Finding a reliable and good quality hair salon which also doesn’t break the bank is difficult. With so much choice out there, how can you deduce the good places from the great ones? Luckily your hair is in good hands with us, as we have found some of the best hairdressers in Edinburgh for your next do!

Below are the best hairdressers in the city to try out. If you’re on the hunt for barbers – check out our favourite barbers in Edinburgh here.

MacGregor Hairdressing and Beauty

By far the cheapest pricing in Edinburgh, MacGregor Hairdressing is a great choice for your next cut! Although their prices are low, their quality is exceptional. Located in Morningside, it is easily accessible from the centre of town via multiple bus routes.

For a wash, cut and blow-dry, students will pay only £25.00. Additionally, for anyone needing a balayage or half-head highlights, they only charge £75.00. However, make sure to bring your student card to ensure that extra discount!

With a 4.7-star rating on Google Reviews, MacGregor’s is a well-recommended hairdressers and definitely worth considering for your next do.

Urban Edinburgh

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A five-minute walk from Princes Street, Urban Edinburgh is another hairdressing salon with outstanding reviews. As a member of the Green Salon Collective, Urban Edinburgh is an eco-friendly choice for a haircut. And if this isn’t enough to convince you to go there, they offer a 20% student discount Sunday to Friday! Alternatively, Tuesdays are a student discount day, with a cut and blow dry costing £38.00 and colour from £69.00. Appointments can be made until 8pm and as they are open 7 days a week, you have the flexibility to get your new haircut anytime! In addition to this, you can sample a complimentary G&T, Brewdog Beer or herbal tea whilst you wait. Customer service is a number one priority at Urban Edinburgh, with additional free Wi-Fi and phone charger use included.

Hot Head Hair

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For a cosier environment, take a step into Hot Head salon. The homely space allows you to relax with a complimentary cup of tea whilst your hair is transformed. All cuts, styles and colours are carried out by Senior Stylists, ensuring that you are in good hands. For students, a wash, cut and blow-dry will set you back £45.00 (only on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays). Charging £75.00 for a half-head of highlights, Hot Head is a reasonably priced, comfortable hairdressing experience.

Charlie Miller

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In the lead for the biggest student discount is Charlie Miller! With a 30% student discount (Students, Young Scot Card Holders and Under 25s), you can save money on a quality haircut. For £34.30 including the 30% student discount, you can get a ladies cut. Although the student discount is not viable during December, it can be used from Tuesday to Saturday anytime. Charlie Miller has five branches open in Edinburgh, thus giving you a mass of options for location too! Furthermore, Charlie Miller has an average of 4.5 stars on Google Reviews. Therefore, it is clear that Charlie Miller’s is one of the best hairdressers in Edinburgh.

McGill’s Hairdressing

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Described as ‘the home of sustainable beauty’ in Edinburgh, McGill’s is Edinburgh’s greenest eco-friendly salon. They use renewable energy in their heating and lighting, refillable Shampoo and Conditioner products and only use vegan, cruelty-free products. If this isn’t enough to convince you to give McGill’s a visit, they also only charge £42.00 for a cut and finish. To get a full-head colour, you can expect to pay between £43.00 to £60.00, depending on the skill of your technician. Settled in Tollcross, McGill’s is easy to reach and perfectly positioned for post-haircut shopping spree to show off your new hair!

Although there are many great hairdressers around, when considering student discounts, previous reviews and sustainability, these five salons are definitely amongst the best hairdressers in Edinburgh!

Now you’ve got your hair sorted, it’s time to show it off – immediately!! So here’s where students should go out in Edinburgh every day of the week.

Last Updated on June 17, 2024

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