Looking for the best hair salon in Singapore, whether it’s to switch up your look with a brand new haircut or blonde highlights, hair extensions, or to indulge in a luxurious hair treatment to fight the frizz? We’ve rounded up some of our favourite hair salons in Singapore that can cut, treat and colour all hair types, from Asian to Caucasian hair – so, go ahead, get booking!
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Chez Vous Hideaway – Balayage
“On the 14th floor of Ngee Ann City Tower B, there’s an elusive yellow door. Behind it, you’ll find Chez Vous Hideaway, a hair salon and concept spa.
Just visiting the space is an experience itself. First, you’re met by the concierge who ushers you through the delightfully cool and whimsical foyer into an anteroom. Here, I was served tea in a massage chair while I blissed out in front of an Insta-worthy flower wall.
After I was good and chilled, I met my stylist Eddie, and he set to work. I had some images from Pinterest on the kind of Balayage and cut that I wanted, and he listened and made suggestions. The cut was done quickly and then the foils were put in place. I have long, dark hair so this process took hours. I happily listened to an audiobook and drank tea and coffee until it was time to be shampooed.
To my sheer delight I was treated to another massage and, according to my Apple watch, I fell asleep for 40 minutes. Eddie then set about putting the finishing touches together. My hair was cut exactly to how I had asked and the result was stunning. I never thought my hair could look like that! It was worth every second and I still sometimes catch myself swooning over my lovely, golden locks. An amazing experience with skilled professionals – perfection.”
– Kate Marsden
Leekaja Hair Salon – Blonde highlights
“I love this set up in Mandarin Gallery. This hair salon in Singapore has a huge space with little pockets of seating areas, so it doesn’t feel large or impersonal. Hairstylist Jun is from South Korea, but has recently moved from Canada where he’s been living for ages. He needed some warmth! He’s really easy to talk to and understood the complexities of having the three different hair colours to deal with. I like my grey, but it’s very grey at the front and dark at the back, so it needs to balanced. On top of that I have old highlights that are patchy and can be brassy when I stop using the purple shampoo for a period of time. We decided to go with blonde highlights to blend the grey together with the dark blonde and old highlights.
A little menu of drinks with a biccie are a nice touch, as is the good scalp massage. The colour was a little darker than I expected but I know once the toner has washed out a bit, it would look good. The blowdry was fab and Jun has a great “bedside” manner that makes him next to chat to.
– Rebecca Bisset
Trimmings – Brazilian Blowout
I’ve lived most of my life convinced I was born with uncontrollably curly hair and there was nothing I could do to manage it on my own. I’ve tried anti-curl leave-in products and even attempted to rebond my hair in the past, to mixed reviews. Frankly, I’m quite happy to avoid the chemical odours that come with a rebond job anyway. Turns out I’ve been wrong about my hair for a long time!
I went into Trimmings Salon & Spa with zero expectations – as I usually do when visiting a new salon that’s never had to fight the rat’s nest on my head. Trimmings’ hair artist Benson took one look and noted that I might be struggling with frizz more than my curls. With some coaxing, I agreed to try a Brazilian Blowout that would allow me to keep my natural curl without the drastically flatter appearance of chemically straightened hair.
After a quick wash, the keratin was applied to my hair and locked in with a flat iron – all within an hour! The treatment also had a much more tolerable odour (I barely noticed it) and Benson reassured me that I could still wash my hair that same day.
While Trimmings’ artistry really shines with their versatility in women’s hairstyles, Benson’s attention to detail with my cut matches what I’d expect from a quality men’s barber. I left happy with the fade and my new head of frizz-free hair. I hear it can last up to three months if I continue to use a sulphate-free shampoo, and hopefully it does!”
– Benjamin Mah
Chez Vous – Natural highlights
“It’s not often I can walk out of a hair salon completely satisfied with the results, but Chez Vous scored a perfect 10. I was met by Serene, a very calm and practiced stylist. She started by asking me about my complete hair history, including questions on how I usually style my hair and how often I use heat-styling devices (I use a hair straightener two to three times a week).
My last salon visit was more than six months ago. I wanted to remove the yellow tones and lighten up my hair all over, while keeping the look natural and low maintenance. Serene suggested we start with hand-painted highlights to emulate a natural sun-kissed look, gradually getting denser at the end to build up colour. A toner was needed to remove the old yellow tones, followed by a protein treatment to protect my hair from long-term heat damage, and a cut to neaten up the ends.
Serene spent almost an hour applying the colour all over. She also explained that she added a protein treatment into the colour itself to strengthen my hair as I frequently style with heat and bleach can be too damaging. This was in addition to the toner and treatment mask for my hair during the washing phase. A lot of care was put into the colour application as there was not a single obvious line or streak to be seen. When I parted my hair in different ways or held it up or down, the colour was the same all over – light strands invisibly woven into my natural colour. The treatment also worked wonders as my hair felt super soft and smooth.
Another highlight was the care taken during the wash, shampoo and treatment. Often a scalp massage at most salons is only two to three minutes (we all know that’s never long enough) but the Chez Vous team took at least 10 minutes, which I appreciated. The ambience in the salon was very inviting and the staff were all very kind and polite, offering me drinks and snacks multiple times. I’d definitely recommend Chez Vous to my friends for a relaxing salon experience with guaranteed results. Thank you again to Serene for revitalising my hair with these lovely blonde highlights!”
– Linda Taylor, reader
Kelture Hair Salon – Ash highlights
“Conveniently located in the newer section of Paragon, Kelture is a friendly, bustling hair salon. The consultation about my blonde highlights went backwards and forwards for a while between the team, until they told me (very kindly) that my hair was so damaged and the ends so broken they really did not want to do any more bleaching. I was happy for a change to bring my hair back to health!
Using gentle Aveda Products, Augustine put chunky ash highlights through the top of my hair and a darker colour underneath, to give the illusion of fullness. The cut removed all the broken ends at the back and sides, leaving me with a soft-shaped bob, which works well blow dried straight or leaving it to dry naturally curly. The whole process took around three hours.
While I cannot pull it back any more (my go-to style in this weather), it actually stays in place well and does not fall into my eyes so I am happy to leave it out. This is as short and as close to my natural hair colour as I have been for years and I feel quite empowered!”
– Danielle Rossetti
Walking on Sunshine – Hair Smoothing Treatment
What I had: Cinderella treatment, from $300, 150 minutes
My review: “Walking on Sunshine is unlike any other Singapore hair salon. The space is beautiful and wide open with an abundance of natural light, ultra-high ceilings and tropical greenery wherever you look. With its gorgeous vintage furniture and an adjacent café, this place has an uber-cool vibe.
The Cinderella treatment is a smoothing treatment that uses keratin and a proprietary blend of natural ingredients including vitamins, collagen and other ingredients such as aloe vera and even onions.
I have had several keratin treatments done over the years in my perpetual battle against the frizziness of my thick blonde mane. Some of these treatments have resulted in ultra-smooth hair; others have little or no effect. This may be partly due to the variable concentration of chemicals like formaldehyde, which affects the extent of the straightening effect.
I wasn’t prepared to risk compromising the condition of my coarse, bleached hair with a treatment that relies on chemical straighteners. Catherine, the Korean director who looked after me, assured me that this treatment was free of formaldehyde and other chemical nasties, and that I could expect the results to last for up to three months.
The process is very similar to other keratin-style treatments I’ve tried over the years. First, the hair is washed and blow-dried. Then the cream is applied in sections. The hair is blow-dried again, and then flat-ironed before a final rinse and a blowout. I did feel some sensitivity in my eyes during the flat-ironing stage, which gave off some fumes, and was told that it came from the onions. Keeping my eyes closed helped to avoid the tears.
The immediate result is very rewarding: picture-perfect hair that’s smooth and silky, without heaviness or any nasty smell. Even when I got caught in a downpour later that afternoon, the dreaded frizz did not return. I felt like a modern-day Cinderella having a ball!”
– Karin Galley
Hera Hair Beauty – Babylights
What I had: Babylights, 150 minutes, from $215
My review: “Hera Hair Beauty is tucked at the top of popular expat haunt Tanglin Mall, and is the company’s second hair salon in Singapore; it opened just 18 months ago. It is bright, spacious and instantly welcoming.
My gorgeous stylist, Rain, who I found out has been working all over the world during the past 24 years, suggested I go for “babylights” to add some clean blonde colour to my hair. I had never heard of this technique, so I was really curious. Rain talked me through it – babylights are simply finer, more natural-looking “sun-kissed” highlights.
After the foils had been in for about 40 minutes, Rain gave me an incredible head massage at the basin with a toner to remove brassiness. Then came a nourishing Olaplex treatment, which she left on for 10 minutes, followed by another tingly head massage.
With me back in the chair, Rain used a mixture of two Kerastase products (Resistance and Discipline) to tame and moisturise my hair before giving it a blow-dry and a light GHD straightening.
I absolutely love the result of the blonde highlights! After just a couple of hours, my hair is glossy and the colour is so divine! I also loved chatting to Rain – she has some amazing stories of her hairdressing journey around the world.”
Psst… “Check out Hera’s Sentosa Cove location (#01-20 Quayside, 1 Ocean Way), where you can experience the same top-notch beauty services and hair salon under-one-roof”
– Kel Flanders
Retern Hair – Hair loss treatment
Editor-in-chief Rebecca Bisset looks at one way to “retern” your hair to its former glory!
The causes of hair loss are quite varied and personal. That’s why the Retern Hair & Scalp Institute, which opened in the Shaw Centre last year, has made its hair-loss products personal too.
The Retern Tricho-Blend range is formulated by trichologists and herbalists. The products are made from pure natural ingredients, including essential oils and medicinal herb extracts sourced from Australia, the US and Canada. The team also believes that effective and top quality products can be made available to all, without a hefty price tag.
How hair loss happens
Thinning hair is often hereditary and linked to genetics, but it could also be caused by a lack of minerals and nutrients in the diet. Poor immune and nervous systems affect hair growth, too. Stimulating blood circulation on the scalp and keeping the follicles clear of oil are two ways to help hair grow fuller and thicker.
Because there may be any number of reasons you’re experiencing hair loss, Retern’s consultants take a holistic look at the problem. So, starting from an initial trichology assessment, their treatments might involve scalp massages and meridian healing methods, while topical solutions include scalp masks and herbal essences. Your consultant may also recommend dietary changes. The clinic’s shampoos and products are all sulphate- and paraben-free, and are available at Retern stores as well as other shops in Singapore.
Trying a treatment
My scalp was quite red and not the milky white it should be. So, the key was to soothe it. Also, on top of the head, the hair was much thinner and more sparse, so my consultant also wanted to focus on stimulating that area.
I went through the process with them, and found it to be very thorough and relaxing. All the consultants are internationally certified hair and scalp specialists who analyse and provide advice on the root of your issues (pardon the pun!).”
The eight-step process:
#1 Pre-treatment assessment
#2 Scalp massage and scalp cleanse
#3 Scalp mask treatment
#5 Scalp and meridian point massage
#6 Tonic with a customised essence application
#7 Blow-dry and style
#8 Post-treatment assessment
Retern’s Signature Scalp Deeptox Intensive Therapy is available from $59 for first-time customers. You can also get a scalp consultation free of charge.
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