Brisbane is brimming with beautifully coloured locks and cool-girl cuts, if you don’t know where to find where these stylish Brissie manes are made, allow us to show you. From the industry’s leading stylists to the freelancers building a brand for themselves, these are Brisbane’s best hairdressers and boutique salons. Read on and get to know your next go-to salon.
Tigerlamb | Multiple Locations
Tigerlamb, with four different locations across town, is easily one of Brisbane’s most innovative and illustrious salons. Featuring a team of multi-award-winning artists who are celebrated for their high-fashion styling and impeccable customer service, Tigerlamb specialise in game-changing hairstyling. Whether it’s a beautifully blended balayage with caramel and honey tones, or a striking platinum blonde, they are dedicated to ensuring that they take your vision and make it a reality. Plus, their warm and talented team (who we swear are some of the best in the biz!) are dedicated to maintaining the health and integrity of your strands, so that you know no matter what look you decide to try your locks will be taken care of. And, with four salons conveniently located in Coorparoo Square, King Street, Portside and New Farm, you’re never too far away from your Tiger family.
Indigo Cut and Colour | Wishart & Camp Hill
Indigo Cut and Colour are boutique style hairdressing salons in the suburbs that offer their clients the luxury experience of a city salon but are more accessible to existing and new clientele. For 17 years, Indigo Cut and Colour have offered the ideal salon experience using premium products such as Pureology and Redken to maintain the highest quality hair condition. The Indigo team are passionate about all things hair and are continually attending courses to learn the latest techniques to create new looks. The Indigo team are obsessed with creating the perfect colour, combined with a precision cut to ensure your hair goals are achieved. Specialising in colour, the Indigo team know exactly what styles will suit each client; whether it’s their signature seamless face-framing foils, baby lights, every kind of balayage and not forgetting the beautiful red and copper tones they do so well. Indigo Cut and Colour are proud to have their own Redken Certified Colourist in the team; plus, many of their stylists attend Australian Fashion Week Constant Education, which keeps them up-to-date with the latest techniques and ideas.
Stelios Papas | Toowong
Located in Brisbane’s west, this long-established salon has become something of a Brisbane institution thanks to their cutting-edge skills and team of specialist stylists. And, now there is even more to celebrate since it came under the ownership of talented colourist, Kristie Kesic. Operating out of their upmarket boutique salon with its modern and relaxed environment, trusting your tresses into the hands of their specialist team is easier and more stress-free than you could hope! The team specialises in blonde colours (mastering every shade from platinum blonde to creamy tones) and balayage, so it comes as no surprises that they regularly rank in some of the most prestigious industry awards each year. Whether you’re after hair colouring tailored to suit you or a show-stopping style with precision cutting, their attention to detail is evident in their body of work.
Rokstar Salon | West End
Awarded 2017 Australian Hair Industry Awards QLD Salon of the Year and 2017 Australian Hair Fashion Awards QLD Hairdresser of the Year, it shouldn’t come as any surprise that this uber-cool West End salon gets a shining feature in this list! Director and self-described pocket-rocket Brodie-lee boasted an unbeatable list of industry awards and accolades before even turning 30, which lead her to be one of the most highly-regarded professionals in the industry. Brodie-Lee has amassed a stellar team of creatives that are dedicated to creating head-turning tresses. They are most popular for their work with blonde hair, mastering every shade and tone imaginable, as well as long hair, for which Brodie-lee is one of Queensland’s most sought-after stylists. She is an ambassador for Amazing Hair and works closely with some of the biggest names in the industry including GHD, Wella and Sebastian Professional. And, their Salon Pay service (which operates similarly to Afterpay) means you can achieve your hair goals faster than ever before!
Ginger & Spice | Wooloowin
Working in the hairdressing industry for 25 years, Melinda Smith, owner of Wooloowin hair salon Ginger & Spice, understands the importance of every client leaving her salon with hair that they love. When it comes to staying ahead of the current trends, education is the most powerful tool and Melinda is constantly ensuring that her team are given every opportunity to become the best hairdressers in Brisbane. Ginger & Spice cater for all hair types, shapes and styles, but they pride themselves on being a luxury blonde salon. With a long list of positive reviews, it’s no surprise that although Ginger & Spice may be a newcomer to the list of Brisbane’s best hairdressers, they have quickly gained momentum as the go-to luxury blonde salon. Watch this space as the sky is the limit for Melinda and the amazing dream team at Ginger & Spice!
Cameo Rose | Wavell Heights
With over 28 years in the industry, Cara Barrett, the owner of Cameo Rose Hair Boutique, knows just how to customise her services to give each of her clients a personalised experience. Cara’s highly trained team know that the key to achieving quality colour and style for every client is by constantly learning new skills and staying ahead of the trends, which is why she and her team often make trips to NYC for expert mentoring from industry leaders as well as training here in Australia. The salon is committed to every client leaving with enviable hair, but as well as that, Cameo Rose pride themselves on their boutique pampering experience. Aside from offering a selection of T2 tea and Gloria Jean’s coffee, on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday the team also offer their clients cheese platters in the evenings. And if that isn’t enough to tempt you, late last year Cameo Rose announced that they now use Oxipay, meaning you can pay off your entire service with four easy interest-free fortnightly payments.
Kelly Elle Salon | Greenslopes
With a team that is constantly ahead of the current industry trends and techniques, it’s no surprise that Kelly Elle Salon is renowned in Brisbane for being specialists in their field. The contemporary boutique hair salon is proudly sustainable and uses a selection of quality hair products like Unite, which boast properties to ensure your hair will be left in the best condition possible while achieving your desired look. Specialists in colour, Kelly and her team have a wealth of knowledge when it comes to hair colour, cutting, strengthening and extensions, and continue to take part in educational creative teams, which always keeps them at the top of the hair game. Have a particular colour or style in mind? Kelly and her team know just how to achieve that Pinterest-worthy hair you’ve been dreaming about, without compromising its condition.
KOR Hairdressing | Stones Corner
The styling team at KOR Hairdressing are known around Brisbane for their ability to completely transform their clients! Led by Kelly Williams, KOR’s stylists are blonde specialists mastering every shade on the blonde spectrum. They have even created four separate blonde packages to help you achieve the shade of your dreams—whether it’s a statement platinum blonde or a pastel, rosy hue—which they can personalise for each client. They use some of the most celebrated and sustainable brands in the industry, such as the renowned Olaplex and Pravana, to help you achieve incredible results that won’t compromise the quality of your locks. Not just experts in blonde styling, a quick glance at their Instagram will show that they cater to clients of all shades, from radiant reds to rich chestnut browns. In addition to colouring, their trend-setting fashion cuts and styling mean you’ll never have a hair out of place. They are able to achieve this because they are passionate about what they do, finding no greater satisfaction than creating stunning styles for each of their clients.
Raw Colour and Style | Newstead
The exceptional team at Raw Colour and Style know that visiting the hair salon should be an indulgent and relaxing experience. This is why each guest in their salon is treated with a full, personalised consultation, as well as a stress-relieving head, neck and shoulder massage. Offering expert hair styling and colouring advice from their internationally experienced team of stylists, Raw Colour and Style takes the time to discover how they can create the best style possible for you. Taking particular time to analyse how they can help you achieve healthier, stronger hair that is in its best possible condition; using their Aveda Pramasana scalp treatment or luxurious Botanical Therapy hair treatment! As an Aveda exclusive salon, the products they use on your hair are up to 96% naturally derived, meaning they are as nourishing as possible so that you don’t need to worry about damaging your locks. Plus, with a professional blowdry at the end of every service, you can leave looking and feeling your best!
Bambi And Bear | Red Hill
A Paddington staple for two years, Bambi and Bear have recently relocated to a larger and more luxurious salon in Red Hill. With timber finishes and a stunning living green wall, the salon is more welcoming than ever and the perfect backdrop for your next salon experience! Owner and Creative Director Liana (lovingly known as Lily to her friends and clients) boasts nine years of hairstyling experience, and in that time has made a name for herself as one of the most innovative and talented colourists in Brisbane. Having dedicated her professional career to perfecting her art, she uses her charming salon to bring high-end hair styling to her loyal clients. Masters of colouring, Lily and her team pride themselves on their ability to deliver whatever shade you are dreaming of, from the subtlest of balayage to the most vibrant hues. And while we are huge fans of their colouring expertise, you should also know that they are popular for their hair extensions, stunning cuts and gents’ grooming services, too.
Samantha Jones Hair Co. | North Lakes
With a strong appreciation of and commitment to quality service and amazing style, the experience at Samantha Jones Hair Co. is not just a hair appointment. The team at Samantha Jones Hair Co. are proud to be the first Australian Hairdressing Council five-star Gold Accredited Salon in North Lakes. This is evident in the amazing hair they achieve for their guests and in the overall service that keeps so many returning. Guests have the option of choosing from one of the specially designed all-inclusive packages, and every new guest who purchases a Colour Package is invited back within seven days for a complimentary style check. This means you will be treated to a complimentary hair wash, massage and blow dry to ensure you are absolutely in love with your hair. You get to experience the SjHCo service all over again! Samantha Jones Hair Co. also offer VIP memberships to those who love getting their hair done regularly but prefer to spread the cost over weekly, fortnightly or monthly payments. The team at Samantha Jones Hair Co. are no strangers to hair competitions; they love expressing their creativity through their work and this year is no different. The team have just been announced as finalists for the 2018 Australian Hair Industry Awards (AHIA) in the Best Customer Care Category, and one of their Apprentices, Tiffany-Jayne Mellor is a finalist for Junior/Apprentice of the Year.
Hair By The Collective | East Brisbane
Stepping into the Hair By The Collective salon is like taking a breath of fresh hair. With a focus on creating a relaxing and welcoming vibe, owner Michael Pierro and his tight team of five pride themselves not only on their hairdressing expertise but their unmatched customer experience. Each client is first taken on a sensory journey with a scalp and shoulder massage with essential oils to encourage them to leave the stress at the door and get the most out of their appointment. In March, Michael and his talented team celebrated the salon’s second birthday. Known for precision haircuts, innovative colouring techniques, and gorgeous styling, the team continues to demand Brisbane’s attention. Michael and the team strive to keep up to date with the latest trends in fashion and hair education, delivering exceptional quality services. Hair By The Collective understand what it means to be able to execute the ideal hairstyles for their clients, but how customers feel when they leave the salon is what is most important to them.
Rixon Hair | Brisbane CBD
Brad and Sharon Rixon opened their boutique salon in 2000 with a strong vision of creating minimalist luxury and elevating standards, which has helped change the landscape of hairdressing in Brisbane. Together Brad and Sharon have nurtured a high-calibre team of stylists and colour technicians that are exceptional at crafting stunning styles perfectly tailored to each client. With multiple accolades and awards under their belt, they prove that they don’t just talk the talk. They are dedicated to maintaining the highest level of workmanship and customer service and achieve this by only partnering with some of the hairdressing industry’s leading luxury brands, including Oribe, Kevin Murphy and L’Oréal Professionnel. As a brand ambassador for L’Oréal Professionnel, Brad regularly travels nationally and internationally to educate his peers, but is equally fulfilled when he is catering for his clients in their super slick CBD salon. With floor to ceiling windows, blush pink design elements and an unpretentious attitude, it’s a truly stunning space to relax in as your stylist completely transforms you.
Mikki Auld Hairdressing | Woolloongabba
When it comes to beautifully coloured locks and effortlessly cool styles, Brisbane hairdresser Mikki Auld is a cut above the rest. With 10 years of hairdressing experience working alongside some of the best in the Australian and international industries, the talented colourist and stylist has worked abroad in London and brings a wealth of knowledge to her new sun-lit salon in the heart of Woolloongabba. Mikki was recently part of the award-winning team at Edwards and Co and has just come off the back of a whirlwind experience in Sydney as one of the four finalists for the Australian F.A.M.E Team: an esteemed academy for merit and excellence which discovers the hairdressing industry’s up and comers. Specialising in freehand, balayage and colour corrections, Mikki and her team are passionate about treating their client’s hair with the utmost care and respect. They strive to take a sustainable, organic and cruelty-free approach to hairdressing by using boutique products such as Mr Smith. Mikki and her team proudly tailor each appointment to you, meaning you never feel overlooked or your foils over-cooked. After one visit, you’ll understand the difference a hairdresser that tailors the appointment to suit you, your individuality and your lifestyle can make.
Lujo Hair And Makeup | Teneriffe
A chic and modern salon in Brisbane’s coolest suburb, Teneriffe, Lujo Hair and Makeup is a hairdressing salon with a difference. Prioritising personal service, luxurious indulgence, and trend-setting styling, the talented team at Lujo know a thing or two about crafting the ultimate salon experience. Owner Ashleigh Maguire opened the salon just over a year ago, and in this time has already garnered a loyal following of clients who rave about their services. Carefully considering your lifestyle, your face shape and skin tone, and the health of your hair, they take the time to listen to what it is you would like to achieve and then consider how they can make your dream a reality. More than just a destination for a fresh new ’do, Lujo Hair and Makeup also offer makeup applications using the latest products from Napoleon Perdis. Get ready for a full head-to-toe makeover!
Papas + Pace – Advanced Hairdressing | Brisbane City
As one of Brisbane’s favourite hair salons for over ten years, Papas + Pace is a must-visit salon if you’re searching for lust-worthy hair. Known for mastering everything from edgy and contemporary cuts right through to impeccable colouring, salon directors Dmitri Papas (Australian Hairdresser of the Year 2015) and Justin Pace (Australian Colourist of the Year 2014) are hairdressing royalty. Passionate about high-fashion styling, they have mastered their craft and are now considered industry leaders in cuts, colours, and customer service. Since 2013, they have also worked alongside some of Australia’s biggest designers behind the scenes at Mercedes Benz Fashion Week. As International Artists with Redken 5th Avenue, both Dmitri and Justin regularly travel overseas educating upcoming stylists as well as forecasting the newest trends in the industry. In the salon, they and their team of talented stylists are attentive and warm, ensuring each guest receives the personalised and impeccable experience they are famous for.
Epic Hair Designs | Fortitude Valley
In 2008 Epic Hair Designs opened its first salon and since then has lead the hairdressing industry in Brisbane. Now with 12 high-end salons, Epic Hair Designs is Brisbane’s fastest growing salon group with one of its newest salons in the luxury Emporium precinct. The key to Epic’s success is in the quality of the skilled stylists and colourists who live and breathe hairdressing. Pioneering the way, the hairdressers at Epic are trained to deliver an unmatched consistent result and can boast having more Goldwell Master Colourists and Master Stylists than any other salon in Australia. Now 80+ hairdressers strong, Epic Hair Designs is your Brisbane go-to colour salon offering a great service in a beautiful and relaxed environment at a very reasonable price. Epic Hair Designs has created a number of different hair packages that offer great value, including popular bundles like the Blonde Olaplex and Balayage Melt packages. Additionally, all 12 salons now offer ZIPPAY meaning you won’t be out of pocket after one visit. Let’s not forget about their complimentary valet parking and complimentary in-salon drinks menu offering including wine, beer and cider.
Xin Twenty One | Milton
Conveniently located in the inner-west Park Road precinct, XIN TWENTY ONE is an ultra-luxe salon that specialises in innovative cuts & colour and edgy, precision styling. With 14 years of industry experience, owner Xin Guo has a contemporary approach to styling that embraces the latest hairstyling trends and techniques – from fashion colours such as ash and purple to on-trend cuts like curtain bangs. Using only the most respected brands in the industry (such as Kevin Murphy, Redken colour and Olaplex), Xin and his team are able to make certain that the strength and health of your hair is maintained throughout your treatment. Plus, by ensuring they spend one-on-one time speaking with each individual guest, you can know that you’re going to walk out of the salon with stunning results and locks worthy of a Beyoncé hair flip! And we promise they don’t just ‘talk the talk’: as a finalist at the 2018 Australia Hair Fashion Awards, it’s clear that they are experts at what they do.
Fluid The Color Salon | Camp Hill
When it comes to colour, Fluid The Color Salon at Camp Hill are your go-to salon in the south. With a focus on premium quality products applied by their Accredited Master Colourists, you can rest assured your blonde, brown, red, auburn or even rainbow-coloured tresses will be in the best hands. The salon uses the latest technical products from Original & Mineral, which is the world leading Ammonia & PPD Free Colour. Its versatility allows for complete coverage of greys and long-lasting, vibrant colours. While the team specialise in colour, their stylists are highly skilled in all areas of hair and enjoy creating manageable, wearable styles that suit their guests’ lifestyles, personalities, individual styles, and face. Want to try the latest hair trend? The team can advise on the ‘It’ looks of the season and whether they will suit your hair type, and how to maintain it yourself at home. You’ll leave the salon feeling completely confident, and ready to show off your new ‘do.
David Murry Salon | South Brisbane
As a luxurious, premium salon located in South Brisbane, David Murry Salon is the number one destination for the fashion-conscious individuals of Brisbane who want to enjoy a personalised, cultured, and ego-free experience. And it is no surprise, as their dedication to exceeding customer expectations is at the centre of everything they do, from the feel of the salon right through to the finished look. David and his expert team are dedicated to delivering honest and engaging consultations, and empowering each client with the skills needed to recreate their new look from home. And the reason they place so much value on this is because at David Murry Salon, how they make their clients feel is just as important as how they make them look. Delivering one of the best hair styling services in Brisbane, it is no wonder that their loyal client base return time and time again.
Urban Chic | Ashgrove
Spotted your dream hair on the runway of a Zimmermann or Alice McCall show over the last month? Achieving runway ready hair is now in reach! Owner and Director at Urban Chic in Ashgrove, Amy Gaudie, is part of the assisting team behind the enviable locks at this year’s NYFW and knows a thing or two about creating celeb-worthy hair for her clients in Brisbane. When Amy isn’t attending global, invite-only ‘What’s Next’ education sessions by Sebastian Professional in LA, she is in Brisbane using her wealth of industry knowledge to inspire and drive her skilled team of hairdressers. The team at Urban Chic use their on-trend expertise to create seriously chic hair and to reward clients for their loyalty Urban Chic has a VIP membership programme, which all clients are invited to join and will have you earning points with every visit.
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Koko Hair & Beauty | Nundah
Koko Hair & Beauty is the northside’s best-kept secret. Not just a salon, at Koko, clients can relax and enjoy the ultimate experience in hair services that are tailored to you. Enjoy the ambience of the boutique-style salon and leave your hair care needs to Koko’s dedicated and highly trained team, who will ensure that you leave their salon looking and feeling amazing. The team at Koko Hair & Beauty pride themselves on making their clients look and feel their best and complete regular training and education advancements, keeping them ahead of the trends and giving their clients the freshest styles every time.
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The Ruby Room | Nundah
With over 50 years of combined industry experience, the stylists at The Ruby Room are experts when it comes to high-end, luxury hair. Whatever your style, the team are dedicated to personalising your visit to ensure you leave the salon loving your locks, whether it’s an edgy fashion cut or beautiful balayage. They recruit only the most talented stylists who are each highly skilled at cutting, colouring and styling. The team continually attend educational events to keep them at the forefront of new season trends and techniques. The Ruby Room is committed to ensuring your experience with them is as indulgent and relaxing as possible, offering fresh Nespresso coffee, a selection of T2 tea, wine and champers to help you relax throughout your treatment. Most importantly, they are open until 9pm Monday through Thursday and 5pm Friday so you can enter the weekend with picture-perfect hair.
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