So much more than The Fringe. Here’s where to head to freshen up your (whole) hairstyle in the Scottish capital
Medusa, Raeburn Place
Nestled between cafes and thrift shops in the bohemian streets of Stockbridge, Medusa isn’t nearly as scary as the name suggests. A five-minute stroll away from the painfully picturesque Circus Lane, step inside and you’ll be greeted with warm, natural décor, a lush green wall and delicate ironwork that calls back to the city’s forges. Award-winning hairdressing, top tunes and the friendliest team Leith-side, you’d have to have a heart of stone not to fall for this salon.
Rock N Rose, Meadowbank (EH7 5TP)
Looking for a salon with a bit of an edge? Established in 2017 and already renowned for their vibrant vivids, Rock N Rose is a unisex creative colour hub located in the Meadowbank district. With a sleek monochrome interior punctuated by quirky prints, vinyl art and tongue-in-cheek signage, the vibe may be casual cool, but the technical standards are top notch. Masters of balayage as well as the boldest of hues, we defy you to stand in front of their neon wall of Manic Panic colours and not be tempted to join the bright side…
Charlie Miller, Stafford Street (EH3 7BR)
Charlie Miller Salons are an Edinburgh institution, and with good reason. Offering an exceptionally high standard of hairdressing for over 50 years, their flagship location is also a thing of beauty. Situated across all four floors of a Georgian townhouse in the city’s historic West End, the atmosphere is one of contemporary, understated luxury. But don’t be intimidated by the prestige – the team also offer six different pricing levels across cutting and styling and three across colour services, making a trip uptown more affordable than you might think.
Chapter One, Haddington (EH41 3ET)
Head to the eastern end of the bustling Haddington High Street to find a slice of Edinburgh industrial-cool. Chapter One has three salons in the city, but their newest location takes their ‘Hair Spa’ approach into the twenty-first century. Spacious and airy, the combination of muted natural wood and brushed steel creates a modern zen feel, while the award-winning services on offer are sure to leave your hair looking just as polished.
Lipstick, Lashes & Locks
Equally adept at vintage and modern styling, this pin-up girl paradise in heart of Causewayside may look kitsch, but its stylists are seriously clued up. Known for being the area’s go-to curl specialist salon, whatever your hair texture, their team will have you looking a million ‘bucks. And whether you opt for retro rolls or contemporary cut and colour, look out for LL&L’s ‘doggy therapet’, the adorable Lemmy, who makes an appearance each Wednesday.