One fab way to start the new year right is to treat yourself to a hair makeover. If you’re thinking of investing in a good haircut or getting your highlights touched up, 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. Two lucky members of the EL team had a makeover at the salon – read on for our reviews!
Review 1: Haircut, half head highlights, Olaplex treatment
I have wavy and thick hair, which is rather difficult to tame and prone to frizz. It’s impossible for me to air-dry it and I use a lot of heating products to gain control of the volume and frizz. All the blow-drying on top of the regular highlights have caused considerable distress for my hair over time. It was extremely dry when I came to Mode and dark roots were showing through.
This was my first time visiting this hair salon in Orchard, and I was truly impressed by its layout. Not only does it have a well stocked bar, there are also beautifully appointed VIP rooms if you fancy a bit more privacy while your locks are being attended to. I sat back while the experts gave me their recommendation on how to improve the look of my hair.
Creative Director Roy felt that trimming my shoulder-length hair would not serve me well. He recommended I let it grow out by another inch to complement my facial features better and downplay my slightly angled shoulders. He suggested to keep the length, and create more definition and texture through soft layers that are shorter in the front and longer at the back.
My colourist felt we’d have to be careful with bleach when freshening up my highlights so as to not damage the hair in the process. She suggested using a combination of a buttermilk blonde and bleach to create a brighter, yet more natural look. Adding Olaplex plus a smoothing oil to the colour would make sure that the hair is protected as much as possible from the chemicals of the dye.
The recommendations from both the stylist and colourist resonated with me; I was happy to let them do their magic, convinced I was in great hands. I loved both the experience and the result! The layers turned out subtle and soft, cut with perfection to look seamless. I’m happy with the highlights, too; they look natural and have revived my overall colour beautifully. No brassy tones and no breakage whatsoever. Importantly, my hair feels healthy and looks well hydrated and shiny after the treatment. This is testament to the fact that the team at Mode really understand how to look after the delicate tresses of us blondes!”
Review 2: Haircut, babylights, Milbon smooth treatment
For the past few years, blonde highlights were my go-to. Six months ago, I decided to take a leap and went for a jet-black bob. I loved the low-maintenance look, but was starting to get bored of the one-dimensional tone. My natural hair is also super straight, and tends to grow out flat and limp once it reaches a certain length.
Mode Studio to the rescue! Stepping into this luxurious hair salon in Orchard was like walking into a whole new world. There’s a spacious main salon with plenty of natural light streaming in, plus three deluxe private rooms. The hair-washing area is separated by walls and designed for an exclusive and relaxing vibe. This is the place to visit for a much-needed hair makeover!
After a brief chat with my stylist Kenneth, and creative director and colourist Veena, we decided to switch up my look. The aim was a shorter, layered lob (a longer version of a bob) with chocolate brown babylights. I wanted something natural-looking and easy to grow out, so this was an ideal change that’s noticeable but not too drastic.
The colouring process took a while as we needed a few rounds of bleach and highlights to wash out the strong black shade. But throughout my time at Mode Studio I was made to feel at home. The warm and friendly stylists consistently checked in with me, bringing in sweets and refilling my cup of tea. I’m sure their stellar service plays a big part in the raving reviews I see online!
I was then led to the basin for a hair wash and scalp massage by Guin, who also helped with my highlights. She applied a Milbon smoothing treatment to soften any damage, and then used the nano mist machine to lock in all the nourishing goodness.
The result? Smooth and shiny locks with subtle, sun-kissed highlights that make me look years younger. Kenneth also did a wonderful job with the haircut, which gave my tresses a volume boost. The flattering cut seems to make my face look slimmer, which is a big win. This experience certainly set the bar high for future hairdressing visits!
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