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Kudos by Headlines Hairdressing @ Chinatown Hong Lim Complex

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$88 for Naked gorilla scalp treatment only available for first time customer

Treatment

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$138 for hair coloring with haircut valid for all hair length only available for first time customer

Haircut, Colour

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$200 for Mucota Omega/Algana straightening or perming valid for all hair length only available for first time customer

Perm, Straight

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15% off In total bill for All Hair Services valid for first time customer only

Haircut, Colour, Perm, Men, Straight, Styling, Treatment

At its very core, hairdressing is about modifying the lines that tell the story of who you are. Our aim at Kudos is therefore to shine a light on these very Headlines and bring out the best in you.

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Kudos by Headlines Hairdressing

Overview

Worked in the CBD before? You would most definitely have heard of and very likely had lunch at the Michelin Starred Hong Lim Complex with its Famous Sungei Road Trishaw Laksa, Bak Chor Mee, Wonton Mee and Bak Kut Teh.

But as savvy girls-in-the-know can tell you, this place isn't just a food paradise. With highly skilled veteran stylists congregating at Hong Lim Complex, the value-for-money hair services are yet another best kept secret here... if you know where to go.

And that's why we're here for, to let you in on one of our favourite salons there: Headlines Hairdressing or more accurately, Kudos by Headlines.

Recently revamped, Headlines Hairdressing went through a makeover of its own, refreshing its team and renaming the outlet to Kudos by Headlines. While the warm and inviting decor is certainly a factor that draws us in, it is clear that the main attraction of the salon is its talented stylist duo Gary and Ken. 

Co-Founder Gary is possibly the more illustrious of the two. Previously voted to be one of Singapore's Top 50 Stylists by Her World, Gary's skill was endorsed internationally time and again as he was invited to hair seminars, hair shows and even as a judge for hair competitions for stylists all over Asia. Thanks to his rigorous training in Vidal Sassoon London and a continuous drive to keep learning and improving, Gary has achieved a technical excellence in haircuts, perms and colours that have gotten customers travelling all the way from Paris Ris to town... for the past 2 decades. As regular customers can tell you, there is simply no one else who designs hair with the same level of skill, dedication and creativity as Gary. A perfectionist, he ensures that every single strand of hair is well cut... so much so that his bob haircuts can last for almost 6 months. 

While Ken may not have picked up as many accolades, frequent readers will tell you that he's a stylist we love to recommend here at Beauty Undercover. In fact, Ken was the first stylist to introduce MUCOTA DYNA rebonding to Agent G. Conscientious and highly knowledgeable about the process, Ken was able to take care of every small detail so frizz can be removed while retaining Agent G's natural volume. This is this level of skill, sincerity and commitment to quality that has gotten us recommending our friends and Beauty Undercover readers to Ken.

Whether it is Gary or Ken, you absolutely got to try their haircuts, perms and rebonding services. With Director Haircut as low as $55 for ladies and Manager Cut at $45 for men, prices here are a STEAL given their level of experience and skill. Their signature perms and rebonding are really competitive as well... especially after you realize that their hairstyles can last you more than 6 months. 

Don't take our word for it though. If you are able to look beyond their humble location and give Kudos by Headlines Hairdressing a try, we're confident that you'll find this salon a gem and love it as much as we do.

 

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Loves

  • Highly skilled and experienced stylist team anchored by celebrity stylist Gary and up and coming Ken
  • Friendly approachable stylist team who let quality and skill speak for themselves (no hardselling!)
  • Competitively priced haircuts, colours and perms
  • Spacious decor with lots of natural light
  • Lots of privacy with its location on the 2nd level of Hong Lim Complex
  • Walking distance within 5 min of Chinatown MRT

Not-So-Happy-With

  • Parking at Hong Lim Complex is a little narrow
  • Occasionally, you can hear gym-goers in the adjacent gym using their equipment.

What Other People Say

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EdwinC

April 09, 2024

trusted salon

Review for Ken Chang

Im very satisfied with Kudos. I like the haircut done by Ken. He pays attention to details and ever told me about my hair growth pattern. My previous haircuts done by other salons is very bad but not this time! Thanks for letting me try curls before I do my perm and I truly think that perm is the way to go! I will sure come back for my perm! (Review approved by Beauty Undercover)

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Junia

April 03, 2024

Always the best

Review for Ken Chang

Kudos is located conveniently in hong lim center. I have been following ken for over 8 years now. He is really good at consulting and giving me suggestions on how to maintain my hair. He really knows what hair suits my lifestyle. I also like the fact that there is no hard pushing for packages where I can peacefully read my book and not be bothered at all times. (Review approved by Beauty Undercover)

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Priscilla

March 20, 2024

Worth to try they promotion. NO hard selling !!

Totally enjoyed my hair treatment done at Kudos today! I tried the Naked Gorilla hair spa. The head massage was so comfy! When Shawn showed me the before and after pictures of my scalp, I was totally blown away! No wonder I keep dropping my hair. I really love how they pay attention to all their clients! I will recommend this salon to everyone. (Review approved by Beauty Undercover)

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Lucy

March 13, 2024

Recommend $138 colouring promotion !!

I had a color treatment done by Shawn. I specially want to thank the salon team who took good care of me! I left with the BEST colour treatment and my hair was so sleek and shinny. The results were incredible and I m absolutely satisfied with my hair colour. I will sure be back for more!! (Review approved by Beauty Undercover)

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Lynn

March 09, 2024

Comfortable - Warm - Professional - Friendly

Review for Ken Chang

Ken is very professional and skillful in coloring and cutting hair. His assistant is very gentle with my hair too. All the staff here are very friendly and warm. Worth every cent of the money spent. Highly recommend you to bring your family and your friends here. (Review approved by Beauty Undercover)

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Angelina

March 04, 2024

Love the service here. No stress for doing my hair here

Did my hair a few times in Kudos and I really like their services. Shawn is very honest about their opinions and he will not passive aggressive to get you to do other services that you do not need. Also, I really appreciate when Shawn knows when to chat and when to give u space as I m an introvert who does not really like to be bothered. I will sure come back. (Review approved by Beauty Undercover)

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Sabrina

February 28, 2024

Best C curls short hair!

Review for Ken Chang

After my botched perm job in another salon, was devatsed to let my long hair go. But ken managed to make me love having short hair! Everyone said that I look much younger and more Korean! I was pleased with how ken was so kind and attentive to me. I will sure go back to kudos in the future! (Review approved by Beauty Undercover)

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Emily

February 20, 2024

Singapore Professional Salon

Review for Ken Chang

Appreciate the meticulous care and good quality products used by Kudos. I always feel that Kudos’ products is a notch higher than most of the salons I have previously visited. My hair felt healthier and much more shine ever since I started the Rinka treatment with them a year back. Big thanks to my stylist KC. (Review approved by Beauty Undercover)

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Mini

February 05, 2024

This treatment reduces my thick hair volume!!

Review for Ken Chang

I did Rinka straightening and perming for 4 hours straight and Ken was still very patient after the service. I love that there is no hard selling/hidden cost where I can really totally relax and entrust my hair with them. 100% recommended! (Review approved by Beauty Undercover)

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zhi hao

January 15, 2024

friendly & precise

stylist Shawn is a very shy guy. but definitely worth to try. service i will give 9/10. Recommend this salon. value for money. (Review approved by Beauty Undercover)

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Xiao Yun

January 02, 2024

Quality Products - Comfort place - Knowledge and advised

Review for Ken Chang

I visited kudos for the first time last week and ken did my hair. He was very knowledge and advised me on the hairstyles that will suit my thinning hair. They even had a naked gorilla hair scalp treatment which totally cleansed my scalp. I think my hair follicles are less blocked this time round. Will sure visit again (Review approved by Beauty Undercover)

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Kath

December 18, 2023

Stress free

Review for Ken Chang

Located in the heart of Chinatown, this tiny salon is really a gem waiting to be uncovered. The hairdressers are all at least with 10 years experience and never once my hair was pulled or mishandled. Ken is very professional and this salon is my top choice for now on! (Review approved by Beauty Undercover)

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Angeline Wang

December 12, 2023

Hair services

Review for Gary

Awesome! (Review approved by Beauty Undercover)

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Lucineh

December 01, 2023

Great bearty hair salon

I was travelling to Singapore and this is the first time I tried Kudos. Although this is my first time, but I will be back for sure! It is pretty difficult to get Asian stylist who understood Caucasian hair and even to do a good highlight and colour it is even more difficult! Ken totally understood and I got my perfect highlight, colour and cut! (Review approved by Beauty Undercover)

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Yy

November 18, 2023

Good salon to try

Review for Gary

Good stylist with good service to fit your needs (Review approved by Beauty Undercover)

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Agnes Lum

November 08, 2023

Great service

Review for Gary

Gary is very knowledgeable about the different hair types, and knows what style is best suited for me, given the coarse texture an wavy nature of my hair. (Review approved by Beauty Undercover)

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HuiHui

November 05, 2023

Fantastic service

I went to cut my bangs yesterday and I m super happy with Ken’s cutting skills. This is my first time cutting bangs and ken totally nail it! The bangs totally cover my high forehead which compliments my face shape perfectly. Thank you ken and your team and I will sure be back again. (Review approved by Beauty Undercover)

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yuan yuan

October 23, 2023

Comfortable place & not hard selling

Review for Ken Chang

I received a much needed naked gorilla and hair treatment in one sitting. Ken and his team attended to me and they explained and demonstrated each treatment to perfection. They really take the time to explain my scalp condition and the treatment itself. I was quite taken back by how dry my scalp was. After the naked gorilla treatment, my scalp feels so light and clean! 10/10. (Review approved by Beauty Undercover)

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Grace Chan

October 12, 2023

Rinka! Great option to straighten and/or perm for natural curly hair

Review for Gary

Gary, the founder is a very experienced stylist who takes extra care to advise you and monitor the chemical treatments. Came back to Kudos for the 4th time for repeated good results and service. Gary will also offer a lot of styling tips when you ask him. I have also done Rinka treatment with Ken and both stylists are very good. I have natural curls and hair is difficult to manage in this humid climate. Rinka is very gentle and effective and it is the first time a stylist is confident to say that they can perm my hair. And yes, it was still in good condition after Rinka. (not frizzed out) The salon is very spacious and clean and prices are rather reasonable. The assistants are also very polite and careful eg washing, blow drying and helping the stylists with applying creams etc. (Review approved by Beauty Undercover)

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Xiao Yee

September 27, 2023

Organic product to get 1 time effect

Review for Ken Chang

Recommend the naked gorilla scalp treatment. Worth to try. $150 nett (Review approved by Beauty Undercover)

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Priya

September 09, 2023

Good service

Review for Gary

I have been patronizing Kudos Headlines hair Salon since 3 years ago. I have been doing Rinka treatment (even when I was pregnant) and my hair has been well taken care if by Gary and team. Very friendly and accommodating and they always go the extra mile. Loyal customer for life! (Review approved by Beauty Undercover)

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Jia Wei

September 06, 2023

Professional

Review for Ken Chang

This review is rather overdue. Juggling being a new mum & having self care is not easy! As usual, Ken always does my hair for my hair colour. Colour is perfect as per what I’ve wanted and I really appreciate how he suggested how I can maintain this by touching up the roots every 2 months or so. Hard to have honest and skilful stylist. Thank you Kudos. Highly recommended! (Review approved by Beauty Undercover)

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Sophia

August 16, 2023

Worth to try $150 !! haircut is detail !

walk-in kudos without making appointments to try Naked Gorilla treatment. best experience and worth to try it ! staff is quiet and friendly. if you are working nearby. will recommend come and try after work. (Review approved by Beauty Undercover)

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Jing Wen

August 14, 2023

Best Advice - Professionals - Friendly

This is my first time visiting Kudos. I get to know this salon from Beauty undercover. He rebond and perm my hair and I really liked the end effect. It was soft, silky and manageable. Kol was patient and he gave me a detailed aftercare advise which I think it was very good! I never knew so much about hair! Awesome experience… will sure to visit Kudos again! 😉 (Review approved by Beauty Undercover)

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Christine

July 25, 2023

friendly and gentle hair stylist ( recommend )

I visited Kudos to fix a terrible hair dye I had done elsewhere. I booked an appointment where I met Kol, he assessed my hair and gave me suggestions of the colour and treatment I needed. My hair dye has reverted to the colour which I exactly wanted. My dry and frizzy hair has become healthy and soft. I m a very happy customer. Thank you Kol for fixing my hair and making my day! (Review approved by Beauty Undercover)

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pasty

July 11, 2023

very very very easy to style!!

Kudos Hair Salon is really a nice place with a cosy ambience, good sound system with a welcoming feeling. There are even snacks and tea provided. Ken was very skillfull and patient in helping me achieve the perm which I always wanted. I would strongly recommend for those who want soft and silky curls - pls try their signature rinka perm treatment! I will definitely come back again! (Review approved by Beauty Undercover)

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Michelle

June 28, 2023

Hair repair treatment perm

Review for Ken Chang

It was my first time at kudos. the stylist took the time to understand my hair texture and I liked the fact that he asked detailed questions about my last perm in another salon which did turned out dry and damaged. Rinkan perming took abt 3 hours and I really love how my hair turned out. It’s not damaged and the curls are feminine and soft. I highly recommended Ken Chang if you are looking for a perm! (Review approved by Beauty Undercover)

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PT

June 17, 2023

Still the best salon

Review for Ken Chang

I do my hair only once a year, so I don’t really have a regular salon that I frequent. Perhaps after my positive experience yesterday - I think kudos salon might be it! Appointment and services enquires and replies on Whatsapp were prompt, pleasant and polite. The stylist Ken didn’t push me any packages and he even shared many tips on permed hair. So happy to find them! (Review approved by Beauty Undercover)

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Muxi L

May 31, 2023

Best anti frizz treatment and comfortable salon

Review for Ken Chang

Would like to give a big shoutout to the whole team at kudos! The service provided by them was definitely the best that I have experienced so far! From the complimentary drinks and snacks to the thoughtful stylists, especially Ken it was all 100%! Overall, would highly recommend everyone to try this place. (Review not yet verified)

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Koho

May 14, 2023

Comfortable . Quality products . Professional staff

Review for Ken Chang

Went there for the 3rd time already. Ken..always manage to help me tame my permed bleached frizzy hair without breaking my wallet. I really like the fact that they don’t do packages. As I do not like to create small talk, Ken realised that and it was a small talk free experience! No hard selling and no small talks. Just perfect for me where I need to concentrate on my work. The entire process is not awkward at all. Thank you! (Review not yet verified)

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