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Time for opinions on Canberra hairdressers …

By I-filed 11 May 2009 76

In the same vein as “restaurants we love or hate” – I’m interested to know which are the highly regarded hairdressers around town (and not).

I’ve patronised The Hairdressing in Civic every six weeks or so for five years and have only had one bum haircut there. They’ve varied from good to great, and always grown out well and looked OK without careful blowdrying (the real test).

The most over-rated hairdresser in Canberra is (was?) the hyped and pretentious Meste in Manuka. A few months after the abovementioned bum cut Meste was recommended to me so I went along. Seriously bad mistake – I was given a sort of wispy lady’s mullet for $100 by the proprietor (who didn’t appear to be a bona fide haircutter) and no hairdresser from Cessnock to Karuah could have given me a more bona fide mullet. And I would have been charged $25 for same. Bad timing, as I had job interviews coming up. It’s hard to face a smart recruitment panel with a mullet.

This is getting expensive – recommendations for alternatives welcome!

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Mumbucks 1:49 pm 22 Nov 11

Katietonia said :

Recommendations for a colourist? I need to go from dark red to lighter red/orangey auburn.

Try Angela super cuts in Gunghalin.

Katietonia 1:15 pm 22 Nov 11

Recommendations for a colourist? I need to go from dark red to lighter red/orangey auburn.

Gishy 2:08 pm 28 Oct 09

I have been a loyal customer of Cataldo’s hair salon in Civic for 6 years. I really don’t know why… I suppose there is some prestige associated with this place.
I asked for layers- They give me a trim
I ask for something funky- They give me a trim
I show them a photo of a hairstyle that I like- they give me a trim
I explain that I am bored with my current style and would like a complete overhaul- they give me a trim.
I’ve had enough of paying $79 to see an associate hairdresser to get a trim when I could go to Just Cuts for the same deal.

I have also regularly been passed off to a junior stylist to finish a cut, but still been charged for the associate.

astrojax 1:39 pm 11 Sep 09

like s-s-a reitrerates, once you find someone, s’like a gp – don’t let them go anywhere. jo at next years ago was right brilliant then headed off to london. now i have gianni at axis, on barry drive near marcus clarke, and can’t recommend him highly enough.

hopefully by now, though, our intrepid op has had the mullet trimmed to a more streamlined fish and it has had time to grow back in spite of the new boss’s snarls! who did you go with, i-filed??

busgirl 10:18 am 11 Sep 09

Like so many things in life – you get what you pay for. Go see the lovely Boyd at Shi Hair in Kingston. Best cutter/stylist ever!! Sarah does a great job with the foils. And the rest of the gang do a fabulous job of making me feel special 🙂

s-s-a 9:07 pm 10 Sep 09

The message I’m getting here is find someone you’re comfortable with and stick with them

Yes. Which is why I nearly cried when I lost Jason for the best part of a year. I found him again, he’s now owner of Kundalini at the Hotel Realm. Exe but worth it IMO.

sunshine 7:11 pm 10 Sep 09

Sherynne at Hair in the City is good. USed to go to Gianni at Axis but it eventually got too expensive. Hair in the City is just as good and more affordable by far

qwerky 5:59 pm 10 Sep 09

SkipDaRoo said :

Jo Hall in the city, garema place.

New salon, the chairs are uber comfy and she does great work. Been with her now for 7 or 8 years, followed her all around Canberra.

Yes, but WHERE in the city??

SkipDaRoo 7:58 pm 23 May 09

Jo Hall in the city, garema place.

New salon, the chairs are uber comfy and she does great work. Been with her now for 7 or 8 years, followed her all around Canberra.

peterh 3:22 pm 18 May 09

Clown Killer said :

Tangles in Kambah – their location, behind Kambah Village is about as far away as you could get from being prominent – trust me, unless you’re bying home brew supplies or getting your bike fixed you wouldn’t normally head that way – the fact that Tangles seems to be doing good business then suggests that they’re doing somthing right.

I will stick with creative image in kambah – they do a great job for all of the family and the kids don’t freak out at haircut time. being inbetween theos takeaway and shabby attic homewares / coffee shop has its good points, too.

Clown Killer 1:55 pm 18 May 09

Tangles in Kambah – their location, behind Kambah Village is about as far away as you could get from being prominent – trust me, unless you’re bying home brew supplies or getting your bike fixed you wouldn’t normally head that way – the fact that Tangles seems to be doing good business then suggests that they’re doing somthing right.

Katle 1:34 pm 18 May 09

I can highly recommend Cosmo in Dickson. Opposite the motor registry. All the ‘extras’ are available (treatment, blow-dry, smelly stuff) but they always ask first, tell you the price and take ‘no’ for an answer. Best of all, they listen to what you want done and print out a quote so you know exactly what you’re in for.

I hate hairdresser chitchat and they politely leave me alone, the atmosphere is sunny and warm, and they respect that not everyone wants a modish cut.

ant 10:18 pm 13 May 09

Thanks, Kelly.

Someone-South 9:58 pm 13 May 09

Seriously.. its not an “inside” word.
They are a great Salon.

Someone-South 9:56 pm 13 May 09

Someone-South said :

My vote is… WAIT FOR IT.. Announcing the best HAIR SALON IN CANBERRA… TANGLES in Kambah, Behind Kambah Village. The best Cut and Colours around. Im sticking with them!
A good hairdresser is hard to find, (kind of like finding a good GP) I have found you have to have a personality match with your stylist!

Kelly!

deezagood 8:02 am 13 May 09

Danman said :

They will have beers, huge flat screens, traditional barber shop services like shaving and beard trimming and regular hair salon treatments and cuts. Best of all, its a mens only environment. I am guessing that includes staff.

Wow, if they also include free porn, they’ll have the perfect business model (the Tuggers blokes will be lining up for a haircut)! Smart.

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