Korean salons here are aplenty, but LeeKaJa Beauty Salon isn’t just another run-of-the-mill, K-pop-blasting, beauty parlour. At first glance, the shop could easily be mistaken for a café with its rustic interior, featuring a barista counter that churns out fresh juice and coffee, and large leather seats that greet you at the entrance.
But step further into the store and you’ll find rows of salon chairs and brightly lit vanity mirrors. A basic cut here, which includes a wash and blow, starts from $50 for men and $60 for women. Although a new ‘do isn’t the only thing you’d want to leave the salon with – LeeKaJa also offers hair colouring (from $120), hair treatment (from $240), manicures (from $55/hand), pedicures (from $70/foot), eyelash extensions ($130) and make up (from $15) services to really complete that makeover. Most of its stylists are professionals from South Korea, so you can bet you'll be enjoying a truly authentic Korean beauty treatment.
Sofiana Ramli recommends… LeeKaJa’s signature Cinderella treatment (from $300). Frizzy hair, begone. The salon’s signature treatment aims to make hair shinier, smoother and stronger so that you can have healthy looking locks for weeks. First, my hair was washed with a protein-rich, organic keratin shampoo, followed by a strengthening cream that was applied to my roots and then the ends of my hair. Once the cream has settled, my stylist, Jenny Kang, began blow-drying my hair to open up the cuticles before using a hot iron to allow the formula to penetrate through each strand. She continued to flat iron sections of my hair – so that the nutrients are locked in – before rinsing my hair in cold water to seal in the treatment. The two-hour long process is finished off with some styling and I walked out of the salon feeling like Cinderella myself. I was definitely impressed by how long the treatment lasted. Despite washing my hair daily, it remained sleek and glossy for weeks.