Let’s get down to business… It’s time to talk tresses in Sydney's CBD.
We snipped and trimmed our way across our fair city to find the absolute best hairdressers in Sydney’s CBD (which we like to think of as the Central Blowdry/Bob/Brunette-to-blonde District). From super cool hair salons in Potts Point to Japanese style hairdressers bam smack in the centre of town—we’ve got you (and your strands) covered.
Despite rumours to the contrary, this salon did NOT inspire John Legend to write an MTV anthem for the neo-soul generation of the noughties. Indeed one step inside this award winning salon, with a creative team that's worked on the likes of Australia’s Next Top Model, Australian Idol, MTV and MTV Australia Awards, will confirm there is nothing “Ordinary” about this hairdresser, and you'll quickly see why they're one of Sydney's best hairdressers.
Don’t fret! You will not walk out of this full-service Japanese hair and beauty salon with turquoise-tinted locks (unless that’s what you want, of course). You will, however, feel rather pleased at the range of well-priced services (nails, eyelashes and obviously hair treatments included) that all offer to brighten up your look!
Uncooked desserts are having a moment, but this Surry Hills salon established in 1997, was in on the raw movement many years ago. As well as an array of award-winning services and treatments, Creative Director Anthony Nader is the first Australian salon owner to release his own line of hair products. Now we know why celebs such as Cate Blanchett, Nicole Richie, Miranda Kerr, Gisele Bundchen and Hugh Jackman swear by all things Raw.
In addition to a location that provided us with ample opportunities for wordplay, this salon situated in Sydney’s “Strand” Arcade offers Nano Keratin, Great Lengths hair extensions and weekday blow-dries for only $39. Stylish and speedy, the exclusive stockiest of Shu Umera professional hair products will help you make the transition from boardroom to bar in less time that it takes to have your lunch break.
Wild Life Hair
Want to get a blow dry without being busted by your boss? Trying to master your mane game in between meetings with management? For those who like to live on the (cutting) edge, you'll find one of Sydney's best when you visit this Surry Hills salon. The perfect place to mix business and pleasure and squeeze in a session with your strands.
Whether you’re a blow dry beginner or your mane is a masterpiece, this Sydney salon will tend to all your beautifying needs. From consultations to colour to creative cuts (plus an in-house beauty salon) Artis has all the tools to tend to your tresses and transform you into a walking work of art.
Named for the Sanskrit word for love, we guarantee you will be similarly smitten after a session at this Sydney salon. Owner Francesco Ruggerino’s team of passionate people, really, really, really like what they do – and as a result everyone’s strands get the celebrity treatment. We love that you don’t need to behave like a Prima Donna to get hair treatment fit for a diva here!
You’ll find Lily Jackson up a rather unassuming staircase—which, if you know Sydney, is where most of the best finds are. The salon is focused on sustainability, from the products they use to recycling 99% of their waste, so you can have all the feels whilst on your way to your glam transformation. They also specialise in organic hair colouring, hair extensions, straightening and makeup, should you want to go all out.
Oscar Oscar Salon
Oscars are all about luxury, glamour and winning awards. But if your invitation to the red carpet event was lost in the mail, you can still get a similar experience by stopping into the salon of the same name. Fronted by Oscar Cullinan, the twice-awarded Australian Hairdresser of the Year, will leave you with a ‘do that’s definitely worth walking away with a winner’s statute!
Save your 40 winks for another time and check out this Macquarie Street salon before you call it a day. With a passionate and professional team trained in trends and techniques, a perfectly personalised services menu, and luxurious views overlooking the Royal Botanical Gardens, it is indeed the stuff dreams are made of.
Headed up by Mark Jones and Kathy Gilbert, the team at Crown Hair offer some of the best haircuts and colours in Sydney. Taking the time to talk to each of their clients about their wants and needs, you can be assured you’ll leave with hair so good you’ll want to bump into everyone you know on your way home.
Taking out the top gong, QUE Colour specialises in natural colour and healthy hair (AKA the dream). Headed up by colour director Monique McMahon, they are famous for chic cuts and colours, as you would expect from one of Sydney’s trendiest suburbs.
A minimalist salon featuring sleek white stone countertops, floor to ceiling mirrors and beachy wood paneling, Alan Coban has amassed a loyal following in the 20 years since opening his salon doors. Alan is an intuitive stylist, known for precision cutting and breakthrough hair concepts, imparting his wisdom to his dedicated team along the way.
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Image credit: Holly Blake | Strand Arcade