unique local beauty salons

This article first appeared in Her World. 

If there’s anything that Singapore doesn’t have a lack of, it’s beauty salons. We mean, everyone’s bound to have done a facial once in their lives, went for a full-body massage as on-leave treat, and/or got their hair made over at an upscale salon. And precisely because of the plethora of beauty salons, the last thing brands want to be is cookie-cutter. So here’s their game plan: They want to go all out to thrill, and delight salon-going consumers – because really, the way to a happy customer’s heart lies not only in kick-ass treatments, but also charismatic novelty.

Here are the truly one-of-a-kind beauty salons we’d gladly bring all our friends to:

1. Porcelain Origins

unique local salons
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Say hello to the future of spa tripping with Porcelain Origins, SG’s first smart spa. Any service that doesn’t require a human touch has been digitised. The journey starts with the beauty salon’s self-service smartphone app – it keeps track of your scheduled facial appointments, skin profile, and product purchase history. Inside, a wall-mounted interactive screen at the reception’s retail bar has details of every product offering. Pick up a product from the bar and info about it (benefits, how-tos and prices) is instantly displayed on the screen.

Post-facial, smart mirrors in the powder room list the benefits of the treatment you’ve just enjoyed, and provide specific aftercare details too.

Address: #04-48, Paragon

2. Chez Vous: Hideaway

unique local salons

This concept hair salon is part mystery, part delight, with a variety of themed rooms. A Hogwarts-inspired reception area, a fully millennial pink VIP space and other areas give you a total of seven Insta-worthy rooms to explore. Exploration is only half the experience. There are also little spa-like treats to be enjoyed. These include a customised scent-sorial journey (pick from four relaxing scents to be used in your hair wash and shoulder massage), and a relaxation “den” that has massage chairs and LED scalp treatment machines. Plus, the salon accepts only 15 customers a day, so it never feels crowded or gets noisy.

Address: #14-04, Ngee Ann City Tower B

3. Aramsa Spa

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Image: Instagram @aramsaspas

After 13 years, Aramsa Spa is still Singapore’s only spa in a garden setting. Located in Bishan Park, it has 17 spa rooms, all with their own garden courtyards and outdoor showers or baths. The spa takes advantage of its unique park locale – it doesn’t play any music, allowing the natural sounds from the park to take the spotlight. So, you’ll hear running water from fountains, banana leaves rustling in the wind and birds chirping in the distance (and, occasionally, giggling children). Services include body massages, facials, yoga sessions, hair treatments and lash and brow services.

Address: 1384 Ang Mo Kio Avenue 1 Bishan