From trendy celebrity-style haircuts to a classic bob, hair stylists could work their “magic” to transform a plain Jane into a stunning beauty. For the crowning glory of many a soul, good hair salons and the touch of a top stylist are indispensable. In this issue, Top 10 of Malaysia shares its list of the nations’ top hair salons that provide trend-setting satisfying customer services that are top notch.
A Cut Above
Founded by Datin Winnie Loo and Dato’ Richard Teo, “A Cut Above” with its prestigious group of salons has grown to be an award-winning hair salon in the hair styling industry. Equipped with talented hair stylists who deliver the best services with an affordable price range, it also has two brands under its name, X-Cut and Restyle+. X-Cut specialises in express haircuts for on-the-go customers while Restyle + provides a comfortable environment to their customers and emphasizes on their wellbeing and beauty. It has also won several awards such as The BrandLaureate SMEs Chapter Awards 2011, Best Brand in Brand Culture, The BrandLaureate SMEs Chapter Awards 2008, The BrandLaureate SMEs Chapter Awards 2007, Malaysia Spa & Wellness Awards 2008 and Best Centre for Hairdressing 2007.
Established in 2013 and located in Publika, Hairplay Salon was founded by Shaun Yap, a famous celebrity hairstylist in the fashion and beauty industry and Marion Rose Caunter, a talented host and emcee. This hair salon is well-known among high profile clients and is a favourite among royals and many starlets as its hairstyles range from natural, feminine and fanciful thus comprising of trendy hairstyles such as sleek and shiny blow dry looks or even gorgeous soft waves. Its motto is to create hairstyles catering to one’s lifestyle, habits and hair texture. It also provides makeup services by its professional in-house makeup artist.
Centro W Salon
The award-winning luxury hair salon, Centro W Salon was founded by Kevin Woo, award winner of the 2006 L’Oreal Colour Trophy and L’Oreal Artistic Ambassador since 2008. Reaching its 16-year of service, it has been proclaimed as the 2016 Hair Salon of the Year in Cleo Magazine Malaysia and also the 2014 & 2015 Best Hair Salon Services by Harper’s Bazaar Hair Awards. Located in The Gardens Mall, Centro is well known for its sleek urban style and all-black furnishings and is also a popular go-to hair salon for the crème de la crème. It is also famous for Kevin’s signature highly-skilled-precision-cut which tailors to individuals and aims to bring out one’s inborn beauty.
Led by Vincent Ho, Kimarie has won various awards such as Wella Trend Vision Award 2009, Wella Trend Vision Award 2008, Malaysia Spa & Wellness Awards 2011, Malaysian Department of Skills Development’s MYSKILL Competition 2008 and Top 3 Salon in Central Malaysia by the New Straits Times. Trendy and wearable hairstyles which expresses ones character is its main signature trademark. It has branches of salons in the Klang Valley. Kimarie is also the first hair salon in Malaysia to be awarded the prestigious ISO:9001 certification for quality assurance.
The MET KL Grand Salon
Kuala Lumpur’s award-winning luxury boutique salon, The MET KL Grand Salon was founded by Geetha Suppiah. It’s the only salon in Malaysia that sells Balmain’s luxurious Hair Couture and Philip B Botanicals products. The salon is located along the “Couture Row” of Parkroyal Kuala Lumpur and has since served international clients such as Nicole Scherzinger, Jimmy Choo and several Hong Kong celebrities. Recognised for its luxury, elegance and sophistication, The MET offers hair treatments by Balmain of Paris, Philip B of California and David Mallet of Paris. Its hairstyling principle also adheres to colour, line, youth and softness that resemble glitzy glamour.
D Hair Park
Daviv Goh, a talented hair stylist who has a decade of experience working for fashion shows, hair styling showcases, magazine photo shoots, celebrity styling and even television programmes founded D Hair Park in 2011. The hair salon soon became an award winning hair salon and won awards such as the Colour Creation Grand Prix Winner (2017/2018), Total Creation Top 5 Winner (2017/2018), Excellent Hair Designer 2017 and Avant Garde Champion 2017. Located in Bandar Puteri, Puchong, this prestigious hair salon ensures customers’ satisfaction by using high quality hair products such as Shiseido Professional.
Founded by Shawn Loong, Shawn Cutler has been an established brand in the hairstyling industry when it comes to haircuts with a fusion of European and Asian trends, corporate look for women and even celebrity trends. Shawn Cutler has also been a well favoured go-to place for local celebrities such as Amber Chia and Hannah Tan. Shawn Loong has also participated in being the stylist for magazine photo shoots, fashion shows and even hair shows. Shawn Cutler has also won several awards such as the Bazaar Hair Awards 2018 for Best Hairstylist for Working Women.
Karva Salon for Ladies by Nora Danish
Founded by Nora Danish, Cathy Danish and Rozza Ramli, Karva Salon for Ladies by Nora Danish provides personalised hair, nails and beauty services. Equipped with luxury-themed private VIP rooms for a private beauty experience, Karva Salon caters specifically for ladies especially Muslim women who yearn for an affordable luxurious experience to the salon. It uses equipment and products from France, Germany and Italy such as Wella, System Professional, Nioxin and also organic products for hair, beauty and nails like Oway, Pravana and Phytomer.
176 Avenue was founded by Jolyna Tan, Jady Teoh and Jean Ng. Located at Bangsar, it was established with a purpose to provide affordable luxury to its customers with services such as valet parking, various beauty services and products ranging from beauty care to fashion merchandise. Its main attraction is its amazing hair transformation service by Nick Siow, a well experienced stylist. Among its hairstyling services also include haircuts, colours, texturing, formal styling and extensions while for men, services such as barber cut, hot towel shave and beard trimming are also available. Among the other services include manicure and pedicure services and Plush Porter which provides cocktail and evening designer dresses for rental or purchase.
Founded by Edwin Saw, Saw Salon is now one of the most well-established hair salons in Malaysia for those who are looking for their dream hairstyle. With services similar to well-known international hair salons, it delivers the best of the best hair styling services to its customers. Edwin Saw has also been featured in various magazines such as Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar and Tatler. The awards won by Saw Salon are 1991 Schwarzkopf British Hairdressing Awards – Regional Hairdresser of the Year – Nominee, 1990 Schwarzkopf British Hairdressing Awards – London Stylists of the Year – Nominee and 1989 Schwarzkopf British Hairdressing Awards – London Stylists of the Year – Nominee.