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Best Hair Salons in Canberra


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!

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!’

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.’

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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373 Responses to Best Hair Salons in Canberra
Skidbladnir Skidbladnir 3:25 pm 22 Jan 08

Being offered extras is a gimmick, generally used to cover that you are paying too much.

If businesses suddenly start focussing all their attentions on you, you’re either a marketing test case or they’re trying to widen a revenue stream rather than increase revenue sources.

If people are giving away extras to you as a ‘ valued special customer’, you should be worried that you’re paying too much.

If you want a haircut, pay for a haircut.
If you want wine, buy wine at market rates.
If you want to share wine with a hairdresser, make them pay for their share.

scumdorg scumdorg 3:37 pm 22 Jan 08

If you are a male I’d suggest you shave your head altogether with a razor and shaving cream. It is all the rage at the moment and gives you a tough guy look. No more dandruff either.

Sands Sands 3:44 pm 22 Jan 08

Skid’s right, the attention doesn’t last. They’ll suck you in with the wines and the ooo’s and the aaah’s and the head massages, then after you keep going back and they think they’ve got you, the extra attention slowly dwindles until your normal hairdresser comes over to just ‘consult’ on your hair but gets the apprentice to do it – and at the same rate of course.

Gungahlin Al Gungahlin Al 3:47 pm 22 Jan 08

Am I the only one who’s noticed the hairdressing and grooming articles running side-by-side here??

(Sorry – I tried not to post this, but couldn’t help it…)

farout farout 4:16 pm 22 Jan 08

My shih-tzu’s haircut costs $45. But thats reasonable considering he keeps trying to escape, pisses on the clippers and humps the groomers leg.

Sammy Sammy 6:18 pm 22 Jan 08

thats reasonable considering he keeps trying to escape, pisses on the clippers and humps the groomers leg

I do most of that to my hairdresser (see earlier comments) and still pay nothing!

The Jas The Jas 7:50 pm 22 Jan 08

Depends what you call reasonable, I go to Axis in the city, it costs just under $50, you get wine/coffee/juice etc but that is not why I go there. They have good service and are always on time, a big thing for a time poor person like myself and the girl that cuts my hair does a great job. I used to go to Off London, same prices, always running 30 mins-1 hour late and not the same service, they are way overbooked to get the $$ in. $50 for a guys haircut may seem like a lot (according to most of my mates) but I think it’s fine, I go every 6 weeks and it’s all good.

For the record, I will never go in to Just Cuts, did that as a kid, they don’t give you a hairdo, they give you a hair don’t.

howdy howdy 8:09 pm 22 Jan 08

Wow Jas your hair grows fast!

howdy howdy 8:12 pm 22 Jan 08

You can tell Just Cuts have done an ‘interesting’ job when they leave your hair dripping wet and hurry you out the door…

The Jas The Jas 8:50 pm 22 Jan 08

Not that fast, I’m just vain more than anything.

Nemo Nemo 9:32 pm 22 Jan 08

Any good female hairdressers in Belco? I’ve been going to hair spectrum at the mall for years, but I haven’t liked the last couple of cuts.

Kramer Kramer 10:52 pm 22 Jan 08

“there’s someone at the Uni of Canberra a few of my friends go to, I think the good cutter’s name is Lou or something like that”

That would be Leo, used to go to him when I had hair – great haircuts and pretty good prices. He also does body piercing too!

ant ant 12:52 am 23 Jan 08

I used to pay a fortune for my haircuts, and they were never any good. So I got some scissors from hair attack, and now people sidle up and ask where I get my hair cut.

doing your own just involves having a vacuum cleaner close by and half an hour.

idea_authority idea_authority 3:26 am 23 Jan 08

Martios in Civic, next to King Omaleys. Excellent service, great cuts and great prices. Used them for years. When my hair went kind of bad a year ago (some weird out of the blue scalp and dry hair thing), they put me onto some American Crew shampoo and after months of flake scalp and dry broken hair, using the new shampoo cleared it in a week!

Thumper Thumper 8:26 am 23 Jan 08

Ah, people, it’s a haircut….

Not the collapse of the yen…

And there are three hairdressers in Kippax, don’t ask me their names as I have no idea, I just go to which ever one happens to have the least customers.

Mælinar Mælinar 9:06 am 23 Jan 08

Any good female hairdressers in Belco? I’ve been going to hair spectrum at the mall for years, but I haven’t liked the last couple of cuts. – Nemo, like Thumper says, check out the all girl hairdresser shop at the back end of Kippax mall, and theres another one up in Holt shops that may interest you.

Fair warning though, if its your eye you are interested in pleasing, there’s not much candy in the shop.

s-s-a s-s-a 9:34 am 23 Jan 08

On the subject of good hairdressers – if anyone knows where JASON from NEXT is now I would be very grateful to find out. My hair is lost without him – boo hoo!

Danman Danman 9:40 am 23 Jan 08

so you are now bald s-s-a ?

My hairdresser is a qualified ex trade hairdresser – he charges me 10 bucks and I always get a beer and a good yarn – haircut is ok too 🙂

Kramer Kramer 1:15 pm 23 Jan 08

“If you are a male I’d suggest you shave your head altogether with a razor and shaving cream. It is all the rage at the moment and gives you a tough guy look. No more dandruff either.”

I’ve done a razor job a few times, but it has a few downsides compared to razor 0 on the clippers… it takes longer; razor cuts are a bastard; you gotta cut more often (daily) to maintain the look; I find the skin my head on day 0 is too grippy – shirts, pillow cases, hats feel like they stick to my head; the head stubble on day 1 is too much like velcro – again I get stuck on things.

Thumper Thumper 1:19 pm 23 Jan 08

I just had images of things sticking to your head.

ie, cats, beer bottles, etc…


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