It used to be difficult finding Hijab-Friendly hair salons but ever since budget salons in the Neighbourhood like Karva, Jason-Sally and Bee Choo started installing curtains and even private rooms, finding one is less of an issue now.
Affordable hair services in the neighbourhood are good and all but once in a while, we yearn for an experience that is more luxurious. Are there upscale options in Orchard that are still Hijab-Friendly?
We share with you 8 top hijab-friendly hair salons we've personally visited in Orchard where you can get your haircut, colours and even scalp treatments done in total privacy.
No list of best Muslimah hair salons is complete without mentioning Kantik Room, possibly the most luxurious Hijab-Friendly Hair Salon in Singapore. Although housed within the gorgeous LeeKaJa Korean Hair Salon itself, it has a separate "hidden" entrance for ladies to enter. And yes, only female staff and customers are allowed here!
They offer the entire suite of haircut, colours, perms, rebonding and treatments here but we must say that it is their No. 3 brand that caught our attention. No. 3 is one of the few vegan hair colours and treatments that are actually halal-certified.
And guess what? It looks gorgeous too!
You can look forward to getting your hair done by one of our favourite female stylists in Singapore - Von Seah as she whips your hair into shape with her makeover cuts as well as anti-frizz rebonding and perms - all while enjoying a cuppa coffee by their professional barristers within the gorgeous room decked in greenery.
Looking for a more Japanese experience that is just as luxurious? You won't go wrong with BRANCHE Japanese Hair Salon.
From bespoke service by highly experienced Japanese stylists to elegant leather seats that allow you to sink in oh-so-comfortably, whatever you imagined a top salon in Japan to offer, well, you’ll probably find it here.
And yes, they have a private room with a chair that reclines 180 degrees so you don't even have to move an inch while the stylist gives you a heavenly head massage in peace. Talk about pampering!
There is however only one VIP room so the stylist can focus all her attention on you, so we would suggest advance booking for this.
Whether you're thinking of haircut, colour, perm, treatment or just styling, you can look forward to a gorgeous new style by female stylist Marina. She just came from Japan but has more than 10 years of experience serving the very best to customers!
If you want to pamper yourself even more, you can also request for your nails done by top Paragel nail artist Safori. Her nail designs are so exquisite, we can't help but be awed every single time!
Whether you're here for a haircut or a treatment, you can also delight your tastebuds with individually packed snacks from Japan that we love so much!
Hoping to get a taste of Europe right here in Singapore? You may want to give Yann Beyrie a go.
Located right in the middle of Orchard, Yann Beyrie is a refined salon best known for French style that combines simplicity, individuality, and class. You can look forward not just to the IG-Worthy interior here but also a global team mentored and trained by Yann Beyrie himself, a stylist who has worked with celebrities like Justin Timberlake and fashion designers such as Jean-Paul Gaultier and Vivienne Westwood, the director Yann has a well-honed sense of aesthetics and a wealth of experience to pamper your hair with.
What you may not have realized is that they've recently enacted a private room within the salon. The newly renovated intimité (French for intimacy) room is bright, spacious and completely private.
Muslim customers can therefore look forward to get your hair done by Nich and Jess, both of whom are very good with haircuts, colours and anti-frizz treatments to tame curly hair!
Hoping for more star-studded service for your hair? You may want to check out the swanky hair salon Mode Studio on Level 4 of Wheelock Place. The star-studded team of stylists here is helmed by celebrity stylist Sam Woo who has previously worked closely with Kim Robinson in both Hong Kong and Singapore. Service here is so good, you'll see politicians and their families as well as Mediacorp stars Chantelle Ng and even international superstar Jay Park here whenever he's in Singapore.
You can therefore imagine the level of privacy you can get right here at MODE. There isn't just one but THREE private rooms where you can get your hair done - by highly skilled female stylists like Veena, Irene and Anneth or if you wish to opt for a Korean stylist, Soo Bin and Vicky.
They're all SUPER NICE, not only to customers but also among themselves. You know the unspoken tension you sometimes feel when you enter certain salons? You get NONE of that here.
Among the private suites, two of them have chairs that automatically recline and one even has a view of Orchard with its full-length glass windows that lets in natural light. The best part is, prices here aren't through the roof so you can truly relax and step into this haven of affordable luxury as you indulge in some well-deserved me-time.
P.S. Did we mention that VIP rooms here are available on a first-come-first-served + need basis - with no additional charge?
Interested to get the viral Advanced Sugar Hair Lamination done?
You absolutely cannot miss Chez Vous Hair Salon.
The salon offers not just Sugar Hair Lamination but also a suite of the latest hair treatments such as Hair Botox + Fillers, the Hair Protection Plan, the 10 Step Treatment Perm and Rebonding aimed at giving you beautiful hairstyles that last for weeks and months after.
All hairstylists have a minimum of 10 years of experience and are exceptionally skilled in their area of expertise. It's no wonder Chez Vous consistently tops the list of most positively-reviewed hair salons in Singapore!
For a more exclusive experience, unwind in the Private VIP Room. Accessorized with a lightbulb-lit mirror and a multi-coloured light installation, it's the perfect spot for you to chill and work while pampering your tresses.
Do note that there is a $20 fee for booking the VIP room so figure that into your budget if you're keen.
Otherwise, request one of these cocoon seats when you make the appointment.
We've been here and we can tell you that the cocoon seats are just as comfortable and private.
These seats offer the ultimate privacy when the curtains are closed... and are available FREE of charge during appointment booking.
As usual, first-come-first-served - so make your appointment in advance to avoid disappointment.
Chez Vous: HideAway isn't just another millennial instagrammable hair salon. Well known for their host of value-added and experimental "spa"-like touches such as the welcome massage, and customizable essential oils incorporated into your hair experience., Chez Vous HideAway is a next-generation hairstyling space is part salon, part sanctuary and part-playhouse.
But what is a hideaway without a private room? Other than an instagrammable reception area and main salon space, Chez Vous: HideAway boasts of a Rose Quartz Private Room filled with meditative jars of water in varying shades of pink.
Accessible via a secret entrance, you can get to the Private Room and get your hair done in complete privacy by their female stylist Jessie.
Note that the Private room is available FREE of charge BUT is prioritised more for customers going for scalp treatment. So plan your time well to see how you can accommodate your work and a scalp treatment to go along with it! Do also inform the receptionist ahead of time if you're keen to book it.
Looking more for scalp treatments than hair services? Tucked away on the fifth floor of Ngee Ann City is Papilla Haircare, the first salon offering the whole suite of medical-grade hair and scalp therapies such as Scalp Electroporation, Radiofrequency, Low Level Laser Light Therapy and Mesotherapy in Singapore in absolute privacy.
Every seat is surrounded by curtains so you can be attended by trained trichologists who will perform the scalp treatments that are proven to reduce hair thinning, itchy scalp and hair loss problems.
For those who prefer an even more private room, there are also a couple of those with reclinable chairs within Papilla. With the entire treatment performed mostly by female therapists, you can be sure to have a good time (while treating your scalp problems) here.
P.S. We hear that Papilla Haircare is opening in NEX Serangoon so those who don't want to travel to town can have another option in Serangoon!
One of Beauty Undercover's favourite local salons to recommend, Picasso Hair Studio have wowed customers consistently for their quality perms and colours that look good and last for a very long time; Agent G is one of them - she did her Advante perm here in August 2020 and she is proud to report that the perm still holds up beautifully in February 2021.
But skill alone is not the focus here today.
Diehard fans of Picasso Hair Studio will know that their Bugis outlet has a dedicated Private Room.
It is mostly used for scalp services but the private room is actually available for booking (for normal hair services) on weekdays! The good news is that no extra charges are required - all you need to do is to specify your request during appointment and they will do their best to accommodate your request on weekdays. As usual requests are on a first come first served basis.
Have you given any of these salons a go? Share your experience on BU.sg!