For a decade, Axis Salon has been a constant fixture in the heart of Braddon’s Lonsdale Street, working magic on the locks of their committed clients.
This week, the salon has moved to brand new digs—although they’re still firmly located in the bounds of Braddon.
The family-owned business has been around since 1991, initially sitting on the corner of Marcus Clarke Street and Barry Drive. These days it’s led by Adam Ciaccia, whose family first started the business back in the day, along with wife Michelle Ciaccia. They’ve also added Isabelle Tomlinson and Jordan Skrtic to the leadership team, who have both been with the business for many years themselves.
As part of the move, they’ve kept the same talented Axis team, and Michelle, Isabelle and Jordan will be focussing on running the business. It frees up Adam to move his focus back to doing hair, meaning he can open up his books to new clients.
Earlier this year the opportunity came up to buy their own space at recent development The Grounds in Braddon, which sits on a wedge block between Donaldson, Torrens and Cooyong Streets. They jumped at the chance, officially opening their new location on August 1.
Inside, the new space is light, bright and monochromatic, with a sleek design by local Louise Forsyth from LB. Design Studio, and fitout by Vince Ciardullo from Proconbuild.
Some furniture has been sourced internationally, like the chairs and basins from Maletti, Italy. The hairdressing stations wrap around the edges of the salon, and a large colour table by Nomi sits in the middle of the space.
While the new salon is actually similar in size to its predecessor, Michelle says they’ve been able to make better use of the space, and create a venue that is much more ‘them’.
“It’s definitely a lot more open with a lot more natural light. It’s more us, because we didn’t have anything to do with the fitout or design at the old space, and it’s much more open,” says Michelle.
“We’ve purposely designed it like that so we can also use it as an education space. So people can come and rent it out on the days we are closed and use it for hair education, or host their classes out of here.”
And Michelle says the new venue has allowed them to also elevate the experience. When you head to Axis for a hair appointment now, you no longer head to the ‘basin’. Instead, they’ll take you over to the ‘hair spa’.
“We’re calling it the ultimate salon experience,” says Michelle.
“We’ve come on board with Kérastase, which is a more premium product, and we’ve got specialised treatments for clients that we can tailor just for them, and then we also have special scalp treatments.”