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New Haircut and Hair Colour for 2014

To usher in 2014, I got a new haircut at my regular salon, Naoki Yoshihara by Ash and coloured my hair to a lighter tint of brown:

I blogged about this japanese salon at Liang Court previouslyYou can visit their official facebook page to find out more about them. 

I will be turning 34 this year in October… I need to feel young again. The hair colour seems to help. Friends whom I had not seen for a while all commented that I look younger, fresher or trendier.

This feels good, even though my waistline is expanding, my hair is thinning and I feel less capable of taking on and conquering the world with each passing year.

With Chinese New Year round the corner, might be a good time to change your hairstyle or try something different to surprise your relatives and loved ones when house visiting? 🙂

If you are thinking of popping by Naoki Yoshihara by Ash, please note the following festive period changes:

18th Jan 2014 – 28th Jan 2014: there will be a 30% increase on the total bill.
29th Jan 2014 and 30th Jan 2014: there will be a 50% increase on the total bill.

During the Chinese New  Year period, operation hours are:

30th Jan 2014: 10.30am to 3.00pm
31st Jan 2014 to 6th Feb 2014: Closed
Normal operation hours will resume from 7th Feb.
10.30am to 8.30pm (Closed on every Tues)

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I just turned 33

Happy birthday… to myself.

Last week, I noticed I am starting to spot some white hairs.

Instead of dyeing my hair jet-black, I decided to change my hairstyle and tint it slightly for a refreshing change as I reach double 3 of age:

The secret to good skin? Adobe Photoshop.
The secret to good skin? Adobe Photoshop. Front view.
Back view
Back view
Side view
Side view

I am feeling younger already. 🙂

My new hairstyle was done at Naoki Yoshihara by Ash. I blogged about this japanese salon at Liang Court previously. You can visit their official facebook page to find out more about them. 

Naoki Yoshihara by Ash Hair Salon – Special Promotion

Naoki Yoshihara by Ash
Naoki Yoshihara by Ash

I went for a haircut and scalp treatment at Naoki Yoshihara by Ash a few weeks back. The salon is located in Liang Court and is the brainchild of former CEO of QB House, Mr. Kazutaka Iwai and his partners under MJ TOKYO Holdings Pte Ltd.

Iwai-san is the man who brought the no-frills salon concept of QB House into Singapore and Hong Kong.

Me with Iwai-san
Me with Iwai-san and a portrait of Mr. Naoki Yoshihara in the background 

Naoki Yoshihara by Ash is the first salon by Ash in Asia. Ash is a large Japanese hair salon chain with over 100 shops in Japan. Naoki Yoshihara by Ash, is named after the founder of Ash, Mr Naoki Yoshihara. For the highest service quality assurance, all stylists at the salon are trained in Japan and certified by Mr Naoki Yoshihara himself.

Inside the salon
Inside the salon
Shampoo and wash area
Shampoo and wash area
Reception counter
Reception counter

The salon is newly open and is running promotional discounts till end of Sep 2013 (click on image to enlarge):

The treatment I experienced was Shiseido’s The Hair Care Fuente Forte for Scalp Care. The whole treatment process took about 50 mins including three rounds of washing and scalp massages. You can choose to go for either the hot or cold scalp treatment using the same products; except one will make scalp feels cool while the other warms it. I went for the cool version and I really did feel the icy coldness.

Shisheido's The Hair Care Fuente Forte for Scalp Care products on the lower shelf
Shisheido’s The Hair Care Fuente Forte for Scalp Care products on the lower shelf

What the treatment does is to nurture the scalp for the long-term health of the hair. Fuente Forte contains Shisedo’s original Cell Maturation Agent which enhances the scalp’s barrier function and increases its resistance to local problems like roughness, dandruff and itchiness.

Scalp massage
Scalp massage
Wash
Wash

My scalp did feel rejuvenated after the very cosy treatment (so comfortable that I nearly fell asleep in the middle of the scalp massage). I have oily skin and my scalp condition isn’t too good. I monitor it for the next couple of days after the treatment and it did not feel as greasy and itchy as it always does.

The normal price for this treatment is at S$130, price inclusive of the stylist’s time as well as the products costs. For readers of this blog, simply print out this blog post or show the stylist this blog page on your smartphone or tablet to enjoy the special promotional package of S$650 for 5 times treatment + 2 free treatment for just S$500. This works out to just S$71.40 per treatment (a whopping 45% saving from the normal price)! This promotion ends 30 Sep 2013. 

Oh, and if you are curious about my haircut, I am very satisfied with their service:

Patiently shaping my hair
Patiently shaping my hair
Front view
Front view
Back view
Back view

I have stiff hair that protrudes naturally like Wolverine on the two sides of my head, about five fingers above my ears. The stylist was able to catch that and patiently sculpted my hair to a rounder shape, getting rid of the protruding bits.