Word of mouth is everything in the beauty industry.

And if it’s based on buzz, these Brisbane salons come out on top every time.

With loyal and vocal clientele vouching for them on social media, proof of their impressive service and skills – we’d suggest you book yourself in for a visit, pronto.


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Call them the overachievers. This salon was named the state’s salon of the year two years running, and is home to Queensland Hairdresser of the Year 2017 Brodie-Lee Stubbins. Pause for applause, please. The space itself is cutting-edge-meets-sophisticated, and the well-rounded, super friendly team specialise in the kinds of cuts and colours that take your locks to the next level – without hiding what makes you, you.


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With all the best brands under one roof (think Oribe, Cloud Nine, Kevin.Murphy, American Crew and Cloud Nine) Rixon Hair is the place to go for an immersive and opulent in haircare experience. Try one of the more exxy brands before you buy. Brad Rixon, a co-owner of the salon is a third generation hairdresser who’s worked under tutelage of some of Australia’s best and his tight-knit team are as talented and ambitious as they come. Their speciality? Colour and styles that are modern and understated.


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With several accolades to their name including Salon Of The Year 2016 at the Australian Hair Industry Awards and Hair Expo, Elysium Hair Brisbane is undeniably the hottest reservation in town for both men and women. That’s right ladies, bring your partners. The salon has a dedicated section for male grooming stocked with all the pomades, gels and clays your guy could ever want. The spacious fit-out also includes a section for makeup including lash extensions, and a ‘tool bar’ featuring a wall of lust-worthy ghds. It’s as dreamy as it sounds.


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With a fresh new set-up on the iconic Queens Plaza strip, Oscar Oscar Brisbane City is the place to go for a post-shopping pamper after perusing through the local boutiques — picture a sleek, black fit-out, moody lighting and pops of gold — all of which make for a seriously luxe hair experience. Now, to the hair: the talented team at OO are some of the créme de la créme of experts in cut, colour, styling and treatment, with their fingers on the pulse of what’s trending worldwide — but with the emphasis always being on a tailored look that works best for each individual. What more could you want?


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Love the hair you see in fashion shoots and backstage? Mia Doak, owner and director of The Mia Collective has had a hand in many of these. She’ll give you the kind of hair worth sharing on social media, and her own Instagram is brimming with the kind of cool-girl waves and dimensional colour you can expect. Doak is a beautiful soul and a triple threat; a master of cut, colour and style and her quaint little terrace salon in Teneriffe, beside the Brisbane River, is still something of secret but we suspect not for too long.


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Salon owner Samantha Jones actually started out working in the airline industry, before studying nails and beauty and undertaking a hairdressing apprenticeship. Because of this untraditional pathway into her chosen career, Jones approach is a little different. Her salon (this one’s her fourth) values customer relationships and understands it’s not just a hair appointment. In return, many of her happy customers rave about her team’s outstanding service. Jones specialty is colour, so if you need a refresh, hit up her team next time you’re in North Lakes.


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100% Horse Meat Disco Salon needs to be in this list. Mikey is my hair saviour.

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