The best hairdressers and salons in Wollongong

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Who are the best hairdressers and salons in Wollongong? Photo: Lindsay Cash.

It’s a well accepted notion that a stylish hair cut that suits your features, skin tone, personality and lifestyle gives a major boost to your confidence. In other words, a new ‘do’ can create a new you.

If you’ve ever been to a hair salon that just doesn’t cut it, you’ll understand the importance of choosing a skilled and experienced hairdresser or colourist who can create that perfect unique look. But with so many hairdressers and hair salons in Wollongong, which should you choose?

In this article, we’ll outline the qualities to consider when choosing a hairdresser and hair salon, and share where to find the best in Wollongong

What makes a great hairdresser and salon?

Choosing the right hairdresser and salon boosts your confidence and ensures you’ll love the end result with your cut and colour. The best hairdressers are proactive. They advise you on the best shape and style for your hair type.

It can be helpful to keep the following in mind when choosing a hairdresser and hair salon in Wollongong:

  • Experience. Great hair salons have fully trained and experienced hairdressers who will create a look that flatters your features and gives you the colour and style you desire.
  • Reputation. You’ll want to choose a hairdresser and hair salon with a proven reputation. Check online for credentials, awards, training and length of time in business. Also take time to check online reviews.
  • Price. You’ll want to choose a hair salon that suits your budget and gives you value-for-money.
  • Technique. It’s best to select a salon that applies the most up-to-date techniques with cutting, colouring and styling. Select one that takes training seriously, including on modern trends and techniques.
  • Hygiene. You’ll want a salon with excellent hygiene practices. It’s more comfortable to be in a salon that is neat, tidy and super clean.

The best hairdressers and salons in Wollongong

Region Illawarra’s editorial team has compiled a comprehensive list of the most recommended businesses according to you.

To be listed in our Best in Wollongong series, each business needs to have maintained a minimum average of 4/5 stars on Google and Facebook, and have plenty of positive reviews.

Charli & Kate Hair Company

Operating in Wollongong and Shellharbour, the Charli & Kate brand was named after its owner's children - twin girls who according to their parents, "Capture the concepts of love, innocence, family, beauty, growth and development, all important elements of our brand."

Such dedication is backed by years of styling expertise and quality products only found in professional salons.

"100% recommend for anyone who wants to learn about their own hair, what to do, what not to and what products you could use, as well as get an amazing colour and cut," Sammie C says on Google.

Unity Hair

Unity Hair specialises in cutting, styling, colouring and treatments for a range of hair types.

Operating in an open, warm and relaxed salon, Unity staff start with a thorough consultation and hair analysis for each client. The team is well known for great haircare advice and carrying out complete transformations with ease.

Melanie Wilson writes on Google, "Great service, great price, patient and informative consultation for every service. Attractive clean salon with the best basin chairs I've ever sat in."

Haylo Hair and Beauty

Owner Hayley Duncan opened Haylo Hair and Beauty in 2016, with two decades of industry experience behind her.

Curly hair specialists, members of the Haylo team are renowned for their attention to textured hair types - so much so that they run their own masterclasses, designed to help other hairdressers better service curly-haired clients.

Staff also offer a range of beauty services, including but not limited to massages, facials, skin treatments, waxing, tinting, manicures and even tattoo removal.

Deco Hair and Beauty

Proudly providing the woman of Wollongong with a haven of beauty, luxury and indulgence.

This is the motto of central Wollongong salon, Deco Hair and Beauty. Creative director and master stylist Mitra Momeni says, "Our culture is all about excellence and meeting the changing needs of the modern woman."

This salon offers hair services (cutting, styling, updos, colour, treatments and extensions) and beauty treatments (threading and tinting), as well as makeup for special occasions such as formals and weddings.

Tangled Hair

Open Tuesday to Friday in the heart of Wollongong, Tangled Hair have plenty of rave reviews for their creation of 'gorgeous blondes' and 'seamless, lived-in colours'.

"11/10 experience! Relaxing, personalised and a beautiful airy salon, amazing colour specialists who take your hair health to the next level," Sara Mills said online.

Also offering cutting, styling and extensions, the team is highly trained and experienced with a variety of hair types, offering complementary consultations for extra peace of mind.

If you’re looking for more information on retail services in Wollongong, you might also like our articles on the best businesses Wollongong has to offer.

Your experience with hairdressers and salons in Wollongong

Thanks to our commenters who have provided insightful feedback. If you believe we have got it wrong, please let us know.

Do you have experience with any of the Wollongong hairdressers and salons listed above? If so, share your feedback in the comments below.

Frequently Asked Questions

How much does it cost to get my hair cut and coloured?

The cost depends on many factors. This includes the type of hair you have, the style you're after and the services you need. With colouring, for example, adding foils will increase the price. Check to see if your salon offers a free consultation session. Also ask for a detailed quote so you’re not caught by surprise.

How do I determine what hairstyle is best for my face shape?

Hairdressers at quality hair salons are trained to help you determine the best look. They’ll consider factors like the shape of your face, texture of your hair, your personality and your lifestyle.

Which colour will work best?

Choosing colour is an art in and of itself. A quality colourist will talk you through options based on your eye colour and skin tone. They’ll also discuss the latest seasonal colours.

What happens if I’m not happy with my hair cut and colour?

Check the hair salon’s policy before making an appointment to find out what happens if you’re not happy with the end result. If the salon didn’t do what they agreed to, you can push for a full refund or ask if the salon will fix your hair for free.

How long do hairdressers train before cutting hair?

Traditionally a hairdresser's apprentice, also known as a junior hairdresser, will study one day a week at a tertiary institution and work in a salon for the rest of the week, for two to three years to become fully qualified. Cuts completed by a junior hairdresser will usually be supervised by a senior hairdresser and come at a discounted rate.

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Mandy Sainsbury6:10 pm 15 Jun 24

Anaston Hair and Beauty in Warilla are absolutely amazing. From the moment you step into the salon you feel welcomed and like an old friend. The service is great and they do wonders with hair. They take the time to find out what you’re after, and explain how to style and use the right products. I cannot fault the girls at all.

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