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Desperate Hair Days?

Need to get an urgent hair makeover but don’t have a lot of time? No problem. We’ve scoured the city for the best places to pamper your hair – over a lunchtime!

PREP

I didn’t want a blowout—I needed it! A harrowing hair-drying experience had recently left my locks looking like something you’d use to wipe crumbs off a tabletop. The Geisha Blowout ($60) at PREP was everything I needed. Not only was it a perfect lunch-hour break from a crazy day at work, but my stylist knew exactly how to massage my weary head into a state of pure bliss. Plus, I loved the comfy blanket I was nestled under almost as much as the fresh-smelling Shu Uemura products he generously lathered on. The blow-dry had none of that push-pull discomfort and I was excited about the soft, shiny, bouncy final result. I walked in worse for wear and came out with happy hair.

#03-34 Mandarin Gallery, Tel: 6732 6123

Toni&Guy

“What should I do with my long hair?” That’s the question I ask myself every morning and I always end up tying a low pony because it’s easy and time-saving. If you’re like me, try the dry styling service at Toni&Guy. The official London Fashion Week sponsor offers a Fashion Fix menu inspired by the catwalks of London (obvs). Think runway-ready styles like beehives, braids and knots. Out of the ten bespoke looks, I chose The Bardot Beehive, $59, which had lots of oomph. My stylist, Eddie, worked his magic and finished with a spray to create a lasting hold. My limp hair looked fuller and I’m glad it didn’t feel too over-the-top.

#02-01 Rochester Mall, Tel: 6684 9338

blow+bar

Since I have short hair and I’m growing it out, there isn’t a need for regular cuts so I haven’t visited a salon for a year. At first, I felt a little nervous, but the staff’s friendliness put me at ease instantly. When you see the word ‘bar’, it’s completely normal to think of wine and champagne. And yes, they have those on their drinks menu at the salon. After ordering mine, stylist Jason Wong analysed my hair and scalp carefully before recommending suitable products.  The Kerastase Scalp Experience Blowout ($100) began with a hair wash and a relaxing massage. Jason also explained each step before continuing to the next. At the end of the 45-minute session, I felt perked up just looking at my sleek new locks. I was afraid the style would fall flat afterwards, but thankfully it survived my dinner date later that night.

#05-18 One Raffles Place Shopping Podium, Tel: 6438 7005

Kim Robinson

Is it the tropical luxe vibe? The cute guys at two paces in skinny trousers and ties? Whatever it is, stepping into the little oasis that is the Kim Robinson@Takashimaya salon, I felt immediate calm and wished I was there for more than just an hour’s blowout. For $58, Kim Robinson’s signature ‘Cleanse and Finish’ service was worth every cent. From Marcus’ (Mr Magic Fingers) wash and fantastic head massage to Ryan’s expert blowout? I left feeling and looking like a new woman (oh la la!). Poor Ryan had a lot to deal with…“So much hair, leh!”

  #02-12 Ngee Ann City, Tel: 6738 8006

UrbanHair Ginrich Aveda

Can a blowout make you look younger? Well, my stylist at Urban Hair, Jack, seemed to think so. After a super relaxing head and shoulder welcome massage, I was treated to an intense double hair wash with gorgeous-smelling Aveda products. Instead of a soft perm, Jack chose a straighter look with curled ends. The result? A sleek, manageable bob from $38. The best part was that the process took under an hour for a hairstyle that lasts up to two days.     

Seviin at Tangs Orchard, Tel: 6737 7813

 

By Samantha Yeo, Michelle Liew, Elizabeth Rachel Lee, Divya Menon, Lucy Cleeve, Cosmopolitan, May 2015

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