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Shanghai has a hair salon on nearly every corner, but these cater to locals and aren’t quite up to Western standards. If you’re in city and want a haircut, here are the best hair salons in Shanghai.
The excellent English-language magazine selection at this small salon draws in both male and female expats. Owner Michael, who hails from Hong Kong and lived in the UK, oversees the snipping and styling of hair and is happy to make suggestions and answer any questions you may have. In addition to cuts, Reborn does perms and color.
429 Dagu Road near North Chengdu Road
The name is French but the stylists come from all over. This chain has outlets across the city, including two in the former French Concession. Their light-filled Anfu Road space is a favorite of discerning local women and expats who crave a hairdresser who speaks English. There’s a good magazine selection here, too, a must when you’re getting snipped and sheared.
164 Anfu Road near Wukang Road
With outlets in Rome, Florence, New York, and Miami, Contesta’s staff has plenty of experience working with western hair textures. The salon décor is heavy on the hip, with Polaroids on the walls and Pixies on the stereo. Although their main business is hair cuts, color, and straight and curly perms, mostly for women, there’s a barbershop on the second floor. You can get waxing and nails done here, too.
733-4 Julu Lu near Fumin Lu
ID Hair has two outlets on leafy Nanchang Road, situated a block apart. Not all the stylists here speak English, so double check when you call to make an appointment. ID is a favorite of Shanghai’s hipsters and fashionistas, and you’ll see people walking out with mohawks. The salon is surrounded by boutiques and cute cafes, so you can while away the afternoon with a stroll.
274 Nanchang Road and 360 Nanchang Road, near Ruijin Road No. 2