Having one of the most powerful passports in the world, Singaporeans tend to travel a lot throughout the year. One of the most accessible places of all is definitely Johor Bahru (JB), which is just across the Causeway.
Many Singaporeans head to JB over the weekends or even during public holidays for a short getaway. When asked what to do in JB, most people will talk over and over again about food, entertainment… and more food.
However, there is more than just food and entertainment in JB. Beauty services are generally more affordable over there without compromising on the quality. To turn your next JB trip into a beauty getaway, read on to find out more about places you should visit there!
1. Studio M KSL
Why people love it: With an impressive 5 out of 5 Facebook rating (based on the opinion of 44 people), Studio M KSL is no doubt one of the best salons to look out for in Johor Bahru. Looking through these reviews, it’s not hard to see the common reasons that their customers love them: their professional and personalised service, cosy ambience, and ability to produce results that look amazing.
Customers are pleased that stylists aren’t just up-to-date with the latest looks and techniques, but are also able to offer constructive advice in post-service styling and hair care. The positive experiences that first-time customers received turned many of them into regulars.
Its convenient location (within KSL City Mall) also makes it a salon that Singaporeans can easily get to. If you’re going to the mall to shop anyway, consider making an appointment at the Studio M to get a new ‘do after all that walking!
2. THE LINE
Why people love it: On top of the great ambience (thanks to their top-notch interior design), THE LINE hair salon offers great services as well. This may be why even the crown princess of Johor is a customer.
From haircuts and hair colouring to hair treatments, the salon has won the hearts of many customers, evident from the glowing reviews they’ve left on THE LINE’s Facebook page, expressing deep satisfaction with their service. You’ll also be glad to know that it is very accessible, just a 10-minute cab ride away from JB City Square Mall.
Opening hours: 11am – 8pm, except Thursday (closes at 6pm) and Sunday (closes at 7pm)
Address: 48-A, Jalan Kuning, Taman Pelangi, Johor Bahru, Malaysia (Open Google Maps)
Contact details: +60 7-331 8662 or Facebook message them to book an appointment
3. Kimno Design Hair Studio & Makeup
Why people love it: You can see from the number of likes and followers on their Instagram page that Kimno Design Hair Studio & Makeup is one of the most popular hair salons in JB.
They are famous for offering unique hair colouring services, recommending only the trendiest looks. In addition, they are also known for the perming technology that they use. Check out their Facebook page and Instagram for more information.
Opening hours: 11am – 8pm except Sunday (closes at 7pm)
Address: 87, Jalan Molek 1/29, Taman Molek, Johor Bahru, Malaysia (Open Google Maps)
Contact details: +60 16-793 8369 or Facebook message them to book an appointment
Why people love it: If you are into Korean hair salons, Kstyle may be the one you’ve always been looking for. With their team of hairstylists from South Korea, Kstyle promises to give you hair makeovers in line with the latest Korean trends and hair styling techniques.
Customers were certainly not disappointed after visiting, as the Kstyle professional stylists offer a great customer service experience. Kstyle is easily accessible too! It is located opposite AEON Bukit Indah, along the row of shop houses.
Opening hours: 10am – 9pm on weekdays, 11am to 10pm on weekends
Address: 32, Jalan Indah 15/3, Taman Bukit Indah, 81200 Johor Bahru, Johor, Malaysia (Open Google Maps)
Contact details: +60 7-239 5378 or Facebook message them to book an appointment
1. Kit-ro Nail Salon
Why people love it: Kit-ro Nail Salon has built a wide client base over the years, despite being a 30-minute drive from the main shopping areas. Many customers love them for their excellent service and attention to detail. In addition to providing a great customer service, the staff are also skilled in providing unique and creative nail art! If you want to learn how to draw nail art yourself, look out for seasonal classes that Kit-ro offers.
Opening hours: 11am – 8pm (Closed on Sunday)|
Address: 11, Jalan Dedap 23, Taman Johor Jaya, Johor Bahru, Malaysia (Open Google Maps)
Contact details: Call +60 16-763 1642 or Facebook message them to book an appointment
2. J Nail Closet
Why people love it: With a 5-star rating on their Facebook, this salon is definitely one that you should check out!
Despite the salon being a 25-minute drive away from the JB customs, many customers willingly travel this distance to enjoy its top-notch service. Customers have raved about the impressive work done by their nail artists, and even about how pretty and talented the boss is!
Opening hours: 11am – 8pm
Address: 10-01, Jalan Austin Height 8/9, Austin Height, 81100, Johor Bahru, Johor, Malaysia (Open Google Maps)
Contact details: +60 16-774 3610 or Facebook message them to book an appointment
3. Fairy Nail
Why people love it: Fairy Nails is located at Holiday Plaza, which is walking distance from KSL City and only a 10-minute drive from JB City Square, making it the most accessible out of the three nail salons recommended. Customers have raved about their excellent customer service, as well as their reasonable prices.
Opening hours: 11am – 8pm
Address: F59, Holiday Plaza, Jalan Dato Sulaiman Taman Century, Johor Bahru, Malaysia (Open Google Maps)
Contact details: +60 7-335 5773 or Facebook message them to book an appointment
1. Thai Odyssey
Why people love it: If you happen to visit JB frequently, we bet that you’ve heard of Thai Odyssey before. One of the most well known and established massage parlours in Malaysia, Thai Odyssey has seven outlets within JB alone. The more popular outlets are the ones in AEON Bukit Indah, JB City Square and KSL City.
If you are intending to visit them over the weekends or on public holidays, remember to call in advance to make a reservation as they are usually fully booked during peak periods.
Opening hours: Opening hours differ by outlets. Check them out here to see which would be the most convenient for you.
Address: You can find the locations of the seven outlets here.
Contact details: Each outlet has its own hotline for reservation and you have to contact them directly. You can find their contact numbers here.
2. Bangkok Spa
Why people love it: Unlike Thai Odyssey outlets which are located in major JB shopping centres, both Bangkok Spa outlets are standalone buildings. However, they remain extremely accessible for customers as they provide free pick-up services to their massage parlours from shopping malls and housing estates. All you have to do is to call them to make an arrangement.
Bangkok Spa also offers a VIP room for booking, which includes a private sauna and jacuzzi. This is especially ideal for couples and families who want to enjoy a time of relaxation together. It’s priced at RM38 per person, making it quite the bargain too.
Another reason why we love Bangkok Spa is because it is open till 5am, which means we can save the rest of the day for shopping and eating, and finishing it off with a well-deserved massage.
Opening hours: 11am – 5am
Outlet #1: 58 – 62B, Jalan Abiad, Taman Pelangi, 80400, Johor Bahru, Malaysia (Open Google Maps)
Outlet #2: 171 – 177A, Jalan Perisai, Taman Sri Tebrau, 80050, Johor Bahru, Malaysia (Open Google Maps)
Contact details: You can make your reservations with them through Facebook message or contact them with the details below.
Outlet #1: +607-338 2277 or Whatsapp them at +60173382277 to make your appointment
Outlet #2: +607-338 2233 or Whatsapp them at +60173382233 to make your appointment
3. Thai Imperial
Why people love it: Thai Imperial outlets are standalone buildings that are located a short drive away from popular shopping malls. On top of their consistently high quality massages, their general customer service is what keeps people coming back. You get to enjoy a complimentary cup of tea and desserts after your massage! These are said to change regularly, so as to offer a refreshing variety for regular customers.
Opening hours: 11am – 3am
Outlet #1: 201, Jalan Dato Sulaiman, Taman Abad, 80250 Johor Bahru, Johor, Malaysia (Open Google Maps)
Outlet #2: 70 Jalan Serampang, Taman Pelangi, Johor Bahru, Johor, Malaysia (Open Google Maps)
Contact details: +60 7-333 1355 or Facebook message them to book an appointment
1. Lydia Skin Care Centre
Why people love it: Lydia Skin Care Centre offers a wide variety of facials for you to choose from. Customers have raved about the effectiveness of their treatments, and some of them are even regulars who have patronized Lydia Skin Care Centre for 4 to 5 years! The excellent customer service has also met many customers’ needs well. Lydia Skin Care Centre also produces their own line of skincare products, which have also received praises from satisfied patrons.
Opening hours: 10am to 7.30pm
Address: M5-05, 6th City Square Zone A, Jalan Wong Ah Fook, Johor Bahru, Johor, Malaysia (Open Google Maps)
Contact details: Customer Service:+ 60 7-226 3596; KSL: + 60 7-333 5286/7-333 3596; Sutera Utama: + 60 7-559 9306; Mount Austin: + 60 7-3597596
2. Derma Medispa
Why people love it: Having just opened in September last year, Derma Medispa is slowly but surely building up their client base. Their customers have highlighted their great customer service, as well as the comfort level of their facility. According to customers’ testimonials, their facial treatments have proven effective, especially for the lightening of scars.