Looking for the best hair salon in Singapore to switch up your look with a brand new haircut, highlights or indulge in a luxurious treatment to fight the frizz? We’ve rounded up our favourite hair salons in Singapore, each of which know how to cut, treat and colour all hair types, from Asian to Caucasian – so, go ahead, get booking!
“Dominic, the owner of Visage, has been in the business for almost 30 years and is well known as an expert in styling Caucasian hair. He recommends the Brazilian Blowout (priced from $450), a hair-smoothing treatment that temporarily coats the outer layer of the hair to remove frizz, enhance shine and reduce blow-drying time. As a victim of “the Singapore frizz”, this was music to my ears! It’s suitable for all hair types but works especially well on thick, curly hair.
As I had recently had highlights done, I was worried about the potential effects the treatment might have on the condition and colour of my hair. However, Dominic reassured me that it would improve my hair texture and also bring out the colour tones. (He recommends that the treatment be done after a colour and cut.)
The hair is first washed with a deep-cleansing shampoo. Lotion is then applied to the hair, section by section, and combed through to ensure that it’s distributed evenly. Next, the hair is blow-dried straight from roots to ends. Finally, a hot iron is used to seal in the product.
After this, you can opt to leave the product in and wash it out at home after one to two days and then apply a mask, or to have it washed out in the salon. I opted for the former as I’m told that the effects last longer. To prolong the effects, I was also advised to avoid swimming for at least seven days, use sulphate-free shampoo and apply a weekly hair mask.
I’m thrilled with the results of the treatment – it’s quite a transformation! My hair is now smooth and shiny, the colour looks brighter and it feels so much healthier. Three weeks after treatment, the effects are still as good; it’s a lot easier to manage and I don’t even need to blow-dry it!” – Juliet Keys, Copy Editor
“As I was headed to an awards event, it was the perfect opportunity to get an upstyle (priced from $90) at Hera Salon, a new and modern-looking salon located in Tanglin Mall. The session started with a fantastic wash and massage, then I met Rain, my hairstylist for the day, to discuss what kind of look I wanted. Rain is a British expat who has spent many years in Dubai, the Carribean and the UK, and I found her really easy to talk to.
On several occasions, I have had updos that were very flat or tight, or just felt like barbed wire from the amount of hairspray used! I explained to Rain that I liked a loose, casual updo with plenty of height at the top.
I loved the final look, and when I went to the event so many people were complimenting my hair, which never happens. I was careful that evening, and the hairdo actually lasted me through another event the following night – bargain! It made me feel completely different and more groomed, and I will definitely try to do this more often, especially for balls and other special events.” – Rebecca Bisset, Editor in Chief
Psst… Hera Hair Beauty boasts a team of highly skilled hairstylists who hail from all over the world. Apart from a wide range of hair treatments and services, this beauty spot also offers nail services by experienced nail artists, so you can get pampered with an organic spa manicure ($55) after having your hair done!
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“My hair is always flat on top, especially when it’s long. It’s also getting a bit thinner as I grow older, so I was hoping to give it some body (without the frizz!). The hair enhancement service at Hairdreams is all about volumising or lengthening your existing hair. All the hair technicians are trained stylists, so you can also have a cut and colour while you are there.
There are different qualities of hair available. I got the Imperial quality – never dyed, all-natural colours. Quikkies are on an adhesive strip and cost around $200 for six strips of hair, while Nano Bonds are $400 for a set. I had two sets of Quikkies and one of Nano bonds. The hair looks and feels incredibly healthy and smooth – much more so than my own.
There are over 40 different colour options, plus you can custom blend them if you want something different. Quikkies can be used for around three to four months, and then can be removed, washed and re-attached up to three times. Nano Bonds are individually attached to hair strands and sealed with a heat gun so they cannot be reused, but last around six months. I am super-happy with the results – the thickness is obvious, and it swings with the extra weight. Even wearing it up in a ponytail looks great!” – Danielle Rossetti, Integrated Communications Manager
“I always look forward to visiting Trimmings, whether it’s the quiet and exclusive Loewen salon, or the buzzier Tudor Court branch next to Tanglin Mall. The latter, where I went this time, boasts cosy wooden furnishings with chic black-and-white accents. Combine this with friendly service, top-notch hair treatments and the calming lemongrass scent that’s always present, and Trimmings has become one of my favourite spots.
After multiple rounds of bleaching, my hair was looking and feeling rather heavy and damaged. My attentive stylist Benson, who has over 15 years of experience, made sure he understood exactly what I wanted – a layered, shoulder-length bob that would be easy to maintain.
We started with a haircut ($75), then moved on to choosing a dark, neutral-toned colour ($185) that was closest to my natural hair shade. Thereafter, the Olaplex treatment ($80) was applied and washed off. After a quick trim and blow-dry, I walked out with lighter, smoother and healthier-looking hair, styled into the messy, beachy waves I’d always dreamt of having. From the consultation to the end, the process took three hours. And now, when I wear my hair straight and casual, many of my friends comment that I look younger and more relaxed!” – Anthia Chng, Hair & Beauty Editor
“Entering La Source Spa’s calming interior space, I was shown through to the salon side and introduced to colourist CK Karkhanis, who hails from LA. We chatted about the look I wanted to achieve – sun-kissed and effortless. She suggested darker lowlights and blonde highlights, and took my complexion, hair type and styling habits into account when choosing the shades and placement. (Balayage is painted freehand, which gives great control when applying.) She even showed me how she could paint the colour on to give the illusion of a slimmer jawline.
CK curates a colour palette using the best of the best, including imported Wella and L’Oreal shades that you won’t find elsewhere in Singapore. For me, she opted for a warm, sandy shade. After the colour had finished developing, she gave it a wash and applied a gloss treatment to enhance and help maintain my new locks. The total process took two and a half hours and cost $460.
I’m so thrilled with my new hair! To help keep my balayage looking its best, I’m advised to wash my hair less often and use a clarifying or violet shampoo. There’s also the option to come in for a 15-minute colour refresher in-between appointments, such as touching up the hairline or applying a gloss to repigment the blonde.” – Susannah Jaffer, Contributing Editor
Belleza De Midori
“Located on the third floor of Velocity in Novena, this cosy Japanese hair salon is popular with both Japanese expats and locals. The customers were clearly comfortable with the stylists, chatting away as they got their hair done.
Plagued with dry and brittle ends from my old, grown-out highlights, I was excited to see what the moisturising IAU Cell Care Treatment ($85) could do for my damaged locks. Using Japanese IAU Cell Care products, my stylist Yuan started the three-step procedure with a spray-on that promotes elasticity. After that, he applied two types of creams that contain moisturising ingredients such as jojoba and macadamia nut oil, spreading them evenly through the strands. Once all the products had been applied, a machine continuously steam my hair for about 15 minutes while I enjoyed a relaxing neck and shoulder massage.
After a rinse and blow-dry, my hair looked less dry and felt much softer and smoother. There were still some flyaway hair strands, but the treatment can be done as often as once a month to help with that. Plus, it only takes 45 minutes, so it’s suitable as a lunchtime fix. I’m tempted to make this a regular!” – Lindsay Yap, Entertainment & Leisure Editor
Centrally located in Ngee Ann City, Chez Vous boasts a team of stylists with a minimum 10 years of experience, including a specialist team for Caucasian hair issues. From full colour or highlights to indulgent hair treatments tailored to every individual, you’ll be spoiled for choice with the range of services available here. For expats who love natural fine lowlights and blonde highlights that blend effortlessly, look for Associate Salon Director, Khim Toh. If you’re looking for colour correction and Balayage services, Associate Salon Director Veyond Chong is the best person to go to.
Are you fed up with your hair frizzing in the Singapore humidity? Try hair Botox and fillers, a new, semi-permanent hair treatment for silkier locks. This three-hour long treatment features a customised blend that contains a thermal-activated concentrate to combat frizz and tame unruly hair, stabilised keratin to repair damage, and a silk protein to promote smoothness and shine. Then, your hair will be treated with a deeply nourishing booster containing amino-oil complex, jojoba and avocado oils, before a flat iron is applied to activate the smooth-control concentrate and lock in the nutrients. As a final step, a hyaluronic acid and ceramide-rich masque is applied to seal in all the goodness. Book us in!
This bright and spacious salon in Holland Village is a one-stop location that caters to Caucasian hair. Expat Living’s Melinda Murphy did a test-drive of the Keratin Smoothing Therapy treatment – read on for her thoughts!
“I’ve been baffled by how to tame my humidity-induced frizz since landing on the Little Red Dot. Turns out, a Keratin treatment was just the trick. Three hours at the salon and my tresses are frizz-free for the first time in years. The three-step process started with a special shampoo, Tiboli Volume Obsessed Shampoo, which was left in my hair for 15 minutes. Next, my charming stylist Willie painted on the Keratin Smoothing Therapy, which was then steamed into my hair. After a quick cold-water rinse, my hair was flat-ironed to lock in the treatment. I walked out with flat, super shiny hair. Days later, it’s still frizz-free, but I’m able to style it fuller. The only downside is that there’s a slight odour whenever my hair gets wet – but this is standard with the treatment and will fade over time.”
Psst… This hair-smoothing treatment will change your hair colour, so you’ll need to wait for a week before colouring your hair.
Vox Studio Aveda Salon & Spa
Conveniently near Somerset MRT station, Vox Studio is a hair salon, boutique spa and retail outlet in one frequented by both locals and expats alike. Look forward to personalised service by the crew of experienced hair professionals and trained therapists from around the world, including Australia, France and Germany. Enjoy a complimentary consultation, too!
For hair treatments and services, the salon uses mainly Aveda, a natural, eco-friendly haircare brand. Available also are specific treatments catering to Caucasian hair, including the Natural Botanical Tint colouring treatment, as well as lowlights or highlights. Suffering from damaged hair? Treat your tresses to the Botanical Hair Therapy, a treatment to revitalise and recondition weak hair. This specially designed service includes a relaxing shoulder, back and hand massage ritual, alongside styling, too! Then, extend the pampering and indulge in a Stress-fix body massage, which features Aveda’s Stressfix aroma that has been clinically proven to relieve stress.
The Big Blow
A proper blow-dry doesn’t just make you feel amazing – it should last for a few days and make your hair easier to style. The brainchild of Ellie Sakrzewski, a makeup artist by trade, The Big Blow offers an efficient blow-dry service ideal for those short of time. They can do everything from a classic, sleek blow-dry to party hair. Ellie offers a makeup service too, and her team can come to you if you can’t make it into the salon. Need to look swish for a big event? Book yourself in for the salon’s Perfect Blowout treatment – it includes a wash, conditioning and styling for $45!
Expat Hair Studio
Needing little introduction, Expat Hair Studio has become well-known for its colouring expertise – from simple, all-over shades to ombre highlights and everything in-between. One of its specialities is balayage, a free-hand technique that sweeps colour across the hair. The result? A sun-kissed, natural effect, with softer and less noticeable regrowth – great for those who want a low-maintenance look. Balayage colouring starts from $195 and will take between two and three hours, depending on the desired effect.
Yen’s Hair Design
With over 14 years of experience in colouring and highlighting both Asian and Caucasian hair, Yen’s Hair Design has become a go-to for locals and expats. Located just a stone’s throw from Holland Village MRT station, the modern salon has a reputation as a hair treatment salon and expertly handling different hair types and textures. Popular services include blonde highlights, digital perm and keratin treatment. Add a sun-kissed touch to your look with blonde highlights (from $158) using products from established brands like Wella, L’Oréal and Redken. A hair wash and massage is complimentary, and you’ll leave the salon feeling like a princess.
Hair We Are
This cosy salon in the west is highly experienced in treating both Caucasian and Asian hair – its team of stylists has over 18 years of experience. Available services include rebonding, highlights, scalp treatments and hair up-dos for special occasions. Treat your scalp to the Shiseido Fuente Forte Scalp and Hair Care regime ($50) – it’s suitable for both dry and oily hair, as well as for those with scalp issues such as dandruff or itchiness. The products – infused with scutellaria extract to moisturise and amino acids to strengthen – are applied to both your scalp and your hair. After a thorough massage, the formula is rinsed out, and you’re treated to a blow-dry to your liking.
Toni & Guy
Established in Singapore in 1995, Toni & Guy has since launched a total of seven outlets islandwide. Strategically located in key areas in Singapore, including in the Mandarin Gallery, on the East Coast and in River Valley, the salons provide the ultimate urban retreat. Popular services include Keratin treatment, highlights and Kerastase rituals.
Seven locations islandwide
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