Getting a haircut or hair treatment is one of the simplest yet most satisfying ways to pamper yourself. If you’re due for one (or the other), why not consider the best hair salon services in Ottawa?
We’re going to take a closer look at some favourite client haunts when it comes to haircuts, styling, colouring, and other services.
In the next section, we’re also going to investigate how much typical hair salon services cost.
Are Hair Salon Services in Ottawa Expensive?
Some simple services like haircuts could be quite affordable while more complicated hair treatments can run up to hundreds of dollars.
A lot will also depend on the service you’re going for plus the hair salon of your choice. Some charge according to the stylist’s seniority and expertise levels while others have a set pricing “menu” for different services.
In the table below, we included some popular salon services and their average rates based on the salons we’re featuring today.
|HAIR SALON SERVICE||ESTIMATED PRICE|
|Kids’ cut||$25 up|
|Simple haircut||$30 up|
|Men’s cut and style||$35 – $45|
|Women’s cut and style||$45 – $60|
|Wash and style||$35 up|
|Blowdry||$35 – $70|
|Overall colour||$85 – $120|
|Roots retouch||$70 – $100|
Usually, the more straightforward a service is like a simple haircut or washing and styling, the more affordable its price is. Other specialty treatments like full highlights and balayage or ombre could have base prices of $125 – $150.
Most of the hair salons in this listicle have their pricing information up for all its services including specialty treatments. But we still recommend getting in touch with the salon’s stylists to get an honest assessment of both the service and its price.
The Best Hair Salon Services in Ottawa
Now that you have an idea of the average prices of hair services, it’s time to take a closer look at the best hair salons in Ottawa.
1. Hair Junkie
|SERVICES||Cuts, styling, technical treatments, specialty services and treatments|
|ADDRESS||200 Laurier Avenue West, Ottawa, ON K1P 6M7|
|CONTACT NUMBER||613-565-0123 |
|OPERATING HOURS||Monday to Saturday 8.30 AM – 9 PM |
Closed on Sundays
Hair Junkie (“get hooked!”) takes pride in its team of a dozen stylists who can perform over 45 different hair services. The stylists have levels from one to six in accordance with their seniority and expertise.
Its gender-neutral pricing scheme is one of the factors that makes this salon stand out among others. While other salons try to justify how women’s haircuts are more expensive compared to men’s, Hair Junkie does away with this mentality altogether.
All haircuts include hair cleansing, conditioning, a scalp massage, and blowdry services. Some of the specialty treatments like colour correction, balayage/ombre, and perms could require a pre-consultation and a deposit upon booking.
Loyal customers are also rewarded with a unique value-added service called Hair Miles. For every $50 a client spends at the salon, they get one Hair Mile which can be collected and redeemed for products or services.
Read the following client feedback for Hair Junkie:
“OMG, I am obsessed with this place! What a great team of professionals, super friendly, LGBTQ friendly. Midge was simply amazing, giving a great explanation of what she was doing and put me right at ease. I will never go anywhere else! I found my place. Thank you!” – Julie Auclair
“I had my hair cut by Ray and she did a fabulous job! She really took the time to listen to what I wanted and was very focused and skilled. She gave a great head massage too! She’s happy to chat but if you crave quiet time while getting your hair cut Ray is sensitive to that need. Thanks to Ray I walked out of hair junkie feeling confident and refreshed. I highly recommend her work!” – Gwen Rose
2. New York New York Hair Salon
|SERVICES||Cut and style, colouring, specialty treatments, hair extensions, online store|
|ADDRESS||3625 Rivergate Way, Ottawa, ON K1V 2A4, Canada|
|CONTACT NUMBER||+16135210178 |
|OPERATING HOURS||Tuesdays 9 AM – 6 PM |
Wednesday to Friday 9 AM – 7 PM
Saturdays 9 AM – 5 PM
Closed on Mondays and Sundays
Yes, this is a hair salon in Ottawa, not in New York City! New York New York hair salon is actually a father-daughter-run business with the dad having done hairstyling in Ottawa for the last three decades.
There’s a good range of salon services here ranging from basic cuts to specialty treatments at the New York New York hair salon. Under its “classic hair care” umbrella are cuts and styles for men, women, and kids as well as styling for special occasions.
The basic services have around average price ranges ($45 minimum for women’s cuts, $35 for men). Most of the hair colour services do meet national averages, but the anti-frizz treatments and hair extension services typically start at $350 which are quite costly.
Some treatments like colour correction also require a pre-consultation before booking.
To sweeten the deal, all treatments (including basic cuts!) come with a free consultation, shampooing and conditioning, and scalp massage services.
The following clients have good things to say about New York New York hair salon:
“Had Victoria do my hair for the first time and she was fantastic! Not pushy, but had great ideas of what would work for me. The salon is nice and big and they were always cleaning for covid precaution. Love my hair!” – Laura Gauthier
“After years of not having a regular hairdresser, I found Victoria by chance and now she’s stuck with me! The staff here are friendly and professional. Everything felt clean and safe in light of the pandemic. Victoria is friendly, kind and remembers what was done and makes suggestions for moving forward. She’s excited to experiment with hair colour and gave me just what I wanted. Thank you so much!” – Tanya Simoneau
3. HeadQuarters Ottawa
|SERVICES||Hair salon, coffee shop & restaurant serving brunch & handcrafted cocktails|
|ADDRESS||115 Clarence Street Ottawa, ON, Canada K1N 5P5|
|CONTACT NUMBER||+1 613-695-4747 |
|OPERATING HOURS||Monday to Tuesday 10 AM – 5 PM |
Wednesdays 10 AM – 9 PM
Thursday to Friday 10 AM – 11 PM
Saturdays 9 AM – 11 PM
Sundays 9 AM – 9 PM
If you’ve never been to a hair salon, restaurant, cocktail lounge, and a cafe under one roof before, HeadQuarters Ottawa gives you a chance to do so. Its business strategy puts a unique spin on what could otherwise be a boring trip to get your hair cut or styled.
So if you have a bit of a wait between lengthy hair treatments and are feeling peckish, take a look at the cocktails, brunch, or late dinner menu at HeadQuarters. You can take your pick from light sides to full meals like braised short ribs and potatoes.
But there’s a price (literally!) to pay for this one-of-a-kind ambience that you won’t be getting from other hair salons. The salon services are definitely expensive with women’s haircuts starting at $85 which is almost double the national average!
Some of the treatments also require a pre-consultation for hair (and presumably price) assessments. Don’t worry further, though, because all consultations come free of charge.
See how HeadQuarters Ottawa’s clients like its services:
“I’ve been here twice since moving to Ottawa and they KILL it with men’s cuts. So good and super friendly.” – Nate Baker
“Love Sandra at HQ! She does amazing every single time she does my hair!” – Krista Giguere
4. The Cat’s Meow
|SERVICES||Cut and style, colour, toner, hair treatments, Aveda products shop|
|ADDRESS||141 Preston Street, Ottawa, Ontario K1R 7P4, Canada|
|CONTACT NUMBER||613-569-6369 |
|OPERATING HOURS||Tuesdays 9 AM – 3 PM |
Wednesday to Friday 9 AM – 8 PM
Saturdays 9 AM – 6 PM
Sundays 10 AM – 4 PM
Closed on Mondays
In its goal to become a sustainable salon, The Cat’s Meow has become Green Circle salon certified. This means the salon makes a conscious effort to recycle and repurpose a significant percentage of its beauty waste instead of it ending up in landfills.
The price range for its different salon services — ranging from basic cuts to colour and hair treatments — is surprisingly affordable. They either meet national average prices or are just a little bit below them.
Haircut prices are strictly based on the thickness and length of a client’s hair so they’re pretty much gender-neutral. All haircuts also include a scalp and neck massage with the option of getting an Aveda product used on your hair for styling.
The Cat’s Meow has partnered with Aveda products which are vegan and cruelty-free. If you’re interested in purchasing some of them, some products are personally recommended by the salon’s hairstylists and are available for purchase on the site.
The following clients have good things to say about The Cat’s Meow:
“My first appointment: went in for a hair makeover and wasn’t disappointed. Friendly and professional service throughout the appointment and a quality cut and style at the end. Great experience. Will definitely be returning.” – Joanne Dero
“The Cat’s Meow Salon honestly feels like going to the spa – the aesthetic is so charming and the music is amazing and it smells divine. Caitlin always makes me feel so relaxed and I truly trust her with my hair! Don’t hesitate to book with Caitlin or Nicole, you won’t be disappointed!” – Allison Welch
5. Salon Rouge
|SERVICES||Consultation, cut & style, colour & highlights, hair treatments, hair Botox, perm services|
|ADDRESS||222 Dalhousie St, Ottawa, ON K1N 7C8|
|CONTACT NUMBER||613.241.1110 |
|OPERATING HOURS||Monday to Tuesday 10 AM – 6 PM |
Wednesday to Friday 10 AM – 8 PM
Saturdays 9 AM – 5 PM
Closed on Sundays
Salon Rouge has certifications from noteworthy hair care brands like Wella, Redken, and Schwarzkopf. Its team is headed by its multi-awarded master stylist Amir who specializes in colouring, highlights, hair Botox, keratin, and shorter haircuts.
All of its stylists study the latest hair technology, trends, and styles like formaldehyde-free keratin and other revitalizing treatments, as well.
Salon Rouge wants its clients to “feel like a star without the price tag”. And while stepping out of this salon’s premises might make you look like a glamorous celebrity, the without-price-tag part doesn’t quite live up to its promised tag line.
For starters, women’s cuts start around $60 which can still be subject to increase based on the hair’s thickness and texture, and the stylist’s level. Hair Botox treatments start at $350 plus tax while perm services are around $200.
Thankfully, consultations are free because they’re required before booking an appointment.
Read some feedback from past Salon Rouge clients:
“Very friendly staff. Awesome haircut. I brought a picture of the cut I wanted and she got it right on.” – Michelle M.
“Haircut was done by stylist Jane. She is really nice. She suggested me haircut with bangs that suited my face. The haircut turned out exactly what I expected. Just loved it. Also, everything was done with Covid safety measures.” – Supriyas
6. Flawless Hair Salon & Spa
|ADDRESS||6 Antares Drive, Unit 4|
Ottawa, ON, K2E 8A9, Canada
|OPERATING HOURS||Mon-Fri 10am – 07pm|
Sat-Sun 10am – 5pm
If you’re looking to pamper yourself or perhaps improve upon or update your look, the next entry on our list may pique your interest.
Flawless Hair Salon & Spa, as one may surmise from the name, is a joint salon and spa establishment that caters to men, women, and children. The salon and spa is known for its service excellence, professional and friendly staff, and broad range of grooming services.
Clients of Flawless Hair Salon & Spa are treated like royalty upon entry. The staff consists of some of the warmest, most welcoming individuals we’ve come across so far, all of whom have the necessary training and skills to cater to the clients’ needs.
The diverse staff means that Flawless Hair Salon & Spa can offer services beyond the traditional haircuts and colouring services. The shop has also listed services such as bridal and wedding services, extensions, luxury hair and colour services, various hair treatments, and sessions tailored to men.
On the spa end of things, there are hair removal services, manicures and pedicures, facials, makeup sessions, and spa treatments for men.
As per usual, these services are carefully customised to fit the clients’ needs and wants. Moreover, many of them are completed within a few short hours, making Flawless Hair Salon & Spa an excellent choice for those who are on the go.
Here are some comments left by satisfied clients of Flawless Hair Salon & Spa:
“I liked the service provided to me by Van. She really applied herself and made sure I was okay from beginning to end.
The salon itself is clean and looks nice. However I wish there was more customer care from the rest of the team. My appointment was for 2:15. I was there at 2 and after checking in, no one addressed me until Van came to get me at 2:23. No “your esthetician will be there shortly “; or “Do you need anything?”.” – Faridath Glawdis
“Ahmed is one of the best barbers I have ever been to. I have curly hair and have had some bad hair cuts over the years. Ahmed knows how to cut curly hair so that it grows out and looks good for weeks. I started going to Flawless because it was next to my office. Even though we are no longer in that building, I will keep coming back for the high quality service and great haircut.” – Sean Liebich
7. Abba Studio and Hair Boutique
|ADDRESS||700 Eagleson Rd, Kanata, ON K2M 1P6, Canada|
|CONTACT NUMBER||(613) 254-2222|
|OPERATING HOURS||Tues – Wed: 10am – 6pm|
Thurs – Fri: 10am – 8pm
Sat: 9am – 4pm
Sun – Mon: Closed
Abba Studio and Hair Boutique first opened its doors to the public in 2016, with the intention of creating a charming and peaceful environment where the people of Ottawa can receive pampering.
Since then, the studio worked tirelessly towards this goal, forming a team of skilled, highly qualified professionals that offer a wide array of salon services for men and women of all ages.
These services include the standard Cut and Styling sessions alongside various Colouring and Highlighting services, and Hair Treatments. As per the usual, these services are carefully tailored to accommodate the clients’ wants as well as what their hair needs.
Abba Studio and Hair Boutique’s team has top of the line equipment and hair products at their disposal to deliver the look that is asked of them.
Aside from their dedication to their craft, these professionals are also committed to providing quality customer service, with each and every member of the staff warm and welcoming to the customers that come in.
Interested clients can easily book a session with Abba Studio and Hair Boutique through the studio’s website. The team is readily available from Tuesdays to Sundays.
FAQs About Hair Salon Services in Ottawa
We hope you get that cut, colour, and treatment you deserve after reading up on the best hair salon services in Ottawa!
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