Here at Urban List, we’re big fans of finding "the one", but whether you’re in a committed relationship with your stylist, or you fall into the not-so-loyal category, choosing a hair salon can almost be as difficult as deciding what type of cut to get.
While we can easily equate finding the right salon to the pitfalls of dating, this time we’ve done the matchmaking for you, and compiled a comprehensive list of the best salons to visit in Sydney/Eora. Keep scrolling through to check out the list ahead—and don’t forget to bookmark these for your next appointment.
QVB 455 George St, Sydney | 180-186 Campbell Parade, Bondi Beach
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Helmed by Diane Gorgievski, much-loved Bondi salon, Koda Cutters, has recently had a major upgrade with the addition of its chic Sydney CBD location. Offering up the same great service that’s long been synonymous with their Bondi salon, Koda Cutters distinguishes itself through its expertise in crafting its signature cool-girl, editorial-inspired cuts and captivating colour treatments.
For those looking to indulge in something a little extra, we recommend elevating your salon experience with an exclusive "K-Blow" or luxuriate with a rejuvenating "Hair Facial"—an experience that’s testaments to Koda Cutter's commitment to excellence and avant-garde beauty services.
242 Oxford Street, Paddington and 91-93 Macleay Street, Potts Point
Consistently revered as one of Sydney's top salons, Headcase Hair is a veritable institution and has sculpted and styled some of the finest locks in Sydney for over a decade.
With two salon locations, conveniently placed in both Potts Point and Paddington, securing an appointment with one of their highly skilled team members is never too far out of reach. With a consistent track record of accolades, whether you’re looking for a fresh cut, colour or styling for a special occasion, both you (and your hair) are sure to be in good hands.
1/227 Victoria Street, Darlinghurst
Emerging as a fresh presence, Salon Her transcends the traditional definition of a hair salon by embodying a sanctuary for relaxation.
Nestled within a thoughtfully designed and expansive space, Salon Her beckons as the ideal retreat to carve out a moment for yourself. Whether you’re after a simple trim or a complete hair transformation, you can trust the team at Salon Her to bring out the very best in your hair.
5/591 George Street, Sydney
Hidden down a Sydney city laneway, Usfin Atelier’s salon exudes an industrial and futuristic ambience that will have you immediately booking another appointment.
Distinguished by its commitment to fashion-forward aesthetics, Usfin is a haven for those seeking expressive cuts and colours. If you want to get a better feel for the types of hair transformations the team are capable of, a visit to their Instagram is a must, as they regularly share client consultations and impressive before-and-afters.
Raw By Anthony Nader
100 Commonwealth Street, Surry Hills
If it’s expertise and experience that you’re after, look no further than Raw by Anthony Nader. With nearly two decades' worth of experience, salon owner and famed stylist, Anthony Nader, is likely the man behind many of your favourite celebrities and influencers' hair transformations.
Whether you're envisioning a complete refresh with a stunning colour makeover or simply seeking a flawless blow-dry, you can trust that your hair is in capable hands when making an appointment here. Also, the salon's incredible head massage experience is one of the best in Sydney.
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Eyre By Rory Rice
Suite 5, 13 Kirketon Road, Darlinghurst
Nestled discreetly above the bustling streets of Darlinghurst with a commanding view of William Street, Eyre by Rory Rice is a hidden gem.
Established by hair innovator and editorial stylist, Rory Rice, this chic and relaxed salon boasts a solid roster of expert stylists poised to elevate even the most straightforward cuts and colours to new heights. Whether it’s a transformative hair experience that you’re after or just a quick refresh, you can’t go wrong in the skilled hands of this salon.
178 Liverpool Street, Darlinghurst
For a hair transformation that leaves an indelible mark, you can’t look past the term of expert colourists at Que Colour. Specialists in nailing the perfect colour brief every single time, the team at Que takes their expert craft super seriously.
With a dedicated emphasis on care, they go above and beyond, prioritising the long-term health of both your scalp and hair. This ensures you can trust that your locks will not only look beautifully cut and coloured, but will remain as healthy and happy as possible throughout the entire process.
320 Oxford Street, Paddington
A welcome retreat from busy Oxford Street, Paloma Salon, helmed by award-winning stylist Paloma Garcia, is a go-to for many in the know Sydneysiders. Whether you want a trim, colour or blow-dry, the expert team can handle everything from complete hair transformations to event-ready styling.
Short on time? You can’t go past Paloma’s express styling service that will have you looking (and feeling) like a new person in only 20 minutes.
20-22 Elizabeth Street, Paddington and 86 William Street, Paddington
Experts in precision cutting, Valonz is the place to go when you want to be at the forefront of innovation. Helmed by the acclaimed celebrity and editorial stylist Renya Xydis, the salon sets an unparalleled standard, going above and beyond to deliver both exceptional service and cutting-edge treatments.
At Valonz, the commitment to excellence is not just a promise; it's a guarantee. Whether you’re after styling advice or product recommendations, you can be confident that you’ll have access to both some of the best minds and products in the market.
281 Old South Head Road, Bondi Beach
Understanding that hair is a powerful form of self-expression, the team at Mob Hair takes the time to listen to your style preferences and hair aspirations, using this information to work their magic and create a look that truly reflects your personality.
Beyond just simple styling, the salon's welcoming environment ensures you’ll always leave your appointments feeling relaxed and refreshed from head to toe.
3/325 King Street, Newtown
While it might be hard to secure an appointment thanks to their loyal clientele, it’s worth the wait to visit the team at A.H Salon. Located in Newtown, this boutique salon not only offers a stylist retreat but also has an array of services that can cater to almost any hair transformation, challenge or request.
From expert haircuts and custom colours to soothing scalp massages, every treatment is delivered with the utmost care and attention to ensure a relaxing and rejuvenating experience.
130-144, Cleveland Street, Chippendale
If you have curly, frizzy or textured hair—this is the salon for you. Rumbie is a one-of-its-kind for Australia being one of the only curl-specialising salons that works with all types of curl patterns, making it one of the best choices for curly hair in Sydney.
Taking pride in understanding the diverse needs of its clientele, the salon offers a variety of tailored treatments (including a dedicated curl menu) to ensure you’ll always leave the salon feeling empowered and confident.
700 Military Road, Mosman and 35/277 Crown Street, Surry Hills
This stylish and contemporary salon has long been a go-to destination for those seeking a hair transformation on the lower North Shore, however dedicated customers on the other side of the bridge will be happy to hear that the salon has recently opened a new Surry Hills location.
The team of skilled stylists is passionate about ensuring you walk away with a cut and colour that will suit your unique style and is always ready to offer expert advice and recommendations to help you get the most out of your hair both at home and in the salon.
Sophie Roberts Hair
37 Orwell Street, Potts Point
Tucked away on Orwell Street in Potts Point, this single chair salon, once a barber shop, is now the brainchild of Australia's editorial hair maestro, Sophie Roberts. Roberts' resume reads like a who's who in the fashion world, having worked for Vogue, Harper's Bazaar and Vanity Fair, as well as celebrity names like Nicole Kidman, Dua Lipa, and Margot Robbie.
Securing a coveted seat in her chair is more than just a salon visit; it's a beauty blessing. However, this is no ordinary salon experience. Picture a 90-minute one-on-one session, accessible by appointment only, where you and Roberts will collaborate to bring your dream haircut or style to life.
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