Seeking an indulgent beauty treatment in the nation’s capital? Whether you’re a local or visiting, these are the spots to trust.
Best for… eyebrows
This light-filled brow bar has a cult following. Considered experts in re-growing and re-forming eyebrows, Tegan Daley and Sianne Fitzsimmons create natural, bold brows. Signature services include waxing, tinting, tweezing and trimming. We recommend lashing out (literally) on the extra services such as lash tinting, lash lifting and facial waxing, too. Go to browlab.com.au
5, 26 Elouera Street, Braddon ACT 2612
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Best for… massages
Mudd the Spa
Tucked beneath Hotel Realm, Mudd the Spa is a contemporary, elegant space with luxurious treatments to match. The therapists offer the usual massages – Swedish, remedial and deep tissue – but we like the hot stone massage. This lavish treatment is designed to identify the strained energy points of your body and relieve them through the use of thermotherapy (or heat therapy) via the placement of warmed volcanic stones on the body.
18 National Circuit, Barton ACT 2600
Best for… nails
Canberra Day Spa
This is a little slice of heaven among the beige office buildings of Canberra’s CBD. Duck in to Canberra Day Spa for a deluxe manicure or pedicure between engagements. You’ll be treated to a sugar cane, seaweed, coconut and lime exfoliating scrub to stimulate and revitalise your hands or feet before your nails are transformed. Dry, chapped skin? Invest in a Hydrating Parrafin Treatment that promises to leave feet and hands silky smooth.
Shop 6, 2 Akuna Street, Canberra City
Best for… facials
Essence Salon and Spa
Essence Salon and Spa is located in Canberra’s leafy inner south. Expect spacious, earth-toned interiors and an extensive range of facial treatments for all skin types. Standouts include the Clarifying Correcting Treatment for deep facial cleansing or the Ultimate Spa Hydration Facial, which leaves skin feeling hydrated and refreshed. Men are welcome, too; the Deluxe Homme treatment is tailored for individual skin types.
4 Barker Street, Griffith
Best for… blow dries
It would be hard to find a more stylish salon in Canberra than Roji Hair. Designed by Craig Tan Architects, the intimate establishment is a serene space replete with pale wood and a calming, welcoming vibe. Pop in for a reviving blow-dry to spruce up your ’do. The best part? The complimentary Aveda aromatherapy oil scalp and shoulder massage with every service.
25 Edinburgh Avenue, New Acton
Best for… organic treatments
Jindii Eco Spa
The Australian National Botanic Gardens sets the scene for Jindii Eco Spa, which takes inspiration from its surrounds for its treatments. This dreamy spa offers a number of treatments containing organic native Australian ingredients such as lilly pilly, wild rosella and Tasmanian kelp. If you’re after a stimulating facial opt for the Yirri Therapeutic Facial Treatment or alternatively indulge in the Yanko Jindalee Body Rejuvenating Treatment, which is designed to cleanse, hydrate and revitalise.
Australian National Botanic Gardens, Clunies Ross Street, Acton
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