Whilst we all know that it’s beauty on the inside that matters most, there’s no shame in striving for good hair days. And thanks to these hairdressing maestros, that dream can become a reality. Covering a range of budgets and specialities, we’ve lined up the best hair salons Hong Kong has to offer for all your haircare needs. Whether you’re going for a trim or a complete makeover, rest assured these hairdressers will tame your tresses and leave you feeling your very best.
Sozo is a Japanese boutique hair salon that’s all about giving you the confident feeling of a great hair day, every day. After years at TONI&GUY, as well as experience in Tokyo and Sydney, Sozo’s founder, Yoko Hisatomi Lane, took the plunge and opened her own salon – much to our delight! Business has since grown in leaps and bounds, with Sozo now boasting a team of highly-trained international stylists ready to give you the hair of your dreams. The salon has particular expertise in colouring, straightening and perm treatments, combining a wealth of experience with Japanese attention to detail (make sure to ask about the salon’s Olaplex and New S-Aqua offerings!). We also love how each stylist really takes the time to listen to your needs, as well as explaining and demonstrating how to style your new ‘do going forward, enabling you to achieve that “straight-from-the-salon” look every day. If that wasn’t enough, Sozo gets extra brownie points from us because it allows you to donate your hair to charity (provided you meet the criteria).
Sassy Perk: Mention Sassy when booking your next colouring service to get an Olaplex treatment for $200 (worth up to $700). Applicable for one-time use only.
Sozo Hair Design, 3/F, Worldwide Commercial Building, 34 Wyndham Street, Central, Hong Kong, 2353 5025, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.sozohairdesign.com
With three locations across the city, Japanese salon AUBE prides itself on bringing Tokyo-quality services to Hong Kong. Its expert Japenese stylists all have extensive experience and strive to turn their client’s beauty ideas into reality. Opt for AUBE’s combination treatments, which brings together a mix of services at special prices (head here for more info!). The best part? You can get an organic head spa treatment and a pedicure while relaxing in the lie-flat “YUME” shampooing stations. Bliss!
AUBE, various locations across Hong Kong, www.aube-hongkong.com
If a transformative new look is what you’re after, head to Blonde Boudoir. Established by a collective of world-class expat hairdressers, the team here is known for its mastery of colour. As the name suggests, the salon is particularly skilled in creating gorgeous blonde hues, ranging from creamy blonde to icy blonde, strawberry blonde and more, though the team also love dabbling in luscious chocolate brunettes, flaming coppery redheads and dreamy pastels. As for the cut, taking into account the challenges of Hong Kong humidity, the Blonde Boudoir stylists work to give you a haircut that respects the natural texture of your hair.
Blonde Boudoir, G/F, 46 Elgin Street, Central, Hong Kong, 6804 5737, blondeboudoir.sg/hk-salon
Daz Hair remains one of Hong Kong’s longest running salons – for good reason! Its international team of stylists (handpicked by founder Darrin Usher) is qualified to cater to “all cultures of clients”. With its recently renovated space, the salon prides itself on its relaxed atmosphere and personable experience. Expect the latest balayage and creative colouring techniques, to be used alongside the industry’s freshest products
DAZ Hair, 2/F, Tung Chai Building, 86-90 Wellington Street, Central, Hong Kong, 2956 3668, email@example.com, www.dazhk.com
Does prosecco and pampering sound like your perfect pairing? Alongside free refreshments, Elaine Swanson is also able to offer over 20 years of industry experience – with special expertise in catering to blonde tones. The team here offers a variety of services, from colour and cut, to straightening and extensions. Looking to pamper a loved one? The salon’s gift cards are perfect for an indulgent treat.
Elaine Swanson, 3/F, 9 Cochrane Street, Central, Hong Kong, 2543 8999, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.elaineswanson.com
emmanuel f. believes that the perfect cut and colour should be fuss-free and able to be easily styled at home. To help with this, the salon (now in a new Wellington Street location), offers personalised one-on-one consultations to suggest what’s best for your hair type, face shape and personality. As the cherry on top, emmanuel f. takes an eco-conscious approach to styling, using only natural, certified organic and eco-friendly ingredients and products, as well as implementing a number of sustainable practices (including organic cotton towels to water-saving equipment!). When you’re done with your hair, pop by the dedicated spa for a “treat yo self” pamper.
emmanuel f., G/F, 176 Wellington Street, Central, Hong Kong, 2167 8280, WhatsApp: 6016 1753, www.emmanuelf.com
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“Where London high fashion meets wearable hair”, is the ethos of this slick London-renowned hairdressing brand. Set against the backdrop of a fun, relaxed and fuss-free environment, essensuals benefits from Toni & Guy’s cutting-edge training system. Head here for playful, on-trend looks which are equal parts beautiful and attainable. The treatments offered here range from haircuts to balayage and ombre, straightening and more.
essensuals, 2/F, 2 On Lan Street, Central, Hong Kong, 2191 9819, email@example.com, www.essensuals.hk
Occupying a glossy 4,400 square-foot space, Glow Spa & Salon offers a whole menu of specialist hair, body and beauty treatments all under one roof (including microblading, spray tans, and more). Speaking of hair in particular, the colour and cut services come with a complimentary consultation to ensure all treatments align with “your lifestyle, hair care routine, and hair goals”. Glow also provides hair smoothing, specialist afro services and is even the first officially- accredited Gold Fever luxury hair extension salon in Hong Kong.
Glow Spa, 8/F, Silver Fortune Plaza, 1 Wellington Street, Central, Hong Kong, 2525 5198, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.glowspa.hk
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A woman of many talents, Anitha Nair spent several years reaching the dizzying heights of Bollywood before deciding to follow her other passion – hairdressing. She attended the Vidal Sassoon academy in San Francisco and also received training at Hong Kong’s Paul Gerrard. Since then, she has quickly amassed well-deserved street cred! Specialising in cuts, colour and styling (including elegant bridal tresses), Anaitha’s touch of Bollywood glam is hard to beat.
Hair By Anaitha Nair, The Coronation, 1 Yau Cheng Road, South Kowloon, Hong Kong, email@example.com, www.anaithanair.com
Having previously partnered with Chanel, Dior, Burberry, Lane Crawford and more, local salon Hair Corner is at the pulse of all things hair. In addition to the standard cut and colour treatments, this pick also offers hair transplants, hair spas and health consultation services. We like to visit its Da Vinci-inspired Leonardo3 Museum Hair Corner branch in K11 MUSEA for a fusion of hairdressing and Italian-style decor.
Hair Corner, various locations across Hong Kong, www.hair-corner.com
With salons in Hong Kong, Taipei and Toronto, local brand Hair Culture has amassed a truly global reputation for “creating dynamic hairstyles”. It’s no surprise to learn that the salon is in high demand for commercials, cover-shooting, and fashion shows! Hair Culture’s knowledgeable stylists can support all client requests, catering to the local media and entertainment industry as well as us non-famous folk when we’re looking to freshen up our style.
Hair Culture (Tsim Sha Tsui), 1 – 2/F, Ashley Nine, 9 – 11 Ashley Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong, 2317 8888
Hair Culture (Central), 6/F, 1 Lyndhurst Tower, 1 Lyndhurst Terrace, Central, Hong Kong, 2317 8886, www.hairculture.com.hk
A leader in the world of luxury hair styling, Il Colpo Group has amassed a strong following of loyal clients (celebs included!) over its 30 years of business. An oldie but a goldie, this pick excels in providing premium hair services. Today, the company has over 30 hair and beauty outlets across Hong Kong and China, with no plans to slow down anytime soon! In addition to hairdressing, Il Colpo offers services for photo shoots and campaign styling too.
Il Colpo Group, various locations across Hong Kong, www.ilcolpo.com.hk
Equipped with an expert team of internationally and locally qualified stylists and therapists, Indulgence offers more than meets the eye. Its range of beauty services include bridal treatments, nails, beauty and, of course, a gorgeous hairdressing salon. Whether you’re after a new colour, fresh cut or an afternoon of indulgence, this salon will have you covered, from head to toe.
Indulgence, 22/F, Silver Fortune Plaza, 1 Wellington Street, Central, Hong Kong, 2815 6600, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.indulgence.hk
Prepare to feel like you’ve stepped into a Parisian boutique upon arrival at La Biosthetique’s chic Coiffure Beaute Salon. With its headquarters set a stone’s throw away from the Arc de Triomphe in France, the brand is steeped in over sixty years of success. All services are performed using products created in-house by its laboratories, with emphasis placed on continued learning and innovation. Did we mention that they’re all cruelty free to boot? The products are available for purchase at the salon – perfect for indulging in a slice of Parisian luxe at home!
La Biosthetique, 17/F, Tak Woo House, 17-19 D’Aguilar Street, Central, Hong Kong, 2191 2222, www.labiosthetique.com.hk
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As well as taking the top spot as Best Salon in our “Sassy Best of Hong Kong Reader Awards 2019”, Love Hair has an ethical focus. The boutique salon is dedicated to using natural and healthier products, great for both your hair and the environment. If that wasn’t enough, the beautiful interiors have been conscientiously designed (think eco-flooring, reclaimed wood shelving and locally-filtered water). Love Hair remains a Team Sassy favourite (it’s been tried and tested by many of the girls in the office!) so we can 100% vouch for its services! Just don’t forget to book in advance – appointments fill up fast.
Love Hair, 1/F, 99F Wellington Street, Central, Hong Kong, 2458 0190, email@example.com, www.lovehairhk.com
Having opened its doors over 25 years ago, Paul Gerrard has earned a stellar reputation in the 852 hair care scene. Based along Pottinger Street, the salon adheres to the mantra that each client is an individual. The team knows how to listen and advise, going above and beyond to make sure that you have a relaxing experience. If you’re after other beauty treatments, you need only to pop downstairs for its nail salon, makeup and skincare services.
Paul Gerrard, 1/F & 2/F, Wah Hing House, 33-35 Pottinger Street, Central, Hong Kong, 2869 4408, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.paulgerrard.com
With multiple locations dotted across Hong Kong, Private i Salon has to be one of the most convenient options on our list. Established over twenty years ago, the salon covers all things beauty, including hair and makeup, manicures and pedicures. The salon uses coveted hair care products sourced straight from Japan – an industry gold standard. Have a special occasion coming up? Grab the girls and book into one of its VIP rooms (private, as the name suggests!), for a day of indulgence.
Private i Salon, various locations across Hong Kong, www.privateisalon.com
Raw is a down-to-earth, vibrant salon in Soho that strongly believes your hairstyle should project your personality – and it works with you to do exactly that! The talented avant-garde staff specialise in a variety of hair treatments, including basic cuts, permanent wave and straightening services, to achieve the look you’re going for. They’re also well versed in dressing hair for special occasions, making this the ideal place to pop by before a big event.
Raw Hair Salon, 14A, G/F, Aberdeen Street, Central, Hong Kong, 2628 9992, email@example.com, www.facebook.com/rawhairsalon
Offering a private sanctuary in the heart of Central, SHHH is dedicated to promoting the wellbeing of hair through its multi-sensorial beauty experience. From the hand-blown glasses to bamboo mops that date back to 1894, everything in the space has been thoughtfully selected to create a minimalist-yet-detailed ambiance. Rest assured, the stylists here will spend time on the details (its all about the little things!) to ensure you leave with the hairstyle of your dreams. The salon is by appointment only.
SHHH, G/F, 94 Hollywood Road, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong, 2915 1001, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.shhh94.com
Based on the 24th floor of the iconic hotel, The Mandarin Salon offers quality haircare services, complete with spectacular views overlooking Victoria Harbour. The salon’s trained stylists stay up-to-date with the latest trends, while resident trichologist Andrea Clark works to address specialist concerns including psoriasis, dermatitis and post-pregnancy hair loss. Oh, and as long as you’re there, why not treat yourself to the hotel’s world-famous Shanghainese Pedicure?
The Mandarin Salon, Mandarin Oriental, Hong Kong, 5 Connaught Road, Central, Hong Kong, 2825 4800, email@example.com, www.mandarinoriental.com/hong-kong
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Editor’s Note: This post was originally published in February, 2017 by Team Sassy and was most recently updated by Emma Lascelles in October, 2020. With thanks to Manisha Nair for her contribution.