So here's the thing about hair salons: finding the one who can whip our unruly hair into shape and transform it into something shampoo commercial worthy is akin to finding…well, The One. But there's no need to go on that elusive hunt when we've got you covered. Below, we pick our top salons for wedding-ready hair: think elaborate updos, effortless perms and glossy, coloured locks.
The Big Blow
Say hello to The Big Blow: a mobile hair styling, nails, and makeup service. Give these fairy godmothers a call and they’ll transform you in the comfort of your home or hotel room prior to the big reception. And if you’re out and about, drop by their swanky new salon at Cluny Court for The Perfect Updo ($70) or Blowout ($70) for a sleek 'do or voluminous fairytale locks.
The Big Blow, Cluny Court,#02-21, 501 Bukit Timah Road, Singapore 259760, Singapore, p. 6465 4836. Open daily 9am-7pm.
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.
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.
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 colouring treatments like ombre, balayage, and dip dyes - no style is too difficult or too out-there for its pros - so if you're looking to surprise your wedding guests with a brand new dye job, you're at the right place. Or, if you're looking to get your dresses done specifically for your special day, professional bridal styling packages are available.
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).
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. Plus, you're in great hands of the bridal services team - share your vision with them, and watch as it comes to fruition with the help of the hairstylists and makeup artists.
Kim Robinson, Ngee Ann City, 391 Orchard Road,#02-12, Singapore 238872, p. 6738 8006.
Toni & Guy
Toni & Guy may be known for its outrageous dye jobs and hair styling, but make no mistake - these guys are well-equipped to whip your locks into shape before your big day. 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.
Blow + Bar
Beautiful blowouts, manis and bubbly to boot? That's a recipe for blissing out amidst stressful wedding prep. 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. The salon even does artfully styled updos - just be sure to book an appointment long before your wedding day for a trial run of sorts.
Blow + Bar, One Raffles Place and Robertson Quay. See website for more info.
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 month - they're perfect if you're letting your locks loose and long for your big day.
Zinc Korean Hair Salon, Millenia Walk, #02-48/49, 9 Raffles Boulevard, Singapore 039596, p. 6235 9891.