaengrath, who had the vision to create a luxurious, state-of-the-art hair salon in Ponsonby. D&M has been consistently recognised for its top team, winning countless awards and acting as host of the Hair Expo Hairdresser of the Year Awards. Their dramatic, cutting edge styles have also graced catwalks and magazines alike. Visit their salon for a cut, colour, blow-wave or a transformative package with all of the above. Better yet, D&M are conscious about their environmental impact and work primarily work with Davines Sustainable Beauty and Oribe.
If you’re looking for the crème de la crème to look after your precious locks, then look no further than Blaze Hair. This multi-award-winning Newmarket hair studio is a must-visit and home to some of Auckland’s best hairdressers. Leading the Blaze team is Mana Dave—New Zealand’s hairdresser of the year five times running. Mana and her team will make you feel like an absolute superstar as they work their magic from the trendy Newmarket salon. Cuts, colours, blow-drys, hair-ups and everything in between, Blaze has your back—or should we say hair? If you can’t get to the salon during business hours, fear not. The salon is open until 8pm from Tuesday to Thursday. We also love that the salon offers gift vouchers as the perfect “thank you” or “I think you’re brilliant” gesture.
Nestled right in the CBD on Victoria Street West behind an unassuming facade lies Right Cuts, one of the best hairdressers in Auckland. Often mistaken for a barber only catering for men, you’ll find a talented team of stylists and colourists led by charismatic owner PJ Asar. Having sharpened his skills all over the world from Canada to London and now Auckland, what this man doesn’t know about hair basically isn’t worth knowing. From cuts and colours, to retexturising and hair treatments there are no cookie-cutter styles here—in fact their ethos is to give every individual the right cut for them in a relaxed, informal atmosphere with good tunes. PJ is also the best hairdresser in Auckland for cutting curly hair, from slightly wavy right up to afro hair—and we should know, we’ve kissed A LOT of frogs with scissors.
Transforming an old heritage building into a contemporary and ridiculously stylish salon, ASC Salon is nothing but an Instagram dream. Think: industrial fittings, plush velvet sofas and an in-house craft beer and wine bar. The hair salon is fronted by Stephen and Andrea Cockle who collectively have nearly 50 years of experience between them including a lengthy stint in London. They’re known as experts in colour with an extensive menu offering highlights, tints, balayage and lightening services. ASC Salon also endeavours to be as sustainable as possible by going over and above to source products that are cruelty-free and free from nasties such as ammonia, sulphates and parabens.
Live & Let Dye
If you’re after an edgy, bright hairstyle, look no further than Live & Let Dye. Based in Mt Eden, the team use bold, eco-friendly dyes to churn out some seriously unique looks. From funky cuts and vintage styling to neon and pastel colouring, Live & Let Dye is one of a kind. And don’t assume you need to damage your hair to get the perfect colour—no way! The salon uses a range of natural, organic products designed for even the most sensitive of scalps. The best part? They’re totally against animal cruelty, which is why you’ll never find products tested on animals in their salon. Enjoy your hair transformation with a tea or cappuccino in hand and be sure to take them up on their offer of a complimentary choccy brownie.
Ponsonby & Commercial bay
Looking for long, luscious locks? Loxy’s is the best place for hair extensions in Auckland. The salon has developed a special technique for applying the extensions to your precious tresses without damaging them with glue or braiding. Instead, the human hair is attentively put in with a combination of weaving and micro-ring techniques. The best part? It only takes about an hour to complete a full head—amazing! If you’re not after length but want added volume, the talented team can also add extensions cut to your hair’s natural length to create a full-bodied look. The Ponsonby salon also offers a full list of cut, colour and hair-up services. So when it’s time for your next big event, head to Loxy’s for some serious pampering.
Rose Quartz Hair Studio
Rose Quartz Hair Studio is a hidden gem located in the heart of Parnell. Allow yourself to be pampered in the intimate, sun-soaked studio while the talented team bring out the best in your hair. The best part? You can enjoy a glass of rose while they work their magic. The colour menu includes foils, retouching, balayage and lighten with tone. Alternatively, have your locks tidied up with a design and style haircut or simply kick-start your day with a voluminous blow-dry. The salon is open until 8pm from Tuesday to Thursday for after-hour hair care. For hairspiration, check out Rose Quartz’s dreamy Instagram.
Claiming the title of “world famous in Ponsonby”, Kokomo Haircutters has been a staple hair salon on Ponsonby Road for more than 18 years. The super groovy salon will make you feel like you’ve taken a step back in time to the swingin’ sixties with their fun orange and blue furnishings. Treat yourself to one of their signature pamper packages—we love the ‘plush pamper’ with a cut, blow wave, hair treatment, head massage and take-home shampoo. The funky salon even has an in-house dry bar with a list of styles and up-dos to choose from that are perfect for your next event. As one of Auckland’s best hairdressers, Kokomo is here to stay.
Forever Blonde Studio
Newmarket & Takapuna
Calling all blonde babes—this aptly named hair salon is for you. Forever Blonde was founded by senior colourist and stylist Steph Young who has been perfecting blonde locks for more than a decade. Steph and her team are all about creating the perfect blonde colouring for your hair. From honey coloured to bright blonde, they recognise that there are more than 50 shades of blonde and will customise your transformation accordingly. Forever Blonde also offer balayage and ombre services with a signature colouring technique that will give you those gentle sun-kissed look you’re after. Check them out in Newmarket and Takapuna to discover why they’re one of Auckland’s best hairdressers.
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Image credit: Killer Hair, French Revolver Hair Studio, Mara Sommer Photography for D&M Hair Studio, Right Cuts, Live & Let Dye, Kokomo Haircutters