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Komachi The Hair Cult @ International Building

 
Komachi the Hair Cult @ International Buildling
Komachi the Hair Cult @ International Buildling
Komachi the Hair Cult @ International Buildling

 
Overview
 

Address:
#02-03/04 International Building
360 Orchard Road S(238869)
Next to ANZ Bank
 
Telephone Number: 63399432 or 68363391
 
Opening Hours:
Monday to Friday: 10.00am-8.00pm
Saturday to Sunday: 10.00am-7.00pm
 
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Signature: ,
 
Be Ready To Spend:
 
Effectiveness
8.0


 
Environment
7.5


 
Service
8.5


 
Price
7.5


 
Total Score
7.9
7.9/ 10




 

Loves


  • Hairdressing by Japanese Hairstylists
  • Comfortable hair massage and great hair wash
  • Attentive service from hairstylists
  • Spacious environment

Not-So-Happy-With


  • Difficult to communicate in English
  • More expensive than other salons though not necessarily significantly superior


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Posted November 9, 2012 by

 

 

Summary

4 years ago, Komachi the Hair Cult was one of the hottest, most raved about salons in Singapore.

Featuring top hairdressers Maeda-san, Ejima-san and Tsuji-san, the stylish, innovative and distinctly Japanese cut attracted praise from forums everywhere, from Flowerpod to Hardwarezone. Prices were a little steep then but the attentiveness shown by the Japanese hairstylists and the joy derived from the highly satisfactory haircut keep customers coming back for more.

Fast forward 4 years, Komachi is a different place. They have now moved their premises to the less dodgy International Building (Scotts Orchard area). Maeda-san, Ejima-san and Tsuji-san have all left, replaced by raved Monma Tsuyoshi, Kohji Matsunaga  Rie-san (all three from Japan) and Frank Zuo (from China). Generally, service is still good. Rie-san, especially, is bubbly and attentive. Head massage here is also comfortable. Like before, communication can be a challenge as Rie-san does not speak English well. So bring along a picture if you have a clear idea of what you want.

Although Japanese hairstylists still exist in Komachi, not all Japanese hairstylists are equal. There are fewer praises observed about current hairstylists in Komachi. Also, with a Chinese hairstylist and a Chinese receptionist, the Japanese feel seemed to be have been dimmed slightly.

Overall, Komachi is a safe choice to go for for a stylish Japanese haircut, particular one by Monma Tsuyoshi. Service is generally good and haircut satisfactory. You might be able to find cheaper Japanese hairstylists out there but just in case they are all full with appointments, Komachi is always a good choice to fall back upon.

 

 

Beauty Awards

Harper’s Bazaar Hair Awards 2012 “Best Crop” for Komachi The Hair Cult Creative Cut

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Price list

Note

  • Creative refers to International stylists from Japan
  • Artistic refers to local stylists

Creative Hair Cuts

 International Creative Director from $ 80
 Creative Director from $ 70
 Senior Stylist from $ 60

Note: Even for men, Artistic stylists costs $55 and Creative Stylists costs $80.

Styling

Shampoo & Blow from $ 35
 Curl Style from $ 90
 Upstyle from $ 120
 Blow from $ 25
 Flat Iron Styling from $ 25

Hair Colouring

Single Hair Color from $ 90
 Double Hair Color from $ 110
 Bleach from $ 120
 Double Bleach from $ 210
Milkshake Color from $ 110
 Double Milkshake Color from $ 120
 Toner from $ 90
Henna Color from $ 120

Highlights

Highlights – 1 panel $ 11
 Full Head from $ 150
 White Highlights – 1 panel $ 18
 Eyebrow Color $ 20

Perms

Cold Wave from $ 170
 Point Perm from $ 60
 Pin Perm from $ 140
 Water Perm from $ 180
Micro Perms from $ 300
Air Perm from $ 350

Rebonding

Natural Rebonding from $ 200
 Half Rebonding from $ 150
 Fringe Rebonding from $ 80

Treatments

Mud Treatment from $ 70
 Milkshake Treatment from $ 80
 Ultra Treatment from $ 100
 Honey Treatment from $ 80
Basic Scalp Treatment $ 80
 Ultra Scalp Treatment $ 100

Head Spa

Quick $ 80
 Basic $ 110
 Long $ 130

Kimono Dressing

太鼓結び $ 110
 飾り結び $ 140
 補正(タオル・コットン込み) $ 60

 

 

8 Reviews


  1.  
    KFC

    I’ve been going to one of the most senior directors for a few years. His previous assistant who worked with him for many years left last year. That assistant gave the best hairwash and massage that I could ever get elsewhere. I feel that the most important thing is, you know that you’re in good hands when being attended by her as she has always been detail oriented, gentle, polite and careful while doing her work in the most professional way. I really miss her. The new assistant however, is pretty average and doesn’t really have the heart to care for customers or treating their hair as her own. Water splashed over my face most of the time cos she turned the water on too strong. When doing my perm, she rolled up the curlers too tight a few times that I almost yelled (at the same time there’s another assistant doing the other side of my hair but she’s real gentle and careful). When I said it’s very painful cos the curlers are too tight, she replied saying because my hair is too short so it’s really hard to put on the curlers. As if it’s not her problem. This is not an average salon and I do not expect average services since I’m paying such a premium. I’m really disappointed.

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  2.  

    Thanks to Cosmopolitan, I won a haircut at Komachi the Hair Cult at International Building.

    The japanese intl. artisitc director served me and he was very friendly. Here’s how I looked like now. If this hairstyle is easy for me to manage, I will consider patronizing them again.

    Credits: This is a review obtained from a blog.
    Read the original blog article here.




  3.  
    Lynn

    Date of recent visit
    10 December 2012

    Amount Paid
    For the colour+bleach highlights cost about $340, the fringe trim was $10 if I recall correctly. This is after the 20% off for first time customers.

    What I love about Komachi
    When you first go in, the receptionist would offer you a complimentary drinks. Definitely more of an older crowd when I went there, probably because the salon is on the pricier end. The assistants do a good hair wash, very thorough and pleasant.
    Environment was comfortable and clean.

    Things to note
    I made an appointment online for a earlier timeslot and they called me after but I missed it. They did not call me back after that. I had to call them the day before to check and they then only informed me then that I could only take a later timeslot.

    For my actual service, my stylist was Rie and I was just doing colouring because I had read that their organic colour system could avoid bleach from an online review. However, it turned out the effect I was going for (full purple toned hair) would still require bleach, so I agreed to highlights instead. Rie was very nice and smiley. I could tell when she trimmed my fringe that she is very skilled with scissors. However, I was not so happy with the end colour. Though I could see the highlighting and colouring technique was good, but the result was totally not what I was going for. Rie cannot really speak much English so I had prepared images and showed her at the start. Despite that, the result had little in common with the images and looked more of brown hair with light golden highlights and very little purple tone if at all.

    Will I come back again?
    I probably wouldn’t come back again because for the price I paid, even after 1st-timer discount, I would have expected that the result would at least resemble what I had in mind. Though one might argue it could be a case of miscommunication, but since I brought images I would think my disappointment is justified. However, if you just want nice hair with no expectations, Komachi might still be alright.

    Submitted Review Approved by Beauty Undercover




  4.  
    doodledo

    This is a little overdue but I’m not the least pleased with my hair colouring experience at Komachi over the wkend. Risa Honda was my stylist and I consulted her on a colour which she recommended in the end.

    What I find most appaling is that she dyed and re-dyed my hair 4-5times in a row without my consent, each time leading me to think it was the last time. She should have known better than to do that as her assistant already asked me by the second attempt if I dyed my hair close to black before since the colour won’t show up and I said yes. Risa instead chose to carry on and now my hair is so dry and frizzy I don’t dare to blow dry or style it myself in case it gets any worse.

    I feel that she being a hair stylist should have paid more attention to a customer’s welfare and not force the issue at the expense of damaging my hair, something Tsuji will never do and not to consider the ridiculous amount of time I had to spend in the salon without knowing it. It took 2hrs 10mins which made me run late for my other appointments and total damage was $150 before discount

    This review is obtained from Hardwarezone Singapore forum.




  5.  

    I, on the other hand, opted for a treatment for my freshly-cut hair [Andrea gave me Fall Cavalli hair just on Monday!], and after the best head massage ever, the stylist, Horii and his assistant combed through my hair and applied the treatment mask on it and left it on for fifteen minutes before rinsing it off and blow-drying my hair after. Of course, other than cuts, colours and treatments, the salon offers a plethora of other services, which you can refer to here.

    While I honestly preferred how Andrea blew my hair after she cut it, the treatment did leave my hair silky smooth, like one of those shampoo ads you see on TV. And about 10 hours after I’ve done the treatment as I write this, my hair still smells amazing!

    For those obsessed with Japanese-anything, you’d be pleased to know that Komachi The Hair Cult is a Japanese-influenced hair salon with all their stylists hailing from the land of the rising sun. For those who have had problems trying to figure out what hairstyles best suit your Asian face, expert help is at your beck and call at Komachi.

    Credits: This is a review obtained from a blog.
    Read the original blog article here.




  6.  

    Was due for a hair cut for a long time….due to some unhappiness in my life recently, I decided to go for a haircut again…(not because my hair is long!!!) I am sad to find out that my regular stylist Mr Takao Horii from Komachi has left the salon…so I decided to try another stylist Ms Risa Honda…
    Made my appointment at 12pm but arrived slightly earlier, I took a seat and proceed for my hair wash…as usual the shampooing and wash was professionally done. After the wash was complete, Miss Risa appeared and I shown her the style of hair cut that I wanted and explained to her how previously Mr Horii cut my hair…after studying my head for a moment and asking for what I wanted, she began to work…and…she was a more friendly person and I was able to chat with her during the haircut session..she commented on the power stone bracelet that I wore was pretty nice and I explained to her that it was a magazine freebie and show her my blog + some recommendations on the new PowerStone Mooks that are coming to Kinokuniya. I also chatted with her about my previous stylist Mr Horii and my previous haircut experience…..
    After a while, the haircut was over…it looks pretty OK although I preferred the more layered haircut from Mr Horii….
    It is a pity that Miss Risa is going to return to Japan next month and probably not gonna come back after being based here for more than 3 years….a pity I would say….so those who wish to try her services at Komachi better head down fast….while she is still around….

    Credits: This is a review obtained from a blog.
    Read the original blog article here.




  7.  

    my hair is ridiculously long, so after much research online(yeah i research for a salon online), i ended up inside Komachi Hair Cult.

    the shop is Japanese-owned, and i got Tsuji-san to cut my hair.

    it’s quite funny, how she communicates with me, because of the language barrier
    after every sentence, she will ask me if i understand, and i will say a bit abit then she +.+” and sighed

    hhaha! and she always say japanese along with english…takada, gomeh, yadayada
    and one of the assistants thought i was chinese, so he talked to me in chinese, which of course i go starry-eyed,
    then he sees my name on the appointment sheet, “Faris, you malay?”, which i answered yes, and he revealed that he is
    a malaysian, so we converse in malay. even he admits that Komachi is expensive

    anyway, im satisfied! very expensive, but worth the experience!
    anyone who wanna try Komachi, tell me beforehand! peace

    Credits: This is a review obtained from a blog.
    Read the original blog article here.




  8.  

    Finally… after about 4 months… i had a new hair cut! you can imagine how terrible my hair looked without any trimming at all! LOL.. i remember last time i always change my hairstyle and i spent a lot.. really a lot on my hair…but after my hair grew longer i didn’t go to hair salon that often anymore…

    Anyway, today i went to Komachi and i really like their service! Although it’s quite expensive, it’s worth it, really… this is my first time to have a japanese hair stylist to cut my hair! argghh….. his name is Maeda, he’s the director actually! wow, first time let a director to cut my hair, somemore he’s a real nihonjin… he’s quite charming and always smiling! when i walked in to the hair studio, the local staff, which is a chinese lady, showed me to my seat and here came Maeda… the lady helped to translate and asked me what hairstyle i want… i showed them a pic in my hp and asked if it’s suitable for me… Maeda said i may need some perming if i want to have the same style in the pic and i agreed… i thought i must trust him…haha :p

    After that the lady bring me to wash my hair… her massage skill is good and she even said ‘xin ku ni le’ after she has finished washing my hair and i was like “this is my 1st time to hear someone said this to me in a hair salon”!! the staff there really follow the japanese culture…. they are very friendly and polite!

    Then Maeda started to cut my hair… he tried to chat with me although he can’t speak english that well… actually most of the time i can’t really get what he was trying to say but i just smiled..
    haha… i observed him and found that he always has smile on his face even when he is cutting my hair! he said something to me which made me quite happy… ” your face very small… good… cute… ” !!! i was very shocked coz nobody ever told me that my face is ‘small’… please la, i always think that my face is big! anyway, i think he just wants to make me happy only.. haha…

    Finished cutting and he was going to perm my hair… the chinese lady came and give me a tissue for me to wipe off those tiny hair which was cut and fell onto my face… seriously, i went to other salons before but none of the staff there offerred this or they don’t even care if the hair irritate your eyes! i mean this act is so thoughtful to me… LOL :p

    30 mins later perming was done… only a few parts of my hair needed to be permed so it finished quite fast… Maeda washed my hair again… blow dry… style… and done!

    i’m not sure if i will go back again for hair cut coz it’s too expensive but trust me, their service is really good!

    Credits: This is a review obtained from a blog.
    Read the original blog article here.





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