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SYDNEY’S TOP HAIR SALONS

Do you want to know who cut Lara Bingle’s bob?

Or who does the best balayage? Or who is responsible for the effortless cut and colour of Harper & Harley’s Sara Donaldson?

Here, find we’ve assembled a list of Gritty Pretty-approved salons in Sydney. Quick – add them to your speed dial now!

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EDWARDS & CO
1/99-103 Kippax St, Surry Hills (02) 9211 6631

Directed by leading Sydney colourist, Jaye Edwards, Edwards & Co is a converted warehouse turned into a chic meeting place complete with large communal table. What makes Edwards & Co different is the freelancer approach – Edwards brings together some of the best freelance hair and beauty stylists under one roof including Byron Turnbull and Remington Schulz (the man responsible for Gritty Pretty editor Eleanor Pendleton’s hair) as well as celebrity manicurist, Fiona Hay. Edwards’ own niche? Balayage. He’s a wizz at creating The Perfect Blonde and The Best Brunette. An industry secret? He’s been doing the hair of Harper & Harley’s Sara Donaldson for years. Book in now and you (and your hair) will never look back.

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RAW ANTHONY NADER
100 Commonwealth St, Surry Hills (02) 9211 4444

Anthony Nader is THE MAN. Adored by Australian beauty editors (many of whom have him on speed dial), Nader’s salon RAW is the place to go if you want an enviable cut and colour that’s both fresh and stylish, but classic all at once. You’ll be taking secret selfies for days. Since opening in 1997, RAW has been the choice for many international and Aussie celebrities including Gisele Bundchen, Abbey Lee Kershaw, Miranda Kerr, Margherita Missoni and Nicole Richie (yes, the list goes on and on). The team at RAW will spoil you – that’s guaranteed – and it’ll be a classy, indulgent and intimate affair, because that’s the kind of exceptional service you get here.

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VALONZ HAIRCUTTERS
20-22 Elizabeth St, Paddington 2021 (02) 9360 2444

Valonz is something of an institution in the Australian hair industry. It’s loyal celebrity clientele includes Cate Blanchett, Nicole Kidman, Naomi Watts, Toni Collette and Lara Bingle (FYI – senior stylist Travis Balcke is the man who chopped off Lara’s hair and sent Sydney into a frenzy with every young woman rushing in to request “The Bingle Bob”). But, those aren’t the only stars you’ll find here. They all come to see Creative Director (super star) Renya Xydis – and there’s no wonder why. Xydis continues to work at with some of the best at Milan, Paris and New York Fashion Weeks and is highly sought after by designers at Australian Fashion Week. Oh, and she also owns two other highly successful Australian Salons, self-named Renya Xydis City, and Salon X. To have your tresses cut by Xydis is something of a special event. Valonz is ideal for a life-changing chop such as after a break up or before starting a new job.

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DISTRICT SALON

352 Bourke Street, Surry Hills 2010 (02) 9331 8635

District Salon is the newer kid on the Sydney block. But, don’t let its new age fool you. This quirky space is home to some of Sydney’s top editorial stylists including Alan White (who coiffed Jessica Gomes’ hair in this recent animated shoot of ours). Located on top of The Stables (a cafe, clothing and homewares store where you’re sure to do some serious credit card damage), District offers killer hair cuts, colours, styling and blow-dries by a team of experienced professional hair stylists. Whether you’re after a keratin treatment, a hair cut for your man or a hair trial for an upcoming event like a wedding, District delivers (and then some) within a minimal four-level space styled by leading designer, Henry Wilson. In fact, with a cup of tea in hand, you’ll feel so at home that you’ll never want to leave.

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BARNEY MARTIN
399 Riley Street, Surry Hills 2010 (02) 9212 0204

Want to meet the man who has styled Kate Moss’ hair? Over the past 18 years, British-born Barney Martin has become an internationally known stylist with a reputation for producing beautiful hair and individual styles. The Pantene Expert Hair Stylist has worked at London and Milan Fashion Weeks. In London, Martin worked as part of the team responsible for the Armani show which had a cast of 95 models – now if that’s not a man to trust with your tresses, we don’t know who is. When he isn’t styling the strands of Ms Moss or Drew Barrymore or working on editorials for Vogue, Harper’s BAZAAR and InStyle magazines, you can find him in Surry Hills. Martin’s real commitment, however, is to his salon and clients, who take up the most part of his working week, much to our delight.

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BRAD NGATA HAIR DIRECTION
284 Crown Street, Surry Hills (02) 9281 1220

Founder Brad Ngata brings more than 30 years of experience in the hair industry. Having been crowned Australian Hairdresser of the Year multiple times, Ngata also works interstate and internationally as a spokesperson for L’Oréal Professionnel and shu uemura, a Japanese hair brand Ngata’s salon is one of the few in Sydney to stock. While Ngata is renowned for regularly coiffing the locks of Miranda Kerr and Jennifer Hawkins, it’s the balayage buzz around him that really makes noise. Ngata is the man to thank for bringing the balayage technique to Sydney, and possibly Australia, when he started painting the ends blonde of fashion IT girl, Pip Edwards. Yes, we all have him to thank! We bow down.

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PREMA
Level 3, Shop 3065, Westfield Bondi Junction (02) 9389 8080

Offering a seriously impressive army of colourists and stylists, Prema Bondi exudes a fun and welcoming culture, which founder and company director Francesco Ruggerino works hard to create. With an emphasis on fusing hair with fashion, in the last year alone, Prema’s stylists tended to the tresses of more than 60,000 client visits and more than 200 editorial shoots for magazines including Harper’s BAZAAR, Vogue and i-D magazine. Their signature? Bondi’s colour team leader, Heath Grimmond, does a mean balayage for brunettes using Goldwell colour (book an appointment with Grimmond if you want perfect depth and highlights) while Sophia Mouftakir, editorial assistant stylist, creates the perfect ‘water wave’. You know this kind of wave, which looks like it’s been lived in and is often too hard to create at home? Yeah, Mouftakir does that one!

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OSCAR OSCAR
320 Oxford St, Paddington 2021 (02) 9360 7739

Oscar Oscar Paddington is brimming with talent, ready to take your hair to the next level in cut and colour. Salon owner and hair stylist Paloma Rose Garcia is the winner of 2015 Hairdresser of the Year – and about time, if we do say so. Garcia has over 10 years experience; she’s is a regular backstage at Australian Fashion Week, and has styled for the likes of Vogue and Russh. She’ll help you reach your hair goals whatever they are, give you the best hair tips, and make you fall in love with your hair all over again. Oscar Oscar Paddington is also responsible for some of Sydney’s most stylish tresses (and bobs), including Jessica Gomes, Margaret Zhang (Shine by Three) and Kym Ellery.

BY ELEANOR PENDLETON for grittypretty.com