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The Best Hairdressers In Auckland For All Types Of Hair

By Ava Wardecki

Someone with curly hair looks at the camera.

Finding the hair salon of your dreams is much like falling in love: finding “the one” takes patience, trust and just a touch of research before you land your loyalty. So, Aucklanders, stress no longer because we’ve rounded up the best hairdressers in Auckland that will be sure to leave you walking out with a preened, perfect mane. 

Whether you’re after a hairdresser for their technical nouse, a dramatic new colour, someone who actually knows how to handle curly hair, the best spots for blondes or a voluminous blow-dry, these top Auckland hair salons have your back—and your hair.

The Best Hairdressers In Auckland For Technical Services

Commune Studio

4/18 Westmoreland Street West, Grey Lynn, Auckland

The hair of your dreams is yours to be created at Grey Lynn’s Commune, one of Auckland’s best hair salons for all kinds of services. Their services and prices are genderless, avant-garde and designed to challenge all constructs in the pursuit of creating a look that’s well and truly yours.

Every treatment is accounted for here: from specialist colours to special occasion hair, smoothing treatments to extensions. We’re also seriously in love with Commune’s sustainable initiative, ‘The Dispensary’: a place to both purchase and refill your hair care products with sustainable, conscious products—while scoring 20% off the retail price, might we add.

Better yet, you don’t need to be an existing client to make the most of this and their recommendations for the best product for your hair and scalp. Saving the planet from excess plastic and packaging while saving yourself from split ends and unsightly roots? Oh, we love it.

Blunt Edition Salon

22c Cross Street Behind Karangahape Road, Newton, Auckland

Where can you retreat from the bustle of K’ Road, escape mentally to New York, savour a good drop of wine, and saunter out with seriously sleek tresses (and perhaps a new piece of art under your arm)? Blunt Edition, the new urban hair salon by hair legend and creative Director Brad Lepper, that's where.

The aesthetics are industrial-chic—perfect for its Cross Street dwelling—and the vibe is oh-so-warm, thanks to Brad’s signature banter, energy, and of course, hair mastery. All the works are available here, but rest assured that the precise haircuts Brad executes are worth cheating on your existing hairdresser for.

It’s not just a one-man band, though—you’ll find hand-picked freelance artists at the top of their game at Blunt Edition. But would you expect anything less from the former owner of the French Revolver Studio (RIP), one of the top industry educators, and award-winning international stylists? 

Killer Hair 

Ironbank/150 Karangahape Road, Newton, Auckland

A woman with her back to the camera showing her softly pink wavy hair.Image credit: Killer Hair | Instagram

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. The team has recently relocated to a bigger and bolder spot behind Mexicali (perfect takeaways for an in-chair feed, if you ask us) in the Ironbank building.

It's sleek, it's pretty and it's peachy—just like your hair will be when you step out. The latter perhaps with a little more hours in the salon chair, after all, the team's mastery of quirky colours is second to none. Visit for a cut, blow-dry, treatment, or make use of their extensive colouring services. 


466 Karangahape Road, Auckland

Colleen is where all kinds of hair dreams come to life: the best cuts and colours, blow waves, up-dos and dry styles in Auckland, as well as all the trimmings to boot.

Trust them to keep your hair healthy and sleek in between cuts and colours, with Keratin, Olaplex and Davines treatments on the menu to revive your tresses. Their salon is chic, sleek, and contemporary—very much reflective of the magic they work on hair.

Better yet, it’s nestled near some of our favourite eating and drinking spots on the Karangahape Road strip for an extra dose of treating yourself post-appointment.

For those really wanting to deep dive into the world of haircare, glance on over at their entertaining blog for a splash of inspiration, education and hair envy. 

D&M Hair Design 

5 Redmond Street, Ponsonby, Auckland

D&M Hair Design was created by two super talented hairstylist 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 of its environmental impact and works primarily with Davines Sustainable Beauty and Oribe.

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ASC Salon

209 Parnell Road, Parnell, Auckland

A woman sits on a stool with impeccably combed long dark hair.Image credit: ASC Salon | Facebook

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.

The Best Hairdressers In Auckland For Colour

The Following Hair Co.

113 Parnell Road, Parnell, Auckland

Stunning copper hair from The Following Hair CompanyImage credit: The Following Hair Co. | Instagram

For the most relaxing retreat away from the world, book in with Parnell’s The Following Hair Co. Inside this inviting yet impossibly industrial-chic space, you’d be forgiven for thinking you were in a New York loft (hello covetable exposed brick and huge mirrors).

While the expertly-trained team shine on all areas of the hair front, colour is definitely one of their strong suits: with balayage, blondes, brunettes and ‘brondes’—the perfect mix of the two—taking the crown.

Just have a peep at their Instagram to see the beautiful work they do on these and all shades of the colour spectrum, right through to bold, out-of-this-world colours too. This, plus their team’s warm dispositions make it truly one of Auckland’s best hairdressers, and best-kept secrets—until now. 

UNA Hair Studio

486 New North Road, Kingsland, Auckland

Someone poses with a lovely cut from UNA Hair Studio.Image credit: UNA | Instagram

Not to be confused with the famed pizza joint in the same Kingsland strip, UNA Hair Studio is equally worthy of cult status in its own right. Follow the purple sign off Great North Road and into a world where style seriously meets substance: sleek mod interiors, otherworldly talents and a booking system that *just makes sense*.

Here, your session is priced on the thickness and length of your hair and the amount of time it takes to work magic on your hair—no faffing about with combing over a tech-speak-filled treatment menu.

It’s rather a no-brainer that they won NZ Hair Salon of the Year 2023 and that owner Kelly Manu is dripping in international L'Oreal Professional Style & Colour awards, including winning the national title in 2022.

Ryder Salon

56 Customs St East, Britomart, Auckland

For sleek hair and the experience to match, Ryder Salon is the place to be. Their chic, art-dotted studio is the perfect backdrop to a moment of beautification and relaxation with a fine drop of wine, organic coffee or Harney & Son teas.

They’re one of the best Hairdressers in Auckland for all things colour—whether that’s freehand balayage, a completely new shade, colour correction, and/or lightening. As for the colour they use? Why, it’s all ammonia-free, low-chemical colours that are crafted in Italy.

Ryder also prides itself on being an eco-friendly and sustainable salon with eco shower heads to reduce water usage and the use of cruelty-free hair products. Don’t fret about inner-city parking either, the Ryder Team has you covered with discounted valet parking.

Morgan & Morgan

462 Lake Road Takapuna, Auckland

Dreaming of cotton-candy-coloured hair? How about some out-of-this-world colour? Or perhaps need some colour correction after an unfortunate run-in with box dye? Morgan & Morgan have got you covered with their extensive list of colour services—and then some.

Hair extensions, special occasion hair and personalised Keratin smoothing treatments are all here. We’ve also got to give them props for their incredible texturing treatments: offering more than the classic permanent straightening option, you can trust them to set you with permanently luscious curls and waves (helloooo beachy goddess!).

If you needed another reason to love them, you’ll be chuffed to know that they’re living wage advocates, are a sustainable salon, donate monthly to WWF and NZ Forest and Bird, serve sustainable refreshments, and have pulled out all the stops to make their space as sustainably as possible (right down to the electricity and aircon even).

Rose Quartz Hair Studio

4/333 Parnell Road, Parnell, Auckland

Someone shows off their blue hair at Rose Quartz Hair Studio.Image credit: Rose Quartz Hair Studio | Instagram

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 brings 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. For hairspiration, check out Rose Quartz’s dreamy Instagram.

Live & Let Dye Hair Salon

3/476 Mount Eden Road, Mount Eden, Auckland

If you’re after an edgy, bright hairstyle, look no further than Live & Let Dye. Based in Mount 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.

The Best Hairdressers In Auckland For Curly Hair

Right Cuts  

140 Victoria Street West, Auckland CBD

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 retexturizing 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 tightly curled afro hair—and we should know, we’ve kissed A LOT of frogs with thinning scissors. 

NRJ  Hair

100 Don McKinnon Drive, Albany, Auckland

A woman with curly hair.Image credit: NRJ Hair | Instagram

Putting hair in the hands of someone (and their scissors) can be nerve-racking at the best of times. Especially when it comes to curly hair and the extra, expert level of TLC that it needs for those magic results.

That’s where Nigel Russell comes in: Auckland’s curly hair and scalp specialist whose salon, NRJ Hair, is arguably one of the best hair salons in Auckland for curly hair. More than a hairstylist, he’s a qualified trichologist (aka hair and scalp specialist) so rest assured that your curls are in—quite literally— the best hands. 

The Best Hairdressers In Auckland For Blonde Hair

Forever Blonde

Level 1/10 Northcroft Street, Takapuna, Auckland

Those looking to touch up their golden tresses—or make the full conversion to the team that has more fun—simply must secure an appointment at the specialists Forever Blonde studio.

Take a seat in their sleek, contemporary and pink-pop-dotted Takapuna salon and get ready for the talented team to make your, you guessed it: blonde, dreams come true. A bit of balayage, highlights, some easy-to-maintaining lightening, a full blonde makeover, a root retouch and a perfectly precise cut: the Forever Blonde team do it all, along with classic hair services, with finesse.

As for the finishing touches? A luxurious, voluminous blowout to showcase your new hues. Case in point, their Instagram, full of lust-worthy light tones and hair tips. Bonus points are given for Forever Blonde’s laptop-friendly mirror stations: where productivity and pampering can go hand-in-hand, alongside freshly brewed tea or frothy coffee.

ANCO Studio Hair Salon

1A/120 Customs Street West, The Viaduct, Auckland

Blonde hair at Anco Studio hair salon, one of the best hairdressers in Auckland.Image credit: ANCO Studio Hair Salon | Instagram

Full body. Lie flat. Massage chairs. Yep, that’s what awaits you at ANCO Studio's impossibly relaxing hair-washing basins. We’re not talking about any of those stuffy mall or airport massage chair counterparts—these babies will treat you to a sumptuous, seriously relaxing massage during that ever-divine scalp massage we ALL look forward to in any hair appointment.

More importantly, technical services are where the ANCO Studio team truly shines: with a special devotion to blonde hair, as well as lifting dark bases that can be notoriously tricky to lighten to blonde. After your treatment is finished, you’ll be able to admire yourself from all angles thanks to the modern wall-to-floor, back-to-back mirrors in this chic yet industrial salon.

Amiee Marie Hair Studio

Valhalla Drive, Beach Haven, Auckland

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 most 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 appointment, stat.

The Blonde Studio

485 Khyber Pass Road, Newmarket, Auckland

Platinum-haired lads and ladies and silver foxes of Auckland, allow us to introduce you to The Blonde Studio. They specialise in, you guessed it, serving you stunning silver-toned looks and all the shades in between.

Balayage and foils are their treatment of choice, which are all documented in their swoon-worthy Instagram posts. Be warned: you’re in for some satisfying before and after photos, as well as a serious dose of hair envy. 

The Best Hairdressers In Auckland For A Blow Dry

Komorebi Collective

150 Karangahape Road, Auckland

Perhaps the most wholesome hairdressing in Auckland is found at Karangahape Road’s Kokorembi Collective. Equal parts focused on scalp health, creativity and community alongside, quite naturally, beautiful tresses, Kokorembi’s space ticks all the boxes of a hidden urban oasis.

The Bespoke Signature Scalp Treatment is a must here. Ever-heavenly scalp massage and hot towelling aside, each step is designed to rejuvenate your scalp for the health, restored canvas your mane deserves. A treatment that’s basically a long term investment? We don’t have to be bankers to see the ROI on that.

Alongside fantasy colours, colour correction, cuts and even extensions, Keratin treatments and blowdrys, Komorebi really does it all. 

INCO Studio

182 Ponsonby Road, Ponsonby, Auckland

A woman with a short purple-hued bob tucks into some easter chocolate,Image credit: INCO Studio | Instagram @zozoyoyokimono 

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.

We’re big fans of their tame and styles (styling on wet or dry hair), up-dos and blow-waves—they’re easy on the pocket yet big on the va-va-voom factor.

Their colour menu is ranked by “commitment level”. “Low” is 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. 

Frenchie & Co

226 Jervois Road, Herne Bay, Auckland

Easily one of the prettiest hair salons in Auckland, Jervois Road’s Frenchie & Co happens to be one of the best hairdressers for blowwaves. Slink into their chairs and let their expert hairdressers shampoo, massage, and style your hair into silky, voluminous perfection.

For those blow-dry devotees out there, they’ve got your hair and pocket covered with blow wave concession cards where you can get your fifth free. You’ll also find a stellar selection of beauty services like waxing, brow and lash shapes and tints here—making it one of the best destinations for *all* kinds of hair-related needs.

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