Welcome Salon Kaia, touted as a hair sanctuary by the sea in Wollongong, NSW, and a sister salon to Salon Kiin, its Sydney sibling. The space is launching as a second home for multi-award winning hairdresser Maria Unali, as driven with her friend and business partner Lee-Anne Lamanna. The salon has launched as of February 10, with its luxe lifestyle and relaxed salon energy front of mind.

Salon Kaia is located in Wollongong’s iconic local building in the heart of the Illawarra, taking the reins from a fashion outlet that spanned three decades and inhabiting an area of foot traffic that loves of sun, saltwater and style in equal measure. In design, the duo worked with familiar faces in the Salon Kiin design team, We Are Tribe, to create the space.

Feature details include a calacatta marble colour table and matching refreshment shelves, Takara Belmont chairs in sage, Olivia Bossy unglazed ceramics, a signature handmade pendant from Coe Studio and a 1960s Tito Agnoli inspired arc lounge chair at the entry. The space is made to embody luxury and relaxation from the entrance and through every step.

Settling into the seaside, breezy locale, the space hero’s a courtyard filed with natural stone, succulents and a scatter of cacti, complemented with Italian travertine and a table for two in natural greenery. Salom Kiin marketing leader Kati Catanzaro extended the feel of the original salon to the new Salon Kaia location, curating the aesthetic, culture and communications to ideally fit into what is now a bona fide salon brand.

Australian influencer Isabelle Impala acts as a salon muse, with Mauritian and Italian heritage that feels right at home in the luxe heart of Wollongong. As the face of the salon, Isabelle’s campaign was photographed by Brogan Chidley at sunrise with the glistening ocean as the backdrop. Understated, textured hair styling, staying amplified without being over-groomed, showcased effortless, seaside decadence at every level.

With a hairdressing team consisting of KEVIN.MURPHY stylist Scarlett Oliver, colour expert Megan Mcaulay, and FAME Team alumni Mandy Kingsman, Salon Kaia is set to become a welcome new addition to the Australian hair landscape.

Paired with an already inspiring Instagram grid, spreading their luxe-level aesthetic outside the salon doors and onto your feed, and with salon design components and stellar service that supports its high-class ethos at every level, welcome Salon Kaia as Wollongong’s new luxury hair haven.

For more information visit www.salonkaia.com