The best hair salons in Canberra

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Where are the best hair salons in Canberra? Photo: Adam Winger.

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.

Polychroma

Polychroma means to execute a work of art in several colours. Polychroma is Canberra’s first colour specialist salon that offers a wide range of colouring services and some cutting and styling services. The salon provides clients with the results they desire in a comfortable and relaxing environment.

Christine Kerr wrote on Google, “Great service, the staff are friendly and know what they’re doing. I went from 15 to 20cm of regrowth and pale pink ends to purple and green in a matter of hours.”

Pura Holistic Hair Studio

Pura Holistic Hair Studio stands for hair with wellness enhanced by nature. Focusing on inner and outer wellness for beautiful hair, Pura provides a luxury service using the highest quality organic and low-tox professional products and services, powered by plants. Scalp analysis is available. So too are holistic treatments and clients always receive a soothing pre-service head and neck massage.

On Google, Ophélie Lasne wrote, “Best hair salon I’ve ever been too. Finally, a place where sustainability is taken seriously.”

Salon By Amie

Salon By Amie (formerly Higgins Hair Design) offers quality, stylish cut and colour services for clients of all personalities. Value-for-money services are provided in a relaxing environment, centrally located in Higgins.

Lucy Radford wrote on Facebook, “I have been a client at Higgins Hair Design for years now and I don’t trust anyone else with my hair. By far the best value for money and always a personalised service/experience!”

121 Hair

121 Hair has provided high-quality, professional hairdressing for more than 15 years, in a stylish, progressive, inviting environment. The dedicated team at 121 Hair helps clients realise their style vision, whether it be cutting edge or classic.

On Facebook, Eva Winbank wrote, “I can’t go anywhere else. Everyone at 121 is amazing! I’m always so well taken care of. Jess does my hair wonderfully every time … 100% recommend.”

Jones + Me

Jones + Me is a premium salon offering high-quality professional hair services, personalised to client needs and hair type, in a beautiful and picturesque surrounding. For Jones + Me, hair is a science – a hybrid of precision and creativity.

On Google, Belinda Faulkner wrote, “This is the most amazing salon with incredibly talented hairdressers. I give them complete control and decision-making rights over my hair and they’ve never let me down.”

Lumiere Salon

Lumiere Salon offers exclusive customer service, with high attention to detail and an overall quality experience. This premium salon is an oasis, a luxury space that meets all hair and beauty expectations. Lumiere offers high quality, eco-friendly products and is part of the Sustainable Salon Program.

On Google, Lizzie Dodd wrote, “The girls at Lumière Salon are incredible. They did an amazing colour correction, and beautiful cut. I absolutely could not recommend this salon more! Very professional and fabulous.”

Rockabilly Boutique

Rockabilly Boutique is a hairdressing salon in Fyshwick that delivers the highest quality products and cut and colour services, in a relaxed and happy environment. Clients of all personalities and styles are front and centre at this boutique salon. Skills and knowledge of products are second-to-none. Stylists are creative and really care for hair.

Vaness Lou-anne Rice wrote on Facebook, “Absolutely amazing! I felt really looked after and got good advice on hair care.”

Narsha Hair

A beautiful waterfront salon on Yerrabi Pond, Narsha Hair offers a warm, welcoming and comforting space. Stylists consider each client’s needs and lifestyle to create the perfect cut and colour. Narsha Hair uses Keune, high-quality products made from the best ingredients and providing the best performance.

On Google, Laura Ware wrote, “The best part is sitting in the comfy chairs getting a head massage … With Narsha Hair I was given tea to drink, biscuits to eat and a beautiful the view of the lake.”

Bond Hair Religion

Bond Hair Religion is a five-star, multi-award winning salon in Green Square, Kingston. The salon’s highly skilled team of professionals offer unisex colour, cutting, styling and other services that have clients looking and feeling their best.

On Google, Stefanie Duran wrote, “I visited Bond Hair Religion for the first time and will be back! One of the highlights was sitting at the basin in a reclined massaging chair ABSOLUTE LUXURY! … Wonderful people and a great service.”

Growth Salon and Barber Hair

Growth Salon and Barber Hair offers superior styling and colouring services that are vegan, cruelty free and sustainable. The salon is warm and inviting with a gorgeous décor and lush greenery.

Ana Stuart wrote on Google, “I’ve been going to Growth for years and would never let anyone else touch my hair. The team takes such good care of you from the moment you walk in the door … I always feel incredible after my appointment and my hair looks phenomenal.”

Brush and Blush at Googong

Brush and Blush at Googong is a family friendly hairdressing salon located at North Village Shopping precinct. Stylists work with clients of all ages, only using quality products.

Maree Moore wrote on Facebook, “I have never felt so welcomed and looked after at a salon before. The girls go that extra mile to make sure you have an amazing experience. I walked out feel like a new woman … Can’t wait for my next visit.”

Cali Studio

Cali comes from the Greek word Kali which means good and most beautiful. Inspired by the Mediterranean Sea, Cali Studio treats clients to an amazing hair journey in a relaxing atmosphere. The end result? Clients feel rejuvenated and stunning. Cali offers a two-week cut and colour happiness guarantee. Bridal services are available. Cali uses Seamless tape hair extensions.

Sienna Maill wrote on Google, “Fabulous hairdresser. Katie was amazing and helped me find a style I love.”

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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503 Responses to The best hair salons in Canberra
Fozzy Wolly Fozzy Wolly 6:16 pm 17 Aug 21

Off London is the best. You'll never turn back!

Michele Legge Michele Legge 10:24 pm 14 Aug 21

Michael at Edge Hair O'Connor

Tony Webster Tony Webster 8:28 pm 14 Aug 21

Narrabundah Hair Design

Kerryn Ernst Kerryn Ernst 6:22 pm 14 Aug 21

Kylie and Alex at The Loft in Manuka!

Erica Kelly Erica Kelly 5:54 pm 14 Aug 21

Ora hair Woden 👌💕

Michelle Preston Michelle Preston 5:52 pm 14 Aug 21

A Flick of Hares is amazing 😍

Vyl Toh Vyl Toh 3:53 pm 14 Aug 21

I'm not telling mine. It is already taking 6 months to get an appointment

Kassandra Sandi Kolstad Kassandra Sandi Kolstad 2:25 pm 14 Aug 21

Rhubarb and Me in Lyneham for sure!

Rebecca Osborne Rebecca Osborne 1:20 pm 14 Aug 21

Bleach Bar in Spence

Katie Oliver Katie Oliver 8:46 am 14 Aug 21

Richardson Hair Studio

Veronika Parancin Veronika Parancin 8:07 am 14 Aug 21

Ora Hair - Canberra's best kept secret! Luxurious experience, very competitive prices and professional staff that always nail the look you are going for.

Shari Maguire Shari Maguire 9:15 pm 13 Aug 21

Serene Hairdressing 😀 family owned in Fadden for 20 years, great value, great product, great staff! Sustainable salon with Gold star standards 😀

Barbara Newbery Barbara Newbery 4:29 pm 13 Aug 21

Henry's salon at Jamieson - can't remember what they call it

Alex Fulford Alex Fulford 1:06 pm 13 Aug 21

Glitz and Glamour in Tuggeranong, never disappointed no matter who cuts my hair

Tracey Pope Tracey Pope 7:51 am 13 Aug 21

Cataldos in Civic, lovely family business with amazing skill in a beautiful new salon

Andrew Barrow Andrew Barrow 7:27 am 13 Aug 21

Elysium Hair Company in Casey

Racheal Lizars Racheal Lizars 10:14 pm 12 Aug 21

Polychroma Hair Colour Specialists for their commitment to Sustainable Salons, their amazing vivids and their gender neutral pricing.

Fifi L Cameronial Fifi L Cameronial 10:00 pm 12 Aug 21

Janez hair Evatt.

Karyn Tisdell Karyn Tisdell 8:10 pm 12 Aug 21

Rhubarb and Me, Lyneham

Michelle Heine Michelle Heine 7:34 pm 12 Aug 21

Gloss Hair in Farrer

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