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!

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.’

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!’

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.’

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!’

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.’

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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Sammy Sammy 12:20 pm 24 Mar 07

I would’ve thought most of the women who visit this site would just get their mullets done at home.

adeptacheese adeptacheese 12:32 pm 24 Mar 07

the hairdresser down at jamison shops is awful and snobby, I can tell you that much.

LlamaFrog LlamaFrog 1:56 pm 24 Mar 07

strange but the best I have found is Nitesh at belconnen.

I-filed I-filed 3:01 pm 24 Mar 07

The Hairdressing in the City. They are in that awful downmarket building St James apartments – but don’t let that put you off. Darren is a brilliant hairdresser. And they’re super friendly, no Attitude. Just don’t let them sell you too much product, the cuts are expensive enough already!

schmerica_ schmerica_ 3:33 pm 24 Mar 07

I try not to get my hair cut in Canberra. $80 to cut my hair just isnt juistifiable to me anymore. Ah, the curses of being a female with long hair.

LaLucha LaLucha 4:19 pm 24 Mar 07

I also go to The. $90 may seem a lot, but my cuts always grow out well, and I still get compliments twelve weeks later.

Edge at O’connor shops is also very good, Sally is an excellent colourist.

Ralph Ralph 4:35 pm 24 Mar 07

I get Pat and Guy to cut my hair at Time Hair Gungahlin.

A fair few of the Raiders go there as well so Pat picks up a lot of good gossip.

iceu iceu 5:19 pm 24 Mar 07

If you don’t want anything too fancy-schmancy, I’ve never had a problem with John Brennan Hair at Belco (the one near Westpac). Something like $35 for a women’s cut.

Enny Enny 6:47 pm 24 Mar 07

Having been ripped off $190(!!!) for a trim and a touch up on my foils at EPIC in Woden the other week, I’m VERY interested in this…

ns ns 7:09 pm 24 Mar 07

Cataldo’s. On the expensive side, but definitely not the most expensive in Canberra. They always do a fantastic job on my colour. Mary and Raylene at Woden are lovely.

For a cheap cut though, you can’t beat any of the Just Cuts stores. But you’re definitely getting what you’re paying for (or not paying for :).

emd emd 10:08 pm 24 Mar 07

I get my hair cut once every year or two, but I like the Ainslie Hair Inn. Reasonable prices, good cuts.

assailant assailant 12:04 pm 25 Mar 07

Ora Hair in Woden: they offer a glass of wine or coffee, the best haircut I have ever had, fantastic prices and great people!

sheer sheer 12:56 pm 25 Mar 07

Mest in Manuka are great too.

But I second Schmerica’s sentiments – until I moved to Canberra I never realised there could be a 2 week waiting list for the privilege of paying eighty bucks for a haircut.

astrojax astrojax 1:31 pm 25 Mar 07

have to say gianni ciacia is canberra’s best cutter, at his ‘axis’ salon in barry drive. dunno why anyone’d go anywhere else.

must say, it can be devestating when your haircutter leaves you…

b2 b2 11:52 pm 25 Mar 07

i solved the rip off hair cut problem by doing it myself, pretty easy and not actually as bad as I know you are all thinking!

bonfire bonfire 9:48 am 26 Mar 07

martinos hair for men behind king omalleys in civic.

always an excellent haircut.

i was talked into just cuts ONCE. shocking haircut, which i had to get repaired the next weekend at martinos.

25 bucks for a cut is good as well.

disturbingly i noticed a candle and some zen rocks in there last weekend though.

schmerica_ schmerica_ 10:12 am 26 Mar 07

I wish I could cut my own hair… its just long enough to be awkward.

My big birthday is arriving… I’m turning 21. I desperately need a haircut for my party, so does anyone know of anywhere in Woden that specialises in Womens cuts?

Delbosca Delbosca 12:30 pm 26 Mar 07

Gianni Ciaccia – AXIS he is molto fresco (very Cool)

snowstorm snowstorm 1:03 pm 26 Mar 07

Shi in Kingston is the way to go

On the pricey side, but you get what you pay for

Gertrude Gertrude 9:16 pm 26 Mar 07

Q Hair at Ainslie. They are the best salon I’ve ever found. Great cuts, reasonable prices and good colourists. Plus, they’re all really nice people. That’s important when someone is holding an instrument for spraying hot water right near your face.

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