Too often we read all about hair salons that does amazing hair colouring jobs, but we tend to be at a loss when deciding which hairstylist to ask for. Wellnessly has put together a list of 9 hairstylists who we think you can fully trust to not fry your hair!
Hold on to your ideas for your next hair transformation, these are the people we confidently say you can entrust your hair to! In no order of merit, here you go:
1) Sam Chok | Salon Director at Chez Vous
Selected by Redken amidst many local stylists to be the senior Redken expert, Sam’s portfolio of achievements boasts of styling for major editorial publications to heading the team for the F1 Podium Lounge Fashion Show, and backstage styling for shows like Audi Fashion Week, Raoul and Gucci.
What sets Sam apart beyond his passion towards hair colouring is his commitment to deliver fashion-forward, creative, fresh and unique looks for his guests. That said, for all guests (especially new ones), even if the hairstyle, cut and colour looks good, not everyone can accept a drastic change.
Which is why all new customers will undergo a VERY long consultation process for Sam to understand their needs, concerns and lifestyle, for him to better tailor a new image to their likings; and convince them about how the new hairstyle can work for them.
These photos were taken from his interview on Her World Plus, check out the power of hair contouring!
As Sam shares, “A new hairstyle gives you a chance to learn more about yourself, to be someone you never thought you could be. Each time my customer comes to me, I want them to experience a new change and to happily exclaim, I never knew I could carry this off! Yes, sometimes I don’t stick to the rules or go by the book, because they can greatly restrict the style options one has.”
Unsurprisingly, Sam’s booking tends to full, especially on weekends. Interested customers are reminded to allocate ample time for every service for him to perfect his work, creation and ideas. Not forgetting his mandatory long and thorough consultation process.
Sam’s creative colouring services start from $300, with colouring and highlighting starting from $165 separately. Book a consultation with Sam here!
2) Shawn Chia | Associate Salon Director at Chez Vous
To be honest, when we first saw Shawn’s portfolio, we saw him to be the first choice for classy, elegant hair styling. His portfolio is decorated with backstage styling for shows like Chanel, Gucci, Prada, Calvin Klein, Miu Miu (the list goes on).
A strong believer of “wash & wear” hairstyles and colour, Shawn understands that not everyone can afford the time to have regular hair colour touch-ups and styling done by professional hairdressers. With this firm belief, he always makes sure that his customers leave Chez Vous with a colour choice and hairstyle that can be easily managed at home.
Shawn’s strength is in hair contouring. He says, “One will be surprised by what hair contouring can do for them. By meticulously placing highlights and lowlights on the hair to sculpt one’s face, it can create subtle optical illusions in either highlighting certain facial features; or concealing certain “flaws”. “
Shawn might not be your first choice for crazy manic panic colours (that kind of rhymes), but if you are looking for a reliable and brilliant hairdresser who can make your hair work for you, he is the one.
His colouring and highlighting services start from $165, and creative colouring starts from $300. Make an appointment with Shawn here!
3) Raye | Creative Stylist at Backstage Hair
Coming from a family of hairstylists, Raye is known for her forte in precise short haircuts. With more than 13 years of experience under her belt, Raye is one of the top most sought after stylists at Backstage Hair helmed by hair maestro Judy Koh.
With classy and edgy looks in her portfolio, it’s no wonder many entrust their tresses with Raye when they are looking for a makeover. Online fashion icon, Nicole Wong has amazing and chic images of Raye’s work on her Instagram.
Quoting Raye, “As long as I’m in this industry, I continue to have power to play with colours and create more interesting work for my customers.”
Raye’s colouring services start from $285 at Backstage Hair Salon. Click here to consult her about creAtive hair possibilities!
4) Reno Tan | Stylist at Hairloom
One of the youngest but up-and-coming stylists at Hairloom, Reno recently emerged as Singapore's representative at the Goldwell ColorZoom Competition held in London.
An appointment with Reno will require you to have an open mind. Instead of fully going with what customers want, Reno suggests what he prefers them to have after analyzing hair quality, and skin tone, among many.
An important factor that Reno takes into consideration is his customer's skin tone. "One must know which hair colour tone suits your skin tone. If a wrong colour tone is applied to a skin tone, the whole image will look very 'bland'," Reno warns. "So by using the correct technique and colour combination, we will be able to enhance the customer's features."
Reno styles for Bonnie Loo before her meet-and-greet for her upcoming Channel 8 drama, and before she attended China's The Voice!
To address the current trends in loud colours, Reno points out that the more bleaching is involved in achieving your preferred hair colours, the higher the prices will go. So remember to check with your stylist on the total cost before you proceed with the hair coloring! Each round of bleaching is at $130 for short hair, $150 for mid length, and $170 for long hair, at Hairloom.
Prices for hair colouring starts from $150/$180/$220 (short/mid/long) for 1 base colour, and $220/$280/$340 for 1 base colour with 1 highlight. For customers who do not wish to damage their hair, they can opt for the olaplex service too. Book an appointment with Reno here!
5) Joseph Foo | Founder and Director at Kenjo Korean Hair Salon
With 16 years of experience in hairdressing, Joseph has an unwavering passion for hair trends. During an appointment with Joseph, be prepared to receive precious nuggets of knowledge on maintaining or prolonging your hairstyle!
For example, he will share with you about the 3-step Mucota treatment to keep your hair looking well moisturized and shiny, lasting way after your appointment. With full knowledge that colours like these especially, are not easy to maintain.
He is instagram personality, Calvin Kang’s preferred hairstylist! For every session, Joseph will first spend 10 minutes communicating with you before making a recommendation.
Joseph’s Color + Mucota Color Treatment services start from $230, with colouring and highlighting starting from $140 separately. Book now!
6) Zenn Tan | Senior Stylist at Kenjo Hair Salon
Zenn believes that finding a suitable stylist is always about chemistry and fate. Her principle for all her customers is to give them something beautiful and practical.
One of the quotes Zenn lives by is “You are never fully dressed without great hair”. Her works are abreast with the ongoing hair trends, and she is definitely not afraid to experiment as long as you are!
Don’t worry about your hair colour being too over-the-top for your lifestyles, Zenn definitely takes that into consideration before transforming your hair.
Be prepared for honest and sincere opinions from Zenn about what you want.
Zenn’s Color + Mucota Color Treatment services start from $230, with colouring and highlighting starting from $140 respectively. Book an appointment with Zenn!
7) Ann Lye | Senior Stylist at 99 Percent Hair Studio (Haji Lane)
Having served plenty of customers for creative colouring, Ann observed that Asians in general have a soft spot for cold colours such as ashy tones, pastel colors, yet they are often wary of the idea of bleaching.
However, such colours often requires bleaching because Asians’ natural hair contains a great deal of red content, which without bleaching, the cold colours will eventually develop into warm colours. Bleaching is of utmost importance in order to achieve satisfying results.
Don’t worry though, Ann will analyze your hair and scalp condition on top of your personal preferences for certain colours to understand if your request is practical. In the event that your request is not too viable, Ann will give you her professional two cents on what other possible alternatives you have, without compromising on quality.
Ann’s services start from $129 for women, and $99 for men. Click here to make an appointment with Ann!
8) Katherine Seak | Creative Stylist at 99 Percent Hair Studio (Haji Lane)
Katherine’s friendly and outgoing personality makes her a popular choice among customers. She will detail a hairstyle that is both suitable and easy to maintain after taking into consideration your lifestyle, occupation and personality.
“We are all living in a fast-paced country, most of us would want a fuzz free and quick styling hairstyle that will take as little time as possible.”
She also believes, that your hair is a statement of style, an affirmation of beauty and an expression of self-love. That places a lot of responsibilities on hairdressers, don’t it? But check out her breathtaking works below, and you’ll be fully convinced of her dedication.
9) Shan | Senior Stylist at 99 Percent Hair Studio (Haji Lane)
As with all responsible hairstylists, Shan will first understand what customers have or have not done with their hair before, before proposing ideas for a new transformation. Of course, he will taking into consideration what your job allows, your preferred colour tones, hair texture, etc etc.
Shan uses different techniques to help customers achieve different effects. Whether it’s for the recent trends like balayage, ombre, natural hair gradients, To quote Shan, “to transform is fascinating, but to enhance is divine.”
Shan’s services start from $129 for women, and $99 for men. Click here to book now with Shan!
For all of you who are going to have your hair transformed in time for the upcoming holidays season, remember to read our guide on how to prolong your hair colour!