Looking for Singapore’s most talented hair stylists to chop off your tresses, tame your frizz or give you new highlights? Consider this list your mane lifesaver
Here’s the thing about hair stylists: searching for one who can tame our unruly hair and transform it into something out of a shampoo commercial is akin to finding…well, The One. In other words? No easy feat. Always one to make the best out of a hairy situation (pun intended), we bring you our top picks of hair salons in Singapore for haircuts, blowouts, highlights, and the full works. And if you wanna know the team’s personal go-to salons (some secrets are even revealed!), have a look at this feature!
Calling all West siders: If you’re looking for a top-notch Japanese hair salon without venturing into the city, this one’s for you. Tucked away in a Holland Village shophouse, Art-Noise focuses on original treatments that use non-damaging chemicals –perfect for those who frequently perm or straighten their tresses. The award-winning salon is also known for their head spas: relaxing head massages complete with their in-house nourishing shampoos and treatments –bliss!
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Art-Noise, 38A Lorong Mambong, Singapore 277694, p. 6463 3651.
With a centrally located outlet on Keong Saik Road and another on East Coast Road, COVO is hands down, one of our go-to hair salons. Equipped with a team of experienced Japanese hair stylists, this cosy salon space is one place where you know your hair will be in good hands. Besides a slew of treatments for every type of hair – everything from basic haircuts to colour treatments, digital perms, and rebonding – COVO also offers their signature Kerasilk Keratin Treatment. Having treated ourselves to this signature treatment, we can attest that it certainly lives up to its name: our tresses never looked better or felt silkier.
COVO, 43 Keong Saik Road, Singapore 089147, p. 6221 4585 (open weekdays 9am-8pm, weekends 10am-7pm) and 87 East Coast Road, Singapore 428789, p. 6225 9706 (open weekdays 10am-8pm, weekends 10am-7pm, closed on Tuesdays, first and third Wednesdays).
Editor’s Pick: Blanco Michaela
No one does hospitality the way the Japanese do. At Japanese salon Blanco Michaela, service is the biggest draw: stylists are incredibly polite and will go out of their way to ensure you’re well taken care of. Popular amongst the Japanese crowd here, the salon is helmed by talented hairstylists who deliver flawless results no matter the cut or treatment. We test-drove the haircut and premium head spa by salon manager Koji (pictured above) and left feeling rejuvenated with lighter, bouncier tresses. Head over here for the full review.
Blanco Michaela, Riverside Point, #02-24/25, 30 Merchant Road, Singapore 058282.
FDP Hair Salon
Angeline Tan of FDP Hair Salon – the one behind Tabita Nauser’s enviable locks – is a magician with colour. Her specialty is all-over blonde and killer balayage, but her clients have walked out of her salon with glorious hair in all the colours of the rainbow. She’s also big on hair health, and there’s a full suite of miracle treatments, including bond multiplier Olaplex, to get your hair in tip-top shape. Every visit starts with an in-depth consultation, so make sure to set aside time to chat. Look out for our review coming up!
FDP Prestige Hair Care, #B1-06 Kembangan Plaza, 18 Jalan Masjid, Singapore 418944, p. 6841 0511.
The Big Blow
Say hello to The Big Blow: a mobile hair styling, nails, and makeup service. Got a fancy party to attend? Give these fairy godmothers a call and they’ll transform you in the comfort of your home. And if you’re out and about, drop by their swanky new salon at Cluny Court for their signature quickie Perfect Blowout ($45) which uses premium Moroccanoil products – it’s wash, condition, blow, and go in under an hour!
The Big Blow, Cluny Court,#02-21, 501 Bukit Timah Road, Singapore 259760, Singapore, p. 6465 4836. Open daily 9am-7pm.
Ladies, take note: Trimmings is a must-visit if you’ve even been a victim of brassy, over-bleached hair. These guys are experts in handling Caucasian hair with care and the utmost precision, which means no chance of dodgy highlights – the joy! Trimmings’ cosy and welcoming vibe is another factor that keeps us coming back. Be sure to ask for Alvin at the Robertson Quay outlet: he’s called the master of colour for a reason.
Trimmings, 75B Loewen Road, Singapore 248852, p. 6471 1922 & Robertson Walk, 11 Unity Street,#02-17, Singapore 237995, p. 6737 8512 . Open Mon, Fri & Sat 9am-6pm; Tues, Wed & Thurs 9am to 830pm.
Having been around for two decades, veteran salon Chez Vous is one of the frontrunners in the local beauty industry, thanks to its roster of beauty directors who have at least 12 years of experience under their belts. The salon boasts a slew of hair treatments; some of its top ones include the Amplified Keratin Treatment (from $325) and Ikebana Hair Colour Series (from $500): a salon signature that combines balayage and ombre dyeing techniques. What we love most about Chez Vous? They have a team of stylists who specialise in treating and colouring Caucasian hair – no more brassy highlights!
Chez Vous, Ngee Ann City,#05-05, 391 Orchard Road, Singapore 238872, p. 6732 9388. Open Mon-Fri 11am-830pm, Sat 1030am-7pm, Sun 11am-6pm.
Expat Hair Studio
Helmed by a team of internationally trained mane tamers well-versed with the kinks and curls of Caucasian hair, Expat Hair Studio has quickly become a household name amongst the expat community. Treatments here range from keratin treatments and restyles to balayage and ombre colouring techniques. One thing that keeps ’em coming back? Olaplex: A magical formula which protects hair after many rounds of bleaching.
Expat Hair Studio, 422 Joo Chiat Road, Singapore 427642, p. 6444 7929. Open Mon & Thurs 9am-6pm, Tues, Wed & Fri 9am-6pm and Sat (every second) 9am-2pm.
Picasso Hair Studio
Tucked away in the hip Haji Lane ‘hood is Picasso Hair Studio, which prides itself on “artistic hair styling”. Its tagline ain’t just another gimmick – aside from the salon’s art studio-inspired premises (think mirrors instead of canvases on easels and a giant paint-splattered mural at its forefront), clients with perm or colouring work done leave with genuine masterpieces. Take a quick look through the colour gallery; gorgeous ombre colouring in pastels and striking rainbow colours are artfully done, while perms are smooth, frizz-free and guaranteed to suit your face shape.
Picasso Hair Studio, 662 North Bridge Road, Singapore 188798, p. 6291 0691. Open Mon-Sun 11am-9pm.
Poise Hair Studio
We love any excuse for a good ‘ol pampering sesh and for that, Poise Hair Studio is your port of call. A chic salon centrally located in Dhoby Ghaut, Poise offers the full works – from wash and blows to Japanese perms and rebonding – but it’s best known for its colouring services. Fancy a new hair colour or want to try out balayage (free-hand hair dye painting)? The stylists at Poise are the one to turn to – just check out the countless satisfied customers on the Facebook page for proof! Even better: Poise shares its salon space with Home Nails, which means you can get your mani pedi done at same time too.
Poise Hair Studio, The Nomu (beside The Cathay), #01-01, 20 Handy Road, Singapore 229236, p. 63334184 / 63334185. Open Mon-Fri 11am-9pm, Sat & Sun 1030am -730pm.
Salon Vim prides itself as a trendsetter in hair care, which explains why it’s a long-time favourite among local tastemakers and social media stars. Salon Vim’s expertise lies in hair colouring treatments like ombre, balayage, and dip dyes – no style is too difficult or too out-there for its pros. Another plus point? Salon Vim’s attention to detail: they use only top-notch L’Oreal Professional products. New to its gamut of services is Hair Contouring, which promises to sculpt your facial features using artfully positioned highlights.
Salon Vim, 313 Orchard,#04-25/28, Singapore 238895, p. 6884 7757, 235 Victoria Street, Singapore 188027, p. 6837 0073 and Wisma Atria, #02-01B, p. 6734 6404.
Extreme Lengths Singapore
The first of its kind to be set up here in Singers, Extreme Lengths caters to Afro and Ethnic hair. Backed by an expert team of weavers, braiders, colourists, relaxers and stylists, the salon does go to huge lengths to offer only the best for its clientele. Its staff are annually trained in a top Afro salon in London to keep updated with the latest trends and products. One-on-one consultations are highly recommended (not to mention free), particularly for new clients who are new to natural hair and looking for the best tips and tricks in haircare in Singapore’s humid climate.
Extreme Lengths, 1 Claymore Drive, 02-14 Rear Block, Orchard Towers, Singapore 229594, p. 6733 6396. Open Tues-Sat 10am-6pm.
Helmed by the one-and-only Mr. Robinson (trusted hairstylist to Hong Kong’s rich and famous), this chic salon is luxury hair care at its finest. First of all: there’s the swish surroundings, which will make you feel like you’re cocooned in a plush, ultra-exclusive spa. The service is stellar too – polite, attentive staff who take pains to make your visit as indulgent as possible. Needless to say, Kim Robinson’s menu of treatments is the star attraction. A definite can’t-miss is the Soften & Re-texture hair spa treatment, which promises to repair follicle damage and frizz in just 20 minutes.
Kim Robinson, Ngee Ann City, 391 Orchard Road,#02-12, Singapore 238872, p. 6738 8006.
Another celebrity favourite is neXt. With over two decades in the industry, this salon is renowned for its stellar cuts and colouring services. A visit to the its sleek and sexy space in ION Orchard is total treat (think whitewashed walls, plush leather sofas, and gleaming mirrors) – only made better with Next’s dream team of stylists who are experts in handling both Asian and Caucasian hair types.
Next, ION Orchard, Holland Village and Nassim Road. Open daily 10am-10pm.
Toni & Guy
An internationally recognised brand with over 400 salons worldwide, Toni & Guy gets our thumbs up for its top-notch hair products (L’Oréal, Redken, and Kérastase) and expertise in treating all hair types. Its outlet in Holland Village is especially popular with the Singapore’s expat crowd for its fab blowouts and highlight treatments – ask for Dior there.
Toni & Guy, 7 outlets island wide. Visit website for more details.
The title of Singapore’s glitziest and most star-studded salon goes to Passion. An ultra-swanky space that presides in the equally swish Palais Renaissance, Passion is the brainchild of celebrity hairstylist David Gan. If you’re willing to fork out the dough, we recommend getting your tresses styled by the man himself. Needless to say, it’ll cost you a pretty penny – starting from $300 for a haircut. But considering that David has worked his mane magic on stars like Zhang Ziyi, Gong Li, and even royalty, we reckon it’ll be worth it.
Passion, #02-01 Palais Renaissance, 390 Orchard Road, Singapore 238871, p. 6733 5638. Open Mon-Fri 11am-8pm, Sat 10am-7pm.
Zinc Korean Hair Salon
You’d be forgiven for mistaking Zinc Korean Hair Salon for a swanky bar – the salon’s sophisticated premises boast a chic terracotta palette accentuated by brass and gold accents, and subdued lighting. Run by an all-Korean team of experienced stylists, Zinc offers a slew of treatments including the famed, natural-looking and long-lasting perms that promise volume and minimal upkeep for months.
Zinc Korean Hair Salon, Millenia Walk, #02-48/49, 9 Raffles Boulevard, Singapore 039596, p. 6235 9891.
Jesse Timm opened her own salon here in Singapore following sheer demand for her services during a stint at Fox. She’s famous among expats as the best stylist and colourist for Caucasian hair, and is well worth the waitlist. As an American-trained hairdresser, Jesse ships all of her products from the US via her Stateside license, which means that she gets access to the best products first. This includes the mysterious, wonderful Olaplex, which seriously helps your hair stay strong and healthy when bleach is involved. If you’re a nervous blonde hesitant about taking on a dramatic new style, or in need of a corrective style, Jesse is the gal for you.
The Parlour, 33 Lowland Road, Unit H, p. 8106 8099. Open Tues 10am-6pm, Thurs- Sat 10am-6pm.
Blow + Bar
Beautiful blowouts, manis and bubbly to boot? Blow + Bar sure knows the way to a girl’s heart. Treat your tresses to signature blowout services like the Moroccan Ultimate Blowout ($75) or Kerastasé Luxury blowout ($95) while you sip on Champers and get your nails done at the same time – can we say bliss? Blow + Bar’s CBD outlet also offer quickie wash-and-blow services to get girls-on-the-go primped and pampered in 30 minutes flat.
Blow + Bar, One Raffles Place and Robertson Quay. See website for more info.