Bric-a-brac, treasures and live music — all while getting your hair cut.
Jasmine Crittenden
Published on January 29, 2016
Updated on October 08, 2020


The Badlambs story started 17,000 kilometres away. After years cutting hair in a bunch of contexts — from Edinburgh's Famous Spiegeltent to Adelaide Arts Festival's late-night club — hairdresser Tony Mellis decided to set up his own salon in 2001 in Bloomsbury, an upmarket area in London. More than a decade later, he was ready to move to Australia — Bondi, to be exact.

So he brought his business with him. Hairdressing, for men, women and children, is just one aspect of what goes on at Badlambs. While you're there, rummage through Mellis' incredible collection of antiques, bric-a-brac and local artworks. Just some of the objects to have passed through his hands include a framed, signed version of Listen Like Thieves on vinyl signed by INXS themselves, an original enamel London street sign, and a meat cleaver autographed by Mark "Chopper" Read.

Oh, and don't be surprised if musicians drop by to jam on the in-salon piano — live music of both the organised and impromptu varieties is part of the Badlambs experience.


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