While there may be an abundance of hairdressers throughout Sydney’s salubrious Eastern Suburbs, there exists an echelon of salons that are quite simply a cut above the rest. With reams of celebrity clients and editorial features to their name, a simple cut and dry doesn’t exactly cut the mustard these days. From extensions to foils to Keratin to hair masques, these are the people to trust with your tresses.
A brief scroll through their Instagram feed and we’ve decided it’s time to make an appointment. The team behind Edwards and Co. have quite the knack for turning a tussle of upkept strands into a luscious head of hair. The warehouse style business model allows hair and beauty experts to freelance within the space – effectively running their own businesses. Each stylist offers a niche service, ensuring truly personalised attention and you can be sure you’ll depart with the most on-trend and individualised look available. Balayage styles are a particular strongpoint (starting at $140 for retouches) and with Keratin treatments from $310 you can be sure that every hair is lovingly coaxed back to glossy health.
Surry Hills and Alexandria
A veritable god within the tempestuous world of hair, Joseph Mourad is synonymous with hair extensions. Ultrasonic Hair Extensions are available at his Double Bay Salon, whereby ultrasound vibrations work to bond the hair extensions rather than using heat, ensuring that the client’s natural hair isn’t damaged and the extensions are far more durable than other methods. A healthy portfolio of high profile clients cements his status as a pillar of the East and will ensure your locks are fit to wander amongst the elite of Double Bay.
475 New South Head Road, Double Bay
Uber cool in a way only Bondi knows how to achieve, ‘The Squad’ at Mob Hair in North Bondi ticks every box from Keratin treatments (they use Silk by Antonio Kozmas – top of the line), tints and styling to masques and extensions. The best part is that these guys know exactly how to play into the experience, offering tea, coffee, beer, wine and bubbles for those who are keen to properly indulge, AND there are Iphone and Android chargers readily available so you can scroll to your hearts content.
373 Old South Head Road, North Bondi
With over 30 years in the industry, Joh Bailey knows a thing or two about getting those locks into their top form. Glamour, style and luxury are the order of the day, with premium quality services taking precedence over trends and gimmicks. You’ll feel immediately at ease when placed in the hands of the Joh Bailey stylists, who’ve been sought after by countless celebrities and fashion titles for their consistently outstanding work across their colouring, styling and treatment packages.
Double Bay and Bondi Junction
Adored by bloggers and locals alike, the Oscar & Oscar brand has been renowned for not only their creation of impeccable hair, but for their entirely luxurious salon experience. Under the direction of Oscar Cullinan, who has twice been awarded Australian Hairdresser of the Year, Oscar & Oscar prides itself on their expert hair and styling advice and top of the range hair-care products. Be it a fresh colour, hair masque, highlights or a simple blow out, you’ll walk out of this Paddington salon looking very expensive.
320 Oxford Street, Paddington
Using Aveda products, the Shagg Hair Studio is known for specialising in extensions and its full offering of colouring services; glossing, tint regrowth, foils, scalp bleach – you name it, they do it. With over 50 shades of the highest quality hair extension on the market, you can go from a bob to Marcia Brady in one sitting. Their rustic, wooden floored salon is uber peaceful, and the wealth of experience across their team of stylists will have you feeling immensely calm in their care.
3/50 Macpherson Street, Bronte
This salon may be small, but the girls at QUE definitely know what they're doing when it comes to colour, thanks to Founder and Colour Director Monique McMahon. Having trained and worked in Paris and Los Angeles, Monique has established herself on the Sydney scene, both in her salon and at the QUE Academy - her collaborative education platform for burgeoning colourists. Needless to say, the girls here are talented and they more than deliver with a personalised colour and cut.
178 Liverpool Street, Darlinghurst
The Flagship Institut salon for Kératase in Australia, AlanaKristian is the ultimate hair and beauty escape for those in need of a luxurious pampering session. The crisp white palette and opulently ornate décor makes for a soothing background, as you indulge in a signature Kératase hair care ritual or an Olaplex form and smoothing treatment. If you’re just dropping in for a regrowth colour, why not kill two birds and have your brows tinted at the same time? It only seems sensible.
2/666 New South Head Road, Rose Bay
With expert advice across hair and beauty, Aesthete is a one-stop shop for those looking for love from the shoulders up. Moisture masques, Keratin and Opalex treatments are popular favourites, while their blow dry menu lets you personalise the curls you desire from your blow-dry. Their best-selling point? Unlimited blow-drys for an entire month will set you back just $150 – completely justifiable in our opinion. The Aesthete Beauty Room also offers unique beauty treatments including lash extensions, in-fills and makeup tattooing services.
99 O’Brien Street, Bondi Beach
With your appointment beginning with a thorough consultation and beverage to discuss your treatments of choice, from the outset it is clear that achieving your dreams is the core mantra of this Coogee salon. The rustic fit out is as charming as it is relaxing and the team of experienced styling staff are at the ready to answer any queries, anxieties or advice you may seek throughout the session. A comprehensive offering of beauty treatments is also available at Brown Sugar.
246 Coogee Bay Road, Coogee
An approach completely focused on the individuality of each client, the Inch philosophy is that every hairstyle should be tailored to suit the individual’s face shape, hair type and lifestyle. Taking a holistic approach to the service, you’ll feel completely at ease in the salon thanks to both the salon’s Zen ambience and the professionalism of the stylists taking care of you. Using Aveda’s Full Spectrum pure tone and pigments which are naturally derived, you can be sure that your hair will be left essentially damage free.
167 Glenayr Avenue, Bondi Beach
Frequently consulted by some of the country’s biggest names, Creative Director Renya Xydis has developed a team of hairdressers whose hands are coveted for their unparalleled styling skill. Sought after for editorial work across titles including Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar and Russh, pay a quick visit to their instagram feed and you’ll immediately see why their work is so highly rated. Opalex treatments, extensions, balayage, colour glaze and colour contouring are available along with all the standards.
20-22 Elizabeth Street, Paddington