By Gabi Mills. Images by Crib Creative.
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The Tao of Hair is the latest addition to King Street in the city - and if you like your hair salon to be a place of calm and beauty, then this is the salon for you. 

The relationship between my hair and me has been a lifelong struggle. I would like it to resemble (at various points in my life) the blonde one from ABBA, Rachel in Friends, J-Lo and more recently, Just Not Grey. 

Hairdressers have attempted to give me my heart’s desire, sometimes successfully (yay to the one who managed to give me the Natalie Imbruglia pixie cut), sometimes not so much (let’s not discuss the ill-judged angular bob in 1985). 

So it was not without a little trepidation that I put my not so luscious locks in the hands of Daniel Yap, Keune creative ambassador and owner of Tao of Hair salon on King Street. This is a salon with class and attitude, cool interior design and a fitout with more than a nod to industrial chic. Giant vertical mirrors sit opposite each styling chair, and there’s a handy little table to my right where my tea cup sits during my appointment. 

Daniel’s something of a hair superstar. Internationally trained at some of the big names in hair care - Vidal Sassoon, Toni & Guy, Pivot Point - he’s also a respected training professional, specialising in particular in Asian hair, precision cutting, up-styling.

He’s also great fun to have around. Gossipy, light hearted and not at all intimidating, he listened to my ideas and was quick to pick up on what my hair needed - a fresh new colour (violet) and a sharp cut. He’s well connected in the fashion world - he and his partner were close friends with Perth designer Ruth Tarvygas - but remains refreshingly unpretentious despite having his feet planted firmly in the cutting edge world of hair design.

The long process of converting me from drabulous to fabulous began, and I was well looked after at every stage, from the never-ending cups of green tea to the extremely efficient application of colour. The studio works with Keune, a high-end Dutch brand of eco-friendly hair care products, which left my fronds feeling and looking sensational. 

When it comes to the cut, Daniel works quickly and efficiently, his confidence with the scissors so comforting; even my new fringe isn’t terrifying me when I look at it in the mirror for the first time. Daniel certainly knows his stuff. 

I swish out of the salon with the best hair cut and colour I’ve had in years, that pesky grey a thing of the past and a new spring in my step that only comes from a couple of hours in the hands of a hair maestro.  

Tao of Hair, 79 King Street, Perth. Visit to book an appointment or call (08) 6162 2074 

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