Finding the right hairdresser to entrust with your precious locks is not a decision to be taken lightly. In fact, it’s one of the great challenges of living in any major city. Thankfully, Dunedin has a handful of quality stylists that have mastered their craft and won over our hearts (and hair) in the process. From a simple trim, to flawless balayage or for a more dramatic cut, we’ve got the inside scoop on where to go for the best hair in town.
Leave it to the pros, these are the best hairdressers in Dunedin.
Aart on St Andrew
St Andrew Street
Whether you are after a trendy cut and style or are wanting to transition to a new colour, you’ll be well looked after at Aart on St. Andrew. Known as the team behind the hair trends at iD Dunedin Fashion Week for several years, you might notice their runway looks at the various Design School Collections as well as for various local designers. Their services include the usual cut and styles, incredible colour work, foils, panel colour work, chemical straightening, perming, blow waves, conditioning treatments and makeup. They know hair and are constantly training and taking part in competitions. This salon also uses carbon zero products and colour from Davines in Italy, so you know your colour will last.
For an insta-worthy mane, head straight to Aurum where the team wants to make you feel as amazing as possible. The award-winning team is a close-knit group of people who are driven by creativity, fun, compassion and integrity. They listen to what their clients love and keep doing more of it. They specialise in advanced colourwork while ensuring they protect the integrity of your hair. Supporters of the sustainable Paper Not Foil and vegan aftercare, Pureology, this is a salon that cares as much about the environment as they do your hair.
Great King Street
If you’re looking for a salon where you’ll leave feeling fantastic, head to Klone for five-star service that will exceed your expectations. The team has won five national titles and a handful of awards. It’s clear that excellence and creativity are both a priority. Services include precision cutting, architectural cuts and fashion-forward styles for every occasion. They’re known locally for short hairstyles and seamless colouring. And if your hair’s in distress, they offer revitalisation treatments using the latest technology.
Great King Street, George St
With two locations, Headquarters Hair is a bustling Dunedin salon catering to clients of all ages. Their award-winning stylists use Wella Professional products and work hard to stay on top of all the latest trends. They offer a full range of services from cuts and colours, highlights, party hair, straightening, treatments and everything in between.
Halo Hair Boutique
Nestled in between some of Dunedin's finest heritage buildings, you’ll find the tranquil Halo Hair Boutique. The super cute boutique hair salon specialises in cutting, colouring and styling to suit every individual. They take care in creating beautiful hair and providing their clients with a relaxed, fun and friendly experience. They use only salon professional products including L'oreal Professionnel and Pureology. Whatever your individual hair requirements may be, the team of experienced hairdressers will work with you to ensure that your hair reflects your own unique style and personality.
Why Not Hair
Albany St, North Dunedin
Why Not Hair is relaxing salon located in the heart of Dunedin’s University and Polytechnic campus. The friendly team caters to a range of clients with styling, colouring, Keratin smoothing treatments as well as wedding and beauty packages. Why Not prides itself on using plant-based, vegan and environmentally friendly hair products. In fact, all their products are packaged in 100% recyclable and biodegradable materials. Known for their excellent colouring skills, this is the place to go for that rose gold tint that’s so on trend at the moment.
Leaf Hair Studio
Step inside Leaf Hair Studio’s modern space and you’ll be greeted warmly by the entire team. Known for exceeding expectations and catering for every hair type, Leaf is Dunedin’s go to for Japanese permanent hair straightening, quality cuts and Keratin reconstruction treatments. Stylists work closely with customers to ensure they leave with the style that best enhances their natural features. With their extensive list of services, you know you’ll leave feeling your absolute best.
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Image credit: Aart on St Andrew