It’s Finally Here! We’ve Found Brisbane’s Best Hair Stylists For 2019

It’s Finally Here! We’ve Found Brisbane’s Best Hair Stylists For 2019

You like my hair? Gee thanks, just cut it!

By Melissa Myrteza and Georgie Murray | 18th June 2019

Hair styling can be a tricky game and it takes guts (or should we say cuts?) to lay trust in someone to take to our hair with scissors. Changing up your style can be daunting enough and once the chop begins there’s no turning back. That’s why we’ve done the hard work for you and researched the top Brisbane stylists where your tresses will be well tamed and in the safest of hands. Ready for a change? Explore below!

The Mane Attic | Kangaroo Point

After a decade of experience in the hair industry, Owner Sarah Seymour is known for taking the time to truly listen to client needs. Having established the Mane Attic to hold a strong commitment to progressive hair trends and techniques, Sarah’s top priorities are maintaining hair health and delivering results that are realistic to maintain at home. Creating classic cuts, neutral sun-kissed colours and fairy-like occasional styles, she is also known for her calming massages, aka everyone’s favourite few blissful moments of appointments. Her NYC loft-inspired Kangaroo Point salon exclusively endorses Aveda products for its suitability for any and every hair type. Men, you don’t have to miss out on this one as they also offer male cuts and facials that you can Zip Pay!


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Papas + Pace | Brisbane City

Papas + Pace is a multi-award-winning Brisbane hair institution that is highly regarded in the industry. As well as being recognized as Hair Expo Australia's Salon Team of the Year in 2019, Director Dimitri Papas was honoured as inaugural Master Cutter of the Year and Co-Director Justin Pace earned the coveted Colourist of the Year award, adding to their growing list of industry accolades. Other notable awards throughout 2019 include Best Training and Best Salon Business of the Year, as well as being finalists in almost every other category. With two industry icons at the helm, Dmitri Papas and Justin Pace make sure their team and clients benefit from their years of mastery and experience, bringing together a group of stylists that reflect their mission of excellence, combining the highest standards of hairdressing with a strong customer-focused approach. As well as working from their Brisbane-based Salon, Dmitri and Justin travel the world as Redken 5th Avenue Global International Hair Artists, educating the next generation of stylists. Due to popular demand, the team will soon be opening their second Brisbane Salon at Newstead - Papas and Pace: Long Island.


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Stelios Papas | Toowong

Stelios Papas are renowned for their superior stylists. With multi award-winning Manager and Artistic Director Elle Schoemaker having just won Hair Expo Qld Hairdresser of the Year, Creative Force of the Year, AHIA Australian Stylist of the Year and Rising Star Female, you are guaranteed to be blown away by her visible talent. But it doesn’t end there. Salon owner and blonde and balayage specialist Kristie Kesic has also built up her reputation as one of Australia’s best Colour Technicians. Based in Toowong, it is safe to say that you can trust your luscious locks with these talented ladies. They also offer their clients the finest hair product labels available including Wella System Professional, Sebastian Styling and Eleven Miracle, so that you can continue to experience these exceptional products at home.   


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Samantha Jones Hair Co. | North Lakes

As winners and finalists for many industry awards, the team at Samantha Jones Hair Co. provide the utmost luxury service to guests new and old, to ensure that every guest receives the best experience possible. This dedicated team continually train on new techniques and are known for their exceptional ombre and balayage work, as well as being blonde experts. Samantha Jones Hair Co is a full-service salon so you will always leave with beautifully styled and finished hair any way you like, all included in the price. From the coffee to the conversation, to the expert colour work or even a cheeky Cosmopolitan, what's not to love at SjHCo?


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Cameo Rose Hair Boutique | Wavell Heights

Cara and the team from Cameo pride themselves in taking clients on a journey, rather than just a simple chop of the tresses. We’re talking wine, cheese, head massage and all, while they take care of either a treatment, restyle or colour. After 29 years in the biz’, Cara ensures her team is consistently trained on the latest trends while specialising in colouring. To ensure your hair has the optimum health, the salon uses and endorses high-quality products like Paul Mitchell and Olaplex to achieve the best styling results without harming your hair.


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Epic Hair Designs | Multiple Locations

Epic by name and epic by nature, the first salon opened 11 years ago by Brendon Mann. Style Media recently featured Brendon and his success, which speaks volumes by the sheer growth of the business with 15 salons, now open across Brisbane, plus a recent stint at Sydney Fashion Week. Although their reputation for quality colouring and balayage is well known, hair styling is where Epic thrives. Using exclusive tools including GHD’s newest curling gizmo, ‘The Oracle’ and industry reputable products like Goldwell, each salon stylist is consistently trained at their Ascot academy. Their online tutorials are also a godsend for achieving salon results at home! Read more on Brendon on page 30 of our June issue or here online.


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Oscar Oscar | Multiple Locations

Raising the benchmark of Australian salons since their foundation in Brisbane City almost 30 years ago, Oscar Oscar has become a staple name in the industry. With visionary Oscar Cullinan at the helm of this hair revolution, their constant expansions of opulent salons are giving Australians a chance to up their hair game, tenfold. Styling is their forte, with everyone from style and artistic directors to master stylists on staff to choose from. Tailored to suit every individual look that walks through their doors, get ready for bouncy curls, tousled beach waves and elaborate styles with the Oscar Oscar styling service. You can now find your new style at the Oscar Oscar flagship salon in QueensPlaza!


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Rokstar | West End

Led by passionate owner Brodie Lee, Rokstar is a renowned name in the hair industry that has raised the bar of hairdressing with her West End salon. Rokstar holds the title of Queensland Salon of the Year at the Australian Hair Industry Awards in 2017 and 2018, along with Brodie being crowned Queensland Hairdresser of the Year at the Australian Hair Expo in 2018. Recently spotted on the streets of Sydney with L’Oréal having cut the bangs of Australian actress and model Olympia Valance, Brodie has been behind the scenes on runways across the globe educating hairdressers but loves nothing more than working in her salon alongside her talented team. Her coveted client list echoes Rokstar’s recognised reputation within the industry, so if you’re after a refreshing change, consult any of the stylists to rework a look to compliment your face shape and features. With a steadfast focus on training her multi-award-winning team, you will leave your appointment with a new look you’re sure to love. In need of a colour refresh too? Check out why they also made our cut for Brisbane’s Best Hair Colourists.


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Indigo Cut And Colour | Camp Hill

Achieving your ultimate hair goal is what the team at Indigo Cut and Colour specialise in. The salon's Camp Hill location has recently had a fresh makeover, merging with its Wishart location to house all of its talented stylists under one convenient roof. The team is constantly updating its skillset, giving you access to the latest techniques, trends and products. The leading Brisbane salon proudly uses ammonia-free Redken and Shades EQ gloss colours – trust us when we say your hair will have never looked better! Because a busy life should never get in the way of great hair, Indigo Cut and Colour is open three late nights a week, where you can enjoy wine and cheese as you sit back, relax and transform into the best version of yourself.


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The Cleo Collective | Moorooka

The Cleo Collective is a boutique salon that offers a modern, minimalistic aesthetic. The team of stylists are precision-trained, meaning the details of your new ‘do will create an overall clean and bold look, with not even a strand of hair amiss. As a highly requested service from their loyal clientele, Amanda and the Cleo Collective girls are pros when it comes to Hollywood glam and GHD curls; a trend making waves once again in the hair and beauty world. Alongside Loreal Professional, Amanda is proud of their Cleo & Co product range, an organic and cruelty-free hair care label, meaning, no bunnies were harmed in the making of your new bouncy waves! At the end of the day, the team will work hard with you to achieve a new style of your dreams with a personable and professional approach.


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KOR Hairdressing | Stones Corner

If you’ve been toying with the idea of a chop or restyle, the KOR team are your go-to. After a quick scroll through their Instagram feed you will soon be inspired to embrace beachy, bouncy waves. Clearly a speciality of theirs, the style is a refreshing take on the usual winter trends. KOR currently offer a great deal, especially for those looking to go lighter with their ‘Ultimate Blonde Hair’ package with foils, Olaplex toner and of course an edgy cut and style. At the end of the day if you’re after personalised care and stunning results, we recommend speaking with the KOR team or popping into their Stones Corner salon.


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Black Avenue Hairdressing | Clayfield

Ready to up your ’gram game with a fresh style and colour? You’ll be in the right place at Black Avenue, especially if you’re a plant fiend and are after a refreshing salon aesthetic! Feel relaxed sipping on an infused Tea2 while updating your look, knowing that all products being used are vegan and cruelty free. In terms of styling, the team specialise in soft waves, volume and texture, and will take the time to talk clients through a step-by-step on how to repeat these styles at home. They even offer a complementary stylist consultation to create the most personalised experience for your hair journey. Their professional advice is that tools and products are essential in styling, recommending the Kevin Murphy BEDROOM.HAIR texture spray.


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Elysium Hair Brisbane | Brisbane City

Recently celebrating 10 years in the industry, Elysium Hair owners Oscar and Kate are dedicated to consistently evolving their team's techniques and services. This, no doubt, contributed to their crowning of Salon Team of the Year, 2019. As custom colour experts, your mane is safe if you’re after a style change. Perhaps it’s time to rock toned bangs? Elysium Hair senior stylists and technicians are hairdressers you can trust, using Kerastase, Kevin Murphy and Pureology products for undeniable results. The Style Bar is also ideal if you’re heading out for a night on the town with a 25-minute touch up available when you are tight on time.


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Kelly Elle Salon | Greenslopes

Kelly and the team are well known in the industry when it comes to a salon experience with a welcoming vibe and highly-trained staff. The stylists take their time to make sure every guest receives the best possible service from the initial consultation to their final dream look. Specialising in glamorous styles and high-density foiling, they will have your desired colour covered no matter what your style is. The salon is also environmentally and sustainable-minded at all times, using vegan and cruelty-free products exclusively from Paul Mitchell. This winter, we recommend the Awapuhi Keratriplex treatment to prevent hair breakage!


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Bach Hair | Red Hill

Lee and Peter have been in the hairdressing industry for over 30 years and have built a reputation based on edgy, polished cuts and styles. Ensuring blow drys last for days after a salon visit, the team will brush blow dry and use hot tools to make the hair hold shape and bounce. Bach Hair is known for their luxury salon experience and service with a long-standing creative team and loyal clientele. Using Kevin Murphy and Wella products, hair quality will never be compromised. Not sure what style you want to rep’ next? Schedule a consultation and collaborate with the salon team to tailor a new look to best suit you.


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Fluid The Color Salon | Camp Hill

Fluid the Color is your local Camp Hill salon committed to eliminating the use of harsh chemicals with their Guests Hair Care & Colouring. Owner and Salon Director of eleven years, Trish believes that Number 4 and Original & Mineral products are the next generation of high-performance vegan and ethnically derived botanical ingredient hair care. With a steadfast focus on premium products that are Ammonia, PPD and Resorcinol Free without compromising quality, their Accredited Master Colourists and highly skilled colourists create customised styles for every individual. As a three-year-long partner of Sustainable Salons Australia, 95% of their waste is also recycled, with profits going to charitable organisations. If you’re looking for a lighter environmental conscience with your bouncy waves, head to Fluid the Color.


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Urban Chic | Ashgrove

Owner Amy Gaudie’s reputation has been heard not only across Australia but internationally too, working with leading Fashion Week designers in New York, Paris and Sydney among other unique projects. The dedicated team at Urban Chic pride themselves on making client dreams a reality through their expertise in the industry, staying at the forefront of hairstyle trends and products, and bringing the latest runway looks straight to the streets of Brisbane. Their latest and most requested style is the natural, undone wave inspired from their latest Zimmermann and Alice McCall Fashion Week shows. Their ‘shine temptress treatment’ also perfectly finishes off their specialised blow dry appointments which we can’t get enough of. You’ll be treated like family with every visit to Urban Chic.


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Brady Hair and Beauty – Toowong

Braving the lob or going blonde can be bold hair moves, but ones that Stephanie from Brady Hair and Beauty has mastered. After 16 years in the industry, it’s no surprise Stephanie’s attention to detail is fine-tuned and this doesn’t end with scissors on hair. Stephanie’s focus on the client's overall experience is paramount to the salon's success and notoriety. Relaxation at the forefront, leave feeling pampered and rejuvenated with the latest colour and styling cut. If you’re ready to try a new salon, relish in a 15% discount for your first experience or become part of the Brady family and return for your fifth visit for 20% off.


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HeatherCutts Hair | MacGregor

Attention to detail when it comes to not only her balayage and blonde work but cuts and styling are where blonde expert Heather truly shines. After being in the industry for over 11 years, owner and operator Heather branched out on her own and has since established a quality reputation for HeatherCutts Hair. A hair change can be a journey, and one that Heather won’t rush to ensure premium results. Heather will create a hair plan of longevity so that your look is accomplished without compromising quality, technique and of course, client satisfaction, hence their long list of loyal clientele.


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The VIP Collective | Sippy Downs

This new sustainable salon has been busy treating all of the beach babes washed up from the shores of the Sunshine Coast. The VIP Collective think of hair as an investment, something that needs to be treated with incredible products to give you the optimum results. Using Kerastase and Olaplex products as their foundation, you will immediately see the reward. Offering VIP service and style, you can choose from their various packages and memberships as they treat you like their name suggests. Their luxurious interior boasts floor length framed mirrors and brown leather chairs, screaming salon chic. Sit back and experience the journey that is an appointment at the VIP Collective. Head in until 9.00pm with late nights on Wednesdays and make use of their Afterpay and Salonpay available!


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Article by Melissa Myrteza and Georgie Murray

This story has been written by a Guest Styler for Style