It can be hard finding a talented hairdresser in a new city. Fortunately, the mamas are here to help with this curated list of our favourite salons in Amsterdam. And don't miss our recommendations for children's cuts too!
Best for Cheap Cuts
1e van Swindenstraat 427, Oost
This affordable hairdresser, located close to the Dappermarkt, offers cuts, colour, and hair extensions. They also do beauty treatments, and bridal hair and makeup. Your child can get their hair cut there too. You can book online. Open Monday to Saturday, with late service (until 9pm) on a Thursday.
Reguliersdwarsstraat 33, Centrum
Louise is specialised in cuts for both men and woman. You can also get make-up and bridal hair done there.You can book online. Closed on Tuesdays and Saturdays.
Kelly Cormack (Mobile hairdresser)
Kelly, a fellow Amsterdam mama, is recommended time and time again by our community. She is based in Noord, but travels all over to cut people's hair. She also does kids' haircuts. Contact her via her personal Facebook page. She is fairly flexible with her hours and will often work weekends and evenings.
Hoofdweg 79, West
A hair salon and coffee bar in one. They offer cuts and colour at an affordable price and get great reviews. They also do very cheap cuts for kids. You can book online. Open Tuesday to Sunday.
Weteringschans 167, Centrum
Despite the fact they are students training to be hairdressers, they are strictly supervised and have never disappointed us. The cuts are particularly cheap. They also offer permanent colour, highlights, and various beauty treatments. You can book online. Open Monday to Saturday.
Overtoom 35, West
The Graduates are some of the very best ex-students of the B Academy, a hairdressing school in Amsterdam. They offer cuts, colours, highlights, and treatments at reasonable prices. Open Monday to Saturday.
Best for Colour and Highlights
Willemsparkweg 170, Zuid
Located in the heart of the Old South, this salon is a favourite with Amsterdam Mamas' director, Emmy McCarthy. Adri, the owner, has been cutting hair for over 30 years and knows what she's doing. For fabulous colour, ask for Sam. Open Tuesday to Saturday.
Vijzelgracht 61, Centrum
If you want something trendy, this salon prides itself on doing edgy, up-to-date styles. They will help you to discover what you like and what suits you. They also offer massages and make-up. You can book online. Open from Tuesday to Saturday.
Overtoom 524, West
George and his team are great at choosing the perfect colour for your hair. Check out the online videos to see them in action. They also cut children's hair, although it's quite expensive. You can book online. Open Tuesday to Saturday. On Wednesdays and Thursdays they are open until 9pm.
Spuistraat 53, Centrum
Karen is highly recommended by the Mamas, especially if you like more conservative highlights – many and thin. We also love Aziza for bolder and edgier colour. If you are looking for balayage, Antonio is brilliant. This salon is also recommended for cuts. You can book online or contact your favourite hairdresser directly. Open Tuesday to Saturday.
Ceintuurbaan 234, Zuid
Renae Zechner, an Amsterdam Mama from Australia and former head colourist with Rob Peetoom, specialises in organic products and gets rave reviews for her cuts and colours. The salon is relaxing, the prices are reasonable, and Renae pays close attention to detail. You can book online. Open Tuesday to Saturday, with late night cuts (until 9pm) from Tuesday to Thursday.
Gravenstraat 22, Centrum and Willemsparkweg 30, Zuid
The mamas recommend both Amsterdam branches of this popular salon and like it for both cuts and colours. For curly hair, try Emke in the Zuid branch. No hidden costs and great results. To see Sue (centrum branch) doing some amazing colour transformations, check out her online videos. Open Monday to Saturday.
Bilderdijkstraat 207, West and Van Woustraat 121 HS, Zuid
With expertise in all the latest trends and a team that are trained in the salon's own college, The Color is the place to go if you are seeking a specialist colour salon. You can book by phone or via whatsapp and send pictures of what you want to get quotes. Prices are middle-range. Go to the magazine section of the website for video tutorials where the team demonstrate their magic touch. You can read more about this salon in this article on our website.
Best for Curls
Je Bent Mooi ♦Amsterdam Mamas Recommends Awards 2016 Honourable Mention♦
Tweede Hugo de Grootstraat 24HS, West
Ronald has more than 40 years experience and still learning. Curly hair is his specialty. Head and neck massage, as well as a soothing Shiatsu chair massage, are included as standard in each treatment.You can book online. Open Tuesday to Saturday.
Europaplein 121, Zuid
Simcha & Friends are a curly hair specialist. They know everything about it. On Wednesday and Thursday, they have a late-night service and stay open until 10pm. Open Wednesday to Saturday.
Best for Cuts
Francesca Bombardi (Mobile Hairdresser)
Francesa is a great option if you cannot find a good salon in your area as she will come and cut your hair in your own home. She cuts well and is good with colour, which she offers at a very affordable rate. She can also do hair extensions. Francesca is also great with kids. She is very flexible about days and times.
Kinki Kappers ♦Amsterdam Mamas Recommends Awards 2016 Honourable Mention♦
Azartplein 2b, Oost
A colourful salon which was is frequently recommended by our members. They have branches across Amsterdam and beyond, but the Oost salon is a firm favourite with the mamas. Kinki are also great at doing more unusual, experimental colours. You can book online. Open Monday to Saturday.
Pieter Baststraat 35, Zuid
Phillip is the hairdresser of choice for many of our Mamas. He's very friendly and speaks Dutch, English, French and Italian. Mamas like the relaxing, peaceful environment of the salon and the care that Phillip takes care to match the haircut to the preferences of the client. Open Tuesday to Saturday.
Raamsteeg 3, Centrum
Andy is an extremely polite, friendly and talented hairdresser, according to our Mamas. He is great at cutting all hair types.
Passeerdersstraat 45, Centrum
Fantastic team of Dutch and English hairdressers who pay attention to detail and really listen to what you want. Ask for Richa or Chris if you want foil highlights. Popular with expats. Open Tuesday to Saturday.
Wild Romance ♦Amsterdam Mamas Recommends 2016 Winner: Best Hairdresser for Parents♦
Spuistraat 62, Centrum
The atmosphere at the salon is great and they are really good at cuts, colours and highlights. You can even get a glass of wine there. Clint, from Australia, is a popular choice with the Mamas. You can book online, selecting the hairdresser you want. Open 7 days a week
This list has been compiled from the recommendations of our members on the Amsterdam Mamas Facebook group and does not reflect the views or opinions of Stichting Amsterdam Mamas. The information is current as of the date of publication.
Anna Csanadi is a Hungarian who has been living and working in Amsterdam for more than four years with her partner and two children, and has no immediate plans to leave. When Anna is not working, she enjoys baking and crafting.
Deborah Nicholls-Lee is a freelance journalist who moved to the Netherlands from the UK in 2009. She is the general content manager at Amsterdam Mamas and the founder of Clean Page Copy, a proofreading and copywriting service for non-native speakers of English. See her website to find out more about her work.