The Best Hair Salons in Canberra


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A stylish hair cut that suits your face, colouring, personality and lifestyle is a major boost to your confidence.

If you’ve ever been to a hair salon that doesn’t cut it, you’ll understand the importance of choosing a skilled and experienced stylist who will make you look amazing. But with so many hair salons in Canberra, how do you know which one to choose?

In this article, we’ll outline the qualities to consider when choosing a hair salon, and share where to find the best in Canberra

What makes a great hair salon?

Choosing the right hair salon will get you the best cut and colour and take the stress out of worrying about how you’ll look. The stylists at the best hair salons will advise you on the best shape and colour for your hair.

It can be helpful to keep the following in mind when choosing a hair salon.

  • Experience. Great hair salons have fully trained and experienced stylists who know how to achieve a look that flatters your features. They also have strong support staff who keep the salon running smoothly.
  • Reputation. One way to gauge the quality of a salon is to read their website to see what credentials they hold, whether they’ve won awards and how long they’ve been in business. You can also check out reviews online.
  • Price. You’ll want to choose a hair salon that suits your budget and gives you value-for-money.
  • Technique. The best hair salons are skilled at cutting, colouring and styling, so you don’t have to head to multiple places to look fabulous.
  • Hygiene. You’ll want a salon with excellent hygiene practices – one that is neat, tidy and super clean.

The best hair salons in Canberra

RiotACT’s editorial team has combed through 20 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.

Franco of Canberra Hair Salon

Ever evolving and always delivering, Franco’s has been in business since 1956. Stylists work closely with clients to achieve their vision. The salon’s mission is to provide an open and ever-changing space in which stylists, artists and clients can work together to create not just better hair, but an overall better sense of purpose, self-worth and personal accomplishment.

Damian Lockett wrote on Google, “Wonderful salon, with very friendly staff. I had a very, very good haircut from Juan, who introduced the razor haircut. I can highly recommend Franco’s. ”

Antics Hair

Antics Hair focuses on cutting, colouring and styling, starting with excellent and realistic consultations. Indeed, the team at this highly regarded salon, believes consultation sparks the imagination and enables clients to get the style and haircut they’re looking for.

On Google, Jelena Milicevic wrote, “The ANTICS team are FABO and make you feel amazing inside and out. The extra touches and ambient is first class. I highly recommend!”

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.”

Axis Hairdressing

Axis Hairdressing strives to take the hairdressing experience to another level. Specialising in trendy to corporate styles, Axis caters to all types of clients.

On Google, Melissa Grinlinton wrote, “I called first thing on a Saturday morning following a hair disaster at another salon and Axis made the time to see me that day, came up with a plan to salvage my hair, had me booked in the following week to fix it, and sent me home with great advice …”

Off London

One of Canberra’s top ranked salons, Off London has been cutting and colouring hair since 1999. This leading salon has an energetic vibe and a reputation for delivering fashion-forward designs in a personalised, friendly atmosphere. To stay on top of market trends and techniques, Off London’s stylists continually upskill through training programs.

On RiotAct, Larissa wrote, “Off London is hands down, no debate, THE most pleasing hair experience!”

Anton's Hair Studio

Recognised in the hairdressing industry for more than 40 years, Anton’s Hair Studio is known for contemporary hair designs or the latest fashion styles. The salon has won a large number of industry awards and accolades for their cutting and colouring.

Ingrid Cucchi wrote on Google, “Have been coming to Anton’s for nearly 20 years – love the family, love the service, love the great hair styles. I always walk out feeling a million dollars and cared about.”

La Bimbi Canberra

For over 16 years Gess Mazis and her award-winning team have been cutting, styling and colouring the hair of the Canberra region. Gess encourages ongoing training to allow herself and staff to reach their full potential, allowing customers to reap the benefits.

Facebook reviewer Pat says, “Amazing service, price AND result! 100% happy!”

Cataldo's Salon

Cataldo’s, a multi award-winning hair salon established in 1965, is visionary in approach and attitude. The salon is inspired by the world’s dynamic fashion industry and committed to the perfect style for each and every client. The team of stylists believes hair is and individual statement, a form of expression, style and art.

Alexsandra Patrizi wrote on Google, “Always a lovely experience with a great crew! Professional, quick, a nice chat and a coffee/tea. I love having my hair cut!”

Rare Hair

Rare Hair’s precision styling works with the natural fall of each client’s hair, the shape of their face, their lifestyle and fashion sense. Cutting and colouring services are offered in a boutique environment. Rare is owned by Adam Noble, the only Canberran to have won the title “Australian Hairdresser of the Year”.

On Facebook, Graham Rendoth wrote, “Best styl’n haircut ever … went in with an old surfie look, thought I’d maybe get close to mid-length Robert De Nero, walked out looking like Steve McQueen!”

If you’re looking for more information on beauty treatments in Canberra, you might like our articles on the best eyelash extension salons, best nail salons and best beauty salons Canberra has to offer.

Your experience with hair salons in Canberra

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

Have you had experience with any of the hair salons listed above? If so, share your feedback in the comments below.

Frequently Asked Questions

How much does it cost to get my hair cut and coloured?
The cost varies depending on factors like the type of hair you have, the style you're after and what services you want. With colouring, for example, adding foils to your hair will increase the cost. Check to see if your salon offers a free consultation session and ask for a specific quote then.
How do I determine what hairstyle is best for my face shape?
Stylists at quality salons are trained to help you determine the best hairstyle for your face shape. They’ll also consider other factors like the texture of your hair, your personality and your lifestyle.
Which colour will work best for me?
Choosing colour is an art in and of itself and a quality colourist will talk you through options based on factors like your eye colour, skin tone and even the best colour for the season.
What happens if I’m not happy with my cut and colour?
Check the salon’s policy before you visit the salon to see what will happen if you’re not happy with the end result. If the salon did exactly what you asked for, but you don’t like what you see, you may not get a full refund. If the salon didn’t do what they agreed to, you can push for a full refund or ask if the salon will fix your hair for free.
Can I just take a photo from a magazine in and ask for that look?
You can take a photo in, but a quality stylist will give you advice on whether it’s realistic to achieve that look. Sometimes clients (who aren’t experts in cutting and colouring) don’t understand that a certain cut and colour – even though they love it – might not work for their type of hair or the shape of their face.

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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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