Hair & Beauty

The Best Hairdressers In (And Around) Sydney’s CBD

By Marie-Antoinette Issa
8th Apr 2015

Let’s get down to business… It’s time to talk tresses in the CBD.

We snip and trim our way around the city to find the best hairdressers in Sydney’s CBD (Central Blowdry/Bob/Brunette-to-blonde District). From super cool hair salons in Potts Point to Japanese style hairdressers in the city – we’ve got you (and your strands) covered.

People Hairdressing

Potts Point

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, fronted by the creative team behind Australia’s Next Top Model, Australian Idol, MTV and MTV Australia Awards, will confirm there is nothing “Ordinary” about this hairdresser. 



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! 


Surry Hills

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 

Surry Hills

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, this Surry Hills salon is the perfect place to mix business and pleasure and squeeze in a session with your strands. 

Artis Hairdressing  


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. 

Edwards and Co.  

Surry Hills 

Boss Jaye Edwards makes freelancing look fun… As well as heading his own hair salon, the warehouse space where Edwards and Co. is housed is also home to an eclectic group of talented hair and beauty experts who operate and run their own business. Known as one of the best hairdressers in Sydney, your hair is in good hands with a visit to Edwards and Co. 


Surry Hills

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! 

Wink! Hair 


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. 

Esstudio Galleria 


The E could stand for any number of things – energetic staff, experimental approaches to hair, extensive services menu, excited feeling after exiting! But we’ll just keep it simple and suggest a trip to this rather excellent salon

Crown Hair


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.

Image: Strand Arcade, 2013. Photography by Holly Blake.

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