On the search for a great hairdresser in Singapore? The struggle for good hair here is real, with the harsh humidity wreaking havoc on our locks – don’t get us started on the frizz factor! But not all is lost, ladies, because we’ve tracked down the experts who can work magic whether you want the perfect shade of blonde for your next beach vacation, need to tame frizzy locks with a keratin or rebonding treatment, need a posh up-do for a fancy Champagne brunch, have African hair or want to go pastel or get that pixie crop you’ve always wanted. These recommended stylists and colourists will have you covered.
PS: If you’re looking for someone to wrangle your little one’s locks too, check out our guide to the best kids’ hairdressers in Singapore!
Best for blondes, brunettes and redheads: Expat Hair Studio
Expat Hair Studio is a team of talented mane tamers who know all there is to know when it comes to Caucasian hair and all its kinks and curls. Founded by an Aussie, Jaclyn Douglas, and Brit, Katherine Moss, the team has expanded into a troop of internationally trained, expert stylists whose talents cover colouring, balayage, perms, rebonding, restyles, blow dries and keratin treatments. This is a family-friendly salon that caters to ladies, men and kids alike but do make sure you book ahead for an appointment.
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Expat Hair Studio, 422 Joo Chiat Rd, Singapore 427642, p. 6444 7929; www.expathairstudio.com
The blonde whisperer: Jessica Timm at The Parlour
American stylist and Western hair guru Jessica Timm comes highly recommended by the resident blondes at HoneyKids HQ. Her super-cute salon in Kovan is the place to get your hands on Olaplex: a magical American product that seriously reduces damage caused by bleach. Get in early with your appointments, ladies: Jessica is in demand, and rightly so.
The Parlour, 33 Lowland Road, p. 8106 8099; www.theparloursg.com
Best for braids, weaves and African hair: Extreme Lengths
This family-run business was the first of its kind to be set up here in Singapore, and was opened by hairdressing veteran Judith Buss to provide personalised hair care for Singapore’s Afro and ethnic community here. Extreme Lengths does indeed go to extreme lengths to ensure that weaves, braids, and colours are perfect for each and every mane it tends to. Staff are annually trained in a top Afro hair salon in London to make sure they keep top of the game with trends and products, and one-on-one initial consultations are recommended (and free!).
Extreme Lengths, 1 Claymore Drive, 02-14 Rear Block, Orchard Towers, Singapore 229594, p. 6733 6396; www.extremelengthssingapore.com
Best for taming the frizz: COVO
With its team of Japanese hair stylists, COVO offers a dazzling array of treatments for every hair type. This specialist salon has an impressive range of services including colouring, digital perms, rebonding and its signature treatment, the Goldwell Kerasilk Keratin Treatment. All customers get their hair washed with carbonated spring water shampoo for a touch of bubbly decadence, and this team also knows a thing or two about a fantastic head massage!
COVO, 43 Keong Saik Road, Singapore 089147, p. 6221 4585 and 32 Tanjong Pagar Road, Singapore 088455, p. 6225 9706; www.covosg.com
Best for cool colours: Evolve Salon
You’re never too old for pink hair, we say. If you’ve been thinking of going for a pastel hue or a purple dip-dye look, have a peek through the online customer look book at Evolve Salon in River Valley. We love their sophisticated take on technicolour hair – and even if you aren’t going bold with a new colour, the stylists here are on point. (PS, the gents come away looking pretty spiffy too!).
Evolve, 177 River Valley Road, Liang Court Complex, #02-09, 179030; www.facebook.com/evolvesalon
Best for highlights: Trimmings
Trimmings is so much more than just a good trim. Not only does this salon offer a whole host of hair treatments and options on its menu, but Caucasian hair is especially safe in the expert hands of its stylists and colourists. When you ask for blonde highlights, you will get blonde highlights: real ones with no hint of orange and no burnt ends. Hallelujah!
Trimmings, 75B Loewen Road, Singapore 248852, p. 6471 1922 and #02-17 Robertson Walk, 11 Unity Street, Singapore 237995, p. 6737 8512; www.trimmings.com.sg
Best for rebonding: Zinc Korean Hair Salon
Korea certainly knows a thing or two about gorgeous glossy hair, so whether you have Asian or Caucasian hair, Zinc can transform your tired tresses into a sleek new look quicker than you can say “rebonding”. Men and kiddos welcome too!
Zinc Korean Hair Salon, 9 Raffles Blvd, #02-48/49, Millenia Walk, Singapore 039596, p. 6235 9891; www.zincsalon.kr
Best for thick hair: Jawed Habib
If you want to tame your thick locks then it’s time to acquaint yourself with Jawed Habib: this global brand (named after Indian celeb hairdresser) has landed in Singapore, and also has over 350 salons and academies internationally. Clearly this is a team that knows its stuff – and word on the street is that if you need to bring life back to damaged hair or get smooth waves, this is the place.
Jawed Habib, 279, Tanjong Katong Road, Singapore 437062, p. 63480212; www.jawedhabib.co.in
Best for gentle, natural hair products and colours: Vox Studio
Vox is another firm favourite for Asian and Caucasian hair alike. With its central location right next to Somerset MRT, Vox is is consistently recommended for colours, cuts and all things hair. Aveda is its product of choice, which is an extra plus for those of you looking for a luxe but natural alternative for your hair care lotions and potions – and lucky you, this salon is also a spa! The divine hand massages during your hair treatment are just a sneak peek of what’s on offer…
Vox Studio, 111A Killiney Road (near Somerset MRT), Singapore 239550, p. 6235 0700; www.voxstudio.co
Best for just a style or blow-dry: The Big Blow
If it’s an awesome blow dry and style you are after then The Big Blow is the place to call for a creation of hair-raising proportions. With a salon at Cluny Court, and also the option of coming to you (see below), these guys can blow dry your hair to perfection for a special party, a date or maybe just because you want to look fab!
The Big Blow, appointments available at a location of your choice or at Lounge@Cluny Court, 501 Bukit Timah Rd, 259760, p. 6465 4836; www.thebigblow.com
No time to hang out at a salon? Check out our little black book of mobile beauty services for the best at-home hairdressers and blow-dries (throw in a massage and mani-pedi too, while you’re at it)!