I recently permed my hair at Aqua Korean Hair Salon at the recommendation of Syd, my fellow contributor.
This is how I looked after the first round of perming (Will explain why I went through two rounds of perming).
I opted for the Natural curls look inspired by this particular hairstyle.
My decision to perm my hair had to do with my upcoming wedding photo shoot. My completely resistant hair would be a nightmare to work with so I thought some texture would be great.
I took the Korean stylist, Emily. Our serious communication problem was the language barrier. Despite having taken Korean lessons at 19, I cannot hold a decent conversation with her. It was a lot of smiles and sheepish looks from both of us.
Service level at Aqua was great – drinks, snacks and the constant making sure I was comfortable.
Emily was evidently skilled, but she could be a little less rough while washing my hair. However, she gives a killer head massage. Yay to that!
However, the next day, my resistant hair decided to do a diva stunt on me and ended up looking like this.
Not balanced eh? It looked limp and lifeless as well. Was rather miffed but was able to arrange to get my hair fixed at Aqua the next day at no extra charge. I was pretty impressed by the goodwill gesture.
On my way to Aqua. My mom was like “the curls are never going to last till June!”
So, I headed to Aqua again. This time, Emily did a Korean perm for me to make my curls more obvious.
Feel like an alien onboard the mothership.
Can you see the bowl on my shoulders? Was pretty intrigued by that.
The end result of two perms in 3 days will be revealed in the next LOTD post. But I’m pretty happy with how I look now, that’s for sure.
Go try Aqua if you think that you would wanna try out Korean hairstyling. It’s really different compared to what I normally experience, in terms of techniques. My colleagues said I really look very Korean-y now which is a definite morale booster.
Prices are reasonable for an Orchard Road salon – I paid about SGD$220 for the perm and treatment. When I permed my hair at a rather well-known chain best known for its celebrity owners, I paid nearly $400. Do not expect an opulent and luxurious interior. It’s comfortable and cosy, but the stylists Sophia (who is so pretty! Porcelain skin anyone?) and Emily (I don’t think it was her faux pas. My hair is that resistant.) are really worth a try.
I am planning to do another hair makeover after my wedding. Definitely will go back to Aqua for that.
Check out Aqua’s Facebook page for more information.
This is not an advertorial, just sharing my experience at this particular place.