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Looking for the best hair salon in Singapore, whether it’s to switch up your look with a brand new haircut, hair extensions or highlights, to get a hair treatment to fight the frizz, or to find a new brand of shampoo? We’ve reviewed these top hair salons in Singapore, and their hairdressers have shown us their skills with trims, treatments and colouring. Not keen to go too far? Here’s a tip: search for ‘hair salon near me’, and you’re sorted!
Chez Vous for blonde highlights and lamination treatment
I’ve been a regular at Chez Vous for a while now. Their recommendations have always resonated with me and the condition of my hair has improved visibly under their care. On this occasion, my highlights needed refreshing as dark roots were showing through. I usually lean towards a warmer honey blonde, thinking it’s more youthful and that a cooler ashy tone may not suit my skin tone. Over time, though, these warmer pigments can skew a bit coppery. As blondes, we always walk a fine line between too warm and too cool. The trick is finding the middle ground that’s just right!
The colourist recommended I try a slightly cooler shade as it would give me an instant brightening boost. I was happy to let her do her magic, convinced that I was in the best hands.
A pre-treatment was applied to the hair in sections to make sure that it was protected from the chemicals of the dye. Khim must be one of the fastest colourists in town when it comes to weaving fine highlights. Her technique is remarkable. I have plenty of hair and she managed to place a full head of foils in no time. The colour treatment was followed by express lamination; this is a protective remedy for coarse and colour-treated hair to improve the texture and help retain shine.
I was absolutely delighted with the result. The fine highlights look subtle and soft, the cooler tone is flattering and has revived my overall colour beautifully. Changing up my shade a bit turned out to be a really good idea and it works much better with my skin tone than I had anticipated. Importantly, my hair feels healthy and looks well hydrated and shiny after the lamination treatment.
– Karin Galley
Trimmings Salon for highlights and a Brazilian blowout treatment
“You look so much younger!” Who doesn’t want to hear that? I’ve had my share of bad hair experiences so I’m a rather nervous customer. Not now!
I walked into the lovely Trimmings Hair Salon in Dempsey with frizzy, tired, frumpy-looking hair. I now feel like I’ve been transformed. Truthfully, I’m not quite brave enough to comfortably “embrace the grey” yet. And I’d fallen into the cycle of just dealing with the roots every few weeks and ignoring the bigger picture. In this instance, though, stylist Desmond, ably assisted by Joey, worked his magic.
Desmond suggested a half head of highlights with very fine sections of hair to avoid an unwanted stripy look. Foils were removed and an ash toner applied to avoid a future orange/brassy tone. Then a brown/beige colour was applied, resulting in an overall lifting of colour. My previously one-dimensional hair was now showing off some lovely depth and texture! Then it was on to taming the frizz.
Desmond performed his next trick using a Nov’Max Brazilian Keratin product. A quick trim followed to tidy up the edges and – ta da! – a lighter, sleeker, shinier new head of hair. Also, the added bonus of not having to wrangle a hairdryer for the next three to six months! To maintain the colour, a nonsulphate shampoo and conditioner is recommended. Trimmings has a full range of the Kevin Murphy products used in the salon and available for purchase.
The highlights for my length of hair cost $260 followed by the Brazilian blowout for $290. If you want to tame the frizz only, Desmond and colleagues can do a Brazilian blowout for $360. Huge thanks to Desmond, Joey, Mandy and the team at Trimmings at Dempsey – see you soon!
– Mel Fitzgerald
Chez Vous Hideaway for balayage and scalp treatment
The first thing I say to colour expert Eddy at Chez Vous Hideaway when he asks me about my hair is: “I have no idea… I’ve only dyed my hair once, but I also shaved my head once! So, at worst, I go back to zero. Do what you think is best for me.”
And he definitely did! I couldn’t be happier with my natural-looking balayage and the treatment I received at this hair salon in Singapore. My entire experience was marked by incredibly thoughtful touches from start to finish. From the massage chair on arrival, to the scalp treatment and the gorgeously relaxing hair-washing room complete with extra head massage, every moment felt relaxing and luxurious – a break away from work, lockdown and the rest of life’s stresses.
Despite my lack of direction on dye, hairdresser Eddy took time to understand my daily routine and styling preferences. He came up with a cut and colour plan to complement my face and my lifestyle. He took care and pride in creating the perfect look for me, and hand-painted every highlight with expert precision. Artistry like this takes time, so I was glad I had my book with me and could relax into the process.
Thanks to all the treatments and careful use of products, my hair and scalp also feel super healthy. On top of this, I was given a range of care tips, which helps allay any concerns I had about the impact of dye on hair health.
The results really speak for themselves. My hair looks naturally highlighted and sun-kissed, and the visual texture enhances any style I wear. Every day since the treatment, my hair has been easier to take care of, and looks more “done” with less maintenance. I’m so happy with my new look, and can’t wait for my next appointment with Eddy and his lovely team.
– Lauren Hendry Parsons
Best hair care shampoo & conditioner?
K18 Haircare – when less is more
What makes these haircare products different is the patented K18 peptide technology. This involves a unique sequence of amino acids that travels deep into the hair’s core structure to fit in and reconnect broken polypeptide chains (keratin chains) responsible for hair strength and elasticity.
The brand’s signature product is the K18 Leave-In Hair Mask. However, there are now two new shampoos: K18 Peptide Prep pH Maintenance Shampoo and K18 Peptide Prep Detox Shampoo. Both will also help to maximise the benefits and efficiency of the leave-in mask.
The two new shampoos take a less-is-more approach in their formulation. They employ only 17 ingredients plus the patented peptide – the average shampoo has about 40! The K18 Peptide works as a protective shield to reduce protein loss that can occur during washing to keep hair feeling soft, strong, healthy and clean.
The pH Maintenance Shampoo is made for frequent or daily washing. It’s a colour-safe shampoo that thoroughly cleanses hair and scalp without stripping or drying. The plant-based surfactants break down and remove dirt and oil for a thorough cleanse, and the optimised pH range of 4.5-5.5 helps maintain colour, minimises swelling of the cuticle during washing, and protects the hair’s natural moisture levels for a smooth hair result.
The Detox Shampoo is for less frequent heavy-duty washing. This is a colour-safe clarifying shampoo with skincare-inspired ingredients. Its non-stripping lather, powered by activated charcoal and salicylic, works to unclog hair follicles while getting rid of dirt, oils, metals and build-up – including 99% of product build-up, 95% of sebum and a 76% copper reduction after just one wash.
With a clean base, hair colour applies more vibrantly, K18 treatments perform more effectively, and styling products work better.
– Suveen Sahib, K18 CEO
I usually use shampoo, conditioner and then a leave-in serum as my hair is dry and curly (read frizzy). Initially, I was concerned that the K18 leave-in hair mask wasn’t strong enough on its own. But after a few weeks of using it, I think it’s working really well – and I have a nice sheen to my hair. Using the detox shampoo once a month to
completely clear any residue and the pH shampoo and hair mask the rest of the time is working really well. I’m washing my hair more often now, and I think that’s been better for my scalp and hair quality too. And, it’s much easier just having two products to think about! – Rebecca Bisset
Hair Dreams for best hair extensions
If you want thicker or longer hair, why not try hair extensions? Not many of us have the full head of hair we want – and, if it does grow, it often breaks.
A happy customer of Hairdreams, Jaclyn (above) says: “My hair has always been thin and just never seems to grow. My ideal hairstyle is to have lots of volume and bounce, which I could never achieve. I decided to make an appointment at Hairdreams to talk to someone about my options. I have never been so warmly welcomed in to a salon before. The team were delightful and so informative. They explained the application process and what I could expect when wearing hair extensions. I wanted to do something a little different with the colour so they matched several different colours to give me exactly what I was after. I selected their Imperial Hair Quality as I wanted the best! My hair lasts me around six months and I can then reuse this incredible quality hair which makes my extensions very cost-effective. For anyone wanting more volume, length or even colour, these stylists know exactly how to help!”
51 Cuppage Road, #01-09
6653 5500 | hairdreams.com.sg
Kelture Aveda for hair colour, repair and haircut
Founded 21 years ago by Kelvin Yap, Kelture is one of the top hair salons in Singapore. So it’s understandable that I was excited to get my hair under their care, including a new look and some pampering. My roots desperately needed a professional touch-up, and as for the self-styled ends… well, that should explain the state of my tresses. With his 16 years of experience handling both Asian and Caucasian hair, my stylist Dean had a few things in mind about what could be done to bring my hair back to life. I wanted some change in colour but wasn’t keen on a full transformation. Dean felt the best option was to create the right shade by balancing highlights and lowlights based on my preference.
One of the most important aspects for me at a salon is the products the hairdresser works with. At Kelture, they make sure your hair and scalp are well taken care of by using high-quality botanical styling products. Botanical Repair products by Aveda are 93 percent naturally derived, fade-resistant and vegan (a huge plus!).
Botanical Repair was added to the dye during the foil highlighting process. As Dean explained, this ensures the hair is being coloured and repaired simultaneously. My original shade was used for lowlights, adding some dimensions. The dye stayed on for 20 minutes, then it was time for a shampoo, and an equalising primer to finish. My hair was then put under the steamer for 15 minutes to help the treatment penetrate more efficiently. The Botanical Repair treatment is highly recommended if you’re having your hair coloured or highlighted because during this process the hair cuticles open up, allowing the treatment to hydrate and strengthen the hair more efficiently.
My experience at Kelture was complete! I had a much overdue “long layered haircut” and spotless styling for a fresh, healthy-looking head of hair. Ten days have now passed since my visit and the usual frizziness is nowhere to be found! Kelture also has a private room you can book in advance at extra cost for a more exclusive experience.
– Judit Gál
La Source Hair Salon Review
I’ve always loved long hair with curls but the one time I tried curling my hair at a local hair salon many years ago, it accentuated my round face and left me feeling less confident of myself. So, when I had the opportunity to have my hair styled by Director Nik at La Source, I was pleasantly surprised at how he was able to sharpen my face and soften my jawline with loose curls.
When Nik did an assessment of my hair type and condition, he told me that my hair was weak, dry and severely damaged from years of colouring. It wasn’t suitable for a soft perm, which was what I’d wanted initially. Instead, he advised me to trim my hair and restore its shine with an Organic Keratin Treatment (from $388). I’m happy that I trusted his professional advice. You can tell from the before and after photos that the results are immediate!
The treatment was thoroughly pleasant and Nik was very gentle with my weak hair. Every step taken was meticulous and I was able to just relax knowing that my hair was in good hands. The haircut (from $128) and treatment took about an hour. Afterwards, he styled my hair in loose, wavy curls that left me feeling confident and happy! When I asked him about my scalp condition, he revealed that I have sensitive scalp, which explains the thinning at the top of my head. Thankfully, La Source has solutions for that – their scalp treatment helps to repair and restore scalp health. I’m already booked into this for my next appointment!
#02-17/18 The Shopping Gallery @ Hilton
6732 1318 | lasource.com.sg
Expat Hair Studio – for blonde balayage and haircut
I sway between going blonde and hating the roots growing out, but when I go darker I miss the blonde. When Kat of Expat Hair Studio suggested a teasy balayage with Olaplex treatment and a trim (from $345) for my bobbed hair, I was a bit confused, but I agreed to go with her expertise. I’m very glad I did!
Using Wella colour, she applied a dark colour at the roots (a technique called shadowing) and then multiple-toned highlights throughout, using a method of backcombing each section before applying the colours so they blended more softly. For the haircut, she didn’t take off too much length. Instead, she cut it higher at the back than before, and kept the length in front to balance my narrow chin.
The Joo Chiat hair salon is a bright, bustling place with friendly chatter in accents from all over the world. The three-hour service flies by with e-magazines to read, and coffee, tea or a glass of wine in hand. Kat showed me how my new “do” would look either blow-dried straight or left wavy. I must say the curl is my favourite for once! The shadowing effect gives real depth and the blend of soft warm and cool highlights look natural. Even after washing it at home, the curls dry naturally and the cut sits really nicely. So I am happily blonde again and no one will ever see the real roots growing out!
More Treatments and Good Hairdressers in Singapore
Chez Vous Hair Salon for an anti-frizz hair treatment
I’ve struggled with my curly hair for as long as I remember. I went through a phase of rebonding it for more than two decades. Now that I’m back to my natural curls, I decided to bite the bullet and do something to make the frizz a little bit more manageable in the Singapore heat and humidity. Chez Vous’ revolutionary Supreme Sugar Hair Lamination Treatment (from $251) promises three months of frizz-free, super soft, straight hair, minus the stick-straight flatness that rebonding gives you.
I entered the plush salon with its ultra-cool window display more reminiscent of a gallery than a hair salon. Once all the safety protocols were dispensed with, I was happily ensconced in a comfortable chair in a private section of the hair studio. A very thorough explanation of what the treatment would entail followed. The entire environment came with thoughtful touches, from an iPad for entertainment to phone chargers.
A hair wash with a lovely massage and a quick blow dry ensued, and then the process started. There was no formaldehyde, no preservatives and no icky smells. Think of this more as a nourishing hair treatment than a chemical process. I needed a haircut too to tidy the ends.
Two hours later, I walked out with straight, super-shiny hair, trimmed into a chic chin-length bob. My hair a full week later is completely frizz-free, super soft and straight, but with volume. While I’m not done with my curls, I’m so happy that they’ll be more manageable in Singapore’s notoriously sticky weather. I will definitely be going back.
– Anaita Thakkar
Sweeny’s Hair & Beauty Corner for a hair smoothening treatment
Sweeny’s has withstood the test of time – 43 years, to be exact. This Singapore hair salon has maintained the same Holland Village Shopping Centre spot since being opened by Mr Shee’s mother in 1978. Today, the second-generation hairdresser runs the business.
Stepping into the hair studio made me feel transported back in time – in a good way! I love the retro vibe and no-frills décor, on top of the warm hospitality. The staff have mostly been part of the team since the start. They have absolutely no airs, so you’ll feel comfortable in no time.
A signature service at this hairdressers is the Anthocyanin Treatment, a repairing protein treatment suitable for all types of hair. Affordably priced from $60 to $100 depending on your hair length, the two-hour treatment uses a plant protein to nourish hair shafts. From helping your fresh colour to last longer to restoring overly bleached hair (me!) and taming frizz, the versatile treatment is an all-in-one strengthening treatment for anyone who wants healthier locks.
The first step is a shampoo, which left a refreshingly cool sensation on my scalp. Then, Mr Shee sectioned my hair and sprayed on the treatment, which had a mild and pleasant scent. After a quick blow dry and haircut, he meticulously applied a protein cream section by section, wrapping each up in a paper strip, before placing a professional heating contraption over my head to activate and seal in the nutrients. Thirty minutes later, my hair was washed, blow-dried and styled with the B.boss Dual Treatment Leave-in Hair Reviver as a final step to condition my damaged hair.
I left the hair salon with uber smooth and shiny locks. My hair felt so much stronger and hydrated, while my dry ends seemed less frizzy, too. This treatment can be done on its own or together with a colouring service, which is what I’ll try the next time I return!
– Anthia Chng
Sweeny’s Hair & Beauty Corner
211 Holland Ave, #03-28 | 6468 1795
Trimmings at Loewen to refresh hair highlights
Going strong since 2008, this Dempsey pamper retreat has gained a loyal following with expats and locals alike. And it’s no wonder! Simply put, the team at Trimmings Salon & Spa are the hairdressers that your tresses can trust.
Just like my previous visit, my consultation started well before I walked through the door, with my stylist Ivan asking for some pictures of my current hair and my desired outcome. With my birthday creeping up and the grey hairs multiplying at an alarming rate, I was keen for a refresh to get some healthy colour and dimension back in. We agreed on keeping things natural – a healthy brunette base and gentle half-head highlights that would catch the summer sun. And, knowing my visits are few and far between, he promised to start the highlights at various lengths. This created a subtle balayage effect that means the roots aren’t too obvious during regrowth.
With relaxing Bali vibes streaming through the stereo, Ray sets to work. Using the “foilyage” technique of combining traditional foils and the balayage painting technique, he leaves the colour to develop, checking it meticulously throughout; my hair is then washed and left to rest in the basin with a toner that’s used to counter any brassy undertones. What follows is always my favourite part – a sensational head and back massage that puts me into a trance! Finally, it’s a quick trim and dry and some dinner-ready curls, and I’m a new me.
– Leanda Rathmell
Other good hair salons in Singapore to visit…
Yann Beyrie Salon – experienced hairstylists
If you, like us, are drawn to a good hair cut, friendly service and experienced hairstylists, visit Yann Beyrie Salon. Located in Orchard, this award-winning French hair salon was founded by Yann Beyrie, who has over 15 years of experience collaborating with influential hairstylists, designers, photographers and celebrities including Justin Timberlake, Jean-Paul Gaultier and Vivienne Westwood. He was also part of Vidal Sassoon London, as well as the Trevor Sorbie London team, which is one of the most prestigious brands in the UK. They also do their own range of shampoo, conditioner and leave in serum which we’ve tried and tested!
Mode Studio – a luxury hair salon in Orchard
Mode Studio is a luxury hair salon in Orchard known for its great service and top-notch hair treatments, including balayage and anti-frizz solutions like Olaplex. Located in Wheelock Place (#04-08), the snazzy hair salon features plush interiors, spacious seats and a specially curated bar (champagne, anyone?) so you can truly feel pampered. The experienced team of hairstylists offer everything from classic hair cuts and glamorous up-dos, to bold colouring and keratin treatments.
Art-Noise – top Japanese hair salon in Singapore
Hailing from Tokyo is popular Japanese hair salon Art-Noise (38A Lorong Mambong). The cosy salon features a team of experienced hairstylists, as well as an extensive hair treatment and head spa menu. Most of the products used at the salon are formulated in Japan with a non-damaging blend of ingredients. The hairstylists are experienced in various colouring techniques such as ombre, highlights, lowlights, root stretching, hand painting, double application and tinting. Results can be completely tailored to your request.
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