Chop Chop: Shanghai’s Top Hair Salons

Chop Chop: Shanghai’s Top Hair Salons
By Susie Gordon ,

Having a haircut in Shanghai can be rather hit or miss. Many an unsuspecting laowai has headed to their local chop-shop only to emerge with a follicular massacre on their head. A mixture of language problems and Chinese salons not being used to styling Western hair can make for a hairy experience. However, Shanghai is blessed with plenty of hairdressers that know what they’re doing when it comes to non-Chinese hair. Here is our pick of the best.

Tony & Guy
To date, there are three branches of the famous British salon here in Shanghai. The biggest is the Shanghai Centre branch, which is overseen by Mike Lau – a Malaysian expert with 10 years experience at Toni & Guy. Here you’ll get the full shebang along with your cut, from consultation right through to ear cleaning, head and neck massages, and drinks and cookies. The Xintiandi branch is smaller and quieter, but lacks none of the sleekness of its big brothers. Prices vary depending on the level of your stylist. A basic cut and blow from a junior will set you back 260 RMB, while appointments with a senior stylist cost around 1,200 RMB. Colouring costs between 400 RMB and 1,100 RMB. Aside from hair, Toni & Guy offers manicures, pedicures, facials and other beauty treatments.

Huaihai Lu branch: View In Map
Add: 515-6 Times Square, 99 Huaihai Zhong Lu, near Longmen Lu, Shanghai
地址: 上海市淮海中路99号大上海时代广场5楼L515-516
Tel: 0215351 3606
Opening hours: Mon-Sun, 10:00-22:00

Nanjing Lu branch:View In Map
Add: Suite 209, Shanghai Centre, 1376 Nanjing Xi Lu, near Xikang Lu, Shanghai
Tel: 021 6279 8806
Opening hours: Mon-Sun, 10:00-22:00

Xintiandi branch: View In Map
Add: 365a Zizhong Lu, near Madang Lu, Shanghai
地址: 上海市卢湾区自忠路365号A(近马当路)
Tel: 021 5351 0080
Opening hours: Mon-Sun, 10:00-22:00

Eric ParisView In Map
Based on Hengshan Lu in the same row of shops as Starbucks and Papa John’s, Eric Paris has a reputation for affordable luxury and slick, professional styling. As its name suggests, the salon owner is originally from France. Eric comes from Provence and has been in China since 1996 perfecting his art. He owns Studio 54, the largest salon chain in the south of France, and has been awarded such accolades as ‘Mr. World’ for women’s hair. With a pedigree like that, you can rest assured that your hair will be in good hands. Prices for a colour start at 380 RMB, straightening from 510 RMB and dry hair treatment from 200 RMB. As well as hair, Eric Paris offers mani/pedi (100/150 RMB) and acrylic nails.

Add: 4 Hengshan Lu, near Wulumuqi Lu, Shanghai
地址: 上海市衡山路4号(近乌鲁木齐路)
Tel: 021 6473 0900, 6473 0904
Opening hours: Mon-Sun, 10:00-20:00

Vidal Sassoon AcademyView In Map
If you want a free hair cut and have some time on your hands then the Vidal Sassoon Academy is worth a try. The students of the Academy work on ‘guinea pigs’ as part of their training, so you’ll be entrusting your locks into their hands. Appointments can take up to three hours, and it’s up to the stylist how the look will turn out. It’s a risk, but well worth it if you can’t afford to shell out hundreds of kuai. This is a great option for students who want an edgy look without normal salon prices. As well as a cut, you can have a colour if you want, and the choice is huge. Stylists are used to both Western and Chinese hair.

Add: Unit 2, Building 16, Xintiandi, 181 Taicang Lu, Shanghai
地址: 上海市卢湾区太仓路181号新天地北里16号楼2单元
Tel: 021 6311 2151

Benson SalonView In Map
Benson Chang’s salon in Jing’an offers fresh, funky modern styles, and is popular with expats thanks to its low prices and friendly, English speaking staff. Chang has 15 years experience in Shanghai and Hong Kong, and runs his salon with a satisfaction guaranteed motto. Prices for a wash, cut and style range from 120 RMB to 280 RMB, while colour starts at 480 RMB. A wash and blow-dry is a very reasonable 60 RMB.

Add: 778 Jiangning Lu, near Haifang Lu, Shanghai
地址: 上海市江宁路778号
Tel: 021 6277 8778
Opening hours: Mon-Sun, 10:00-22:00

Add: 1208 Biyun Lu, Shanghai
地址: 上海市碧云路1208号
Tel: 021 5030 3878
Opening hours: Mon-Sun, 10:00-22:00


Salon EspritView In Map
This huge modern salon on Xizang Lu is geared towards young folk, especially students, who get discounts with their student cards. This is lucky, as Salon Esprit is probably one of the most expensive hairdressers in Shanghai. A wash, cut and style starts at 400 RMB (or a bargain 100 RMB for students) while colour ranges from 400 RMB to 1,000 RMB. For this price you’d expect extra-special treatment, and Salon Esprit doesn’t disappoint; your stylist will talk you through all stages of the process, and make sure you get the results you want.

Add: 4F, 336 Xizang Zhong Lu, Shanghai
地址: 上海市西藏中路336号华旭国际大厦4楼
Tel: 021 3330 3399
Opening hours: Mon-Sun, 10:00-21:00

Franck ProvostView In Map
This branch of well-known French salon is popular with the older expat crowd who yearn for soft colours and elegant layers instead of choppy, trendy styles and wacky shades. The atmosphere is calm and sophisticated, with soft leather chairs and foot rests. Most of the staff are Chinese-speaking only, but English and French speaking stylists are available if you ask. A wash and cut costs between 220 RMB and 680 RMB depending on whether you go for a junior or senior stylist, and colour starts at 380 RMB.

Unit 4, 1F, Hong Fangzi, 35 Shanxi Nan Lu, near Changle Lu, Shanghai
地址: 上海市卢湾区陕西南路35号红房子1楼4号商铺
Tel: 021 6267 5171
Opening hours: Mon-Sun, 10:00-22:00

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I am blonde and going since 4yrs to Marc @ Benson Salon in the Golden Eagle Bldg(63333313) and I am MORE THAN satisfied. He's even better than my hairstylist back home. My friends are now going also to him!

Sep 04, 2013 12:56 Report Abuse



I went to Bensons, got my haircut with Benson himself. I have long straight black hair. I initially thought the haircut was good and stylish, until I got home. I realized that he never showed me the back of my hair, it was all jagged and have these weird long pieces that stuck out like somebody forgot to cut them. I could not believe it. My husband also got a haircut at the same time with a different stylist. He's got brown curly/wavey hair. I specifically asked for someone with experience with Western men's curly hair. I asked for someone with the skill level that corresponds to 180 yuan (one level below Benson), but at the time of our appointment, they said that they didn't have anyone at that level. So I went down to 120 yuan. They gave him Daniel, who completely screwed up my husband's hair with jagged pieces all over. He then said that he hasn't really done any men's hair. After going home and getting on their website, I found out that Daniel is at the 68 yuan level! In addition, they charged us 500 yuan total for the two of us. I didn't think about it at the time, but realized later that 280 plus 120 is 400 only! There were just too many things wrong with that experience. I don't understand how the author of this article could consider them as one of the top salons in Shanghai.

Nov 27, 2012 11:02 Report Abuse



Go blonde this spring at benson salon,Inspired by this spate of good weather i decided to brighten up my dull locks with a visit to Marc a senior stylist .After a style consultation and a refreshing cup of tea,we decide to go with a half head of blonde highlights using Loreal.followed by a kerastase intensive shine treatment to secure the color.We finished with a trendy cut by Marc.We are thrilled with the wonderful blond highlights.

May 07, 2012 01:12 Report Abuse



I have been to Bensons for 3years They open a new shop at north shanxi rd close to the west nanjing rd(Golden Eagle shop) .My stylist is Marc who speaks English and he has 6years experiences with western hair ,very good blond highlight ,I love my hair highly recommend Marc.......

Mar 14, 2012 00:56 Report Abuse



benson salon

Mar 14, 2012 00:49 Report Abuse



I wentnto espirit salom in plaza 66 today, and the review here is just BS. There was none english speaking staff the quality of the haircut was really bad, the guy did not know what was he doimg and i ended up with a really short side and longer one. No good wash of hair, and really bad attirude when i tryed to give him instructions, in the end he did what he wanted and even laugh about his created disaster, leaving me with huge frustration!!!! Istand up and left before he could finish the cut. Ijust cant say i will never go there again, that why i am looking for a hairdresses which can finish the job. i wish him male pattern boldness ...

Nov 02, 2011 06:34 Report Abuse



I love" le salon" , very good team and they did great job on my hair color (Sky did it) the owner is French , very cool guy, my best friend tryed Tina for her blond highlights , she fell great
LE SALON (next to LOLA) 6074 0365

Sep 01, 2011 02:17 Report Abuse


Katy Sinnott

Dear Friends and Valued Clients,

We at ERIC Paris founded in China in 1996, are dedicated to the best hair services possible. I am delighted that we are listed here.

We stand behind our services and our staff. We look forward to welcoming you to our salon on Heng Shan Lu in Shanghai. This salon is one of 17 salons in our salon chain. It is our first salon in Shanghai.

Should you need anything special or want additional salon support.. Please email me at

We look forward to welcoming you in our salons.

Best regards,

Katy Sinnott

Jan 07, 2011 06:50 Report Abuse



I went to Tony & Guy in the Shanghai Centre for a "soft wave perm" which cost 1000rmb. I was advised that it would require little to no maintenance or products. Having never had this before, I thought Tony & Guy would be the best and most reliable option (albiet the most expensive). The result? Nada. Nothing at all. The following day - without all the sprays and waxes or the skill to do a professional volumising blowdry on my own hair - it was completely straight. On return I was told that I did not know how to look after my "curls" and the hairdresser proceeded once again to spray and wax and blowdry. I wasn’t offered a "fix up" or any kind of refund. NOT IMPRESSED.

Nov 25, 2010 20:14 Report Abuse



Thank you for this review. I was thinking of going there, but haven't really heard great things. This review just sealed the deal for me!

Jul 07, 2012 15:24 Report Abuse