The Leopard Lounge Hair Salon Newtown

I shared my new hairdo a few posts ago; now it’s time to introduce you to the awesomeness of the Leopard Lounge vintage hair salon, where I got it done!

The Leopard Lounge is located in Brown Street, Newtown…just a hop, skip and jump from the main drag of King Street, at the corner of Wilson Street. Even from the outside, you can tell that this is no ordinary hair salon.

Leopard Lounge Hair Salon Newtown

The 50’s/60’s decor is absolutely spot on and sets the scene for the products and services offered. Everywhere is packed with mementos of yesteryear…it’s hard to know where to look first!

Leopard Lounge The Leopard Lounge Hair Salon The Leopard Lounge Hair Salon

There’s a gorgeous and comfy teal velvet couch upon which to lounge while you’re waiting….

Leopard Lounge teal couch

….and a glamorous zebra skin rug that I want for my house! (My leopard bag  just looks like it’s made for there, doesn’t it?)

The Leopard Lounge zebra rug

There is also an elegant bar complete with pink flamingo swizzle sticks (and I hear it goes off on a Thursday night!)

The Leopard Lounge Bar  Leopard Lounge pink flamingos

There are earrings and other jewellery for sale, make-up, hair products and all manner of leopardy things

Leopard Lounge jewellery  Leopard Lamp in Leopard Lounge

And of course, how could we forget the poster wall covered in hairstyles from the 60’s and beyond, for your inspiration?

Leopard lounge hairstyles

Which brings me to the hairdressing services of the salon. I knew that lots of retro-style girlies had their hair styled there, especially before burlesque shows or clubs such as Black Cherry (when the salon is booked out!)  I’ve seen the splendid results on those glamorous ladies for myself (see my Black Cherry posts for more).

Leopard Lounge hair salonI first met owner Milena Kesic at one of the Rock n Roll Markets when it was at Tempe, and have wanted to come in for such a long time. Luckily for me, when I needed a last minute appointment one afternoon, she was able to fit me in.

Look closely and you can see the hat of the gentleman before me, as well as the beautiful ornate mirrors, dressing tables and chairs –>

Milena has been in the hairdressing biz  for 18 years, so really knows her stuff.  Her specialty is retro, vintage, old Hollywood, sexy, glamorous, pin-up style hairdressing. Highly inspired by the strong, sophisticated, and seductive iconic women from the 20s – 60s, and let’s not forget Betty and Joan from Madmen.
Read more about Milena here.

She does cuts, colour, blow-dry, retro styling (obviously!) and yes, she does do men’s as well as women’s hair. See the Leopard Lounge Hair Services here.

I was really pleased with the cut and styling I received – see my shaved side deathrock hair look here.

Something I wasn’t aware of previously is that Mel has her own range of organic haircare products – which she used on me during my consultation. So lush.

I purchased the beautiful smelling Pink Martini rose & vodka setting spray as well as the Rehab Intense Conditioner Treatment (with Jasmine, Moroccan Oil, Cocount Creme and Avocado).  Yum, they are almost good enough to eat! And the setting lotions/sprays and hairsprays are totally safe  if you happen to spray too close to your eyes 😉

For the complete Milena Therapy range, see here.

I’ll let you know how the Rehab Treatment goes on my hair – lawd knows the bleached & coloured ends need it!

So I highly recommend the Leopard Lounge if you’re in Sydney…even if you don’t get your hair done, you should come and check out the place, and you may just walk out with something fabulous!

The Leopard Lounge

Cnr. Brown & Wilson St.
(Next to Satellite Cafe)
Newtown, NSW 2042
Mobile: 0401 017 275





  1. you see the blue hot hair rollers in the grey-creamy case , i got a full working set of those at a second hand stall for $2.00 yay!!

  2. Haha – good score!! And I used to have the ones beneath the blue ones, passed down from my aunty. I don’t use hot rollers much though, only the odd special occasion. What about you? Do you do vintage hairstyles?