Jacinda Ardern recently announced, that upon shifting to Alert Level 2 in New Zealand, hair salons will be permitted to re-open their doors. And we are fizzing.

However, don’t get too excited and complacent — everyone, the country over, has their sights firmly set on a chop, so book in advance to ensure the wait is over as soon as poss to get that fix. Check out some of INDEX’s top Auckland recommendations and make that appointment, stat.


Greg Murrell’s Ryder celebrates 20 years of business this year — a feat not to be taken lightly. And, with the success of Ryder concentrated on quality, Murrell is someone who doesn’t settle for anything but the best. and it’s clear right across the business. From their esteemed stylists, immaculate fit-out and stunning artwork, everything is considered. Right down to the very best in magazines at the ready to peruse.

56 Customs St East, Auckland / 09 309 9790


Lauren Gunn and her team bring with them something special and walking into the salon brings a sense of familiarity and ease, like coming home. The salon’s relaxed and warm atmosphere is unique and yet, at the same time, the space is beautiful and the talent is incredible. Just like Greg at Ryder, Lauren is a legend of the industry and, in opening Colleen, she has brought with her an imcreidble amount of expertise and knowledge to create something genuinely new and innovative.

466 Karangahape Rd, Auckland / 09 306 4089


Stephen and Andrea Cockle opened ASC in the idyllic setting of Parnell back in ’16 and, with more than 20+ years of experience up each of their stylish sleeves, they offer veteran-level work all whilst developing new talent too. There’s a real luxe feeling to the space, a sense of ultimate pampering but with zero pretension.

209 Parnell Rd, Parnell, Auckland / 09 336 1239


Directors Mobeen and Trish, are another pair of legends who never disappoint. Arguably one of Auckland’s most supreme hairdressers, Mobeen only works at perfectionist level and his dedication to craft and technique see his bookings list rightfully full to the brim. And, of course, fit-out is nothing less than heavenly thanks to award-winning interior design team, Hare.

11 McColl St, Newmarket, Auckland / 09 320 1579


The newest member in this elite group of Auckland salons, Commune opened their doors in Grey Lynn a few years ago but have quickly established themselves in the mix as a favourite for the young and hip. Commune focus their ethos around individuality and look to break down social constructs around beauty and gender.

4/18 Westmoreland St West, Grey Lynn, Auckland / 09 242 0255

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