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Best Hair Salons in Canberra

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Looking for a top-quality hair salon in Canberra but not sure where to start? You’ve landed in the right place. We’ve consulted our readers’ feedback and come up with a stellar list of hairdressers in the region that’ll leave your locks perfectly styled.

What makes a quality Hair Salon?

How can you make sure your trip to the salon ends with a great head of hair – not instant regret? We suggest keeping an eye out for the following traits:

  • Experienced staff. The best hair salons in Canberra hire fully trained staff with years of on-the-job experience. They know exactly how to achieve the specific look you want. And, if you’re not sure, they’ll guide you towards a style that will flatter your features.
  • A great reputation. One of the best ways to gauge the quality of a salon is to read up on client reviews. Have others been happy with their results? If so, you’re more likely to be happy with yours.
  • Fairly priced. There’s no doubt about it, hairdressers can be pricy. At the end of the day, you should get what you pay for.
  • Excellent colouring skills. Hair colouring is a whole other challenge. The best in the industry can mix the perfect shade for your colouring.
  • Perfect hygiene. There’s nothing worse than entering a hair salon with hair everywhere, questionable combs, brushes and a suspicious pile of towels in the corner. Always look for a clean and hygienic salon.

The Top Hair Salons in Canberra

RiotACT’s editorial team has combed through 19 years of on-site comments to compile a list of the most recommended businesses according to you.

To be listed in our Best of Canberra series, each business needs to have consistently received positive feedback on RiotACT and Facebook as well as maintaining a minimum average of 4/5 stars on Google.

Ready to transform your look and achieve the locks you’ve always wanted? Let’s go!

Shine Hairdressing

At the new location in Franklin, Emily and her team of exceptional hairdressers enjoy producing the best salon experience for all clients. With a focus on finer details and personalised services, the coffee you drink will be exactly how you like it. Facebook reviewer Olivia says: ‘I love this salon and all the staff that work there. The wonderful team at Shine have been keeping my hair beautiful for the past 10 years.’

Franco of Canberra Hair Salon

Ever evolving and always delivering, Franco’s has been in business for 62 years. Senior stylist Francesca is travelling to Switzerland as the national representative in the Intercoiffure team. With the added benefits of new premises, updated techniques and unique projects, Franco’s is always cozy, whilst ensuring excellent hairstyling outcomes. Facebook reviewer Maddie JF says: ‘Absolutely so impressed by the service and my end result. It was just a great experience!’

Cataldo's Salon

Karen, Emilio and Angelo pride themselves on their award-winning salon and team of 16 colourist and stylists, both master and emerging. With a full price list on the website, no price point anxiety will occur as you know exactly what you will be paying for. Great quality work and impeccable service. Facebook reviewer Karen says: ‘From the minute I walk in the door to the minute I walk out feeling like a superstar! I always leave feeling ready to take on the world.’

Antics Hair

Antics hair focuses on cut, colour and style via excellent and realistic consultations. Being one of Canberra’s highest regarded salons, Antics pride themselves on quality and consistency. Facebook reviewer Rebecca says: ‘A big thanks to Cindy, Jian and Kiki for excellent service today. It was my first time at a new hairdresser based on RiotACT review and they did not disappoint.’

Anton's Hair Studio

Contemporary hair designs or latest fashion styles, Anton and his family will ensure that you feel a part of the family. Located in the city, Anton’s stock beautiful hair products and are dedicated to each client, making sure your next haircut experience is excellent.  Google reviewer Kickaxo96 says: ‘I will continuously rave about this place because each time I leave feeling like a new me!’

The Best Hair Salons in Canberra According to You

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

Who did you pick?

Thanks to our commenters who have provided insightful feedback, if you believe we have got it wrong, please let us know.

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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jane arnold jane arnold 4:55 pm 28 Jul 17

I followed recommendations here and found Wayne Robinson – Now at Fabric at kingston btw…. I went today and am seriously so happy with my haircut. I have curly hair & avoid haircuts because I’m usually disappointed – curly hair is tricky! I totally agree with other comments – Wayne really listens, is very attentive and clearly understands curly hair issues. He took extra time to blow dry my hair really nicely as well (not easy to get right!). 10 out of 10 and big thumbs up for Wayne!

Maya123 Maya123 10:19 am 24 Jan 17

My mother cuts my hair. She doesn’t charge. She does as well as any hair dresser I have been to.

I haven’t been to a hairdresser in maybe twenty years. Are women still charged more than men to have their hair cut?

Ticklepink Ticklepink 9:17 am 24 Jan 17

Cut It Long!!! I’ve tried alot of hairdressers in the past 20yrs of getting my hair dyed & no one has come close to having skills like Peta. She’d better never retire because I would have to leave Canberra to find a hairdresser who can do what she does. Absolutely a most talented artist with hair & always keeping studied up with all new hair product technology. Definitely Peta at Cut It Long.

JemmaB JemmaB 12:09 am 15 Dec 16

Peta from Cut It Long. Her knowledge on hair is extraordinary! She has managed my hair throughout several pregnancies, kept it healthy and looking natural (while hiding my greys)! She ensures her knowledge and training is current of products and moving trends within the industry. She’s amazing! She also keeps my hubby looking fab with men’s cuts and beard trims!

miller1693 miller1693 10:43 pm 13 Dec 16

The Gungahlin barber Dylan Limon was amazing when cutting my hair. Highly recommend this gentleman for any style of haircut. From the male before me reviving a fade to my long hair. He tends to all customers needs with incredible precision. Amazing.

Maryan Maryan 10:30 am 13 Dec 16

Well, we seem to have a lot of really good hairdressers/stylists in Canberra. Aren’t we lucky?
I want to share my stylist in the list. Jenni at Bond Hair Religion in Kingston is outstanding. Not only does she do great things with my double crown & double cowlic & keep it interesting, her salon also does exciting things with my young adult daughter.
Also, she is very environmentally aware, recycling something like 98-99% of everything that goes through her salon, including chemicals. She raises money for survivers of child abuse by going things like walk Kakoda & has this year set up her own charity I think.
As if this were not enough, she has taken out so many professional awards I can’t count, the latest being recieved in Darwin for trainer of the year or something. She’s stunning on all fronts.

Jane Speechley Jane Speechley 9:54 am 13 Dec 16

One for the guys! I have to give a shout out to my dear friends – Darren Jones, who many will know from The Hairdressing, and Nicolle Keyes, marketing guru for FashFest this year – who have just realised a long-held dream in opening up their new retro-styled barbershop.

Classic, simple cuts, trims and shaves with old-fashioned customer service – and you can have a beer! #winning

http://www.theuglybarber.com.au

Melissa Carrington Melissa Carrington 8:17 am 13 Dec 16

Martine from Capital Hair at Parliament House is awesome!

Sammi Sammi 8:17 am 13 Dec 16

Peta Jackson at Cut it long in Theodore. She is an anmazing person and the BEST hairdresser I know!

Rachel Ziv Rachel Ziv 8:10 am 13 Dec 16

The gals at Cooleman Hair in Cooleman Court. Very friendly and always do a great job at a good price.

CeeRinn CeeRinn 6:17 am 13 Dec 16

Peta at Cut It Long is by far Canberras best hairdresser. I’ve been to 5 of the salons on the list above and none compare to Peta. Her knowledge and passion for hair is amazing, I won’t go anywhere else!

charizard1984 charizard1984 11:02 pm 12 Dec 16

No one knows hair like Peta from Cut It Long. She’s so much fun to be around and always make sure you walk out looking and feeling like a rockstar.

hannahmc hannahmc 10:39 pm 12 Dec 16

Peta at Cut It Long is amazing. I have a tempremental scalp and it has caused much anxiety (and discrimination) in the past. She has made me feel at ease and has helped find products that I dont react to and has given much guidance.
It has taken me a long time to find someone I can trust and isnt just there to do a job. She genuinely cares about the end result

sezbez sezbez 10:33 pm 12 Dec 16

Peta at Cut it Long in Theodore – by far the best in Canberra!

Madam Cholet Madam Cholet 9:45 pm 12 Dec 16

Smitten closed and moved to Kingston and is now called something like ‘A brace of Hares’.

My vote goes to Amanda at Simona in Torrens. One of the few I’ve come across who cat cut curly hair. They aren’t open at the weekend or Mondays, but are open late every other day which is miles better than any other hairdresser which gets booked up at the weekends only. They also don’t push products at you.

Lucy Wilson Lucy Wilson 12:15 pm 12 Dec 16

Danny from Hair by Danny & Jess in Kingston gets my vote.

K_c24 K_c24 11:04 am 12 Dec 16

Naz at TGs Fyshwick is a superstar colourist! Has been fixing my colour gradually after a stuff up at another salon this time last year.

Gt1 Gt1 10:17 pm 03 Oct 16

If, like me, your normal salon makes a dreadful mistake and accidentally dyes your hair wicked witch black, there is still hope! I have very long, thick, frizzy, unruly hair and four separate high-end Civic colour specialist salons told me there was nothing I could do without risking a huge reddish Afro if I tried to return it to its normal brown. Then I decided to try one more option and stopped in at Sing Song in Westfields Woden two days ago and they completely restored it to its healthy, brown best with a top notch balayage for a flat $200. So, at the risk of losing my access to instant appointments due to higher customer volume, I must offer the highest praise for and recommend Sing Song in Woden.

JesintaBale JesintaBale 3:29 pm 22 Sep 16

Innovative wigs in Braddon are amazing- http://innovativewigscanberra.com.au/ I have been going to them for the past 2 years and it is always a great experience there. I recently tried their wigs too you know with all the Kylie Jenner craze going around. They were great. Does anybody know any other wig places in Canberra?

yellowredme yellowredme 10:58 am 18 Dec 15

Visited the beautician at Canberra Hair and Beauty in Belconnen last week and was so impressed that today I strayed from my normal hairdresser (who was on other side of town, had to book weeks in advance, $$$ & he was sometimes an artiste that made me wait). I’m normally happy to pay handsomely for an excellent wash, cut and blow dry for my hard to control hair, but today the cost (for me) was very reasonable and the cut excellent. There is free parking at the door, I had a complementary plunger coffee, the aircon was lovely and my young hairdresser (who had great hair herself – that always reassures me) was so quick. They are hard to find, their entry is off the carpark behind Kingsley’s Chicken in Belco, I think the address is Rae Street.

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