Sometimes before you travel overseas, you want to get your hair nicely done. I had asked my friend Renzze to recommend me a good stylist from her regular salon Naoki Yoshihara by Ash at Liang Court. She has jaw-droppingly amaaazing curls and colours. Anyway, the salon contacted me and told me they had a second branch now at International Building, which I could try.
They have taken over Komachi on the second floor (opposite ANZ Bank), and will eventually change the name. The salon decor is a bit different here: Stark monotones rule in an almost masculine atmosphere. It's balanced by some flowers and a black chandelier.
There's that black chandelier, me doing an arm workout taking a selfie with the heavy 5D MkIII, and the guy who would cut and colour my hair, Shinya Ikumi.
I had been growing my hair out since Jan 2013 (it was a short bob then). I didn't cut it for a long time. As you can see, it was getting a bit unruly and bottom heavy. Shinya layered my tresses, trimmed the excesses, and gave me more volume on top.
As for colour, he advised me not to go too light, and gave me duo tones at the bottom for more dimension.
Tada! This is the final result. But it actually got better after I left the salon.
At lunchtime an hour later, the temporary curls had softened nicely.
At home, the hair still felt light and soft. I'm glad I didn't bleach it.
I love the new hair, and I am getting compliments for it, like never before. Sometimes it's a bit funny, it's as if people have just noticed that, "Hey, you have long hair now! Very nice!"
So many thanks to my stylist!
Shinya is fresh in from Japan, having arrived in early September. He loves it in Singapore so far.
You can look for him at Naoki Yoshihara by Ash's THIRD outlet opening in Isetan Tampines on 1 Nov 2014! He is the Outlet Manager there. The salon has also kindly extended a promo for readers:
Promotion (20% off all hair services) for readers!
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Quote: Catherine’s blog
(yes, we will spare you guys the trouble of trying to pronounce Camemberu)
20% off all hair services
Naoki Yoshihara by Ash @ Isetan Tampines, Level 1
Promotion valid for “Catherine's readers ONLY’ from 1st Nov 2014 to 30th Nov 2014.
By appointment only please; walk-ins will not be entertained.
Opening hours are from 10am to 10pm daily.
Naoki Yoshihara by Ash is a chain from Japan. I'm glad they are expanding in Singapore too.
NAOKI YOSHIHARA BY ASH
177 River Valley Road
#02-15/16 Liang Court
Tel: +65 6333-5662
Open 10.30am to 8.30pm (closed Tuesdays)
Second outlet (Komachi)
360 Orchard Road
#02-03/04 International Building
Tel: +65 6339-9432/6836-3391
Third outlet (Isetan Tampines), opening 1 Nov 2014
4 Tampines Central 5
Tel: +65 9387-7852 (English); 9387-8805 (Japanese)