The Imaginary Hair Salon

I’m putting this question to you, dear reader. What’s the best hair salon in Melbourne? My friend Leon has assigned me the task of writing up an overview of top local ‘beauty destinations’ for his website. The problem is, I’m not exactly one to frequent hairdressers, which surely Leon must realise – I mean, I’ve been rocking a shaved head for several years now.

Never mind – I’m sure I can figure it out. Narrowing down what I would find desirable, if I were in the market for a hairdresser, might be a good place to start. Let’s see about this. Firstly, I guess I’d want any hair salon I was going to drop significant money on to have a stellar reputation. Maybe it’s been running for at least a few years and has a good number of high rating online. Staff seniority is based on years and breadth of experience, with the most senior staff having their fingers on the pulse of the latest in hair care technology and trends. Styles change with the times, so I need someone who knows what hair cut is going to be on trend. 

Another feature I’d like to see in my dream salon is an emphasis on eco-friendly hair products. Again, I’m not the most knowledgeable on this subject, seeing as I don’t use hair products. I’m sure I’ve heard my sisters raving about salons that do Aveda hair treatments. Melbourne, what’s your take? Do you love this brand as much as my sisters seem to?

What else? I suppose a beautiful environment never goes astray. Personally, I tend to gravitate toward classic modernist furnishings, or anything with an art deco vibe if I’m feeling extra flamboyant. Any salons around that are styled after these aesthetics?

That seems like a respectable list of desirable features, at least as a starting point. I don’t think it’s too much to ask, either. It’s almost enough the make me consider finally growing my hair out and seeing what Melbourne hairdressers have got these days.