Hair salons are set to open their doors at last. We’re looking at May 10 for the big chop. Here are twelve of the best salons and stylists to get on the waiting list for …
As Fleabag put it: “Hair is everything.” Dramatic, yes, but with more than a grain of truth. And it’s not just about vanity. Having spent the past year trimming our own ends and wearing hats to hide our roots – it’s no coincidence that baseball caps came back into fashion – we know that having good hair makes us feel so much better in all manner of ways. It gives us confidence, a psychological lift.
We know that people have been taking the matter into their own hands – the sheer number of people sporting suspiciously sleek locks in recent weeks shows that many consider getting their hair done to be an essential, not a luxury. Black-market cuts and dyes have been flourishing. In one Dublin school, a boy renowned for his cutting skills has a waiting list of bedraggled teens (and is making a small fortune). My daughter has home-dyed her hair so many times this year that all our towels are streaked with Davina McCall brown. We need the experts back, and fast.
While we would be thrilled with a trim by the most lightly trained junior at this stage, we do have a wishlist. Here’s a pick of some of the best stylists in Dublin – the ones we’d go to in a dream world. It’s by no means exhaustive – but these are stalwarts who we know for a fact can fix any appalling home cut and restore your colour to its former glory. Get on the waiting lists for these head honchos:
1 Brown Sugar
With more than 15 years in the business, Mark O’Keeffe’s Brown Sugar has long been recognised as a reliable luxury experience. Cuts start from €47 (men) and €87 women. There are also make-up services, from lashes to lessons. There are many reasons to visit, not just the complimentary Gunpowder Gin and tonics …. Brown Sugar are the choice of great-haired personalities from Darren Kennedy to Debbie O’Donnell. Visit them in South William Street, Blackrock or Ranelagh. See also Sugar Daddy, now open in Dublin 2 and Blackrock, and Sugar Coated for nails.
BOOK: The online booking system is not currently available but will open shortly. 01 616 9967 www.brownsugar.ie.
2 Dylan Bradshaw
Dylan Bradshaw has been a great spokesman for his industry throughout the pandemic, and the award-winning hairdresser longs to be back doing what he does best. His salon is a one-stop shop for nails, make-up and hairdressing courses as well as expert cut and colour. Cuts in his salon start from €63 (men) and €100 (women); blowdry €42. Join the waitlist – we reckon his website will be crashing from demand right about now. Worth waiting for – you’ll leave South William Street with a spring in your step.
BOOK: 01 671 9353; www.dylanbradshaw.com. Join the waiting list: https://phorest.com/book/salons/dylanbradshaw/waitlist
3 Jim Hatton
Jim Hatton and his team have a loyal customer base in his Ranelagh and Rathgar bases. A caring consultation and reliably good service is part of the local experience. Cuts from €63 (women). We know many people who won’t consider going anywhere else.
BOOK: 01 497 6840; www.jimhatton.ie
4 H by Gareth Bromell
Gareth Bromell opened his salon in Harvey Nichols at the end of last year. It’s a big draw into the store as you can watch the team at work, like the chef’s table in a top restaurant. It’s not a cheap date – you’re looking at €200 for a slot with the man himself (€100 for men; €100 with one of his team, or from €43 for shampoo and finish) – but when I visited in between lockdowns last year, I can’t remember being so happy with a cut and blowdry. I didn’t go to a hairdresser for the whole of 2020, so I can vouch for Bromel’s ability with self-chopped ends. Plus he’s lovely to chat to (v important consideration for a hairdresser) and can tell you about the time he created Taylor Swift’s blunt bob. At Harvey Nichols Dundrum.
BOOK: 012 910 442 / 0857246091; www.hbygarethbromell.com
Bang in the city centre, Mark Doherty’s SitStil is a stylish, friendly spot to get your hair sorted. Cuts (women) start from €57. Keep an eye on @sitstilhair for appointments.
BOOK: 01 616 8887 / 616 8898; sitstil.mylocalsalon.com
6 Keville Hair
In Wexford and Naas as well as Dublin (opened in 2011), Alan Keville and Alex Reid’s salons offer a cut above. The spacious Dublin salon is up high in Powerscourt Townhouse Centre, so couldn’t be more convenient. Blowdries from €30, and cuts from €85.
BOOK: Booking open from May 3. www.kevillehair.com
7 The Space
Carla Rose McQuillan’s Drumcondra salon is a breath of fresh air. Using Kevin Murphy products, including hair colour (PETA approved, cruelty-free), it has principles as well as expertise. You can also try and shop US brand Virtue here. Fresh, modern and fun.
BOOK: 01 441 1877; www.thespace.ie
If you’re blonde, you need to visit Andrew Dunne at Mane, high up above South William Street – if you can get an appointment. The process takes hours – he is a perfectionist, and your treatment will be entirely bespoke – but your blonde will never be better. His team are expert too, and it’s an entirely friendly, unintimidating experience.
BOOK: 01-6725177 or 01-6725179; www.hairbymane.ie
Family-owned Zeba has been in business nearly 30 years so you know you’re in experienced hands. Cuts from €63.50; styling from €28.50. Join the waitlist for South William Street, Maynooth, Sandymount and Arnotts salons. They’re good on extensions, too.
BOOK: (01) 671 6444; www.zeba.ie
11 Romina Daniel
This lovely Sandyford salon (also at Palmerstown) has a waiting list running. Cuts from €47, and from €24 for a blowdry. They use the gorgeous Davines haircare (also available to shop online) range and aim to be as sustainable as possible. A lovely friendly spot with a great team.
BOOK: +353 1 564 9926; www.rominadaniel.ie
12 The Spa at the Shelbourne
If it’s just a blowdry, rather than a cut, you’re after, the beautiful Spa at the Shelbourne offers up-dos and blowdries plus manicures, pedicures and make-up application in a calm space bang in the centre of town. If you’re blonde and haven’t yet tried the Kevin Murphy Blonde Angel range, I urge you to immediately; it not only smells gorgeous, but it leaves your hair incredibly soft. The Salon is open from 7am every weekdays (from €32, Monday to Friday 7-11am).
BOOK: 01 663 4685; www.theshelbourne.com
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