Surely we can all agree that selecting a new institution to entrust your precious tresses is a big freaking deal. Behold, the bible of hair trustees around good ol’ Syd town you can head to for a simple blow-dry or a ‘new-do, new-you’ balayage.
Without any messin’ around guys, here are 18 of Sydney’s best hairdressers.
Usfin Atelier | St Peters
Cutting stations are, well, pretty damn cutting edge here. They’re custom-made, giant-sized aluminium beauty cases, which are totally mobile and can be closed up and packed away to make way for hair events, seminars, and artist collabs. Each glossy styling pod offers a more intimate experience too, so you can sit back and enjoy your styling time in peace, or share your juiciest gossip and life woes with your stylist in seclusion.
Headcase Hair | Paddington
Headcase Hair has been a hair institution for decades now. The team here is renowned for nailing natural yet fashion-forward looks and they’ve been donned as one of the best salons in Paddington mostly due to the stellar talent they have colouring and chopping on the regular. On one side you’ve got John Pulitano, just casually one of the top hair stylists in the biz who has worked for over 10 years on fashion week shows in NYC, Paris, Milan, London and Australia. On the other, his partner Vincent Nobile, has been one of Australia’s leading colourist for over twenty years. So yeah, Headcase is a pretty big deal.
QUE Colour | Darlinghurst
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.
Crown Hair | Darlinghurst
Crown Hair is the place to go if you are after that special one-on-one treatment and a haircut tailored especially to your face and body (yes, body).
Esstudio Galleria | Chippendale
Esstudio Galleria is a beauty parlour and hair salon conveniently located in one of Sydney’s inner-city creative hubs, Chippendale. The décor is old school cool, complete with wing chair, antique chandelier and traditional barbershop chairs. Going beyond caring for the hair on top of your head, Esstudio Galleria will also tame your facial hair with beard trims or a good old-fashioned shave.
Judena | North Bondi
Nailing every hair trend Judena is full of experts, with both the founder and creative director part of the L’Oreal ID Artistic team. Specialist in colouring they go a step above the rest creating a personalised colour based on your complexion and eye colour.
AlanaKristian | Rose Bay
AlanaKristian is a boutique hair and beauty salon residing on Sydney’s harbour edge in the leafy suburb of Rose Bay. When it comes to hair extensions, these guys are the experts, specialising in Great Lengths Hair Extension application and, since they are also the flagship salon for Kerastase in Australia, you can expect to-the-minute products from this luxury hair care brand.
Cabelo Culture | Pyrmont
Black to red ombre, botched colour fixes and radical crops are all on the cards at Cabelo Culture. They allow their killer work to speak for itself rather than relying on gimmicky ploys to draw you in and we’d say their plan is working pretty well.
Royals Hair & Beauty | Castle Hill
Conveniently located in Castle Towers Shopping Centre, this local staple has had a huge (and we mean HUGE) facelift in recent years. Rightly considered the best in The Hills, Royals Hair & Beauty is a fail-safe salon where you can expect a little bit of luxury without ever leaving the ‘burbs. Another big tick for Royals is that they now use ammonia-free hair colour, so you can indulge in a little makeover without worrying about any harsh chemicals.
Alan Coban | CBD
A minimalist salon featuring sleek white stone countertops, floor to ceiling mirrors and beachy wood panelling, 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.
Audrey & Him | Newtown
Tucked away in the heart of hipsterville, Audrey & Him is a boutique salon that is heaving with local talent. With a standout team of senior stylists, when you step through their retro, understated art deco style salon, you know you’re in the hands of a profesh with the tastiest taste. From Cezanne Keratin treatment to purple and grey-toned hair colour, the team at Audrey & Him have it in the bag.
Head Over Heels | Newtown
Another point goes to the Inner West with Head Over Heels, located on bustling King Street in Newtown. A collective of inspired artists, Head Over Heels is all raw timber communal tables and lush ferns hanging from the walls. Does that sound like an oasis to you? Yeah, us too.
Bixie | Caringbah
Looking out for Sydney’s Southern dwellers is Bixie Colour, a specialist hair salon lead by one of Australia’s most in demand and trusted hair colourists; Sheree Knobel. They are committed to constant education and development, so you can bet your bob that you will reap the benefits.
Adilla Collab | Double Bay
Home to renowned hairdressers Frankie Endersbee and Rhiannon DiMaria, Adilla Collab is a super impressive hair salon. Both Frankie and Rhiannon have worked international fashion shows and with some of the biggest names in fashion (hello Naomi Campbell) so you know your hair is in good hands.
Adilla Barbers | Double Bay
Catering their grooming services for the modern gentleman is Adilla Barbers the brother store to Adilla Collab. They provide everything from cuts and styling to hot towel shaves and facials.
A Loft Story | Newtown
A Loft Story is more than just a hair salon, it’s a gallery, fashion boutique and cafe, so you can browse and relax while you wait for your colour to set.
Lily Jackson | Darlinghurst
Taking care of hair since 1998, Lily Jackson is a sleek and minimal salon with a focus on environmental sustainability, recycling 95% of waste. Complete your look with their makeup artists who use the salon's own range of mineral makeup.
RAW Anthony Nader | Surry Hills
Raw Anthony Nader is the go-to stylist for the publishing and fashion industry. The stylists at RAW have worked with many Australian and International Celebrities- we’re talking Cate Blanchett, Gisele Bundchen and Hugh Jackman to name a few.
Brown Sugar Hair & Beauty | Coogee
Brown Sugar Hair and Beauty is the one-stop shop for all things beauty. Downstairs the salon is a mix of rustic and contemporary sophistication. Journey upstairs for all your beauty needs—waxing, tanning, skin treatments and manicures.
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