Best hairdressers in Amsterdam
A good man might be hard to find, but finding a good hairdresser is next to impossible. Kira from Life in Amsterdam comes to the rescue.
The two main problems with hairdressers are: they (1) love cutting & colouring and (2) love hearing the sound of their own voice. The styles they produce may be artistic and beautiful for one day, but what we generally want is a haircut that looks good for a couple of weeks and without special lighting and real-time Photoshop.
Not to worry, though, there are some hair dressers in Amsterdam that are in many ways a cut above the rest.
The list is short; reviewing a bar and being shouted at is bad enough, testing hair dressers and looking like a wild cat is just not an option. So if you have a salon to add to the list, please share it with our readers.
Gone are the days that Fikri is booked for the next three months! After years of such work pressure, Fikri decided make rigorous changes: a minimalistic hair salon, everything in a clean (white) design, and two big mirrors on the wall. Classical music and no other hair dressers in the building, create a calm and serene ambiance. Fikri is a sweetheart and a sincere, warm man, who puts your wishes first. Got a busy work life? Unwind with a cup of green tea or proper coffee (his other passion). On Saturdays he's off, but on Sunday he is available to give you a new coup. Judging from his website, he still prefers to not be promoted, so let's keep his name a secret!
Keizersgracht 389, Amsterdam
The review of a popular Dutch glossy magazine sounded good: honest advice based on your hair, face and lifestyle, plus good cutting and styling, as well as great service. I am so happy with the hairdressers here. A definite must-go to, also because of their fabulous natural-based, well-researched and highly-technical products. Ask Dave for the latest innovations to get the hair that you want! (In my case: thicker hair).
Wash, cut & style by the award-winning Creative Director Jeffrey EUR 65.
Willemstraat 21, Amsterdam
Tel: 020.623 26 97
Hairfashion by Leo
Leo is a Hong Kong Chinese who trained with, among others, Mr. Vidal Sassoon himself. He has won several awards, and though he enjoys making you look ‘very now', he respects your wishes and keeps your hair as long and natural-looking as you tell him to. He also takes your lifestyle in consideration. If you, like us, don't have 30 minutes to spend blow drying your hair before going to work; Leo won't cut your hair in a style that requires that kind of commitment. You lie on a (massage) bed to have your hair washed and receive a complimentary head massage. Leo has three specialties:
- Asian hair (we know a lady who travels 3 hours to have her long hair done by Leo)
- The bob (in the 1001 ways it comes)
- Repairing hair after bad colouring.
Wash, Cut and style by award-winning Leo EUR 54.
Hairfashion by Leo
Rokin 105, Amsterdam
The light and modern hair salon of Pierre, the 'celebrity hairdresser ', is located in the PC Hooftstraat. While your hair is washed, you receive a lovely massage from your chair. After conditioning, you receive a Japanese head massage. You don't need to bring photos of hair cuts that you like, Pierre looks at the shape of your face and how your hair naturally falls. Then together you decide how he should cut it. Pierre is a pleasant person to talk with; he has no arrogance, is open, and has a healthy dose of Dutch humour.
Wash, Cut and style around EUR 50.
P.C. Hooftstraat 108, Amsterdam
Tel: 020.618 16 00
Rob Peetoom is a name that has been around in the Dutch hair fashion world for over 40 years. Our model friend had her hair done here on her wedding day. She was happy with her hair (and still is happy with her husband, in case you are wondering). As the salon is a big name in Amsterdam, you don't always get the same hair dresser. To be consistently serviced well, ask to be cut by the award-winning Creative Director Vincent Langedijk.
Wash, cut & style by Vincent Langedijk EUR 64.
Tel: 020 5285722.
There's also a branch in the Bijenkorf, but there's no Creative Director present.
Svemir on Olympiaplein (Stadionweg) also comes recommended. He's a kind, down-to-earth guy who listens to your wishes, advises well and doesn't force his opinion onto you. Very respectful and capable hairdresser. He was the one who asked me kindly whether I had ever thought of a short coup, instead of long hair. I gave him the freedom provided the coup would look 'natural'. And guess what... short hair looks way more natural than long hair with me. Thank you, Svemir, for your wise advice!
Olympiaplein 144, Amsterdam South
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Ameterdam Zuid, 1st floor.
Koffijberg on the Scheldestraat
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