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Sydney’s top 5 colourist salons

Julia Gralberg

In this day and age when hair colours are referred to as coffee, caramel, toffee and biscuit and our locks are being ‘painted’ by senior colour technicians, the colourist lingo can be ever so confusing – we hear ya.

Luckily there’s a bunch of ridiculously talented colour wizards in Sydney who are happy to take full charge of your mane. By transforming any over bleached Tara Reid hair into a vivacious champagne blonde à la Rosie Huntington-Whiteley they can make any girl cry (of joy).

And champagne blonde is here to stay. The 2017 hair trends are all about using advanced colour techniques to create natural tones, babylights and hair colours that slim your face, hallelujah!

So where do you go to transform your tresses into that perfect honey, beige biscuit blonde or to create that deep rich reddish chestnut glow?

Whether you are a blonde, brunette or a stunning redhead, if you want to experience the crème de la crème of highlights, lowlights, micro-foils, dip-dyes, balayages, tints and ombres, here are the salons you should definitely have on your speed dial when in Sydney.


  1. District Salon

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Situated on the roof of ‘The Stables’ in Surry Hills this multi-level creative salon is home to the industry leaders in the art of hair. This is where Sydneysiders flock to experience the very best of the city’s hair colour services whilst enjoying the comfort of a private massage chair.

The talented team at District Salon consists of colourists and editorial trained stylists as well as experienced cutters in case your mane needs a trim too.

352 Bourke Street, Surry Hills, Sydney NSW

Phone: (0)2 9331 8635


  1. RAW Anthony Nader

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Anthony Nader, who in 2006 received the title of Australian Hairdresser of the Year by The Australia Hair Fashion Journal, has worked on and directed shows in London, Milan, Paris, New York and in Sydney for Mercedes Benz Fashion Week.

Being the go-to hairdresser for the fashion industry and international celebrities, Anthony has turned RAW into one of the most visited hair salons in Australia.

And this is where every client receives the royal treatment not just the likes of Cate Blanchett, Gisele Bundchen, Hugh Jackman, Lily Cole, Miranda Kerr and Nicole Richie, who are all clients of the salon.

100 Commonwealth Street, Surry Hills, NSW

Phone: (0)2 9211 4444


  1. Edwards & Co

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Tucked away on the first floor of 99-103 Kippax Street in Surry Hills, this hidden warehouse studio is where some of Sydney’s most talented freelance hair and beauty stylists work from.

Directed by leading colourist Jays Edwards (who is also Lara Bingle’s hairdresser), the freelancers here are a bunch of ridiculously talented unique individuals who all put their own mark on their work.

And if you are looking for the perfect balayage, Remington Schulz is your man! Able to create the perfect blonde and the best brunette, this is the go-to hairdresser for Sydney’s bloggers and fashionistas – and should be yours too.

1/99-103 Kippax St, Sydney NSW

02) 9211 6631


  1. DD&CO

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Nestled in Sydney’s inner-west this modern studio, run by Jessica Di Donato, knows dip-dyes and foils.

Together with her internationally trained team the colourist of DD&CO are behind some of Sydney’s edgiest street looks.

The raw warehouse-styled studio, the massive American flag and the impressive graffiti art creates a cool Soho vibe transporting clients to the Big Apple in no time.

Bonus: the multiple selfie wall options (because every Instagram-feed needs a bit of colour)!

Precinct 75 -6.03/75 Mary Street, St Peters

+61 410 127 497


  1. Oscar Oscar, Paddington

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Oscar Oscar, located in the fashionable suburb of Paddington, is the home of some of Australia’s best hairdressers.

The salon’s creative team knows their highlights from lowlights and is frequently featured in leading fashion magazines’ when not busy working at Fashion Week Australia.

Famous among A-listers this studio provides an unforgettably luxurious experience. On top of transforming any tired tresses into a glamorous Va Va Voom, the studio is also offering clients a special refreshment menu, yum!

320 Oxford St, Paddington, Sydney, NSW

(02) 9360 7739



Julia Gralberg

Julia Gralberg is a freelance travel writer, editor of Hotel & Resort Guide, Lux Nomade and founder of Boutique Communications Consultancy, Lux Collective. When she isn’t busy jumping in hotel beds and eating her way through breakfast buffets you’ll find her on her yoga mat.