The death of George Floyd, an unarmed black man who died after being arrested by police in Minneapolis (in the USA) cast attention on the Black Lives Matter movement, which protests against violence inflicted on Black communities and celebrates inclusivity.
These anti-racist sentiments are shared by people not just in the USA but all around the world, including in Singapore.
With that spirit in mind, we’d like to put the spotlight on our minority communities in Singapore and celebrate talented beauty professionals from these groups.
Whether you’re looking for a beauty service provider who is also a minority who truly understands your concerns or want to show support to these beauty service providers who are especially affected during the pandemic, this list of beauty salons and home-based professionals may get you started on your search.
Editor’s note: We know that there are many other outstanding businesses and talented freelancers out there but this gives our readers a taste of what is in the market and highlights a handful of talented professionals. It does not in any way mean that those who aren’t in the list aren’t providing great service.
Beauty salons started by minorities in Singapore
1. Vybe’s Hairdressing
Started by a pair of sisters affectionately known as Ina and Ana by long-time customers, Vybe’s Hairdressing is a salon in the East that provides any hair service you can imagine- from haircuts, colouring, highlights, Brazilian Blowouts to Olaplex treatments- at a price that won’t cause a dent in your budget.
Located at 210 New Upper Changi Road, #02-725, Singapore 460210. Book your appointment on their website here.
2. Iffah Muslimah Hair & Beauty Salon
With two outlets each in the East and West, the Muslim-owned salon provides the usual basic haircuts, as well as trendy treatments like the K-Gloss treatment, and creative colouring for the hair of your dreams. While the prices at Iffah Muslimah are relatively affordable, they have a promotions page to check out if you want to save those extra dollars!
No. 11 Tampines Street 32, #02-10, Tampines Mart, Singapore 529287
18 Jalan Masjid, #01-04, Kembangan Place, Singapore 418941
30 Woodlands Avenue 1, #02-08, Woodgrove, Singapore 739065
253 Jurong East Street 24, #01-235, Singapore 600253
3. Spa by Norfasarie
Opened by local celebrity Norfaserie, this spa is where you can hit up for effective slimming treatments using radio frequency to melt and reduce fat in your chosen area (upper thighs, arms, and stomach), indulge in their jacuzzi and sauna facilities, or relax after a long day at work with their foot massage, ear, and naval candling services.
Or, turn to Norfasarie’s other spa (yes, she owns two!), Moza Aesthetics Spa, which focuses more on targeted treatments for acne, anti-ageing, and dull skin, using their own line of skincare.
Located at 146 Arab Street, Singapore 199830. Contact them via their respective websites, or reach them by phoning 6744 9564 or WhatsApp 8128 8687.
4. The Organic Room
Get the best of beauty with The Organic Room, where they use luxury organic treatments in their facials, and provide “sugaring” services (the super trendy hair removal method of using all natural ingredients that sound good enough to eat – just sugar and lemon juice!). While you can buy their chemical and cruelty-free products to try at home, leave it to the professionals there to build a customised facial routine just for you.
Established by Rozza Ramli, this salon provides top-notch nail and hair services, with a team of skilled hair and nail technicians ready to get you the look of your dreams. Apart from basic manicure and pedicure for adults and kids, they also offer pampering treatments that combine mani-pedis with aromatherapy, scrubs, and mud masks.
Since the one-stop beauty salon also has a women-only policy, you can be at peace while enjoying their other services that include waxing, hair treatments and creative colouring, as well as a 15-minute massage with essential oils to end off your day, so you can get all your beauty needs fulfilled in one place.
Prices start from S$15 for an express manicure.
Although walk-ins are welcome, you can also book an appointment at these locations:
- KARVA JCube – 9424 7075
- KARVA Northpoint – 90112414
- KARVA East Village – 9424 7078
- KARVA Bussorah Street – 9118 5602
- KARVA GVillage KL (Malaysian branch) – +60 12 797 9734
Pearlista was founded by Nura J to cater to women – especially those wearing hijabs – who prefer the privacy of a women-only salon. (Read her story here!)
Pearlista offers pampering beauty service including a refreshing wash-and-blow, a deep-conditioning hair cream-bath (this unique treatment is especially popular in Indonesia!), as well as regular cuts, perm, and colouring services. In other words, you’ll be able to receive the best haircare and hairstyling services in a women-only environment.
However, if you’re still hesitant about leaving the safety of your home and spending longer periods of time in close contact to other individuals, Pearlista offers salon-grade haircare products like anti-dandruff and anti hair fall treatments, and even a rose vanilla hair mist so you can achieve salon quality hair at home!
You can book an appointment at their Eunos, Clementi, and Orchard outlets here.
Here’s one especially for the guys. Helmed by founder and co-owner Ameer, Queenswealth is loved by a growing young and super-stylish crowd. You can get a professional and modern hypebeast style cut, as well as fades and beard trimming services at their hip and cozy shop in Telok Ayer.
Book your slot through their website. Prices range from S$25 for a simple cut to S$55 for a complete wash, hair cut, and beard trim.
Queenswealth is located at 200b Telok Ayer Street, #03-01, Singapore 068638 (above SKP & Kabuke).
8. Mai Indian Salon
Dedicated to providing quality and hygienic service, this reputed salon has won over the hearts of many (just see the reviews they’ve received on their Facebook page!). While they provide other hair removal services like eyebrow threading, their efficient hair services are the most notable, according to customers. Another one of their signature services are their manicures and pedicures, so give it a try while you’re there to get your hair or facial done for a whole new look when you step out of their salon!
Check out their Facebook page for their full range of services. Contact them at 6344 6744, or visit them at 50 East Coast Road, #02-31, Roxy Square, Singapore 428769.
9. Rupini’s Beauty Salon
“Rupini” means “beautiful” in Tamil, and that’s how you’ll feel at this salon. Specialising in all kinds of hair removal, from threading to waxing for face and body, Rupini only uses hypoallergenic natural wax concoctions to minimise irritation while removing hair and exfoliating at the same time, so you’ll have smooth and soft skin after your session!
Apart from their hair removal services, you can also pay Rupini’s a visit if you want to feel fancy with a facial (they even use crystals like rubies and malachites in their routines!), or want a massage to loosen the knots and tension in your shoulders after a long day.
Make your appointment here, and choose between their three locations at Yishun, Little India, and Orchard.
10. Gooday Beautie Parlour
One of the most prominent shops in Little India with its iconic sign store front, this Indian beauty parlour provides returning and new customers alike with budget-friendly yet professional facials, skin bleaching, and waxing services, although they’re most remembered for the SGD7 eyebrow threading, don’t let the low price fool you – the service has won the hearts of many with their professionalism in ensuring the shape is perfect and satisfies the customer fully.
Book an appointment here, or contact them at 6392 2122. Goodday Beautie Parlour is located at 101, 103, and 105 Serangoon Road, Singapore 218006.
Located conveniently in central Singapore at Orchid Hotel, Bonita boasts almost perfect Google reviews about their efficient and long lasting threading services. Yet another salon that offers more than just one service under their roof, Bonita is your place if you want to polish your appearance with waxing, facial, and hair treatments without shuttling between a few places.
What’s more, they’ve kept the prices affordable despite their convenient location in the Central Business District, to make anyone feel beautiful without breaking the bank.
Contact them here, or visit them at their Orchard (1 Tras Link, #01-10, Orchid Hotel, Singapore 078867) and Tanjong Pagar branches (1 Raffles Place, #05-14 ,One Raffles Place, Singapore 048616).
Home-based and freelance beauty service professionals from the minority communities
12. Peti Solek – The Bridal Room
Founded by sisters Yana and Yaya Yusoff, Peti Solek is the bridal boutique and one-stop-shop you’ll want to hit up for a fresh-faced, romantic rosy look on your big day. With one of Asia’s Next Top Model contestants, Shikin Gomez, as one of their main muses, you can be sure you’ll be looking and feeling like one when they’re done.
The pair understands the pain of wedding planning, which is also why they’re providing a wedding planning service to take the burden off your shoulders. Take a look at their minimal chic Instagram page and you’ll be convinced!
Visit them at 25 Bukit Batok Crescent, The Elitist, and book them online here.
13. Ayu Rose
Make up event for Kak Mai. Thank you once again! 😉
If you love the minimal, “less is more” look that emphasises your natural beauty rather than covering it up, Ayu Rose is your girl. With a wealth of experience from workshops and working with clients, her versatile skills can give you a subtle enhancement with soft pinks and corals, or a total makeover with purple cut creases upon the client’s request.
Contact the freelance makeup artist via her Facebook messenger here.
14. Ida Tedja
A popular Indonesian makeup artist based in Singapore, her work includes edgy editorial with blue undereye eyeliner for hair care brand Wella and Make Up For Ever, and barely-there photoshoot and bridal looks to highlight the client’s best features. Best known for her natural makeup looks, contact Ida if you want to look like the best version of yourself on a special day.
15. The Face Canvas
A full-time speech-and-drama teacher, Nareeza Abdul Rahim, 29, runs a part-time home-based facial salon that has a waiting list of almost three months due to its popularity.
Inspired by her mother’s ability to make people feel relaxed and refreshed in her own home salon, Nareeza runs hers in a softly lit room in her parents’ Tampines HDB flat, complete with professional spa equipment.
For female clients only, you can book your slot through her Facebook page. She charges between S$65 and S$100 for her facial services.
16. Artistry by Audra
Looking for a versatile makeup artist? This freelance makeup artist also hosts personal makeup classes to help you hone your makeup techniques so you can become a pro too. With her flawless blending skills with eyeshadows and ability to execute bold colours like blue and silver without looking over-the-top, it’s no wonder she is a sought-after figure for weddings.
Reach her at 9345 6711, or visit her Facebook page here.
17. Disha Creationz
Highly skilled in the unique art of henna drawing, the talented Divya and Shangari is able to deliver an intricate design from just S$10. Unlike most henna services out there, the duo create 100% customised henna designs to suit your personality and preferences. We are in love with the gorgeous Disney Aladdin and Jasmine one featured in the Instagram post above!
If you’d like to learn more about other beauty professionals from Singapore’s minority communities, check out these lists of Indian bridal makeup artists and talented henna artists in Singapore we’ve previously curated.