Curly, frizzy, and downright unmanageable hair isn’t uncommon in this part of the world, and the humidity in Singapore’s weather only serves to make matters worse.
That’s likely why many of us choose to go for hair rebonding at salons, essentially to “relax” our hair and make it easier to handle and maintain on a daily basis.
Sure, you’ve probably heard of the classic hair rebonding before (remember that time in the 2000s when it was so popular that almost everyone you know had really a flat head of hair that was ultra-straight and non-voluminous?) but do you know that the method has been upgraded ever since and there are also several types of hair rebonding techniques now that can give you a naturally straight result?
Bookmark this page, as we’ve got the 411 on hair rebonding that you should know about before going for your next hair salon appointment.
What is hair rebonding?
Hair rebonding is a technique developed in Japan that takes inspiration from hair straightening methods dated all the way back to the days of ancient Eygpt – flat iron plates were used to manage unruly hair but this primitive method ended up causing more burns than delivering smooth hair, ouch!
Hair rebonding became hugely popular in Southeast Asia and subsequently the world not long after it made its debut – that’s because the service has proven itself effective in making curly, frizzy tresses much more manageable.
In essence, it’s a chemical hair treatment where the process includes applying heavy-duty straightening lotion (also known as a relaxant) onto the hair to break up existing natural hair bonds which are responsible for our hair’s physical quality (straight, wavy, curly).
After the first step, a flat iron will be used to “reset” the hair bonds before a neutraliser is applied to link the now-straightened bonds up with one another. Back when it was first introduced, the technology was not as advanced so instead of natural-looking results, traditional hair rebonding ended up giving a result that’s ultra-straight, flat, and in some cases, unflattering.
Fast forward to today, the technique has significantly evolved over the years and is still sought after by women who are struggling with tough, frizzy curls and want a foolproof way to handle them. It’s also usually recommended for those with coarse and very curly hair as this hair texture requires high heat and strong chemical products to tame the unmanageability.
However, other techniques such as soft rebonding and volume rebonding are gradually gaining popularity too. But what exactly are these rebonding methods, and how do they differ from the classic technique?
What is soft rebonding?
Unlike the blunt hair ends that straight rebonding delivers, soft rebonding focuses on creating naturally straight locks while taking care of frizziness and dryness.
One type of soft rebonding is called the Aqua Rebonding treatment, which uses nutrient-packed chemicals to replenish the moisture within your hair. This moisture-restoring benefit makes Aqua Rebonding the best pick for people who want to repair damaged hair while getting tamed, smoothed hair.
You also ought to know that soft rebonding may retain some of your natural curls for an au naturel look, while classic rebonding can only give pin-straight locks, as the former utilises milder chemicals and lower heat temperatures compared to the latter.
What is volume rebonding?
Want hair that balances between wavy locks and straight tresses? Volume rebonding may just be your answer. Marrying the powers of a perm with rebonding, your hairstylist is able to give you an in-between finish which is often spotted on K-pop stars who wear their hair down often.
Volume rebonding gets the job done by creating soft, bouncy curls at the ends of the hair while straightening hair roots and mid-lengths for a soft and feminine look. The best part? Volume rebonding works just as well for coarse hair as it does for finer hair textures.
You can choose between C-curl volume rebonding or S-curl volume rebonding, both of which are currently available in most salons in Singapore.
The former is often referred to as the ‘Magic Setting Perm’ in Korean hair salons and it involves straightening the upper parts of the hair before finishing off with a C-Curl perm at the hair ends.
Meanwhile, the latter visibly tames frizz and offers more natural waves in your hair by adding in loose curls for a more defined appearance.
How long does the results of hair rebonding last?
Hair rebonding results can typically last for about six to seven months, but this may still vary based on each individual’s hair care routine and hair growth cycle. Hence, many hair professionals prefer their customers to go for a touch-up hair rebonding session every three to six months to maintain their silky, smooth locks.
Bear in mind that hair rebonding is a permanent process, which means that rebonded hair will remain straight permanently while any new hair growth will have your natural hair texture. If your hair rebonding is successful, you do not need to do rebonding on the already rebonded hair.
How do I take care of rebonded hair?
Good question! Here are some expert tips that you should definitely follow if you want your rebonded hair to last longer:
- Hold off on washing your hair: Sorry, folks. Unfortunately, this is a bit of a non-negotiable because exposing your hair to water immediately after rebonding means you’ll be washing away all the chemicals that were initially applied to lock in the newly-structured bonds in your hair, leaving you with flat hair instead of silky locks. It’s recommended to wait at least three days before washing your hair after a rebonding treatment – use a dry shampoo on days that you can’t wash your hair.
- Stay away from the sun, please: Prolonged sun exposure can cause some serious damage to your hair (and skin!), leading to dry and brittle strands (translation: your gorgeous mane that you got from the salon will be rendered into a frizzy mess). Give your hair some much-needed protection with a leave-in conditioner that contains SPF.
- Feed your hair with nourishing products: Amp up your haircare routine with hair oils and hair masks. It’s also recommended to use a treatment mask after shampooing each time to condition and detangle your hair. By nourishing your hair, you’re helping to strengthen it while simultaneously reducing porosity, preventing dullness, and boosting elasticity to lessen hair breakages.
- Don’t pack on more damage to your hair with heat and chemicals: Try to avoid heated tools such as straighteners, curlers, hot brushes, and so on. Having said that, you can blow-dry your hair after shampooing. In fact, hairstylists do not recommend air-drying rebonded hair as leaving your hair damp for a prolonged period causes it to swell and weaken in the long run. Additionally, try not colour your hair for at least six months after the hair rebonding treatment as well – you’d want to let your hair rest and regain strength first, not wreck it even further.
- Don’t tuck your hair behind your ears: If you have a habit of tucking your hair behind your ear, it’s probably time to stop doing it if you’re going to rebond your hair. This is because tucking your tresses behind your ear leaves it with creases and kinks that will mess up the straightened hair bonds.
Hair rebonding, soft rebonding, and volume rebonding: Prices and where to find these hair services
GC Hairdressing: Hair rebonding (Enjoy 20% savings with Salon Finder)
This cosy hair salon comes highly recommended for both its convenient location (it’s less than five minutes away from City Square Mall in Farrer Park) and its range of value-for-money services, including its hair rebonding service.
GC Hairdressing offers classic hair rebonding for S$150.40 instead S$188 when you book via Salon Finder.
Heartlight Hair Studio: Soft rebonding (Save 34% with Salon Finder)
Situated just two minutes away from Chinatown Point, this is an unpretentious neighbourhood hair salon that’s well-loved by its patrons. Heartlight Hair Studio is led by founder Stephanie, an experienced hairdresser with years of working experience at one of Singapore’s reputable salons before opening up her own space with her team of skilled stylists.
The salon offers soft rebonding that infuses your hair with collagen for extra silkiness and smoothness. What’s more, you’ll also get a haircut during the session! Book the combo on Salon Finder for only S$158 (U.P. S$238) and get S$80 savings!
Address: Block 531 Upper Cross Street, #02-62, Hong Lim Complex, Singapore 050531
Opening hours: 11am – 9.30pm (Mon to Sun)
Contact: 9339 9381 (click on the number to send a WhatsApp message)
Haar Attic: Hair rebonding + haircut (Get a 23% discount with Salon Finder)
One of the highly rated hair salons in town, Haar Attic earns its popularity by fulfilling your hair needs and wants with their technical know-how and aesthetic flair. The fabulously smooth locks you get from the salon after the hair rebonding session will not only enhance your personal style, but will also easy to maintain on a daily basis.
Haar Attic offers a combo of classic hair rebonding plus haircut for only S$168 (U.P. S$218) – book via Salon Finder to enjoy the S$50 savings!
Address: 18A Keong Saik Road, Singapore 089125
Contact: 6835 9811, 9873 0235 (click on the number to send a WhatsApp message)
Opening hours: 11am – 8pm (Mon to Fri) | 11am – 7pm (Sat & Sun) | Closed on Public Holidays
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Spa Aperial Beauty Hair Nail: Hair rebonding + treatment (Best deal alert!)
Spa Aperial is one of the prominent neighbourhood beauty service providers on the island that has been serving the community for years, offering high-tech facial treatments, nail services, as well as professional hair services and scalp treatments – hair rebonding included.
The multi-concept salon offers a combo of classic hair rebonding using new Japanese technology plus a pampering argan oil treatment to maintain hair moisture. Take advantage of this hair rebonding-treatment combo that’s going for just S$78 instead of S$236 on Salon Finder – that’s a whopping 67% savings!
Address: 263 Serangoon Central Drive, #01-47, Singapore 550263 |
58 Marine Terrace, #01-51, Singapore 440058
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Provocative Hair Culture: Hair rebonding + haircut
It’s hard to find good hair professionals who keep up with the trends and also understand different hair needs, but we managed to find the experts in Provocative Hair Couture which is located in the east. Here, you can count on the hair salon to use only good quality in-salon products and technologies to take care of all your hair woes.
Provocative Hair Couture offers ammonia-free classic hair rebonding that leverages on Japanese technology. If you book via Salon Finder, you can also get a haircut together with your rebonding service – all for S$88 only!
Address: 50 East Coast Road, #01-113, Roxy Square 2, Singapore 428769
Contact: 8780 3867 (click on the number to send a WhatsApp message)
Opening hours: 11am – 9pm (Thu to Tue) | Closed on Wednesdays
De Hair Profile: Volume Rebonding
At De Hair Profile, you can count on the team of friendly and professional hairdressers to deliver good-looking tresses every time you visit, especially when you’re going in for a volume rebonding which is on the salon’s menu.
Additionally, the hair salon also does its part for the environment, as it uses only top quality products from Oway, a brand that’s known to have very little chemicals in all of its formulations. De Hair Profile also carries products from Shiseido Professional and Olaplex to give you beautiful yet natural-looking results.
De Hair Profile offers Mucota Volume Hair Rebonding for S$249 – book via Salon Finder for easy convenience!
Address: 988 Upper Serangoon Road, #01-19, Stars Of Kovan, Singapore 534733 |
277 Orchard Road, #B1-08, Orchard Gateway, Singapore 238858
Contact: 6970 5933, 8110 7099 (Kovan) | 6245 4123, 8111 1871 (Orchard) – click on the numbers to send a WhatsApp message
Opening hours: 11am – 8.30pm (Mon to Sat) | 11am – 8pm (Sun)
Jin Jin Hair & Beauty: Hair rebonding
Located in Chinatown, this modest hair salon has a long-standing 40-year history of transforming tresses with colouring, perming as well as hair rebonding. It is now being stewarded by the owner’s daughter, Priscilla, who will probably be the one attending to your hair needs when you pay Jin Jin Hair & Beauty a visit.
Jin Jin Hair & Beauty offers classic hair rebonding for short, medium, and long hair lengths, and all the hair rebonding services are on 10% off if you book on Salon Finder! Prices range from S$225 to S$270.
If you want to give your hair extra TLC, you can also opt for the salon’s semi-permanent hair rebonding plus hair treatment combo for short and long hair. These combos are also going at 10% off, with prices starting from S$180.
Address: 101 Upper Cross Street, #B1-63, People’s Park Centre, Singapore 058357
Contact: 9687 7613 (click on the number to send a WhatsApp message)
Opening hours: 10am – 7.30pm (Mon to Sat) | Closed on Sundays & public holidays
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SY1 Hairstyle Salon: Hair rebonding
Operating for more than half a decade now, this is yet another humble salon in Chinatown that has built up quite a solid reputation with its clientele, and aims to be the one-stop beauty destination for all as the hair salon operates together with a facial salon offering facial therapies as well as lash and brow services.
Hair Studio Flamingo: Hair rebonding & soft rebonding
A lush, airy mane-transforming space established by founder Ryu Marco, Hair Studio Flamingo has two outlets conveniently located in the hip areas of Tanjong Pagar and Tiong Bahru, both of which are run by Japanese hairdressers from the cities of Tokyo and Nagoya.
Most of the hairstylists at Hair Studio Flamingo, including Ryu, have overseas working experience under their belts, so you won’t have to worry about communication issues or language barrier. Not only that, they are all trained to deliver the signature J-beauty look – elegant, flattering, and low-maintenance tresses that you can easily take care of at home.
For those of us with curly, unmanageable hair, you can rest assured that even the wildest of hair can be tamed and smoothed here at Hair Studio Flamingo as they offer classic hair rebonding and soft rebonding, with prices ranging from S$300 to S$360.
If you’d like to get a haircut as well, check out the Japanese salon’s deals on Salon Finder!
Address: 7 Neil Road, #01-01, Singapore 088807 |
55 Tiong Bahru Road, #01-55, Singapore 160055
Contact: 8726 2116 (Tanjong Pagar), 8332 6617 (Tiong Bahru)
Opening hours: 9.30am – 8.30pm (Mon to Sun) | Closed on Mondays for Tiong Bahru branch
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