Living in summery Singapore is great… but damaged hair? Not so much. These hair stylists for expats will help you get rid of all your bad hair days
Your hair is your crown, and you should wear it loud and proud, or subtle and elegant – whatever your fancy. But we get it: if you’re not used to Singapore’s permanently summery and clammy climate, it can spell disaster for your mane. And to be frank, sometimes the local hair salons are just not as savvy when it comes to expat hair. So mope no more; we’ve mapped out some of the best hair salons that specialise in expat hair, providing haircuts, blowouts, colouring, and treatments guaranteed to get you out of any hairy situation.
Does a good haircut and head spa sound like the best pairing ever? Pamper yourself at this Japanese salon, tucked within Riverside Point, with stylists up on the latest trends and techniques to give you that dream do – from the craziest dye jobs to those signature Japanese perms, they cater to all. Not convinced? Check out our review on Blanco Michaela.
Blanco Michaela,#02-24/25 Riverside Point, 30 Merchant Road, Singapore 058282, p. 65380273. Open Mon-Sun 11am-8pm.
Expat Hair Studio
This one’s a no-brainer. Expat Hair Studio was started by Jaclyn Douglas and Katherine Moss, and tackling expat hair in our infamously humid weather is a breeze for these two. Offering a diverse range of services including haircuts, blowouts, and Olaplex – a special hair-strengthening treatment – this salon has garnered a loyal following. Let your hair down, and enjoy an extensive beverage menu and free Wi-Fi while you sit back, relax, and anticipate your new do.
Expat Hair Studio, 422 Joo Chiat Rd, Singapore 427642, p. 64447929. Open Mon & Thurs 9am-8pm, Tues, Wed & Fri 9am-6pm, every 2nd Sat 8am-2pm.
Jazz up your hair just the way you want it. Be it a professional haircut, colouring, or a beehive updo for a special occasion – say no more. With their extensive hair knowledge, experience and dedication, these folks down at Lavender Street will make you look like a mega star in no time.
True Hairdresser, #01-09, 161 Lavender Street, ,Singapore 338750, p. 62990814. Open Tues-Sun 10am-7pm, including public holidays.
Your locks are in good hands with The Parlour, whose American-trained cutting experts and colourists are proficient in dealing with all types of hair. We’re talking straight, curly, thin, thick, Asian, Caucasian – everything and anything under the sun (ours, particularly). This salon is also packed with top-notch products that will leave your hair glowing for days. P.S. They do an amazing job with makeup too!
The Parlour, #00-H, 33 Lowland Rd, Singapore 547429, p. 81068099. Open Tues & Thurs 10am-6pm, Fri 10am-4pm, Sat 9am-6pm.
Blow + Bar
Get this – you can sip on some Champers while getting your hair done. Talk about a fancy pampering experience! This Raffles Place blow-dry bar is packed with stylists who are on top of the game, especially with treating fragile hair – an inevitable side-effect of living in Singapore. Time to say sayonara to breakage!
Blow + Bar,#05-18 One Raffles Place Shopping Podium, Singapore 048616, p. 64387005. Open Mon-Fri 11am-9pm. Robertson Quay, 7 Rodyk Street, The Watermark Condominium, #01-32, Singapore 238215, p. 62387338. Open Tues-Fri 11am-8pm, Sat-Sun 10am-7.30pm.
Located in the heart of Singapore’s most iconic shopping district, this celeb-frequented fave has stylists turning the hairs of A-Listers like Coco Rocha, Lily Cole, and Christy Chung into works of art. The stylists at Salon Vim are absolute bosses when it comes to hair colouring services like ombre, balayage, dip dyes, and hair contouring which defines your facial features with artfully positioned highlights.
Salon Vim, 313 Orchard, #04-25/28, Singapore 238895, p. 68847747, 235 Victoria Street, Singapore 188027, P. 68370073, and Wisma Atria, #02-01B, p. 67346404. Open Mon-Fri 11am-9pm, Sat-Sun 10.30am-7.30pm.
Hair on Erksine
Having chalked up experience in world-class salons in Hong Kong and London, owner, Andrew, and his talented team have dealt with a wide base of expat clientele. Their range of services, including colouring, highlighting and straightening keratin treatment, are popular amongst expats here.
Hair on Erksine, 33 Erksine Road, #01-08, Singapore 069333, p. 62245156. Open Mon-Sat 10am-7.30pm.
Hounds of Baskerville
This one’s for the gentlemanly lads looking to rid their man buns, or lack thereof. Right smack in Bali Lane, this Victorian-inspired barber provides straight razor shaves, haircuts and body ink services. Fellow dapper barbers from the UK, Australia and New Zealand occasionally visit this fine specimen of a place.
Hounds of Baskerville, 24 Bali Lane, Singapore 189860, p. 62991197. Open Mon-Fri 11am-10pm, Sat 11am-7pm.
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