A great hair day doesn’t happen by chance, it happens by appointment. One of the things we have missed most this lockdown is the chance to visit our favourite hair salon for a cut, colour and catch-up. When restrictions ease, we’ll be rushing back for some much-needed care. For now, though, we suggest you purchase a voucher from your favourite hair salon if they have them available. Whether you gift it or use it to pay for your next appointment, this easy gesture will help tide hairdressers over during this challenging time.
The 2021 Denizen Everyday Heroes saw over 12,000 votes cast in support of local businesses, with the aim of shining a light on the people and places whose services we rely upon. Here are Auckland’s best hair salons, as voted by the city’s many beauty buffs.
MOST VOTED: M11 Studio, Newmarket
Staking its luxurious place on the corner of Newmarket’s McColl Street, M11 Studio has solidified its reputation for excellence across all categories of haircare, styling, maintenance, and even makeup services, since it was founded by Mobeen Bhikoo and Trish Mathews in early 2016. Both have decades of experience in the industry, and a great eye for contemporary cuts and colours that are expertly executed to be effortlessly worn by their clients — as do M11’s team of highly accomplished and experienced stylists. From the moment one is welcomed into the award-winning, Hare Interiors-designed salon, an appointment at M11 is a welcome oasis of pampering, fit for the most discerning of clients.
HONOURABLE MENTION: Colleen, Karangahape Road
With its recognisable window of greenery, Colleen invites its many loyal clients to sit back and relax — even among the urban buzz of Karangahape Road. Founded by top New Zealand hairstylist Lauren Gunn, the salon may have a casual, carefree vibe — but it’s backed up with a truckload of skill and attention to detail from each of the talented stylists. The overall philosophy centres on helping clients achieve their hair goals while keeping each head of tresses in tip-top condition, and Colleen’s team are an inspiring bunch, often involved in editorial fashion projects, which gives them a well-rounded viewpoint and skillset.
HONOURABLE MENTION: D&M Hair Design, Ponsonby
Multi-award winning salon D&M Hair Design was founded by Danny Pato and Michael Sisaengrath 15 years ago and remains beloved and respected today for its high calibre of service and skill — plus, a hefty dose of creativity. The team’s passion for what they do is palpable, with a comprehensive in-house training programme that keeps each stylist, colourist and assistant abreast of the latest international trends and techniques. Instantly recognisable from the large-scale photo editorials on its Redmond St windows, D&M’s lively salon and its resident team welcome even new clients like old friends.
The rest of the best…
Loxy’s, Commercial Bay & Ponsonby
Hare & Hunter, Remuera
Stephen Marr, Newmarket
ANCO Studio, Viaduct Harbour
Chloe Zara Hair, Auckland CBD
Commune, Grey Lynn
Frenchie & Co, Herne Bay & Takapuna
Amiee Marie Hair Studio, Beach Haven
French Revolver, Auckland CBD
Marilyn’s Hairdressing, Remuera