It was by a stroke of luck that I first stumbled upon the salon that Jei worked in sometime in 2010. Ever since then, I’ve been going back to Jei to do my hair. One thing I learned from Korean culture is to give good fan service – instead of simply recommending my stylist Jei to you, I’ve gone a step further to do up a blog entry on how you can get to her new salon 😀
Update as of 24 May 2016: This is actually an update of a blogpost I did back in 2013 – Jei used to be from another salon back then (Cecica Hair Salon), but she’s currently with Switch Zone hair [as of 1 June 2016].
Address: 303 Daeheung-dong Mapo-gu Seoul
Note to my readers: I no longer patronise Cecica Hair Salon. I have always paid for my services with them (non-sponsored, so my opinions are unbiased). I have received comments from readers/friends stating that they went to Cecica after Jei left, and found the serviced standards to be unsatisfactory (you can read the comments section). I have decided to follow Jei to Switch Hair Zone as I trust her – and her service standards have not faltered. And yes, I still pay to get my hair done there. 🙂
Here’s a rough price gauge – I had my hair permed, treated and trimmed for KRW190,000.
HOW TO GET THERE (BRIEF)
- Take the Subway Line 6
- Alight at Daeheung Station
- Take Exit 3
- Climb up the stairs (there’s a lotttt)
- When you reach the street level, do a u-turn
- Walk a couple of steps.
- You’ll reach a junction where there’s a CU convenience store – turn left.
- Walk down the street for about 3-5 mins
- You’ll see a salon with a faux grass patch out front
- Voila – you’re there!
- (It’s directly across the road from Lotteria (the Korean fast food equivalent of McDonald’s)
HOW TO GET THERE (PICTORIAL DIRECTIONS)
Take the Subway on Line 6 (this odd mustard-brown colour) and alight at Daeheung Station. You can transfer at Hapjeong station which connects to the more commonly used Green Line 2.
What you’ll see just as you tap out of the gantry [look for signages leading you to Exit 3]
As you follow the signs to Exit 3, you’ll approach an escalator
Once you step off the escalator, this is what you’ll see – turn to the left for Exit 3
And it’s time to werk baybeh – work those gluts hurhurhur.
Now this is what you’ll see once you reach the top of the stairs – DO NOT GO STRAIGHT. Instead, make a U-turn back.
You’ll see this store – continue walking along the street till you reach a junction (about 1-2 minutes)
And here’s the junction! Turn left.
The landmark to look out for will be CU, a convenience store at the junction.
Continue walking down the street (after turning left at CU)
see that little brown building? You’re there!
Voila! Welcome to Switch Zone!
The signage is more visible if you go further down the street / overshoot the entrance.
Once you step in, here’s what you’ll see
Lockers for you to deposit your belongings while you do your hair
Our hair is done! 😀
May 2016: Permed, treatment and trimmed 😀
Jei speaks minimal English, so it’s best that you bring photos to show her what you want. What I love about her is that she’s got the whole strict disciplinarian vibe about her, kinda like Professor McGonagall in Harry Potter but with a great fashion sense. She will always recommend you a hairstyle/color/treatment that suits your hair texture/ face / overall fashion sense.
Dec 2012: I wanted to dye my hair but she absolutely refused to do it, cos my hair was too damaged. She insisted on a hair treatment (they call it clinic) and hair
cut chop of 4-6 inches. Whining or pouting doesn’t work lol.
Apr 2013: Koreans have this particular hair treatment called manicure – it has the same meaning as a nail manicure – a coating over the hair strand to help hold the colour pigments better. However, the downside is that the next time you wanna change your hair colour or redye, it’ll be a lot harder for the colour pigments to get through the manicure layer.
Since my hair was too porous and damaged from 2 rounds of perming, it didn’t’t hold colour dye pigments that well. I wanted to do the bright red dye + manicure – again, adamant refusal from Jei cos she said that my hair was recovering and I shouldnt do anything to jeapardise it. She did consent to a normal hair dye, the usual hair clinic and some minor trimming though.
My pal also wanted to go Rita Ora and got this effect from jet black hair – I think she bleached her hair thrice and Jei stopped at there, cos she didn’t want to damage her hair. I think her hair still looks pretty healthy right? It only cost KRW80,000. Woot.