From brow-shaping and blow-dries, these are Brisbane’s best places to get primped and pampered. By Kelli Alderman.
Owner Carole Haddad tames the tresses of many of Brisbane’s TV presenters and visiting VIPs, as well as loyal customers who are addicted to her unique blow-drying technique. Starting with soaking-wet hair, she uses only brushes, a hair-dryer and sheer strength to stretch locks until they’re styled to perfection. With little product and no styling tools, her work stays in place for days sans hair straightener, which is why many well-coiffured clients at Corcorz Hair have a standing weekly appointment.
Best post-flight treatment
Stephanies Spa Retreat
Celebrities such as Nicole Richie and Megan Gale have melted away jet lag in the Opal Rasul Steam Temple, the Turkish-style, mosaic-walled steam room at Stephanies Spa Retreat at Sofitel Brisbane Central hotel. After applying the therapeutic mud mask all over your body, you simply lie back and enjoy the steam and view of the ceiling, which glimmers with twinkling lights timed to music. When soft mist rains from above, it’s time to gently shower off the mud. Bliss!
Brisbane-based botanical-skincare company Waterlily offers anti-ageing and peptide-packed facials at the back of its concept store on James Street in Fortitude Valley. Cocooned in the softly lit and heavenly scented space, you’ll experience potent treatments unique to the salon, with fruit enzymes and phytonutrients developed on site using natural ingredients such as berries, apples, wine and local honey.
Amy Jean Eye Couture
Delta Goodrem and Dannii Minogue both turn to Amy Jean salons for their immaculate arches. Follow their lead and make an appointment at this glossy emporium of all things brow-related, overseen by the flawlessly groomed and attentive Amy Jean Linnehan.
When David Jones, Max Mara and Carla Zampatti staff need something adjusted, they turn to miracle worker Jackson Zhu on Edward Street. From wedding dresses to suit jackets, nothing is beyond salvaging with Zhu’s magic needle and thread.