The moment when someone compliments you on your balayage that’s actually just a super grown-out dye job is the moment you need to visit a hair salon. In Hong Kong, we’re blessed with a hairdressing scene that’s full of the expertise necessary to transform your tired barnet into the strands dreams are made of. Here’s a roundup of the best hair salons that can make your next hair flick something to be proud of.
In need of more pampering? There’s a wealth of top quality nail salons and spas to try in Hong Kong. If you’re a little strapped for cash, affordable Korean face masks can tide you over until your next facial. Jacinta Ruscillo
Hong Kong’s best hair salons
With more than 110 branches throughout the Land of the Rising Sun, plus another eight overseas in Asia-Pacific, it should come as little surprise that Aube is proving a success here in Hong Kong. Located in Causeway Bay, the Japanese hair experts offer cutting, colouring, perming and spa treatments, not to mention a handy combination menu. A cut and full-colour treatment is just $650, so it’s super affordable as well as super professional.
Get gorgeous at this glamorous Central spa. It’s a one-stop for facials, nails and all kinds of hair treatments such as cuts, colourings, stylings and key technical services. Either opt for a straightforward cut and blow-dry or maybe go rogue with a perm. If you work in Central and only have time for a quick pit stop, Glow is ideal for a lunchtime blow-dry. You’ll come out feeling polished, preened and er, glowing.
A haircut is always the best excuse for some me-time and Indulgence provides just that. With a vast variety of technical services such as tinting, colour correcting and relaxing, the Wellington Street salon also offers a range of hair beauty services. If you’re thinking of getting a technical service, they’ve got you sorted for pre and post hair care with Olaplex and protein nourishing treatments.
Hong Kong’s celebrity hair salon group Il Colpo have worked on the locks of many a star, including the likes of Carina Lau, Miriam Yeung and Stephy Tang, to name but a few. Get your tresses whipped into shape courtesy of its talented stylists, with a wonderful Island skyline view to boot. Il Colpo also does nails and has a spa, so you’ll be looking your best in no time.
Love Hair does exactly what it says on the tin. For a small boutique salon, its services pack a moisturised punch and better yet, all the products used are eco-conscious. Leave all your stresses from the week at the door as Love Hair offers creative colours, highlights and a classic cut and finish. And if you need to wait for your appointment, you can always take snaps of the highly Instagrammable interior.
Located on the 24th floor of the MO, you know you’re in safe hands at the Mandarin Salon for all of your luxury hairstyling desires. If you’re dropping by for a cut and colour, why not add on a Philip Kingsley hair and scalp treatment too. It promises to reverse the effects of Hong Kong’s humidity and to restore your locks to their natural glossiness.
Paul Gerrard is a holistic hair salon that cares just as much about your wellbeing as they do your mane. There’s a complimentary consultation before every service, so you get a chance to discuss what you really want with your stylist and to mull over their expert advice. Situated on Pottinger Street, the salon also offers top to toe beauty services including facials, mani-pedis and massages.
Hong Kong’s best-kept hair secret comes in the form of Shhh Salon on Hollywood Road. If you want precision, you’ve got it here as every detail is taken seriously at Shhh. From the towels they use to dry the hair to the bamboo floor mops that date back to 1894, the details here are meticulous. Rest assured that Shhh will take just as good care of your hair, so there’ll be no room for scissor slips or upended updos. Before you visit, remember to book an appointment as Shhh operates on a by-appointment-only basis.
Lan Kwai Fong is home to the coolest Japanese hair salon in town, Sozo Hair Design. Drop in for a treatment from the bespoke hairstyling menu and get yourself anything from a regular cut to tape extensions and digital perming. They also have a hair donation initiative to help create wigs for Japanese children with cancer, so if you’re planning to cut off your Rapunzel locks, let Sozo know.
A luxury hair salon with a spa built in, a visit to The Strand can immediately make your day. Sitting in the heart of Central, you’ll be a pampered pooch from the moment you step through the door. Occupying four levels, its pièce de résistance is its rooftop hangout spot, The Lounge, which is perfect for pamper parties. It’s definitely a cut above.
Change it up for your next pampering
Hongkongers are a health-conscious bunch and know how to pamper themselves. But it can be boring getting the same old rubdown or facial. That’s why we’re hitting town to try out the city’s best alternative treatments to see what they offer and what the benefits are.