When in Malaysia, there is no need to travel far and wide to make your hair fantasies come true.
Love the lustrous shine on the flowing locks of Hollywood stars?
You can pamper yourself with the same hair treatment that Oscar-winning actress Sandra Bullock enjoys at The Met Grand Salon, the only one in Kuala Lumpur to offer Balmain Hair Couture and Philip B products.
Covet the tousled waves K-pop celebrities sport so effortlessly?
Well, you can recreate the look at LeeKaJa, the renowned Korean hair salon that just hit local shores.
With the city’s thriving beauty scene of professional stylists and outstanding services, there’s never been an easier or more luxurious way to access the latest hair trends from around the world – with no passport necessary.
When it comes to hair trends, no one pulls off experimental looks quite as stylishly as the Japanese – and Tokyo-born Number76 successfully translates outrageous colours into completely wearable coifs with finesse.
The stylists are masters of the touchable perm, creating perfectly feminine curls to soften any hairstyle.
With its roots founded in the fashionable district of Omotesando, Number76 brings the same unparalleled Japanese hospitality it is renowned for to Kuala Lumpur.
There are certainly no airs here – the staff’s warm service will make you feel right at home – only undoubtedly more pampered.
The hairdressers’ attention to detail is evident not only in their styling, but ripples on to the small, thoughtful touches, from complimentary Twinings tea and biscuits to the cotton eye masks that protect customers from potential hair wash splashes.
Ask for director stylist Han the next time you want beautifully natural curls and a textured cut to boot.
Starhill Gallery, Jalan Bukit Bintang, Kuala Lumpur
Where do you go if you want a complete makeover, from your hair to your eyelashes and right down to your outfit?
The answer is 176 Avenue, a one-stop shop for all your fashion and beauty needs, housing Hair Soho, BARber, Lash&Polish, and Plush Porter under one roof.
Located in upmarket Bangsar, 176 Avenue attracts a star-studded clientele, including singer-songwriter Jenn Chia and Rio Olympic badminton silver medallist Goh Liu Ying, who entrust their tresses to hair maestro Nick Siow.
Having earned his stripes at the Vidal Sassoon Advanced Academy in London, Nick is the go-to man for a picture-perfect balayage (natural-looking highlighting technique).
His secret to ensuring you get a colour that suits you? He takes a quick look at your Instagram profile. “That way, I can see what you’re like in your natural environment and gauge what sort of style and colour would complement your personality and lifestyle,” Nick says.
More often than not, he gets it spot on.
No. 176, Jalan Maarof, Bukit Bandaraya, 59100 Bangsar
The Met Grand Salon
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For a truly indulgent hair pampering session, step into The Met Grand Salon at PARKROYAL Kuala Lumpur hotel in the heart of the city.
From the 24-carat gold mirror frames to the use of Los Angeles’ cult hair care brand Philip B (like Bullock, Jennifer Aniston is also a fan) in all its services, The Met oozes decadence from start to final blow-dry.
Balmain Hair Couture products are also exclusive to the salon, adding to the luxury and efficacy you can expect from the salon’s sought-after repairing treatments.
Even the driest, most brittle hair can be restored to its former soft and lustrous state – just one of the many reasons its well-heeled clients flock to the boutique salon.
The Met sees only a select number of clients each day to ensure maximum comfort and attention. Despite the exclusivity, the vibe remains unpretentious and is never intimidating thanks to the professional stylists (Nikkie works magic with the dye brush) who are always ready with a smile.
The salon also has Netflix to help pass time. Need we say more?
Parkroyal Hotel Kuala Lumpur, Jalan Sultan Ismail, 50250 Kuala Lumpur
LeeKaJa Beauty Salon
K-beauty fans, rejoice! LeeKaJa has arrived on Malaysian soil.
The prestigious South Korean beauty salon has more than 170 outlets around the world, including Singapore, China, Australia and the United States.
The newly opened Kuala Lumpur outpost inside Robinsons at Four Seasons Place is already garnering its fair share of local fans.
Ladies love the impeccable Seoul style that LeeKaJa’s salon pros help to create – from the ever-popular C-curl perm to volume rebonding and the signature Cinderella treatment (your parched, bleached strands will thank you).
While many of us know what it feels like to leave a salon in tears, you will never experience that at LeeKaJa.
Its eight-day promise ensures you will not have to live with hair regrets – it will provide complimentary retouching for haircuts and chemical services you may have found unsatisfactory, although that would be a rare occurrence.
Still, it’s a comforting assurance that anyone would welcome.
G5-9 Robinsons, Shoppes at Four Seasons Place, 145, Jalan Ampang, 50450 Kuala Lumpur