Newish to Melbourne is Perth’s ‘Wildilocks’ gothic hair salon group, making the brave but much appreciated move of crossing the literal and metaphoric desert to bring their sought after hair styles and accessories to Melbourne. . They’ve opened up a new store The Lockworks super-centrally in the CBD, taking possession of a space in McKillop Street opposite The Haunted Bookshop to offer Melbourne lovers of outrageous hair their chance to take advantage of the synthetic dreadlocks and pinup vintage styles previously only offered at their Perth salon.
To the uninitiated, let me reassure you that synthetic hair is a science and an artform unto itself. Wildilocks have made quite the reputation for themselves by sourcing or making and then styling synthetic dreadlocks and hair into wild and wonderful styles. The picture above should give you some indication of what they’re capable of. Add to this their a-little-less-wild line of vintage pinup hair styles popular with burlesque girls, rockabillies and the coquette-about-town, and you have a veritable new world of hair expression potential awaiting you up a single flight of steps.
In the contemporary emporium-stylee de rigeur with your savvy 21st century boutique retailer, The Lockworks have added to the hair-lab a clothing and footware section, selling goth-popular New Rock boots (super stompy and big heeled), tshirts, skirts and jackets by local and international gothic designers. The space is big enough that this doesn’t become a claustrophobic experience and of course once you’re dolled up and pretty you want new clobber to complete the makeover (or vice versa, you’ve got the hot clothes, but that hair is looking a bit passe – better fix it up STAT!) so it’s a satisfyingly symbiotic mesh of glamourising intent.
The best thing about The Lockworks – no style is too colourful or too outrageous for these artisans of the follicle. When you say ‘just experiment’ they’ll take you literally so if you like to be noticed or you’re up for a very new you – this is the place to go. Add to that the clothing section – complementing Peril Underground nicely giving us now 2 city goth fashion boutiques – especially the great array of New Rocks and it’s Goth eye for the Drab Guy!
The downside: it won’t happen overnight but it will happen: expect getting new falls or dreads to take a while – there’s no magic wand so devote an afternoon to the new you.
Wildilocks @ The LockWorksLevel 1, 382 Little Collins St[entrance on McKillop St, opposite Octane & The Haunted Bookshop]Melbourne 3000
Phone: +61  9642 3384Opening Hours:Monday – closedTuesday – 10.00am – 5.00pmWednesday – 10.00am – 5.00pmThursday – 10.00am – 7.00pmFriday – 10.00am – 7.00pmSaturday – 10.00am – 5.00pm
Sunday – closed