We’ve all punched into Google “hairdressers near me” in a moment of panic. Your favourite hairdresser may have let you down. Your local salon closed. You’ve moved cities (or countries) and are looking to kick off a committed relationship with a totally new hairdresser.
Looking for the right hairdresser starts with looking for the right salon — where they receive their training and the tools for the job.
So, whether you’re looking for a #revengehair, want to try a trending style like the jellyfish haircut or need a salon that specialises in curls, we’ve scoured Sydney to find the best hairdressers near you.
The Salon for All Seasons: Edwards and Co.
Locations: 1/99-103 Kippax Street, Surry Hills and 586 Crown Street, Surry Hills
Edwards & Co, directed by Jaye Edwards, is one of the best-loved salons in Sydney, or indeed Australia, with locations in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, the Gold Coast, Byron Bay and Noosa. If you live in Australia, there will probably be an Edwards & Co hairdresser somewhere near you.
This salon specialises in cutting-edge cuts, bulletproof colour and hair extensions. With products by Color Wow and Virtue in store, you can be sure you’re getting the best. Edwards and Co is also the perfect salon for those who need to work during their five hour hair transformation. With working desks and super-fast wifi, you don’t need to make up a “five-hour medical appointment” excuse to ensure your mane is on-point.
Best Salon for Balayage: The Society Salon
Location: 785 New South Head Rd, Rose Bay
Looking for the perfect balayage?
The Society Salon is the go-to salon in the Eastern suburbs for free-hand balayage, impeccable bronde colours and cuts that will leave you with swoon-worthy waves. The Society Salon hairsdresses use only the best products, from Oribe to Davines.
You’ll receive a luxurious experience, with quality coffee, sparkling water and champagne on tap, and you’ll leave relaxed and refreshed. Even better, The Society Salon partners with Sustainable Salons, an organisation that recycles materials like foils and soft plastics on behalf of salons.
Best Salon For Curls: Rumbie & Co
Location: 1/130 – 144 Cleveland St, Chippendale
Hairdressers at Rumbie & Co specialise in curls, and Rumbie & Co hairdressers have a focus on education. While they’re known for their dry cut and curl-defining process, they’ll also help you discover your natural curl type and teach you the best way to style your hair at home.
Best of all, their pricing is gender-neutral, so you won’t find a “pink tax” here.
Most Iconic Salon: Raw by Anthony Nader
Location: 100 Commonwealth St, Surry Hills
Raw by Anthony Nader is an award-winning salon founded by an award-winning stylist. Anthony Nader has won Hairdresser of the Year, Editorial Session Stylist of the Year and the Australian Masters’ Award, so you’ll know your locks are in safe hands at Raw. Of course, there are also expertly trained hairdressers on deck.
Best Salon For Colour-Recovery: Stevie English Hair
Location: 153 Glebe Point Rd, Glebe NSW 2037
Stevie English Hair is a trendy hair salon specialising in creative haircuts, colour transformations and hair styling. At Stevie English, hairdressers cater to clients who are looking for unique and expressive hairstyles. Stylists are trained in innovative techniques and unconventional approaches to colour — you’ll walk out with a look totally unique to you.
This writer can attest to English’s skills — he took packet-jet black hair to soft healthy blonde in a day. If you’ve ever found yourself furiously Googling “hairdressers near me” after making (and immediately regretting) a spontaneous hair decision, book here.
Best Salon for TikTok Trending Styles: Usfin Atelier
Location: Shop 5/591 George St, Sydney NSW 2000
Did you know the TikTok trending “jellyfish” cut, referred to by the New York Times as the “avant-garde cousin of the mullet,” is a punk iteration of the “hime” or “princess” cut that can be traced back to the ninth century Heian period in Japan? Now you do.
In the early 00s, the style experienced an explosion in popularity on the streets of Taiwan, and now TikTok creators are inspired by The Legend of Zelda and Final Fantasy. Want to try the trend? Head to globally renowned studio Usfin Atelier, conveniently located on George Street.
Usfin Atelier hair salons can be found in Tokyo, Osaka, Hong Kong, New York and Amsterdam. They also specialise in perms, permanent straightening and editorial cuts. Communication is vital with any haircut or colour, particularly a trending one. Many stylists on the team are bilingual, and you can find a stylist who speaks your preferred language here.
Best Salon for Hair Extensions: Emilly Hadrill Hair & Extensions
Location: 230, Glenmore Road, Paddington
Emilly Hadrill, Hair & Extensions offers the best extension in Sydney, along with excellent cut and colour services. They’ll layer multiple shades to ensure you get a perfect, natural look.