Agent NK goes for the Trendy Korean Hippie Perm at Koinonia Salon

Published on Sep 26, 2018

Hi, I'm Agent NK. I'm a Taiwanese who relocated to Singapore slightly over a year ago, after being employed by one of Singapore's most iconic hotels. As I'm working in the front-line, I often have to put quite a bit of makeup and dress up in such a way that makes me look presentable. 

Hair is of course a big part of it. I'm however not fond of spending lots of time on my hair... in fact, I'm a pretty lazy type of person who prefers an easily manageable hairstyle. My natural hair texture is rather straight but tends to qiao or curl outwards at the ends.

Before Getting Hippie Perm at Koinonia Salon

Despite that quirk, my hair is very straight so it is sometimes difficult to make it curl even when I use a tong. Tong it and it will return to this state after 30 minutes. Hence, I tend to perm my hair every 6 months back in Taiwan to save time. After I moved to Singapore however, I haven't been as regular with my perms as I simply can't find someone I could trust to perm my hair... until I found Elin. 

I came across many great reviews about Elin on one of the forums for Taiwanese in Singapore. I needed to trim my fringe and decided to give her a try after seeing so many raving reviews. Elin suggested for me to cut my hair shorter and go for a C curl perm. It turned out exactly what I wanted and made me look much younger. 

The experience was so good, I decided to go back to her since then.

I recently went to her again when I heard that she moved to Koinonia Salon

Koinonia Salon Interior

Koinonia Salon is located closer to town, near the hipster Tiong Bahru area and is pretty easy to get to. I especially love the salon exterior which looked just like a Korean cafe. 

Koinonia Salon Interior

The inside looked very cozy as well. I loved how attentive they are as they prepare my name card on the table before I arrive. The gesture is small but one I appreciate and remember. 

I had a good haircut with Elin and it was then, she broached the subject of trying another perm. She mentioned about how the new hippie perm is trending in Korea, Japan and Taiwan with stars like Kim Go Eun in Cheese in the Trap

Kim So Hyun from Radio Romance

and Lee Sung Kyung.

Lee Sung Kyung Hippie Perm

As you can see, it involves both a perm of the hair ends and even bangs that are very curly. Knowing how adventurous I was, Elin asked if I was game to be her model for this new hippie perm. I'm not sure if it will look good on me but I'm certainly intrigued by how cute these Korean celebs look with this hair. 

Can I carry it off? 

I'll only know if I try!

I scheduled an appointment on one of my off days and as usual is greeted by the very friendly staff in Koinonia.

After a thorough consultation, Elin brought me for a hair wash.

Here's how my hair looked like before anything is done:

Haircut at Koinonia Salon

Elin began the perm process with a trim.

Haircut at Koinonia Salon

The design is such that the hairstyle is heavy at the ends so she gave me a one-length haircut.

Haircut at Koinonia Salon

The fringe is also an important part of the perm so she cut my fringe accordingly to create the style she has in her mind. 

Cold Perm 


Unlike typical perms, Elin explains that hippie perm doesn't use heat during the process and is consequently less damaging. 

Curling Process For Hippie Perm at Koinonia Salon

The process is also much faster as it doesn't require a separate 3-step softening (then hair wash) curling and neutralizing process, like what is required in normal digital perms.

Instead, it starts with her rolling small sections of my hair into a roller. 

Curling Process For Hippie Perm at Koinonia Salon

And applying the perming lotion directly on the hair.

Curling Process For Hippie Perm at Koinonia Salon

The rollers chosen are intentionally small as it creates the tighter curls required for the hippie perm design. 

Curling Process For Hippie Perm at Koinonia Salon

When all the rods are put in place, Elin doused the setting lotion all over my hair to fix my hair in place.

Curling Process For Hippie Perm at Koinonia Salon

She checked it carefully to make sure all of my hair was curled and coated well.

Curling Process For Hippie Perm at Koinonia Salon

She then covered my hair with transparent wrap to trap the heat within.

Curling Process For Hippie Perm at Koinonia Salon
Curling Process For Hippie Perm at Koinonia Salon

To speed up the process, she applied just a little bit of heat so that the hair can be processed.

15 minutes later, it was time to remove the rollers.

Curling Process For Hippie Perm at Koinonia Salon

I was a little nervous because the curlers looked really small and it's my first time going for such a look.

Curling Process For Hippie Perm at Koinonia Salon

Would it suit me?

Curling Process For Hippie Perm at Koinonia Salon

A little nervous there... does it make me look like an ajumma?

I will only know how it finally looks after a wash and blowdry!

Hair Wash


Curling Process For Hippie Perm at Koinonia Salon

Elin brought me to the basin for a final wash

Blow Dry and Styling at Koinonia Salon

Before blowdrying it with a diffuser. 

Blow Dry and Styling at Koinonia Salon

She made some final trims... 

and we are almost done. 

Are you ready for the final unveil? 

Here's a quick recap of what I looked like before:

Before Hippie Perm at Koinonia Salon

And now after:

Before Getting Hippie Perm at Koinonia Salon
How I Look After Getting Hippie Perm at Koinonia Salon
How I Look After Getting Hippie Perm at Koinonia Salon
How I Look After Getting Hippie Perm at Koinonia Salon
How I Look After Getting Hippie Perm at Koinonia Salon
How I Look After Getting Hippie Perm at Koinonia Salon

It's really curly I know but I'm surprised to find out that I actually like this look a lot!

This perm gives my hair looks A LOT more VOLUME and changed my vibe from someone boring to someone a lot more kawaii. 

How I Look After Getting Hippie Perm at Koinonia Salon

I find myself daring to aegyo more with this new hairstyle. 

How I Look After Getting Hippie Perm at Koinonia Salon

With such an instagrammable background outside the salon, I couldn't help but head out to take more snaps

How I Look After Getting Hippie Perm at Koinonia Salon
How I Look After Getting Hippie Perm at Koinonia Salon

What do you think of my new hairstyle?

Can I pull it off like Kim So Hyun?

How I Look After Getting Hippie Perm at Koinonia Salon

Overall Thoughts


I loved my time at Koinonia Salon. The service is good, the quality of the hair product is good and most importantly, I like this new hairstyle. It is more volume and honestly showed me a side of me I didn't see before. I find it easier to aegyo and dig out those retro vintage dresses to wear. 

Even on a daily basis, this perm is surprisingly easy to maintain. I don't even apply any product on my hair, just dry from roots to end and it will curl naturally! I hear that it loosens out in months but believe that it will look more natural then, allowing for yet another hairstyle and another vibe. So exciting! 

For friends and those of you keen to go for a whole new style, the hippie perm is certainly an experience I would highly recommend. Koinonia may not be the cheapest salon out there but with the service, quality and stylist skill, I think it's absolutely worth it. 

Eager to try the hippie Perm at Koinonia Salon?

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