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13 Jan

The Ultimate Guide: Organic and Sustainable Hair Salons in Australia

If you’re passionate about wearing beautiful fashion that’s kind to animals and the planet, why should you compromise when it’s time to visit the hairdresser? Every day we use bathroom cabinets’ worth of personal care products, but we don’t always know what we’re rubbing into our scalps.

It’s shocking the things we put on our heads! Hair care products can contain “ingredients like parabens (endocrine disruptors), phthalates (endocrine disruptors again), and sodium laureth sulfate (skin irritant)“. So, instead of going in blind and hoping for the best, let’s leave it to the experts to know what’s going on your hair and into the waterways.

Here is the ultimate guide to organic and sustainable hair salons in Australia making hair care clean and green.

New South Wales

Ze Flamant Rose

273 Goulburn St, Surry Hills, Sydney

As the winner of the 2014 Green Lifestyle Award for the beauty company category, French-style hairdressing salon Ze Flamant Rose is sure not to disappoint. Customers rave about this salon as much for its pampering and customer service as for its eco-credentials.

The good stuff:
– No ammonia or other toxic chemicals are used
– All hair and beauty product packaging is at least 90% recycled
– Their product range is certified Not Tested On Animals and Palm Oil Free

Organic Hair Studio

101A Great North Road, Five Dock, Sydney

Organic Hair Studio prides itself on its salon-only range of organic products that contain no harmful chemicals in their testing or production and are also nutritious for your hair.

The good stuff:
– They emphasise the safety of their products for pregnant and breastfeeding women
– Specialises in treating customers with sensitive scalps and allergies
– Offers formaldehyde-free keratin straightening

Hair Organics Australia

164 Victoria Avenue, Chatswood

The team at Hair Organics Australia have over 70 years of combined hairdressing experience! They’re committed to creating a safer and more organic, eco-friendly salon for their clients.

The good stuff:
– Their products are free of ammonia, paraphenylenediamine (PPD) and formaldehyde
– They carry a range of organic home hair care products

Bauhaus Hair Salon

293 Young St, Waterloo, Sydney

French biochemist Marcel Contier founded renowned hair and skin care company La Biosthetique in 1947. Since then, the brand has expanded to include hairdressing and beauty salons the world over. One such salon in Sydney has recently been recognised as sustainable and we think that deserves a mention!

The good stuff:
– Your haircut will support charitable causes such as oil spill clean up projects and local community gardens
–  They use Great Lengths hair extensions, which use 100% traceable ethically sourced human hair
– Everything in this salon (including foils, hair dryers, packaging) is recycled
– Leftover hair colour will be recycled into new liquids for beauty products
– La Biosthetique products are 100% cruelty-free

Organic Salon Dimensions

Shop 6/19 Yulong Avenue, Terrey Hills

Salon owner Rosanna Buontempo has built her business around creating a space which is free of toxic chemicals and organic in every aspect of hair, skin and makeup, without compromising the quality of her work.

The good stuff:
– They only use 100% certified organic makeup products
– Their hair colours colours are ammonia free, which means no nasty smells
– They only use 100% certified organic makeup products


Organica Eco Salon

12A Adams Lane, Berwick, Melbourne

Organica Eco Salon offers more than just hairdressing. They carry a range of natural skincare products, certified organic tanning and even their nail polish is non-toxic, vegan and cruelty-free!

The good stuff:
– They have developed their own hair colouring system which contains 100% organic ingredients including grapefruit and chamomile with no toxic chemicals such as parabens, ammonia or formaldehyde
– Their styling range is completely plastic-free
– They also offer a convenient mobile service for bridal parties

Organika Hair

140a Ormond Road Elwood and 161 Elgin Street Carlton

Organika Hair was founded on the premise that clients deserved to look and feel fantastic without compromising their health, the environment or their sense of style.

The good stuff:
– They use a range of products free of ammonia, PPD, PTD, sulphates, parabens and phthalates
– Sit back and enjoy essential oil treatments and scalp massages
– They use organic, fair trade and vegan beauty products from SIMPLE as that

52 Hair Co.

2/100 Keilor Rd, Essendon North

52 Hair Co claims to be the first salon in the northern suburbs of Melbourne to offer an ammonia-free and more natural alternative to colouring hair.

The good stuff:
– They specialise in permanent ammonia and PPD-free colours
– Use only certified organic tanning products
– They provide special assistance to clients seeking to regain healthy hair after chemotherapy

Hair Salon Mitcham Presented By Sandton Hair

541B Whitehorse Road, Mitcham

Sandton Hair Gallery is a family-owned and operated salon. After being open for only 6 months, they were awarded the winner of an Environmental and Sustainability Award. They have also received multiple awards for their excellent customer service!

The good stuff:
– All of their products are free of ammonia, Resorcinol (a by product of coal) and formaldehyde
– They stock certified organic hair care products
– Offers formaldehyde-free keratin straightening

I Love My Hair – Organic Solutions

237 Waterdale Road, Ivanhoe

At I Love My Hair Organic Solutions, they endeavour to promote health and well being, while still delivering fashion-focused hair styling and colouring.

The good stuff:
EcoCert certified organic products with 98.02% naturally derived ingredients
–  Organic hair detox treatments to remove silicone and chemical residue build up from your hair and scalp


Huff Hair

Shop 6/2 Bell Place Mudgeeraba

Created in 2017 in the Gold Coast Hinterland, Huffhair gives you beautiful hair using organic, vegan, Australian-made products. They have a team of international stylists giving exceptional customer service in a happy, friendly environment.

The Good Stuff:

– Member of hair aid,  which teaches people living in poverty the skill of hair cutting.
– Two dollars is given to Ozharvest from every colour service.
– Vegan-certified colour salon that doesn’t use any nasties.

Naturally Organic Hair Salons

Find them in 5 locations across Brisbane: Carindale, Chersmside, Indooroopilly, Royal Brisbane Womens Hospital and Northlakes

This small chain of salons is dedicated to knowing exactly what’s in the products they use and communicating that information to their customers. Naturally Organic Hair Salons recognise that without the help of toxic chemicals like ammonia, natural hair colouring requires a little more work. For hair that needs extra help taking on dye, complimentary treatments are provided.

The good stuff:
– All of their products are certified 100% cruelty-free and vegan
–  Their products are also certified 100% organic by the Soil Association
– They have partnered with Hair Aid, which is a not-for-profit that teaches hair cutting skills to homeless people in the Philippines
– Fixed quotes are always given up front and children are welcome

Amara Organic Hair Salon

1/1863 Gold Coast Highway, Burleigh Heads

Amara‘s aim is to offer each and every one of their clients and hair stylists the most natural and eco-friendly hair salon environment that they possibly can. What’s more, they are as committed to luxurious treatments and quality customer service as they are to organic and natural products.

A big thanks to our reader Heather Coffey for letting us know about this salon!

The good stuff:
– Their hair colour and hair care products contain the finest plant-based and certified organic ingredients
– Even the salon’s towels are biodegradable and eco-friendly, made from certified renewable sources
– Customers rave about the raw vegan treats, herbal teas and blankets that put them into deep relax mode

Paris Texas Hairdressing

Suite 4/41 Park Road Milton, Brisbane

Paris Texas Hairdressing is an owner-operated boutique salon, which employs only experienced senior stylists.

A big thanks to our reader Madeleine Budd for letting us know about this salon!

The good stuff:
– They use evo hair products which are free of sulphates, parabens and propylene glycol
– They recently became a member of Sustainable Salons Australia, allowing them to recycle up to 95% of their salon waste

South Australia

Kinky Curly Straight

123A Magill Road, Stepney, Adelaide

Apart from having a fabulous name, Kinky Curly Straight also deserves a nod for winning South Australian Salon of The Year 2015 at the Australian Hair Industry Awards. They’re passionate about putting a green stamp on everything they do!

The good stuff:
– Their salon is powered by renewable energy provided by Momentum Energy
– They use Refoil, which is a recycled and recyclable foil, saving up to 95% of the energy needed to make new aluminium for traditional salon foil
– Every box, colour tube, shampoo bottle and piece of paper is recycled
– All of their hair care products are 100% cruelty-free

Organic Hair & Skin

65B Dulwich Avenue, Dulwich

Organic Hair & Skin are dedicated to not only giving you great service and one of a kind organic products, but also great tips on how to maintain your hair and beauty health at home.

The good stuff:
– All of their products are ammonia-free and not tested on animals
– Certified organic spray-tan packages


296 Greenhill Road, Glenside and 14 Gordon Street, Glenelg

These two Adelaide-based salons combine precision cuts and high-definition colouring with certified organic products.

The good stuff:
– They have their very own certified organic ABACHE hair care range
– A range of certified organic products formulated especially for kids

Pure Organic Ministry

2 Friendship Cresent, Wynn Vale

Pure Organic Ministry consider themselves trail-blazers by incorporating environmentally conscious practices into everyday hairdressing. It’s what they like to call Pamper with Purpose.

The good stuff:
– Hair colour free of ammonia, PPD and resorcinol
– Get 10% off your next EverEscents purchase when you bring back your empty shampoo and conditioner bottles
– They hold in-salon classes on topics related to hair, beauty and diet

Western Australia

MOSH Organic Hair Salon

1 Owen Road, Darlington, Perth Hills

MOSH stands for Masters of Styling Hair. They offer men’s, women’s and children’s hair cutting as well as colouring, straightening and extensions. They strive to provide their clients with natural, organic products so that you can be assured of safe care for your hair and body.

The good stuff:
– They use the Chi Ionic hair colouring system which is free of ammonia and PPD with 95 shades
– Offer a wide range of organic styling products and eco-friendly home hair care products
– You can enjoy a complimentary stress relieving head and shoulder massage with aromatic essential oils

Do you know of any other sustainable hair salons in Australia? Let us know in the comments below!


Editor's note

This article was updated in January 2017 by Kendall Benton-Collins. Feature image via Unsplash.

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