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The Best (And Most Adventurous) Hairdressers in Leeds

· Ruth Hargreaves · Style

These hairdressers are simply a cut above the rest.

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In need of a style refresh but not sure where to turn? All these city hairdressers will give you a top chop.

With dozens of hair salons to choose from in Leeds, finding the right one can be a challenge, but we’re here to make that choice a little bit easier. From luxury salons to quirky stylists and colour wizards, these hairdressers are all ready to work their magic on your mane, so scissors at the ready – this is everything you need to know about Leeds’ best hairdressers.

1. Renegade Hair Studio

Renegade Hair Studio

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Whether you’re looking for a complete restyle, want to give your damaged hair a well-deserved boost or simply need a good nip’n’tuck, the team at Renegade will take the time to find out exactly what you want, before delivering great results. They take their craft seriously here, but the mood is light and relaxed.

Hair aficionados will be well satisfied by the staff’s qualifications because they’ve been trained by the likes of Toni & Guy and L’Oreal and they’re well versed in the latest trends. But don’t worry, they won’t try to push you towards the latest pixie cut or talk you into going grey, instead, they’ll take the time to get to know your style and talk through your new look in detail. They’ll even give you top tips to help maintain your new ‘do’ at home.

Renegade Hair Salon, 23 Cookridge Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS2 3AG. Prices start from £30 for cuts and £70 for a half-head of highlights. First timer and student discounts available.

2. The Hive Hair Salon

The Hive Hair Studio

After a total makeover? You’ll be in safe hands at Hive Hair Salon, which you’ll find tucked away inside Leeds Corn Exchange. Their hair stylists are masters of colour and have a loyal army of followers thanks to their adept transformations and corrections.

As you might expect with a hairdresser that specialises in more adventurous haircuts, the salon itself is vibrant and upbeat with knowledgable staff ready to convert traditional dos into something a little more creative. Alongside cuts and colours, they offer advice on how to maintain your new look. Keep your eyes peeled for Syd the pug too, he’s often on hand to quality check (when he’s awake).

The Hive Hair Salon, Unit C8a, Leeds Corn Exchange, LS1 7BR. Prices start from £40 for cuts and £55 for a half-head of highlights. Student and apprentice discounts available.

3. Rebel Pinup

Rebel Pin Up Hairdressers

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As you might have guessed from the name, things are a little unconventional at Rebel Pinup. This boutique Leeds hairdressers shares its space with neighbour Outlaws Yacht Club, making it the ideal spot for a post-cut bevvy. Being on of the only hairdresser-bar fusions in Leeds gives Rebel Pinup a trendy vibe, but it’s far from exclusive.

The feel is homely with friendly staff, comfy armchairs and diverse artwork adorning the salon walls. Prices are reasonable, there’s free wifi and they even offer vegan-friendly products. Short-haired visitors will be especially pleased – Rebel Pinup is well-known for working wonders with cropped tresses.

Rebel Pinup, 38 New York Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS2 7DY. Prices start from £35 for cuts and £40 for a half-head of highlights. Student discount available.

4. Renaissance Hair and Beauty

Renaissance Hairdressers

The Renaissance team comes with serious credentials. Their stylists have worked for Dita Von Teese, Mary J Blige, Elle magazine and the Brit Awards. The secret to their success lies in the fact that they take the time to understand what each and every visitor wants from their appointment.

Your visit starts with a thorough chat with your hair stylist over a cuppa, before they get to work on your locks. Rest assured, you’ll get exactly what you ask for. Quality cuts in a warm and relaxed atmosphere set Renaissance Hair and Beauty apart, as does their generous and ever-changing selection of special offers.

Renaissance Hair & Beauty, 2 Albion Place, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 6JL. Prices start from £35.95 for cuts and £59.75 for a half-head of highlights. Student and recommendation discounts also available.

5. RMUK Hair and Beauty

A four-storey gem tucked away on Great George Street, RMUK is actually a hairdressers, beauty salon and spa all-in-one. This family-run business first found opened in 1981, making it one of the longest-running hairdressers in Leeds.

Despite its age, the salon boasts a modern industrial decor that’s in keeping with their technical styling services. Haircuts, colours, treatments and extensions are all on offer here, and with over 30 years in the business, you can be assured of a warm welcome. For a full pamper session, pop in for a spa treatment beforehand. You deserve it.

RMUK Hair and Beauty, 57 Great George Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 3BB. Prices start from £35 for cuts and £55 for a half-head of highlights. Student discounts available.

6. Sketch Hair

Sketch

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A cosy hair salon located just a minute’s walk from Leeds station, Sketch Hair is marvellously sociable. The same clients have been coming here for years, so the vibe is more like a friendly get-together than a bonafide hairdressers. But that informal atmosphere is only possible because they have such a talented group of stylists with a genuine passion for getting your look right.

If you know exactly what you’re after, the team will take the time to really listen and understand. But if you’d rather go off piste with something completely different, they’re equally good at making suggestions and flexing their creative muscles. Cuts, colours and treatments are all available and you’ll soon join their troupe of loyal customers who pop in for a chop, a cuppa and a natter.

Sketch Hair, 10 Mill Hill, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 5DQ. Prices start from £40 for cuts and £40 for a half-head of highlights. Student and under 16 discounts available.

7. Three Six Hair

Three Six Hair

Jemma Broadbent is the woman behind this tiny Leeds outfit, which specialises in bold colour transformations and vintage styling. Whether its rainbow balayage, an ‘oil slick’ overhaul or just a total colour change, you’re sure to leave Three Six Hair with a look that’s a whole lot more vibrant than when you first went in.

Still not sure? There’s a cafe right next door where you can pull up a pew and watch the smorgasbord of striking hairdos leaving the salon. With just the one stylists you can be sure your makeover will get the time and attention it deserves. After a simple cut and blow dry? They can do that too. The chilled-out, no judgement atmosphere makes it the perfect Leeds hair salon for those wanting a more intimate experience.

Three Six Hair, 25 Albion Place, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 6JS. Prices start from £30 for cuts and £65 for a half-head of highlights. Student discounts available.

8. Ego Hair Studio

Ego

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Enjoy your haircut in the buzzing and spacious Ego Hair Studio. Cuts and colours are the focus here with a generous 30% off for new clients, every day of the week. Students get the same offer, although only on weekdays.

This expansive hair salon is light, bright and comes complete with jazz music gently crooning in the background. It’s a pretty zen experience all round and their professional stylists make clear that you’re always in capable hands. For those serious about their locks, this is the place for the latest treatments and high quality products like the Schwarzkopf Bonacure range, which works on restoring your hair rather than masking it.

Ego Hair Studio, 1 Cross York Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS2 7EE. Prices start from £35 for cuts and £55 for a half-head of highlights. First timer and student discounts available.

9. Harlow’s Den

Harlows Den

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If you’re after an incredible colour transformation, Harlow’s Den is the place to go. This adventurous hair salon promises to give each and every client a unique haircut – they step away from the ordinary and into the unconventional to create distinctive looks.

Quirky colour jobs are warmly welcomed and expertly executed by their two expert stylists who will help you stand out from the crowd. Such a bold change can be pretty intimidating, but they’re masters of their craft and they’ll make sure you’re well-informed and comfortable before the styling begins. Vintage up-dos are another speciality of theirs, and all the prices are extremely reasonable.

Harlow’s Den, 79 Great George Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 3BR. Prices start from £32 for cuts and £65 for a half-head of highlights.

10. Tint Hair Salon

Tint Hairdressers

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A relative newcomer, Tint Hair Salon on the outskirts of Leeds is fast becoming one of the best hairdressers the city has to offer. Their bright and airy salon is nothing short of impressive. The decor is modern but comfortable, with a few high-end finishes to add a hint of luxury to your experience.

While distinctly ‘cool’, Tint is far from stuffy. The vibe is welcoming and your haircut, colour or treatment will be preceded by an in-depth consultation to make it clear that you’re the main priority. Each stylist comes with a wealth of experience (many are award-winning) and there are usually some pretty good background tunes playing too. Oh, and although it’s walkable from the centre of town, they also have parking. Bonus.

Tint Hair Salon, 70 North St, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS2 7PN. Prices start from £40 for cuts and £60 for a half-head of highlights. First timer, student and recommendation discounts available.

11. Masters of Craft

Masters of Craft

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It’s an ambitious name, but Masters of Craft, located on the northern edge of Leeds city centre, lives up to its moniker. The hair salon itself boasts a Scandi-cool vibe with sleek furniture and a vast array of potted plants. It’s a bit like having a haircut in your friend’s living room – a feeling which continues thanks to the warm welcome from the hair stylists.

The elegance of the surroundings extends to the cuts and colours, which are expertly done and stylishly finished. What’s more, they have a conscience. Sustainability is at the forefront of their ethos and they use Davines – an environmentally-friendly, vegan hair brand that contains up to 98% natural ingredients. Your hair will be thanking you after your visit.

Masters of Craft, 7 Back Blenheim Terrace, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS2 9HZ. Prices start from £45 for cuts and £55 for a half-head of highlights.

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