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10 Best Austin Hair Salons

  • 6203 N Capital of Texas Hwy, Austin • Northwest Hills
    Elexa Martinez - Just took my son to get his first haircut post covid and I am so glad I made the drive to Sharkey's. Their staff was super friendly, the salon was super clean, my son loved sitting in the lighting maqueen chair and the hair cut was perfect and exactly what I was looking for. It is challenging to find a kids hair cut place that can scissors cut long shaggy hair and they did superb.
    Cindy Hawkins - Sharkey's cuts for kids specializes in making haircuts fun!
    Julio Martinez - My son's haircut was wonderful, they did a really great job layering his hair just right.
  • 1822 W 35th St, Austin • Rosedale
    Dustin Orrick - My wife loves this place and the only one that I know she ever goes to. Great Prices if you go with the "New Talent" option, but good prices and bookings are easy to make on the go even last minute.
    Michelle Powell - I've been going to Bradz since I moved here and it is a locally owned business by Brad who is kind a personable with everyone that comes in. I don't do anything complicated with my hair so I always do their New Talent Haircuts, but o matter who cuts my hair every stylist has done a great job.
  • 4800 Burnet Rd 430, Austin • Rosedale
    Liz Stella - This Burnet road-based salon consistently helps me feel and look good. They make you feel welcome for the whole experience. Top points for their Sharamey, she has the skills!
    Veronica Perez - So, I really debated on writing this review because my stylist was so sweet but after talking to multiple people about my experience I've decided to share.

    I was looking for a stylist that can work with a pixie since my usual girl is all booked up through March. When I called I specifically asked for someone that could work with pixies and that I needed it cleaned up on the bottom half. I got to my appointment about 15 minutes early, they were pretty polite, asked me if I wanted anything to drink, and I proceeded to wait for my stylist to come and get me. Throughout the haircut she was very friendly, chatted with me, and was just overall pleasant.

    About halfway through the cut, my stylist cuts me pretty significantly on my right ear. She is extremely apologetic, gets someone to help her because the bleeding didn't want to stop, and just continues To profusely apologize and let me know how she has never cut anyone before. I let her know the accidents happen, but it did definitely affect her confidence because she pulls out the clippers instead of continuing with a scissor cut like we had previously discussed. By this point I just want the cut to be over because I get it, you feel bad you cut me, but I'm the one that is still bleeding. The stylus was sweet and I truly do believe accidents happen so the one start is not for her effort, it's for what came when it was time to check out.

    Not only were they NOT apologetic for my poor experience with getting cut at their salon, there was not even an offer of a discount or anything to show "hey your service is appreciated and we're sorry you had less than excellent service today". I have never been cut at a hair salon before so I was expecting some sort of a discount for this poor experience, but after talking to several people they were surprised that my haircut wasn't free. I have been going to Salon's that tend to be on the pricey side because I enjoyed the experience, the products, and I truly believe you get what you pay for. But at this location, I did not get what I paid for. I got cut, I have a huge scab on my ear in two spots because I was cut into different parts on my ear, and I will never go back to the salon again. If your customers have less than stellar experience and you are charging over $60 for a haircut, then the experience better be amazing.

    I am extremely disappointed in my experience at ritual salon and you must do something to revise your policies on how you support your customers when your stylist do not do an amazing job. The stylist was very sweet and I am OK with the haircut I received, but the entire experience has left a bad taste in my mouth and you should avoid this place if you want professional customer service.
    recommended by Sara Belll Davila
  • 5601 Brodie Ln 1000 suite 106, Austin • South Austin
    Courtney Smith - Tiffany is the best barber in town. She is knowledgeable, kind, on time, and stocks her suite with beer and snacks.
    recommended by tiffany hale
  • 3801 S Congress Ave 105, Austin • South Austin
    Liz Stella - I've seen Vanessa a few times here and I've always appreciated her thoughtful and honest approach to cutting. She's a great stylist and the place is very cute with boutique offerings too including some clothing and jewelry.
    Theresa Villegas-Shipman - Kate is awesome! I love my summer cut! Straight or curly it’s gorgeous!!🥰
    recommended by Suzanne Daniels
  • 10515 N. Mopac Expy NB, Ste. 215, Austin
    Julie Joyce - My son and husbands go to haircut place. They feel safe with the Covid precautions that are in place.
    recommended by Daniel Ouellette
  • 1206 W 38th St 1107, Austin • Rosedale
    Chelsea Stepter - The salon is beautiful and Jaclyn is the best! Great conversation, great cut (even for my tricky curls) and an amazing colorist.
    recommended by Shelley Delayne
  • 300 S Lamar Blvd, Austin • Zilker
    Cara Lyons - I love love love Nikki! She know how to take care of her guests and has built an amazing team.
  • 800 W 3rd St, Austin • Downtown
    Taylor Baker - Karlee is the best for color + cuts!
    recommended by Crysta Polvinale
  • 2004 S Congress Ave, Austin • Travis Heights
    Kimberly Horne - Jimmy is the best. I'm always really happy with my hair when I leave and he's a great conversationalist.

About Hair Salon Services

Finding the right salon for your hair needs can be daunting, especially when you’re looking for a transformation. It all comes down to what you want, whether it’s a new dramatic cut and color, a blowout, or a stylish, refreshed look sculpted and shaped to the latest hair trends. Stylists at these salons are hair experts, trained to understand the texture, shape, and color of hair, and correct those at-home DIY jobs that left you asking DIWhy. They understand your needs, the look you desire, and the right products for you to maintain happy, healthy hair at home until your next visit.

To help you differentiate some of the various services they provide, we’ll highlight some recent hair trends, techniques, and processes commonly used to help you decide. Of course, you should always consult your hair stylist to determine if it’s right for your hair (and right for your budget).

Balayage

From the French word that translates “to sweep” or “to paint”, balayage is a popular hair trend that some simply call hair painting because color is quite literally painted on your hair with a brush. This effect gives the hair a more natural highlight with softer regrowth lines, enabling you to grow your hair longer between appointments. Not only is it more cost-effective than foiling, since it takes less time and uses less product, but is also lower maintenance and works great on both light and dark hair.

Ombre Vs. Sombre

Whereas balayage is a dye or tone directly painted into the hair, the ombre effect is achieved from a foiling technique, where the hair is sectioned off before application, then wrapped in foil for processing. It starts with darker roots and lightens with a casual fade through the middle of your hair to its lightest point at the hair ends. Ombre can be done in all types of different colors (browns, blondes and reds are most common), and is usually more dramatic and eye-catching, but does require more maintenance as your natural hair color comes in at the roots.

Sombre is the flip side of the ombre coin. The S in Sombre stands for “subtle” and “softer.” With Sombre, your natural hair roots are kept as is, but lighten in color toward the ends. This is a popular style for brunettes to brighten hair with hints of golden, caramel, golden and blonde tones and requires less maintenance between appointments than a standard ombre, as the lighter sections of hair start higher for a naturally blended, gradual fade.

Bleach and Tone

Bleach and toning hair is a two-step process, at times requiring a follow-up appointment once the hair is healthy (which can be up to ten days later). In some instances, both processes can be done in the same day if the hair is healthy enough. Since the bleaching process removes the pigment completely from your hair, it causes the hair to be fragile and needs to regain health before being toned.

Depending how long the bleach is left in the hair and how dark your hair is to begin with, it can sometimes leave brassy undertones in hair. Toner helps to neutralize the brassy and warm undertones of hair, and brings your hair to the shade you desire (platinum, blonde, etc.). Purple shampoo also helps tone out unwanted warm shades for natural blondes, but your hair might require an ammonia-based toner to when you’re making a more dramatic color change. Since roots will come in with your natural color, you’ll need to make regular appointments for touch-ups, which does make bleaching hair a considerable investment.

Pricing

Full Balayage - $170-$220+
Partial Balayage - $130-$160+
Full Ombre/Sombre - $80-200+
Partial Ombre/Sombre - $100-120+
Bleach and Tone - $120-$200+

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Sam Solomon
3 months ago • Austin
Best hairdresser that does long layers and bangs…go!!!! Thank you!
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Dana Boyd
3 months ago • Austin
Im looking for a stylist in the Lakeway area who specializes in color, and long wavy/curly hair! Thanks so much!! 😊
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Julie King
5 months ago • Southeast Austin
Hey can you recommend good affordable hair salons? I want to get my hair done either blow out or loose curls. But not pay a lot of money. This is f...
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