Be it a breezy balayage or the perfect chignon, the Inner West is home to swathes of luxe boutiques ready to design your personalised look. These salons are our top 10 picks, guaranteeing that this year your summer style is better than ever.
Owner Jessica Di Donato and her gutsy all-girl team have created an incredible salon space; neon lights, cacti, midwestern accoutrements and a speakeasy barber all aptly arranged gives the feeling you’re about to be styled by the LA’s latest and greatest. With Di Donato and her protégées at the helm, your hair is in the hands of miracle workers with a penchant for the daring.
Suite 6.03 75 Mary Street, St Peters
Located in the heart of Annandale and set in a picturesque chapel, the space ties tranquility with design to great effect. Using strictly premium products, the salon’s highly skilled stylists design distinctive, effortless looks under the guidance of Mikele Simone and Richi Grisillo. An impressive editorial portfolio underlines ACADÉMIE’s ongoing success in the industry. Hair treatments and beauty sessions are also available upon request.
110 Johnston Lane, Annandale
The Inner West boasts some of its best work with Head Over Heels, a fern-laden salon with all the trimmings of an urban retreat. With a curated crew of colourists, cutters, editorial stylists and makeup artists (yes, they ace that too) anything from your shoulders up is the design territory of this well versed team.
3/325 King Street, Newtown
In a plush boutique brimming with antique décor resides the hair and beauty concept that is Esstudio Galleria. The eclectically styled studio has a rich beauty offering, including lash extensions and manicures as well as a legendary reputation for the best blow-dry’s in Sydney. Few places offer head-to-toe pampering sessions, and we have it on good authority that the massage chair is reason enough to book an appointment.
5 Queen Street, Chippendale
With over 15 national titles under their belt, the Stevie English team has quite the reputation for dramatic colour transformations (check out their hair strobing) and is one of the few Sydney salons using in-demand Matrix products. While undeniably achieving their goal to create a cool, unique salon, the Stevie English salon also strives to maintain an environmental conscience by carrying products that are low chemical, eco-friendly and ammonia, paraben and sulphate free. Now you can feel gorgeous and virtuous about your next appointment.
53 Glebe Point Road, Glebe
With a mission to embrace individuality and harness beauty, Audrey & Him is an established mainstay of the Newtown style scene – with good reason.
The understated, art deco feel of the salon gives an instant wave of confidence that your desires will be respected and executed with careful attention to detail. Senior Stylists aplenty, the salon’s one staff / one client approach makes you remember what personal service used to feel like.
281 Australia Street, Newtown
Boutique salon Winne Mac is the brain and love child of Jordan Winzer. Seasoned in leading salons across Sydney and London, the avid lover of balayage hair colouring, short textured cuts and mens cuts felt the time was right to settle into his own place and provide a service that is all about you. Being a one-man show, Winzer has the passion and time to ensure that you leave looking and feeling a million bucks. Visit Jordan’s chilled out, light-filled salon to find the effortless result you’ve been looking for.
321 Illawarra Road, Marrickville
With decades of experience between them, Joe Leszek and Tara Sutton lead the team at Stanley & Co and are veritable masters at tailoring each individual style to create a distinctly personalised look. In an intimate, chic, old school salon, the focus remains on achieving precisely what you want; an attentive service that’s notoriously hard to find in the industry.
116 Abercrombie Street, Chippendale
Self proclaimed ‘hairdressers for humans’ (immaculately groomed humans that is) Noddys On King are the proud holders of an impeccable reputation and countless awards to match. Under close creative guidance from Phillip Galbraith and Shane Henning, Noddys On King provides reputable styling advice and faultless service with every visit.
88 King Street, Newtown
Portuguese for ‘hair’, this salon really is all about the culture of cabelo – the bolder the better. Word of mouth has done wonders for this imaginative salon in Pyrmont. Unperturbed by any daring colour or cut you have in mind; trust that the hairdressers at Cabelo Culture will go over and above expectations.
101 Miller Street, Pyrmont