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A curated list of the best hair salons in Sydney

WORDS BY MAEVE KERR-CROWLEY

Our favourite hairdressers in Sydney.

When was the last time you got a haircut? Tried a new colour? Took yourself to the salon for a taste of luxury and pampering? When life gets stressful, sitting down for an hour or two and letting an expert play Barbie doll with your hair can be remarkably soothing.


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But finding a hairdresser you can trust with your precious locks can be daunting. So we’ve compiled a list of some of the best and most loved salons across Sydney, just for you.

Extra Silky

 

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Located in the inner west and frequented by some of our favourite Sydney creatives, Extra Silky is a cosy cool salon specialising in up-to-the-minute trend cuts, bold colours and everything a little out of the ordinary. The space and vibe are influenced by the ’90s and Y2K eras, and all pricing is gender-neutral.

426 Parramatta Road, Petersham 

extrasilky.com

Rumbie & Co.

 

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Rumbie & Co. sets itself apart by zeroing in on curly and afro hair – and doing it very, very well. Stylists are experts in getting curls of all kinds looking their best, as well as helping clients discover their perfect care routine. The salon also offers specialty afro styling, including cornrows, dreadlocks, weaves and wig installation.

Retail One, Ground Floor 130 – 144, Cleveland Street, Chippendale 

rumbie.co

Headcase Hair

 

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Offering luxury treatment in a freshly renovated, aesthetically drool-worthy salon, Headcase Hair is all about lifting a customer’s confidence through a combination of perfect cuts and expert advice. Directed by leaders in the industry and thoroughly educated in the latest hair trends, the salon’s team of stylists specialise in bespoke colour and precision cutting techniques.

242 Oxford St, Paddington and Shop 4, 91 – 93 Macleay St, Potts Point

headcasehair.com.au

Laura Spinney

Fondly referred to as ‘mullet mummy’, Laura Spinney has hairdressing in her blood – both her mother and godmother owned salons, and she grew up chatting to clients. A favourite of local creatives, she’s got the effortlessly cool mullet, wolf and shag cuts down pat, plus she has a genderless pricing structure (we love).

5/292 King Street, Newtown (enter via Erskinville Street)

lspinneycreative.com

Sloans

 

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Armed with a plethora of industry awards, Sloans is heavily inspired by international catwalk fashion. Stylists are dedicated to bringing a bit of high-fashion glamour into clients’ everyday lives through skilful execution and styles that are at least a season ahead of the curve.

119 Longueville Road, Lane Cove and Shop 3, 141 Walker Street, North Sydney

sloans.com.au

Shinka

 

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With branches in both Sydney and Japan, Shinka brings the best Japanese styles and products to our shores. With beautiful interior design, a relaxing atmosphere and the option to book with stylists who speak Japanese or Korean, the team aims to make every visit comfortable and exciting. Specialty services like Japanese straightening and digital perms are also on offer. Shinka has four locations to choose from in Sydney, too.

289 Clarence Street, Sydney

shinka.com.au

Element Aveda

Combining hair styling and wellness treatment, Element Aveda uses ethical, plant-based and cruelty-free products from Aveda in all its cut, colour and styling appointments. Every cut is a relaxing, sensory experience and the in-house beauty retreat offers a full spa experience, making this the perfect spot for a ‘treat yourself’ day.

184 Oxford Street, Paddington 

elementaveda.com.au

Royals

 

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For creative looks and a fun experience in the chair, visit one of the four Royals locations throughout NSW. Every colour appointment – from natural shades to vibrant, out-there rainbow looks – is treated with maximum care, starting with a comprehensive colour consultation to find the perfect hue that suits your vision. Expert cutting skills, extensive trend knowledge and warm service are all guaranteed. Royals also has salons in Hornsby, Cherrybrook and Brookvale.

Level 2, Shop 361, Castle Towers Shopping Centre 

royalshair.com.au

A Loft Story

When you’re treating yourself to a day of pampering, the environment and vibe are almost as important as the end result. A Loft Story is filled from floor to ceiling with lush, vibrantly green plants. Sit back in the middle of this indoor jungle, let the experts work wonders on your hair and get the most aesthetic after photo possible before you leave.

36 Lennox Street, Newtown

aloftstory.com.au

Raw

A truly great salon will always attract repeat customers, and Raw’s reviews paint a picture of well-earned loyalty. 25 years of operation, more awards than we can count and a creative director with extensive runway and editorial experience means nobody leaves the salon unsatisfied.

100 Commonwealth Street, Surry Hills

rawhair.com.au

Tooth and Nail

 

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Listing ‘welcoming’ as one of its major values, Tooth and Nail prioritise being gender-neutral and LGBTQ+-friendly. Enjoy a warm vintage aesthetic and the affections of resident pup Brando while you’re treated to a cut, colour or shave. Instead of being dictated by gender, all appointments are priced according to the time you spend in the chair.

373 Enmore Road, Marrickville  

toothandnailsydney.com

Mr Burrows

 

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The bar-inspired vibe at Mr Burrows is a real treat for the senses. Settle into leather armchairs to get your hair washed, hang out in the upstairs ‘relaxation station’ (complete with cheese boards, wine and the occasional spritz) and leave with the hair of your dreams. As a Sustainable Salons partner, Mr Burrows also works to minimise its environmental footprint at every opportunity.

242 Marrickville Rd, Marrickville 

mrburrows.com.au

Academie

 

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Located in a refurbished 19th-century chapel, Academie combines the look and feel of a hidden gem with an unshakeable reputation that attracts many a local celebrity. Don’t let the salon’s impressive clientele scare you, though. Every customer who walks through the door is treated like a superstar, with the team determined to boost the city’s confidence one cut and colour at a time.

110 Johnston Lane, Annandale  

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Koda Cutters

Endlessly cool and fashion-forward, Koda Cutters specialises in editorial-worthy cuts with a recognisable Bondi flair. While the salon is renowned for its focus on texture and volume – and its signature K-Blow Wave – personalised customer care means every client leaves with a new look that’s uniquely them.

Shop 10, Level 1/180-186, Campbell Parade, Bondi Beach 

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EdwardsAndCo

 

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EdwardsandCo is one of Sydney’s most popular – and most acclaimed – hair salons. Its salons are sleek and modern and, led by founder Jaye Edwards, EdwardsAndCo has pioneered a future proof approach to colour. There are four more locations in Sydney, which you can find here.

Level 1, 586 Crown Street, Surry Hills

edwardsandco.com.au

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