It’s nothing short of a miracle what a haircut can do. Think about it. From the layered shag frenzy sparked by Jennifer Aniston’s “Rachel” to Katy Perry’s ultra-short pixie ‘do, having a confident cut can not only work wonders for how you look, but also for how you feel.
Of course, just because a celebrity has a style you envy doesn’t mean it’s ideal for you. That’s where a good hair stylist comes in. To help you avoid a hair-raising experience, here’s a quick hit list to help you find the best hair salon in Austin.
Salon by Milk + Honey
Focusing on clean, natural products, this full-service hair salon started out as a spa and has since branched out to become a mane attraction for Austinites far and wide. With a self-proclaimed “no-drama, design-forward environment” in Downtown Austin, Arboretum, South Lamar, and Bee Cave, it’s no wonder locals are sweet on Milk + Honey.
Whether you want a cut, hair color (including ombre, full or partial highlight, and balayage), extensions, glossing treatment, or brow tint, this place has you covered. And since there’s no point in having great hair if the rest of you is looking lackluster, M+H is also your one-stop shop for nails (they use organic and natural brands), waxing, and makeup. They also have their own skincare and haircare product lines, and offer complimentary bubbly, tea, coffee, or water with any service.
Bex + Co
11005 Burnet Rd. Ste. 116, Austin, TX 78758
Locally owned and operated, Bex+Co. is an artists’ group salon within walking distance from The Domain. With its industrial chic-meets-minimalist aesthetic, the modern space is where stylists “keep Austin beautiful one head at a time.”
Expect a full range of services including haircuts for women, men, and children, plus coloring, texturing (think Keratin blowouts and smoothing treatments), hair extensions, updos, and wedding hair and makeup services. To keep your locks looking lush, you can stock up on Kevin Murphy products on your way out.
3801 S. Congress Ave. Ste. 105, Austin, TX 78704
Situated inside the Davis SoCo Apartments on South Congress, Black Orchid is where men and women go for cutting-edge cuts with a rock-n-roll vibe. In addition to a cut and blow dry, you can stop in for eyebrow shaping and tinting, lip and chin waxing, and a whole variety of coloring options — full highlights, balayage, ombre, root touch-ups, color correction, and more. They also offer tape-in extensions for fullness or fullness and length.
Added bonus: If you’re en route to a party, you can shop the little gift boutique with products ranging from soy candles and silk-screened baby onesies to women’s tank tops, artisan jewelry, and Kevin Murphy haircare products.
With two bright and airy locations (one on West 38th Street and another on South Congress), Urban Betty is a popular Austin hair salon offering cuts, styling, and hair treatments for men and women. So what’s on tap? Try color, deep conditioning, chemical treatments (Brazilian blowouts, keratin, relaxer), waxing, and makeup services.
Urban Betty also carries a handful of popular brands including Kerastase, Pureology, Olaplex, and Reverie so you can tame your tresses once you head out of the salon.
What else is on tap? Complimentary beverages including wine and beer, plus a friendly greeting and smile.
1601 E. 5th St. #103, Austin, TX 78702
Boasting an award-winning team of stylists, Method Hair in the Saltillo Lofts has become an East Austin haven for those wanting to amp up their look. Since opening in 2006, this hair salon has made a name for itself with fashion-forward cuts and color for guys and gals — everything from single process and double process coloring to foil highlights, and bleach retouch to beard trims and shaves.
Oh, and don’t forget the special occasion and bridal hair styling options. To recreate your look at home, you can buy the same hot tools the hairstylists use in the salon.
3405 Guadalupe St., Austin, TX 78705
Google the “best hair salon in Austin” and L7 Salon will no doubt make an appearance. With a team of stylists focused on different specialties, this full-service salon offers plenty of color options (retouching, bleaching, toning, balayage, partial and full highlights) and styling (from blowouts to updos). Whether or not you’re getting color, people seem to like the glossing treatment for added shine and deep conditioning to hydrate thirsty hair.
In addition to cuts and color, there’s also a men’s “camo color” — a five-minute service to blend gray hair. Once your service is complete, check out the wide selection of Bumble and Bumble haircare products.
1221 W. 6th St., Austin, TX 78703
Practically a local institution, Bella Salon has been an Austin fixture in the 6th Street West arts district since 1990. Proud of a history that is “authentically Austin,” Bella offers hair, spa, beauty, and nail services in a bright and welcoming environment. Founded by hairstylist Josh Martin, the salon was the first all-in-one salon, spa, and boutique concept in Austin.
Today, the space is where you can get your hair cut and colored, indulge in a variety of facials, peels, and even micro-needling, or enjoy a session with a professional makeup artist. Also on offer are lash extensions, waxing, and nail technicians who are ready to treat your digits to a basic manicure or full-on nail art. As for the boutique, expect brands such as Oribe, Kevin Murphy, R+Co vegan haircare, DevaCurl, OPI, and SmashBox. And in case none of this convinces you, Bella was named one of America’s Top 200 Salons in 2019 by Salon Today magazine.
Deep Roots ATX Salon
6203 N. Capital of Texas Hwy Ste. C100, Austin, TX 78731
With a tagline of “Keeping Austin weirdly beautiful,” Deep Roots ATX is a fun salon founded and owned by hairstylist Melanie Packer. Choose from an array of coloring options, cuts and styling (including boho braids and updos), color correction, keratin treatments, extensions, on-site bridal services, and more. If you find yourself in the suburbs, there’s also a location in Cedar Park, which isn’t too far from the Austin area.
4800 Burnet Rd. #430, Austin, TX 78756
Catering to women, men, and children, Ritual Salon gets high marks for its cuts and color, fuss-free vibe, and convenient location in the Rosedale Village Shopping Center. (Hello, free and easy parking!) This beauty salon is where you’ll find a range of coloring options, hair treatments (conditioning, extensions, relaxers, straighteners, keratin) as well as nail services. The salon also prides itself on volunteering to help raise funds and awareness for local organizations in the community. Look for the Davines, Oribe, and R+Co product lines on your way out.
Red Stella Hair Salon
5117 N. Lamar Blvd., Austin, TX 78751
If the eye-catching decor (bright paint, geometric patterns, eclectic accents) doesn’t give you a hint, then the creative hairdressers will — Red Stella Salon is all about a fashion-forward approach to hair.
Open seven days a week, the salon offers a full-service menu with haircuts and color, makeup, and bridal services. As for the haircare brands you’ll find, System Professional, Oribe, R+Co, Eminence Organic, and Nioxin are just a few.
Hairstylists use Sebastian, Goldwell, Pulp Riot, Pravana, and Redken color in treatments, so if you’ve been toying with the idea of going fuchsia (or purple or green or…), this is the place to make it happen.
Austin Hair Salons That Make the Cut
With such a wide list of services at these top salons, there’s no reason you can’t find one that fits you’re looking for. Whether you’re inspired by your fave celeb, feel like sprucing up your color, or just want to trim your bangs, there’s a hairstylist for you.
So what’s the best hair salon in Austin? These top 10 are a good place to start. Where do you usually go? Leave a comment and let us know!