Get a stylish cut at these downtown Calgary hair salons

Does your bob need a little lift? Are your roots starting to show? Or worse yet, did you try to colour your hair at home? Lucky for you, Calgary’s downtown is full of salons that have their scissors sharpened, and a solution ready for every hair faux-pas or style requirement you could throw their way. These are the ones to check out. [Image credit:]

Hedkandi Salons Ltd

315 8 Ave SW, Calgary, AB T2P 4K1

Hedkandi is the Rolls Royce of hair salons downtown: modern, luxurious hair services and products, and staffed by chic stylists. Each stylist begins as an apprentice and works their way through a level-system, so guests can choose a stylist at the level of their choosing. However, even the Level One stylists know their way around a good layered fringe and can impress you with an awesome colour correction. This salon offers a variety of cuts, colours, styles, as well as chemical and revitalizing treatments – call to inquire about the services of specific stylists.

The Ginger Group Hair

217A 10 Ave SW, Calgary, AB T2R 0A4

The passionate stylists of The Ginger Group are trained to make both men and women feel like royalty during their visit. Fresh flowers fill the open-concept styling floor, and quality products leave your hair feeling healthy and revitalized. They even have a private studio space, available for public rental, where they capture shots of each finished masterpiece. The Ginger Group sticks to styling the hair on your head, but they do a darn good job of it.

Red Bloom Salon

837 1 Ave NE, Calgary, AB T2E 0C2

The customer reviews for RedBloom Salon are always glowing. RedBloom offers men’s and women’s cuts, colours, straightening, and extensions; as well as up-dos, make-up and styling for any occasion. Their skilled team of stylists is ranked based on levels from graduate to hair master, but each one understands that a good haircut is your best accessory. Still not sure? Take a peek at their Instagram for hair-spiration styled by the RedBloom team.

Jerome Hair Salon

1-1305 11 St SW, Calgary, AB T2R 1G5

Jerome Hair Salon’s stylists never stop pursuing their own education. These men and women regularly attend conferences, extra classes, and events for up-and-coming beauty products so that their clients receive up-to-date treatment – in short, this is a team you can trust with your major beauty questions. Services include cuts, colours, corrections, blow outs, up-dos, extensions, perms, thermal and chemical straightening, and revitalizing treatments.

Collective Salon & Spa

230-530 8 Ave Sw, Calgary, AB T2P 3S8

Collective Salon & Spa covers every hair, aesthetic and relaxation base at their impressive downtown location. Collective offers more than just men’s and women’s haircuts and colours – men and women are serviced in separate rooms, with the men’s side looking more like a high-class barbershop than your typical salon. Other services include laser hair removal, full-body waxing, manicure and pedicure nail treatments, facials and massages. Ladies, after a relaxing day of pampering, book a make-up session before heading out the door. Sign me up!

Avalon Salon Spa Hair Extensions

1516 11 St SW, Calgary, AB T2R 1G9

Find men’s and women’s cuts, colours, extensions and waxing services at Avalon downtown. Avalon’s claim to fame is they work with top modelling agencies, as well as Miss Calgary and Miss Universe Pageants in previous years. Don’t let their expertise scare you – Avalon is welcoming to those just looking for a simple cut as well. Up-dos aren’t all that they do!

Etch Hair Design

1410 4 St SW, Calgary, AB T2R 0Y1

At Etch Hair Design, bold is better. Bold stylists create bold hairstyles that will have you rocking it every day. The studio itself is open-concept with large windows and minimalist décor, so you can focus on loving your new do as it falls into place. Choosing a hairdresser can be difficult – do they know what they’re doing? At Etch, the owner and founder holds regular intensive workshops to keep even the most senior stylists on top of their game. Etch is notorious for Japanese-inspired hair styling, specifically bridal up-dos with smooth yet intricate curls and dainty flowers.

Salon Sugar Ltd

700 8 Ave SW, Calgary, AB T2P 1H2

Head to Salon Sugar to get a new ‘do, new tan and fresh eyebrows before your next event: hair, tanning, and threading for both men and women are their specialties. Are you lacking inspiration, but looking for a change? Salon Sugar offers free consultations to get you started. Similar to other downtown studios, stylists graduate through levels as they improve their education and gain experience, so clients have a range to choose from.

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