A Brisbane hair salon run by 2 non-hairdressers has been awarded the title of best hair salon in Queensland at a prestigious national awards night.

Brisbane City’s Elysium Hair Brisbane fought off competition from long-established hair salons to take out Queensland State Salon Business Of The Year at the Australian Hair Industry Award’s (AHIA) annual gala night earlier this month.

The inaugural Australia Hair Industry Awards were hosted by television personality, Will Fennell, and recognised excellence in hairdressing and hair salon businesses, as voted on by media, industry and business professionals.

Kate and Oscar Henderson, owners of Elysium Hair Brisbane said:

"We are so happy and proud to win these awards, the first hair industry awards which recognize and reward the pointy business end of running a successful hair salon. We are so excited to be able to offer our wonderful clients an amazing experience and results, our team a fantastic place to work and us very proud business owners with an opportunity to live out our dreams.”

Linda Woodhead, Australian Hair Industry Awards creator, reflects on the first awards:

"To launch the AHIA’s with such a phenomenal response has been testament to the need for awards such as this. Through the number of entrants, caliber of winners, and support of sponsors, it has been made crystal clear that setting a benchmark for business excellence and gaining recognition for business success is something the hair industry both want and need. The 2014 winners are truly leaders in their field and we wish them all a huge congratulations.”

Elysium Hair Brisbane, of 15 Adelaide Street in Brisbane City, was also in the running for the Australian Salon Business Of The Year but narrowly missed out to a New South Wales salon.

Elysium Hair Brisbane has also won the Small Business Champions Awards for Best Hair Salon in Australia and have been nominated 4 times for the Telstra Business Awards.

Elysium Hair Brisbane has just moved into brand new salon premises, which offers clients an amazing concept and cutting edge urban design - the first of its kind in Australia and the largest salon in Brisbane.