Happy 56th Birthday Singapore!
This August, we would like to salute 30 outstanding homegrown hairstylists who are stars at their craft. We may love trying Japanese and Korean stylists but there's no one else who understands the daily ravages, routines and trends like a true blue Singaporean.
If you'd like to #supportlocal, check out these salon stars who've bucked the standard Singaporean success strategies to become hair legends!
The first time we talked to Erisu, we fell in love. Not just because of his charisma and good looks, but because of his impressive talent and portfolio (he's even styled for Asia's Next Top Models!). More than that, what makes Erisu endearing is his genuine sincerity and warmth that disarms even the most distant of customers. He makes sure you're seated, comfortable and served a beverage of your choice before asking for your name and understanding who you are.
Anyone who's gotten their hair done by him will love how his balayage stands out for being truly flattering; he doesn't just match your hair colour to your skin tone but customizes the placement of highlights to your hair texture and waves to bring out the dynamism in your hair.
His road to celebrity isn't easy though. We were all filled with admiration after hearing about how he overcame the odds to open ERI SU Salon.
If you want to get beautiful hairstyles and support his initiative to stand up against discrimination, we will highly recommend you to try ERI SU Salon.
Tiffany from Picasso Hair Studio is one of those special people who makes you laugh and feel comfortable in her warm and cheery presence.
We don't just say that because of her hilarious TikToks.
More than just a customer, Tiffany treats everyone who comes to her like a friend, giving honest, informed opinions after hearing your thoughts.
Rest assured that instead of hard-selling expensive services which might not be a good fit for you, Tiffany will recommend something that helps you look your best while not being hard on your wallet. Called "the magic hand" by her loyal following, this perm-and-colour expert also has an impressive knack for putting together work-friendly colours that are nonetheless high on impact and personality.
Don't forget about her gorgeous perms. She is so good at it, Tiffany is now the Master Trainer at Picasso Hair Studio!
P.S. Want to learn about her love story with fellow Singaporean stylist Ziwei? Read about their workplace romance here.
The Director of Be Salon is a naturalised Singaporean citizen and we're so glad to include him in this list. Not just a buddy, Sham is a stylist of the highest integrity. Believing that customers will take care of him if he takes care of customers, Sham always puts customers first and delivers beyond what he promises at the lowest cost.
Maybe because he has consistently gone for training in Vidal Sassoon London, Vidal Sassoon Shanghai and even in Debut Academy, his skill in haircuts, colours, perms or Keratin Treatment is way up there among the very very best in Singapore.
A gem of a stylist we would recommend all our friends and family to.
If there is a Singaporean celebrity you must try, make it Jeric.
This hair legend has done hair not just for local artistes and Ministers of Parliament, his clientele has reached far and wide to include Coco Lee, Jolin Cai, Michelle Branch and even JJ Lin and Jay Chou!
You'll know why he is so sought after the moment he gets to touch your hair; his haircut is SO AMAZING, it will upgrade your look immediately after just a few snips. Agent E got her haircut by him and was instantly transformed to look more like a kpop star! ^note the above photo is taken the day after the cut, after the hair was washed and blown dry at home. Yes, that's the magic of Jeric's cut. It doesn't just look good, it is super easy to manage even without chemical services!
Despite his amazing skill and illustrious background, Jeric remains humble and has none of the diva vibe we get from certain celebrity stylist. Instead, he is thoughtful, well-read and well-connected. Every hair visit is an experience as he not only makes you look good, he uplifts you with stories that enriches your day. With such a good experience with Jeric, it is no wonder why so many well-heeled Singaporeans pay top dollar for a hair service by him.
If budget allows, Jeric is definitely a Singaporean icon you cannot miss.
A hot favourite with ladies in the know for his legendary bob and pixie cuts as well as combination perms, Jerry has been perfecting his skills for over 11 years. A hair service with him will have you hooked, especially since his hairstyles are low on maintenance and high on volume and vivacity. A must-try stylist when you head to the beloved LeeKaJa Korean Salon. Oh, and did we mention he's a crazy good colourist too?
Ash Beige by Jerry
Don't these ash hair colours look dreamy?
There must be a reason why even Sonia Chew and many other celebrities go to Jerry, after all.
The cool Zen from Mane Made may look cool on the outside, but is in fact one of the most companionable Singaporean stylists we know - with a speciality in delivering lame dad jokes and puns which will have you questioning why on earth you are laughing.
Rest assured though - these gems mostly come out only during the wait during the blowdry or bleaching processes. When his attention is required for haircuts and colouring, he is 100% focused, to produce true colour masterpieces.
If you give him the creative rein, trust that you'll get the most distinctive haircut and colour combinations that don't just flatter you; but become your trademark.
Samantha has been styling hair almost her entire life: Influenced by her hairstylist mom, she began cutting her own locks at age 5, colouring her friends' tresses at age 10, and perming her Barbie dolls' dos at age 12. Not to worry, she has more mainstream experience as well: After embarking on a hairdressing course at the tender age of 14, she was snapped up to work at several top hair establishments including Kim Robinson and Colour House before taking over and revamping the salon from her mom, Color Bar by Full House Salon.
Talk about gorgeous, look at her portfolio and you'll understand why SO MANY customers are willing to travel all the way from the West to Tampines just to get their hair coloured by Samantha.
Whether rose gold, lavender, ash or kpop brown you see on celebrities, Samantha delivers the colour beautifully together with her team!
Gabriel from Mode Studio is the go-to stylist for many who's whos in Singapore, including celebrities, billionaires, and politicians.
With over 2 decades of experience in the hairdressing industry including, stints in both Toni & Guy Singapore and Shanghai, Gabriel's haircuts are sculptural works of art.
Asymmetrical swept-fringe bob by Gabriel
It's not just his snips that are precise - He can very quickly infer what customers are looking for and knows exactly how to achieve it. It doesn't hurt that this maestro is warm and welcoming (he's known in the salon as 'The Sweetheart') and a master conversationalist, who can gab with you about anything from wedding styles to world affairs.
No longer just a stylist with a dream, Jaron's efforts in pushing the industry forward has been recognized after being selected as one of the only 3 hairstylists in Singapore to be part of Wella's Dream Team.
Recently, he even worked with colleagues Danson and Ann to create the new Luxe Illuminage for Wella, a style that has proven to be wildly popular among customers and Beauty Undercover readers!
While this elevates him to the status of a celebrity stylist, we're glad to find Jaron still down-to-earth and rooted to the values that made him so popular in the first place: sincerity and humility towards customers.
As a professional, however, he won't just do exactly as you say. Jaron will share his professional opinion and discuss with you to co-create a hairstyle that best suits you, a skill he honed through years of experience and continuous training in top hair academies like Vidal Sassoon, Mazella & Palmer as well as Debut Hair.
He used to travel quite a bit due to commitments as a Wella Ambassador but is rooted in Singapore for now thanks to COVID-19 - so grab him while you can, to get him creating an innovative new fashion-forward hairstyle you'll be proud to wear to work, each time!
The Creative Director from Beauty Emporium from The Urban Aesthetics, Leong, is a favourite of artists, whether he's designing looks for the entire cast of a film or concert, going superstructural with models for photographers' shoots, or primping actors and hosts for major events.
His extensive experience and intuition makes it possible for him to create a style brief and pinpoint the best hairstyle to suit your features, personality, job and lifestyle based on your initial conversation - even if that means Daenerys Targaryen vibes.
Leong is a perfectionist and he can spend up to 2 hours finessing your haircut, checking it from every angle (he may ask you to stand up to see how the locks fall in different positions) to make sure it looks completely perfect. The best part is that his precision cuts last for up to 6 months - no wonder his customers think it's worth every penny.
Tino may look a little sombre in this photo but in real life, he is one of the most jovial, artistic yet down-to-earth stylists we've met.
In many ways, Tino reminds us of Picasso; his artistic genius, ephemeral temperament and the loss-in-his-own-world moments when creating a customised hairstyle for each customer. No, you'll never find Tino giving a cookie-cutter hairstyle.
Tino respects his customers too much and believes in keeping abreast of the latest hairstyle trends and giving his customers a new look each time. This sort of passion is the main reason why Pro Trim was the first hair salon chain to bring Korean style to Singapore... and why he enjoys such a strong following upon those in the upper echelons of Society.
As the Founder and Director of Kenaris Salon, Aris believes that your hair is a canvas on which you express your personality. And as a true artist, Aris can help you bring out every nuance - her breadth of experience means she has an extensive range of options and combinations to offer and is always experimenting with new styles while continuing to be one of the princesses of perms in Singapore.
Barely There Perm by Aris
The barely-there perm for Agent M is one of them. What we especially love about Aris is her generosity, and how she is always sharing her continually-honed skills and knowledge with colleagues and clients.
It isn't just typical perms that got us so enthralled with her. Aris excels even with Korean hippie perms; whatever you can imagine, Aris will be able to achieve.
Haircut and Colour by Aris
Perms aside, her cuts and colours are very strong as well - so don't hesitate to drop by for a visit with this hair maestro who is sure to give you a stunning hair makeover.
You won't hear Carrie preach or evangelize but one thing you may notice is the little prayer she says before every hair service.
Everything I have, belongs to Him.
Whether it is due to the prayer or the heart that Carrie puts into every customer, a hair service with her always turns out magical.
Believing that hair is the conduit to transformation, Carrie puts in a lot of effort for each customer and the effort shows.
Want a suave pixie after your breakup, a Korean perm after a botched exam or a bright hair colour for your 50th birthday?
Carrie will just make it happen the most fabulous way possible - that's how versatile her hairdressing skills are! No idea what to do? Carrie would flip through her mental book of styles honed through 16 years of experience as a stylist and continuous training to suggest a suitable hairstyle for you.
One of the few Singaporean stylists whose skill in perms rank among the best in Singapore, Evane's perms from Pro Trim Hair Salon have been raved by both customers and colleagues alike.
Get a perm done by her and you'll be impressed by how the perm naturally flatters your face shape as she makes sure that it brings out your best features and makes you look slimmer.
Mermaid Perm by Evane
She does so by recommending the right length of hair and cutting the bangs to a length that best conceals the areas you want to hide.
Evane holds every cut and perm to the high standards she set for herself, a reason why we're always super assured to leave our tresses in her hands.
She also recently replicated the Crash Landing on You perm for Agent Y. Read on to find out how the process is like
Crash Landing on You Perm by Evane
Hoping to try an illustrious Singaporean stylist who went to the prestigious Vidal Sassoon London AND spent more than 10 years at one of Singapore's top Korean hair salons? Don't miss colour meister Selyn.
Whether you’re thinking about unicorn hair colour, romantic lavender, trendy milky rose or quirky paddlepop, Selyn will find a way to integrate the design into a palatable hair design that looks great on you. She is also super patient, making it easy for us to share our innermost desires + hair inspo.
Even if you got your hair messed up by someone else, she'll also take the time to painstakingly fix every element of your hair design with you.
It is this commitment towards customers that helped her accumulate so many fans over the years! Colours aside, her men's cuts and flowy bobs have been highly raved as well - thanks to her training in Vidal Sassoon!
With a strong belief in the transformational powers of having good hair, Veena has consistently pushed herself to go for overseas courses, learn more and hone her hairdressing skill to achieve her eventual purpose: to positively change the lives of her customers. It is therefore not surprising to find that she, as Director at Mode, has many customers who at the cusp of their lives, were referred to her for her chic and fashionable short haircuts.
In her cuts, you'll not find a rigid silhouette that is sharp or overly structured, but a tailored cut that brings forth their personality and sass.
Customers also rave about how she is able to give them a different look each time as they co-create together to experiment with new styles! Overall, a skilful Singaporean stylist you know you can journey with for the long haul.
There aren't that many Singaporean stylists in hairdressing, so when we meet one with solid skills, a charming personality, international exposure, good looks and most importantly, a heart for customers, we can't help but get excited.
You may not have heard of Kenneth as he is not one who flaunts himself on social media but this gem of a stylist has actually accumulated more than 13 years of experience at some of Singapore's top salons. Kenneth believes that being able to connect with customers at their level so he does in-depth consultations to give him an insight that few other stylists can achieve.
He takes the effort to get to know you and remember your preferences, so much so that many of his clients treat him more like a friend than a stylist. And it is from this connection where you know Kenneth truly cares as he goes the extra mile each and every single time.
Salon Director and Chief Trainer, Serene is one of Chez Vous Hair Salon’s most sought after colour specialists - no mean feat for someone who worked her way up from being a shampoo girl!
Be it sophisticated hair colours, classic blonde hues or the more challenging balayage, sassy Serene knows exactly the right mix of shades to achieve the desired outcome. And no, Serene's skills are not a result of learning under the tutelage of a famous master, but her own grit and determination with her putting herself through extensive training courses...as well as pure talent. Also, she never sacrifices hair health for aesthetics - being a Kerastase Scalp Specialist, it's ingrained in Serene to take good care of every customer's tresses and scalp throughout every service.
Annie, is one of Singapore's most sought-after stylists for both men and women with curly tresses. Having curly hair herself in a country of mostly straight-haired citizens, this expert has made it her calling to be cognizant of haircuts that work for wavy-locked women, and the hair care required to maintain a put-together look without rebonding to quash your glorious curls.
Agent C's Curly Haircut at Ann's Studio
She has also mastered the art of executing keratin treatments with minimal damage and even created her signature Keratin Treatment... even for guys!
Keratin Treatment for Agent A
Of course, Annie is not just a curl connoisseur: Caucasian ladies in Singapore also rave about the precision of her blonde hair colouring techniques and haircuts. Her skill is such that many would trust their tresses to no one else - when she left her previous employment to helm Ann's Studio @ The Adelphi, many of her previous customers contacted Beauty Undercover to find out where she'd relocated.
Marcus, the founder of Focus Hairdressing, has been one of the most popular stylists in Singapore since the mid 2000s.
And no wonder, since his skills span the entire hairdressing spectrum - he's won awards for his hair colours, is known for his fine detail with haircuts and is fantastic with taming unruly curls.
A man of few words, Marcus doesn't engage you too much in small talk but prefers to let the outcome speak for itself.
Prepared to be surprise as he uses his fingers of fire to turn limp, lifeless locks into divine do's in under 30 minutes!
Andrew is one of the few Singaporean stylists who have worked at multiple top salons including Kim Robinson and Next. In fact, Andrew was one of the few that Mode's founder Sam handpicked to join the founding team after witnessing his talent, skill and dedication back in Kim Robinson.
A true customer advocate, Andrew value adds to the hair experience by incorporating customer's preferences into the hair design and explaining to a customer why a certain hair length best matches their bone structure, face width, face length and collarbone - knowledge he learned from his previous salons as well as his training in Vidal Sassoon.
Add that to his 7 years of experience and you've got a stylist who can create stylish cuts and balayage that look effortlessly glamorous.
One of the most sincere stylists we've met, Shan surprise us with both skill and heart every time we visit 99 Percent Hair Studio.
Whether it's your first time or 10th, Shan takes the effort to understand what you want every single time to make sure that she can craft the perfect cut for you. She takes into consideration every little detail from your desired hair length to the areas you are less confident about to give you a hairstyle that is best for your hair texture, hairline and face shape.
If you are looking for a listening ear, you can also rest assured that Shan will hear out your thoughts and feelings without saying a word to another soul. Facing hair loss issues? You'll be glad to know that Shan has some tricks up her sleeve to share with you on how you can conceal hair thinning and also get your scalp health back on track! Read on if you are keen to read about Agent G's Nioxin Scalp Treatment with Shan.
Kelvin from Be Salon @ Millenia Walk may not be very talkative but is an underrated stylist with a remarkable portfolio and over a decade of experience working at Singapore's most popular salons.
He has not only stylied hair for MediaCorp artists, Kelvin has won prestigious awards including his Top 8 placing for Creative hairstyles at the Golden Scissors Award in Singapore.
Up to date with trends and with a keen eye for aesthetics, Kelvin provides jaw-droppingly stunning makeover haircuts and creative colours. If you want to show off a brand new you, he just might be your guy.
Not just great with haircuts, Von is known for her magic in transforming your vibe with a combination of perms and treatments. Let her take a look at your hair and voila, expect to be surprised with a brand new you.
Given that Von is a finalist in Goldwell ColorZoom, you know that this is one stylist whose skill you can trust. She doesn’t bulldoze over your preferences though but takes the time to do an in-depth consultation to better understand you. Maybe because she is Singaporean, we just need to say a few things and she’ll simply… get it.
That could be possibly why Von is able to come up with gorgeous and sleek hairstyles that are sure to get you that heart on your IG. (Is this why Wendy Jacob and other celebrities go to her too?)
That could be possibly why Von is able to come up with gorgeous and sleek hairstyles that are sure to get you that heart on your IG. (Is this why Wendy Jacob and other celebrities go to her too?)
Nich may look serious in photos, but in person she's a smiley and easygoing Singaporean hairstylist we feel very comfortable with.
She doesn't act like a diva nor look down on your preferences with her 13 years of experience in the industry. Instead, Nich listens to your concerns and genuinely does her best to help achieve what you're looking for with her signature haircut and perm / rebonding. After all, Nich has picked up much of her skill from big names such as Shunji Matsuo, Jeric and the Toni & Guy Academy, making her particularly strong in haircut, perms and rebonding. Those who enjoy getting blunt cuts, especially, will find that Nich gives a stunning blunt cut like no other! She doesn't just do female haircuts well; male customers also love her fade haircuts and creative men's cuts that look good and are easy to style.
Not just an ordinary hairdresser, Dila stands out for her personalized consultation - something she advocated for the past 20 years as a technical director for Toni & Guy Academy, P&G as well as L'Oreal. She doesn't just ask you for your preferred hairstyle and hair length but much like a doctor, goes deeper to understand your lifestyle, your occupation and your style to customize something for you. The result? A hairstyle that fits you to the tee. If you're a mom of 2, she wouldn't recommend you to do a treatment that lasts 4 to 6 weeks but will suggest something that is quick and easy to maintain. If you're a high powered executive, you wouldn't hear her asking you to go for earloop highlights but instead a sculpted cut to fit your new role. It is this commitment towards customer satisfaction that has customers recommending hordes of friends to her.
Dila is a well-rounded stylist for sure but if there is a must-try service you want to recommend to friends, it would have to be her face-framing highlight. Thanks to her experience as an educator, she knows exactly how to bring out the properties of each colour to best contour your face and slim or even lift up certain features.
Overall, a highly skilful Singaporean hairstylist who has made her mark elevating the skill of not just her own but also those around her, one we highly respect and definitely recommend!
A hidden gem we were excited to discover, Zenn always provides styles that balance prettiness with punchy personality.
With every hair creation, her background in visual design, attention to detail and 16 years of experience styling at top hair salons is evident. Yes, despite her apparent youth, she has been designing dos for 16 years, which partly explains why she is such a strong contender in providing both cuts and colours.
Haircut by Zenn
Hair Colour by Zenn
Senior Hairstylist, Jess is a key hair specialist at Act Point Salon. Though skilled at all major hair services, she is particularly stellar at perms and short hairstyles for females, earning her a loyal following spanning clients with varying ethnicities and hair textures. Many of Jess's customers follow her for life, even bringing their children to get their hair cut by her - talk about multi-generational appeal! Also, she's another stylist that we love for how she treats you as a friend and puts you completely at ease. As a bonus, her perms are reasonably priced at $285 for haircut, perm, pre AND post-treatment!
Perm by Jess
Perm by Jess
The number of stylists that we've met who are as charismatic and engaging as Jess is so small, we can literally count them in one hand. Don't let her personality distract from her skill though. This is one stylist who is very particular about precision.
Purple Balayage by Jess
Whether it is precision in haircuts or precision in placement of foils, Jess places a huge emphasis on how neatly the hair is done as it forms the very basis and structure of the entire hairstyle. Thanks to her many years of experience living, learning and doing hairdressing in Australia, Paris, London as well as in countries around South East Asia, Jess has numerous stories to share, making every experience with her a fun and enriching one!
Haircut by Jess
Shawn may not be very high profile but this is one stylist you definitely should not dismiss. More like a hidden tiger crouching dragon, Shawn is a stylist many customers go-to for superb haircuts. Customers rave about how his haircuts can last more than 6 weeks for men and 4 months for ladies thanks to his amazing skill. Shawn credits his time in Vidal Sassoon London for his easily manageable haircuts; he doesn't just chop your hair off immediately but lays a structure that accounts for your head bone, neck and face shape for a flattering cut that makes your overall silhouette look sleeker and slimmer. Overall, a highly experienced and skilled stylist we'd definitely travel all the way for contoured haircuts and scalp treatment!
Warm and approachable, but not in any way boisterous, Irene treats every customer with an omotenashi that makes customers instantly relax around her. By the time Irene picks up her scissors and starts cutting, whatever doubts you may have will magically disappear; her kind demeanour and 17 years of experience in the industry has honed her skill so much so that she can tame your hair and give it that extra oomph of personality.
Of her different cutting styles, we're most impressed with her pixie haircuts that boosts your personality without detracting from your femininity. Customers in the know will also tell you that Irene is superb with rebonding as she makes sure that every little detail is taken care of - all while minimizing hair damage in the process.
An experienced stylist of her generation, Queenie entered the industry when she was 17 and has since accumulated more than 10 years of experience since then. Her skills in colour are so strong that she has even won the Medallion of Excellence in an Asian Hair Skills competition! Having had her own hair fried by another salon when she was young, Queenie puts a strong emphasis in both her education and work.
Though she is strong across many different colours, there is however one that made us go WOW... and that's PURPLE. Queenie knows exactly what to do to achieve EVERY shade of purple whether lavender, pastel, violet highlights - you name it, she has done it. Overall, an up and coming Singaporean stylist we're proud to recommend.
Aside from service, Keith is most demanded for easily manageable haircuts tailored for their face shape; customers rave about how his cuts make them look slimmer and younger immediately. He credits this to his strong training from previous salons where he learned to systematically cut the hair in such a way that the inner and outer line follows the flow of your natural hair growth, allowing his haircuts to last for a fairly long period of time.
His eagerness to give customers' the best experience possible and his willingness to continue learning and improving has gradually earned him a following who love how he is able to give Japanese level service with the approachability of a fellow Singaporean. Although not super talkative, Keith is a very sincere stylist whose chats make the hair experience all the more enjoyable.
Beige balayage by Keith
Specially handpicked by Daisuke to join Bump, Keith is one of the few Singaporean hairstylists who impresses with his service and attentiveness to details. He has after all, spent many years of experience as a hairstylist at some of the top Japanese salons in Singapore and has since internalized many aspects of Japanese service when attending to his own customers.
Classic brown by Keith
Desmond from Be U Hair Design may be young, but he has almost a decade of experience.
His creativity, detail and sense of aesthetics show skills beyond his years. We love that his hair colours have depth and texture that makes them look Instagram-worthy and super unique!
Constantly learning and experimenting, he is a dedicated stylist who wants to make your dream hairstyle a reality!
There are very few Singaporean stylists, let alone good-looking ones with looks, talent and passion. That’s why we’re super excited to meet Glen.
Exactly like what we expect, Glen is friendly, suave and most of all passionate about hairdressing. When we got to the topic of hair colours and cuts, we could literally see the sparkle in his eye as he shared the different possibilities for makeover. As infectious as his enthusiasm is, we didn’t feel pressured in any way because that’s just not who he is. Chill with quite a few jokes thrown in, Glen attentively listened to our preferences before presenting his recommendations to tailor to our needs.
The end result? Trendy beautiful colours and cuts that has impressed even fussy locals and western foreigners who go only to him for colours. His stylish cuts and men’s perms have also gotten him a huge following among men working in the area.
Glen’s accelerated growth as a hairdresser could very possibly be attributed to Shuhei’s mentorship over the years. After putting in much hard work training under Shuhei, Glen has attained a high proficiency especially in the area of hair colouring and cut. Still, he is unsatisfied with where he is and has committed to continue improving his skill for his customers.
Having overcome many struggles to get to where he is, Glen’s passion and skill make him an up and coming Singaporean stylist we love to support.
Marina may have just graduated not long ago but the highly talented hairdresser has already earned a reputation for her celebrity-worthy hair colours.
Take a look at her hair works and you'll understand why Eri Su handpicked her from the graduating batch to join Eri Su's founding team. Despite her young age, she has a keen sense of aesthetic that gets her creating gorgeous colours that will definitely get you that heart on IG.
She credits that to Eri's mentorship as he generously imparts all his skill in colouring and knowledge to her. Her experience working backstage at big events such as Celebfest have also helped her grasp trending styles that much faster.
Skill aside, Marina is very hardworking and does her best to make sure that your visit is nothing short of exceptional!
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