Hair & Beauty

Sydney’s Best Beauty Salons

By Marie-Antoinette Issa
22nd Apr 2015

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder… But it’s also in these Urban List approved salons, which have perfected the art of primping. We “endure” facials, massages, body scrubs and wraps to find the best beauty salons in Sydney so you can rest assured your face, body, hands and toes are well tended to.

The Brow Bar


As well as a lash lounge and makeup maestros, the team of “Arch Angels” at The Brow Bar (aka Sydney’s best brows tamers) are available to make your brows their business. Some of their good deeds include— transforming your face through custom colour match technology for skin tones, brow lift-shaping techniques for a no-needle/no-knife tightening effect, and “brow whispering”—learning to read your facial features and create a curve that complements your personality. Whether your look is bushy or bare, we’re sure you’ll walk away with a new pair of brows that would have Cara Devigne raising her own in appreciation. 

Mirror Mirror Beauty

Surry Hills

There’s no questions about it… You will definitely step out of this Surry Hills beauty salon feeling like the fairest one of all! The beauty treatments at this boutique beauty salon located on the first floor of a converted terrace house, include manicures, facials, eyelash perms and massage therapy. Just don’t forget to thank your fairy godmother (Wait! Wrong princess story…) owner Joyce Isley for your fairytale ending. 

The Paddington Beauty Room


Calling this beauty bastion a mere “room” is somewhat of an understatement! And while we love founder Anna Field’s humility, the woman has serious beauty bragging rights! With over 20 years of industry experience, owner Anna understands the importance of offering consistently high standards for her services. She adopts a similar standard when selecting her primping products – skin care treatments use La Prairie and Dermalogica, bronzing babes get the St Tropez treatment, and it’s all about the OPI for nails. Yes, if the fabulous Ms Field won’t talk herself up, we will! 

Tan Temple

Bondi Beach

Not a fan of the faux? Tan Temple will make a believer of you. Sydney’s premium spray tanning salon, Tan Temple, promises to leave you with a glowing, gorgeous body sans sun. With a session that includes a full skin assessment, experienced staff, and exclusive all-natural tanning products, it’s time to have a little faith in the fake! 



Psst… Want to know a secret? You don’t have to ask your travel agent for cheap flights to Bali if you’re looking for a relaxing and rejuvenating retreat. In fact, you’ll probably find every service you’d expect in Seminyak around the corner from your office at this CBD salon hidden in the heart of the city. Our must-dos include the Luxury Thalgo body scrub and wrap, Omnilux Light Therapy, Monaderma vitamin boosters, and Coffeeberry peels with Priori. Yes you can get the exotic escape experience without dealing with nasty Bintang-singlet wearing schoolies locally. Just don’t tell anyone we told you… Okay?

Ayurve Spa 


Escape the office and get your ommm on, at this holistic beauty and day spa located inside Myer on level one. We think navigating the shoe rack to reach this holistic beauty and day spa, founded by qualified Ayurvedic Practitioners and featuring highly qualified aestheticians, beauty and massage therapists, is the best illustration of their “East Meets West” Philosophy. Start with any of the specialised Ayurvedic Beauty treatments – designed for harmonious integration of the body, mind, senses and spirit; then check out the 50% off handbags on your way out. Proof: Shopping is good for your chakra!

Ella Bache 

Bondi Junction

Girls who grew up reading Dolly Magazine circa 1998 (remember when Miranda Kerr won the modeling competition?!) will need no introduction to Australia’s largest skin care franchise. But the experts who brought us the Great 30+ Sportsbloc of our sun-worshipping youth have also grown up—and created a luxurious haven for grown women to unwind, relax and escape from the everyday hustle and bustle. Their Bondi Junction salon boasts a team of highly skilled therapists who pride themselves in offering thorough and relaxing treatments. And an excellent (Dolly-free!) magazine selection to flip through while you wait.

Your Sanctuary Luxury Day Spa 


Here are some important facts and figures about this priming paradise in Paddington: 

  • Number of Awards won for prestigious Beauty Business of the Year (services include: ‘Liposuction without Surgery’, Oxygen Facials, International Contour Body Wrap, Spray Tans, Candling, Massages, tattoo removal and a hairdressing salon): Three
  • Days open per week: Seven 
  • The rejuvenated feeling after an indulgent pampering day package featuring complimentary champagne lunch or morning and afternoon tea as part of the service? Well, you can’t really put a price on that!

Esstudio Galleria


Eagle-eyed Urban List enthusiasts will have spotted this Chippendale studio in other features on best hair treatment, best hair stylists, and best hairdressers. Recurring theme? Perhaps… But with a prettifying menu that includes a 6D eyelash extensions, cosmetic tattooing and a pedi/mani combo called “claws and paws”, we think they deserve to feature as one of Sydney’s best beauty salons too! 

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