After dramas and music, the Korean fever is now starting to take over hair salons in Singapore!
Read on to find out what's so special and what you can look forward to in Korean Hair Salons!
If you've got hair that's healthy and coarse enough for a perm, you should definitely try out a Korean Hair Salon for the authentic Magic Volume Perm!
We know that many local or Japanese salons can do perms but somehow, a Magic Volume Perm by a Korean stylist REALLY does look different from a local or Japanese stylist.
At least, that's what Agent G felt after trying out numerous perms from different salons.
Bob-style Perm from Zinc Korean Hair Salon, Agent G's favourite Korean Salon (Top: 2014, Bottom: 2015)
It's hard to pin down a specific reason why the perms look better / different.
It probably has to do with Korean stylists , their exposure to K-stars and their training!
Other than the typical S / C curls, they can use the perming rods to create combination S / C curls that look lighter and more natural.
But we believe that the specially imported perm chemicals from Korea is probably another reason why.
Their chemicals are STRONGER, which tend to mean that they are more damaging that usual salons.
However, if your hair can sustain the damage, you'll find that the curls are stronger, more bouncy and last for a longer period of time!
A trend that originated from Korea, Magic Volume Straight or Volume Rebonding as we call it in Singapore is a combination of rebonding and perm to give the straightening a more soft and voluminous effect.
For those of you with frizzy hair, volume rebonding can be a life saver, cutting time off your daily beauty routine.
Local salons are beginning to catch up with volume rebonding but Korean stylists are still retaining the edge for now!
Note that volume rebonding can be done for all lengths from shoulder length..
to slightly after shoulder length
You can also opt for an S Curl Volume Rebonding but note that you will to be prepared for some maintenance for the curls!
The first thing that comes to mind when one thinks about Korean Salons are perms and volume rebonding but they are increasingly in demand for Korean style cuts as well!
Do you know what's different about a Korean style cut?
First off, see-through bangs! This is not a new trend but it is only starting to become more popular in Singapore.
Essentially, see through bangs are thin, wispy bangs that expose just a bit of the forehead, like what you see for the lady on the right!
Secondly, they are really good with one-length cuts! Instead of cutting too many layers like Japanese stylists, Korean stylists minimize the number of layers for a heavier look at the bottom. We feel that this style is most suitable for those of you with thin to medium hair thickness!
Men too can look forward to a layered cut that makes the hair look more voluminous!
We hear that two-block cuts or faded haircuts are also very popular in Korea! Do however bring a photo as we suspect that our definition of faded haircuts may still be slightly different from what your Korean stylist think it is!
If you've picked up a little Korean through K-dramas or Korean language classes, the hair salon may be a good place for you to practise what you've learnt!
With at least 3 hours for a colour and 5 hours for a perm, there is more than ample time to make some basic conversation with your Korean stylists... or even listen in to what the stylists are conversing with each other about!
Many Korean stylists have just recently come over to Singapore from South Korea. In fact, a few of them such as 1 June from Pro Trim Korean Salon and Vicky from Zinc Korean Hair Salon have worked on Korean celebrities before. Therefore you can ask them about what's going on with your favourite celebrities and even about the off-screen personality for some of the celebrities!
After all, filming can be really tough and as a celebrity stylist who has to be with the celebrities 24/7, they get to see a lot of things that normal people wouldn't get to see!
Don't be impolite and ask the stylist straight out if they've gotten plastic surgery. Ease into the topic if this is something you are interested to find out!
Even if they haven't tried that out before, chances are they have friends who went under the knife to enhance some part of themselves. So they may have someone to recommend if you are planning to take a trip over to Korea for a procedure!
Other than plastic surgery, there's always Korean food, Korean music and Korean culture (e.g. how is it like working in Korea / married to a Korean man or woman?) to chat about!
Other than K-dramas, getting your hair done at a Korean salon is another way to expose yourselves to the latest K-pop music that you may just like!
You may not understand what the singer is singing about at first but it's amazing how their music can appeal and reach deep into your soul!
Yes, you may be there to get your hair done but it doesn't hurt to feast your eyes on good-looking Korean stylists, does it?
We find that Korean stylists are generally well-dressed and well-groomed!
Do you have other hot Korean stylists you've seen in Singapore? :D
Unlike Japanese salons which tends to have a significant price premium, the price of Korean salons tend to be just a little higher than local salons and at times, even comparable!
They are NOT THAT cheap but for the same service, they may have prices lower than what you see in top Orchard salons in Singapore!
This means shorter transport time if you want to get your hair done!
Are there other reasons why you go for a Korean Hair Salon?
Share with us below!
If you are still not a fan of Korean salons, why not check out the Top Reasons why Singaporeans LOVE Japanese Salons here!