One of the most highly anticipated things about lockdown lifting in Scotland is the chance to get to a hairdresser - either to clean up your grown out hair, or to fix the quarantine cut you gave yourself.
Edinburgh has a wealth of amazing hairdressers and barbers, and knowing which one to go to can be a bit overwhelming - these are the 10 best hairdressers and barbers in Edinburgh according to Google reviews, and what customers had to say about their experiences.
Myles Hairdressing & Beauty Therapy
5 Cadzow Place, EH7 5SN
Myles Hairdressing has been cutting hair of Edinburgh residents for over 20 years, with the first hair salon opening on Dalry Road in the late 90s.
Customers can enjoy free wifi, complimentary refreshments, head massages and 15 per cent off discounts for students, as well as an online booking system.
One reviewer wrote: “Very welcoming staff, great atmosphere and delicious coffee... I have left the place with a lovely haircut, plenty of advice on how to help my hair in good condition and good quality products that actually do the job! Overall, I am extremely pleased and will definitely come back.”
Rock n Rose Hairdressing
23 Dalziel Place, EH7 5TP
Co-founded by Kate Murray and Hannah Crerar in 2017, Rock n Rose states that it strives to provide a “fun, friendly, unique and informative experience”.
Rock n Rose Hairdressing offers an extensive selection of services, from basic cut and blow dry packages all the way up to colour services including bleach, highlights, toner and balayage.
One reviewer wrote: “The visit was easily the best hair salon visit of my life. I had so much fun. I am so excited to have found ‘my salon’ and I’m already looking forward to my next appointment. Thank you again!”
38 Howe Street, EH3 6TH
Urban Edinburgh strive to deliver the ultimate salon experience and are determined to prove that they aren’t “simply another hairdressers in Edinburgh”.
Clients can enjoy a complimentary wine, beer, coke, water or herbal tea, as well as appointments that run until 8pm from Monday to Friday.
Students can also get a discount on Tuesday for 20 per cent off their haircut on production of a valid student card.
One reviewer wrote: “Great place, don't debate it, just go if you need a nice haircut and friendly place. Second time with Stephen, great cut, good chat and glass of wine is a bonus.”
17 West Nicolson Street, Newington, EH8 9DB
Set inside a welcoming and quirky studio, Hot Head is described as “the social insider’s most celebrated hair studio”.
There are a range of services for you to choose from, with various staff members specialising in colour if you’re looking for a change.
Students can enjoy a discount every Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday.
One reviewer wrote: “Very efficient and well priced for an excellent service. As well as a great cut and blow dry, I was given refreshments and really helpful long term hair advice. Highly recommended.”
45 Ferry Road, EH6 4AF
Muse Hair is a salon that’s been run by the same family for 60 years.
The website states that, while Muse Hair can offer services to deal with all aspects of hair, the salon particularly likes to specialise in hair colour.
“Whether that’s balayage, a root touch up, unicorn hair or corrective work, we love it all,” the website says.
One reviewer wrote: “I wish I could rate this place higher!!! The staff are so lovely and really know their stuff! I have quite thick curly hair and no hair dresser has ever succeeded in making it look nice but Emilia did it perfectly! If I lived in Edinburgh I would absolutely go every 6 weeks, I cannot express how much I loved this place!”
4 Cadzow Place, EH7 5SN
The Barbros website explains that its mission is to “build a community where you can escape from all your problems and experience a quality haircut”.
As well as getting your haircut, you can also purchase the likes of Barbros t shirts, Barbros cologne and Barbros hair styling products.
One reviewer wrote: “A brilliant and original take on the conventional barber shop. They even offer you a drink while you get your hair done. Really nice people work here, with the best skills.”
Sink and Anchor Barbershop
13 West Port, EH1 2JA
Established in 2015, Sink and Anchor Barbershop looks to create a cool and relaxed environment for people to get their haircut without a worry.
While you’re waiting for your haircut, there’s even a PS4 with Fifa available to play to stay entertained.
One reviewer wrote: “Great place to feel right at home when you walk in. Very laid back vibe and good value for a quality cut. Top quality barber shop. If you want to relax and chill whilst getting an excellent haircut this is the place for you.”
99 Easter Road, EH7 5PP
King Barbers is situated on Easter Road, and offers clients hot drinks, hot towel shaves and a slick interior.
One reviewer wrote: “Extremely good haircut. Would highly recommend. The service is great, very clean shop. One off the best hair cuts I’ve got in a very long time. They even offer coffee and tea. 100% worth the price.”
Stag Barber Co.
22 Lady Lawson Street, EH3 9DS
Stag Barber Co. is a gender free hairdressers in Edinburgh and was founded by Murray McRae in 2014. The barbershop was the winner of Scotland’s best barbershop in 2016 and 2017.
Stag Barber Co. boasts a welcoming and quirky interior, and offers “haircuts for everyone”, not just men as is usual for barbershops.
Stag Barber Co. operates on genderless pricing as well, so no matter the length, Stag Barber Co will cut it.
One reviewer wrote: “It is a lovely and welcoming shop, with excellent and friendly staff. It has a real community vibe with a tonne of regulars.The cut itself is excellent and the reason I keep coming back.”
Rag & Bone Barbershop
103 Dundas Street, EH3 6SD
Established in 2015 by co-founders Jamie Wyse and Robert Paterson, Rag & Bone Barbershop prides itself on amazing customer service and quality haircuts.
The name comes from one of the two founders' grandfather - his working class background was as a “Rag and Bone man',' where we would walk, or ride on a horse and cart, collecting people's unwanted household items and materials, such as rags, bones and various metals to sell on.
One reviewer wrote: “This was my regular barbers when I was working in the city centre, fantastic barbers, great bunch of guys, all very highly skilled and take great pride in what they do. Highly recommend Cole, but all the guys are equally as good. Oh, and the online booking system is superb, if only all barbers used this.”