When they want to book in for balayage, the perfect brunette or a bouncy blow-dry, North Shore locals are spoilt for choice. Home to some of the best hair salons in Sydney, this Northern enclave promises the ultimate in pamper treatments. Pull up a chair at the 9 salons that are a cut (or glossy colour) above the rest.
Wild Life’s flagship salon, Origin, is a firm favourite – and not just because of its jaw-dropping views of the harbour. Director Jane Wild has scooped up the Australian Hairdresser of the Year award a few times, and her team of stylists and colourists are experts. The warm welcome is part of Wild Life’s ‘Client Journey Ideology’, which is all about the little things, like barista-made coffee from Side Park Café next door.
20 Alfred Street, Milsons Point
Occupying an Art Deco-inspired space in Willoughby, this salon offers a top-to-toe beauty experience. In 2010, Sage won North Shore’s Best Hair Salon, and it boasts a loyal, well-heeled client base. If you book in for a colour, you’ll also get a complimentary hair treatment and hand massage – one of the many benefits of a two-in-one hair and beauty salon.
557 Willoughby Road, Willoughby
A northside institution, The Salon believes that your locks are an extension of your personality. Whether you’re going for a natural look or in the mood to mix it up, the team will help you to achieve what you want while boosting the health of your hair. The salon has a boutique vibe, and that’s reflected in the personalised service and attention to detail.
Shop 7, 450 Miller Street, Cammeray
When it comes to coveted awards, é Salon has won them all, including the Hair Expo Salon Team of the Year three times. It’s helmed by Emiliano Vitale and Lisa Muscat Vitale, who are key fixtures at fashion weeks across the globe – so you know they’re ahead of the game. Each visit starts with a consultation to map out your cut and colour.
7/2 Redleaf Avenue, Wahroonga
An oasis in Chatswood Chase, Luc Espace is an Aveda salon that gives clients a sensory experience from start to finish. Every service starts with Aveda’s Stress-Relieving Ritual, which is a neck and scalp massage using an aromatic essential oil to match your mood. Along with its colour work and upstyles, the salon is known for its sustainability practices. Hello, feel-good factor.
Shop 100A, Chatswood Chase, 345 Victoria Avenue, Chatswood
Another Chatswood Chase gem, Luxe is a sleek spot to get your strands cut, styled and coloured. It’s most popular for balayage, and it also offers hydrating, straightening and smoothing treatments, like the Charcoal Relaxing Treatment (which uses keratin and charcoal extracts to smooth the hair, with results lasting two months), and the Brazilian Blowout for shiny, frizz-free hair.
Shop G059, Chatswood Chase, 345 Victoria Avenue, Chatswood
Located in the North Sydney CBD, Sloans makes it easy for professionals to pop in for a lunchtime appointment. Along with a slew of cutting-edge hair services, the salon also provides professional beauty treatments, so you can do some mane-tenance and treat yourself to a mani-pedi at the same time. Better yet, the salon is open til late on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursday.
Shop 3, 141 Walker Street, North Sydney
The family-run Linquist Hair is a 60-year success story. From the beginning, its motto has been ‘Great Hair, Great Care’, and its goal is to give clients a consistent, comfortable experience. The salon specialises in straightening and retexturising curly or unruly hair with the help of top-notch treatments like AgaveSmooth, Kerasmooth and Bio Ionic. It also does semi-permanent and permanent colour.
372 Pacific Hwy, Lindfield
For more than 15 years, TONI&GUY has been a North Shore go-to for everything from cuts and colour to Keratin treatments, extensions and upstyling. In a prime position on bustling Military Road, it attracts both loyal clients and walk-ins looking for the signature, beachy blow-dry. Oh, and it’s licensed, so you can enjoy a glass of bubbly while tending to your tresses. Go on, then…
735 Military Road, Mosman