Hello! I'm Agent HG, a recent science graduate looking to pursue my postgraduate studies overseas.
I've been a fan of Japanese stylists since my first experience with Ryo 4-5 years ago. After reading about how amazing Japanese salons are from Bong Qiu Qiu and other bloggers, I decided to give Japanese salons a try. I am glad to say that what Qiu Qiu raved about was absolutely true. Ryo was my stylist then and he amazed me with his level of service, skill and honesty; other than attending to me from start to finish, Ryo is very honest with his opinions and never fail to recommend only the best for his customers. Impressed with my first experience with him, I have since gone to Ryo very regularly for the past few years, always trusting him with my hair and letting him decide on the cut, colour and the style.
I don't often take selfies but here are some of the hairstyles he has done for me over the years:
The only issue was that the hair service where he was, was very expensive. Out of budget concerns, I tried another Japanese hair salon raved by bloggers only to be disappointed by their skill in colouring and level of service. They position themselves as a Japanese salon but most of the attending staff are non-Japanese with different people attending to me throughout my visit. While the treatment is good, the results for hair colouring leaves much to be desired. Hence, I came back to Ryo who welcomed me without making me feel guilty about my momentary absence, something I really appreciated.
When I found out that Ryo moved to Flamingo Hair Studio recently, I was ecstatic! While not the cheapest salon out there, prices are a shade lower than at his previous salon. (Yay my wallet jumps for joy!)
Just as I was thinking about visiting him at his new salon, Ryo asked if I was interested to be his hair model and share my experience on Beauty Undercover. As his loyal customer of 4-5 years, I am only too glad to do so.
It was a little hard to find but the moment I did, I'm really glad that Ryo moved here.
The entire place was just so bright, clean and spacious. The gorgeous decor just makes me feel like I'm out of Singapore, in a beach villa or something.
Ryo welcomed me warmly and set me down in the very comfortable chairs.
This hair visit came just in time as my hair colour has just about faded.
This is what my hair looked like 2 months ago.
The more I washed, the more the colour showed.
Among the many hair colours he has done for me, I am most fond of this rose gold! I received lots of compliments for this colour and many actually asked me about Ryo!
2 months later however, the colour has just about faded.
It now looks like this caramel ombre hair colour, which still looks pretty good if my hair is blown dry and styled properly.
Knowing how much I love my coffee, Ryo suggested a new hair colour I've never done before: Frappucino hair!
I have 100% faith in Ryo's judgement so here we go!
Ryo began by applying highlights on the top part of the hair. This allows the colour to blend in better for a more natural and seamless look.
As you can see, his sectioning is also very neat, something I appreciate as my hair always look very symmetrical and neat at the end.
Apart from his excellent hairdressing skill though, I really enjoy the hair experience with Ryo. Having been in Singapore for the past few years, Ryo is fluent in English. I would therefore find him peppering the hair service with a humorous joke or two. Occasionally, he may even ask my thoughts on a trending topic or viral video he may have seen on Facebook.
As people say, time passes really fast when you're enjoying yourself.
Soon after application of the highlights, it was time to colour the hair ends.
About another half an hour or so, Ryo is done!
He escorted me to the hair wash area and asked me for my preference of hair shampoo and flavours.
Flamingo allows you to choose different shampoos and treatments based on your preferences and stylist recommendations!
This is one of my favourite parts of the hair service because Ryo's hair wash is just amazing.
I couldn't help but close my eyes and relax with this hair indulgence!
Once the shampoo was rinsed off with carbonated water, Ryo applied a treatment to repair and moisturize my hair.
To improve penetration of the treatment, nanomist is used to warm up the hair as he massaged the treatment deep within.
20 pampering minutes later, we're done!
Back at the seat, Ryo proactively applied a scalp protector to nourish the scalp and protect it from heat damage later on.
He then proceeded with a head and shoulder massage.
I was surprised because this is something new that was previously not available at his previous salon.
It was however a very nice touch as I could feel tension leaving my body.
Two thumbs up!
Before he blowdry my hair though, he proceeded to give my hair a quick trim.
As Ayumi had just finished with a hair service, she proactively came by to help with the blowdrying.
Can you already see the lovely Smokey Mocha Brown?
It looks so stunning even when its straight!
Once my hair is dry, the very conscientious Ryo trimmed my hair yet again.
This special technique makes sure that all the split ends are cut off!
And we are almost done!
A quick tong to give my hair more texture...
and here it is!
I don't know how Ryo does it but he never fails to wow me with his colouring skills! Just when I thought he would run out of colours to do on my hair, he comes up with something as magical as this: Frappucino Hair.
Although this colour is really light, I can imagine wearing this to office because it just looks so classy and elegant, perfect for both work and play!
Ryo mentions that this is the up and coming colour for 2018 and I can totally see why!
I'm in LOVE!
I've tried a number of stylists but no one understands my taste in colour more than Ryo. I don't have to go very bright and if possible, I would not like to bleach my hair... but I do want my hair colour to be seen and my hair to be manageable afterwards.
The Frappucino Hair is one hairstyle that totally ticks all the right boxes! Its bright and classy at the same time... and best of all last quite long! It has been more than 2 weeks and the colour actually stayed pretty well without needing much maintanance.
Thank you Ryo for giving me such a gorgeous hair colour!
You've always put my hair first, thinking of ways to make it look pretty without damaging my hair and pampering it with treatments to keep it healthy and smooth. No matter how long it takes, you're always by my side to make sure that the hair is done to perfection, proactively sharing your hair knowledge with me and letting me know how long I have to wait after each step.
I'm glad that you moved to Flamingo Hair Studio because of the cozy and more exclusive ambience, the additional shoulder massage, customized treatments and best of all lower prices that makes it easier for me to come more regularly.
Thank you once again for taking care of my hair for the past 5 years... you can count on me to come back to you for the next 10 to 20 years as long as you're in Singapore!