Finding the right hair salon can be a dilemma that some of us never seem to solve. Jumping from place to place can leave you with piecemeal regrowth, poor hair quality, or an ever-revolving line-up of your least favourite haircuts – so we’re here to help with recommendations for some of the best hair salons to try in Melbourne and Sydney. Here are six of our top spots for starting your hair-health journey this year.

Melbourne

LNDN

Founded by couple Jamie Furlan and Danni Solier – who, between them, have a long list of trophies under their belts, including AHFA Australian Hairdresser of the Year 2020 and AHFA Australian Colourist of the Year 2021 – LNDN is a very safe go-to, located on Smith Street, Collingwood. The services list is simple, with gender-neutral cuts, highlights and balayage, as well as a luxe Kérastase Fusio Scrub ritual for those seeking a more specialised treatment.

Oscar Oscar

Oscar Oscar is one of Melbourne’s enduring salon favourites. With five different locations across the city (including Chadstone, Highpoint and St Kilda), this highly awarded brand is an excellent choice for those seeking a more classic look in sleek designer surrounds. Choose your stylist level – from emerging through to salon director – according to your budget, or chat to them about hair extensions, hair smoothing, and their range of Kérastase treatments and extensive colour services.

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SJ&Co

If finding the perfect colour is your goal, SJ&Co may be your best bet in Melbourne. With a passion for colour work – the staff are self-described “colour nerds” – the Northcote-based salon prides itself on ensuring all its jobs, whether blond, bronde or copper, don’t harm the integrity of your hair. Weekends are reserved for styling and bridal appointments, so you’ll have to make time to go in during the week.

Sydney

Studio 8

This laid-back salon with sea views out to Manly Beach is as much a day spa as a hair studio. With a relaxed approach to pampering, Studio 8 focuses on premium services like hair extensions, blond and balayage transformations, and keratin treatments. There’s also a second location on Military Road in Mosman, if people-watching from the chair is more your thing.

Bespoke

At Bespoke Hair Artistry, expect more of a retreat than a salon experience. Guests are invited to relax in a positive and passionate atmosphere, with all the usual hair services offered. Clients can also take advantage of make-up and lashes appointments, meaning a full glow-up in the one spot. The team believes in the philosophy of a balanced lifestyle, as well as remaining committed to their core value of education.

Salon Her

This on-trend salon in busy Darlinghurst has the kind of interior design you might expect to find in a laid-back hotel lobby bar. Lush 1970s interiors with sleek leather seating complete the visual – so you can sit back and have your hair taken care of. Salon Her is a full-service salon, meaning it offers almost everything, including colour correction, event styling services, natural-looking custom hair extensions and smoothing treatments.

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