They say a change is as good as a holiday, and anyone who has ever taken the plunge from long to short hair knows just what a dramatic change a short haircut can make.
It's a bold move to lop your locks, but with the ever-growing celebrity trend for shorter 'dos—think Jennifer Lawrence and Coco Rocha's pixie cuts, or Karlie Kloss and Emma Watson's short bobs—more and more women are warming to the idea of a crisp crop to bring in the new season. We've found the best hairdressers in Sydney for your new short haircut, who not only specialise in cutting but also have the reputations and awards to prove it.
People Hairdressing | Potts Point
Those in the know are familiar with Hamish Glianos. The multi-award-winning hairdresser—including finalist for Australian Hairdresser of the Year—is extremely well respected in the beauty industry and is one of the best hairdessers in Sydney, having begun his career at the age of 17 as a barber's apprentice. Here he was able to refine his cutting technique, a point that differentiates him today. At Potts Point establishment People Hairdressing, Hamish is one of a standout team of stylists who are trained in the art of hair, beginning consultations by getting to know you, your face shape, skin tone and hair type before the scissors are even reached for. Trusted for a short haircut transformation.
e Salon | Wahroonga
Although it's based a little out of the city in Wahroonga on Sydney's North Shore, é Salon's reputation precedes it, having taken home the award for Salon Team of the Year at the 2013 Hair Expo, the country's premier hair industry event. Its senior team members—including salon director Samuel Vitale, creative director Emiliano Vitale, and style directors Lisa Muscat and Hidetoshi Shimakawa—collectively share decades of experience and a slew of high-profile accolades. At this salon, consultation is key, ensuring you feel confident about and happy with your new hair direction. This salon safely makes the best hairdresser list in Sydney.
The Art of Hair | Breakfast Point
With locations in Beecroft and Breakfast Point, award-winning hairdresser and hair educator Sharon Blain's salon The Art of Hair is undoubtedly one of the country's best. Indeed, a quick look at recent accolades—a finalist in the Hair Expo Educator and Hairdresser of the Year annually—confirms the prestige of the establishment. As an educator, Sharon and her team of talented stylists are continually updating their skills to keep on top of the newest trends and techniques. Goldwell, KMS and Kérastase product ranges are available at this salon where styling, cutting and innovative colour spectacularly combine.
Sterling Hairdressing Parlour & Barber Shop | Surry Hills
This rockabilly hairdressing parlour specialises in period styling—on any given day you'll bump into several handsome Teddy Boys, with their slick, pomade-heavy quiffs, and glamorous pin-up ladies with beautiful updos—but it also has a reputation for incredibly good cuts, particularly short haircuts. Sterling's owner Tony Vacher trained at the iconic Vidal Sassoon salon in London and his friendly team is always happy to talk through your desired look, spending time on getting just the look you're after.
Edwards & Co | Surry Hills
Led by acclaimed editorial stylist and colourist Jaye Edwards, Edwards & Co is a freelance hairdresser cooperative housed in a large industrial warehouse space in Surry Hills. Joining Jaye are fellow session stylists such as Fiona Hay, Luana Coscia, Kristina Russell and Byron Turnbull, collectively having tossed the tresses of cover stars for Vogue, Yen, Oyster and Shop Til You Drop magazines, a wonderful amalgamation of Sydney's hairdressing talent reside here.
Cleveland's | Redfern
Since opening in 2012, this salon-cum-café in Redfern has fast built a strong reputation, with resident stylist Patrick Casey offering fashionable cuts for men and women that suit busy lifestyles, knowing how to make hair manageable. Enjoyed with a complimentary beverage from the adjoining café (or a glass of wine if you desire), Patrick's collective experience in classic and progressive salons in London, Paris and Sydney makes him capable of every style and hair type.
Oscar Oscar | Paddington
Twice Australian Hairdresser of the Year, Oscar Cullinan's 25-year-old Oscar Oscar salons are home to award-winning stylists with its flagship on the Oxford Street shopping strip. A visit to Oscar Oscar is a luxurious experience, with relaxing treatments, an indulgent refreshment menu and a beautiful, sleek interior design. Of course, hair is king, and cuts include a stress-relieving massage, shampoo, condition and blow-dry. And this wraps up the best Sydney hairdresser list for short haircuts!