Tone It Up With Brisbane’s Best Balayage Hairdressers

Tone It Up With Brisbane’s Best Balayage Hairdressers

You'll naturally love these looks!

By Style Beauty Journos | 1st November 2021

If sun-kissed and sultry is your kind of vibe, balayage is the bombshell look for you. Like most things that trend in beauty, it comes from the French word meaning “to sweep” or “to paint” and involves putting a highlight here and a touch of colour there to create a multi-dimensional shine formed by the heavens above. When it comes to a look this good, the stakes are high, but we’ve got you sorted with the magic hands of Brisbane’s best balayage hairdressers below!

C’ba Hair | Capalaba

No two heads are the same, and that’s why C’ba use their experienced contouring skills to create one-of-a-kind results for every client that visits. Personally created to suit your facial features, skin tone, eye colour, and lifestyle, this team have the low-maintenance freehand technique down to a fine art. Plus, their skilled squad of stylists are equipped with Redken to ensure your hair stays healthy throughout the process and beyond. So, whether it’s your regular dose fo me-time or day one of a total hair transformation, your time spent at C’ba Hair is not just about how you look, but how you feel.

Co and Pace Salons | Brisbane City

Revive lacklustre locks with the help of colourists who are experts in their field. At Co and Pace Salons, this team perfect their balayage technique with the use of hand-painting and foils to maximise your results. Subtle and dimensional, the key to naturally highlighted locks is not over-doing it when it comes to lightening your hue. To help you achieve your desired look, this team recommend bringing in pictures for reference. Together, you’ll sit down and discuss which tones are right for your natural hair colour and features to ensure you leave with soft, sun-kissed locks.


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Cobelle Creative | Toowong

From subtle face framers to full-head balayage, the possibilities are endless with this low maintenance style – it’s just about finding the right fit for you! At Cobelle, they take the time to listen to you to understand your dream colour, then bring it to life with their expert colouring skills and technique. Knowing which pieces of hair to colour (and which ones to avoid) is what has gained this team a spot on our best balayage list. Combined with a flawless blend, this salon creates eye-catching results time and time again. A true colour destination for those chasing that perfect summer hair!

Coco and Pastel | Coorparoo

There’s a balayage to bring out the best in every person, and these master colourists are sure to find yours. Always beginning with a thorough consultation and a comprehensive discussion to ensure the integrity of your hair is priority number one, the stylists at Coco and Pastel have an eye for detail and design. Their seamless blends are a result of continuous education and never compromising on the high standard of their work – you won’t find any short cuts here! In fact, two of their amazing senior hairstylists have balayage as their specialty, creating gorgeous locks with a colour that suits you and right toner choice.

David Murry Salon | South Brisbane

This Style HQ salon fave is celebrating ten years in the biz, painting perfectly placed balayage so good, your besties will be firing up the group chat. Their frank, honest consultations allow this team to best understand what you hope you achieve, and work with you to manage your expectations. From the density of your hair to its existing condition, your colourist will always suggest the best technique for your hair texture, budget, and future maintenance. Taking into account the natural movement of your hair to ensure colour is painted and pops in all the right places, the expert colourists at David Murry Salon will craft a stunning colour palette that’s just for you.


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Elizabeth JJ’s on the Avenue | Ashgrove

According to the team at Elizabeth JJ’s On The Avenue, the secret to the perfect balayage is the application of colour and toner and while these may sound like simple steps, do not be fooled! Whether you are blonde or brunette, have thick or thin hair, the girls at Elizabeth JJ’s say consultation is imperative, to discuss what is possible on your luscious locks! For all you brunette babes out there, if your hair is looking flat, choose subtle warm tones just a couple shades lighter than your original colour. Not only will this enhance your natural colour but it will give it a new lease of life! If you are wanting a bit of blonde in your life – but don’t want that ratchet regrowth, then balayage is for you!

Elysium Hair | Brisbane City

Balayage might be a low maintenance look, but this multi-award-winning salon will create a style that will make you feel like a million bucks! Offering five different types that will then be completely customised to you, balayage is Elysium’s speciality for a reason. In your one-of-a-kind consultation, they’ll outline how to turn your colour dreams into a reality, while taking care of the health of your locks. With a renowned talent for creative free-hand colouring to always nail that perfect blend, the team are in it for the long-haul and even offer express refresh services to ensure your tone is in mint condition all day, every day.

Emilly Hadrill Hair & Extensions | Fortitude Valley

Want lushly toned locks that turn heads for all the right reasons? Then Emilly Hadrill Hair Extensions is your go-to! Renowned as Brisbane’s hair extension experts, the team are also masters of colour and have taken the time to find the most premium products to bring out the best in your hair. Not only will they create a gorgeous balayage ‘do tailored to you whether it be with colour or extensions, but they also understand the importance of maintenance to help your locks last, providing everything you need for aftercare in a beautiful and relaxing salon environment. Offering a sought-after combination of superior service and signature techniques, the Emilly Hadrill team will take your hair to the next level.

Epic Hair Designs | Multiple Locations

With a myriad of accolades under the belt of these epic hairdressers, why wouldn’t you get your balayage done by the leaders of the industry? The trend-setting stylists at all 16 of Epic Hair Designs’ Brisbane and Gold Coast locations specialise in balayage techniques, blondes, and hair extensions. Boasting more Goldwell Master Colourists than any salon in Australia, they’re committed to creating the perfect colour for you while maintaining the integrity of your hair, through an in-depth consultation and tailored tones. Officially recognised as Brisbane’s Best Salon by the AHIA, Epic Hair Designs are passionate about taking care of you and even have a range of affordable hair packages to make your dream look an achievable reality!


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Fluid the Color Salon | Camp Hill

It’s all in the name of this stellar salon, who specialise in show-stopping colour and seamless balayage blends crafted to perfection. Using a freehand technique and specialised products, the colour technicians at Fluid have extensive experience in creating manageable and wearable styles that suit your individual features and factors. After an in-depth consultation to understand your hair goals, they’ll build a gorgeous foundation that will only continue to be enhanced in future visits with texture and dimension. Whether you freshen up with a soft cascade of colour or opt for the full makeover, you’ll also be walked through at-home care to ensure you love your locks for a long time to come!

Hairytales Hair Salon | Wavell Heights

Pictures speak louder than words, and one look at the jaw-dropping melts and smooth transitions on the Hairytales’ Instagram will prove why they are balayage masters. Step through the doors of this gorgeous salon and prepare to be wowed by the talents of these down to earth and highly skilled stylists. Using freehand colouring techniques, they bring to life breathtaking dimension to give you a natural balayage look that has no harsh or obvious regrowth lines. Effortless beauty? Don’t mind if we do! Finding the perfect tone that works for you, kick back in the elevated space and be pampered to a refreshing look you’ll adore for a long time to come.

Infinity Hair | Albion

For a lived-in look that will have you feeling completely refreshed minus the upkeep, a glossy balayage at Infinity Hair is an absolute must. Achieving a gorgeous defined look through highlights and texture, Infinity Hair are all about prioritising hair health and will perfect your blend over time to maintain your hair’s integrity. They also offer follow up refreshing toner options instead of foils or lightening to give your hair the break it needs to maintain that shine between appointments. With a high standard and creative flair, you’ll receive a superior service from start to finish at Infinity Hair.


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Ink For Hair | Newmarket

Warm up for the season with a sun-kissed and versatile balayage from Ink For Hair! Beginning with a free-hand paint and ending with a flawless graduation of face-framing colour, your personalised shades will melt into each for a low maintenance look that grows out gorgeously. Within the boutique environment, this expert team will find the perfect balayage for any hair colour and only use the best products to ensure your locks stay in mint condition between appointments. Your dream balayage paired with their incredible cutting and styling will have you walking out feeling like your best self yet!


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Kelly Elle Salon | Greenslopes

For a seamless blend from roots to ends, Kelly Elle Salon is sure to deliver. Every stylist in this lovely team specialise in creating a gorgeous balayage just the way you like it! Evolving their techniques over the years to ensure you receive only the best, they’ve narrowed down the process to a winning combo of foiling, baby lights, colour melts, hand painting, and face framing highlights. However, the real magic is in their creative toning, which they incorporate into every balayage to give you a perfect blend in the right shade for you, so you can leave with the confidence of low maintenance beauty.

Little Birdie Hair Co | Multiple Locations

With perfect melts walking out their door on the daily, Little Birdie Hair Co have a tailored approach to a naturally flawless balayage. The expert stylists here will treat your hair to a beautifully blended colour that suits your look, lifestyle, and upkeep regime, so you can love your new ‘do with the confidence that it works for you. The Birdie balayage is in high demand and their foiling techniques are unparalleled. Plus, as the winners of the Australian Hair Industry Award for Best Eco Salon in 2020, sustainability underlines everything they do, ensuring longevity for not only your locks but the planet too.

Louise May Hair Extensions | Hamilton

Don’t make your hair work any harder than it has to with the help of the luxurious extensions at this salon! Anything is possible at Louise May Hair Extensions, where they carefully layer hues to create jaw-dropping dimension. Want to lighten up but worried about damaging your hair? Louise May have the solution, using a toner to create a lived-in look on your natural locks before using extensions to create your dream colour. The on-site extension lab boasts over 25 colours so they can create a bespoke balayage for you, packed with brightness and fullness. Say goodbye to regrowth and hello to shiny, bouncy, and healthy hair!

Mèche Hair Lounge | Hamilton

Beautiful hair doesn’t have to come at a high cost, and at Mèche Hair Lounge, you’ll leave with hair you love without breaking the bank! Balayage at this boutique northside salon is personalised to accommodate each client to ensure they get the best individual outcome based on their features, lifestyle, budget, and expectations. Placement is everything when creating a lit-from-within look with foils and subtle lightening, and this premier hair colouring specialist knows just how to give your locks that golden summer glow *chef’s kiss*. So, whether you’re ready to make a drastic change or just need a little mane maintenance, Mèche Hair Lounge is here to make your hair dreams happen today!

Ms Francis Hair | Morningside

Welcome to Ms Francis Hair, where a luxurious salon experience is a given every single day! This group of highly trained hairstylists creates beautiful cuts, colours, and styles as individual and unique as their clients. With a big passion for balayage, the team is trained extensively on how to select and place carefully chosen colours to accentuate your natural hair colour and facial features. They take pride in creating perfectly seamless colour blends as well as high contrast balayage, too! Rest assured, a trip to Ms Francis means a bespoke experience tailored to your hair desires. A warm and welcoming space to kick back in style while the new-you awaits!

Orb Hair | New Farm

The colour specialists at this iconic New Farm salon have been creating gorgeous hair since ’99, and likewise their balayage techniques have been evolved to perfection. Owned and operated by Londoner Deborah Paton, she has nurtured a caring and talented team who will pre-consult you before arrival, and match you with the best colourist for your balayage. Using the new and improved Redken Shades EQ Gloss with bonder inside, to strengthen and gloss in one step, your hair will look like glass from roots to tips. With passion and prosecco served all day, this kind and attentive crew have the Orb experience down to an art!

Paris Texas Hairdressing | Milton

For a fabulous experience and pure professionalism at its finest, head to the highly qualified stylists at Paris Texas. Priding themselves on their incredible micro foiling and balayage techniques, the team also have a stellar reputation for precision cutting and extensions, resulting in a lush blend of effortless colour that complements you. Of course, perfection takes time, which is why Paris Taxis offering generous bookings so they can deliver the best possible results. With a wide range of quality vegan and animal-friendly hair products to make your colour go the distance, they’ll also ensure you know all the care tips and tricks to keep your hair fresh and glossy long after the appointment.

Revolution Hairdressing | Wilston

Combine a warm and friendly service with years of experience as a leading Brisbane hairdresser creating gorgeously glossy balayage looks every day, and you have Revolution Hairdressing. Adopting a soft and natural approach to the highly requested look requires the use of correct tones and placement, which is something the stylists can attest to, especially when trying to achieve a lived-in, sun-kissed look. In their words, there is nothing worse than an overly saturated balayage! Beginning every appointment with a thorough consultation is extremely important to them, not only to achieve the summer style you’re loving, but to discuss aftercare so your look stays fresher for longer. And, on top of that, they create some of the most effortless ‘cool girl’ waves in the industry to make that balayage pop even more. Win, win!

Rixon Hair | Brisbane City

From a little change to something drastic, face framing highlights and all over colour, this multi award-winning salon is where hair dreams happen. Working to create a natural looking result with dimension, Rixon Hair customised their balayage to each client after a thorough consultation to ensure your locks look fresh, healthy, and suit your unique features. Having mastered the art of the low-maintenance colouring technique, Rixon believe balayage should seamlessly blend into your natural hair colour to produce sun-kissed strands that sparkle. By continually educating themselves on the best practices and refining their techniques, Rixon Hair make balayage look like you’ve spent a week at the beach, not a couple of hours in the salon chair.


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Rokstar | West End

Specialising in free hand and multi-tonal colouring, the Rokstar balayage is where it’s at. This multi award-winning salon is where you’ll find experienced and skilled hairdressers equipped with the latest tricks and techniques to transform your lacklustre colour into a blended work of art! Relax in this suave salon space while you await the new you! With balayage techniques well and truly mastered, this team know just how much colour to add to your existing hue to make it pop in all the right places. Taking into account your skin tone, eye colour, face shape, and hair type, each client is treated to a personalised hair makeover that’ll compliment their features. Add shine and dimension to your tresses with the help of these colour masters – you won’t be disappointed!


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Salon x Papas | Teneriffe

Using a combination of freehand painting techniques and careful foil placement, the skilled staff at Salon X Papas can maximise the depth and dimension of your locks, all while keeping the look naturally blended. They love keeping the roots untouched to add contrast, which also helps to maintain a more flexible grow-out. With a strong focus on brightening the ends and face-framing pieces while blending dimension through the mid-lengths and roots, this team are able to create a low-maintenance look for you that you’ll love. Having perfected the art of balayage throughout their years of experience, it’s no wonder this salon has secured a spot on this list year after year.


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Samantha Jones Hair Co | North Lakes

Overlooking the tranquil Lake Eden, you’ll find Samantha Jones Hair Co. Renowned for being masters of balayage and other colouring techniques, their definition of luscious locks includes the perfect blend of colours with the greatest natural highlighted graduation (no harsh lines here!). As balayage is bespoke, and no two colours are created the same, this team take the time to ensure every application is hand-crafted to suit every client. Their highly experienced team love to create colour that looks natural, and highlights your best features. Rest assured, you’ll leave this sunny salon with hair even better than you imagined.

Sol Hair | Paddington

Located in the heart of Paddington, Sol Hair is a rejuvenating space where the name of the game is relaxation (and fantastic hair, of course!). According to the team at Sol, the perfect balayage should be seamless and pop with dimension in all the right places. For the past seven years, they’ve tweaked and refined the complicated art of the balayage, mastering it so well that their clients can get away with stretching out their appointments, all while maintaining their beautiful glossy colour. A sustainable salon, their love of the environment extends to the Sol Hair basins to create beautiful shine and texture that lasts. Goodbye regrowth, hello beautiful balayage!


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The Cleo Collective | Moorooka

You’ll feel in very safe hands with the team at The Cleo Collective. They have continually refined the technical balayage process over the years, having experimented with many different looks to get to where they are today. According to their team, the formula, application, and process require some serious science! But having a stalk on the ‘gram to see what type of work they do and whether it matches what you’re going for, is endorsed. Just one look on their page and you’ll fall into a deep scroll of beautiful balayage looks. From brightness created around the face to blended roots with lighter ends, every result at The Cleo Collective is effortlessly beautiful.

The Lounge & Co | Multiple Locations

Endless summer locks are made here, thanks to Director Candice Whitehead and her team of exceptional stylists who can make dream colour come to life. Naturally blended, lived-in hues are their speciality, and the process to achieve it is tailored to each client. By customising each technique, the team at The Lounge & Co can bring out your best features with carefully placed highlights in hues that suit your skin tone and eye colour. Having mastered their balayage techniques down to a fine art, you’ll love your seamless, sun-kissed colour from the day you walk through their door, until your next appointment. Soft, subtle, and full of dimension, better hair days are coming with a visit to The Lounge & Co.

Tigerlamb | Multiple Locations

National award-winning salon, Tigerlamb, has earned its name as one of Brisbane’s best salons year on year, and for good reason! The team here know that balayage is like a fingerprint – no two are the same – and it’s going to be unique to the individual. That is why their exceptional techniques will achieve your most desired result. Their salon has been doing balayage for over 15 years, using a wide range of colouring techniques, that are guaranteed to transform your hair into a stunning and flawless finish. So, you can be certain you’ll leave one of their four salons with the exact look you pictured when you entered! FYI, they have lay-down salon beds so be prepared for some seriously luxe relaxation time.


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Tognini’s Hair Skin Body | Fortitude Valley

This bustling salon is home to talented colourists who love nothing more than to bring lifeless hair colour back to life with perfectly placed highlights and foils. Here, they love the art of tailoring balayage to suit the individual, giving the hair depth, dimension, and long-lasting shine that gets heads turning. Starting with a thorough consultation to determine your hair goals, hair type, and maintenance expectations, the team will consider the best way to use colour to enhance your natural features. Using the right application techniques such as handpicking sections of hair particularly around the face, this team can create the illusion of volume and bring warmth to your skin tone with seamless blending.

Trendz Hair Studio | Cleveland

Ready for hair with va-va-voom? Specialising in blondes, balayage, and wefts, Trendz Hair Studio delivers locks in volume, literally. Achieve your dream colour with one of their expert colourists before adding length and volume to your hair with the help of natural looking hair extensions. Beautifully blended, your extensions will be coloured to match your new hue. Oh, and did we mention they have Zippay? Offering a complimentary colour match and quote, you can talk through all your questions with one of their friendly staff. So, are you ready to take the plunge? Envision the new you – she looks beautiful!


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Urban Chic | Ashgrove

There’s a reason there’s such a long waitlist to get into the salon – owner Amy Gaudie has won an AHIA and AHFA QLD Hairdresser of the Year award, and that’s just the beginning of a very long list of achievements! Add varitan to your current colour with beautiful, naturally blended balayage created by these pro stylists. Putting your hair’s health first, your new soft, subtle, and shimmering shade will be perfected through this team’s skilled techniques in colour placement. Through a combination of freehand painting, foils, and babylights, each balayage created here is a bespoke creation tailored to the individual. Love your lived-in locks brought to life in this talented, welcoming salon.

Alcyon Hair & Beauty | Kalinga

Creating your dream balayage and your healthiest hair yet? You truly can have it all with the master team at Alcyon Hair & Beauty. These colour and cutting specialists will enhance your natural beauty using the right balayage tone and high-performing products that don’t contain any nasties. Kick back in the soothing space, as they factor in your features, lifestyle, and budget to create a balayage that works for you and lasts far beyond your appointment. Boasting extensive knowledge and skills that have been refined over years of excellence, anyone is welcome to experience the world-class difference at Alcyon Hair & Beauty.

Black Avenue Hairdressing | Clayfield

What’s the secret to the perfect balayage? Stylists who’ve mastered the technique, of course! At Black Avenue, they believe that working with the client’s natural hair colour to create dimension is key to the perfect balayage. With clients moving towards more lived-in, low maintenance colours, the team here have perfected their skills over the years to ensure every head of hair is attended to in a personalised way. Their ability to adapt and refine their processes from client to client is what makes this salon a stand-out when it comes to seriously envy-inducing, sun-kissed locks.

Black Flamingo Studio | Nundah

If you’re a sucker for hair that bounces with 3-dimensional colour in warm, summer-friendly tones, then make sure you book a space at Black Flamingo, STAT! This team know that creating balayage is more than just adding bright, saturated blonde to your existing colour: it’s about creating complimenting contrasts throughout the hair that appears natural for a low-maintenance look. When it comes to colouring their clients’ locks, this team take into account your skin tone, face shape, and eye colour to ensure they match you with your perfect new hue, and create contouring with intentionally placed colour to highlight your features. Depth and dimension are key to nailing the ultimate balayage – and this team have got it down pat!

Cameo Rose Hair Boutique | Wavell Heights

Thought balayage was a simple colouring technique? Think again! This colouring experience is perfected in the craft of the colourist, and the team at Cameo Rose are highly skilled at creating bespoke blended locks for every client that walks through their door. Ideal for anyone wanting a more natural look with multi-dimensional highlights, balayage has been adapted to perfection in recent years thanks to carefully placed face framing highlights and texture. Flaunt brighter, fresher hair with a quick addition of warmer tones to your existing colour – you’ll be amazed by the difference!

Or, travel further north...

Ms Monaco Hair Society | Sippy Downs

At Ms Monaco Hair Society, they are all certified balayage masterminds! Each stylist at their stunning salon has completed advanced training to ensure that they are equipped with the knowledge and skills to do the best blended balayage possible. It’s no surprise that balayage is one of their top leading services over the last three years. Ms Monaco is your one-stop shop when it comes to gorgeous hair, as every single service is a bespoke creation. A hint from their team is to come with some visual aids to help bring your ideal balayage look to life. The hair of your dreams will come true at Ms Monaco!



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