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Here are five Korean hair salons (with actual South Korean hairstylists!) to check out and get the hair you’ve always wanted:
1. LEEKAJA Beauty Salon
If you’re looking to pamper yourself, this newly-opened salon on Orchard Road specialises in colouring services and hair treatments to get you looking fresh and fashion-forward. Established in 1972 in South Korea by Madame Leekaja, Leekaja has since become a prestigious and well-known brand around the world. Recommended treatments include the LKJ Cinderella Keratin Treatment (from $250) to rescue damaged strands and the LKJ Head Spa and Scalp Treatment (from $180) where you can enjoy a relaxing massage too. Plus, most of their stylists hail from Korea and some of them have even styled K-pop celebrities!
Beyond hair services, the salon also offers an array of makeup, nail art and eyebrow embroidery services in a luxurious setting to give you a truly relaxing experience.
Where: #03-13 Mandarin Gallery
Opening hours: 10 am to 8 pm
Tel: 6909 0504
2. Apgujeong Hair Studio
You might have noticed this Korean hair salon springing up across the island – with seven outlets mainly in the heartland, it’s probably one of the most convenient ones to pay a visit to. They offer a host of Korean hair and make-up services, so whether you’re looking to dye your locks a trendy new colour or go for a transformative cut, they’ve got the chops to get you there.
Plus, prices are pretty pocket-friendly as far as Korean hairstyles are concerned, with cuts for women starting at $38 and INOA colouring from $130.
Where: Bishan Junction 8, Punggol Waterway Point, Great World City, Tampines 1, Tiong Bahru Plaza, Vivocity, JEM (Jurong East)
Opening hours: 10.30 am to 9.30 pm
3. DuSol Beauty Hair Salon
Looking to emulate Song Hye Kyo’s glamorous curls or Jun Ji Hyun’s lustrous, flowing mermaid waves? This salon specialises in designer perms (and more), so you can achieve a red carpet-worthy look. Ask for a feminine glam perm, mool gyul perm (that’s the one for beachy, mermaid waves) and let the experts style your tresses to K-perfection. You can also try their Volume Magic Rebonding perm, from $250, that makes your hair look fuller especially at the crown and features C-curls at the ends for a bouncy, polished finish.
Where: #03-27A Raffles City Shopping Centre, #03-73/76 Square 2 (Novena)
Opening hours: 10 am to 9 pm
Tel: 6337 4424 / 6397 6560
4. ZINC Korean Hair Salon
Best known for their Korean setting perms and volume rebondings that gives your hair more body and oomph, this recently relocated hair salon (previously at The Centrepoint) is run by an all-Korean team who are effectively bilingual, so you don’t have to worry about language barriers here. Volume rebonding services with consultation starts at $260 and it’s said to be long-lasting and doesn’t require lots of upkeep.
Where: #02-48/49 Millenia Walk
Opening hours: 10 am to 9 pm (Weekdays), 10 am to 6 pm (Weekends)
Tel: 8799 3357
5. Hair Mori Korean Salon
If you want those coveted soft, luscious and natural-looking waves a la Han Hyo Joo, perhaps you’d fancy a digital perm (from $200) by one of Singapore’s most sought-after Korean hairstylists, Joel Park. The salon focuses on the enhancing your natural features with the trendiest Korean hairstyles, and you can also ask for a customised hair treatment to suit your specific hair concerns.
Where: #02-35 The Centrepoint
Opening hours: 10 am to 9 pm (Weekdays), 10 am to 7 pm (Weekends)
Tel: 6262 6088
Text: Elizabeth Liew