Finding a great hair salon in Hong Kong that won’t bodge up your locks can feel like a mission – we’ve all had those disastrous blunders that left us reaching for the nearest hat! Luckily, we’ve done the groundwork for you to find the best tried-and-tested salons that will make you feel brand spanking new without burning a hole in your wallet, or leaving you crying in the mirror.
Recently relocated to the 22nd floor of the Silver Fortune Plaza on Wellington Street, Indulgence boasts an international team of top-quality hairdressers and technicians who have garnered experience working in some of the best salons in Hong Kong, the UK, Canada, Australia, and Europe. With its chic, clean, high-end look, fabulous views of Central and surrounding greenery below, and warm and welcoming staff, it’s hard to find a better spot to get a cut, colour, or even a manicure or massage – be sure to check out the spa hidden next to the reception area!
With its pale wooden floors, black leather swivel chairs, and white orchids dotted around the salon, Indulgence oozes class and confidence, and it’s not hard to see why the salon has such a loyal clientele, because you will feel like royalty as soon as you exit the lift and are welcomed with a beaming smile. Aside from the standard cut and finish, which for women ranges from $500 to $1,000, the salon also offers an extensive range of hair care treatments such as Keratin Brazilian Smoothing (from $2,800) and Protein Nourishing ($450).
But we cannot fail to mention that it is also home to the amazing Hair Doctor, who has earned a dazzling reputation for his flawless Balayage technique which involves freestyle painting onto the hair using no foils, no fumes, and a special “secret ingredient”. If you’re looking for effortlessly beautiful highlights, be sure to book a consultation with him first, as he won’t lay a finger on your locks until he’s determined the best shade to complement your complexion. Read our full review here.
2. Sozo Hair Design
With its trendy, modern decor and minimalist design, Sozo Hair Design oozes cutting edge-style without being pretentious or trying too hard. This boutique salon is owned by one of Hong Kong’s top Japanese stylists, Yoko Hisatomi Lane, who carefully selects her team of fashionable stylists, so you know you’re in for top-notch treatment. Located on the third floor of the Worldwide Commercial Building on Wyndham Street, the salon is easy to get to and boasts an impressive view of Central, making it a great pamper spot for people-watching too.
The Japanese influence is evident in the black wooden flooring, large gold mirrors, chic swivel chairs, and white screen doors which create a clean, chic look. With its minimalist interior, you get the feeling that the real focus here is on the skills of the stylists rather than flashy, outward appearances. And you would be right too, as the studio is home to top stylists who are up-to-date on all the latest trends.
Aside from offering the usual cuts, colours, and highlights, the salon also offers specialised Japanese treatments which gives it cutting-edge appeal. Depending on the stylist, a woman’s cut ranges from $480 to $820, and a men’s ranges from $400 to $680. Definitely worth checking out if you’re after a super stylish new do.
Sozo Hair Design, 3/F Worldwide Commercial Building, 34 Wyndham Street, Central, (+852) 2353 5025
3. O2 Hair Studio
O2 Hair Studio has been around for twenty years and there’s a good reason for this. Located on 38 Wyndham Street, the studio is home to some of the most skilled hair stylists we have ever come across in Hong Kong, who happen to be particularly savvy when it comes to creating blonde highlights and the balayage effect (read about our recent experience with the charming stylist Jerry Shiu). The studio is deceptively large and has recently undergone a funky renovation meaning you get to kick back among lush green pot plants, white brick walls, and the occasional Buddha head with creates a stylish and earthy Asian vibe.
What really stands out here is how much the team care about their clients’ hair, as well as their passion for creating beautiful looks with radiant colours and gorgeous cuts to suit their personalities – even if that means recommending something different to what clients originally had in mind. They also offer an impressive collection of after care products and can help you choose the best ones for your hair type, should you wish to invest in maintaining the colour and condition of your new do for as long as possible.
Depending on the level of stylist, a woman’s hair cut costs from $600 to $1,080, while a gentleman’s ranges from $440 to $720, which is pretty reasonable given the quality of service and expertise of the team. So, if you’re looking for great service, a skilled hand, and a stylist who cares about your hair as much as you do, O2 is the place.
O2 Hair Studio, G/F, 38 Wyndham Street, Central, (+852) 2529 6289
4. Love Hair
Conveniently located on Wellington Street in the heart of Central, Love Hair is a boutique hair salon that specialises in healthier, more natural products and practices. From water-saving shower heads which save up to 70 percent water, to 100 percent organic hair products, this lovable hub is so committed to adopting environmentally-friendly methods in its day-to-day routines that even the toilet paper and hand wash are eco-friendly.
This ethos transcends to every part of your experience at the salon, from the moment you step through the green, rustic doors to discover a cosy, idyllic sanctuary decked with creamy walls, reclaimed wooden shelving, and eco flooring, to the time you take your first sip of fair trade herbal tea – or imported wine from sustainable farms if you fancy something a little stronger.
Creating A-list looks for clients, while playing a part in protecting the planet, is the number one goal of the Love Hair team of international stylists, which is helmed by owner Toni Sutton Marcus. The Love Hair crew are incredibly welcoming and well-trained, and make it their top priority to ensure you feel at home as they work their magic on your locks. A cut and finish here start from $600, while a colour starts from $900, making this an affordable option for those wanting to look and feel fabulous without harming the planet in the process.
Love Hair, 1F, 99F Wellington Street, Central, (+852) 2458 0190
5. Tommy Hair Design
If you’re looking for a cut or colour without spending a small fortune, then Tommy Hair Design on Lyndhurst Terrace is a winner. With no website or even Facebook page, this modestly-sized salon relies purely on word-of-mouth to secure its clientele, and although the staff are all local and speak limited English, the salon is hugely popular among westerners due to the fact that the stylists (in particular Edmond) are experts at creating gorgeous blonde highlights without burning a hole in your wallet.
A full head of highlights costs around $1,200, which is significantly cheaper than other salons on the island, making this a good option if you don’t mind scrimping on luxury, because the salon certainly isn’t as glamorous as the others on our list. However, if you’re on a tight budget after splurging during the festive season, then this is a safe bet. A simple ladies haircut and blow dry will set you back an affordable $280 (ask for Mac if you want a nice cut), while a men’s costs as little as $200 – an unbeatable price for central Hong Kong.
Tommy Hair Design, M/F, Union Commercial Building, 12-16 Lyndhurst Terrace, Central, (+852) 9191 0682