What the Ratings Mean

What the Ratings Mean

Every Good Salon Guide recognised salon is assessed using criteria that has been developed since 1993 following ongoing consultation with the general public and hairdressing industry.

Hair and beauty salons can be awarded one of four possible awards — Registered (R), 3, 4 or 5 Star — and 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.

Barbers, Blow-dry Bars and Training Academies are awarded one level of Recognition. 

The ratings:

  • Registered

    Quality services at affordable prices

  • 3 Stars

    Up-to-the-minute techniques, value for money 

  • 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.

 

Colour Expert

Research has shown that colour clients often look for specialists within colour when deciding to choose a new salon or when remaining loyal.

Colour is one of the most requested services within a salon, and with leading trends focussing on new techniques such as Ombre, Balayage and temporary pastel shades, the requests for fabulous hair colour will not be slowing down anytime soon. Colouring is a skill and technique that must be perfected, especially with the many ‘colour gone wrong’ horror stories that you often hear of, which is why Good Salon Guide recognises Colour Expert salons.

Each Colour Expert salon is inspected to a set of strict criteria, including the requirement for a member of the team to have an advanced colour level qualification such as Wella Master Colour Expert or L'Oreal Colour Specialist, so you know you are visiting a quality salon with staff that has the highest level of colour training.

The Good Salon Guide Colour Expert rating helps to find you a salon that you will love and trust when it comes to your colour.

 

Blow-Dry

Good Salon Guide's Blow-dry recognition gives customers confidence that they are choosing a blow-dry bar with qualified and supervised staff, as although the cost is relatively low, it's easy for clienst to feel short changed, as they are used to the full service that salons offer.

All member salons are presented with a certificate with their current rating and also a high profile window sticker - so be sure to look out for these when seeking a new salon!