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Best hairdresser in Canberra?

By jazz92 16 September 2011 52

I recently got a pretty average haircut and don’t particularly want to go back to the hairdresser to get it fixed. Her skills don’t seem to be good enough to be able to fix it.

Any suggestions of a really good hairdresser who would understand what would suit my face shape and hair type?

It doesn’t matter where in Canberra they are located.


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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!

szed 12:58 pm 09 Oct 12

Mel (previously worked at Cataldos, and Urban Hair in Yarralumla), now works at Modern Classic in the city. Does a really good “bob”. Can work magic with people’s hair. Never been unhappy!

newsreader 10:16 pm 18 Jun 12

I recall someone mentioning on here some time ago, recommending a hairdresser who opened a home salon in Florey and had some good raves… anyone recall this? Looking for contact details.

kiko 8:22 am 14 Jun 12

Adam Ciaccia of Axis Hairdressing has been Won the AHFA NSW/ACT Hairdresser of the Year 2012. From what I have been told he is the first Canberra Hairdresser to win a NSW title. http://www.youtube.com/adamciaccia or http://www.axishair.com.au

astrojax 9:17 pm 09 Feb 12

ahm026 said :

I read this entire forum fully expecting to hear glowing reviews of my hairdresser and was surprised not to find any. I go to Nina at Next Hair in Braddon and she’s fabulous. About $95 for a wash, head massage, cut and blow dry. Anyone else had awesome experiences at Next hair?

Although, beware, I’ve had one truly terrible haircut there by a trainee.

next were once upon a time the cool salon, but adam has become ever more a prat in his dotage and – as the last post notes – the place to be now is (and has for some time been) axis: the ciaicia’s have a fabulous name, a brilliant reputation and one well deserved…

kiko 7:08 pm 09 Feb 12

Adam Ciaccia of Axis Hairdressing has just been named a Finalist in the AHFA NSW/ACT Hairdresser of the Year for 2012.

ahm026 3:08 pm 21 Nov 11

I read this entire forum fully expecting to hear glowing reviews of my hairdresser and was surprised not to find any. I go to Nina at Next Hair in Braddon and she’s fabulous. About $95 for a wash, head massage, cut and blow dry. Anyone else had awesome experiences at Next hair?

Although, beware, I’ve had one truly terrible haircut there by a trainee.

schmeah 11:46 am 14 Nov 11

I used to go to ‘Seven’ in Braddon.

The hairdresser I had was really nice and always did an awesome cut. The only reason I stopped going was because, given the shortness of my hair I was finding myself going somewhat regularly .. every 4 – 6 weeks.

At first the price was somewhat reasonable for an inner-city salon, though a bit on the pricey side. Then one day, after my 6 week absence I went to get my hair cut again (no colour, just a short cut style that I have done all the time) and when I went to pay, the price had literally jumped $20 .. making the whole thing more than $100 for a simple style cut with no colour .. I never went back. Friendly, great hairdressers are one thing but paying through the nose, and regularly is another.

I now go to Ainslie, the girls are nice and they’re way cheaper.

Harlequinade 11:08 am 14 Nov 11

Rachel who owns “The Strand” at weetangara shops is really good too. She loves her job and has a lot of pride in her work so you can guarantee that you will leave happy..she is also one of the cheaper hairdressers around.
Only bad thing is sometimes it can be hard to get an appointment with her because its only her that works there.

oh oh oh and the shampoo/conditioners she keeps in stock are awesome! cant remember the brand but its some weirdo vegan stuff, its very good. I have really fine curly hair and it can be hard to manage but since ive been using the vegan stuff it has been way healthier.

veenatha 11:15 pm 12 Nov 11

Hi, does anyone know the Fringe website? As i tried to google it but it couldn’t find it. Thank you

SophieMarie 1:26 pm 09 Nov 11

Okay, so thank you to everyone who recommended Elvira at Axis Hair. She was wonderful.

SophieMarie 8:39 am 02 Nov 11

Genie, your experience at Epic sounds even worse than mine! You asked why I kept going back to Cataldos? The bottomline is that they gave a killer head massage. And in the beginning I was happy to pay $200 for that. But after a while, you kinda think is a trim the best I can expect for this sort of money? So I tried a different stylist at the same salon. My regular got pissed off and showed it – so I left.

Sorry about your jeans. That really sucks!

busgirl 8:01 pm 01 Nov 11

I went there ‘for years’ until just recently, not ‘years ago’.

Genie 6:45 pm 01 Nov 11

SophieMarie said :

Sounds like Axis is the one to beat! Looked up their webpage. No mention of anyone called Elvira. Tried to contact Adam. He can see me in January!

Adam is near impossible to get into this time of year with it being ‘wedding season’ I’ve got an appointment in January that I’ve held since my last visit in September. I booked the earliest date possible.

Sophie what I don’t understand is why you would keep going back to a hairdresser if you were unhappy ? Unless your a brunette getting your hair dyed blonde, there isn’t really a reason to be at the hair dresser every 6 weeks either.

I’ve been to Epic at Woden ONCE, and once only.. I can’t complain about my hair cut or the colour. But the service was shocking. I think I was there for almost 3 1/2 hours.. After the colour was done I think I had to wait about 45minutes for my cut. Just wasn’t on… The worse part of my visit was the hairdresser dropping hair dye on a brand new pair of jeans I was wearing… I now had a collection of 3 white spots near my ankle, made worse when the hairdresser tried to wash it off….. Each spot was about the size of a 5cent coin. When I mentioned it to the grumpy old lady at the counter when I paid (who told me she was the owner).. No discount nothing ! Not even an apology. YES I fully expected some form of a discount, after all they had damaged a $150 pair a jeans.

sam226 6:37 pm 01 Nov 11

What do Canberrans consider to be a reasonable price for a women’s haircut? I’m from a small town and am used to being able to pay less than $80 for a cut, half head of foils and a good head massage. What’s considered to be a normal price for a cut – nothing fancy, just a trim and thin?

SophieMarie 5:24 pm 01 Nov 11

Confess I’m a little shocked that complaining about being roughed up when being shampooed and conditioned amounts to being “precious”. My only standard going into a hairdresser is that I should look better leaving than when I went in. Not too hard when I look like a wookie most of the time. Now I have amended that standard to include not feeling like a piece of meat. Again, I would struggle to classify this as being a diva. I confess I was desperately disappointed because my previous experiences at this specific salon were excellent. The thing is – that’s what makes it so bad in my mind and trust lost is very difficult to regain.

TheDancingDjinn 2:31 pm 01 Nov 11

busgirl said :

SophieMarie said :

Angelina, you are right. I did ask the Epic people why I was waiting so long and they kept telling me that they would be there in a minute. Half an hour later … The thing is, in this situation (ie colour in hair) you cannot walk out. I would have if I could have. As for the rough washer, quite frankly, I was too terrified. She was pulling me and my hair. I had shampoo and conditioner in my eyes the entire time. I asked her to add some cold water because she was scalding me – and she did. But the roughness continued. What would you have me do? Walk away with product and conditioner in my hair. Easier said than done. But you are right, you should say something while they are doing it. But the upshot is even if I had and she stopped, I could never go back. It’s a cultural thing that makes staff behave badly and think they can get away with it. Management was there the entire time and saw it happen. And let it. That’s not a place I want to go back to.

I am totally shocked to hear about your experience at Shi. I went there for years until I moved to Brisbane (and I will be going back when I move back to Canberra). Boyd and Sarah are the most awesome hairdressers I have ever been to. For me, each and every experience at Shi has been nothing but perfect and I have felt pampered every time. I have a suspicion you may be a little precious to even consider complaining about the service Shi provides.

Because your idea of customer service is 100% correct and therefore people are “precious” about being roughed up by a hairdresser? seriously? She could have had a shitty trainee doing her shampoo and the kid might have not been a great person to have wash hair, but to call a person precious because they experianced something differant to you at a hairdresser you went to years ago, is a bit much.

Northsidechick 2:06 pm 01 Nov 11

BoHo in Gungahlin, it’s located at Yerribi Ponds – they are reasonably priced and do a fantastic job – best I’ve found in Canberra.

busgirl 1:44 pm 01 Nov 11

SophieMarie said :

Angelina, you are right. I did ask the Epic people why I was waiting so long and they kept telling me that they would be there in a minute. Half an hour later … The thing is, in this situation (ie colour in hair) you cannot walk out. I would have if I could have. As for the rough washer, quite frankly, I was too terrified. She was pulling me and my hair. I had shampoo and conditioner in my eyes the entire time. I asked her to add some cold water because she was scalding me – and she did. But the roughness continued. What would you have me do? Walk away with product and conditioner in my hair. Easier said than done. But you are right, you should say something while they are doing it. But the upshot is even if I had and she stopped, I could never go back. It’s a cultural thing that makes staff behave badly and think they can get away with it. Management was there the entire time and saw it happen. And let it. That’s not a place I want to go back to.

I am totally shocked to hear about your experience at Shi. I went there for years until I moved to Brisbane (and I will be going back when I move back to Canberra). Boyd and Sarah are the most awesome hairdressers I have ever been to. For me, each and every experience at Shi has been nothing but perfect and I have felt pampered every time. I have a suspicion you may be a little precious to even consider complaining about the service Shi provides.

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