Korean trends have been dominating the beauty industry lately, but Japanese hair salons will always remain popular with great service and state-of-the-art hair technology.
If your hair has been feeling drab and lifeless lately, pay a visit to any of these salons to give your locks a well-needed pampering session!
1. Shunji Matsuo
Having been established since 1998 and boasting five outlets island-wide (and one in Myanmar), it’s safe to say that Shunji Matsuo is a household name in Singapore by now.
The salon chain prides itself on its unique cutting technique which is founded by Matsuo himself and Kazuhide Inoue, the director of renowned salon chain Fiber Zone and hair academy Zone and Section Academy in Japan. The niche method is said to create a structured style that perfectly complements the hair fiber as well as the skeletal structure of a customer’s face.
All Shunji Matsuo stylists also receive regular training from top stylists based in Tokyo and Osaka to keep up to date on Japanese hair trends and styles. Hence, you can rest assured that you’ll walk out with tresses that not only frame your face shape perfectly but are also trendy, easy to manage and affordable as well.
Customers who have patronised any of the Shunji Matsuo outlets will tell you that they’re satisfied with the fuss-free hairstyles that the stylists can create for you based on your lifestyle, needs and wants.
It’s also not surprising to see the technicians and hairstylists treating their customers with the utmost care and attention, as they believe in developing a lasting and understanding relationship with each and every one of their customers. Always putting their clients as top priority, it’s no wonder Shunji Matsuo was recently awarded the Best Salon for Japanese Cut (Editor’s Choice & Readers’ Favourite) at the Daily Vanity Spa & Hair Awards 2020.
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A haircut at Shunji Matsuo is priced between S$50 and S$85, depending on stylists’ seniority.
Address: See the full list of locations on the website
Opening hours: Varies for each location, please view the opening hours on the website
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2. Hair Studio Flamingo
Hair Studio Flamingo provides a lush, green environment in which you can completely relax while skilled Japanese stylists work on your hair. For those of us with curly, unmanageable hair, the stylists here at Flamingo make it their personal mission to tame and soothe even the wildest of hair.
Ryu, the founder of Flamingo, has had experience in Vancouver, and therefore with a wider range of textures. We guarantee you’ll leave with a new manageable and airy style that will turn heads – book an appointment via Salon Finder before making a visit!
Hair Studio Flamingo
Address: 7 Neil Road, #01-01, Singapore 088807 |
55 Tiong Bahru Road, #01-55, Singapore 160055
Opening hours: 9.30am – 8.30pm (Mon to Sun) | Closed on Mondays for Tiong Bahru branch
Contact: 8726 2116 (Tanjong Pagar), 8332 6617 (Tiong Bahru)
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3. The Fluxus House
For a hair salon experience like no other, you need to pay The Fluxus House a visit. That’s because this hair salon has an art space nestled within, which supports and displays works by local artists and aspiring art students – how cool is that?!
Apart from the Insta-worthy industrial minimalist décor, all the stylists here have several years of experience and are led by salon director Katsuto Akimichi (more fondly known as Aki). The team has also worked outside of Japan for a number of years before settling in Singapore.
The salon-slash-art-gallery is rather new in the scene – it just turned one last month, but it has already raked up a number of glowing reviews on Facebook!
4. Aoyama Hair Studio
Led by its award-winning Japanese Creative Director, Yuichi Soga, Aoyama Hair Studio wants to bring the latest hair styling technology and techniques straight to you from Japan.
The salon also uses eco-friendly and non-damaging products that are gentle on your hair and on the environment as well. All hairstylists you encounter in Aoyama Hair Studio branches are personally trained under Yuichi Soga himself, so that they can achieve the best results that you want.
Aoyama Hair Studio
Address: 3155 Commonwealth Avenue West, #05-34, The Clementi Mall, Singapore 129588 |
3 Gateway Drive, #B1-37, Westgate, Singapore 608532
Opening hours: 10.30am – 9.30pm (Mon to Sun & PH)
- Clementi: 6909 2539, 8468 7128
- Jurong East: 6909 6560, 9002 2528
With outlets already in Japan and Australia, Art-Noise has now come to dominate the Japanese salon industry in Singapore!
If you ask anyone who has ever been to Art-Noise what they liked most, they will probably tell you about the impeccable service of the stylists here. One stylist will be designated to you from start to finish, so on top of amazing hairstyling, you’re getting personalised service as well!
Read all the rave reviews on their Facebook page here!
6. Aube Japanese Hair Salon
Known for their impeccable attention to detail, beautiful interiors and the Yume auto-reclining chair, Aube has quickly made a name for itself amongst Singaporeans.
They execute muted, work-safe colours perfectly and have amassed a loyal client base. They have two locations, both in central districts, and perfect for a de-stressing session after work!
Aube Japanese Hair Salon
Address: 501 Orchard Road, #05-09A, Wheelock Place, Singapore 238880 |
6 Raffles Boulevard, #B1-13/14, Marina Square, Singapore 039594
Opening hours: 10am – 9pm (Mon to Sun)
Contact: 6235 3845 (Orchard), 6252 8186 (Downtown)
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7. Branche Hair & Nail
Branche’s mature and sophisticated design is sure to make the #girlboss in you feel right at home. Meticulous layered hairstyles are their signature, and you’ll be surprised to find that they have an extremely wide range of spa and treatment services to go along with your new cut!
To top it all off, they’ve also won multiple awards, including Harper’s Bazaar Hair Awards 2015 for Best Treatment for Sensitive Scalp and Best Customised Scalp Healer. This is definitely the go-to salon with your mom for some hair and nail pampering!
Branche Hair & Nail
Address: 3 Stamford Road, #B1-33, Capitol Piazza, Singapore 178905
Opening hours: 11am – 8pm (Mon to Sun)
Contact: 6702 3036
8. Bump Hair Design
This particular salon is a little out of the way, but the trip down is so worth it. Bump has a very simplistic and industrial feel to it. Prices are kept low and service, as with almost all Japanese salons, are top-notch.
The stylists here may not have perfect command of English, so if you desire something that might be a bit more complicated, have some pictures ready to show them!
Bump Hair Design
Address: 27B Lorong Liput, Singapore 277738 |
11 Mohamed Sultan Road, #02-01/02, Singapore 239010 |
35 Rochester Drive, #01-02, The Rochester, Singapore 138639
Opening hours: Varies for each location, please contact the respective outlets to enquire
- Holland Village: 6463 3608, 9728 7287 (WhatsApp/SMS only)
- River Valley: 6904 4335, 9145 6021 (WhatsApp/SMS only)
- Rochester: 9116 2227
Stepping into COVO, you might be taken aback by just how spacious it is. Clean floors and white walls is quite a change from some other smaller salons we might be used to, but it’s definitely a welcome sight.
COVO is known for their argan oil hair colouring and rebonding services, as well as their Tokio Inkarami and Kerasilk keratin treatments! Prices are also affordable for the high quality of products they use and excellent service standards.
Address: 87 East Coast Road, #01-01, Singapore 428789 |
43 Keong Saik Road, Singapore 089147
Opening hours: 10am – 8pm (Mon to Fri) | 10am – 7pm (Sat & Sun)
Contact: 6225 9706 (East Coast), 6221 4585 (Outram Park)
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10. Izumi Hair Salon
Great results, very very personalised service, private ambience? You’ll get all of these at Izumi Hair Salon. Here’s the catch: there is only one chair in this entire salon. Yep, you heard us right. One stylist, one customer at a time. Much akin to waiting a few months for a seat at a Michelin-starred restaurant, you might not be able to get whichever time slot you want, so make sure to call ahead!
However, the effort is going to be worth it as Izumi has had 30 years worth of experience from all over Japan (even with the master Shu Uemura himself!) and New York. You’ll definitely be in good hands.
Izumi Hair Salon
Address: 6 Eu Tong Sen Street, #10-13, Clarke Quay The Central, SOHO 1, Singapore 059817
Opening hours: 10.30am – 6.30pm (Wed to Mon) | Closed on Tuesdays
Contact: 6225 5418
Established in 2001 in Minami Aoyama, Tokyo, Number76 has gone from strength to strength but has always preserved their brand philosophy of providing “pleasant hospitality” and “professional services” for each and every client that enters the salon.
Its founder, Mr. Daisuke Hamaguchi, has since opened Number76 salons in Malaysia and, more recently, Singapore. His decision to expand to Singapore was driven by the number of Singaporean customers who would travel across the Causeway just to patronise the Number76 branches there.
12. Rubik Hair Salon
Conveniently located near Outram Park station, the decor of Rubik Hair Salon will remind you of those sweet, vintage cafes all around Japan. Each hair styling station is quite a distance away from each other, so you won’t feel too cramped and cluttered like with other salons.
They have interesting treatments and ingredients such as the CO2 Bubble shampoo, BH4 treatment, and a small range of head spas.
RuleR’s clean and minimalist design will make you feel right at ease, especially if you’ve just come from the hustle and bustle of work.
As you might be able to tell from the salon’s name, they are renowned for their rebonding and keratin treatments, which will make your hair feel silky, soft, and airy. All of the stylists have accrued their hair styling experiences from all over the world, so no matter what your hair texture, they will transform it into something swoon-worthy!
14. S.A.D’s Hair Design
S.A.D is a Japanese salon through and through, with only three seats and two stylists to give you the most personalised makeover possible. Aki is not just a stylist but a photographer as well, so you can bet his eye for detail will be translated into his hairstyling work.
Yoshi also has a great command of English due to his experience in Australia, so it is easy to communicate what you want to him. A perfectly executed and personalised hairstyle will be the result of your appointment here – we can guarantee you won’t regret it!