Summon your red dragon spirit and see what these hair havens have to offer in the Welsh capital. Cheers Drive!
184 Whitchurch Road, Cardiff CF14 3NB
Home to The It List Visionary of 2017, Casey Coleman, this bijoux and gender-neutral salon is a whizz at colour transformations, where the team uses Goldwell. Casey is also the founder of Patch Test Party, the campaign to get all salon visitors to be patch tested for professional colour and avoid any nasty allergic reactions.
Ken Picton Salon
8, Mermaid Quay, Cardiff CF10 5BZ
The OG super salon in Cardiff Bay, this corker is spread across two floors, a stone’s throw from the Millennium Centre and the Senedd, and just up the Bay from the five star St David’s Hotel, so you are likely to spot a few local high rollers if you visit. Ken is a Cardiff institution, and has a brilliant team delivering stunning cuts and colours, including the uber- talented Paul Dennison, who’s a master with a brush and a tube of L’Oréal Professionnel colour.
The Friary, Cardiff CF10 3FA
Home to the original Quiet Chair concept, where you can book in for a chatter-free service if you need a little me time, undisturbed. If you love to take a more natural approach to your beauty regime, you’ll be thrilled to know that the team here uses Aveda colour and products.
Slunks Hair Club
13-15 Morgan Arcade, Cardiff CF10 1AF
Okay, if you like your hair colour bright, bold and totally unapologetic, you’ll find your tribe at Slunks Hair Club, where creative looks are their stock in trade and everyone is truly made welcome. A look at the price list will illustrate the team’s approach in individuality – how many salons list a patterned undercut on their regular service menu we wonder?
804 Newport Road Cardiff CF3 4FH
Formerly Ebony Hair, this gem of a salon is a dab hand at all Afro and European hair types, so any requests for curly hair flair, plaits, braids, weaves, box braids and cornrows, they’ve got you covered. It’s also a specialist in Great Lengths extensions, if you’re looking for some extra length and Mother Nature isn’t playing ball.