The two main problems with hairdressers are: they (1) love cutting & colouring and (2) love hearing the sound of their own voice. The styles they produce may be artistic and beautiful for one day, but what we generally want is a haircut that looks good for a couple of weeks and without special lighting and real-time Photoshop. Not to worry, though, there are some hair dressers in Amsterdam that are in many ways a cut above the rest.
*** update in December 2012: I received many negative comments about 2 hair salons previously recommended, so I have removed them. If you have a salon to add to the list, please share it with our readers!**
Gone are the days that Fikri is booked for the next three months! After years of such work pressure, Fikri decided make rigorous changes: a minimalistic hair salon, everything in a clean (white) design, and two big mirrors on the wall. Classical music and no other hair dressers in the building, create a calm and serene ambiance. Fikri is a sweetheart and a sincere, warm man, who puts your wishes first. Got a busy work life? Unwind with a cup of green tea or proper coffee (his other passion). Saturdays he's off, but on Sunday he is available to give you a new coup. Judging from his website, he still prefers to not be promoted, so let’s keep his name a secret! Fikri Kala, Keizersgracht 389, Amsterdam. Tel. 06.52649212
The review of a popular Dutch glossy magazine sounded good: honest advice based on your hair, face and lifestyle, plus good cutting & styling as well as great service. Also see my comment of September 2011 - I am so happy with these hairdressers here. A definite must-go to, also because of their fabulous natural-based, well-research and highly-technical products! Ask Dave for the latest innovations to get the hair that you want! (In my case: thicker hair). Wash, cut & style by the award-winning Creative Director Jeffrey as of E65.- Coup d'Etat, Willemstraat 21, Amsterdam. T. 020.623 26 97
Rob Peetoom is the name that has been around in the Dutch hair fashion world for over 40 years. Our model friend had her hair done here on her wedding day. She was happy with her hair (and still is happy with her husband, in case you are wondering). As the salon is a big name in Amsterdam, you don't always get the same hair dresser. To be consistently service best, ask to be cut by the award-winning Creative Director Vincent Langedijk. Wash, cut & style by Vincent Langedijk E64. Rob Peetoom, Elandsgracht 68, Tel. 020 5285722. There's also a branche in the Bijenkorf, but there's no Creative Director present.
SVEMIR on Olympiaplein (Stadionweg) also comes recommended (see comment of Bella, May 2011). He's a most kind, down-to-earth guy who listens to your wishes, advises well and doesn't force his opinion onto you. Very respectful and capable hairdresser. It was him that asked me kindly whether I had ever thought of a short coup, instead of long hair. I gave him the freedom provided the coup would look 'natural'. And guess what... short hair looks way more natural than long hair with me. Thank you, Svemir, for your wise advice! Svemir Hairdesign, Olympiaplein 144, Amsterdam South. T. 020-6626274