Its been more than one and a half years since I rebonded my hair. I used to frequent a shop introduced by a good friend in Bishan. Even now, I love their wonderful and affordable services and their nice hairdressers, but strangely during my last rebonding attempt in 2011 there, right after I came back from Japan, the rebonding destroyed my hair and made it all frizzy, zig-zagged and dried.
I was so traumatized I hadnt rebonded my hair ever since. But recently, Ive been getting tired of blowing dry and setting the hair every morning, and then getting pissed off with my wasted efforts right after I step out of the house into the the humid and windy monsoon weather and so the idea of getting my hair rebonded came back.
I launched my and ended up dragging Chun into it. After she agreed, we googled for a good and affordable salon. Thats when we stumbled upon Beauty Undercovers website where they had this page on Best Hair Salons to Rebond / Straighten your Hair in Singapore.
We decided on trying out K1@Toa Payoh since it was near my place and the price was affordable. In any case, Chun and I are not the type who die-die must go to branded or expensive salons and stylists. We actually go for $10 hair cuts at QB House and Okinwawa occasionally so this neighbourhood salon seemed suitable for us.
We went at about 11 plus and the salon was had only one other customer since it was a weekday. The two stylists, both guys, quickly attended to us and suggested we try Lebel rebonding instead of the Shiseido rebonding written on the Beauty Undercover website. Its supposedly better and just slightly more expensive. We agreed to try.
What I love most about K1 is that the rebonding service includes 2 hair treatments.
The first hair treatment is provided before the rebonding, and the other is after the treatment. According to the stylists, who kindly explained each step of the rebonding, this is so as to minimize damage to the hair. Because rebonding is a very damaging process, they aim to treat/moisturize the hair once before the rebonding and again more afterwards.
Surprisingly, even though it included 2 treatments, the entire process was over relatively quick. I believe we left the salon before 3pm. But it wasnt as if the salon rushed through things. They certainly took their time to iron our hair it was so thorough and patient I was almost getting cabin fever. Also, I usually get a headache after hair treatments/hair rebonding, but the chemical and treatment K1 used didnt stink and were applied and removed quickly after a short while so I didnt have a headache afterwards.
Anyway, for this, I paid SGD $130 while Chun paid SGD $140 since her hair was longer than mine.
I find it totally worth it because my hair texture actually kind of changed after the rebonding, which the stylists attributed to the Lebel rebonding. My hair was really dry and frizzy before the rebonding, now its so silky, shiny and moisturized I cant stop touching it.
A few warnings though:
1. While ironing the hair, the stylists did pull our hair rather hard at first and it did hurt a bit. Chun and I could have voiced out and asked them to be gentler, but since we are both M anyway, the stylists realised it afterwards and did it gentler.
2. They werent pushy about us buying their products, but they did keep suggest and recommend that we buy the Lebel shampoo and conditioner so that the rebonding can last longer. We ended up buying the shampoo ($32) anyway since we were running out of shampoo.
3. Their recommendation was to avoid washing the hair within 48 hours after the rebonding. A lot of salons dont have this anymore, but oh well. I can still live with it.for a while more. 24 more hours to go!!!
as usual, i get mine at toa payoh. K1 salon
today my barber cut until dam nice oo! i duno how he style for me ==
Super: Xiao di! u come again liao ah ! ( soli ah he tok ah beng style de ah )
Vince: Yo ! yaya, i come here cut hair again. veli long liao
Super: cut ur hair si beh sien manzx, so bloody thick, like bush =.=
Vince: wtf ?! i come here gib u business u say me lidat ?!
Super: aiya kidding la kidding la. sit sit. i cut for u
Vince: wah! sei zai, u change hairstyle again
Super: yeng leh! *smiles to himself*
Vince: =.= when u getting married ah
Super: marry jor lo! thats y i today so shuai ma!
== maybe cos he marry jor.. do some stuff jor today cut hair for me so nice?!
Since Yee Sinn had a hair cut last week, I decided to snip off my locks as well. I dropped by a friendly neighbourhood hair salon called K1 Salon at Toa Payoh Central and had my hair re-bonded and cut for just $100. It was quite a good deal as they were using Shishedo chemicals. And the best part- They guranteed the whole process to be done in approximately 2 hours. It was quite a BIG deal for me cos re-bonding usually takes me 5 hours with my hair thickness.