Didn't manage to fulfil last year's resolution about working out? If nothing else, get your hair in shape this holiday season, with a perm! Here are the best Singapore's salons where you can get one, with lists based on customer reviews at BU.sg, as well as the recommendations of our perm-obsessed editors.
Price: From $240-$470 (inclusive of cut and digital perm)
This charming salon is centrally situated in the quaint, historic Cathay building, and home to one of the top perm experts in Singapore - Korean stylist Lee Han. With numerous years on our island spent converting unmanageable mops into classy, compliant coiffs, and his ethic of making sure your 'do looks delectable from every angle before declaring the job done, Lee Han is so popular that after leaving his previous salon, Beauty Undercover was swamped with concerned enquiries as to where he had gone.
We're glad it's to The Space Korean Hair Salon, not least because the prices here are pretty attractive - while the cost of the haircut is typically separate from that of the perm in other establishments, here it's included, meaning that beautifully pruned princess curls can be yours for about $240 to $270 (inclusive of cut and digital perm).
Digital perm by Lee Han
Digital perm by Lee Han
Price: From $185
Meanwhile, Pro Trim @ Ngee Ann City is the work residence of our chief editor's favourite Korean stylist, Joel Park. His perms are glossy, gorgeous and have curves in all the right places.
Digital perm by Joel
What did surprise us during our visit though, was how the perms by Joel's colleagues were almost as perfect as his!
Digital Perm by Mari at Causeway Point
No mean feat, even if some stylists are from Korea. That's what's special about Pro Trim.
You can opt for a Korean stylist if you want the authentic Korean experience and still go back to a local stylist if you wish to have someone you connect with on a deeper level. Just because they are local doesn't mean they are in any way inferior to Korean stylists though. If you don't already know, Pro Trim has been an industry leader for perfect curls, since its founder Tino painstakingly fused Vidal Sassoon cutting techniques with romantic Korean perm styles! Add regular trainings by Joel and you've got a team of local stylists who're just awesome with their curls.
Digital perm by Yeng
Those living in the West and the North will also be glad that you don't have to travel all the way down to town to get that gorgeous perm.
With outlets in Jurong East JEM and Causeway Point, you can get that IG-worthy curls right in your neighbourhood.
Perm by Lily
If you ask us for recommendations, we're particularly impressed with Lily and Teddy from Jurong East JEM as well as Joel, Evane and Yeng from Ngee Ann City!
Price: From $240
When a salon chain is frequented by ringlet-boasting superstars such as Wonder Girls, 2NE1, and Song Hye Kyo, you know they do perms right. Well, this chain now has a branch right here in Singapore - LeeKaJa Korean Hair & Beauty Salon @ Mandarin Gallery - with both Korean and Singaporean hairstylists providing rave-reviewed beautifying services, along with premium levels of service, pampering, and divine decor.
Digital perm by Rina Kil
And the team is simply formidable. From Rina Kil (one of the first to bring Volume Rebonding from Korea to Singapore) to the oh-so-talented Ted, the youngest Vidal Sassoon Instructor Jun Park and the veteran local stylist Emil, all are heavyweights in the Singapore hairdressing formidable.
Digital perm by Ted Park
With its Korean legacy though, perms are their signature hair services you've simply got to try!
Price: From $118
Worth the Journey to the West is No. 8 Hair Studio @ Vision Exchange Jurong East, where you can get director-level hair services at pocket-friendly prices. While many know them better for their cuts and colours, stylists Shim and Wenny are also phenomenal at perms, providing effortless waves that fuse function and flair.
Perm by Shim
Perm by Shim
Price: From $150
This insanely instagrammable location also turns all its patrons extremely photogenic, as a popular destination for trendy hair colours and yes, perms. Walking on Sunshine is staffed by top stylists, handpicked by the founders of the prestigious LeeKaJa.
It doesn't hurt either that cafe-worthy beverages, a salad box and a shoulder massage are all included as part of your pampering hair service.
Perm by Nicole
Given that this salon is still Korea-inspired, we find many of the stylists here really strong with their curls and loose waves that look so good on your IG.
We followed Agent R to her visit to Walking on Sunshine. Read more about her experience here.
Price: From $189
While best known for their audacious hair colours, the star stylists here have also been constantly upskilling themselves by training in the latest scalp treatment, cut and perm techniques to provide truly trasncendent waves.
Perm by Danson
Their pursuit of excellence sees the company proactively going for perm workshops overseas (before COVID-19 hit) and even engaging foreign trainers here in Singapore to get their skill up to speed with latest techniques - evident from their huge leap in perming design.
Perm by Tany
Skill isn't the only thing we love about the services here though. The strong relationship with customers and camaraderie among the stylists themselves makes the salon a particularly welcoming and uplifting place to go to.
To add icing on the cake, the stylists here go the extra mile to make the experience a special one with complimentary hand massages and hand-mask treatments while your hair is being done!
Price: From $185
Love Korean perms, but been neglecting your Duolingo language lessons? Style NA Korean Hair Salon is staffed by Korean stylists who've been in Singapore for some time and local stylists who learn from each other to serve up both Singaporean-friendly communication styles and Hallyu-influenced perms.
Digital perm by LaLa
Most of the Korean hairdressers have impressive CVs from back in South Korea - Bella was previously a salon owner while Dave and Paul were top stylists from renowned hair salon chains. It is hence no surprise that their curling services are so popular.. among both genders! We love how they have totally transformed both male and female ustomers with a Korean styled cut and perm.
Perm by Asha
Seeking for recommendations on our favourite stylists? Give Lala from Parkway Parade and Asha from Compass one a go and let us know what you think!
We followed Agent YQ to a visit to Asha for a perm. Read more about it here.
Price: From $145
Chez Vous Hair Salon @ Ngee Ann City Takashimaya boasts a staff of stylists that were all directors in their previous premium salons, and an equally illustrious clientele that includes socialites, artistes, and other movers and shakers in Singapore. The coiffs from here are just that good, with more than 90% of its first-time visitors choosing to return as regulars.
Anti Damage Movement Perm by Wai Kan
While they are best known for their cuts, perms are an underrated service ladies in the know opt to go for. Not satisfied with the state of perms in Singapore, the stylists here have been innovating to create the newest Anti-Damage Movement Perm that doesn't even open your hair cuticles during the permng process, minimizing hair damage.
Anti Damage Movement Perm by Wai Kan
We followed Agent V on her recent perm at Chez Vous Hair Salon... read more here!
Price: From $125
Beyond its insta-worthy good looks, there is a palpable warmth that distinguishes Do My Hair @ Orchard Central from many other salons. Helming stylists Renee, Ivy and Celia are genuinely warm and caring, and the vibe from them is absolutely judgment-free. While providing their veteran skills acquired as headliners at one of Singapore's best-known hair salons, they often serve as listening ears to help customers leave unburdened. And since they consistently deliver beautiful styles at wallet-friendly prices, it's no surprise that this salon boasts almost the most positive reviews on our site.
Digital perm by Renee
Price: From $150
Chiho, Koichi and Aki are three of Singapore's favourite Japanese hair stylists, and you can find all of them at The Fluxus House @ Outram Park. While perms can sometimes turn out very uniform, these maeastros never compromise on showcasing your personality, providing a combo of cut and curl that is distinct to each customer.
Look forward to a distinctive Japanese vibe with a bouncy voluminous perm in the stunningly beautiful salon cum art gallery that is sure to make you go WOW.
Price: From $215
This hot hair destination is constantly innovating new styles that have caught the attention of trend leaders and even the media - Picasso Hair Studio @ Bugis & Novena even won an award from Singapore Women’s Weekly in 2019. The accolade was for Their Rebonding Perm aka Singapore perm, where your 'do is structured to be sleeker on top to reduce frizz in Singapore's humidity, with layered curls closer to the hair ends for easy blow-drying and management. A definite recomendation for creative rebonding/curling combination solutions.
Perm by Mavis
That's not all the innovatoin they did though. Picasso Hair Studio was also the first to bring in the Advante Perm that Agent G is raving so much about.
It's been more than 4 months and the perm is still holding up gorgeously.
Read more about the new Advante perm at Picasso Hair Studio here!
Price: From $200
Zinc Korean Hair Salon @ Millenia Walk tops our chief editor's list of perm providers. They were responsible for her first curls, and since then, she hasn't found any other place that could provide the same volume, definition and durability. Her perms from Zinc easily last over six months! She also appreciates that many of the salon's anchor stylists here have been in Singapore for a number of years and therefore speak fluent English and even Singlish.
Stylist team aside, another reason that keeps Zinc ahead of other salons is their hyper-effective perm lotions, specially flown in from Korea, combined with the top-of-the-line Paimore perm/rebonding machine, all of which work together to provide curls that are visibly more bouncy, beautiful and natural then those generated in other salons.
Perm by Elin
Perm by Rena
They're not just great with perms for ladies. Zinc Korean Hair Salon is also a great value-for-money option for male customers looking for that extra volume boost!
Read more about Agent Y's Men's Contouring Perm here.
Price: from $219
Located at Raffles City, this hidden gem of a salon houses some of the biggest names in hairdressing: Leong Lim, Leslie Yap and Hidero, all veteran celebrity stylists who are simply extraordinary with their cuts and perms!
Frequently featured in magazines, both Leslie and Leong are highly popular among celebrities, entrepreneurs and the Who's Who in Singapore thanks to their fabulous haircuts honed through decades of training and experience. Leong, in particular, has been involved in cuts, styling and conceptualization for various movie and theatre productions.While these two may not tell you about their very illustrious customers during your visit, don't be surprised if you find a celebrity or two sitting beside you.
Hidero, on the other hand, is an educator by training who has travelled round the world to teach other stylists on haircuts prems and colours, gaining the respect of many in the industry and is a reason why he is always among the first to push the boundaries of perm in the case of Advante Perm and colours using Mydentity.
Their extensive experience mean that the stylists here can take on whatever challenge you throw at them.
Literally ANY CHALLENGE.
To show you what we mean, we sent Agent E to get her nightmare perm fixed by The Beauty Emporium.
After just 3 hours, here's how she looked like:
Isn't her transformation just amazing?
This just furthers our conviction that The Beauty Emporium is THE hair salon you absolutely have to go for that PERFECT perm.
Price: From $210
If you're worried about getting a perm will fry your hair, you can rest easy at Act Point Salon @ Midpoint Orchard, where the stylists are known for their care and integrity - they'd rather refuse your business than provide a substandard, overly-damaging service. This philosophy of responsibility to every customer is instilled by owners Sylvia and John, with over two decades in the industry. And with their prioritising of client welfare, it's no wonder they're one of the few salons which provide the extremely low-damage Advante perm, which is so gentle that it's suitable for bleached locks and might possibly even improve your hair texture.
We also love this salon is centrally located and very affordably priced - Despite its experienced, skilful stylists, this might be the place for the cheapest high-quality perm in the town area.
Perm by Sophie
We followed Agent JT to her usual visit at Act Point Salon and here's how her perm got her.
Interested to find out more? Read more about her experience here.
Price: From $150
With its delightfully quirky, retreat-reminiscient decor, it's easy to assume that Flamingo Hair Studio @ Tanjong Pagar Neil Rd is all style and no substance. In actual fact, its team of Japanese stylists boast over a decade of experience, and provide gorgeous perms in the classic, subtler Japanese style, as well as glamorous loops.
Perm by Tetsuya
Just look at their gorgeous airwave perms and you'll know what we mean.
The stylists know how to get you that lovely curls that says so much about your femininity.
Perm by Marco
Add in the most spacious, stunning surrounds, with faultless Japanese service and you've got an experience you know you cannot miss!
Check out Agent C's Airwave perm at Flamingo Hair Studio if you haven't!
Price: $298 for cut + perm
Her World, Female Magazine, Women's Weekly and even Channelnewsasia have called it Singapore's most Instagrammable Hair Salon, but Chez Vous Hideaway @ Ngee Ann City is beloved not just for its aesthetics, but its attention to yours. The first concept salon from Beauty Undercover's most reviewed hair destination, Chez Vous Hair Salon, the stylist skill here is expectedly exceptional.
Perm by Eddy
Perm by Oscar
As a bonus, this hideaway has a VIP area where you can treat yourself to free red-light scalp treatments, oxygen bar rejuvenation and some muscle-relaxation in their massage chairs.
Agent G recent got her Anti-Damage Movement Perm here at Chez Vous HideAway and ranked this among her top perms ever!
We also adore their standardized, transparent pricing structure which doesn't vary with hair length - they charge $298 for Cut + Perm, a steal considering the salon's skill, service, location and exclusivity.
Price: From $250
With the calibre of international star stylists here - including Sam Woo, Gabriel, Andrew, Anneth, Veena, Soobin, Vicky and BK, etc, it's incredible that there's no competition among the crew, but a sense of warm camaraderie that contributes to the easy, comfortable vibe in this otherwise posh salon with a fully-stocked bar and massage chairs.
Digital perm by Vicky
If you're talking about perms though, we still prefer to go for Korean stylists Soobin, Vicky and Beck, all of whom have huge following among both Korean and local customers.
Digital perm by Soobin
At the end of your pleasant visit, you can expect to have charming swirls you'll love, in just about any perm style you desire.
Price: From $100
This frills-free hair destination focuses its resources on providing the highest quality perm, rebonding and treatment products, and thus incredible results. It's no wonder they're a top destination for transforming hair structures, meaning the stylists at Focus Hairdressing @ Cuppage Plaza/Chinatown Point have accumulated so much experience performing these services that they are dab hands with various hair types and textures.
Even of you've previously henna-ed or damaged your hair real bad, these folks can curl or treat it to transform its shape while keeping your locks lush and healthy.
We followed Agent I to get her damaged hair permed at Focus Hairdressing - so read more to find out!
Price: From $80
Hiding in food paradise Hong Lim Complex is Kudos by Headlines Hairdressing @ Chinatown, home to Gary, voted one of Singapore's Top 50 Stylists by Her World. His skill - partly gleaned from rigorous training in Vidal Sassoon London - has even been internationally endorsed, with his name regularly on invite lists for overseas hair seminars, shows and competitions over the past two decades.
Gary's capable colleagues also include Ken, the first stylist to introduce the MUCOTA DYNA treatment to our chief editor, and who was so conscientious and committed that her resulting do was naturally voluminous and completely frizz-free.
They have however improved upon the MUCOTA DYNA formulation with their newest Rinka Straightening Perms. They don't just look gorgeous, they are low-damage enough to perm bleached hair and are priced at an absolute steal!
Price: From $168
Color Bar by Full House Salon @ Tampines Central may be best known (and blogger-verified!) for its nigh-unbeatable skill with hair colours, but their quality hair products and masterful stylists mean they offer perfect perms as well. What we especially love is how you can rock up in a t-shirt and shorts and get zero judgment - only a cup of soothing red-date tea, a thorough consultation and a comprehensive, meticulous hair service to give you the most darling 'do.
Perm by Samantha
Perm by Emily
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