Beauty salon decor has taken a hairy turn – in a good way. A new breed of hair and grooming outfits here is eschewing the usual mood lighting and mirrored interiors for quirkier concepts.
In hipster enclave Ann Siang Hill, traditional English barbershop Truefitt & Hill, which opened two months ago, is fitted out like a gentlemen’s club.
At six-month-old hair salon Blow+Bar in Rodyk Street, customers can sip their choice of tipple and tinker away on iPads while their tresses are washed.
The latest kid on the block, Prep in Mandarin Gallery, offers blowouts – a concept that is popular in America. Stylists there only blow, dry and set hair based on one of five styles chosen by the customer.
Prep’s owners engaged well-known creative agency, Asylum, to create a cosy vibe with a mint green theme and wood panelling. A custom-designed styling area seats four, so customers in groups can indulge in girl talk as they glam up.
Prep, which opened last month, already draws regular customers such as Ms Peggy Choi, who goes there once a week to get her hair done.
The owner of business investment start-up The Straits Network, who declines to reveal her age, says: “Most hair salons have too many lights, too much noise and a lot of other things going on at the same time.
“At Prep, it just feels so good, especially when you go on the weekend. It’s a bit of pampering, a treat for yourself.”