Love Hair is a two-year-old hair salon in Chinatown. The airy two-storey shophouse on Jiak Chuan Road sits amongst trendy restaurants and bars, but this oasis spells peace and quiet – and the focus is on healthy and eco-friendly hair products!
Owner and Head Stylist Toni Ovenden is originally from London. Her choice of green in the décor, from seats to Gaugainesque wallpaper and plants, reflects the salon’s emphasis on curating products that are healthier for clients as well as eco-friendly hair products in terms of chemicals.
Her love language is simple: “We are dedicated to your hair health throughout any of our processes. Our ethos is reflected in our care for clients as well as the Earth.”
The roots of Love Hair Salon
Toni’s back-to-nature journey began in her Hong Kong salon in 2014 when she became ill with a toxic level of metals in her system. A naturopath advised a complete lifestyle change, from the kind of water she drank to the food she consumed. This affected her work as she was handling chemicals daily with hair-dye and straightening agents.
Along with her team, they began experimenting with natural products that met their clients’ high expectations. “I now strive to find the best products minus any nasty ingredients, not just for my own health journey, but for the benefit of our clients and the team,” she says.
To this end, the salon sources only products that align with its ethos. The Kevin Murphy Color.Me range, for example, delivers performance, strength and longevity, with ingredients sourced from companies that use micro-cultivation, organic growing practices and ecologically-sound wild-harvesting techniques. Love Hair also uses a novel, chemical-free smoothing treatment called “bhave” Smooth Keratin Therapy.
Styling and colouring
The salon offers a wide range of the latest styling and colouring methods, taking into consideration your particular maintenance goals and style. The “money piece” is the Halo Balayage, where the hair is coloured to mimic sunlight framing the face. Balayage uses a combination of techniques to balance light and dark colours throughout the hair to complement the shape of the face. The effects can be as dramatic or subtle as you like, allowing for more creative colour play.
Other colouring services include highlights and babylights, and “global” or root touch-ups using Kevin Murphy ammonia-free permanent honey-based colour that not only covers grey hair but adds vibrant colour and shine. A softer touch-up can be achieved with Global Gloss semi-permanent colour that blends away grey hair but fades over time with no visible signs of regrowth. For a head-turning look, take a look at Blonde Angels, a full head bleach colouring 100% of hair into a bright, clean blonde.
Toni says: “We truly care about everyone’s individual needs when it comes to elevating hair to a wow factor. The tricky part is balancing using less chemicals and getting results that optimise the health of your hair. We focus on that balance.”
Toni’s top hair tips
- Like us, our hair ages, and it needs specific products for maintenance. Talk to our team.
- Thinning is a common problem, especially around the front hairline, and then there are those pesky greys! Don’t pluck your grey hairs, though, because they grow back short and stick up, making it harder to blend in with the rest of your hair.
- Hormones, medication, diet and stress can effect hair no matter your age. Invest in the right products for your hair and scalp.
- Consult with a stylist about the haircuts that will complement your face shape. A dated haircut can really add 10 years.
- Consult a stylist about the right tones and shades for your complexion as the wrong tones can make your skin appear more sallow, and enhance dark circles under your eyes.
Now that you know, grab yourself a “me-time” lunch break and lay your head to rest at Love Hair salon in Chinatown.