Can Salon Memberships Help You Save Money?

Published on Aug 20, 2021

Yes, we know salon visits in Singapore can be costly (less so if you know which hair salon to go to for affordable haircuts and hair colours), a reason why some of us hop from one salon to another just to make use of first-timer promotions.

To retain you as their customer, more and more salons these days are introducing Salon Membership programs to ease the burden on their customers. Don't worry, these are not packages you need to pay upfront for. While some give privileges upon accumulated spend, most salon memberships are complimentary and act more as a loyalty program to get you coming back a second, third... even 10th time.

What are some privileges you should look out for in the salon membership? Which salon offers the best membership / loyalty program? Read on to find out.

Here's number one: You get special perks on your birthday.


We may not always look forward to the arrival of our birthdays but birthday promotions is always welcome!

Some salons like Kenaris Salon offer 20% off all hair services that are stackable with 20% off first timer promotions but they are the exception rather than the rule. (Read here for salons that offer birthday promotions even for first timers)

Most hair salons offer exclusive birthday promotions only for their members.

  • Act Point Salon offers 20% off discount to members in their birthday month
  • Be U Hair Design, gives its members 20% off every visit and an additional 10% during your birthday month.
  • Be Salon @ Millenia Walk offers Silver, Black and Platinum members 28% off all hair services during their birthday month.
  • Do My Hair Salon offers 30% off discount to members in their birthday month
  • Jeric Salon offers 30% off discount to members in their birthday month
  • 99 Percent Hair Studio offers 20% + 20% off all services if you come down with a friend on your birthday month! (or 10% + 20% if you come alone)
  • COVO Japanese Hair Salon offers FREE Eclasta treatments to members in their birthday months for Gold members and above
  • Room Japanese Hair Salon offers either Milbon Treatment/Headspa Treatment/Tokio Inkarami Treatment depending on their membership tier during their birthday month

Here's two. You get members-only discounts on subsequent visits


Depending on the salon, you may be able to get discounts all year round. 99 Percent Hair Studio, for example, gives 10% off all hair services for members while COVO Japanese Hair Salon offers silver members get 10% off on their second and third visit.

Brown AirTouch Highlights by Threes Salon

AirTouch Highlights at Threes Japanese Hair Salon

 THREES Japanese Hair Salon gives you 20% off all hair services on your 1st visit, 30% off all hair services on your 3rd visit and a whopping 50% off all hair services on your 10th visit.

So if you know how to strategize, you can possibly pay less as a member than a first timer at other salons.

Here's three. Your spending earns you points with every dollar spent.


Salons like Act Point Salon , AUBE Japanese Hair Salon @ Wheelock Place and ROOM Japanese Hair Salon @ Amoy St, give points for every dollar spent at the salon - points that can be redeemed for services, promotions and products!

Relaxing Head Spa at Room Japanese Hair Salon

Head Spa in Room Japanese Hair Salon

The Fourth Thing. Membership is Usually FREE


Unlike packages which requires you to pay a huge sum upfront, salon membership or loyal programs tend to be FREE. You don't have to worry about committing excessive sums of money at the salon only to find the salon closing down later.

We do note that selected salons offer tiered rewards to its members though; spend more and be entitled to more perks, which sounds pretty fair. Whether it makes sense to upgrade to a higher tier really depends on your beauty habits.

Blue Earloop Highlights at 99 Percent Hair Studio

Earloop Highlights at 99 Percent Hair Studio

There are a few salons offering membership at a cost but often salons like this e.g. 99 Percent Hair Studio offer value-added services like fringe cuts to go along with the yearly $19 membership fee - something we find to be really value-for-money.

Be Salon @ Millenia Walk also offers a payable membership structure that offers upsized birthday perks and rewards at the same low cost of $19 per year.

...which brings us to the last point...

You don't have to keep hopping around just to enjoy first timer promotions anymore.


We know there are fans of Beauty Undercover who intentionally try different salons to make the best use of our first timer hair promotions. However it can be tiring to always explain what you want to a new stylist.

Airwave Perm by Flamingo

Airwave Perm at Flamingo Hair Studio

Once you find a stylist and salon you are comfortable with, it may make sense to just make the best use of the salon's privileges and just stick to the same place... at least for a while.

What you do need to take note


Not all salon memberships are as innocuous as they seem. As with the recent Organic Salon debacle, there are salons which will try to scam you every step of the way. They may hardsell you to buy a package (to join the membership) and when you do, overcharge you each time you use the package so that you spend more than you intend.

What we're trying to say is - memberships are good and all but sign up only at salons you like and trust. Ready to navigate the game of membership privileges? We've listed membership programs from some of our favourite hair and facial salons in Singapore to see which you should invest your time and money in!

Act Point Salon @ Midpoint Orchard

Membership Fee: Free

Membership Benefits

1. All members enjoy $35 welcome vouchers 

2. Redeem hair services when you accumulate sufficient points (Every $10 spent earns you 10pts)

  • 500 points gets you free haircut by the Senior Stylist (that's a whopping 70% return since $50 spending gets you $35 back)
  • 650 points gets you free haircut by the Master Stylist ($65 spending gets you $45 back)
  • 900 points gets you free haircut by the Director (72% return since $90 spending get you $65 back)
  • 2000 points gets you a free hair treatment (60% return since $200 spending get you $120 back)

3. 20% off for all services during your birthday month

Do My Hair Hair Salon

Membership Fee: Free

Perks:

  1. Tiered membership with up to 20% cashback for ala carte hair services
  2. Members enjoy 30% off during their birthday month

Ann's Studio @ The Adelphi

Membership Fee:Free

Perks:

  1. For every service done, a stamp will be given on the loyalty card. For example, a hair cut and hair colour would give you 2 stamps.
  2. 20% off after accumulating the 6th stamp. Stamps should be accumulated within the year.

 THREES Japanese Hair Salon

Membership Fee: Free

Perks:

  1. 20% off all hair services on your 1st visit
  2. 30% off all hair services on your 3rd visit
  3. 50% off all hair services on your 10th visit
Flamingo Hair Studio

Flamingo Hair Studio @ Tiong Bahru / Tanjong Pagar

Membership Fee Free

Perks: 

  1. Free Hair treatment/ scalp treatment upon 3rd visit
  2. Enjoy 10% savings on your 5th visit
  3. Get a Free gift on your 10th visit
  4. Refer a friend to receive a Free treatment for an ala carte item on the menu or 10% off a set menu

COVO Japanese Hair Salon @ Keong Saik Rd / Katong

Membership Fee: Free

Perks: Dependent on Membership Tiers

Silver Members

  • Earn 1 point every visit
  • 10% off on second and third visit within 3 months from the previous visit
  • 20% off when you introduce new customers

Gold Members

  • Earn 1 point ever $50 spent
  • Free ECLASTA Treatment / Head Spa in your birthday month
  • 20% off all hair services in your birthday month

Platinum Members

  • Earn $50 voucher with every 10 points
  • Free ECLASTA Silky Treatment in your birthday month
  • 30% off all hair services in your birthday month
  • 15% discount for all hair products
  • 20% off for all new services
  • Family members enjoy same benefit as the main

How to get promoted:

  • Visit the salon 4 times for Silver Members to upgrade to Gold
  • Spend $2,000 SGD for Gold Members to upgrade to Platinum

AUBE Japanese Hair Salon @ Wheelock Place / Somerset / Marina Link

Membership Fee: Free

Perks:

  1. Take 5% off for services or get a FREE scalp care during your birthday month
  2. Enjoy 20% off for every new customer referred. Remember to ask your friend to provide your name and member number to her stylist so you can get the discount! This is only valid for your friend's first visit to AUBE salons!
  3. Redeem the following when you accumulate sufficient points
  • 8points gets you 10%off or Head Spa
  • 16points gets you 15%off or Treatment upgrade

Michaela Japanese Hair Salon @ Clarke Quay

Membership Fee: Free

Perks:

  • Normal members get 3% off every visit and an additional 7% off the next visit when you make an appointment on the same day (for a total of 10%)
  • Spend more than $600 in a year to get 12% off every visit and additional 3% off when you make an appointment on the same day (for a total of 15%)

Be Salon @ Millenia Walk

Membership Fee: Free (for standard tier), $19 (for Silver Tier and above)

Perks for Standard Tier

  • Earn 3% cashback for every hair service
  • Invite a friend and earn EXTRA 5% discount for your next visit (up to 10%)
  • Redeem scalp care treatment instantly whenever you post on Facebook/Instagram and tag @besalonsg

Perks for Silver Tier

  • Enjoy 10% savings on all regular hair services
  • Celebrate your birthday with 28% off all hair services for the entire month
  • Enjoy 20% savings for group visits. Bring a new friend or visit with another Silver/Black/Gold member and ALL of you can enjoy savings together!

Perks for Black Tier

  • Enjoy 15% savings on all regular hair services
  • Celebrate your birthday with 28% off all hair services for the entire month
  • Enjoy 20% savings for group visits. Bring a new friend or visit with another Silver/Black/Gold member and ALL of you can enjoy savings together!

Perks for Platinum Tier

  • Enjoy 20% savings on all regular hair services
  • Celebrate your birthday with 28% off all hair services for the entire month
  • Enjoy 20% savings for group visits. Bring a new friend or visit with another Silver/Black/Gold member and ALL of you can enjoy savings together!

ROOM Japanese Hair Salon @ Amoy St

Membership Fee: Free

Perks for Dandelion Tier ($250 Accumulated Spending in a year)

  •  Earn 1 point with every $1 spent. Exchange 500 points for $5 OFF total bill 
(1% Rebate)
  • Complimentary Birthday Treatment during birthday month: Milbon/Quick Scalp Treatment 

  • Enjoy 20% off one visit if you refer a friend to ROOM with your referral code

Perks for Calla-Lily Tier ($1,500 Accumulated Spending in a year)

  • Exchange 500 points for $10 OFF total bill 
(2% Rebate)
  • Complimentary Birthday Treatment during birthday month: Tokio Inkarami/Full Scalp Treatment 

  • Complimentary Fringe Cut monthly
  • Enjoy 20% off one visit if you refer a friend to ROOM with your referral code

Perks for Wisteria Tier ($3,000 Accumulated Spending in a year)

  • Exchange 500 points for $15 OFF total bill 

  • Complimentary Birthday Treatment during birthday month: Tokio Inkarami/Full Scalp Treatment
  • Complimentary Fringe Cut monthly
  • Complimentary hairstyling knowhow sessions
  • Invitation to Secret Room events
  • Enjoy 20% off one visit if you refer a friend to ROOM with your referral code

Jeric Salon @ ION Orchard

Membership Fee: FREE if you spend $900 in a year

Perks:

  1. All services, except products, are 20% off for members
  2. 30% off for all services during your birthday month

Apple Queen Beauty @ International Plaza

Membership Fee: Free but will have to visit the salon at least 3 times to register as a member

Perks:

  1. Savings during Birthday Month
  2. Enjoy $30-$50 discounts for Seniors (above 60 y/o)

Face Plus by Yamano

Membership Fee: One-time $50 fee

Perks:

With the strong belief that consistency is key to healthy skin, Face Plus by Yamano offers an innovative facial membership that gets you TWO facials in a month at unbelievable prices.

Get two facials starting from just $200 a month!

Face Plus by Yamano Membership Promo

You can also look forward to complimentary products and services in your birthday month!

Bottomline


Whether the salon membership works for you largely depends on your beauty habits.

Do you enjoy trying and experiencing hair and beauty services at different salons? If so, it probably makes sense to go for First-Timer promotions; it gives you the flexibility to go anywhere you want and gives you pretty good value for it.

But if you're tired of explaining yourself to a new stylist and want to sit down and really deal with a hair or facial problem, it probably justifies finding a salon and stylist you can trust to help take care of your hair and beauty needs for the long term. Before you decide on a salon though, check their prices and estimate how much you'll spend in a place before deciding which salon membership works best for you.

Many of the salons above offer attractive membership privileges so if the numbers add up, we think that salon membership can possibly be a superior option for those who found their forever salon.

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