Is anything as elusive as a good hairdresser these days? There might be a veritable onslaught of glossy manes on Instagram, but often, locating the people behind them can prove difficult.
In Melbourne, often regarded as one of Australia’s style capitals, this hunt is made all the more difficult by the fact there seems to be a hair salon on every corner.
But identifying tour mane man or woman (pun intended) is a lifetime decision and one that can bring great happiness, and bouncy, shiny locks, long into the future.
To help you decide, we’ve rounded up marie claire’s picks for the best hairdressers, and most luxurious hair salons, in Melbourne.
Saint Louie, Melbourne CBD
Founded by two friends, this extremely trendy laneway haunt combines modern, streamlined aesthetics with a rock-and-roll attitude. While there, you’re likely to bump into a famous muso or off-duty model, but Saint Louie does classic, elegant hair just as well as it does an ultra-cool shag cut or messy curtain bangs.
26 Russell Place, Melbourne VIC, (03) 9650 1001.
Organika Hair, Carlton
As the name suggests, this salon is heavily focused on healthy, all-natural hair free of toxins and environment-harming chemicals. Founder Sarah Di Iorio created the business after suffering adverse reactions to hair products and deciding there had to be a better way. The salon’s light-filled, playful interior reflects their pared-back approach to hair.
161 Elgin Street Carlton 3053, (03) 9041 4824.
Hues Hair, Richmond
Founded by hairdresser Jamie Hughes in 2016, this eye-catching salon looks more like an art installation than your usual hair hub. Designed by Melbourne-based architect Adriana Hana (her Instagram will give you major interior envy), Hues specialises in using products low in harsh chemicals and boasting plenty of all-natural active ingredients, as well as out-of-the-box pastel dye jobs and lustrous blow waves.
211 Swan Street, Richmond VIC, (03) 9427 1785.
UVA Salon, Prahran
Known for her trademark waves, which have become the hairstyle of choice for models, actresses and influencers (Gigi Hadid, Pia Miller and Jennifer Hawkins, to name a few) hairstylist Marie Uva and her team of professionals can always be relied upon for flawless, glossy and perfectly-hued hair.
175 Greville St, Prahran VIC, (03) 9521 2177.
Edwards and Co, Melbourne CBD
With salons all around Australia and plenty of famous fans, Edwards and Co has earned its place as one of the most trusted hairdressers. With clients known for their honey-hued balayage and waist-length beach waves, you can rest easy knowing you’ll come out of the salon looking like a Victoria’s Secret model. The light-filled, arty salon spaces don’t hurt either.
1/22 Punch Ln, Melbourne VIC 3000, (03) 9639 5188.
Joey Scandizzo Salon, South Yarra
Joey Scandizzo is a one-man hair empire and this perennially pumping salon is his hub. Filled with talented cutters and colourists who work quickly, efficiently and beautifully, this conveniently located salon is a go-to for women all over Melbourne who want rich girl hair all year round. Our tips? Natalia for cut and Courtney for colour.
168-172 Toorak Road, South Yarra VIC, (03) 9827 7503
Cream Melbourne, Fitzroy
With its quintessentially Melbourne location (you can hear the ding of passing trams) and funky vibe, this is a salon for those who want a playful, low-maintenance cut and colour. Their speciality is a perfectly messy bob, without a doubt.
Level 1, 296 Brunswick Street Fitzroy VIC, (03) 9415 1717.