Earlier this month, I met my new pal, Tiffany, for an afternoon of hair pampering at Belleza De Midori, a Japanese hair salon located at Velocity in Novena Square. I’ve only been to Belleza De Midori twice. The first time was during their weekend peak hour – I walked in, saw that everyone was busy, and walked right out. 😀 With Tiffany, we’d made an appointment for a weekday afternoon, right after lunchtime, and it was less crowded. I even enjoyed a quick session of their highly-popular hair spa treatment as I was waiting for Tiffany to arrive. Check out the “nano steam” machine they use in the video below. 🙂
Yusaku, who is Japanese, was my hair stylist. He seemed pretty impressed despite my limited knowledge of the Japanese language. I can only do the simplest of self-introductions, like so: “Konnichiwa! Watashi wa Grace desu. Dozo yoroshiku onegaishimasu.” 😀
I’ll have a “cut-to”, please 😀
And here’s a quick video I shot of our afternoon of hair and scalp pampering:
I think there are three main reasons why Belleza De Midori is so popular:
#1: The Stylists’ Professionalism
They know what you need even when you might not be so sure yourself as to what sort of hair style or color you want. Tiffany had about 6 different hair colors she’d wanted to try, and had trouble deciding on one.
I’d initially wanted to get a short bob that ends just above the chin-level. Yusaku asked if I would be tying my hair frequently. I said “no”, but with some hesitation. I wasn’t exactly sure if the recent hot weather in SG would force me to have to tie up my hair even after getting it cut. I think he picked up on that and gave my hair just a trim so I’d still be able to tie up my hair when necessary. 😀
As for Tiffany, she’d eventually decided she wanted to dye her hair red. I don’t even know how to describe this color she’d chosen when she last got her hair dyed. Copper? It’s pretty evident that the black roots are showing. That’s one downside of getting a new hair color that has a big contrast with your original hair color.
So Yuan, a stylist from Malaysia, recommended that instead of dyeing her hair bright red (which wouldn’t suit her complexion), he’d give her a more natural look with a darker color at the crown (so you won’t see much of a color contrast when the hair grows out), a redder tone in the middle and finally some violet towards the end. It’s kind of like an ‘ombre’ effect but done in a classy, inconspicuous manner.
Here’s Yuan explaining which colors work best for Tiffany:
And here’s our before-and-after pictures:
#2: The Very Reasonable Pricing:
For such a central location (at Novena Square), the prices are indeed affordable. Also, the salon uses premium Aveda products (from USA), Hoyu hair colors (from Japan) and they import the machines used for hair treatments from Japan.
There’s also a further 20% discount if you’re appointing either Yusaku or Yuan to be your stylist for the day. 🙂
#3: The Friendly Vibe / Atmosphere
The stylists are friendly without being nosy, and are certainly not pushy. They also have a good sense of humor. Elsa gave me a really good scalp, neck and shoulder massage – probably the best I’ve ever experienced in a hair salon. And I couldn’t help but ask if she has a sister. (She does, actually. Three sisters!) Tiffany, being Tiffany, went ahead and asked for the sisters’ names. We wanted to know if Anna is one of them. 😀
As you can tell from the video above, we had a really good time. I’ll put together another video clip of a short Q&A session we had with our two stylists. So watch out for the next blogpost.
~ Ready for a new hairstyle / look? ~
I’d highly recommend you make an appointment before heading down to the salon as the stylists have a busy schedule. Call 6358 2900 to book a timeslot.
Belleza De Midori is located at #03-43/44 of Velocity, Novena Square.
*This post is brought to you in collaboration with Belleza De Midori. 🙂