3 Reasons Why Korean Hippie Perms are NOT Common in Singapore

Published on Dec 19, 2020

Tightly coiled hippie perms may look good on Korean stars but we haven't seen that many girls in Singapore sporting this new style.

Here're 3 reasons why we think that's the case. 

1. We don't think we can pull it off


Let's face it. 

One of the main reasons why we haven't been trying the hippie perm is coz... we're scared.

Trending Korean Hippie Perm

While the perm looks simply gorgeous on Korean stars, many of us doubt if we can pull it off. 

These are celebrities, so no matter what hairstyles they wear, they will just look good. But will it look good on us, mere mortals? 

Even before doing the perm, we can already hear voices in our head saying, won't we look Auntie? This fear of being judged stops the majority of us from trying a style we think looks gorgeous. 

2. Hippie perm is hard to manage


Hippie Perm by Koinonia Hair Salon

Hippie perm by Koinonia Salon

Singapore is known for humid weather that cause hair to frizz up easily. Compared to long straight hair, won't tightly coiled curls equal to higher hair damage and therefore higher maintenance? 

3. We don't know which stylist can help us do the hippie perm stylishly. 


Hippie Perm by Koinonia Hair Salon

Hippie perm by Koinonia Salon

Even if we're keen to do a hippie perm, how many stylists in Singapore can actually deliver the hippie perm stylishly? 

Who is the hippie perm suitable for then?


While the concerns are valid, there're some special ones among us who dare to be different. 

Who cares if the hair isn't as easily manageable? While it takes just that bit more time to style, you get in return a hairstyle that few others can say they've tried. Who dares say that I look Auntie when the glorious locks completes my glowing skin and lipstick so well? 

Hippie Perm by Koinonia Hair Salon

Hippie perm by Koinonia Salon

These are some of the things Elin's customers say when they go to her requesting for a hippie perm - not surprising since she is one of the few in Singapore who can do the perm so well. Agent S is one of them. 

We follow Agent S along her journey as she gets her virgin hippie perm from Elin at Koinonia Salon

Hippie Perm at Koinonia Salon


Hi! I’m Agent S, an Engineer Assistant and a customer who go to Elin regularly. 

My Hair Before Getting a Hippie Perm at Koinonia Salon

The first thing you should know about me? I LOVE PERMS. 

The moment I stepped into Singapore, I started asking my friends in Singapore which hairstylist is good for perms and guess who they recommended? Yes Elin of course. A friend of mine gave me her IG so I viewed her profile, and the rest is history. I loved her portfolio, and I noticed that she was very adept at doing the styles and hairtypes I liked, so I decided to give her a shot.

My Hair Before Getting a Hippie Perm at Koinonia Salon

I started perming my hair with Elin about 3 years back and have never looked back since. I love how her perms make me look exactly how I want to! The only problem is cost. She's a little expensive so I go for a perm pretty much once a year. 

My Hair Before Getting a Hippie Perm at Koinonia Salon

So by the time you'll find that my hair would have pretty much straightened out by the time I go to her... particularly because I've been having loose waves for the past few years. 

My Hair Before Getting a Hippie Perm at Koinonia Salon

This year though, I'm looking for a change. 

Could I actually go for the trendy hippie perm I've seen on so many of Elin's customers? 

There's only one way to find out. 

Step 1: Consultation


There're many things to love about Koinonia Salon - its hip, accessible location and beautiful interior design but that's not what I'm primarily here for. 

Koinonia Hair Salon Interior

I'm here, for Elin. and my perm of course. 

The first thing Elin did was to give me a thorough consultation. As my hair was really thick, Elin proposed to trim it down so that the hippie perm won't be overwhelmingly hard to manage To make it less frizzy, she also recommended using the latest Advante Perm; Elin shared that the Advante Perm is the newest technoolgy that perms hair without even opening the hair cuticles, allowing for healthier, less frizzy curls after. 

Whatever Elin says, I trust; she has been taking good care of my hair for the past 4 years and I trust her fully.

So there we go!

Step 2: Trim & Wash


Next up, time for a trim to make the shape of my hair more suitable for the perm that we had agreed on.

Hair Trimming by Elin at Koinonia Hair Salon

She cut off the damaged hair ends

Hair Trimming by Elin at Koinonia Hair Salon

And then, started to skillfully layer the hair for the hippie perm.

Hair Trimming by Elin at Koinonia Hair Salon

I absolutely do not want the perm to explode in my face given my thick hair texture.. so this is definitely appreciated.

Step 3: Application of Advante Perm


Application of Advante Perming Lotion at Koinonia Hair Salon

Once complete, she began applying the Advante GMT Perm Lotion. 

Application of Perming Lotion at Koinonia Hair Salon

First at the roots.

Application of Perming Lotion at Koinonia Hair Salon

Then  to the rest of the hair.

Application of Perming Lotion at Koinonia Hair Salon

This perm is unlike the others; Elin says that this perm is so low-damage that it doesn't even open the hair cuticles, so it is not easy to visually check if the hair has been properly processed. That's why she had to curl the hair and do this test to check if the hair has been properly processed. 

Application of Perming Lotion at Koinonia Hair Salon

To accelerate the process, Elin put it under mild heat for about 15 mins...

Application of Perming Lotion at Koinonia Hair Salon

Once 15 minutes have passed, she undid the curler to see if my hair is ready... and it is!

Application of Perming Lotion at Koinonia Hair Salon

Step 4: Straightening... and Perming


With my hair softened, Elin washed off the perm lotion and begin the next step: straightening.

This may be a little surprising but Elin mentioned that this step helps to "reset" the hair as I had some natural curls at the back of my head, that needed to be sorted before we could start perming it proper.

Application of Perming Lotion at Koinonia Hair Salon

Now to start the curling proccess, they sprayed my hair with water and started to roll it up.

Getting a Trendy Korean Hippie Perm at Koinonia Hair Salon
Getting a Trendy Korean Hippie Perm at Koinonia Hair Salon

With the roll of hair, they wrapped it up with a sponge before securing the curl with a rubber band.

Getting a Trendy Korean Hippie Perm at Koinonia Hair Salon

Now they placed hair rollers strategically between scalp and hair to protect the scalp from overheating.

Getting a Trendy Korean Hippie Perm at Koinonia Hair Salon

The machine was then left to do its magic for 10 mins.

Getting a Trendy Korean Hippie Perm at Koinonia Hair Salon

This machine will heat up my hair to create those curls. Once again, Elin promised that this perm is low-damage so it doesn't require my hair to be heated up to a high temperature!

Step 5: Setting the Advante Treatment Perm


It was now time for the neutraliser. What this step does is to set the newly permed hair in its shape. 

Elin sprayed the neutraliser liberally on my hair and left it there for 10 mins.

Getting a Trendy Korean Hippie Perm at Koinonia Hair Salon

Step 6: Wash & Dry


Once she was done, Elin brought me to the basin for a thorough wash. She even threw in a hydrating hair treatment just to make sure that my hair wouldn't be too dry. No photos here but during the hair treatment, Elin took the initiative to give me a warm towel that felt soooo goood. 

Getting a Trendy Korean Hippie Perm at Koinonia Hair Salon

Back at the seat she gave me a blowdry

Getting a Trendy Korean Hippie Perm at Koinonia Hair Salon

And we are all ready to roll. 

Voila! 

How I Look After Getting a Hippie Perm by Elin at Koinonia Hair Salon

I've tried perms but this time is the first time I've got a perm so tight.. 

How I Look After Getting a Hippie Perm by Elin at Koinonia Hair Salon

and guess what? I love it! 

How I Look After Getting a Hippie Perm by Elin at Koinonia Hair Salon

Compared to my dull straight hair before the perm, don't you think this gives me much more character? 

Elin mentioned however that the perm will loosen over time so I really have to take more photos while its still tight. Good news is that it should last me yet another year with such tight curls. 

If I want my curls to be tighter, one handy tip that Elin shared was to just kinda scrunch up my hair to redefine the curls when I want to. If I was going for a more relaxed look, I can leave it un-scrunched especially when I was drying it in the mornings.

Yup, this is why I love Elin so much! She doesn't just leave my hair alone after the hair service but gives me additional tips and personally follows up with me to make sure I love my hairstyle. 

Thank you Elin for giving me the unique hippie perm I've always wanted; can't wait to come back to you again at Koinonia Salon @ Tiong Bahru in 2021!

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