If I ever grew some money-making balls, I’d totally set up a store in Sinchon 신촌, Seoul. It’s a stretch located near Ewha Women’s University이화여자대학교 , and every one knows that it’s so easy to earn our money. Hell, even I admit that my money is easy to be earned. Just implement some fancy blinged out disco ball / cutesy pink fluff / zen all white-black-red / hipster vintage / wild child animal print concept, hire a staff of pretty flower boys and sell food / coffee / trinklets. Best if the flower boys come with hawt hawt bodehs too. Drools.
Anyhoos, one of my favourite places in Seoul is Sinchon. I come here for fashion shopping and to do my hair. My reasoning is simple – there’s so much competition here that if you aren’t happy with one shop, just pop over to the next one for better service and a better deal. Clothes here are reasonably priced and trendy – you can get decent clothes for just KRW5,000-30,000 (or more).
You want a piece of me hurhurhur? Are yer feelin’ lucky, punkkkk? Nah, I think I was just cussing at my bro for not holding the camera strap properly, and thus resulting in the top right hand corner being obscured.
A real bakery with decent yummy buns and pastries is also available on campus – not like the half-assed one I used to go to during my poly days.
In fact, there’s also a stationery shop on campus that sells things such as keyboards, books, headphones and even double eyelid tape. There’s really no reason to leave campus actually. Perhaps that’s a clever ruse to keep students in.. muahaha.
I’m sure there’s a lot more to the campus that I haven’t explored / don’t dare to for fear of being accused of trespassing, so I just usually do my rounds and head back into Sinchon for some shopping. My former hair salon Cecica is also located here. (23 July 2016 Update: I no longer go to Cecica because my hair stylist Jei has moved over to Switch Hair Zone – I trust her that much).
23 July 2016 Update: Cecica- a hair salon I used to patronise, but no longer. I recommend Switch Hair Zone instead.
From L-R: my naturally straight hair before the perm, immediately after the perm (an overnight flight + no rest + no check-in + 4 hour hair salon session = stupid face), and 3 months after the perm. Hair is still awesome.
I permed my hair again in March 2012. Even now, after my 2nd perm, my hair still looks awesome.
How much: Only 96,000 won (SGD 107). My friend did Magic Straight for just 120,000 won (SGD 134). See below for explanation of what Magic Straight is. However, don’t go to Orang Salon – we asked for price and it was 200,000 won for Magic straight. gasp.
Here’s a little more information on doing your hair in Korea 😀
Famous English-speaking salons
Since these salons are catered to English-speaking tourists, expect more jacked-up prices. But for those who can’t speak Korean, I guess they’re a safe bet.
Lucy Hair: 02-325-2225
Directions: Line 2 to Sinchon Station take Exit 1. Walk straight ahead until you reach Natuur Ice Cream shop and turn right. Approximately ½ block down on your left is a TWorld building Lucy Hair is on the 2nd floor.
Hair & Joy: 02-363-4253
Directions and more information available on website: www.hairandjoy.com. Located in Hongdae off Line 2 at Hongik University Station Exit 8. Lucy (from above) came from this salon and prolly made enough to start up her own salon.
Juno Hair : Really popular and famous chain throughout Seoul. I’ve heard that celebrities go there to do their hair. More information http://www.junohair.com/
Toni & Guy: There are several locations throughout the Seoul Metro Area, find the one closest to you online at www.toniandguy.com/salon/finder.
WHAT TO PREPARE BEFOREHAND
Print and bring many pictures, preferably of Korean celebrities. They will have the typical Korean cut, and therefore it’s easier for the stylist to gauge what exactly you want. If you don’t have photos, fret not. Most salons should have this “consultation area” where they have scrapbooks of many pictures. All you have to do is it point. Cecica even had laptops so you could google for styles you want.
TYPES OF HAIRSTYLES
MAGIC STRAIGHT: aka rebonding – gives you straight hair
MAGIC VOLUME: Rebonding BUT the top parts near your roots are “bounced” up to give you volume. Same with your ends. Gives you an appearance of fuller hair, and isn’t flat against your head.
PERM / WAVE / WATER WAVE / C PERM: The style that I love the most. Gentle waves, not the ajumma (aunty) tight perms. However, the outcome depends on whether your hair is layered or not. The stylist should advise you accordingly.
To be honest, I think these girls all have tonged-hair – meaning an actual stylist sitting next to them, but hey, you saw my pictures. A perm can also achieve this effect 😀
Hope that helps! 😀