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SONA Japanese Skin Studio @ Tanjong Pagar

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Even in treatments as short as 30 min, I must make sure that customers see a visible difference before they walk out of SONA Japanese Skin Studio.

Shiori Nakao
Founder of SONA Skin Studio

Overview

One of Agent G's favourite and Beauty Undercover's most trusted facial therapists, Shiori has just founded a new holistic Japanese skin concept in Singapore: SONA.

There are so many things we love about SONA, we don't know where to start! SONA is after all, the first and so far only Japanese salon that offers facial services together with complimentary facial + makeup product audit. Unlike other salons that tend to charge for each machine that they use, SONA charges one price for the SONA Customized Facials and uses a variety of machines to make sure that your face gets the nourishment it needs. This means that you have the chance to experience radiofrequency, ultrasound and many more machines... with just one price!

That's not all; facial is only the first step to help your skin get better. Continuous use of quality products that suit your skin is necessary to accelerate this process. Instead of pushing you to buy a whole new set of products, the therapists here at SONA will encourage you to use the current products that are suitable for your skin by taking a look at what you already have to mix and match. They will also share with you what ingredients you should look out for and what ingredients you should NEVER apply to your sensitive skin so you can understand your skin better!

Beyond the long-term results you see from facials, Shiori also loves to share about her second passion: Makeup. As flawless (or flawed) as your skin condition may be, makeup contours your face and helps to enhance your appearance. With skincare in mind, Shiori offers makeup services even for those of us with sensitive skin as well as personalized makeup lessons so that you can learn how best to conceal your imperfection and bring out your best features back at home... all while using products that best suit your skin.

SONA offers all the above in a cozy private setting on the second level of a shophouse in Tanjong Pagar.

As much as the proposition and the decor appeals to us, we think that Shiori and her team is still the biggest draw for us.

Shiori is one of the MOST knowledgeable Japanese facial therapist we know. Ask her anything and she can tell you the difference between one aesthetic treatment vs another. Combine the extensive knowledge with her first-rate Japanese service, skill and newest facial technology and you've got a facial treatment you absolutely got to try in Singapore.

Shiori is not the only facial therapist in SONA though. She is assisted by the very capable Emily who has also garnered many good reviews on Beauty Undercover over the years.

Perhaps its because SONA’s treatments are very effective or maybe its because the staff here is super attentive to each customer with ZERO hardselling, more than 90% of her new customers go back to SONA for additional services!

Overall, a must-try holistic Japanese facial salon we'd highly recommend in Singapore

 

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Loves

  • Results-oriented treatment supported by newest facial technology e.g. facial peels and machines
  • One of the few Japanese facial salons that does extractions. They are careful not to be too harsh or painful.
  • Experienced facial therapists
  • Complimentary facial and makeup product audit
  • Personalised service
  • Private location within rooms
  • Eye and facial treatment popular among male customers
  • Both therapists are fluent in both Japanese and English
  • Both therapists are flexible with opening hours
  • ZERO hard-selling

Not-So-Happy-With

  • 7 min walk from the MRT
  • Not the cheapest facial salon out there

What Other People Say

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Joanna coleman

July 16, 2021

Awesome awesome awesome

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My skin looks amazing, glowing EVERY time I come for a facial. And Shiori is a wonderful human being. (Review not yet verified)

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Ruth Lee

April 27, 2021

Fantastic experience with Shiori

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SONA is the best beauty salon i have been to. Shiori is meticulous, efficient, knowledgeable and extremely gentle. I have been to quite a few facials before but SONA is a place i will continue to support from now on. Each session is an hour with no extractions but my skin has never looked better in years. Shiori customizes each session according to my skin’s needs and has never asked me to top up for serums / ampoules etc. Each facial leaves me relaxed and refreshed. The place is super clean and elegant. I love their signature zen scent so much that i ordered a bottle! Those who are looking for a good facial, I highly recommend trying this place out. They may not be the most affordable, the duration may be shorter than what you’re used to, no extractions may be discouraging to some.. but seriously, those 90 min facials have nothing on SONA! ❤️

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Mabel

January 23, 2021

Amazing amazing amazing

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I love getting my treatments with Shiori. The oxygen facial always leaves my skin glowing, and people have asked what I’m doing differently because my skin looks much better. The studio is convenient to get to, and the mood is always relaxed. No hard-selling. I’m very glad I found this gem.

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Julieanne

January 23, 2021

The best beauty salon in town

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Overall top notch from services provided by Shiro and Emily... reasonable pricing and good varieties on the type of treatments available in this place.. ambience is amazing.... always feeling great after each session at Sona... a little heaven on mine...

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Angela

January 06, 2021

Facial service

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Very good. She is very gentle and the experience is very comfortable

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Jeslyn

November 13, 2020

Your skin needs this place!

What I really like about this place is that the facials are customised to your skin needs. And there are not extra charges for customisation too. My skin is always glowing after the facial! It’s not like the other salon where it’s always the same steps and products and it doesn’t really cater to what your skin needs at that time. Plus, it’s really a cosy place and everyone is so friendly. Makes me feel at home! :)

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Gaby

November 04, 2020

Only place I go to

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When you first enter it’s very welcoming and the rooms are inviting and calming. Shiori always takes time to hear about my skin’s condition and analyse it before telling me the treatment she will be doing. There’s no hard selling and you know they are sincere in helping you achieve your skin goals. I look forward to every visit I make at sona :)

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Farid

October 17, 2020

Feels like home

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I saw the reviews online, and went to have my first facial here last October and I saw instant results. Shiori was patient, explained to me what she could to help my facial condition and suggested a suitable facial treatment. The small chats, the comfortable ambience and non-pushy service made me a regular. I was impressed by the results each time I did my treatment and it has been a monthly affair that I look forward to. One should really try Reverse Facial, I have gotten quite good comments from friends and colleagues after undergoing the facial and I swear by it.

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lxxxch

June 29, 2020

NO HARDSELLING :)

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This is one of the first few facial salons i have been to with immediate effect. You dont even need make up and there is no redness or downtime. I wouldnt mind getting a package. There is completely no hardselling and i even had to ask for package price. very impressed. everything was great just that the salon does not have paywave (using phone). that would be really convenient

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Priyanka Chatterjee

February 05, 2020

excellent work

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Cleanliness, efficiency, consistency, professionalism and above all the excellent work. :)

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Eileen Teo

January 11, 2020

The facial salon to go

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I don't usually leave reviews but SONA and Shiori deserves this. I'm no stranger to facial and aesthetic treatments, having plowed through lasers packages and facial packages from big and small beauty chains. One thing that really strike me is the lack of selling of packages at SONA. I was just told how much my session cost today, and no mention of any package at all. I had to hang around until I can corner one of their therapist and ask about their packages. Hah. Back to my facial, I had Shiori as my therapist. Her assessment of my skin is spot-on. She was so gentle on my skin that I almost don't feel anything was done on my face. Two things that are different from the usual beauty chains is eyebrow shaping and neck massage, but I can do without it. Here comes the best part of the facial, no redness after my facial is done. In fact, there was a slight glow (makes sense since I did the Glow Facial, with an add on oxygen infusion treatment). I brought along my makeup kit but ditched it and went home on the train, makeup free. I can't wait for my next session with Shiori.

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JL

November 05, 2018

Friendly therapist

Review for Emily

The price could be a tad pricey however it is quite worth it. Painless extraction. Emily is a very gentle therapist and she will pay close attention to my needs. She is a very patient person. The entire experience is very comfortable and no hard selling at all. No extra charges for the use of machine. She gives very good recommendation for facial routine as well.

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Nicholas Goh Zheng En

August 11, 2018

Painless extractions

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Painless extractions. Recommendations on how to maintain good skin.

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Jolyn Tang

August 11, 2018

Shiori is very good with my sensitive skin

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Great ambience. Shiori is very good with my sensitive skin, which strengthened tremendously after treatments here.

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Ivan Lee

August 03, 2018

Therapist here is very patient and meticulous

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Therapist here is very patient and meticulous in her service. Furthermore, the ambience here is extremely relaxing. Having been with NUA/SONA for over a year, my skin has definitely shown improvement.

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Madoka Kobayashi

November 28, 2017

effective and great service

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I like that it is less pain, reasonable, effective and great service.

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Fang Yi

September 09, 2017

Treatment is effective

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Treatment is effective and entire process is relaxing.

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Evelyn

March 28, 2017

I love how effective the treatments are!

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I love how effective the treatments are! Only done a few times facials and could see apparent improvement, on top of that, excellent service! My beautician is Emily and she's very friendly and gentle, love how bubble she is every session, and how generous she is with tips ad advice to improve my skin conditions! Last but not least, it's value for money, I know more facials out there that are more pricey with a lot less results, no hard-sell either! 

Maybe some loyalty programme for frequent customer or more discount? =D

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ele

October 08, 2016

Facial at NUA

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This was my first time going for a facial; was taken real good care of by Shiori San. Everyone was friendly and patient, and the premises were clean. Facial was gentle and relaxing. My skin was visibly smoother, brighter, and healthier right after. Thank you!

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Cheryl

October 08, 2016

Environment is soothing and relaxed

Review for Emily

Environment is soothing and relaxed. Emily's relaxing strokes nearly made me fall asleep! I love how clean & clean my face looks after each treatment, and am looking forward to me next facial treatment.
What I think can be improve upon?
None I can think of! :) Am a happy customer

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Shalen Aik

August 05, 2016

Very happy with this place

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I have always wanted to try facial but I have heard terrible things with regards to facial salon - customers experiencing bad skin reaction to the products used, intense hard selling, facials are overpriced, facial duration cut short etc. This is why I did extensive amount of research before deciding to go to Shiori for my first facial experience. I am glad I did! Im loving this place.

Did my first facial treatment and I can see that the skin was brighter after the treatment. I have always had back acne problem. While I was paying for my facial treatment I saw that Shiori provides facial for the back too. Decided to give it a shot and Im glad I did. Shiori helped me extracted the blackheads on my back and applied brightening cream for my acne scars. I did not even know there is such thing called back facial.

All in all, give this beauty salon a shot. They dont sell packages and dont do hard selling. The worst thing that you want is additional stress given by therapists during your treatment. The treatments are very reasonably priced as well. :)

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Emi

July 16, 2016

Super kind and professional

Review for Emily

I enjoy my time here with Emily. She is super kind and professional. Thanks so much.


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Cherie Chong

June 11, 2016

No more red patches!

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Shiori san works wonders on my face! A sudden reaction led to red patches on my face and she helped to cure it in 1 visit!

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askevince

January 16, 2016

Gentle and accommodating

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1) The employees here do not hardsell products or service. Customers do not feel stressed or obliged to purchase more after the service

2) Emily gave me wonderful advice to help me with my facial skin health

3) Gentle and accommodating, she gives me a mind-relaxing experience here.

Keep up the great job!

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Jasline

November 18, 2015

Looking forward to the next treatment

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I have very sensitive skin. Recently due to haze, I developed rashes on my neck and chest area. It was very bad as it resulted in redness and itchiness. I went to see a skin doctor at National Skin Centre which made my condition worst. It worsen further after I came back from my business travel to Winter places.

Shiori did a thorough check on my skin condition and customized a treatment for my neck and check. The result that I get from the treatment was amazing, my skin improved after the treatment, the redness lighten and so does the itchiness. Today is the 2nd day of the treatment and it is still not as red as it was before, the itch is manageable now. I can’t wait for my next treatment and I’m looking forward to it.

Will I come back

For the great service and also the attentiveness that I receive and most importantly, there is no hard sell. It made me feel so at home and I don’t have to worry about having to sign a package like the rest of the salon in Singapore.

They really look into condition of your skin and not one treatment for all.

I’m very happy that I found a place where I can go for a worryless facial.

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ANN

February 05, 2015

Attentive to the skin condition

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I have visited for a few facial sessions and will definitely give all thumb-ups for Shiori San! (^_^)vv <3 <3 <3

She's very attentive to my skin condition and provides me with her genuine recommendations, which really helps to improve my skin! =) Not forgetting that Shiori San is very friendly that she makes me feel more like a friend and the interior decor is so cozy which makes my visit really comfortable... Another that i trully appreciate is NO hard-selling, which is sooo common among other salons in Spore! Recently, I have also signed up for Shiori San's makeup class and I am really impressed with her skills and techiques! It's easy to learn and extremely useful for my daily going-to-work makeup! **Bonus point - Shiroi San is generous to share her personal beauty and makeup tips!! ;)

Looking forward to my next visit! =)

 

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