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Best Hair Salons in Austin

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Our goal is to connect people with the best local professionals. We scored Austin Hair Salons on more than 25 variables across five categories, and analyzed the results to give you a hand-picked list of the best.

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Austin, TX 78705
  • Makeup Application
  • Color / Dye
  • Online Booking

Why choose this provider?

Located in the 26 Doors Shopping Center, Urban Betty opened in 2005 to provide upscale salon services to Austinites. In addition to haircuts, styling, and blowouts for women and men, the salon offers color services, including premium color and corrective color, chemical services such as Brazilian Blowout and Keratin treatment, deep conditioning treatment, brow shaping and lip waxing, and makeup services with special accommodations for bridal parties. Urban Betty offers each customer a complimentary beverage with service. Citysearch named Urban Betty Best Hair Coloring in Austin 2007, 2008, and 2013 and Best Blowout in Austin 2009.

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4.5
Yelp
4.5 / 5 (646)

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11600 Menchaca Road, Austin, TX 78748
  • Women's Cuts

Why choose this provider?

Yolis Hair Salon services its clients in the Austin area. It offers haircuts, hair treatments, hair extensions, styling services, and coloring solutions. It also handles perms, tints, foil services, and placement highlights. Additionally, facial waxing and fake eyelash application are also available at the salon. It is owned by Yolanda Rodriguez, a professional cosmetologist, hairstylist, and colorist who has more than 15 years of experience in the industry. She remains committed to providing world-class customer service to her clients.

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4.2
Google
4.3 / 5 (57)
Yelp
3.5 / 5 (13)

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3703a Jefferson Street, Austin, TX 78731
  • Women's Cuts

Why choose this provider?

Ashleigh Grounds is a hair stylist and makeup artist operating since 2011 from Salon Innese in downtown Austin. Ms. Grounds' services include haircut, hair color, highlights, airbrush makeup, and updo's for any special event. She is well known for her wedding hair and makeup services and is an expert in matching skin tones and working with different hair types. RAW Artists voted Ms. Grounds as the best hair stylist in Austin for 2012.

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5.0
Yelp
5.0 / 5 (69)

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Austin, TX 78731
  • Makeup Application
  • Color / Dye
  • Men's Cuts
  • Children's Cuts
  • Women's Cuts

Why choose this provider?

KaRu Salon, founded in 2010, is a full service Austin hair salon providing cut, color, and styling services. KaRu offers haircuts, styling, and blow dry for all ages. Color services include all over color, full and partial highlight, ombre, retouch, and corrective hair color. Additional services include conditioning treatments, bridal hair, and hair extensions. Unite hair products recognized KaRu as one of the top five education-driven salons in the country and selected KaRu to join their team at New York Fashion Week 2012. Austin Way Magazine recently named founder Ms. Leon-Guerrero one of “Austin’s hair icons.”

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4.6
Yelp
4.5 / 5 (124)
Facebook
4.5 / 5 (119)
Google
4.7 / 5 (112)

Website
2203 S Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX 78704
  • Women's Cuts

Why choose this provider?

Shag Salon is a three-decade-old hair salon in the Austin area. The salon offers hair services for men and women. It performs all haircuts, corrective coloring, and other coloring techniques such as highlights, ombre, and balayage. It also offers keratin hair treatment. The new owners of the salon, couple Michael Zuniga and Beau Clements, work with several other hairstylists with an aim to provide an upbeat and comfortable atmosphere for their clients.

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4.4
Yelp
4.5 / 5 (158)
Google
4.0 / 5 (82)
Facebook
5.0 / 5 (27)

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1800 East 4th Street, Austin, TX 78702
  • Women's Cuts

Why choose this provider?

Method.Hair opened in Saltillo Lofts in 2006. The hair salon's stylists offer clients a fashion-forward and high-quality experience. Known for its award-winning team of cut and color specialists, Method.Hair is one of the most well-known salons in the Austin area. Services include haircuts for women and men, all over color, single and double process hair color, and highlights. Elle and Lucky magazines have featured Method.Hair as Austin's no-miss salon.

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4.5
Yelp
4.5 / 5 (433)

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Website
830 West 3rd Street, Austin, TX 78701
  • Spa Services
  • Waxing
  • Makeup Application
  • Color / Dye
  • Perms
  • Online Booking

Why choose this provider?

Deseo Salon has been providing a range of hair styling services to clients near Austin since 2012. Listening and communicating with clients is paramount to the service of owner Wendy Walicek, who has received a lot of certifications with Aveda as a certified hair color specialist. Alongside hair cut and styling, the salon also offers a full complement of color services including balayage, highlights, color correction, updos, and blowouts. Deseo Salon has been named Best of ATX by the Austin Monthly Magazine.

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4.9
Facebook
4.9 / 5 (45)
Yelp
5.0 / 5 (24)

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4.5
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2785 Bee Cave Road, Rollingwood, TX 78746
  • Color / Dye
  • Perms
  • Online Booking
  • Women's Cuts

Why choose this provider?

Keith Kristofer Salon is an award-winning, family-owned salon in the Shops at Mira Vista in Austin, Texas. The salon offers a full complement of services for women and men, including haircuts with Sassoon-trained stylists that include style-outs and complimentary bang or neck trim between visits. Other services include hair color and treatments, color correction, hair extensions, special event and wedding styling services, chemical facials and peels, spa facials, brow shaping and tinting, eyelash tinting, and waxing and hair removal. Keith Kristofer Salon partners with Green Circle Salons to promote sustainability and reduce waste.

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4.6
Yelp
4.5 / 5 (111)
Facebook
4.9 / 5 (21)

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5.0
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1803 Chicon Street, Austin, TX 78702
  • Color / Dye

Why choose this provider?

Established in 2006, Vain provides professional hair treatment and pampering services in Austin. It provides bleach, blowout, balayage or ombre, coloring, haircutting, and styling services. For Keratin treatment and color correction, it encourages advanced consultation with clients. The salon provides services mainly to adults and advises clients to arrange an advanced consultation for some services before setting an appointment. Interested clients can check the salon's website to see the sample works of its experienced stylists. Vain wants clients to "look great" and "feel amazing."

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4.5
Yelp
4.5 / 5 (200)
Facebook
4.4 / 5 (26)

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5.0
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Website
9029 Research Boulevard, Austin, TX 78758
  • Women's Cuts

Why choose this provider?

Salon X Change is a family-owned full-service salon with the tagline, "Love is in the hair." Based in Austin, it provides haircut and styling, hair coloring, extensions, makeup, and nail services. It also offers beauty-related products such as Kera Care, Design Essentials, and Moroccon Oil. The salon's employees have more than 20 years of experience and are licensed hair care specialists and nail technicians. It is their goal is to make clients look beautiful and feel better.

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4.2
Google
4.0 / 5 (225)
Yelp
4.5 / 5 (65)
Facebook
5.0 / 5 (23)

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5.0
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500 West Canyon Ridge Drive, Austin, TX 78753
  • Color / Dye
  • Men's Cuts
  • Children's Cuts
  • Women's Cuts

Why choose this provider?

Theory Hair Salon offers hair care services to the people of Austin. Its team of hairstylists specializes in giving haircuts of different styles. These include balayage, bob haircut, pixie, female undercut, and layered haircut. They are also experts in hair coloring. Customers come to their shop to get full or partial highlights, ombre hair, color matching and adjustment, as well as post-dye hair treatments. Theory Hair Salon is partnered with Aveda, an organic hair care and cosmetics brand.

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4.1
Google
4.0 / 5 (151)
Yelp
3.5 / 5 (82)
Facebook
5.0 / 5 (61)

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2004 South Congress Avenue, Austin, TX 78704
  • Color / Dye
  • Men's Cuts
  • Women's Cuts

Why choose this provider?

Wet Salon and Studio is an Austin-based hair salon. Eric Massey, one of the American Board Certified hair colorists at the studio, brings nearly three decades of experience. A National Platform Artist and Educator, he has obtained awards from local and national organizations. He is well-versed in hair coloring and highlighting and caters to clients of varying hair textures. Eric and the other stylists at the salon offer a broad range of services, including haircut, single-process color, hydration treatment, and perm.

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4.5
Yelp
4.5 / 5 (220)
Facebook
4.7 / 5 (50)

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6501 South Congress Avenue, Austin, TX 78745
  • Makeup Application
  • Color / Dye
  • Women's Cuts

Why choose this provider?

Opened in 2017, Spoleti Salon in Austin offers a wide range of cuts, styles, and color options. Aside from the basic hair services, the salon also provides Lasio keratin treatments, color correction services, and bridal services. Spoleti Salon's founder has more than eight years of experience in the hair industry and specializes in natural and seamless balayage, full-coverage highlights, pixies, and long layers. Along with its team of hair experts, the company is dedicated to addressing its clients' unique needs.

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4.7
Yelp
5.0 / 5 (216)
Google
4.0 / 5 (102)
Facebook
5.0 / 5 (41)

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3405 Guadalupe Street, Austin, TX 78705
  • Makeup Application
  • Color / Dye

Why choose this provider?

L7 Salon serves Austin and the surrounding communities with hair services specializing in personalized haircuts, professional hair color, and hairstyling. They also offer color retouch, full and partial highlights, and add-ons such as B3 bond protector added to color or bleach and deep conditioning. The salon employs licensed stylists trained under the owner for a minimum of 6 months. Owner Randy has been in the industry for over 25 years. In addition to these, L7 Salon is an exclusive seller of Bumble & bumble products.

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4.7
Yelp
5.0 / 5 (155)
Google
4.0 / 5 (87)
Facebook
5.0 / 5 (4)

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5.0
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7739 Northcross Drive, Austin, TX 78757
  • Makeup Application
  • Color / Dye

Why choose this provider?

Garbo A Salon & Spa has been styling Austinites' hair from a single location for more than 30 years. Cutting and color services include haircut, blow dry/style, bang trim, solid color and highlights, block color, ombre, Geo Palette color, HALO highlights, accent color, perms, updo's, and treatment and texturing. Garbo A Salon also offers makeup, facials, nails, and waxing and tint. Garbo is an eco-friendly, Aveda Salon and is open seven days a week. Salon Today magazine recognized Garbo A Salon for being one of the Top 200 salons in the nation 2009-2014.

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4.5
Yelp
4.5 / 5 (263)
Facebook
4.8 / 5 (32)

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7415 Southwest Parkway, Austin, TX 78735
  • Color / Dye

Why choose this provider?

Cobalt Blue Salon is a Redken Elite Salon in South Austin. Cobalt Blue Salon opened in 2003, offering haircut and styling, conditioning treatments, color, full and partial highlight, Balayage and Ombre, Spill of Color, and Men’s Camo Color. Additional services include lash and brow tint, facial waxing, Cinderella extensions, special occasion and wedding services, and makeup application and lessons. Cobalt Blue Salon is a GrandLASH products retailer.

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4.9
Facebook
4.9 / 5 (39)

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5.0
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911 East Cesar Chavez Street, Austin, TX 78702
  • Color / Dye
  • Perms

Why choose this provider?

Swoon is an Austin-based hair salon that offers all hair grooming and hair color services to men and women. It specializes in cowlick neutralizing, dreadlocks, keratin treatments, relaxers, and extensions. Policies on cancellations, returns, and corrections are strictly observed. Cancellation of any prior appointment must come with a 48-hour notice. Any such notice of less than 24 hours shall be charged in full. Corrections are allowed only if they be made within 24 hours of the initial service.

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5.0
Google
4.9 / 5 (49)
Yelp
5.0 / 5 (42)

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9600 Escarpment Boulevard, Austin, TX 78749
  • Color / Dye
  • Men's Cuts

Why choose this provider?

Maximum FX, opened in 1991, is an Aveda Environmental Lifestyle Salon Spa with three Austin locations, S. Congress, the Domain, and Circle C. Offerings include haircuts, HeadMapping color services, hair removal, hair extensions, keratin treatments, makeup, and bridal services. The salon's fashion-forward approach has given it a reputation as a leader in the industry. Maximum FX stylists receive specialized training in the salon's signature hair services, client service procedures, and retail products. Maximum FX has won the Salon Today Top 200 Fastest Growing Salons four years in a row, and Citysearch voted the salon "Best Of" in all beauty categories.

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4.7

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5.0
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11005 Burnet Road, Austin, TX 78758
  • Color / Dye
  • Children's Cuts
  • Women's Cuts

Why choose this provider?

bex+Co. is a locally owned and operated salon that provides a wide range of hairstyling options to clients with three locations in Austin. Owner Rebekah Irving started the salon with the intention of maximizing her creativity and that of her fellow artists, bringing with her styling experience that dates back to 2003. In addition to haircuts for men, women, and children, the salon offers other services such as color, texture, and hair extensions. bex+Co. also extends its services to another salon branch at Cedar Park.

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4.4
Yelp
4.5 / 5 (50)
Google
4.0 / 5 (42)
Facebook
5.0 / 5 (18)

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FAQs

  • Are home hair dyes as good as salon dye?

    While dye itself is often the same as home and salon dyes, the process that's involved in mixing the dye is far more intricate at the salon. Home dye kits contain standard amounts of dye and developer that need to be mixed prior to application. At the salon, stylists mix dyes and developers themselves and have more control over strength and color. This ensures the health of the hair can be protected, while the color of the hair is more suited to clients' preferences.

  • What products do salons use?

    Hair salons normally use high-quality products, including colors and color correctors, shampoos, conditioners, and styling products. Some of the most common brands seen in salons across the U.S. include Redken, Matrix, Paul Mitchell, and Rusk. With hair tools, stylists may use scissors, shears, and razors to cut and shape hair and a variety of combs, brushes, and heat tools to style clients' fresh cuts.

  • How much does hair coloring cost at a salon?

    The cost of hair coloring varies depending on several factors. Here are the national average costs for the most common hair coloring services:
  • How much do you tip a hairstylist and the salon staff?

    Tipping your hairstylist and salon staff is a great way to show your appreciation for their service. In most cases, a 20% tip is standard, but if a client is extremely pleased with the service, a larger tip is usually appreciated.

    Of course, in many salons, clients might encounter several staff members during a visit, including the stylist, salon owner, and shampooer. While the stylist’s tip is customary, it doesn’t hurt to supply a small tip for the shampooer, too. Most salon owners don't expect a tip if they don't provide the service.

  • How much do hair extensions cost at the salon? 

    The cost of hair extensions typically varies depending on the type of extensions and the amount of hair needed to achieve the clients' desired look. Here are the average costs for different extensions:
    • Tape-in extensions: $200
    • Glue-in extensions: $300 to $500
    • Sew-in extensions: $275
    • Weave: $100 to $600
    • Fusion: $200 to $1,000
  • Can all stylists do correctional hair coloring?

    Color-correction service is a long process that requires multiple salon visits. It's important that stylists undergo training specific to color correction, as corrective color solutions need to be customized to balance the color of hair and achieve desired results. Incorrectly performed color corrections can lead to severely damaged hair.

  • How much does it cost to fix a bad dye job?

    The cost of color correction depends on the color applied to the hair and the amount of hair on the clients' head. Color correction is a long process that can take between five and seven hours and is usually spread out over several weeks. This is especially true where hair has been dyed a darker color and needs to be lifted and re-dyed to a blonde shade. On average, clients can expect to pay about $100 for each hour spent with the stylist.