Brisbane’s Best Hairdressers For Brunettes: 2018 Edit

Brisbane’s Best Hairdressers For Brunettes: 2018 Edit

Blondes may have more fun but brunettes do it best!

By Siobhan Taylor & Emmy-Lou McKean | 8th May 2018

Of all hair shades, we think that brunette locks might be the most universally flattering. Whether you’re rocking brunette locks or looking to join the dark side, it’s safe to say that you need a professional handling your tresses. From one brunette to another, we’re sharing Brisbane's best hairdressers you need to know if you’re going to put your best hair forward.

Kelly Elle Salons | Greenslopes

With almost 20 years of industry experience and a bank of loyal clientele that return again and again, Kelly Elle has cemented herself as one of Brisbane’s leading hairstylists. Specialising in colour treatments of all kinds and dedicated to staying abreast of the latest industry techniques and developments, Kelly is thrilled to offer stunning colour options for natural and cosmetic brunettes alike. By ensuring they take the time to listen carefully to each client's needs and desires, Kelly and her team nurture a welcoming and luxurious salon for their guests while creating looks that have every client feeling fabulous. Whether it’s auburn highlights to add dimension to darker hair or deliciously warm and winter-ready spiced-cider tones, Kelly and her team consult with clients to help them achieve the brunette locks of their dreams. To help their clients achieve optimal results for longer, Kelly uses Paul Mitchell Colour Craft Conditioner, a bespoke, weekly conditioning mask that is colour-matched to each client. Nourishing and refreshing, it helps keep tresses in stunning condition between touch-ups and allows clients to enjoy gorgeous colour every single day! We’ll say yes to that.

Lujo Hair and Makeup | Teneriffe

When it comes to dreamy salons, it doesn’t get much better than Lujo Hair and Makeup. Situated in leafy Teneriffe, Ashleigh and the girls at Lujo are as friendly as they are highly-skilled. Since opening in 2016, they’ve become firm favourites for many Brisbane gals, both for the creative stylists that work their magic on manes, to the luxe extras that accompany an in-salon visit, such as massaging recliner chairs and refreshing beverages. Ashleigh and the girls are pro’s at creating the perfect shade of brunette for you, from ashy brown right through to rich, chocolatey shades. If you’ve got a special event coming up (or simply just a night on the town) why not have your makeup done while you’re in the salon? Ashleigh is a wizard with her makeup brushes and has over seven years’ experience as a freelance makeup artist and hairstylist, including in editorial, special events and bridal, which led her to open her own salon that would allow her to do what she loves all day, every day. Stocking a host of leading products, including Mr Smith, Sacha Juan and Olaplex, you can mimic that ‘just had my hair done’ look at home too.

Papas + Pace | Brisbane City

With a strong belief in promoting individual style, a visit to Papas + Pace will leave you with fantastic hair that you can be sure will look great in weeks to come. Papas + Pace Salon has been at the forefront of the Brisbane hair industry for the past 11 years and between Salon Directors, Dmitri Papas and Justin Pace, the dynamic duo have become two of Australia’s most highly awarded hairdressers. Papas + Pace is known as the go-to destination for the latest trends and techniques in hair colouring. When you want the latest looks from overseas, the salon’s colour experts are experienced in every technique, from balayage to micro foiling and everything in between. This season, Papas + Pace can’t get enough of one of their must-try products, Redken's Colour Extend Bonder. The latest in hair technology, this game-changer has quickly become a salon staple when colouring. Offering the ultimate in protection for coloured hair, it’s the perfect way to preserve your salon-fresh colour, strengthening weak bonds and providing extra shine and eliminating colour fade. For healthy, luxurious brunette locks, trust the team at Papas + Pace.
Brisbane’s Best Hairdressers For Brunettes

Raw Colour And Style | Newstead

Going to the salon is about more than just getting your hair done – it should be an indulgent and relaxing experience. No one knows this better than Priscilla Thenberg and her team at Raw Colour And Style, which is why each guest is treated to a stress relieving massage. Whether you’re a natural brunette looking for a fresh new look or a blonde who wants to shake things up, their full consultation service will allow you and your stylist to determine your hair goals and concerns and how to get the absolute best out of your tresses. One of their most popular techniques involves a personalised combination of natural-looking highlights and lowlights, which draws on a vast array of technical skills to achieve a personalised colour that has been formulated for each individual. The result is a stunning and unique shade that accentuates the natural beauty of each client. They are particularly dedicated to maintaining healthy, shiny hair which is why they are proud to use products from the Aveda range! This includes Aveda Demi Plus in-salon colour shine treatment and Aveda Color Conserve as a home hair care product.

Rixon Hair | Brisbane City

Specialising in bespoke style-colouring and cutting, the talented team of stylists at Rixon Hair are some of the very best! Owners Brad and Sharon Rixon have surrounded themselves with dedicated professional who want to achieve the best results for their clients. As a brand ambassador for L’Oréal Professionnel, Brad regularly travels locally and abroad to educate stylists across the world on the latest cutting and styling techniques. This is one reason why the team at Rixon is so fashion-forward in their approach to styling. Catering to the full spectrum of brunette hues, they take the time to understand what their client wants to achieve with their hair and then utilise modern and innovative styling techniques to make this vision a reality. Using only the highest-quality range of products, such as the illustrious Oribe Brilliance & Shine range, they are able to maintain the health and integrity of hair, ensure optimum condition and shine, and create stunning results. Tucked away in a modern, cool space above Edward Street, the salon is a luxurious place to relax and indulge as you are spoilt by their team of dedicated and friendly stylists.

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Rokstar Salon | West End

Led by one of Australia’s most awarded stylists, Brodie Lee, Rokstar Salon has earned a reputation as one of Brisbane’s leading colour salons. And rightly so. As the winners of the 2018 and 2017 Australian Hair Industry Awards QLD Salon of the Year and 2017 Australian Hair Fashion Awards QLD Hairdresser of the Year, the team at Rokstar know their chocolate brown from their chestnut and have become a go-to salon when it comes to tending to brunette locks. The team at Rokstar are heavily immersed in the world of hair and are ready to create wonders for you, taking the time to analyse your hair and tailor the perfect cut and colour for you. Brodie-Lee and her team custom create and contour colour with freehand painting to suit the individual client to achieve a beautifully lived-in colour. After all, what works for someone else might not work for you. Every colour is customised to the client at Rokstar, so you can rest assured that you’ll walk out with the most flattering brunette shade for you. Better yet, the salon offers a unique Salon Pay service, which is similar to Afterpay, meaning you can achieve said hair goals as soon as possible.

Samantha Jones Hair Co. | North Lakes

From caramel tones to deep mocha shades, Samantha Jones Hair Co. is a must-know for brunette beauties looking to mix up their hairstyle! One of their most unique features is their all-inclusive, no-hidden-costs packages, which makes it easier than ever to select your service. Whether you’re an all-over-colour type girl or after something more creative, there is a package for you! These packages eliminate the “bill shock” at the end of your appointment. They also offer a complimentary style check appointment for all first time guests within seven days of your appointment. This game changing service is a styling workshop where you have the chance to ask any questions about your cut, colour and how to style at home. If you’re sitting on the fence or unsure how you can shake-up your hair with the changing seasons Samantha Jones Hair Co recommends a root stretch - an on-trend technique that adds a rich and glossy finish to brunette locks while seamlessly blending the roots through to lighters ends. Their dedication to customer to care is second to none, meaning when you enter the salon you know you'll enjoy incredible service every time.

Stelios Papas | Toowong

With 13 years of styling experience under her belt, Kristie Kesic knows a thing or two about achieving lust-worthy brunette shades. While the team at Stelios Papas are known for their work with blondes, their expertise with brunettes has been catching our eyes lately. Specialising in free-hand techniques, they personalise every colouring treatment to the individual client. This allows them to custom tailor each look, achieving shades from gentle copper hues to warm mahogany browns! The result is an ultra-personal style that highlights and enhances each client’s natural features. Their secret weapon is Evo Fabuloso Pro, an ammonia and peroxide free colour-intensifying conditioner. Kristie and her team are able to custom-blend a pre-pigmented conditioner so that you can keep your brunette locks rich and vibrant between visits! Kirstie is also a member of an elite group of colourists hand-picked to form the Wella Colour Club. Selected for her technical skill and knowledge, this puts her at the head of the pack when it comes to colouring expertise.

The Ruby Room | Nundah

Step into the world of The Ruby Room and prepare to indulge yourself in a unique hairdressing experience like no other. With over 50 years combined industry experience, the team at The Ruby Room are passionate about providing exceptional styling services and are experts in perfecting the perfect shade, tailor-made to suit even the fussiest of brunette. Delivering one of the best hair styling services in Brisbane, thanks to a host of products including Wella, System Professional, Sebastian Professional, Evo and GHD, it’s little wonder that their loyal client base keep going back for more. A visit to the salon is as indulgent as it is relaxing, with a selection of T2 tea, Nespresso coffee, wine and bubbles to treat yourself with during your appointment. Open until 9pm from Monday to Thursday and until 5pm on Friday, there’s plenty of time to get your glam on all week long.

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Tigerlamb | Multiple Locations

For beautiful, healthy, glorious hair, you can’t go past Brisbane institution,Tigerlamb. That’s exactly what they’re known for, and it’s little wonder the salon chain continues to expand. Known for creating a phenomenal experience for every client, every time — it’s little wonder that the name Tigerlamb has become synonymous with beautifully styled hair. Perhaps it’s because they only hire the best in the biz! As talented as they are warm and welcoming, the expertly-trained stylists are clearly passionate about their work and clients. And we’re not the only ones who’ve noticed. Tigerlamb was recently awarded three national awards at the Australian Hair Industry Awards, for being the best in the country. That’s no easy feat! Whether you’re looking to freshen up your roots, or transform your look completely with rich chocolate-hued locks, leave it to the girls at Tigerlamb to have you feeling like your most fabulous, most glossy self.

Urban Chic | Ashgrove

Specialising in personalised colour treatments, the talented team of colourists at Urban Chic understand how different techniques can create many kinds of dimensional brunette shades. Working alongside her team, Owner and Director, Amy Gaudie brings a wealth of knowledge to the Brisbane hair scene that results in the creation of enviable hair every time. By mixing freehand and foil techniques, baby-lights, creative-lights and more traditional freehand work, the team delivers unique couture colour that is tailored to each client. By using the Sebastian Professionals cellophane range, you can trust that the peroxide-free colour will leave your brunette locks shining as the products are designed to enhance natural colour and leave the hair with a glass-like finish as well as feeling soft and silky. Amy has proudly been working in the industry for 22 years and knows that it’s not just the sensational service that keeps her clients coming back, but it’s also the unique Urban Chic salon experience.

Brisbane’s Best Hairdressers For Brunettes

Bambi and Bear | Red Hill

At Bambi and Bear, Owner and Creative Director Liana (lovingly known as Lily to her friends and clients) puts her 9 years of industry experience to practice creating rich and glossy colours you didn’t know were possible for brunettes. The boutique hairdressing salon in Red Hill has become renowned as a go-to destination for all brunettes as they customise their Fabuloso Pro colour treatments and techniques for each client. Whether you’re after warm tones, ashy vibes or a super dark look, Lily and her team can create any shade to match all brunettes while keeping their locks rich in colour and glossy between salon visits. The Bambi and Bear team pride themselves on their ability to achieve the best for their clients by using techniques like balayage, free-hand painting and colour correcting all while keeping the salon completely cruelty free by working with brands like Lakme, Olaplaex and Mr. Smith.

Brisbane’s Best Hairdressers For Brunettes

Cameo Rose Hair Boutique | Wavell Heights

After a visit to Cameo Rose Hair Boutique, it’s clear that it’s not just your average salon visit. From making your appointment through to leaving the salon feeling glamorous, Cara Barrett, the owner of Cameo Rose, knows exactly how to tailor each appointment to achieve colour to suit your individual style. Whether you’re after precise grey coverage, a textured colour or a dense and deep brunette, the talented team at Cameo Rose offer a range of treatments, including balayage, colour melts, foils and expert formulas for those resistant greys. With almost 29 years of industry experience to her name, Cara is a wealth of knowledge when it comes to colour and keeping her team at the forefront of current trends. After years of working with many different products, Cara is proud to have Cameo Rose using Paul Mitchell products as she believes in their cruelty-free philosophy as well as their incredible, long-lasting effects when it comes to hair colour, especially for brunettes.

Epic Hair Designs | Multiple Locations

Whoever said blondes have more fun, clearly hasn’t spoke to the team at Epic Hair Designs! Here, they believe that brunette locks are anything but boring. From rich mochas and luxe chocolate tones to warm beiges and natural, honey browns, there are so many gorgeous shades on the brunette spectrum that the team at Epic Hair Designs have extensive experience experimenting with. Whether you’re wanting to channel Lucy Hale vibes with a deep mahogany, or want to add some warmth to your look ahead of winter a la Chrissy Teigen, the team at Epic are suitably qualified to help you achieve your desired look. With 12 locations across Brisbane and a new salon opening soon in Ascot, the team at Epic Hair realise that your locks deserve only the best. Which is why they use the Goldwell colour system. With a wide range of shades and toners available, you and your stylist are sure to pick the perfect brunette colour for you.

Fluid The Color Salon | Camp Hill

As one of Brisbane’s best specialty colour salons, Fluid The Color Salon knows a thing or two about creating beautiful brunette hues. From chestnut brown right through to dark chocolate, and from lowlights to solid, deep rich tints, the talented team of colourists at Fluid will help you find the perfect shade, taking into consideration your skin tone, your eye colour, the season and your lifestyle. If you’re naturally a brunette but want to freshen up your colour for each new season, they can suggest on-trend ways to refresh your look, with both subtle or more statement-making updates. The team also focus on maximising the manageability and maintenance of your cut and colour once you leave the salon, so your hair will look as good at home as it did when you walked out that salon door. As well as that, you’ll leave the salon not only in love with your locks but happy knowing that you’ve updated your look in the most ethically conscious way as Fluid are committed to keeping their salon environmentally friendly.

Ginger & Spice | Wooloowin

Melinda Smith has been in the hairdressing industry for over 23 years, so there’s no doubt that she knows a thing or two about finding the right shade an style to suit each individual client. As the owner and leading stylist at Ginger & Spice, Melinda has made it her mission to help her clients look and feel their best, taking the time to work out their hair goals and then make them a reality. While they’re a relative newcomer to the Brisbane hairdressing landscape, the Wooloowin salon has quickly gained momentum for their creative and downright clever work tending to the locks of brunettes right across the city. With a team of highly-skilled stylists on board, who regularly receive training in order to stay ahead of the curve when it comes to trends, Ginger & Spice cater for all hair types, shapes and styles, and they do it well. To experience the ginger & Spice difference for yourself, pop in and visit Melinda and the team!


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Hair By The Collective | East Brisbane

With over 30 years of combined industry experience, Michael Pierro and his team of creatives at Hair By The Collective know how to deliver an outstanding, personalised service to every one of their clients. Having mastered the art of Colour Contouring, they opt for a fashion-forward approach to colouring that results in dynamic and trend-savvy brunette styles. Similar to makeup contouring, darker tones are used to add depth whereas lighter tones are used to enhance and brighten. This revolutionary technique specifically accentuates or softens facial features and results in brunette styles that are multi-dimensional and unique to each client. To enhance results, Michael recommends Davines’s Alchemic Shampoo and Conditioner in Tobacco, which uses a high concentration of pure pigments to enhance natural and cosmetic brunette locks up until your next touch-up! Their cozy, modern salon is the perfect space to relax and take a break from the 'real world' for a quick escape while your hair is transformed. Plus, if you love indulging in all the frills and extras, their ultra-relaxing head and neck massage that accompanies all services is worth the appointment on its own!


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Indigo Cut & Colour | Wishart & Camp Hill

Whether you’ve been rocking brunette locks for awhile or are looking to make the switch, the team at Indigo Cut & Colour will help make your hair journey more enjoyable than ever. Owner Maria has 30 years of experience under her belt and has thoughtfully developed her team with only the most talented and passionate stylists and colourists in the industry. With a Certified Redken Colourist, award-winning colourist and also stylists who have styled for Fashion Week, it’s clear that your tresses will be in good hands! If you’re looking to try something new heading into winter, the team recommends soft babylights to frame your face and add variation to your glossy brunette locks. To ensure every client experiences stunning results for longer, they use the unique Redken Shades Eq (the glossiest gloss colour in the industry!) and custom-blended Fabuloso Pro which keeps your colour refreshed until your next salon visit. Their free consultation service allows you to experience the Indigo feeling and expertise first-hand so that you can take the first step with confidence.


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Kor Hairdressing | Stones Corner

With a focus on innovative techniques and stunning results, the team at Kor Hairdressing are pros when it comes perfect hair colouring. Boasting over 30 years collective experience, you’ll know your locks are taken care of. While they are most recognisable for their impeccable work with blondes, they are also loved by brunettes thanks to their detail-oriented and ultra-personal hair colouring. Their dedication to every client comes through in the quality of their service. Using high-quality R+Co products (including the incredible R+Co High Drive) your locks will be moisturised, shiny and luscious. Whether you know exactly what you want or require their expertise to inspire you, every one of their stylists takes the time to create a style that their client will love. Leading into winter, freshen up your locks with a gorgeous colour melt. By artfully blending complimentary shades, they are able to create a beautiful and dimensional tone just for you.

Brisbane’s Best Hairdressers For Brunettes

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Article by Siobhan Taylor & Emmy-Lou McKean

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