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Kudos by Headlines Hairdressing @ Chinatown Hong Lim Complex

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$150 for Mucota Colour + Haircut + Scalp Treatment (U.P.: $290) valid for all hair length for first time customer only

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$70 for Creative Haircut + Free La Biosthetique Scalp Treatment (U.P.: $140-180)
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$70 for Creative Haircut + Free La Biosthetique Scalp Treatment (U.P.: $140-180)

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15% off Rinka Straightening Treatment + Haircut + Free La Biosthetique Scalp Treatment (U.P.: $260-350)
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15% off Rinka Straightening Treatment + Haircut + Free La Biosthetique Scalp Treatment (U.P.: $260-350)

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15% off All Hair Services for all new customers
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15% off All Hair Services for all new customers

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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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M.Kat

October 18, 2021

Good service and great straightening products

Review for Ken

The treatment I tried made my curly hair smooth together instead of separating the hair out. I m happy with the results as I never a treatment can be used to perm hair. although the results can last for only 3-4 months, but it is enough for me… I will sure come back and try it again. (Review not yet verified)

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Joanne Tay

October 12, 2021

Hair Perm

Review for Gary

Gary was recommended to me by a friend who is his long time client. Truly a professional, Gary's recommendation was exactly to my needs (low maintenance, long lasting, non-drying) and I am very satisfied with the result of my perm. He also genuinely cares for my hair condition and would advised me against hair services that is not suited for my hair texture. He also insisted against colouring my hair on the same day to minimise hair damage. The perm was not drying at all and requires very little effort to maintain compared to my previous perm experiences. The prices are very reasonable and you can be assured that the salon only uses top quality products. Can't wait to come by again for hair colouring! (Review not yet verified)

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Shan

October 04, 2021

Best stylist Gary Lee!

Review for Gary

Been with Gary for more than 10 years. He is patient and genuine and gives you the best advice for your hair based on what’s suitable for you and your hair. Reasonable prices with quality products that meet my expectations every time. Fabulous hair cut and service by Gary! Highly recommend!! (Review not yet verified)

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Nana

September 25, 2021

Rinka treatment is long lasting

Review for Ken

I tried Rinka perming with a loose s curl. this review is 2 months after my first s curl treatment. I decided to give the review after 2 months as i would be able to experience how the s curl would turn out before giving my review. Till date, the s curl is elongated but I m still like the effect of the s curl being more ‘natural’. Thumbs up to ken fo his perming skills. (Review not yet verified)

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Mamta

September 23, 2021

Argon oil anti frizz treatment

Review for Gary

Very professional & friendly service. My hair looks fabulous after the treatment (Review not yet verified)

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Jenn Toh

September 19, 2021

Quick, fuss-free & professional

Review for Ken

Came without expectations and wanted help for my hair which has become out of shape, frizzy and unmanageable. Ken assessed my hair and gave sound advice and the rinku straightening treatment is good! Definitely satisfied! (Review not yet verified)

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Christine

September 13, 2021

Rinka treatment is good

Review for Ken

The treatment I tried made my curly hair smooth together instead of separating the hair out. I m happy with the results as I never a treatment can be used to perm hair. although the results can last for only 3-4 months, but it is enough for me… I will sure come back and try it again. (Review not yet verified)

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Tan Yen Nee

September 09, 2021

Hair Cut

Review for Gary

Gary is very skilled. Love the bob hairstyle he cut for me. Highly recommended! Will go back again. (Review not yet verified)

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Aaron khor

September 05, 2021

Stylist haircut by Ken

Review for Ken

I go to Ken for my monthly haircut. The staff is friendly, nice ambience with good sound system. Ken is experienced with working with different hair types. I m pleased with how the haircut went and will recommend to all of my friends. (Review approved by Beauty Undercover)

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Amanda

September 05, 2021

Fantastic hair treatment

Review for Ken

I go to kudos for my monthly oway detoxifying scalp and moisturising mucota hair treatment. It cost ard $184. I have oily scalp. Oway scalp treatment is made of 100 over natural herbs and i like the icy feeling on my scalp after the application. I especially like the head massage after the oway scalp treatment as it helps to improve the blood circulation inorder to increase nourishment and blood supply to the hair follicles. My hair loss problem is reduced and my pimples on my scalp is gone after the treatment. The hair treatment helps me to retain my hair curls so i dun need to perm my hair that often. Will definately recommend to my friends. (Review not yet verified)

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J

September 02, 2021

Great service

Review for Gary

Wanted to colour and highlight my hair, but wasn't sure of the colours to choose. As such, I let Gary choose the colours for me. It turned out great and I'm happy I let him choose for me. Gary also patiently explained the rationale of why he cut my hair in a certain way, and it is obvious that he is knowledgeable in his field. (Review not yet verified)

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J

September 02, 2021

Great experience

Review for Gary

I went there for to colour and highlight my hair. As I could not decide on the colour to get, Gary, the stylist, kindly helped me to choose. I'm very satisfied with the colour he chose and glad to have left the decision to him. He kindly shared the rationale of why he cut my hair in a certain way. It is obvious he is highly skilled and knowledgeable. I'm very pleased with the service rendered. Price was reasonable as well. Thank you Gary! (Review not yet verified)

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Kristine Ng

August 27, 2021

Straightening with S curl

Review for Gary

Told Gary that I wanted a perm that is easily manageable. He is friendly and patiently explained to me the details. The outcome exceed my expectation and will definitely be back to look for him again. (Review not yet verified)

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Rachel khuan

August 25, 2021

Rinka treatment for frizzy hair.

Review for Gary

I’m a returning customer who did the straightening treatment (Rinka). I love how it makes my hair soft yet keep its natural volume. Their service and effectiveness is always good and long-lasting! Would definitely recommend to my friends. Gary is always professional - he takes the time to know my hair texture and has an abundance of knowledge and technical skills when it comes to cutting and styling my hair. In his competent hands I am willing to try out new styles he recommends! (Review not yet verified)

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Jia Hui

August 22, 2021

Best Treatment Ever Rinka

Review for Ken

I have very frizzy hair very tough to manage hair, saw on facebook about this Rinka Treatment and went for it at Chinatown 1 Rinka straightening treatment this treatment is much softer than Mucota DYNA treatment I tried at another place. I recommended 2 colleagues drop by the salon for the great service and friendly staff to redeem $50 voucher. (Review not yet verified)

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James Lai

August 22, 2021

Friendly and comfortable place

Review for Ken

Convenient place with a linked bridge from Chinatown Point. No need to worry when raining. Good recommended (Review not yet verified)

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Jean

August 16, 2021

Soft Color treatment

Review for Ken

Last xmas I did a full head bleach and my hair is super dry and damaged. from Facebook, I found a $150 promotion for the hair colour in Kudos. Kudos staff recommended me to try semi permanent colours. I tried the bubble colours which was just in 10 minutes. I tried a repair treatment and a hair spa. i also cut 2 inches off. I can’t believe that my hair is alive! i can’t believe that my current hair condition is better than my original hair condition without any hair colours. (Review not yet verified)

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Elaine Koh

August 11, 2021

Soft and long lasting anti-fizz treatment

Review for Ken

I tried Rinka straightening after my friend recommended to me. this is my second Rinka straightening. Even after 3 months after Rinka straightening, I did not use conditioner (I know, my bad) but my hair is still smooth! No tangles or frizzy hair anymore! .................................................................................................................................................(Review not yet verified)

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Alaia

July 18, 2021

Soft Curls Treatment

Review for Ken

I tried a perm in a salon located in orchard. In the end, my hair ended up to be dry and not curly nor straight. I found Kudos from google. Ken served me and he suggested to me to cut my hair to shoulder length with c curls. The effect is amazing. I didn’t put conditioner for the last 2 weeks and yet my hair is still very smooth. (Review not yet verified)

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Elaine

July 14, 2021

Best Straightening

Review for Ken

I have fine hair. I tried many treatments such as rebounding, keratin, k gloss and etc… however, after all these treatments, my hair still lacked volume and the effect doesn’t last more than 3 months despite spending hundreds of dollars. I found Kudos on Facebook and I decided to try Rinka straightening. I tried Rinka and only after 1 month of treatment, I decided to post this. The effect is lasting and my hair have much more volume as compared to before. a good recommendation to those who have fine hair. I will continue to monitor the effects but I felt the RINKA effects is much better than those treatments that I tried before. I will update soon. Tata (Review not yet verified)

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Lynn

July 10, 2021

Clean and Comfortable

Salon is clean with good ambience. The water is served with a paper cup unlike other salons with a normal porcelain cup. I feel so assured. (Review not yet verified)

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M.Kat

June 08, 2021

extremely helpful and technical

Review for Ken

I have been searching for a good stylist to cut my hair for a long time in Singapore. As my hair is fine and lacking volume, thus, it is extremely difficult for me to find a good stylist who could cut my hair without looking ‘lumpy”. After searching online for some time, I stumbled upon Kudos. The stylist who served me was Ken. He was extremely helpful and technical. I am pleased with this haircut. I will definitely be back! (Review not yet verified)

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Guest User

May 20, 2021

Best Place In China Town To Colour Your Hair Done

Review for Gary

I was so thrilled after seeing the rose gold hair on Instagram that I booked an appointment with them, no regrets worth going down for awesome hair, the best part no damage but smooth silky hair. (Review not yet verified)

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Florence Ashley Wong

May 19, 2021

Impossible Made Possible

Review for Gary

I have always wanted to perm my hair. Unfortunately many told me it’s impossible because it’s short, badly damaged with countless bleaching. Not till Gary took up the challenge ! I am so very please of the result and my hair feels soft and the curls are amazing !!! (Review not yet verified)

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Cecilia Tan

May 19, 2021

gentle and friendly

Review for Ken

Friendly staff with good rebounding skills. Will bring my sister next time. (Review not yet verified)

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Joanne Loh

May 18, 2021

Excellent Hairdressing Service

Review for Gary

Gary has excellent hairdressing skills. He is attentive to details and always ensure that I am satisfied with the result. I've just gone for haircut and hair colour. The colour is simply beautiful and looks great on me. Thank you Gary for your excellent service always! (Review approved by Beauty Undercover)

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Guest User

May 17, 2021

Great place for haircut

Review for Gary

I live around the Chinatown area and wanted to get my hair cut I saw Kudos being listed on Beauty UnderCover, location very near MRT exit F, the place was ok to find I saw it from the first floor and went upstairs to give the salon a shot. And have a simple haircut and scalp treatment. I liked the staff as they were friendly patient and kindly replied to my many questions as I suffer from an itchy scalp had a simple cut and scalp treatment really good worth the trip! (Review not yet verified)

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Tracy

April 16, 2021

Rinka Aqua Straightening Treatment + C-Curls and Hair Colour

Review for Ken

Visited Kudos by Headlines Hairdressing recently and tried their Rinka Straightening Treatment + C-Curls Hair service. My hair has never looked this good, and I have never gotten so many compliments at one go before. Thank you Ken for doing such an amazing job with my hair transformation. I went back for a second appointment to get a colour refresh. I almost chose the wrong colour, so thank God Ken advised me and gave me an even better colour combination of Chocolate Brown + Mahogany Red. I am totally feeling this colour, and I feel more confident and vibrant with it. :) I have written a comprehensive blog entry on the hair salon, hair service and promo prices. Read on about it here: https://gilmangirl.livejournal.com/673148.html

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Rebecca

April 04, 2021

New Rinka Straightening Treatment

I have been to this salon on a few occasions for straightening and was excited to try out their new product the amazing thing about this product is that it has Aqua system repair bringing moisture to your hair and scalp and can last up to 5 months wow. I have always trusted Ken and Gary as they are very professional and are always willing to give great advice on what is best for my hair. Keep Up the good work!

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See Shu Wei

March 20, 2021

Fried to fresh curls

Review for Ken

Ken skillfully revived my fried, dry and tired looking hair into fresh bouncy curls which I love! 4 months after the perm, my curls are still looking fresh and attracted compliments from my colleagues when they saw me over Zoom meetings :)

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