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New hair by Jean Yip Group


Last month, I went down to get my hair done at Jean Yip in Plaza Singapura. I left it entirely to senior stylist Joe and he recommended that I had a haircut (trim and shape), a digital perm and scalp treatment.

It took me a while to get used to the digital perm but I am loving it now! I had mixed reviews and really it boiled down to whether I liked it myself and after 2 weeks, I totally did. More body and more versatile for hair accessories! At the same time, I have to totally rave about the hair treatment – worth every single penny (that I didn’t pay for but I would have if I knew how many compliments I would get about the texture of my hair). I am a convert and a believer now! Don’t just shampoo and condition your hair. If you have time and can afford it, treat your crowning glory to some professional TLC. My key hair issues were limp and fine hair and an oily scalp (that has led to hair loss). What is yours?

Anyway, I trust Joe and he has once again done his magic. I went in not knowing what I wanted or needed (the above picture was today’s BEFORE). He recommended a colour (S$128) and highlight (S$138) as well as the scalp peel with light treatment (S$338). I said yes yes yes to everything and left it to him to decide what colour or what to do. He’s the professional and I usually use my fingers to style my hair. As he went along, he explained what he was doing and why. Like how I should have a darker base and subtle highlights; tips on styling my hair; what special occasion looks I can go for etc. It was all very enlightening. I liked that my hair is dark instead of some caramel-ly or brassy colour. It still looks like my hair but less dull!


The service at the salon was great as usual. I had several people come up to me and asked if I needed a drink (I had a big cup of bubble tea so I was set for the 2 hours I was there); Joe constantly checked if I was uncomfortable or bored or if I needed anything; they had many different magazines available and I was kept entertained – I caught up with fashion news, gossips and random articles I wouldn’t have otherwise read. Long story short, if I had another need to revamp my hairstyle or save it from my disastrous and non-existant maintenance techniques, Jean Yip would definitely be at the top of my list. I’m a happy customer and I love my hair!


If I ever hold a wedding ceremony in Singapore (Back story: I’m not a big wedding party person and my fiance lives in America.), I’ll definitely try to book Joe to do my hair! That’s how satisfied I am.

I left feeling great with a nice clean scalp, bouncy curls and no more dark roots/white hair showing! Thanks to the kind people at Jean Yip Group (Singapore) for their invitation to be part of their 3-month long #styleofthemonth campaign!

You can be part of this campaign too! Stand a chance to win attractive prizes! Here’s how:

Step 1: ‘Like’ their fanpage (

Step 2: Post a picture of yourself (with a fashionable outfit) & insert #jeanyip in caption

Step 3: Get everyone to LIKE your post and the top 3 posts with the most “LIKE” will win

Check out the winners for July 2013 here. Don’t be envious, take part! I highly recommend my stylist Joe!

Don’t take my word for it, try it for yourself!

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Couponing: 3 Sessions Hair Rejuvenating Therapy by TK Trichokare

Date: 18, 22 & 28 August 2011

Deal: $49 instead of $537, 91% off 3 Sessions Hair Rejuvenating Therapy at 4 locations by TK Trichokare

How it went:

Let me just put it out there that I actually go to Svenson’s for oily scalp treatment as my hair has been thinning for some time. I have fine hair to begin with and I’ve never had a thick head of hair ever. My oily scalp makes things worse because the grease apparently clogs your hair follicles and you get a bald patch. I’m very satisfied with Svenson’s at this point in time but I am still shopping around for a good deal on similar treatments so I tried out this TK Trichokare.

Frilly filigree patterns on the wall

Frilly filigree patterns on the wall at the reception

Frilly wall patterns and individual stations.

Frilly wall patterns and individual stations divided by frosted glass panels

Quiet & dim common hair wash area

Quiet & dim common hair wash area

I went to the Wheelock Place branch on 3 different days over 2 weeks. It’s nice and quiet. The decor was fake classical European-esque (compared to the more Scandinavian style Svenson’s). There were these frilly gothic type patterns and gold frames. And on the 3 different times I went, it wasn’t crowded plus a ton of magazines for reading which I loved. After I was greeted at the reception, I was led into a small office for a “discussion” with their consultant Sharon (I think). She was probably Malaysian and spoke with an accent. I found it a little difficult to follow her train of thoughts and her language skills were a bit of a problem too. She didn’t seem too comfortable speaking in English and her grammar was all over the place. But I get the general drift. She felt that my hair was thinning and I wasn’t getting enough from my Svenson’s treatments. Also I should upgrade to this other thing and top up about $100 (even before I did the 3 sessions). Everything here was expensive but nothing exceptionally outstanding. It was good but it wasn’t worth $200 to wash my head.

I loved the hair wash. I also love $10 hair washes and head massages, who am I kidding? Then there was this squirting of some tonic after my hair wash. After which, a red light was shone on my head for a bit. Then my hair was blown dry and styled. That’s all.

So was it worth $537? Nope! Was it worth $49? Maybe… a little too much money for a hair wash, blow dry and application of tonic. But it was in a fancy building in the middle of Orchard Road. They had nice magazines for me to read and I did thoroughly enjoy my ME-time! If a similar coupon comes by, I wouldn’t hesitate to snap it up! I do like the ambience but the location was a bit out of the way if I wanted to go there frequently. The Svenson’s branch I visit is 10 minutes away from my house, so yup! Oh but I did end up spending about $39 for a bottle of TK Trichokare “Black Shine” hair serum. Very easy to use – one pump, rub it through your wet hair, and that’s it! It’s supposed to make your hair soft and shiny!