I’m midway through summer school at Korea University and enjoying most parts of it. It is a six-week long programme and I’m taking two courses here: Beginner’s Korean Language and International Trade and Finance. Summer school is quite hectic. I have lessons on 4 days of the week and an assessment every other week. And whenever I have spare pockets of time, I would explore different parts of the city. The city is always bustling with life, and I’m digging the cafe scene here. Seoul is fun and I’m enjoying my independence here, but I still miss home and being able to bake as and when I want. Will be updating this space with some of my favourite eats here soon. In the mean time, follow my Instagram (@vickiima) for bite-sized updates.
Allow me to return to the point of this post before I digress further.
So I have been wanting to do something different to my hair for the longest time ever. And since I’m in Korea, I decided that a change in hairstyle was in order! Moreover, Korea is known for being one of the best places to get a high quality and lasting perm. I wanted to perm my hair because I’ve always wanted to add some volume to my straight and flat tresses.
I did my research and there are several kinds of perms: “Double-S” perm, “S”-Perm, “C”-Perm, etc. Finally, I decided on the “C”-perm as I wanted something less over-the-top. The “C”-perm can be described as natural-looking and soft (inward) curls at the hair ends. I love this look as it adds volume and a feminine edge to my hair.
My perm was done at Juno Hair. It was one of the best haircut experiences I’ve ever had. Although they understood and spoke very basic English, it was not challenging to have them understand what exactly I wanted. If you don’t speak fluent Korean, I suggest you show them a picture of what you want! To add, we were very well taken care of. The service was impeccable! We were served light bites and beverages, given magazines to browse and even a pillow we could hold on to! My stylist also made an effort to make me feel comfortable by striking conversations with me.
We were served snacks while waiting for our hair to set
A before and after, on the same day of the perm.
Here’s a picture with my stylist, Chae Song Hwa, a very sweet and bubbly lady!
A picture of my hair, a day after.
There are several Juno Hair outlets in Seoul but I went to the one in Hongdae (near Metro Exit 9). As it’s my first visit to Juno Hair, I’m unable to do a comparison between the other branches. I did a walk-in on a Sunday and the entire process took me about 2.5 hours. They were pretty efficient!
The cost of my perm + 1 treatment was 225,000 won (approx $270 SGD) after the 20% VIP discount. I felt it was worth the price tag due to the service rendered and quality of the perm. Although it is damaging to perm your hair, my hair remained silky soft and shiny after the perm. It’s been a week since the perm and it has not loosened out. Juno Hair, I’ll be back again someday!
Special thanks to Juno Hair for the VIP discount and outstanding service!
For more, visit http://www.junohair.com/