Important McGills Hairdressing Update

Following the latest announcement by the Scottish Government on the 4th January 2021, it seems we will be closed for a little while longer. The salon will remain closed until 1st February at the earliest. 

If you have an appointment booked with us during the salon closure, don't worry, you have been added to our priority list and we will be in touch to rebook your appointment when we have more information on our reopening date.

If you don't have an appointment booked with us but would like one when re open, please email us mcgillshairdressing@gmail.com

Like during the last lockdown, we have vouchers available to purchase to use when we reopen, you can buy a voucher online here

We are also launching our NEW online shop, where you can find all of your favourite Davines products to use in the comfort of your home. Visit our online shop here. 

Please stay in touch by following us on Facebook or Instagram where we hope to inspire you, keep you entertained and uplifted. If you need help, advice or are simply feeling lonely and isolated, please contact us and one of our team will reach out to you. 


If you would like to receive salon updates regarding our opening plans and the latest salon news etc, please click here.

We would like to extend our heartfelt thanks to each and every one of our clients for your continued loyalty & support throughout this challenging time.

Stay safe and well.

Love all the team at McGill's.


Edinburgh's award winning, eco-friendly salon

Our award-winning boutique salon is located in the vibrant Tollcross area of Edinburgh. You will receive a personalised experience in a friendly atmosphere, and a hair service that is tailored to you.

Hair Cuts and styles at Top Hair Salon in Edinburgh

Cuts & Styles

Whether you desire a bold hair transformation or a simple trim, McGills Hair Salon in Edinburgh are the experts at precision hair cuts for men and women. 

We use the latest techniques to create a wide range of hairstyles from classic cuts to on-trend hairstyles.

Hair Colour

McGills Hairdressing Salon are experts in creating the best hair colour for men and women

Our colour experts can create classic hair shades as well as the latest fashion hair colours. We can create personalised looks for you including balayage & ombré.

Hair Colour at McGills Hairdressing, Hair Salon, Edinburgh
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Online Gift Vouchers

Treat yourself or a loved one to the gift of beautiful hair with a gift voucher to use at the top hairdressing salon in Edinburgh

Purchase your gift card online...

Eco-friendly products

McGills Hairdressing are passionate about our eco-friendly ethos and the Davines products we use reflect that.

“By creating beauty sustainably, we encourage people to take care of themselves, of the environment in which they live & work, of the things they love.”

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Student Discount

Every penny counts when you’re a student so we’re delighted to offer some great Student Discounts at McGills Hairdressing Salon in Edinburgh.

Students who visit our Edinburgh Hair Salon on a Monday-Friday will receive 10% OFF their hair service.

Our success at the Scottish Hair & Beauty Awards

Award Winning Hair Salon in Edinburgh
Award Winning Hair Salon in Edinburgh
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Instead, we are working behind the scenes to come back with a bang. ( Apologies for our quietness on socails🙈)

🌿We have been teaching our future hairdressers online and it's been soo much fun.
🌿We have a new stylist joining us when we reopen, wel introduce you soon.
🌿We launched our online shop
🌿We have been working on some exciting new things for our clients... All will be revealed soon.

Over the next week or so, we will be sharing what the team have been up to so far this lockdown.

In the meantime, if you or anyone you know is a talented hairdresser and looking for work, Tag them in the comments or DM us. Wed love to have a chat.



We may not be open to take care of your colouring or cutting needs, but we can help you keep your hair and scalp in the best possible condition.

Simply click the link in our bio and order your favourite davines products online.

Or, if you are needing advice with suitable products for your hair type, simply DM us, we're here to help.

Ps our refill option is unavailable online.



Its a strange time isn't it!! Especially because we've been here before, yet somehow it still feels like the unknown.... Or is that just me (Heather🙈)

Anyway, we just wanted to let you know that all our team are safe and well and looking forward to seeing you all on our return.

Like last time, we are still offering virtual consultations to plan and discuss your hair journey or if you need advice with your hair now, get in touch, We'd love to help.

Lastly, our online product service is available for you to purchase your favourite Davines products. Link in bio

We can't wait to welcome you back when we can❤️



As most of you will have heard, we will be closed until at least 1st February following today's announcement.

Whilst we hoped we would be able to welcome you back on the 18th January, we also anticipated a longer closure, so rest assured all is under control when it comes to your appointment.

Below are a few updates on bookings and prebooked appointments.

🌿 Our online booking system is currently closed. This will allow us to control the number of people in the salon when we reopen for the safety of yourself and our team

🌿 Anyone with an appointment booked in through this lockdown, have already been added to our priority list and will be contacted first to rebook when we get the go ahead from Nicola.

🌿For any regular or new clients without an appointment but would like one when we reopen, please email or DM us to be added to our waiting list.

Lastly, if you havnt received any of our emails about the closure, please head to the link in our bio and select 'receive updates'.

We hope you are all well and can't wait to see you on our return.

Love all the team at McGill's ❤️


Deciding whether to go blonde, brown or red is hard enough, without taking into account what skin tone you have.

But, it's worth knowing because it's the difference between a good colour and your best, most flattering colour.

First of all, we need to identify your skins undertone. Most people fall into 3 categories:
🌿 Warm
🌿 Cool
🌿 Neutral.

To do this...
🌿 Look for specific colours on your skin. Cool toned skin will have blue/olive undertones, while warm skin tones will have yellow/gold.
🌿 Check your wrist. Your veins are a great indicator of tone. If your veins are blue/purple, you're likely cool toned, if they are green, you are warm.
🌿 If you have a neutral undertone, this means your undertones are roughly the same colour as your skin tone and wait for it..... Everything looks good on you.

See, when deciding what colour to go, it's made simple if you know what skin tone you have.

As always, our stylists will happily discuss what options are best suited for your skin tone and will advice on your skin tone if your still unsure.

Top Tip
🌿 The opposite of your skin tone is what would suit you best. I. E. If you have warm undertones, opt for a cooler tone and vice versa.



What a year 2020 has been. Its certainly a year that some of you may wish to forget, but its also a year I think we have all learned from, by putting things into perspective of what really matters to each of us, however different they are.

We cannot thank all of you enough for your continued support throughout 2020. Without you, we would not be welcoming 2021.

May you all have a wonderful new year.

Here's to 2021 🥂🍾

Why Our Customers Say That We Are the Best Hair Salon in Edinburgh….

27 reviews with an average rating of 5.0
Salon Review
Mairi Giles
A big thank you to McGills for coming to the rescue at our charity event this afternoon. Gary came across to Central hall and cut the hair of people who are struggling with issues of poverty on a busy Saturday in the Salon. Everyone was delighted. They have also cut my hair and I can testify they are brilliant hairdressers as well as having big hearts!
Thank you, Mairi! We are always glad to help 🙂 We look forward to seeing you again next time x
Salon Review
Elizabeth Bowman
First experience in this salon today, having hair cut and styled by the lovely Taylor. Very happy with my new cut, and with his friendly professional consultation -asking all the right questions made me confident he understood what I needed, and he kept me informed throughout the process. Looking forward to next visit - all the staff were helpful and highly proficient with good quality equipment. Salon spacious, music good and not jarring, with very nice decor, ambience, and super-handy for bus stops!
Thanks for the fantastic review, Elizabeth! We are are so glad to hear that you had such a positive experience. We can't wait to see you again soon 🙂
Salon Review
Grant Owsnett
Another great cut from Garry, couldn't recommend enough ? Experienced stylists · Master stylist
Thanks Grant! We look forward to seeing you again soon 🙂
Salon Review
Melanie Paul
Now , all I wanted was to say "hi " to my awesome hairdressers Garry and Heather who cut and coloured my hair for years back in Oxford , so I was visiting Edinburgh and walked into their salon and they were holding an event " Kebelo " which transforms your hair . I was so impressed by the demo and education and I consider myself as mega fussy . I was so lucky that Heather and Garry fit me in 2 hrs before they are actually open their salon(customer service that is !!!) Had the Kebelo treatment done , and I am loving my hair , must have treatment! It's shiny, glossy , falls easily into place , feels great ! Before it was frizzy and dry , hard to manage. So if your hair is hard to handle, that's the treatment to have . Once again , Garry and Heather are the best and I will definitely travel from London to Edinburgh again to have my hair done !
Salon Review
Tide Louw
Can’t recommend this salon enough - Heather did my balayage/cut/treatment and I’m so happy with the results, as well as the fact that she put the health of my hair as her priority. The whole team of staff were friendly & so accommodating, very happy to have found them
Thank you so much for your kind words! We're really glad that you enjoyed your experience in the salon and are happy with your lovely new hair 🙂
Salon Review
Kenya April
Cannot recommend McGills enough for their ethos and attention to customer happiness. I originally went to McGills for a balayage in time for summer. I naturally have very straight, black hair that is quite difficult to lift. I had been last year and Maya had done a wonderful job. This time I booked with Geles who was lovely and attentive. I left the salon and the balayage was perhaps a bit ashy compared to what I had in mind. I wear my hair very straight and middle parted so there is little forgiveness if any colour appears unblended or a bit sudden. Garry contacted me asking if I was happy and I asked for a wee fix. McGill’s customer service is faultless, no questions were asked and I was rebooked in for another session to get exactly what I wanted. This time I was with James who has an incredible eye for detail. He made me feel so welcome and this is not always the case with other salons if you are unhappy with the original result. I am so happy with what James has done; my hair is now much more blended and as warm as I originally envisioned. I will be rebooking with James to go lighter this summer for sure. I have already recommended him to friends who wanting to go lighter!
Thanks Kenya! We're so glad you're happy with it. We look forward to seeing you again soon ?
Salon Review
Sophie Stewart
Really lovely salon, Ellie was chatty and welcoming and she cut my hair just how i wanted. My hair feels super smooth and healthy!
Hi Sophie, Thanks for your lovely review. We are so glad you are happy with yo
Salon Review
Valentina López
Had a lovely and very accurate colour consultation with Heather leading me to a beautiful job done by Robyn, my hair now looks exactly like I wanted it! Garry made me incredibly happy with my haircut and kindly gave me lots of nice advices. Taylor last but not least is a very kind and friendly face! Thanks for the experience! Will be back soon for sure!
Thanks for the lovely review, Valentina. We are so glad to hear that you had such a good experience and are happy with your new colour. We look forward to seeing you again soon 🙂
Salon Review
Timeea Toth
Had an amazing experience with Taylor at McGill Hairdressing. We had a great vibe and he was professional from the get go. Hairtest, color patch test, initial discussion about what I was looking to get were all done in a timely fashion. Getting my hair colored based on my natural color and what I had previously done with my hair shows that Taylor takes the time to know his clients and their needs. He was diligent and attentive to detail, also his head-massage was an unexpected super-relaxing treat after washing. The color and final result after blow-drying was just what I wanted and very pleased with it. I highly recommend Taylor for whatever "hair adventure" you want to go for. ?❤
Thank you so much for your lovely words, Timeea! We are so glad to hear that you are happy with your hair and the overall service you received from Taylor. We look forward to seeing you again soon 🙂
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