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Kudos by Headlines Hairdressing @ Chinatown Hong Lim Complex

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What Deals Are Available

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 service for new customer to kudos
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15% off all hair service for new customer to kudos

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

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$150 full head coloring with la Biosthetique scalp treatment & haircut. (unlimited hair length) U.P 290
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$150 full head coloring with la Biosthetique scalp treatment & haircut. (unlimited hair length) U.P 290

Haircut, Colour, Treatment

$250 mucota omega therapy perm with la Biosthetique scalp treatment & haircut. U.P $450
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$250 mucota omega therapy perm with la Biosthetique scalp treatment & haircut. U.P $450

Haircut, Perm, 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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Jessica Miller

July 27, 2022

Excellent Highlight and color skills!

Review for Ken

My friend introduced me to Kudos. Appointment was made with little hiccup and the stylist Ken was on time to serve me when I entered the salon. Although the salon is in HDB, however, the salon is decorated nicely with a nice ambience. After a thoroughly consultation, I decided to go with a highlight, color, treatment and haircut services. I am a caucasian and i m quite selective of stylist as some stylists are not used to working with caucasian hair. I am amazed as Ken totally understood what i wanted and the results were amazing. I will strongly recommend all who wishes to have a good highlight and color to go with Ken. Kudos! (Review not yet verified)

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Tracy

July 19, 2022

Consistent service

I had only one hour to spare with my event and kudos staff as usual make sure that my hair is styled to what I want for the event. Thankful towards them! A go to place for rescue. (Review not yet verified)

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Jan

July 09, 2022

Amazing Hair Experience

Review for Gary

Gary is a maverick! He transformed my boring, flat hair to this luscious, voluminous looking mane of hair...Great service too...Recommfor those who seek a hair transformation experience. (Review approved by Beauty Undercover)

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Miki

July 04, 2022

Service is very good. Product really make my hair smooth. worth to try

It’s my first time here. I had lots of issues and I do not know what to do with my hair. Therefore, I would like to thank stylist ken for recommending Rinka straightening Treatment for my hair. He also surprising me with a hair colour which I couldnt decide. He decided for me the colour which turn out to be something i really love it!  Will sure come back for more services! (Review not yet verified)

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Scarlett K

June 20, 2022

Relax place. Professional staff. A big change.

This review was overdue. I have curly hair. k from kudos isn’t afraid of cutting and styling curls. Best part is that he didn’t pressure me to relax or straighten my hair. He also taught me some new tricks to style it too. I love the colours chosen as well. I m v happy with the results. (Review not yet verified)

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Lecia Yee

June 13, 2022

Bridal hair colour

Review for Ken

Beautiful hair colour! I am completely blown by the effects of my hair colouring treatment done at Kudos by headlines. The hairstylist, Ken, recommended a brown tone which turns out brilliant! No discomfort felt during the hair dying process unlike some salons that I had been to in the past. I would recommend colouring hair at this salon because the colour is even and my hair is so soft post-colouring. This is a must-get hair treatment for all brides to be! Best choice ever. (Review approved by Beauty Undercover)

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Hui Fang

June 06, 2022

First time to perm my hair.

Review for Ken

This was my first time to kudos. I wanted to try out a new hairstylist in a different salon. Ken, my hairstylist was very knowledge on what I wanted and what suits me!  Thank you so much you! Will sure come back again! (Review not yet verified)

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Connie

May 23, 2022

Professional & Clean

Review for Ken

I had fizzy hair. Ken rescued my frizzy hair. He was very patient and consultative - he gave me the look I really wanted and gave me a beautiful cut and color. I am very pleased with my hairstyle! (Review not yet verified)

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StealJ

May 17, 2022

Rinka treatment wroth to try

I did a hair cut and rinka straightening. I love my hair after the treatment! I always feel that my hair is so dry and damaged even after trying different hair treatments. But with this treatment, my hair remains soft! Highly recommend others to try! (Review not yet verified)

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Ng Amy

May 02, 2022

fresh change and good customer service.

Review for Ken

The service was really good! I love my new hair colouring! I also appreciate the homecare advise from Ken… recommend! (Review not yet verified)

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Xiao yee

April 18, 2022

Have a change before starting my new job.

Review for Ken

The service was really good! I love my new hair colouring! I also appreciate the homecare advise from Ken… recommend! (Review not yet verified)

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Pricilla

April 11, 2022

100% Comfortable and relaxing. NO hidden fee.

Review for Ken

I have been straightening and perm my hair with ken for the past 4 years. What I like about his style is that he understands my budget, my lifestyle and my preferences. never did he once push me for packages, which I m v happy. i can just enjoy my time in the salon with no fear of anyone pushing me any items. (Review approved by Beauty Undercover)

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Lilis Lim

April 06, 2022

C-Curl Perm

Review for Gary

Finally I got my C-curl done by Gary after a long year wait. It is really a low maintenance and easy hairstyle as recommended by Gary. My hair is smooth and nicely curled. Thanks Gary for the good advice before and after. (Review not yet verified)

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Toni C

April 05, 2022

Very good results

Review for Gary

I have very dry hair caused by repeated hair straightening and highlights. I went to Kudos salon to try out their Rinka treatment, and I am glad to have made the decision. My hair became smooth and tamed, and the curls done by Gary were very pretty. So far I'm getting very nice compliments. Thanks so much Kudos team, and I will be back soon! (Review approved by Beauty Undercover)

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Ke En

April 04, 2022

Colour Promotion is worth it

The staff colour my hair using Mucota colours. during the colouring process, my scalp is not itchy and there is no much smell. my hair is not dry and the colours are vibrant! I really like it.. thumbs up! (Review not yet verified)

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Emily

March 25, 2022

Professional staff and Comfortable place.

I tried to book for 3 weeks but always appointment full. finally when I get the appointment, I was in for a surprise! the ambience is nice, sound system good, the staff are all very professional… best of them all, they are not pushy for packages. (Review not yet verified)

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Yee

March 14, 2022

A new hair colour and amazing highlight for myself

Review for Ken

Went to highlight and colour my hair for my sister wedding. i was impressed by the how closely packed the aluminium foils ken do my hair and the colour is great! He chose for me and I was happy that he did. He is the best and I trust his taste. (Review not yet verified)

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Amber

March 05, 2022

soft straightening and curls

Review for Ken

Recommended by my long time friend. I went to the salon and find ken. He is very detailed and patient. I almost thought that he is a Japanese. i like depsite being detailed, he is very fast. i did a straightening and perming, I was out of the salon in 3 hours. and the effect is good! I will sure come back. (Review not yet verified)

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Ming.W

February 24, 2022

Excellent service & stylists

I had my hair done by both Ken and Gary on two different months and I must say they are amazing at what they do. I was pleased with the haircut the two times I went there. Additionally, the salon was quiet which I appreciate it a lot! (Review not yet verified)

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Faith

February 24, 2022

Fresh Scalp treatment and hair color.

Review for Ken

I have oily scalp and I always have pimples on my scalp. I went to ken for a haircut and he noticed that and he recommended Oway scalp treatment. After the scalp treatment, my scalp feels clean and slowly my pimples faded. i was so happy. I will sure come back for another treatment soon. (Review not yet verified)

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Yeow Meng Eng

January 16, 2022

Hair dresser experience

Review for Gary

Every time I think of doing something with my hair, Gary comes to mind. I have been with Gary for the past 30 years. He will never disappoint you. I always walk out of the salon, feeling and looking like I am 10 years younger. (Review not yet verified)

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Stan

January 13, 2022

Comfort salon and no hidden fee

Very comfortable place. nice sound system and no hard push staff.. recommended. (Review not yet verified)

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Diana

January 08, 2022

Rinka Perm

Review for Ken

Through my friend’s recommendation, I got to know kudos headlines salon. it is situated at honglim complex. Although I m quite sceptical coz of its location, I decided to give it a try. Upon reaching the salon, I was greeted warmly by the kudos staff. I was pleasantly surprised by the essential oil fragrance unlike most salon which have a chemical smell. I was served by the stylist, Ken. He is patient and kindly explained my hair type and what curls suited me best. In the end, I tried the Rinka straightening with c curl perm. As this was my first hair perm, thus, I was apprehensive on how I can manage my curls. Ken was thoughtful and he gave me a ‘primary school curl’ which is a c curl which needs minimal maintenance. He also taught me how to blow dry my hair to achieve the desired hair curl. True to his words, I only took additional 10 mins to blow dry to achieve my c curls! I would strongly recommend anyone to ken! (Review not yet verified)

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Eileen Goh

December 26, 2021

Good experience at Kudos by Headlines

Review for Gary

Was happy with what Gary recommended for my perm and he make an effort to explain how I can take care of the perm etc. Was satisfied with the result and received compliments as well. (Review approved by Beauty Undercover)

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Ann

December 23, 2021

Fantastic Soft Perm

Review for Ken

I always wanted to perm my hair. I googled and chanced upon kudos by headlines. the location is a bit difficult to find. however, after I entered kudos, the ambience is totally different from the rest of the hdb hair salon. The salon is nice smelling, the sound system is good with professional staff. Ken permed my hair for me. He is patient and carefully with my hair. He is also v gentle with the winding of the perming rods, I didn’t feel any tugging at all. The effect is fantastic and he gave me a detailed homeware advise on how to take care of my perm. i will sure recommend anyone who wishes to perm - to go to kudos and look for ken. (Review approved by Beauty Undercover)

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Ms. Leong

December 17, 2021

little girl love this treatment so much

Review for Ken

My daughter is 16 yo this year. She does not take care of her hair, seldom comb or blow dry her hair. Her hair is fizzy and dry. Coz she swims v often. i brought my daughter to ken. Ken helped her to do a treatment straightening. I never expect my daughter to request to do this treatment the next time. i think my daughter is starting to like her hair. XD (Review not yet verified)

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Serene low

December 05, 2021

first experience for rinka treatment

Review for Ken

I saw Facebook ad and I came to try Rinka straightening treatment. my hair was very fizzy and damaged. ken was my stylist. He gave me a detailed consultation to inform me of my hair condition and carefully explained to me what Rinka will do to my hair. after the straightening, my hair is shiny and straight. I m so happy! Kudos to ken! (Review not yet verified)

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Celine Leong

November 14, 2021

Good service

Gary is my hairdresser and he was really patient in explaining to me the different steps of the Rinka treatment. He has many years of experience and knows the best treatment for each hair type. I like how he is sincere and does not hard-sell. I highly recommend Gary! (Review not yet verified)

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Michelle Tan

November 07, 2021

Great Job with hair colour

Review for Ken

I did mucota colour today, didn't know what colour to choose so Ken chose for me he also suggested me to get the treatment done, I was super surprised at how soft my hair was, Ken says mucota is not harmful to the scalp and prevents moisture loss in hair and keeps the colour vitality and vibrancy. (Review not yet verified)

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Winnie Lum

November 01, 2021

Best Salon

Review for Gary

I have been a loyal customer for more than 10 years, and have always experienced the best haircut, hair colour and hair treatment by the best hairstylist at Headlines Chinatown. I always leave the salon feeling good and confident with my hairdo. (Review approved by Beauty Undercover)

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