Hair & Beauty

Melbourne’s Best Brunette Colourists

By Iro Kotsimbos
31st Jul 2014

Here at The Urban List, we're very particular when it comes to our hair – from cutting and colouring, to treatments and styling, only the very best hairdressers in Melbourne will do.

We're especially obsessed with achieving the perfect colour and judging by the massive response to our Melbourne's Best Blonde Colourists story, it seems you are too!

But what if you're not a golden haired girl? What if it's more a warm beige or a rich mocha that you're going for? Let's face it: being brunette is pretty damn hard work as well!

So Urban Listers, we've been back at it – picking the brains of friends, family and staff members to find the top Melbourne hairdressers who really nail that perfect shade of brown.

Keep reading for Melbourne's best brunette colourists

Shibui | South Yarra

Starting off our list of Melbourne's best brunette colourists is South Yarra's Shibui – a salon known for its relaxed yet edgy vibe, fresh cuts, and of course amazing colours. Rob Hastie and Tracey Colebrook, the husband and wife team behind Shibui, have a low fuss approach when it comes to hair – they prefer a natural look when it comes to colouring, which is why they get the brunette look right each and every time, for each and every client. In addition to their laidback approach, Shibui are known for colouring after they cut, preferring to 'read' the hair, its texture and how it sits before applying the dye. Their biggest tip for going brunette? "Make sure that the hair that frames your face is never more than three shades deeper or lighter than your natural colour - this is key!" Trust us, the peeps at Shibui know their stuff.

Telleish Hair Studio | Port Melbourne

It's no secret that Telleish Hair Studio are one of the best salons for blonde hair in Melbourne, but did you know they're just as amazing with brunette hair? Whether you're after an icy brown or a deeper chocolate tone, the team of hair stylists at Telleish are total experts, dedicated to perfecting your colour and making sure it suits your skin tone, your hair type and your overall lifestyle. Chantelle Cowcher, Telleish owner and general hair whiz, attributes her team's excellence in colouring to two things – the fact they're perfectionists and also that the team using top quality products including an "amazing ammonia free colour range from Lakme and shine treatments from EVO - both deliver incredible results." Chantelle also tips coppers and chestnut browns as the go-to brunette shades for the season, helping to brighten up your winter blues. What are you waiting for Urban Listers? Get booking!

Three Blind Mice | Hawthorn

One Urban Lister contracted a serious case of hair envy during her morning shop in Burwood one morning, one so bad that she chased down the raven haired girl whose hair she was fawning over and demanded to known which salon was responsible for her brilliant brunette colour. The answer? Hawthorn's Three Blind Mice. After visiting, this Urban Lister was left in no doubt that they're one of Melbourne's best brunette colourists. She walked in with dull, mousey looking hair, and walked out with uber shiny strands dyed juuust the right shade of brown – dark enough to make her eyes pop, but not so dark that she resembled a washed out goth. If you're after precision colouring with a personalised approach, Three Blind Mice is a total winner.

Anaka | Malvern

If you happen to see someone with stare-worthy brunette hair strutting their stuff in Malvern, chances are they've probably visited Anaka on Glenferrie Road. Owners Kara Layton and Anna Ntalianis are hands down two of the best brunette colourists in Melbourne – just look at their loyal clientele as proof! How do they achieve such amazing results? "I always try to use at least two-three shades in order to create a natural, sun-kissed brunette look," says Kara. Anna is also a big fan of personalised colour for each client's skin tone and encourages people to "stay within two levels of your natural colour if you have a lighter skin tone, or aiming for a medium brown if your skin has a yellow undertone." That's right, no one size (or errrmm, brunette) fits all here!

Boda Haircutters | Prahran

Tucked away on Greville Street in Prahran, Boda Haircutters is the salon behind some of Melbourne's most fabulous brunette manes. Owner and director Angie Dimitriou is a wealth of knowledge when it comes to cutting and colouring and tips that rich brunette shades will be the most requested of the season. "After a loooong summer of ombre, clients are missing the lustre of hair and are after added depth. Some of the hottest looks include Miranda Kerr's candied caramel, Kate Middleton's perfect chestnut brown, or Camilla Belle's midnight violet brown – just make sure you maintain your locks at home with a deep conditioning treatment!" Good thing Boda stocks the amazing Revlon Professional Nutricolour crèmes (one of our faves!).

Biba | Carlton

Over on the northside, Biba Carlton is another one of Melbourne's best brunette colourists (they also do an epic blonde!). Mariam Enegd, the Lygon Street salon's owner and director, leads a stellar team of stylists and hair colourists who are all the total package – friendly, attentive and pretty much hair magicians. Sandy brown? They can do that. Espresso / almost black? Yep, they'll nail that too. If it's an edgier look you're after, you're definitely on the right track on Biba Carlton – there's a reason why they're a multi-award winning hairdresser! A brunette must try.

Hair and Lash Envy | South Yarra

While Hair and Lash Envy may be known for their luscious hair and lash extensions, we'll let you in on a little secret – they do an ahhhmazing colour too! One brunette friend is obsessed with David in particular and in her words he is "an absolute genius – I've never had a better colour in my life!" Other friends who are in on this hairdressing secret can vouch for Hair and Lash Envy too – once we got them talking, they couldn't stop! The secret's out, so go on, get booking now before Melbourne's other brunettes beat you to it!

Redroom Hair Workshop | Fitzroy

Our list of Melbourne's best brunette hair colourists wouldn't be complete without Redroom Hair Workshop at 91 Smith Street in Fitzroy – they are SO good! The Smith Street salon has a rock 'n' roll vibe and is constantly busy with people flocking from all over town – one staff member drives almost an hour across Melbourne to have her brunette locks tended to! While supercool cuts and styling at Redroom is a given, it's colouring that owners Tony and Jim (two of the funniest guys you'll ever meet) really excel at. Give them a call on 03 9417 5552...we promise you'll be converted.


Image Credit: Instagram @mirandakerr

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