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These Are Gold Coast’s Best Hairdressers For Sea Salt-Kissed Locks

From beach to balayage

By Dinushka Gunasekara | 3rd February 2023

The beachy waves and sun-kissed locks of those eating acai bowls at Salt Mill and perpetually holding surfboards under their arms on the Gold Coast didn’t come out of thin air – there’s a master hairdresser behind every one! 

Whether you’re kicking it in Burleigh or Southport is your hub, we’ve scoured the shores and found the best Gold Coast hairdressers ready to give you your freshest new ‘do.

By the way, we consider everyone in this list the best of the best! To make finding your next favourite that much easier, we’ve ordered the list alphabetically by suburb and also have filtering tabs for your convenience. Did we miss someone from the list? Let us know here!   Hide the form

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Ebbe The Salon


Recipients of an Australian Hairdressing Council Gold Star, Ebbe The Salon is located in the heart of Broadbeach and is responsible for some of the best hair on the Goldie! Renowned for their colour work and precision cuts, they are the experts in delivering beautiful, healthy hair all along the Glitter Strip. With an emphasis on ethics, the team takes a holistic approach to hairdressing: a visit to their dreamy, fully-sustainable salon will be as good for your hair as it is for the planet. Oh, and no visit is complete without indulging in their delicious homemade treats and range of refreshments. Sit back, relax, and let the ladies at Ebbe work their hair magic. Beachy locks have never looked so good.

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Hair & Beauty on James

Burleigh Heads

Sitting pretty by the iconic Burleigh Beach is where you’ll find one of the Goldie’s most talented group of colourists. Hair & Beauty on James is home to a team who’ll go to great lengths to ensure you love your locks from root to tip. Specialising in blondes, balayage, and rich hues, every colour created in this salon is personalised to ensure it suits your skin tone and eye colour, while giving depth and dimension to your hair with seamless blending. Using vegan-friendly, Aussie made products to create the stunning colour work they’re known for, the staff here won’t break your bank to achieve these high gloss looks, and their loyal clientele are a testament to their exceptional work and ethos. Ever wondered where all the beach babes get their glossy manes done on Goldie? Well, now you know!

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Maverick Hair & Art


With a belief that great hair is a work of art, Maverick Hair & Art in Coolie will approach your locks like a blank canvas – endless possibilities just waiting to be created. Striving for perfection with every stroke, their blending techniques create colour with depth and dimension. A salon with enthusiasm for lived in blondes and balayage, copper hues and vibrant colour work, Maverick is the salon where beach babes go for endless summer hair. Creating beautiful colours on the daily to suit each individual client, this team pride themselves on their complimentary consultations, where you’ll get a chance to voice your hair goals and listen to their feedback. Together, you’ll find a way to create a look that’s perfect for you. From freehand painting to colour blocking and colour corrections, every stylist at Maverick has the skill set to reinvigorate your locks. Live out your best hair days with a trip to this salon by the sea – good hair days are a shore thing!

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Calling all beach babes, Playa is the latest salon on the GC turning salty locks into mermaid-like waves one crash of a wave at a time. Owned and operated by Mikki Auld (who also owns beloved Brissy space, Paloma Roan), Playa is all about creating beachy texture and effortless colour work to embrace what you naturally have. Specialising in freehand painting, textural balayage, textural blondes, and salt-washed and lived-in colours as well as bohemian cuts, a visit to this seaside space will leave you walking out feeling like you’ve spent a month holidaying in sun-kissed bliss. A luxurious, sustainable space where organic products and biodynamic rituals are used, this is a truly unique salon experience you can’t get enough of. Here, you can expect a one-on-one service with Mikki to ensure your locks get the best treatment possible. So, sit back, relax, enjoy a vegan wine or probiotic spritzer, and let her work her magic.

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Stable Space


Having your mane in good hands is kind of a big deal, so schedule in some downtime to get lost in the world of hair at Stable Space. Located in Miami, this hair haven has certainly earned its title as one of the best hairdressers in the Gold Coast. Come prepared for a tailored one-on-one experience and leave feeling like a new person. Not only is the team renowned for exceptional haircuts (especially with natural texture and wavy hair, hello GC mermaids!) but they have over 20 years of experience, so no hair dream is out of reach for this seaside salon! All this in a studio that is dressed to impress, sounds like a dream right? Nope, it’s reality. But don’t just take our word for it, book in and experience it for yourself!

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The Tortoise & The Hair

Palm Beach

Located minutes from sandy shores, it’s no surprise this Palm Beach salon’s speciality is beachy blonde hair, though they’re pretty damn good at everything else they do, too. Exuding both luxury and warmth, The Tortoise & The Hair provides customers with exceptional service and incredible results. All new customers receive a complimentary consultation prior to their appointment in order for the stylists to fully understand each of their client’s hair needs and goals. Once this has been done, the magic can happen! With a team of handpicked, highly talented stylists who are constantly upskilling, you are bound to feel at ease and beautiful when you walk out the door.

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Want to further your mane makeover? Find more hair specialists in Brisbane, Gold Coast & Sunshine Coast here. Or, you can read the latest issue of Style here. 

By Dinushka Gunasekara A self-proclaimed Spotify connoisseur who plans her weekends on Monday, Dinushka’s least favourite time of the day is in between meals.
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