What the Ratings Mean

Every Good Salon Guide recognised salon is assessed using criteria that have been developed since 1991 following ongoing consultation with the general public and hairdressing industry.

Each of the four possible awards — Registered (R), 3, 4 or 5 Star — is based on training and qualifications so that when you visit a Good Salon Guide recognised salon, you can be assured that the stylists or beauty therapists are qualified and/or suitably experienced, giving you confidence in the service they are performing.

The ratings:

  • Registered

    Quality hairdressing at affordable prices
  • 3 Stars

    Up-to-the-minute techniques, value-for-money hairdressing
  • 4 Stars

    High standard with the latest techniques, excellent value
  • 5 Stars

    Top-of-the-range salon with highly-qualified staff and personalised service

Beauty salons use the same star rating system as hairdressing salons but have their own criteria.

Blow-Dry bars are also awarded recognition. These are salons that offer a special 'menu' of blow-dry services and maybe open later and offer special blow-dry services.  Blow-Dry salons meet at least the Registered standard for training and cleanliness. 

We've also introduced a category for those of you looking for the best in hairdressing and beauty training — recommended training salons — and you will find them with a T sign.

For further information on the criteria used, please contact us here.