Hello! I'm Agent G, Chief Editor at Beauty Undercover.
Readers who follow Beauty Undercover closely would know that I'm crazy over perms.
This was me, 8 years ago at my first perm at Zinc Korean Hair Salon - the visit that got me addicted to perms.
I had stick straight hair all my life but for the very first time, the Korean stylist gave me curls that made me feel feminine rather than auntie. Since then, I've been perming ever since.
Thanks to Beauty Undercover, I've had the opportunity to try out different salons, different stylists and different perm lotions.
In the one time I bleached my hair, Joel from Pro Trim managed to perm it with his low-damage perming lotion.
Since then, I've been on the lookout for low-damage perms that can still create the curls without making it so frizzy
I first got to know about Paimore GRATS but that has since been replaced by Advante Perm, which is currently our all-time favourite perm lotion thus far.
It can create curls even without opening the hair cuticles, making it the lowest damage perm lotion ever!
(Read here if you want to find out more about the differences between Advante Perm, Shiseido Perm, Tokio de Sinka Perm, Arimino Perm)
I loved it but it's been 8 months since my last perm at Picasso and my hair is now looking like this.
There is still quite a bit of volume but hair regrowth meant that the top half of my hair is now mostly straight.
It looks pretty alright from the front and back
But as you can see from the side, the straightness caused a weird kink around my head.
What does this mean? Time for another perm of course!
Guess which I chose this time?
Hoping to experience the new and upgraded Chez Vous Hideaway, I made an appointment on a weekday and headed down.
Knowing that Chez Vous Hideaway offers a number of bonus experiences even before the appointment began, I made sure I reached about 20 minutes ahead of time to enjoy all the amenities.
I thought I was kiasu but who knew, I had only enough time to go for the complimentary cold laser.
This laser treatment offers the 650nm red light laser to rejuvenate your scalp and promote healthy hair growth all while getting massaged by an OSIM chair! (Psst.. we've tried it at another salon focusing on scalp care and this cost quite a bit)
But not to worry, Oscar got me covered.
When it was time for my appointment, Oscar made sure that the butterfly pea drink was served before starting the opening ritual.
That meant a whiff of rosewater in the air and the choice of an essential oil to kick off the entire experience.
Once chosen, Oscar massaged the essential oil onto my scalp
And used this really cute massager to make sure that the essential oil gets deeper within.
I tell you... it really feels as shiok as it looks.
Somehow this massager was able to scratch whatever itch I had on the scalp before this!
Where do you get this thing??!
To end the scalp massage, Oscar then placed this wand on different areas around the scalp, sending mild pulses for deeper penetration of the essential oils.
Now that I'm all happy and relaxed at this point, Oscar offered me a floral tea and started the consultation.
I showed Oscar photos of perms I had in the past and discussed with him on the type of perm that best suits me.
Most of your previous perms are shoulder length and above but I think your face shape now is really suited for a long S curl perm. Would you like to give it a go? ~ Oscar
Oh yes I didn't even notice: this is the first time I'm going for a perm at this length!
To make sure the hair better frames my face, Oscar mentioned that he will do a root perm at the top and make sures that the fringe opens up my face like a curtain. The S curls will also be created in such a way that it conceals my slightly angular face shape for a softer, more romantic look.
Does that mean I'll look more like a Korean star after this?
As Oscar smiles in agreement, we proceeded to the rest of the service.
As my hair is really long and somewhat damaged, Oscar recommended a pre-treatment to repair the hair before the perm.
But first, a hair wash.
He escorted me to the washing area where I got my hair washed - with Advante shampoo and long swedish strokes to remove dirt thoroughly from my hair.
With the tibetan singing bowl, video footage of the galaxy and instrumental music in the background, everything just felt so surreal.
Back at the seat, Oscar applied the Tokio 0 Pre-Treatment as well as their proprietary treatment for fast-acting repair before the actual perm .
To make sure the treatment penetrates even more deeply, my hair went for a round of steaming to open the cuticles and allow the treatment to enter.
Once the treatment had finished processing, Oscar began the haircut.
As much of my length would be kept, he cut off the damaged hair ends and also the bangs in such a way that it better contours the face.
Oscar then blew my hair dry.
To sculpt the hair to its intended shape, Oscar applied the Advante Perm lotion on the second half of my hair.
As mentioned earlire, Advante Perm is the only perm lotion out there that can create curls even WITHOUT opening hair cuticles. This allows hair to be less damaged and hence less frizzy after the perm.
Mild heat is then applied to accelerate the process.
With cuticles remaining closed in the Advante Perm, Oscar rolled a small section of hair to check for its elasticity.
After about 15 minutes, Oscar released the section; seeing how the hair retained the curls afterwards, my hair was ready.
After yet another hair wash, Oscar began the curling process.
First he curled the second half ot my hair.
Then he curled even my bangs! This part is pretty important - do it well and it will frame the face!
Mess it up and it may flip all over but with Oscar's experience and conscientiousness, I knew I could leave my hair in his hands.
Once all the curlers were secured, my hair was left to sit for a while.
Once ready, a neutralizer was applied to my hair to set the perm.
My hair is finally ready for the last wash.
A special brush was used to thoroughly shampoo the hair and make sure that the neutralizer is removed.
That's not all.
Back at the seat, a hair technician gave me a closing massage with a jade roller and a warm herbal compress.
A welcome relief, as I've been at the seat for hours!
Once my hair was unwrapped, they even used the S-ion to clarify the scalp and inhibit bacteria growth.
Seriously, whatever I could think of, the salon has already provided. Can't think of a better hair experience anywhere else.
Most importantly, how did my hair turn out in the end?
Raady for the reveal?
Whoa whoa whoa.. is this really me?
For a moment there, I couldn't recognize this person.
I mean, I've permed my hair a thousand times but this is the FIRST TIME I actually feel like... a Korean actress.. HAHA!
OK, still far from it but it's as close as I can get without going for plastic.
THE HAIR... especially.
This is the type of curls I dreamed of having ALL MY LIFE but never thought I could pull off. The curls are HUGE and are structured in a way that made me look and feel more princessy than before.
No matter which angle, the hair just looked.. so gorgeous omg.
With my hair lookin' this good, I couldn't help but take lots more photos in the instagrammable salon.
And here's a serious one to end off the power look.
If it is not obvious already, I LOVE LOVE LOVE the perm here at Chez Vous HideAway.
To be honest, that surprised me quite a bit. I mean, I knew that they were instagrammable but I really didn't expect the skill of the stylists here to be THAT GOOD as well.
Oscar especially blew me away with his AMAZING PERM. While he is not Korean, his experience shadowing a Korean stylist earlier in his career + his continuous training + conscientiousness + quality perm lotion allowed him to give me a Korean-style perm that looked even better than what I had before. The best part is, I don't even have to articulate exacly what I like and he just delivered. THANK YOU OSCAR ❤️
>> Immediately adds him on IG. <<
Within the week, I had people coming up to me asking where I got my hair done and received so many compliments from friends and even other stylists who gave their stamp of approval.
Wah, who did this? Nice leh!
It isn't enough for it to look good immediately of course. If you're wondering how my hair look months after, here're some photos.
I love how I don't have to style my hair - just make sure it is blown dry, add some hair oils and I'm ready to go. That is probably the power of Chez Vous' Anti-Damage Movement Perm.
Without a doubt, this is one of my favourite perms of all time.
While not the cheapest, the price of $425.86 which includes 1 x Haircut + 1 x Premium Service (Digital Perm) + 1 x Basic Service (Tokio Inkarami Hair Treatment) + GST + all the complimentary services is definitely worth more than many comparable perms out there, further cementing my personal opinion that Chez Vous HideAway is one of the best hair salons to try in Singapore (for perms too!)
I'm not the only one who thinks so, as so many others have shared their experiences others' testimonials for Chez Vous Hideaway on Beauty Undercover.
If you've been here, share your experience on BU.sg!