so to be completely honest, Im not very adventurous with my hair. If anything quite boring. Other than the red bob i tried last year, i generally tend to stick to natural colours and simple hairstyles. So as always, i went to my usual hair salon, which is the Kimage Hair School at Funan, for a normal one colour shade but the instructors there who seem to recognise me by now, suggested I try something different since my hair has grown out and the next thing I know I had red dip-dyed hair.
i really love this dip dye style a little bit of rebel mixed into a fashion statement. if youre not one to go for something too loud because of work or anything you can try slightly less brighter colours for a more subdued look or even opt for ombre for a more sunkissed look.
happy experimenting girls!
I discovered this place after having gone to Toni & Guy's hairdressing school and I find this a much less stressful experience because I have a lot more control over who cuts my hair. As Huyin points out, you can get hairdressers of differing experience (and hence haircutting time)--what you can do is when you make an appointment, tell them you want a recent graduate from their hairdressing programme. It will cost more than someone halfway through the programme, but if you're like me, the saving in time (and in angst of a supervisor correcting for technique) is very worth it.
Note that Kimage has two different outlets in Funan Mall: this is the hairdressing school at Level 5 (for the professional hairstylist outlet, go to Level 2).
I have been patronising the hairdressing school for a number of years now, and have a relatively good grasp of the quality of service across that period of time. Generally, the prices for a decent haircut are unbeatable here: $6 (men and women). For single-coloured dye, it's $20.
Because this is a school, do expect to be attended to by trainees, whose skill level can vary drastically from one person to another. These trainees vary in age (from early 20s to late 40s) and nationality (I think a Korean woman once attended to me, and I have met people from Hong Kong too). Some of them can be efficient and extremely skilled, while others can be unbearably slow and lack confidence - although there has never been a time when the trainees have been nervous. For the latter case, they simply take up a lot of time.
To gauge the variation in time needed for a haircut, the shortest I've ever had one was 35 minutes; the longest an hour and a half. As for hair dyeing, the shortest was one hour and a half, and the longest was two hours and fifteen minutes. If you are doing both a cut and dye, it is not necessary that the same person will attend to both activities.
Overall, if you are not pressed for time, and don't need a particularly fancy hairstyle or specific preferences to be fulfilled, then head on over to Kimage Hairdressing School. The service is always friendly and warm. Do call in advance to book appointments, particularly on Fridays.
the boy went to try the hair cutting service at kimage training academy. hahaha was waiting for the haircut to turn out hilarious, but it turned out ok lol good for him! quite frankly, i cannot tell when guys have cut their hair unless it was some disastrous result or they decide to turn into botak jones. being a girl is definitely better in terms of choices in hairstyles and clothes!
Despite the 4th visit, I have my reserved doubts. On the other hand, a $6 haircut (with wash) may be worth the calculated risk. Avoiding Lady Gagas beehives a safe bet, I planned for something guy-easy.
Id made my appointment just half hour before heading down. It was frighteningly astonishing to encounter the emptiness of Kimage Academy not more than half a dozen overgrown bonsais.
So I tucked my Shaquille ONeal sized bottom into their kindergarten armchair, and hoped for an experienced noob. Ironically, some newbies are really fantastic hairstylists. They just need an hour. If you plan to catch a flight after haircut, avoid this place, approach the neighborhood barber instead (they are exceptionally fast for a well-measured flat top, with references to the ridiculous army 4-3-2-1).
Throughout the process, I was like an anxious father awaiting childbirth. I dare not doze. You snooze, you lose. I didnt want to wake up and see myself a noble participant of Hair For Hope 2011. Or worse, Mr. T or Krusty the clown. I asked for a simple and neat trimming, while keeping my current hairdo. How hard can that be? Its not Dennis Rodman.
As she started snipping, 5 staff surrounded me (staff can be used to refer both singular and plural). I was tensed, not because I felt like a cannibals ritual sacrifice, I was nervous for the poor trainee. Do you know how it feels when your fiery Indian Math teacher stopped to look at your answers during an O level preliminary exam? I stopped writing and pretended to comprehend.
She chuckled when her Kimage Pope reprimanded her. Each sign of utter uncertainty lifted my eyebrows, I almost became an owl.
Hair washing was the only well-deserved break from all clutches. Nonetheless, it was all done in 45 minutes. Very satisfactory. That risk was worthy. Previously Ive had all haircuts at QB House. If I have to break down the cost at QB House, $8 probably goes to the machine taking in your ten-dollar note, while theyll give you a $2-equivalent service.
All in all, $6 was well spent, even after factoring in volatile chances.
Product: Kimage Academy Haircuts
Price: $6 for both male and female
From: Kimage Hairdressing School, Funan IT Mall
Why: low price, convenient location, and good quality control by the instructors
I have always cut my hair at the auntie shop below the block across the road from my house because it was cheap and good. I was also against the idea of cutting my hair at some salon academy because it feels like my head would become the test subject of some newbie hairdresser. Lastly I have some moral objection to the idea that a huge hairdressing chain can make students pay them money, and on top of that make the customers pay them money, while not actually doing any hairdressing themselves.
All that changed when I tried out Kimage Hairdressing School.
They only charge $6. That is cheaper than the aunties shop below the block. I am aware that Toni and Guys academy cuts hair for free if you make and appointment (or so I have heard), but I do not feel comfortable with a free haircut because that gives them license to really not ensure quality control. Secondly the shop is conveniently located at Funan, and the salon has a large capacity I have never had to wait for a spot even when I just show up without making an appointment.
Most importantly, I liked that the instructors on scene always ensure the students give a good haircut. They are constantly checking up on them, and review every student before the haircut to ask them how they are going to go about it, then after the haircut to make sure it is up to mark. Not to mention, that the academy is actually also filled with qualified stylists who go back for refresher or additional courses, so depending on luck you could get haircuts from stylists that usually cost $30.
A few things I did not like however, is that you almost never get your hair cut by the same person, no matter how much you liked it the first time. You cannot request the stylist that cuts your hair. These two things really take the personally connection out of hairdressing. Most importantly sometimes you get your hair cut by a novice who is so new at the scene that you will either get a really bad hair cut, or a really slow one. I had a hair cut that took 1 and a half hours and I am one of those guys with really short hair.
I met my hair stylist that morning, Mr. Ito, a friendly charming Japanese guy
He was already there before I reach the school at Kimage Funan. Hmmm, I thought people like him will just come in at the very last minute when everything and everybody is done with the preparation work
Anyway, he came over to check my hair condition by spraying some water on it and then look rather happy with the result.
One of the seniors saw and told him that they usually check hair condition when wet and not when dry, and asked him how he check the hair condition of my hair when it is dry. With the help of a translator, he explained that hair repeal water if it is healthy or absorb the water if it is not healthy.
His explanation reminds me of the shampoo ad, the one that shows a lady with long hair and then she lie down on a bed and let the hair drop into a tank of water and the hair floats! Now then i fully understand this ad. lol
Ok, so i was being invited to this room with more than 50 stylists/students? Yes it is a seminar and he go through each step with them, educating them what is important and things to take note of with the help of a translator. I paid attention too and yeah, kind of enjoyed it cos I seems to better appreciate the art of cutting and perm-ing hair
After 4 hours it really resembles those Japanese model in Japanese hair magazine; natural curly wave I really love my new hair I was told this kind of perm will only last 3 months but the sad thing is, it doesnt last at all. Yes IT DOESNT LAST at all. Not that i did not maintain it, i did but it barely last for a week!
After a week my hair was almost straight.
Rescheduled for a treatment and re-perm the next week by top stylist Yvonne Wong using the same technology (Air Wave Perm) but her own method (according to her), she said sometimes Japanese method doesnt work on us because of the different climate and that this kind of perm is not as lasting as digital perm which Singaporean prefer, whilst for Japanese they are ok to change hair style every 3 months is it true?
Anyway, and so after another 4 hours, my hair came out to be a little bit curler Yvonne told me Ya i think the curl is really not strong enough, think your hair is more suitable for digital perm now that you know then next time do digital perm, your hair is not suitable for Air Wave Perm After hearing what she said, I was kind of speechless
And as expected, after few days, my hair is almost straight.
A friend recommended this salon as cheap and good. I realized later why its more affordable as compared to the rest of the Kimage salons because its Kimage hairdressing training salon where aspiring stylists trained in this salon hence the rates are cheaper. A simple haircut of mine took about 2.5hours compared to the usual 1hour at other salons. I would not trade time for money.
The hair treatment also does not last till the next day.
$5.40 for a very good head massage by the student and a stylish cut. While most might think that going to school is high risk, i feel that with the experienced Hair Instructor there, nothing can go really wrong. Unlike in the normal salons pay so much and half the time you get crap..
I called up Kimage school of hairdressing at funan and made an appointment. The girl who attended to me was really petite and I was afraid she couldnt even reach the crown of my head. (She almost couldnt). Shes soft spoken, a little shy, and a little nervous. Like most students she was extra careful and measured everything a hundred times before she snips it. After the student was done with her snipping, I could see that shes pretty alrite, maybe potential, but still she didnt cut enough of my hair. I had this suspicion that shes never cut so much hair in such a short style. Fortunately, the more experienced instructor (who was very patient with his students) took over once he felt that shes spent a bit too long on my head and not enough hair had been amputated.
It was 6 bucks well spent. The cut took twice as long, and I couldnt expect really edgy styles, but it turned out alrite. I really hope the student who cut my hair learns something from cutting my hair Maybe I should go there again next time. I consider it a form of charity, an offering. Handing over the fate of my hair to inexperienced hands so that they may become better at what theyre doing. Im offering my head. And if accidents happen, I wont mind just shaving my head bald