It seems everywhere you turn these days, more and more brands and styles inspired by the K-pop, K-drama, K-culture keeps on popping up.
The Korean Wave (also know as Hallyu) is commonly used to describe the global rise in popularity of South Korean culture, including their uber successful K-pop bands (BTS anyone?), K-Dramas and Movies (Still traumatised by Parasite). So it would only be natural that Korean-influenced fashion, makeup, and hair trends would dominate the fashion and entertainment industry, especially here in Singapore.
Yet sometimes riding that Korean Wave can get a little (ahem) repetitive and for some, feel overhyped. If you're looking for alternative styles or if Korean stylists are not really your cup of tea, here are some fantastic stylists from beyond Korean shores who are just as capable of delivering fantastic perms.
Looking for more of a Japanese vibe in your perms? Don't miss Daisuke, one of our favourite Japanese stylists for natural, fuss-free perms.
HIs perms give you those loose waves that add volume and personality without making you look mature.
And guess what, the entire process takes only 2 hours.. with very low damage to your hair.
The price is also among the lowest!
For anyone looking to do a perm for the first time, Daisuke comes highly recommended.
Hailing from Taiwan, hairstylist Elin from Koinonia Salon is another fantastic option for ladies looking to be ahead in perm trends.
Among the first to experiment with perm styles in Japan, Korea and Taiwan, Elin is not a stylist afraid of adding curls to your hair.
In fact, she use the curls abundantly to make you look younger, fresher and more kawaii.
Images above courtesy of Koinonia Salon
Although there are similarities with that of Ayako, we find Elin's style leaning towards the feminine and romantic while Ayako towards the avant garde.
Want a more work-friendly Japanese perm, consider Emiko. Having been in Singapore for the past 5 years, she has mastered the art of creating perms that makes one look feminine and professional at the same time.
Very importantly, her hairstyles are flattering and very easy to manage on a day to day basis.
Images above courtesy of Room Japanese Hair Salon
For those looking for a hairstyle you're confident will help you take off at work, Emiko should definitely be on your consideration list.
Don't dismiss Jeremy because of his youthful looks.
This is a stylist who has over 11 years of experience and is often known as the "Perm Master”.
In fact, the number of ladies he has permed for tops 600 ladies in a year!
Mentored directly under Jesly, a veteran Perm Extraordinaire, Jeremy specializes in the Singapore Perm.
Images above courtesy of Picasso Hair Studio
The Singapore Perm is neither Korean nor Japanese in style, but is instead formulated to withstand local humidity, provide volume and reduce frizz.
Give it a shot if you are keen to try out something new!
A go-to stylist for Agent G, Bro knows exactly how we Singaporean girls love our hair and therefore, spends all his free time thinking about how to cut and where to curl hair to achieve the perfect perm.
He doesn't make the curls too tight but obsesses over all the small details to make sure you get the loose waves you want.. for MONTHS.
That's possibly the reason why so many (beautiful) women look for the honest and down-to-earth Bro for their annual / semi-annual perms!
Another favourite of ours is Danson from 99 Percent Hair Studio. While he has consistently delivered gorgeous hair colours and styling, his underrated perming skills are not to be overlooked.
Thanks to consistent training in Korea and Taiwan, Danson is able to deliver curls with new skills and techniques on your next perm sesh.
Images above courtesy of 99 Percent Hair Studio
More than requiring the perms to be curly, he places the curls at just the right places to boost your volume and your style.
He'll even design the hairstyle to help you look younger, slimmer, fairer (whatever you wish), so talk to him and you'll find him extremely helpful in achieving your desired hairstyle with a combination of services.
When you're talking about perms, there is one salon you absolutely cannot miss out... and it's Be Salon!
Always pushing the boundaries of change, Be Salon is one of the first to combine the use of different perm lotions and at times, even keratin treatments to give even customers with damaged hair a new lease of life.
Who should you look for in Be Salon then? Truth be told, there're lots of perm masters in Be but we had to choose, we'd go for Darren.
Images above courtesy of Be Salon
His perms strike a good balance between professionalism, femininity and easy manageability, allowing you to transit between work and play effortlessly!
Image courtesy of Jeric Salon
Growing up watching her father transform wood into beautiful sculptures, it clearly comes through in Maggie’s work that she has understood how to carve out the beauty in the potential all her life. Having an extensive background working in a Taiwanese salon over the years, she has in her time there worked on many top tier Taiwanese celebrities such as Aaron Kwok, Jolin Tsai, and even JJLin!
She specializes in natural #iwokeuplikethis curls that work especially well on women who naturally have straight hair.
Images above courtesy of Jeric Salon
Sito may be soft-spoken but this is one stylist who can give you your dream curls.. without breaking the bank!
Having permed hair for over 1,000 ladies in Singapore, she's so familiar with creating curls that she can almost do it with her eyes closed.
Even for ladies with bleached hair, she'll know how to perm it to give it that extra sass!
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