Act Point Salon @ Dhoby Ghaut Singapore Shopping Centre
- Stylists are highly experienced with perms and rebonding
- Friendly hairstylists who give out hair advice
- Usage of high quality hair products from known brands
- No packages, no hardselling
- Honest hairstylists you can trust
- Close to Dhoby Ghaut MRT (Beside Park Mall)
- Enjoy some peace and quiet at this salon
- Salon is around the corner of Singapore Shopping Centre so you might have a little trouble finding it
- Haircuts may not as amazing as the perms and rebonding
Close to the city and yet hidden from the hustle and bustle of busy Orchard, Singapore Shopping Centre houses Act Point’s third outlet helmed by Salon Manager Bro. As there are relatively few walk-in customers, this outlet caters mostly to regular customers of Bro and Jess Kong, both of whom have gathered a sizable client base over the last 10-20 years. Both of them have been praised for the quality of perms they achieve, possible only because of their long experience and insistence on using only the most suitable hair products for customers (the full range of Shiseido Hair Straight is offered!). Best of all, Act Point offer no packages and no hardselling; stylists are focused on giving you only the best hairstyle. With experienced hairstylists, good perming results, and affordable prices, Act Point at Dhoby Ghaut Singapore Shopping Centre is a great place to go for a peaceful afternoon perm.
If you are curious about who to look for and what you can expect from the salons’ stylists, read the following tabs to find out more:
- “Style Catalog” tab to see actual hairstyles performed for customers
- “Stylists” tab to see how hairstylists look like and know more about them
- “Price List” tab for latest promotions and prices for their various services
- “Events and Media” tab to check out the latest events Act Point Salon is involved in.
Because we want you to come back, we do only what’s best for your hair – John
No packages, no upselling of unnecessary hair products and services – only solid hair advice shared at length by its experienced hairstylists, Act Point Salon sets the industry standard for being one of the most transparent and trustworthy hair salons in Singapore. Don’t be surprised if a hairstylist at Act Point refuses to do a specific hair service you asked for; if the hair service is deemed to be too damaging for your hair condition or if the stylists are not confident of doing a great job, you might find yourself politely declined. This high level of integrity and responsibility is instilled into every Act Point hairstylist by its owners Sylvia Chew and John Ng. Having been in the industry for more than 20 years, Sylvia and John understands that building a long term relationship with clients is more important than profiting from an unsuspecting customer.
With 12 years of experience in the industry, Sophie is one of the first stylists John and Sylvia groomed upon founding Act Point Salon. From the founders, she acquired skill, knowledge as well as a strong sense of integrity, only committing to take on a customer when she is at least 80% sure that she can do a great job. Don’t underestimate her due to her petite size; she is one of most requested hairstylists for perming in Act Point. Whether or not it is Digital, Japanese or Korean perm, her perming skill has been affirmed again and again by regular customers. Fluent in English, she is also hotly requested for hair colouring for Caucasian customers.
Talk to Ivy about hair treatments and see her light up as she explains about different hair problems plaguing city folks today. Customers love her for her in-depth knowledge on hair problems, honest feedback about their hair condition and oh-so-comfortable head massage.
With 10 years of hairdressing experience under her belt, Ivy is also adept at typical hair services such as haircuts, colouring and rebonding.
A sweet Vietnamese lady with over 2 years of experience in the hair industry, Kim is one of those who makes you feel utterly comfortable in the salon whether you are a new or regular customer. She assists hairstylists in hair wash, hair colouring and rebonding. Note that Kim is more comfortable conversing in Mandarin.
Hello! I’m Part-Time Agent S
Due to the nature of my father’s job, I spent a few years of my childhood in Japan. Amidst the beautiful sakura and wondrous food, the perfectly-put together ladies with their impeccably styled hair made an impression. And then there are those Korean dramas… (no I am not a fan!)
I don’t know if it’s just me but those SUPER auntie hairstyles I see on older Korean actresses just doesn’t appeal to me. That is why I’ve been ding-donging at the hair salon for the longest time… should I perm or not?
I threw a dice and here I am at Act Point Salon!
My lucky stars must have been shining when I met Sophie.
I told her about my concerns (what I wanted and what I DO NOT want!) and she went on to soothe my concerns one by one. To understand the type of perm I was looking for, I showed Sophie some pictures and she in turn brought out magazines to run me through the type of curls and perm that suits my preferences and face shape.
Since I was a perm virgin, she suggested for me to get natural curls first to get used to a permed look. Just like how some people find it hard to get used to a short hairstyle after having long hairstyle, some ladies also have trouble getting used to a permed hairstyle after rebonding their hair for years.
She then explained about the differences between ceramic, digital, hot, cold, chemical, Korean, Japanese perms (some are the same thing) and how fine your hair influences which technique you should choose, how the processes were like and how long it would take. She also asked if I recently coloured my hair; if you wish to colour your hair, do it 1-2 weeks after your perm. If you coloured your hair JUST BEFORE the perm, you may find your hair colour fades real quick!
Overall, I was impressed with her thorough explanations
(I thought she did this lengthy explanation only because I had a camera with me but apparently, she did the same for another customer who came in later on as well!)
Sophie began the perm with a hair wash. It was not one of those super long and luxurious hair massage but it was quite alright.
I thought she was going to put those tongs on me right away but no, Sophie proceeded to apply pre-treatment cream instead. Both pre-treatment and post-treatment are important because chemical processes like perming / rebonding / colouring damage your hair significantly; to maintain healthy shiny hair, such treatments are hence necessary!
Once the pre-treatment cream has been absorbed, Sophie proceeded to trim my hair. Few people underestimate how important the haircut is for a good perm! Where the curls and waves form, where they end, whether your hair is long enough to irritate your eyes depends a lot on the haircut before the perm. That was why I was especially thankful that it was Sophie who attended to me.
She asked how long I wanted my fringe to be and if I preferred my fringe to curl inwards or outwards. I chose outwards as I prefer not to have my fringe fall onto my eyes while I work.
Small details that make all the difference.
Next, Sophie applied the Shiseido Creator Qurl Pre-softener. These are the different types of Shiseido products used for rebonding and perming purposes for different hair types… Impressed that they actually stock and use the full range!
Not every salon I’ve visited does that… (Due to inventory management issues, some salons choose to stock only the strongest, most damaging perming / rebonding solution to achieve the fastest results within the shortest time. This however only harms your hair!)
Next, Ericial, the hair assistant, put cling wrap over my head while the neutralizer is being absorbed.
While waiting, Sophie explained about how she was going to perm my hair.
Instead of using only one type of roller to create one-sized curls, she will be using a mix of medium and large rollers to create a more natural look.
Soon, she began curling.
The process is lengthy, but exciting. With the wires connected, it does get a little hot, so be prepared for that.
Sophie and her colleagues were thoughtful enough to check in frequently to see if the temperature was still bearable for me.
about 45 minutes later when your hair is FINALLY released from the rollers…
DO NOT FREAK OUT.
At this point, you will most likely look like a glorified ahjumma or a close relative of Phua Chu Kang.
Argh… those tight, tight curls closed to your head.
Fortunately, this is not the end! Endure the post-treatment for another 20 min… (you can’t see much with a shower cap on anyway!)
And finally, I saw the huge curls I’ve been dreaming of…
And I am done… SORT OF!
Before letting me go, Sophie took me through how to put leave-in conditioner the right way (part your hair down the middle, comb a 50cent-sized portion through each half with your fingers, before scrunching the hair up to your head), how to get looser, sexier waves (twirling your hair inwards while blow-drying produced tighter sweeter curls, then twirling outwards) and generically, how to style my hair.
At the end of the day, I had beautifully curled hair with a lot more volume, and a bill that was very, very reasonable.
Does this look like what we decided upon at the beginning?
Total Time Taken: 3-4 hours
IMPORTANT PERM AFTERCARE
Treat your hair nice, and it’ll stay pretty on your head. Treat it mean, and like any sane being, it’ll leave!
Hair doesn’t JUST look pretty by itself. I don’t fancy a bald head (it gets rather chilly, I hear), so I sucked it up and bought the proper set of post-perm care.
Now, three weeks down the road, I’m glad I did.
The Paul Mitchell 2 in 1 Curl Definer and Leave-in Conditioner I bought (the one on the right) definitely made my curls more defined. The styling lotion (the OSIS+ one I had) also kept my hair in shape!
Hope this is helpful to all who are interested in perming your hair!
Do approach your hairstylist if you qualify for the following gift vouchers from Act Point. The following vouchers are NOT valid for first time customers!
- Beauty Undercover Reviewer Voucher: $10 off hair services if you write a review of Act Point Salon on Beauty Undercover
- Birthday Voucher: $50 off hair services during your birthday month!
- Referral Voucher: $10 off hair services if you refer a friend!
Offers All-Year Round
*Valid while stocks last
The following products and services will be offered free of charge for any rebonding, digital perm, spa perm and ceramic perm service performed by a senior stylist
- Free Haircut (worth up to $35)
- Free Basic Treatment
Not valid for Salon Manager or Director of the salon.
20% off for Students with valid student pass. This promotion is valid for primary, secondary, junior colleges, polytechnics, ITE, NUS,NTU, SIM, SMU and SUTD students.
Valid as of July 2014
|Senior Stylist||Salon Manager||Director|
|Wash and Style||20||25||35|
|Men’s Hair Colour||50||50||50|
|Ladies’ Hair Colour||70-130||70-130||70-130|
|Hair Colour Retouch||70||70||70|
|Hot Perm (Digital, Spa, Ceramic)||150||188||195|
|Pre TreatmentRecommended for damaged hair and longer lasting Perms & Rebonding||Top up 40||Top up 40||Top up 40|
|Pre and Post TreatmentRecommended for damaged hair and longer lasting Perms & Rebonding||Top up 60||Top up 60||Top up 60|
|Joico 4-step Intensive Treatment||80||80||80|
|Shiseido Fuente Scalp Treatment||120||120||120|
|Shiseido Professional The Hair Care Treatment)||120||120||120|
Shiseido Professional The Hair Care Treatment contains 5 choices of treatments:
- Aqua Intensive Treatment for Damaged Hair
- Sleek Liner for Rebellious Hair
- Luminogenic for Coloured Hair
- Adenovital for Hair Thinning
- Fuentes Forte for Sensitive Scalp
Events and Media
Shiseido Beauty Innovators Hair Show 2013
Lian He Zao Bao Event 2013
Samsung Fashion Step Up 2013