Kimage School of Hairdressing @ Marina Square

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Loves

  • Affordable prices
  • Central location (close to City Hall MRT)
  • Hairstylists tend to give good service (polite) and are meticulous at their work
  • You can (Should) make an appointment beforehand

Not-So-Happy-With

  • Hair outcomes might not be what you expect (trainee hairstylists are still not that skilful)
  • Waiting time can be long at times
  • Treatment time may take longer than usual salons (as trainees are not as experienced as qualified hairstylists)
  • You can't really ask for specific hairstylists

What Other People Say

Loving It
5
Happy
4
So-so
3
Discontented
5
Disappointed
5

RS

September 28, 2018

Value for money

Pros : Value for money hair service. I did a hair perm there by the Graduates for $55. Friendly staff. Cons: Appointment was difficult to book. Had to wait for 1 week before I could get a slot

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Leong Ming Yu

August 23, 2018

Warm and Polite

I came by without an appt after several failed appts to try to book for their scarce student slots over the phone. With some difficulty, the asst principal managed to slot me in, citing the welfare of the students that they were also looking to go home. The student they assigned me to was to be graduating the day after. She was steady and conscientious when washing my hair. I had initially wanted a hair treatment due to my hair sticking out when I sleep but the asst principal recommended scalp treatment and now as I am undergoing this scalp treatment here in their perfectly comfortable salon chair, I don't regret following her advice. The new unit number for the training school is 02-09, marina Square and is directly across the marks and Spencer. The layout is open yet cosy, lighting is modernly mellow. I prefer the ambience here over the previous location just leading off the suntec city access bridge. They charged me $15 for my scalp treatment and i appreciated the fact that it was not perfunctorily done as was my experience in another training school.

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Mona

February 20, 2017

Awful experience

Firstly I must say that the reception lady was very rude & impatient & didnt even hear my requests properly.

I had a booked appointment & I had gone for hair Colour & cut . I used a graduate stylist as my previous experience few years back with a student stylist was very bad & this time also she could not understand my instructions properly in English and many times she kept doing her work with out understanding what I was saying .

My hair were waist length before the cut & I repeatedly requested the stylist to maintain length & cut only 4 inches and do not thin the hair .. but inspite of reapeted request not to thin & cut short ..

I ended with a all my hair chopped off to a shoulder length hair with all volume lost & the Colour was ok but not the tone I was told which was auburn but got a black Colour so with a regret I have to say that I would never ever go to kimage again ;(

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Elena Ho

July 15, 2016

Affordable and worth the try for colouring!

I went to kimage school for a last minute appointment to fix a badly done balayage from another salon. The teacher whom I consulted with initially was great - she told me that the condition of my hair might be too weak to handle bleaching again and gave me time to consider if I wanted to proceed. I decided to do it anyway and was assigned a trainee for the bleaching process. The teacher was there to make sure I would get the result I wanted and guided the trainee while she was working on my hair. Had a few other trainees come and help out throughout the process as well. They take a little longer because they fiddle around a bit and go off to ask questions at times, but the process is well-guided by their supervising teachers.

The trainees aren't the most personable and they won't really interact with you, but I have no qualms about that because I'm not the kind who loves chatting. Took 3 hours+ and $90 to do a balayage techni colour and treatment.

Was very happy with the results and was a good first experience for me.

Recommend for people wanting to try balayage, have time, and don't want to spend too much money!

 

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Lyn

August 05, 2014

Waste of my time and effort

After much consideration I decided to give it a try as the price stated for highlighting is too attractive . I push aside all things and made my way to Funan . The receptionist look at my hair and asked for a 70 dollars for hair highlight and it does not include bleaching. I was abit speechless ,even the price list stated single colour colour is 20-25 .she say because my hair is long and the cost is different! Excuse me My hair is just reaching my chest not like touching the floor, for that price I can just add money and go to salon instead of trainee. At least you should state beside your price that different length price varies instead of saying how cheap the price is! What a waste of my time and effort!

 

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Rachel

October 29, 2013

Ultimate disaster haircut

Going there for a haircut is an ultimate disaster. There wasn’t any senior stylists available hence i decided to opt for a trainee since i only wanted a trim. That’s where the horror starts.
Their trainees are not capable of doing just a simple trim. I ended up with unbalanced and hair so much shorter despite constantly telling her NOT TO CUT SHORT, JUST TRIM ABIT.
Repeated comments fell on deaf ears and the moment she cut the first lock of my hair i know i’m doomed because 3 inches of my hair was cut off and its already too late to stop her.
After i left, i went to the toilet to survey the damage. The front of my hair was just too long and unproportionate to the back so i went back again to get her to shorten the front part to balance out the hair and she was unhappy about it- Her face was black. What attitude is this! I should be the one screaming!!
I have tolerated this ugly hair for 2 months since August and it seems to take forever to grow out my hair before i can go for another trim.
I totally regret stepping into Kimage at Funan and this is the first and the worst experience i ever had in a salon where the hair stylist does the OPPOSITE of what you specifically asked for. I recall that the name of the trainee was Chanel – petite with long golden brown hair.
Please do cut your hair here because you will be the guinea pigs for the trainees who are still trying out their raw skills. I always believe in giving new staff chances but after coming here, i vow to never let a trainee near my hair again.

Updated
I realised the price listed was $6? I paid $23 for a junior trainee..

 

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January 02, 2013

DIPPED THE HAIR

so to be completely honest, I’m not very adventurous with my hair. If anything quite boring. Other than the red bob i tried last year, i generally tend to stick to natural colours and simple hairstyles. So as always, i went to my usual hair salon, which is the Kimage Hair School at Funan, for a normal one colour shade but the instructors there who seem to recognise me by now, suggested I try something different since my hair has grown out and the next thing I know I had red dip-dyed hair.

i really love this dip dye style – a little bit of rebel mixed into a fashion statement. if you’re not one to go for something too loud because of work or anything you can try slightly less brighter colours for a more subdued look or even opt for ombre for a more sunkissed look.

happy experimenting girls!

 

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August 02, 2012

Haircut turns out okay

the boy went to try the hair cutting service at kimage training academy. hahaha was waiting for the haircut to turn out hilarious, but it turned out ok lol good for him! quite frankly, i cannot tell when guys have cut their hair unless it was some disastrous result or they decide to turn into botak jones. being a girl is definitely better in terms of choices in hairstyles and clothes!

 

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September 08, 2011

Very satisfactory

Despite the 4th visit, I have my reserved doubts. On the other hand, a $6 haircut (with wash) may be worth the calculated risk. Avoiding Lady Gaga’s beehive’s a safe bet, I planned for something guy-easy.

I’d made my appointment just half hour before heading down. It was frighteningly astonishing to encounter the emptiness of Kimage Academy – not more than half a dozen overgrown bonsais.

So I tucked my Shaquille O’Neal sized bottom into their kindergarten armchair, and hoped for an experienced noob. Ironically, some newbies are really fantastic hairstylists. They just need an hour. If you plan to catch a flight after haircut, avoid this place, approach the neighborhood barber instead (they are exceptionally fast for a well-measured flat top, with references to the ridiculous army 4-3-2-1).

Throughout the process, I was like an anxious father awaiting childbirth. I dare not doze. You snooze, you lose. I didn’t want to wake up and see myself a noble participant of Hair For Hope 2011. Or worse, Mr. T or Krusty the clown. I asked for a simple and neat trimming, while keeping my current hairdo. How hard can that be? It’s not Dennis Rodman.

As she started snipping, 5 staff surrounded me (staff can be used to refer both singular and plural). I was tensed, not because I felt like a cannibal’s ritual sacrifice, I was nervous for the poor trainee. Do you know how it feels when your fiery Indian Math teacher stopped to look at your answers during an O level preliminary exam? I stopped writing and pretended to comprehend.

She chuckled when her Kimage Pope reprimanded her. Each sign of utter uncertainty lifted my eyebrows, I almost became an owl.

Hair washing was the only well-deserved break from all clutches. Nonetheless, it was all done in 45 minutes. Very satisfactory. That risk was worthy. Previously I’ve had all haircuts at QB House. If I have to break down the cost at QB House, $8 probably goes to the machine taking in your ten-dollar note, while they’ll give you a $2-equivalent service.

All in all, $6 was well spent, even after factoring in volatile chances.

 

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June 15, 2010

the more I look at it, the more disgusting it is

Yesterday was spent doing many things. Okay not really a lot actually. Firstly I went to Kimage School to get my hair dyed with Tingting and Jiaxin. Woah damnit they were really slow as compared to my mom! :/ first time almost falling asleep while doing my hair. Tsk. Now my colour is like red+gold+brown. I don’t know why the more I look at it, the more disgusting it is. Argh! But at least my black roots are gone. Wanna ask my mom to help me trim my hair again. A little long.

 

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January 21, 2010

The hair treatment also does not last till the next day

A friend recommended this salon as cheap and good. I realized later why its more affordable as compared to the rest of the Kimage salons because its Kimage hairdressing training salon where aspiring stylists trained in this salon hence the rates are cheaper. A simple haircut of mine took about 2.5hours compared to the usual 1hour at other salons. I would not trade time for money.

The hair treatment also does not last till the next day.

 

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November 26, 2009

Cutting my hair in uncertainty

had a $6 haircut at kimage hairdressing school, almost had heart attack watching the 30+ lady cutting my hair in uncertainty. i still have to make known to her that both side are in unequal length. because of her mistake, my hair is shorter than it should be. what can i expect from a 6 dollar service? sighed.

 

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October 30, 2009

Poor tortured hair

This is a review on the services provided by Kimage School of Hairdressing… it was my first experience with them and I would say, it would be my last too. This place was recommended by a local magazine for their cheap services.

All services are done by trainees… means they are hairstyling students. So I wouldn’t be expecting much.

The service I tried today was a simple hair treatment. I thought nothing could go wrong. But I was sooo sooo wrong 

My Rating

I called up on Tuesday to make an appointment for Friday evening. Upon answering my call, the lady on the line sounded as if she was in a hurry to end my call. She hastily asked for my name, which service I would like to have and the time. The call was over in less than 30 seconds. Talk about being “efficient”. She wasn’t polite either.

Receptionist: 2/5

I was led to my seat and it took 10 minutes to get a student to attend to me. She was a 40-ish lady… with very strong fingers. OMG. This was the first time I felt like I was getting a face lift together with a hair wash! I had to clench my jaw as she lathered the shampoo in. She was being so rough with my hair  after 10 mintues of intense lathering, she asked in typical Singlish: “Not pain ah?” I was like… YES IT IS! After which she was gentle for like 5 mintues or so… then she led me to have the shampoo rinsed out. I guess afew strands of hair didn’t make it through her tugging. 

Hair wash:1/5

I’ve tried the products used in this treatment before. It is by Matrix, Biolage. Quite a low-end salon line in my opinion. The treatment went OK, just that she wasn’t too careful during application of the ampoule. She dripped some on my satin skirt  and left strands of hair (with treatment on) touching my face. Argh! And what is a treatment without the steaming part?? She just left the treatment on and rinsed it off within 20 minutes. I could have done that at home too!

Treatment: 2/5

The most horrible part of the whole experience. She really had no idea how to blow curls in my hair. Seriously, I think many Youtube Gurus could have done a much better job than her even without having to attend hairstyling school. Firstly, she had done a center parting instead of my usual side parting. Next, she tugged so hard at my hair while trying to blow the curls in  She also used the wrong brush, making my curls really fluffy. I looked like a character from The Lion King. Lastly, she gave up in the end (it was near closing time), leaving my hair slightly damp when I left the salon. It was really disappointing.

Blow: 1/5

Verdict:

All in all, it was a really bad experience and I wasted 2 hours of my time there. I left the place with my scalp feeling tender. Even though it was $23 (after 10% discount) for a treatment, I would still pay the full amount to get it done at a more relaxing salon and in half the time.

I went home to wash out her blowing and put on some leave in treatment on my poor tortured hair.

 

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January 10, 2009

Not fantastic

And also, I got a haircut. My sis booked us appointments at the Kimage School of Hairdressing at student prices, so while it was a cheap cut at $8.10, it's... not fantastic. >.> I had this middle-aged auntie as my hairdresser, whose hands were trembling slightly through the haircut, thereby inspiring in me a fear for my hair's well-being or lack thereof. But she was good at the shampooing bit (which my sis never told me about and thus I had my hair washed twice in the space of two and a half hours. Hurhur.). So yeah. Hooray for not-so-long-anymore hair, but slightly-too-long-as-to-be-slightly-irritating fringe.

 

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September 26, 2008

Haircut by kimage school

$5.40 for a very good head massage by the student and a stylish cut. While most might think that going to school is high risk, i feel that with the experienced Hair Instructor there, nothing can go really wrong. Unlike in the normal salons… pay so much and half the time you get crap..

 

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April 01, 2008

haircut @ kimage - school of hairdressing

Ok, for $6, it was certainly worth the time going down to Funan IT mall to get a 45 mins haircut, with a double wash and a little wax on the head. I had a friendly girl attending to my head.. who spent half the time scaling my hair from a bushy mess to a acceptable style to my liking. The only catch is this.. she’s a trainee.

While some may phantom the thought of risking to cut his hair with a student, I was weighing the cost factor against the bad hairday factor on a balancing beam. I had an initial impression that my haircut would cost $9, but who knew how cheap it turned out to be. So i decided to put my trust in the student, and hope for the best.

I guess the only problem was that both the student and the teacher had no idea what a Faux Hawk looks like. I wouldn’t have if Eil didnt explain what it was either. But it shouldnt be an excuse for hairstylists, left alone professional ones, not to be able to figure out what a fauxhawk was. The culture of such haircut started to bloom only after many ads of David Beckham looking good in it. Perhaps thats the reason why she didnt do a very good job on my head.

 

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January 29, 2008

1st experience with kimage training school.

went to the training sch at funan.
waited quite long.
but ….. the experience is different lor.
don’t know how to say.
hard to explain.
the colour wasn’t what i selected.
because i told the woman the shade i want,
that’s all.

i am accepting it because it’s not bad,
must give people a chance to learn what!

 

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September 15, 2007

The outcome was satisfactory

We made it to Kimage (Learning Centre) at Funan, and I was greeted by a row of Aunties, sitted by the counter.

I suspected that I was their first customer for the day, until I saw a little girl having her hair cut.

Ok.

I was like the second.

Cut + Dye + Highlight = $41.60!

WAH!!!

They call the dye+highlight technical colour, and I didn’t understand what it was.

OF COURSE I DIDN’T UNDERSTAND LA!

I ONLY KNOW DYE AND HIGHLIGHT MA!

Like if I were to tell you that’s a DR, but I want a DE together with RR.

YOU UNDERSTAND NOT?

Most probably on Charlene Tan and Chair Tan will understand.

Don’t hair-talk me ok, hair dressers?

You see, the good thing about going to a learning centre is that it is cheap.

Super.

But the bad thing is, you’re like a lab mouse, an experiment.

When the teacher demonstrates, a few students crowd round you.

Like how often do you get a few people breathing down your neck while you’re having a hair cut?

You won’t feel the pressure of having so many eyes on you (your hair), of course, but it sure felt uncomfortable being the guinea pig.

The outcome was satisfactory, tho’, and thankfully. =)

 

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September 04, 2006

New hair!!!

Call me a cheapo or whatever, but i did my rebonding at Kimage School of Hairdressing. Well, the price is looow, and the results are great. Plus, the students are humble and nice. Yeah. I can't afford so much, especially when my parents don't want to fork out any $. Though i did persuade Dad to fork in $15. Doesn't really make a difference, but it matters still. It did take quite a while for my length of hair. Like over 3 hours. Cos' they found itso hard to crimp my short and layered hair. And at ay one time, 2 students were attending to me, which is kinda nice. But one of them's crimping skills not that good, and the teachers and a pro had to crimp over the parts for me again. *good...* But my butt was already hurting half way through, and my head was throbbing. The straighteners they had were not good at all. One was prone to tugging at hair, the other had the plates near the sides, which kinda scalded me. So for about 2 hours, my hair was tugged at, my scalp was scalded. But at least they were doing a good job, and were considerate. The results were fantastic, though it's quite flat now. But i absolutely love it! Good bye to my frizzy and disgustingly curly hair! Wahaha... At least i don't have to be shameful of it now! And all for $52.50. Yes. It's a steal.

 

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May 17, 2006

Student stylist

went funan with shufen yesterday to colour her hair. i think i'm super nice to accompany her all the way there..right miss seow?? haha. the salon was actually a kimage school, so it's very cheap. $50 for dye cum highlight. but the time they take is really ridiculous. we sat there for like 3 hours to get her hair dyed and highlighted, and if not for the teacher's help, i think it'll take 4 hours. while sitting there and stoning, i was noticing the other students. there were these 2 women (students) who were dyeing an aunty's hair. just dye, no highlight..and the aunty's hair is short. guess how long they took? 2 and a half hours!!!!!!!! OH MY GOD. just dyeing you know!! how long can that take? then there was this other women cutting hair for this uncle, and she took a whole hour. and it's just a very very simple haircut. i guess it's cos they are still students, but 2+ hours to dye a short hairdo is quite ridiculous right??

 

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May 08, 2006

result=acceptable

fri went funan kimage w donkey to dye n cut his donkey hair. it took 3hrs! for hair so short like his it took 3 hrs, damn ridiculous. i was bored to death. anw it was done by trainee cos it was much cheaper. result=acceptable if u r nt the picky type. their cutting skills r nt tt steady enuff though. otherwise dyeing, straightening still can go there to do.

sat was my turn to touch up my hair. it took 3 hours too! -_- tt salon has damn gd biz

 

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August 02, 2005

i have chopped off my lion's mane...

5.05 p.m. reached kimage school of hairdressing..$8.40 for a hair cut..ehh..do u haf senior stylist?..oh..senior stylist u haf to go to 2nd level..oh okie okie..not dat i dun trust the student hair stylists..but dun tink they can handle my lion head..hahaaa..went kimage @ 2nd level..heehee..for the first time in my many visits to the hair salon, this hairdresser never ask me to rebond my hair..haahaaa..i asked her to do something abt my hair but the style shd not need any maintenance..she asked if i dare to cut my hair reallie short..i was wavering then she showed me some fotos from the magazines..n i told okie lahh..watever style u deemed suits me lahhh..n she daring enuff to cut my hair short..the last time i had reallie short hair was when i was in JC1..still rem we (e oac gals, at least 4 of us) went to our then fav hair salon, the award winning golden scissors in serangoon central..wonder if it is still there..haaa..n we cut our hair reallie short like ah boy..for easier maintenance during the training camp..however it was quite a disaster..cos we ended up with the same hairstyle n all looked super took..hahaa..i enjoyed the hair cut at kimage..partly oso becos i made good use of my $15 voucher free from the goodie bag from food and heritage challenge..aunty me at work again..haaa..i always find gg for a hair cut v therapeutic..indeed..haaa..especially the washing hair part..hope she can take forever to wash..haaaa..but it was a heart pumping experience seeing her cut away my mane..haaa..n after dat she taught me how to style to get those out-of-bed look..6.30 p.m..hair cut done..disastrous or not..u all see n tell me..haaa..i need to get wax..

 

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