Walking into hairdressers in the eastern suburbs of Sydney can be intimidating. People Hairdressing, which opened in 2004 on Macleay Street in Potts Point, is different. “We’ve got a team of stayers,” says founder and creative director Hamish Glianos. “A lot of our customers have watched the thoroughbreds – as we call them – start as apprentices and come all the way through.” That accounts for the team’s uniformly friendly demeanour, he says. Having trained in Australia’s top salons and in London, Glianos knows how rare that is.
The business’s name is deliberate – this is an accessible brand. “Our clients range from people who love to gossip, to entrepreneurs who bring their laptops in and work away,” says Glianos. “I like that they feel they can do that. It’s not about us and our egos, it’s about the people. And that’s why they feel comfortable here.”
People does everything from balayage and soft waves, to pixie cuts and turquoise or lavender colours. “With the beach culture of Sydney, long flowing balayage with natural texture is a huge trend in women,” says Glianos. “For the creative types, bold geometric haircuts and shapes are holding strong. We’ve always been known as the place to go for great technical haircuts – we don’t use thinning scissors or razors, just scissors and a comb.”
Another thing to know: it’s not on the business’s website, but a small notice in the window announces walk-in blow-drys from $45. You can’t book in advance – just call and let them know you’re coming.
Glianos says the benefit of working in the area is the choice for coffee, food and after-work drinks, but he has his favourites: Gypsy for coffee, Apollo for dinner and Monopole for a drink. “Monopole do such a great job and are so consistent,” he says. “I love the chilled-out atmosphere – especially after the hustle and bustle of the hairdresser.”