I got lost finding the salon, but thats probably because I hardly ever explore Raffles Hotel without good reason
Super cool architecture! Different areas of the salon were separated by these geometric shaped walls/ pathways
Their reception counter and the place where they stowed my bag before my haircut
Their washing area with super comfortable automated reclining seats. Its really great for me as due to my short stature, I usually end up shuffling myself awkwardly on those flat chairs for my head to reach the sink. With these chairs, I no longer need to look like a earthworm on drugs and am able to maintain my dignity
The area where I got my hair cut and styled. The chairs are movable and so is the wall, allowing the staff to play around with the floor space depending on their clients
Waiting for my haircut! As you can see, my hair looked rather heavy and old-fashioned with the thick, grown out perm.
Haircut after I reached home and being pummelled by strong winds. Still looked good!
Managed to take a pic with the lovely Tomoko! Thank you so much for the haircut!
My hair has remained rather low maintenance and looks good styled or not and even looks decent if I go to bed with my hair still wet from my shower. People have been complimenting my haircut and even the Bf says it looks good, which is rare since he hardly mentions much bout my hairstyles.
Will definitely return, as a paying customer the next time.
Industrial chic. Coming here is like getting a haircut in a modern art museum. You got to go to know what i mean. I TOTALLY LOVE!
LIM stands for Less Is More, not the Chinese last name. And it is a salon chain from Japan.
Service is impeccably Japanese, ultra-polite. The clientele is mostly Japanese and I could barely understand my Japanese stylist's smattering of English. But I am happy to say that I love my new cut! Fuss-free and refreshing!
Tip: mentioned that you are referred and you get 10% off your first visit!
First off, a picture of my terribly messed-up hair:
I have naturally EXTREMELY wavy/curly hair and it belongs to the group of very-hard-to-tame. It was much worse in the past such that the hair will curl outwards once it reached my shoulders. So, the era of hair straightening came LOL. OF COURSE I MUST HAVE IT. But, I wasnt told or I didnt know how damaging rebonding can be to my hair. And the boss of the salon I always WENT to, will always advise me to go for rebonding because of the messiness of my hair.
I have no idea is it cos the rebonding was done badly or the treatment afterwards wasnt good enough or my hair gene structure is weak or whatever reason, but my hair was getting very frizzy and dry even though it was straighter than in the past. So far, hair products that Ive tried, dont help.
Ive gone back to the salon for treatments and I felt that it didnt really help because my hair still seem dry. Not that I expect miracles, but how can it possibly still look the same right after treatment. Ive been going to this salon since I was a kid and Im not confident enough to go to other salons because I dont feel at ease to let someone new to handle my hair.
So, if you are in the same position as me, I think you can try this salon: Kizuki + LIM.
My friend actually intro-ed to me and I was quite hesitant but my friend re-assured me because the stylists are all really nice people. Oh, they are all Japanese too. They can understand some English, so communication is still quite alright. Frankly, I was quite worried and nervous about it. You must be thinking that Im crazy, but yeah, I guess I really am.
And wow, the salon doesnt look like a salon LOL. It has more of a cafe-style. Like, normal salons have this:
Kizuki + LIMs chairs have a style that is something like this:
Okay anyway, my stylist is Waka-san. And he showed me a list of treatments to do. I asked for his suggestion and tried Treatment B which cost ms 80sgd. And wow, he washed my hair for me personally, and it felt really comfortable and not painful at all. Sometimes, I feel that others who washed my hair are trying to collect my skin sample under their nails lol.
Waka-san even trimmed abit of my hair for me at no cost because initially I only wanted treatment! OMG HOW NICE. Hair after the treatment:
My friend said that before, my hair looks like greyish black because of the frizz and after, it looks like really dark black, which is good! Hope one day it can go back to the healthy state so that I can dye my hair.
In the midst of colouring. I dyed light brown and Waka said have to dye two times. \\0.0/ So no choice have to dye two times. And I did my eye brows too! Not very obvious in pictures but there is a difference in real life. He shampooed my hair and massaged my scalp. My head started to feel really itchy during the first dye when he applies to my scalp. Have to tolerate the itchiness for the beauty of my hair~
Okay so I have to leave it until the next day before I can wash my hair.
Hope it looks more to ask brown after the wash cause I initially wanted ash brown, which i told him. Maybe my hair didnt eat in the colour. =\\
More pictures of my hair~
Okay I adjusted the brightness in photoshop so it is slightly brownish. But the first blow dry after it looks a bit like reddish. Maybe is the lighting inside the toilet. Hmmm Will post ore colour hair after a few wash.
How many of you agreed that having a good hair-stylist is important?
For me i totally agreed, i have always been going to different hair saloon, to get my hair cut, coloured and washed. But i couldnt find one that can satisfied me . Last few days i went on the Internet looking for a good saloon which i can try, ( i wanna cut my hair) chanced upon KIZUKI+Lim , made my appointment the day before at 10 am the following day, for a stylist , they have 4 choice of stylist for the haircut. Different price too. So i booked the stylist at $80, a level above junior stylist . Was introduced to my stylist Wakamatsu Yusuke san ,he was really polite, looked at and touch my hair, then he suggested whatstyle to cut, but he cant really speak English, so he draw out the picture for me, really interesting! He suggested shaving my side off , so when i tug my hair behind my ear, people can see the shave off part, but too bad i wasnt gamed for that, ha ha i am not that punk, although i have crazy bleach coloured pattern on my hair. Waka san then led me to the hair washing area, nice ,special chairs at the washing area, really wow! Hair wash was by him personally, gentle and relaxing, good massage, but it will be great if its longer, but hey i am here for a haircut right not a head massage. After which he proceed to cut my hair, waka san was really tactful, gentle in handling my hair, he change the parting of my hair too, and it turns out really well. Now i know why people on the Internet say that, they really can cut and style your hair to suit your face, because today waka san did it! Overall was a good and worth the price experience. The only part uncomfortable is the awkward moment when i walk in, maybe its my first time in a jap saloon and having my hair cut by a jap stylist! I am in awe , and i will be back to do my hair again.. thinking to change my hair colour soon..
So, since my previous post on my hunt for a hair salon, Ive found Kizuki + LIM at Raffles Hotel, Level 3. Someone left a comment on that blogpost which linked to a website that had loads of reviews from forums all around.
And Kizuki + LIM was one of the top few salons on the website. Coincidentally, my friend also IG-ed about Kizuki + LIM shortly after I saw it on that website so I was really excited after seeing all the good reviews.
The most awesome thing, at this point of time, was that there was nearly ZERO sponsored reviews. Wheyyyy. Definitely must try.
Booked an appointment with Akiyo-san, most junior stylist there and cheapest. Hahaha. Ok, Im a cheapo. Oh, its really hard to get an appointment there, they are fully booked almost everyday!
Very arty-farty interior design but not very friendly because I nearly fell down while walking back from the hairwash corner. >.
And this is my hairstylist! Akiyo Fujikawa! Her English was actually quite good! As in, we could still have a sort-of conversation and we both understood each other.
She offered me Doraemon comics to read to pass time. Hahaha, she said those were her favorite. I didnt know what I wanted to do to my hair, so she gave me a Japanese magazine that had all the Jap lookin hairstyles and asked me which one I liked. I picked one and she said, Ok!
Wow. Haha, it was like picking a dish off a menu. I never had that at any other hair salons.
I was going to cut it short, and tadah, this is not the final result but I like it already. Hahaha.
Then it was the dyeing part.. And the hairwash was.. Heavenly. I love it!
And time for the curling!
Look like ah-soh here. Hahaha. Lots of Japanese customers in there. So means, they are good right, if not their own people wont patronise.
This was the day after! I cut, dyed and permed my hair! Looks a bit koyak already here, because I wore a helmet. Haha! But I like it! Makes me look so different and I like how it makes me look more dressed up instead of having straight flat blah hair. LOL.
Total damage was $317 including GST after a first timers 10% discount.
Worth every penny because Akiyo san was there throughout the process. So she cut, washed, blow-dried, dyed, washed, permed, washed and blow-dried for me every step of the way. Unlike many other salons who have assistants to do the colouring, the washing, the blow-drying, everything else but the cutting.
So I really love the 100% attention that the stylist gives to you at Kizuki+LIM.
Ill be back soon for a hair treatment again!
Went to kizuki+lim to do my hair this afternoon, as the stylists whom Ive frequent to are not in SG at the moment, and I have to get my hair done before my seniors wedding tomorrow.
Ive heard about kizuki+lim on blogs and how good it was, and this was my chance to try kizuki+lim out!
Made an appointment and headed there right after my lessons.
Almost lost my way, but luckily, I went earlier to explore.
Anyway, back to topic. The salons layout design was really different. It was different from the ones that Ive went to in both Singapore and Japan.
Much thanks to this lady who was infront of me to help me. She helped me told one of the staff that I was new to this salon. Really appreciate your help
My stylist was Shun-san, and he was really friendly. I really enjoyed the chat with him and his assistant during the hair cut, coloring and treatment process. Its really nice to be able to converse in Japanese~ He also taught me how to style my hair to be able to get those small faces, and why I should really start blowing my hair. (He asked if Ive blew my hair, and I said no). He recommend to blow dry the hair to make the hair to look like it has more volume because if you dont blow dry it, your hair will sink down. Plus my hair is really fine, he recommended me to use this serum which helps to improve my hair condition. Shuns assistant also gave advice to my hair too. She also recommended me to do hair treatment at home too!
Price for this salon isnt that expensive (to me at least), and I find that its definitely going to worth every single cent that youve spent there.
Kizuki + Lim is a salon originated from Osaka and most of the hairstylists there are Japanese! I havent had my hair coloured for years and thought its time I should try out a new look. Chanced upon the salon at Raffles Hotel, coloured my hair and have not regretted it a bit!
I used to love my natural dark brown and once vowed not to colour it till the 1st strand of white appears. Temptation came when I got really tired of my locks..
The hairstylists dont just go ahead with the shade I chose, they gave their pieces of advice and also their opinion on what they thought was more suitable for me and the look/makeup I would usually go for. I followed my instinct which told me to opt for what the Japanese hairstylists said. I just knew nothing would go wrong and nothing did!
The hair wash experience was what I would consider a luxury. I dont know how Tomoko-san did it, she applied pressure and yet was so gentle during hair wash and massage. This was the best hair wash experience I have ever had so far and I doubt I could easily experience one which is better.
The extremely comfortable seats..
Heres how I looked when I walked out of the salon that day. Look at the way my hair was styled! Very very soft and natural curls done by Oba-san. Love it!
One of the military wives introduced me to this salon and Im so glad she did. She doesnt seem to have any bad hair days at all. And so I decided to give it a try.
Well, it has really been a long while since I pay visits to a higher end salons. All these years, it has been more of neighborhood salon. Finally, I moved out of my comfort zone when the Aunty salon actually closed down due to lease expired.
The hubby decided to pamper himself and get a haircut too. And both of us were very satisfied with the outcome. Keira was rather well behaved. She was actually entertaining those in the salon while waiting for us.
We will definitely be back after we return 2 years later.
Quote my membership number 1123 and you can get a 10% discount. Its a referral program. They are located at Raffles Hotel Arcade Level 3.