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Human Salon

Shopping Melbourne

Time Out says

The place to go when all you want is some TLC and a great haircut

Walking into Human Salon on the third floor of Swanson Street’s Curtin House, you could be forgiven for thinking you’d wandered into someone’s home. The space has housed shops in the past (a record store, then a Japanese clothing store), and the transformation from retail space to hairdresser has been a welcome change for the building.

There are only two seats and two hair washing basins at Human Salon, one each for owners Candice Harber and Helen Demos, so the space feels quieter and more relaxing without the constant buzz from rows of clients waiting to be primped. While they get a trim or colour, clients are offered tea or coffee (and for later appointments, wine from Good Intentions Wine Co).

“We just want people to have a comfortable experience,” Harber says. “We’re not so much about crazy makeovers as we are about enhancing what people come in with – so that they look like the best versions of themselves.”

The salon sees a diverse clientele walk through the door every day. And with two decades of hairdressing experience between them, Demos and Harber easily switch roles between clients to become barber, colourist, stylist or hairdresser.

“The salon is pretty much an extension of ourselves; from the pot plants down to the conditioner we use, it’s all a collection of things Helen and I like,” Harber adds. The same goes for the fitout, which was designed by a long-time Harber client, architect Alana Cooke. With service and an atmosphere that feels like you’re popping by a mate’s place, it’s no wonder clients make regular return visits to Human Salon.

By: Delima Shanti



Address: Level 3, Curtin House, 252 Swanston St
Opening hours: Tue 9am-6pm; Wed, Thu 10am-9pm; Fri 10am-7pm; Sat 9am-5pm
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