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9 June, 2014 32 comments

I am always being asked for recommendations of hair salons in Malta and I always give an honest answer- all the ones I’ve tried have been a total waste of money. I’m usually pretty forthcoming on the blog, if I go somewhere or try something and it’s rubbish I’ll be honest in my review but somehow being honest about a shitty hair salon seems a bit more personal- I worry that the stylist might one day read the post and feel hurt or that I could be affecting someones livelihood. But I am so sick of wasting my hard earned cash on these crappy places that I felt it’s time to give my honest opinion.

The salons I have tried so far in Malta are;

Zodiac (Gzira)
various cuts, washes and blow drys
€12 for a cut and blow-dry.

Toni & Guy (Sliema)
a trim, wash and blow-dry
€60 for a cut and blow-dry (HAHA)

The Loft (St Julians)
a wash and blow-dry
€25 for a wash and blow-dry

Gabriels (Gzira)
wash, cut and blow-dry
– for €39.95.

In all salons I’ve tried the washing has been harrowing. They hurt. Every stylist in Malta must have been trained at the same place because they all have this awful habit of squeezing your scalp so hard when they shampoo that it is incredibly painful. Someone obviously taught them to be firm but there is a world of difference between a firm shampooing and one that makes you feel they’re trying to cave your skull in. STOP IT.

As with the hair-washing, the blow-dries have all been useless. I can blow-dry my hair well enough at home, FOR FREE, so when I pay to get it done in a salon I expect it to be amazing. In 4 years I’ve never had one that was remotely any good. Volume seems to be foreign word over here. They blow-dry your hair SLICK to your scalp, so the roots are basically glued to your head then they curve the tips under so your hair is literally the exact shape of your head. It’s awful. If you feel like a pamper or want a nice blow-dry for an event- do it yourself.

I’ve only ever once been happy with a cut and that was at Gabriels. The wash and blow-dry were no good but the cut itself was really nice and I’m very happy with my hair right now. One salon butchered my hair on 3 occasions although I suppose it’s my fault that I kept going back. So if you’re looking for a haircut in Malta my advice would be;

1. Don’t. Wait until you next go abroad and have it done there.

2. If you can’t wait, go to Gabriels but turn up with wet hair and blowdry it yourself at home.

If you have tried a salon where you were happy with the whole experience please please let me know where!


Alison 9 June, 2014 - 9:54 am

I go to Gemini in St. Venera (they also have in Sliema and Birkirkara). They are on the expensive side but they always do a great job ESPECIALLY the volume part. I always tell them I want volume and they manage it. Obviously since I have long and heave hair then gravity kinda takes its toll after a while but until it does I have lovely volume :)

Rhi 9 June, 2014 - 10:07 am

THANK YOU THANK YOU :D I will try here next time 100% :) xx

Alex 15 June, 2014 - 9:38 am

Try Headkandi in Psaila Street. Great people. Mirko is a Dutch Master Hairdresser, if he does not do it right, none will. Karen is a top Hairdresser as well, working with Movie Prodcutions a lot. https://www.facebook.com/headkandi.malta.3?fref=ts

Angela T 16 June, 2014 - 2:48 pm

OMG I could have written this post myself…the whole time we lived in Malta it took me so many tries to find a good salon. In the end the one I usually went to was Alberto’s in Hamrun… mainly because it was about a block from my house but my cuts and styles seemed to be quite good most of the time and quite good prices too. Everywhere else I tried was crap to be honest. Its like they dont know how to deal with any other types of hair except for the Maltese. If you have fine hair (like I do) its like they dont know what to do. Many times I left salons thinking, where the heck did they get their training??! Though one time I tried a salon called Chris At La Difference Hairdressing in Ta’Xbiex (on Triq l-Abate Rigord). I went there once (I had a coupon for 50% off, I had my hair cut and colored and it still cost me €80 eek) but they are AMAZING! I was so so so happy..but unfortunately they are also insanely expensive :(

Andreas Moser 25 June, 2014 - 12:34 pm

It was in Malta that I started cutting my hair myself. Haven’t been to a barber in 3 years now.

Charlie 28 November, 2014 - 5:04 pm

I read your post the other day, when searching for a hairdresser. There is a guy called Reece at the loft, he’s English and pretty good! His facebook page is Reece at The Loft. Cost me €50 for a cut and blow set but it’s less than I pay in the UK and definitely less than the cost of my flights to get back there! It’s only my second haircut in malta in two years as Ive been having it but when I go home due to my first experience being so bad, but will definitely go to him again.

sapna 11 October, 2015 - 11:48 pm

any more suggestions please. any idea how id leonardo in sliema?

Rosaire 14 November, 2015 - 3:43 pm

If you are visiting or moving to Malta we would be greatly interested to hear from you, both if you are a stylist and if you would like a consultation.
We have over 30 years experience in professional hair salons in Malta. StraightCut operates Hair Salons in Malta and is present in two locations, one in a classic style format salon at Attard, and the other is a Milk_Shake concept salon at Pavi Complex in Qormi.We strive hard to listen, understand, and give you your desired look.
Talk to us.

Diane 13 June, 2016 - 1:17 pm

I have short fine hair & I’m an American living here aboard. The best cut I’ve gotten ever in my life was here

Mike Peplow
Eight Beauty Club
Belfior Court, Pioneer Road
Bugibba, SPB
2157 5756

€20 for cut blow dry & style! Very pleased!! It continued to style for me with body.

I moved to the south end of island to Xghajra & went to local beautician & was hacked for €6. I was desperate! On a trip back to the States I went to my daughters hair dresser to have it fixed & she was horrified! I have a simple stacked Aline cut. It has grown out nicely now & I will go back to see Mike in Bugibba now Worth it for only €20!

Helen 23 June, 2016 - 2:13 pm

I would have to say I cant recommend a good one but I can tell you a ‘shitty one’ that is worth giving a miss!

This hair salon looks very nice from the outside but the people who run it are extremely rude and a place I would not recommend.

The quality of the hairdressing I have to be honest and say it is pretty good from what I saw and the girl/s that were treating me were very nice and polite and good at their profession. But…and this is where it all ends!

I can only assume the manager or the owner of the shop as a large rude Russian lady would keep interrupting my treatment and undermining the my stylist and was constantly rude to all the staff and clients alike. Also a rather pudgy miserable looking gentleman kept strutting through the salon lie he owned it (so guess he did!) also rude!

Haircut aside I was made to feel inadequate and had a horrible experience from the time I went it to the time I left.

I feel sorry not only for the clients made to feel like I was made to feel but also for the staff, as they seem like genuinely nice guys.

There are plenty of good hair salons in Malta, just not this one! :(

kirsty 15 August, 2016 - 9:08 am

I had my hair done at looking good salon. Worse choice ever! hardly any staff even speaks English there so its like they have to guess how you want to have your hair done. There’s only one girl who spoke in English a red hair girl who was soooo frekin rude so much attitude. Never again.

Alex 10 December, 2016 - 6:42 pm

I went to Toni & Guy in Sliema once. It was a nightmare. 20 euros for the shitiest haircut I’ve ever had. Never ever again!

Evgenia 8 January, 2017 - 11:27 am

Guys don’t ever go to the Dollie’s Hair Lounge in Rabat( near Mdina old city).I went for highlights and a simple haircut and they ruined my hair!I ended up with multicolor head and I could’ve done a better haircut if I did it myself!So waful!

Maria 3 March, 2017 - 10:10 am

Really appreciate the recommendations. I have had the same experiences with a handful of salons here. My thick, long, coarse hair got hacked by one hairdresser who didn’t even look at it or ask me what I wanted before I was dispatched to the wash basins. It has taken almost a year to grow out the short layers they put in which made my hair look crazy! Have also had to wait over an hour for a haircut with only one other customer in the salon, which seems to be a common occurrence.

Most of my Maltese family choose to have their hair done at home (cut, coloured, blow-dried) by a trusted, visiting hairdresser and they pay a reasonable price with no waiting around. I’ll be taking their recommendations!

Beri 10 August, 2017 - 10:49 am

Hi there. Be aware… ;/ This is my story and the one of the messages to the hairdresser who ruined my health and hair at The Cutting Edge in Saint Paul’s Bay:

Dear Steve Vella,
My doctor said that certificates should be issued prior to application and a patch test should be carried out to avoid allergies. I never had bleach applied to my hair before, especially on my scalp. I sought expert advice on the matter and was told that a change from such a dark colour to a lighter one should be carried out in degrees and not at one go. It was a great shock for my hair. May I remind you that I was very afraid about the bleach , and asked you and Rebecca if it would not damage my hair etc, and you told me no , everything will be fine.
However nothing was fine. I needed medical treatment for ten days following an allergy to the bleach. I went to another saloon where they were shocked at the outcome. I was told that the bleach and colour had been applied to the scalp and not uniformly. There were different shades of colour on hair that has been damaged beyond repair. It will take a lot of time for my hair to recover and for the colour to look natural according to this saloon. It will need to get treatment to recover gloss and heal open cuticles. It needs to be kept away from the sun, that this is one of the worst periods for such a colour change.
Finally, my hair is dry, hard to brush and looks awful. This depresses me, especially as I have been your client ever since I have been here in Malta once or twice a month. I know that you have a lot of clients but you should give the importance and respect that each client deserves if you want their respect back. May I say that service should always come with a smile and follows the concept of the saying that the client is always right. This is the way services thrive in a world of competition. Unfortunately your saloon failed miserably both with the unprofessional service and with the way you treat your patrons. I am referring to what you advise clients and how you deal with questions and complaints during or after treatment. I also believe that staff should not quarrel or show their irritation at anything, especially about matters that do not concern the client, like wages and personal problems. Time management is another factor. If the decision has been taken to treat the client, the treatment should be given professionally and not rushed as happened in my case and which probably is the reason why the results were so catastrophic.
I have no reason to question your professional service, but I do deserve more consideration as a patron, both in the form of a formal apology and financial return for the simple fact that the colour is not the one I agreed on, for the damage it has had on my hair and the costs of regenerating it again.

There is no response.

Lorraine 29 October, 2017 - 10:30 pm

Hi all, in need of a good hairdresser I am a qualified hairstylist with 25 yrs experiance and just moved from Australia 2 months ago. I am Maltese and moved to Australia 10 years ago and now I am back with my family. I am seeking new clientele and doing mobile hairdressing. In Malta I worked for 12 years in 5 star hotels as a hairdresser in the spa salons. Did a couple of celebrities while working there too. In Australia I worked in a salon which was renowned in Sydney Send me a message if you need any kind of hairdo and you will not be disappointed I guarantee.

Jean smith 7 November, 2017 - 5:14 am

Hi Lorraine, I dpn’t Suppose you have a free slot today. I am looking to get a couple of low lights, but this has worried me. We are only here until Saturday, then I go home then to talk to doctors and the government in South Korea. Husband also looking for haircut. If you can fit us in i’ll Send the address- let me know the charges. Thanks, jean

Lorraine 8 November, 2017 - 7:32 am

Hi jean. Thank you for answering back. I have availability today. Where are you staying at the moment? Men h/c €15 and half head Low lights staring from €30 depending how long your hair.b

Naomi 12 November, 2017 - 8:44 pm

Hey Lorraine.
Id be interested if you can cut my hair (female) in Sliema.
Email me please.

Lorraine 2 February, 2018 - 1:42 pm

Hi Lorraine, looking at changing my hairdresser. Would it be possible to schedule an appointment for next week, please?

Jess 19 June, 2018 - 9:49 pm

Hi Lorraine,
Another Aussie-Malteser here! Am in desperate need of a cut and colouring of regrowth. Do you have time in the next week?

catherine 16 December, 2018 - 11:51 pm

Hi Lorraine

Where are you situated? I have just recently returned from Sydney back to Malta. Really need to find a hairdresser!
thanks Catherine

danette 13 March, 2019 - 7:36 am

hi lorrianne. i need a hairdresser that can cone to hone can you please email me pls

Alison Clarke 10 April, 2019 - 11:46 am

Hi Lorraine

Are you still doing mobile work in Malta?

I’ve recently moved to Malta and I’m slightly terrified of going to a hairdressers here after all I have heard.

Della Kutzner 23 April, 2019 - 9:35 am

Hi Lorraine
Are you still offering hair appointments?
I’m from Australia staying in st Julian for the next few days
Please contact me ammarin1@live.com or with recommendation if you can’t help me. I have bought mg own colour from home just needs mixing and applying. I also need a cut/trim

Natasha 6 November, 2017 - 9:35 pm

So glad I came across this post! I have moved to Malta 2 months ago and was considering visiting Tony&Guy to help me continue my transition from henna red to natural blonde :) Guess I won’t be going there now. Thank you all for sharing your experiences!

Lisa 7 November, 2017 - 7:46 pm

Wow, exactly how I feel the whole time here – I live here since 4 years (half a year in Mosta, then moved to Gozo). I NEVER came across a salon who understand how to handle fine, curly hair with low porosity. It’s horrible. I honestly thought I must be insane – so many hairdressers here, no one I found being able to deal with my hair and understand I want more volume and KEEEP my curls!! But this is the proof, I am not insane :-D There are more people like me. Actually I always had my hair only trimmed for the last years (after 2 horrible attends to get a cut, not to mention the blow-drys which freaked me out) but it made my hair super frizzy, long & I have even less volume. So two days ago I was just totally craving for cutting the hair – MYSELF :-D With a youtube-tutorial! Not perfect, but so much better than what they did to me at the salons ;-)

Christy 24 June, 2018 - 6:31 pm

Appreciate the recommendations too. Thanks to all. I have had the same experience as Maria with my thick, long, coarse (Maltese) hair getting chopped into short layers at Schere in Mellieha by a stylist who didn’t even look at it or ask me what I wanted before it was washed. Like Maria, it took a year to grow out the short layers she had cut in, which made my hair frizz and bunch up around my face! And then I had it hacked again by another hairdresser in Sliema I tried soon after. I’ve now tried six salons and just haven’t been able to find one with consistent, personalised, high-level cutting and styling skills (or great customer service with less than ten mins wait time). I’ll keep looking though.

Like Maria, my Maltese family have their hair done at home by a visiting hairdresser which may be my next option, though I prefer the salon experience when it’s a good one! More recommendations welcome all.

Victoria Sadeq 9 September, 2018 - 10:13 pm

I just moved to Malta a month ago and need a good haircut. Where do you cut hair? I would love to make an appointment. I have short hair but course and thick. Victoria

Josianne Attard 31 January, 2019 - 1:46 am

Hi all, we have been running our own little hair dressing salon in Zebbug Malta for the last 14 years . To be honest can say we had never any complains as no one is perfect AND you always find that someone. But keeping a salon running for 14years means you have good clientele which are happy with your hairdressing, style and service. So if you looking for changing hair-dresser or what to change for a fresh new style, don’t hesitate to give us a call on 77885513 or 77885514 for an appointment a give us a try. We promise you will never regret you made that call . Josianne

Josianne Attard 31 January, 2019 - 1:49 am

Hi all, we have been running our own little hair dressing salon in Zebbug Malta for the last 14 years . To be honest can say we had never any complains as no one is perfect AND you always find that someone. But keeping a salon running for 14years means you have good clientele which are happy with your hairdressing, style and service. So if you looking for changing hair-dresser or what to change for a fresh new style, don’t hesitate to give us a call on 77885513 or 77885514 for an appointment a give us a try. We promise you will never regret you made that call . Josianne

karima 2 February, 2019 - 12:09 am

I highly recommand dollie’s hair lounge. I had been living in rabat for the past 3 months and i have no doubts about her. I seen a comment where she ruined hair. Well, i cant tell because i can say that from labanon coming to malta..as much we have a lot of good hairdressers there i finally found mine… dollie is also not expensive like some time of other. Hairdressers that for a blowdry they charge you 19euros ..18 euros..

Recommand dollies hair lounge!


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