Hi, I’m Agent J. I'm a SAHM to two school children, one in Secondary School and the other still in Primary School.
Not the glamorous type, I have always preferred to have easily manageable hair because time is so precious; there are so many things to do every day, I simply do not wish to spend it on managing my hair. I do however want to look sane... the question is whether I can achieve neatness in as short a time as possible.
The salon that met my needs thus far is Color Bar by Full House Salon. Knowing that I only have about 30 minutes each time, stylists Natalie and Calvin have been giving me exactly what I need: great haircuts and sincere service at low prices and fast speeds.
Something however happened earlier this year that propelled me to consider a more intensive service; my friend took a photo of my back and this was how it looked like.
I always pride myself on looking neat so I was appalled to discover that how wavy my hair had become.
Truth is my hair has been naturally wavy for years (decades to be exact). I was never bothered by it because I don't see my hair from behind. The picture however jolted me into reality... my hair is really wavy!
For days, I could not get over how messy my hair looks. I have never done anything to my hair and am not sure what I can / should do to control the waviness. I shared my concerns with Agent G and she recommended me to consider Volume Rebonding. Agent G explained that Volume Rebonding is a procedure that will permanently straighten my hair to remove waviness. There are a lot of versions of Volume Rebonding though. Some salons add a C or S Curl at the end and call it Volume Rebonding while others involve root perm at the top to give it more volume. I'm not sure what suits me best... I just want to get rid of the waves! After much discussion, Agent G recommended me to check out Lee Han from a new Korean Salon The Space Korean Hair Salon. Apparently, he is very popular for volume rebonding, perms and haircuts... and would know what to do to achieve the best result for me.
I was eager for my appointment with LeeHan and prior to my appointment, he asked for my photo to see my hair. I was really impressed by his dedication in treating and studying my hair to see how he could best fix it even before meeting me.
LeeHan greeted me at the entrance of the salon and ushered me to my seat. He served me a cup of Korean drink and was prompt to start his work on my hair.
During the consultation, Lee Han shared a great deal. He mentioned that my hair is very healthy and is definitely suitable for C curl rebonding. The C Curl rebonding would remove the waves as requested. However, I have to note that my hair is shorter than shoulder length, with quite a lot of layers already cut. He can trim my hair but there is a limit to which te hair shape can be changed. C-Curl rebonding at the current length would therefore give my hair a triangle silhouette that not everyone may be used to.
Still, I was keen to give it a go. Give me straight no-wavy hair anytime... as long as he could complete the volume rebonding within 3 hours!
Before he laid his skillful hands on my hair, he surprised me by requesting that I put on a traditional silky looking Korean robe - I instantly felt like I was transported to Korea.
He then washed my hair to prepare it for the subsequent cut and perm.
He covered my eyes with a towel and gave me a very comfortable head massage and wash.
Following the wash, Lee Han escorted me back to the seat to prepare for the next step: Haircut!
Lee Han basically kept the length but tried to reduce the layers to make the hair more manageable.
I love how detailed his cut is even though my hair is so short.
Really impressed as my hair still maintained its shape even 2 months later!
Before he began, Lee Han attached a transparent eye cover to prevent any perm lotion from accidentally coming into contact with my eyes / face.
He is so detailed, Lee Han used 2 types of cream at the roots and at the ends. This allows him to customize the strength of the perm to the different hair condition.
His perm creams are also proprietary as he personally brought it to Singapore from Korea.
The application was fast and all I had to do next was to wait.
To accelerate the process, heat was applied.
At this point, Lee Han had to attend to another customer so his assistant came over to check multiple times to make sure that my hair wasn't overprocessed.
When they said it was ready, I was brought for my second hair wash.
LeeHan personally came back to blow dry and straighten my hair with the straightener.
Using a comb to hold my hair in place, he mentioned that this is the step he always performs himself as the angle of straightening and the right tension is crucial to how the volume rebonding will look at the end.
The C curls may look pretty strong right now but Lee Han assured me that it wouldn't be so curly once they are washed.
Rollers were added to help strengthen the C curls at the end.
To fix the curls into place, Lee Han applied the neutralizer - the last step of the perm.
It's interesting how he uses a "gun" to apply the neutralizer.. it helps to make the liquid neutralizer into bubbles which he says are more easily absorbed by the hair.
Soon it was time to go for another wash.
The assistant helped to apply an express treatment at the sink to make sure that my hair remained silky smooth afterwards.
Once the final wash was complete, I returned to my seat. While blowdrying my hair, I was given this plastic mask to prevent the hair from getting into my eyes.. how nice!
Once my hair was dry, the perfectionist LeeHan gave my hair some final trims.
Even during the finishing touches, LeeHan was still trying to perfect his final cuts until he was totally satisfied that he had executed his masterpiece on my hair.
No more messy waves!!
To make sure I was completely satisfied, he showed me my new hair at different angles to see if I'm satisfied.
Are you ready to see my final transformation?
Here's what my hair looked like before:
And now after:
What do you think?
My hair is transformed from messy wavy to straight and manageable.. I love it!
The overall shape of the hair changed as well, from oval to a more triangular shape. I took a little more time to get used to that but the triangle effect actually lessened over time as the C curl became less obvious.
The straight hair however remained! (yay!)
I had a great time at The Space Korean Hair Salon. The place made me feel like I stepped into Korea with all-Korean products and staff, Korean robe and the spacious classy feel. I also appreciate the fact that Lee Han was able to complete the hairstyle within the stipulated 3.5 hours as I have a tight schedule to keep... all while keeping his high standard of work. Lee Han may not talk much but that's fine with me as it allowed me to have a calm quiet time at the salon.
Most importantly though, the hair turned out perfectly.
It has been close to two months since the hair service and as Lee Han had accurately predicted, the waves on my hair have not returned... yay! My new hairstyle is much easier to manage and all I need to do is to give my hair a quick blowdry after washing!
Love it that my hair looks neat and straight at all angles even after 2-3 months! .
Thank you for putting so much effort, Lee Han into my hair and making my first volume rebonding experience such a good one.
This may be my first but certainly not the last... Other than his volume rebonding, Lee Han's perms look absolutely gorgeous. Hence, I'm looking forward to come back again for haircuts and even perms in the future!
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