BNP_140424-6922Lee and Heather Cohen are the proud Owners and Creative Stylist of Reds and R2 Salons in Cairns and Townsville.

Their international experience, passion for the industry and willingness to exceed client expectations has seen them win countless awards and participate in numerous fashion events all over the world together with growing and maintaining an enviable clientele.

This is the story of Reds and R2…..


Our Conception

Lee Cohen began his hairdressing career with “Reds the Hair Group” in Dublin, Ireland. Lee & Heather met in London whilst both working for L’Oreal in the early 90’s. Continuing to work with L’Oreal (which was globally the largest cosmetic company), they then relocated to Melbourne. During this period of their careers, the exceptional hairdressing experience and exposure they gained proved to be influential for their future business ventures. After marrying in’95 they returned to Heather’s home town, Cairns to open their first salon. It made sense with the affiliation of Lee’s hairdressing roots in Ireland, to create the Reds Australian brand.

After success in Cairns, next was the expansion to Townsville with another Reds and their sister brand of R2. Whilst we consider our Reds Salons to be our boutique brand aimed at the top-end of our market by an exceptionally experienced team of stylists. Our R2 salon delivers excellent service by a young creative team with well priced menu suited to clients’ on-the-go. Our most recent change to our group is the merging of our Reds and R2 Townsville Salons into the Stockland location.  We have uniquely blended the two brands to deliver the exceptional service we are renowned for.


smr2#1Our Salon History

1995: Our humble beginnings began in a small salon on Sheridan Street, but after 2 years we outgrew this location.

1997: We expanded our brand into Salon & Spa doubling in size and staff literally overnight

2000: It was time to move to a more prestigious location when The Lakes Resort & Spa opened its doors.

2009: Our brand expanded with our first Townsville Salon in the “Townsville Central” development on Flinders Street West.

2012: Our group’s newest addition in Townsville is opened, located just outside Myer in Stockland Shopping Centre. A new brand is born, “R2 Salon” is considered to be our “little sister salon.”

smr2 basin#22013: It is time to reinvent our Cairns Salon by relocating to Collins Avenue. It was also time to return our focus to our hairdressing roots by closing our Spa.

2016: We merged our two Townsville Salons into the one location at Stockland (R2 Salon just outside Myer).

2017: We launch our education branch “Reds Academy” partnering with CQ University

Our Vision

Lee & Heather’s vision continues, to provide you the ultimate service salons, combining on-trend hair styling. Having created 2 urban yet chic spaces where Men & Women can feel comfortable & cared for with top end service. We offer an extensive beverage menu featuring only the best espresso coffee & selection of teas with our compliments. Wesmcoffee aim to provide you memorable experiences to exceed your expectations so that you look forward to each and every visit. We are honoured to care for an array of clients from high end corporate to the girl (or boy) next door.


Our Team

Lee and Heather hand pick their stylists, which comprises of an internationally experienced team. “We are only as good as our team, therefore we choose only the most talented hairdressers, combined with a great attitude”. Reds Salon group offers a full service of cutting, styling and colouring.

Our team opportunities are also something to boast about including working backstage at Fashion week and the Astor Awards to working onstage at our industry’s largest trade fair, Hair Expo in Sydney. Not to mention our in house training for both apprentices and qualified stylists is second to none ensuring that both junior & senior teams are providing the best service whist constantly being updated with current industry trends.


Our Awards & Accolades

Newcomer of the Year Award

New Salon Design Award (Finalists)

Small Business of the Year (Finalists)

Apprentice of the Year (Finalists)

Queensland Hairdresser of the Year

smr2#3Australian Hairdresser of the Year

President of the Australian Fellowship of Hairdressing

Sharon Maher Award for Excellence in Education