We focus so much on editorial inspiration from our fellow talented hairdressers, but salon design motivation is just as important, if not more. As such, we at INSTYLE are intrigued by the finalist salons for Hair Expo’s 2017 Best Salon Design, a multitude of salons that represent the very essence of aesthetic, cultural and design goals. Starting with the award winner Salon Kiin, which won for its clever, efficient and all-encompassing design, we now move to other salons in the finalist mix. Here, meet Allure Hair Bar in Terrigal, NSW, a beach-side oasis that makes going to the salon really feel like a holiday.

The light, open space makes use of various unique features, for example, distinct copper hanging lights and plants suspended over the basin area. Impressively, almost every detail in the salon is custom-made.

A colour palette of predominantly white and grey creates a sophisticated atmosphere, while crisp white tiles, wooden floors and features and stylish grey surfaces offer versatility, allowing clients to feel as if they are progressing through different spaces. Beyond this chic, subdued palette, bold artwork gives the salon an eclectic and vibrant touch.

The substantive salon doors open up onto a creative outdoor area and an artful, graffiti-laden balcony (‘forever by the sea’ is painted there in blue and white) with a full view of the ocean, allowing clients to feel at their most calm and relaxed.  This outdoor element is inspired by a Mediterranean bar vibe, and the unique decor and incredible location allow this total sense of transportation to be achieved in full.

Gold and copper metal details on lights, pot plants and vases give the salon a sense of luxury and natural greenery pervades the salon, while a glowing, neon ‘I woke up like this’ sign, shows off its one of a kind DNA.

The salon has much more than just a beautiful design and premium services, it’s also charitably minded, last year hosting a fundraiser that earned $28,000 for Hands Across the Water charity. A party event, hair services and raffle sales all contributed to the impressive total. The space is also rooted in luxury, with high-end haircare brands such as Oribe and Kérastase lining the geometrically shaped retail shelves. The salon also offers clients a specialised app for maximum efficiency and professionalism.

What did we tell you? Goals.

For more information visit allurehairbar.com.au