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Best hair salons in Canberra?

By Emily Morris - 1 August 2017 17

Best hairdresser in Canberra

This has been updated for August 2017

Are you looking for a good Canberra hairdresser but don’t know where to start? Here are my recommendations for what to look for when selecting a new salon and stylist:

  • Do the staff at the salon all have the same hairstyle? This is not a good sign (unless that’s the exact look you’re going for!).
  • Does the person cutting your hair suggest styles that suit your face and body shape, or simply push the latest trend on you?
  • Do they ask about your lifestyle? If you want a “wash and wear” style, your stylist should take this into account, and not give you a cut that needs blow drying or straightening every morning.
  • If you’ve made an appointment, is your stylist on time or have they tried to squeeze in another customer before your appointment? I’ve heard that some salons don’t allow staff to turn away ANY customers, meaning your appointment could be delayed because of a walk in.
  • Do they put more effort into selling extras (including shampoo, conditioners and extra treatments) than they put into providing a good cut or colour?
  • Do they frequently change the products they use, and then need to reassess what product works best for each client? This is particularly relevant for colour treatments, and can be a pain if you have already taken the time to find products that work for you.
  • If your hairdresser is sick or cannot make an appointment, does the salon give you a call to check whether someone else could do your hair, or just wait till you turn up and assume this will be okay?
  • Do they gossip about other clients? Beware – they may talk about you, too!

Another tip for finding a good hairdresser is if you see someone with great hair, ask them where they got it done! This goes double if their hair is similar in texture to yours.

If you’re looking for a new salon to try, Bond Hair Religion in Kingston recently won the NSW/ACT Salon Business of the Year and Australian Salon Business of the Year 2015. The awards recognise the salon as having the highest customer excellence in facilities, environment, customer care, services, menu and training.

Otherwise, I’ve asked a few locals for their recommendations, check them out below and feel free to add your own in the comments section!

I’d recommend Kayla at Sculptures at the Kippax shops, the whole team are great, friendly and well priced.
– Laura, Queanbeyan

I love Pony and Pins for their relaxed vibe and fantastic products. Carolina is always willing to have a chat and give you exactly you want. She does great cuts for guys too! My partner and I always go together and leave super happy every time.
– Sophie, Red Hill

I have been going to Kristen at Sibu for almost 4 years. I have very thick and wavy hair and Kristen always listens to what I want, explains what will work best for me and takes the time and care that my hair needs.
– Juliette, Kaleen

Off London is a first rate salon and the staff there are friendly and professional. As well as being amazing stylist, Luke is a genuinely lovely person and I always walk out feeling great.
– Eleanor, Lyneham

Leslie Henshaw at Next Hair in Braddon is a genius. When I first moved to Canberra no hairdresser could get the blonde I wanted, it always turned out brassy. Leslie was and still is my saviour! He does a killer blonde (and pink, purple or anything in between if you dare!) and knows how to make your lightened locks look amazing (and surprisingly natural!). I’ve had everything from shoulder-length hair to French bobs to pixie cuts, and Leslie gets the cut spot on every time.
– Phoebe, Weston Creek

I’d recommend Anita Nallo at Antons. She listens to my needs and I always leave happy.
– Clare, Aranda

Cosmo in Dickson is great, I love that they spend extra time giving me a head massage!
– Steven, Hackett

I like Axis in Braddon because all the staff are trained to a really high standard. They know what they’re doing and they’re very consultative – they don’t do anything without fully explaining it (as well as providing a quote before they start). They also really look after you, offering coffee (from a proper coffee machine), wine/beer, juice etc, as well as iPads to use.
– Alexandra, Braddon

I’d recommend Antics in Civic. The ladies who run it have been doing it for years and they’re the only hairdressers who have been able to give me exactly what I ask for.
– Sophia, Reid

I’ve been going to Creative Image in Kambah since I was a teenager. There’s no beer or fancy coffee machines but they do stock all of the That’s Life magazines you could ever imagine reading. They really know how to do colours and won’t do things they know won’t suit you, which is why I never leave with a centre part or a pixie crop, which I’ve asked for more than once!
– Amy, Kingston

I’ve been going to Axis since I was 12 and I’d highly recommend them. They’re a family run business with great pre cut services and massages, drinks etc.
– Scott, Lyneham

I’ve recently been to Erindale Hair Centre and it was pretty great – they are happy to work with hesitant or nervous kids and have great products. The hairdressers (namely Ryder) were also understanding and helpful in fixing my bottle-dye catastrophe! They are a tad pricey but are happy to throw in a treatment to ensure that you get the best result.
– Kate, Calwell

Do you have any salon or stylist recommendations? What about hair disasters (please share all embarrassing details!)? Let us know in the comments!

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17 Responses to
Best hair salons in Canberra?
pink little birdie 11:10 am 27 May 15

Hair by Charles in Civic is fantastic.
But I have the long, thick, co-operative hair that hairdressers like to play with but don’t get too very often… (because it’s also that the girls tend to have this type of hair are lazy with it and it takes ages at a hairdresser).

adamciaccia 9:40 pm 26 May 15

timesup said :

MrLonsdale24 said :

My wife and I live in the Mode3 Building on Lonsdale St above the Axis Hairdressing Salon. The place is always full. My wife who is a client of Adam booked a haircut walking in off the street on a Saturday morning, The salon was full but they said they could do it if I waited 20 min. I was taken to a waiting area that resembled a cool micro cafe. They had a selection of beverages that blew my mind. Peroni beer, a wine of the day(I think it was a white/champagne) A variety of coconut water, juice, Coffee, herbal and regular teas…???????????? I was impressed. After one of the best coffees I’ve had in Lonsdale St(and I’m not joking) I was taken in to my chair, the person taking me in asked me to autograph the mirror? Cool, I wrote my name on the mirror. I had a brief chat about the cut, I like a fade with a part. Amazing shampoo/massage. Haircut was without doubt the best I’ve ever had

Axis might make a better cafe than hairdressers then, depending on what you value!

I didn’t want to hang around a noisy hairdresser salon for hours so I asked Gianni for an appointment at the quietest time, 9am on a Tuesday. I was kept waiting nearly half an hour before the consult with Adam, then again for a while after the wash so a trim (no colour, no change, he’d cut it at least 20 times before) took an hour and half. Not worth it.

Axis is a salon that is proud of its high positive energy, which music is a large part of, Axis isn’t open for clients on Tuesday mornings. 8:30-11:30am on Tuesday’s for the Last 22years have been allocated to closed in salon training. If your appointment was at 9am, it would have had to have been on a Wednesday or Saturday because they are the only days I start at 9am. It’s highly unlikely that I would run 30min late for my first appointment at 9am, but it may have been a day that the traffic was bad after doing school drop off for the kids, I’m not perfect. If I have cut your hair 20 times before I would have hoped you know me well enough to call me regarding your experience than post it here, and there is no way it would have taken 1.5 hours to cut your hair. Feel free to email me adam@axishair.com.au if you would like to discuss further, I take customer feedback seriously as a major part of my business development strategies

Kind regards
-A
http://www.facebook.com/adamhairstylist

timesup 8:55 pm 24 May 15

MrLonsdale24 said :

My wife and I live in the Mode3 Building on Lonsdale St above the Axis Hairdressing Salon. The place is always full. My wife who is a client of Adam booked a haircut walking in off the street on a Saturday morning, The salon was full but they said they could do it if I waited 20 min. I was taken to a waiting area that resembled a cool micro cafe. They had a selection of beverages that blew my mind. Peroni beer, a wine of the day(I think it was a white/champagne) A variety of coconut water, juice, Coffee, herbal and regular teas…???????????? I was impressed. After one of the best coffees I’ve had in Lonsdale St(and I’m not joking) I was taken in to my chair, the person taking me in asked me to autograph the mirror? Cool, I wrote my name on the mirror. I had a brief chat about the cut, I like a fade with a part. Amazing shampoo/massage. Haircut was without doubt the best I’ve ever had

Axis might make a better cafe than hairdressers then, depending on what you value!

I didn’t want to hang around a noisy hairdresser salon for hours so I asked Gianni for an appointment at the quietest time, 9am on a Tuesday. I was kept waiting nearly half an hour before the consult with Adam, then again for a while after the wash so a trim (no colour, no change, he’d cut it at least 20 times before) took an hour and half. Not worth it.

MrLonsdale24 8:31 pm 23 May 15

My wife and I live in the Mode3 Building on Lonsdale St above the Axis Hairdressing Salon. The place is always full. My wife who is a client of Adam booked a haircut walking in off the street on a Saturday morning, The salon was full but they said they could do it if I waited 20 min. I was taken to a waiting area that resembled a cool micro cafe. They had a selection of beverages that blew my mind. Peroni beer, a wine of the day(I think it was a white/champagne) A variety of coconut water, juice, Coffee, herbal and regular teas…???????????? I was impressed. After one of the best coffees I’ve had in Lonsdale St(and I’m not joking) I was taken in to my chair, the person taking me in asked me to autograph the mirror? Cool, I wrote my name on the mirror. I had a brief chat about the cut, I like a fade with a part. Amazing shampoo/massage. Haircut was without doubt the best I’ve ever had

zllauh 6:39 pm 29 Mar 15

i have heard a lot about this la bimbi hair salon.
never tried though. If there are some cheap but still good salons , please tell 😛

carnardly 4:04 pm 29 Mar 15

it doesn’t NEED to be redone every 6-8 weeks. You CHOOSE to do that.

The sky won’t fall in if you don’t colour your hair as you do now, and you can accept what mother nature has given you and grow old gracefully. okay- you might look like a skunk with a stripe down the middle until it grows out, or you an cut it short and start again.

If you don’t like the money side of things, that’s fine, but nobody is putting a gun to your head forcing you to do it….

pruemz 9:51 pm 27 Mar 15

A price comparison is a good idea. I’ve been loyal to my hairdresser for nearly 20 years but the prices are high and getting very close to the $300 mark for colour and cut – which needs to be repeated every 6 – 8 weeks. I try to save money by not going to the premier cutter but it is just getting too expensive. Am going bohemian and am now at month 4 without a cut or colour.

Jinny287 8:05 pm 27 Mar 15

Grace at Shine hair salon in the city is fantastic. Always has great ideas and the service at this salon is second to none. I have been going here for about four years definitely worth a try.

marcothepolopony 2:44 pm 27 Mar 15

At a reasonable price try CIT Hair and Beauty school at Reid.
Appointments are available 9am–4:30pm, Monday – Thursday.
6207 3246

sportsmum 10:25 am 27 Mar 15

I’d be interested in a bit of a price comparison between hairdressers and the services they offer. OVer the years I’ve found a massive difference in price for the same services, with no discernible difference in the outcome. Next hair in Braddon was the most expensive colour I ever had – around the $300 mark for a half head of foils, whereas a mobile hairdresser did just as good a job of the same service for $120.

Brianna 8:52 pm 26 Mar 15

girl_about_town said :

Paul at Mattise in Belconnen is amazing http://www.matissehairandbeauty.com.au/ I always get comments on my great hair. Its not to $$ and can go to a beautician at the same time.

I have to agree. Paul at Matisse in Belconnen is great. Found him and not going anywhere now!

ButterflyBlack 8:19 pm 26 Mar 15

Meki Hair in Bruce is amazing! I have been going there for 6+ years and you NEVER get a bad haircut! See https://www.facebook.com/Mekihair

girl_about_town 4:32 pm 26 Mar 15

Paul at Mattise in Belconnen is amazing http://www.matissehairandbeauty.com.au/ I always get comments on my great hair. Its not to $$ and can go to a beautician at the same time.

Maya123 11:26 am 26 Mar 15

Hairdressers are too expensive for me. I would rather spend my saved money elsewhere. I find they are a waste of money and time, although time is personal and how you want to spend it is up to the individual. I just find going to a hairdresser boring. I get my hair cut for free. My mother cut it last night for me. It’s many years since I’ve paid to have my hair cut.

Amy Birchall 10:10 am 26 Mar 15

My worst hair disaster was trying to go from dyed dark brown to blonde with a chemical stripper from the chemist. Never again.

I ended up with bright orange hair like Ronald McDonald and had to wait two weeks to get it fixed. $300 and several hours later, and it was still more orange than blonde. A very expensive mistake!

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