New Hanoian has a listing of salons - any of the ones listed there will be able to do a decent cut and highlights for you. Also, you should search through the Q&A (ANH) before posting a question - this one has been asked and answered many times before, that's probably why you have had overwhelming silence to your question.
Well pardon me caitlin!
In a bit of a rush to get the house packed up and make the move over today, it was a sudden last minute thought and dont have time to trawl over many questions right now.
I will remember to look before i speak next time!
Thankyou for the info you have given me though, it is appreciated.
Luci hopefuly you have found the salon.
I had my hair ruin twice and learn that not all salon here is good.
I asked for layers and they gave me layers (exactly two layers and it was disaster, you can see the 2 layer like layer cake).
Mr Lam at Lansalon able to sort it out, he is the only one i trust now. His salon is in sofitel, Lansalon, $18-20 for a cut but it worth every penny. He wash, wet cut, blow dry... the normal cut i would normally get in England.
Went here yesterday and am really pleased with the quality of the haircut and the stylists English skills.
The Hair Workshop
49 Hai Ba Trung
(in Hanoi Towers, first floor, around the corner from Highlands coffee).
I think the cut was $16 US, dont sure about highlight costs.
I dont know about you, but I have frizzy/curly hair and I nearly hugged the woman when she started using that silver device that 'slices' the hair and thins it out in a way that makes it less frizzy. Havent seen this puppy in Mrs. Brady/x-mas tree haircuts throughout my experiences in Asia, so was tickled pink that this worked out well. Will go back there next time for sure.
Stylist name: Bui Thanh Thuy (dont be fooled by her long, straight hair, she knows how to deal with non-Asian hair. Hurrah!)
Don't go to TA Salon. They seem to have some pre-conceived idea of what a middle-aged white woman should look like--and it isn't at all stylish! I'm from Los Angeles, and I could get better cut and color at a SuperCuts there for $15. Total disaster! They didn't listen to what I wanted--both color and cut are awful, and they charge western prices!
I had a terrible experience at Hair Workshop with Joe I have blond hair, the highlights were a disaster and it cost me 3 hairdressers and almost a year to fix. I guess everyone has a different experience. I was so upset with my hair I had tears but they still made me pay, even though I was so upset and it was not anything we had discussed. I think that's pretty bad service. I went to Lan Salon and I do think Lan is pretty good. But to be honest I'm going to try to get my hair done when I go home or holiday in Hong KOng or Australia. Best of luck.
Go to Dinhs salon on Cua Bac. I highly recommend him. I visited this salon three times, had colour (highlights), cut/style, twice and a perm. He listens and does pretty much what you ask him. Perm and cut costs $40,I think about the same for colour. I always leave Dinhs place feeling happy with the service.
There has been quite a lot of time since this question was answered so just wanted to add an updated opinion. I have blond hair that needs roots colored and highlights every now and then. I am very picky and sometimes it takes me a year or two back in the US to find someone that really knows what they are doing. SO, I decided to go to Lan at Lan's salon on Xian Dieu next to asian tigers mobility. He used to be at the Sofitel for 13 years but opened his own place recently. He did a great job! I feel very confident going back to him. I would definitely recommend him for anything requiring color and or highlights. If you go to his FB page you will see some pictures of the blond clients he has worked on.