The Best Hair Salons in KL To Visit For An A-List Balayage Finish
Gorgeous, gorgeous girls have balayage!
By: Beauty Insider Journalist / December 9, 2019
If you haven’t heard of the booming hair trend, balayage, then you are missing out big time! Balayage is a hair dye technique that actually has been around since the Renaissance period, and is making its way back to the hair world as being one of the most popular hair colour requests in salons today. We’ve gathered the best hair salons in KL!
Celebrities like Chrissy Teigen, Zoe Saldana, Rihanna, Cara Delevingne and more are huge fans of this timeless hair technique.
- Why Has Balayage Become An A-List Staple?
- Also, Balayage Is Not The Same As Ombre!
- Wondering Where To Get Balayage Hair In Kuala Lumpur?
Why Has Balayage Become An A-List Staple?
Because firstly, it saves time from sitting hours covered in foil. Balayage is a freehand technique so no foils are needed and the whole process only takes up to a maximum of three hours depending on the depth of highlights.
Secondly, it also saves your hair from dryness and frizziness that normal hair dyeing process leads to! Balayage gives the hair an overall sun-kissed natural-looking tone, with softer, less noticeable re-growth. It is also a great way to fix your hair and let it grow out naturally after harsh damage from all the previous hair works.
And last but not least, the very important reason to why there has been a surge in interest for the Balayage technique is because it needs minimum maintenance than traditional colour. With Balayage technique there won’t be strong regrowth lines, so it is the perfect technique for a modern, busy woman like you!
However, balayage does fade over time and if you want to make your balayage last as long as possible then go for colours that a very similar to your natural roots like a light brown or black, these are the most subtle type of colours.
Also, be sure to invest in some good quality hair care products to keep your colour looking fresh for a longer time. If the does colour turns brassy, you can always touch it up.
Also, Balayage Is Not The Same As Ombre!
People do get confused by the two but they’re not the same. Ombre in French means shadow and just like the name this technique gradually goes from dark shade roots to lighter.
Whereas, Balayage is a French word meaning to sweep or to paint. The principal idea of Balayage is, less is more. The Balayage technique uses patches of light shade to create multiple dimensions to the colour.
It’s a great method if you want to refresh your colour but not go for a bold colour overhaul. And don’t think balayage is not something for short hair. No matter how short your locks are, you can always rock balayage.
Here’s the catch tho. Despite giving the hair an overall natural look, Balayage is an intricate hair technique that needs professional help. It is not do-able at home! This is because every Balayage pieces should start from the root softly then progress on to a thicker highlight at the ends of the hair.
Unlike the traditional method where highlights are applied by separating the hair to a few sections, Balayage should be applied on the surface of the section and not saturated through the section. Separating the hair would leave a streak of uneven colours on the hair, that’s just not the look you want at all.
Wondering Where To Get Balayage Hair In Kuala Lumpur?
Well, we heard you sis! Below we’ve listed the 8 finest hair salons in KL that has mastered this technique to perfection.
1. The Met Kuala Lumpur Grand Salon
Suited in the luxury heart of Kuala Lumpur, Bukit Bintang, The Met has been around for more than 10 years and in our opinion, it is quite possibly the most conventional-looking salon in the whole of Malaysia.
Instead of the usual simple, clean and minimalist decor that would expect in most salons, The Met is glamorous and sexy, almost feels like you are walking into a fancy bar than a salon.
The suede chairs, pearled mirror and 24K gold frames just add to the whole posh vibes! They provide consultation services prior to the hairdo to ensure your hairstyle, cut and colour are personalised especially for you.
On top of that, they are the only salon in KL that uses the luxurious French Balmain hair products. All in all, with a dedicated team and the finest products, The Met is lives up to the price and standards.
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2. Number 76 Hair Salon
You can ask anyone living in Kuala Lumpur, what’s the best hair salon here and they would immediately tell you Number 76. Being a crowd favourite, this Japanese hair salon has branches across Kuala Lumpur like Midvalley, Paradigm Mall, Bangsar, Publika and even one in Johor.
We decided to visit their Bangsar branch and the rustic yet contemporary aesthetic just got all impress! One cool thing about them is that you can handpick your favourite stylist and you can find all the details about each of their stylist on the website.
They provide wide selections of colour and their services were quite pampering. Their stylist keeps up with you after treatment and checks on your hair status. They even offer free touch-ups services. Now, that’s customer service done, right!
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3. Centro W Hair Salon
The cutting- edge posh design of Centro Hair Salon will just make you feel like a million-dollar superstar! In fact, walking through the long avant-garde hallway won’t even feel like going into a salon but instead, give you a vibe of walking to the Oscar or something.
The place is that fancy, no joke. Check it out for yourself and you would agree with us too! You’ll notice a lot “W” in the walls of Centro and if you wonder why then it represents the surname of its founder, Mr.Kevin Woo who is also a Loreal Artistic Ambassador.
Just as the interior, the service is also A+. All of their hairstylists are the best at what they do and the result of their artistry passion and creativity can be seen at the collections of awards and recognition in their trophy room. Altogether, expect nothing but a great Balayage from this award-winning hair salon.
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4. Locco Hair Salon
Tucked away on the far edge of Kuala Lumpur, Genting Klang, Loco Hair Salon is one of the recommended hair salons in town for their exceptional service and incredible staff.
The salon has a nice contemporary twist to the classic salon setting. They have the basic rolling chairs and mirrors but a lil modern and elegant that your usual salon. Their brick walls are a great spot for a post-treatment Insta pic.
They offer fantastic haircuts for both men and women at a very affordable price. One of their best-selling services is Balayage. Plus, all their products are imported and are high in quality.
Plus, unlike the other places on the list, Locco is slightly out of town making finding parking and getting there hassle-free. In our opinion, this is definitely not a money-minded hair salon as they prioritize good service at an affordable price. Definitely, should be on your must-visit hair salon list.
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5. Alph Studio
Founded by Mr Kenza, a prominent hairstylist from Japan, Alph studio is a very minimalistic looking salon located in Bangsar. Walking into the salon will get you a sense of serene and tranquil thanks to its simple and clean deco.
The white walls of the salon are picturesque and would look good on your gram. As for their service, Alph Studio has a team of skilful professionals who are the masters of balayage and chic haircuts. Their hair products are from all corners of the world, Italy to Japan and are the secret recipe that gives your hair a fabulous yet long-lasting look.
They also provide you with a complimentary pack that has all the basic aftercare products you need upon your treatment and they even provide free touch-up service within two weeks of the first treatment. So, head down to Alph Studio and enjoy the cosy environment, complimentary drink, and satisfying end result.
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6. The Soloist Salon
The moment we walked into The Soloist Salon suited in Ansa Hotel in Bukit Bintang, we were immediately intrigued by the vintage industrial themed decor and ambience. This spacious salon offers unisex stunning and innovative hairdressing and styling services using Redken professional products.
Pride themselves with the passion for hairstyling, The Soloist Salon aims to create a very creative and inspiring atmosphere for the salon, not only to provide for its team to come to work but also to allow each of their client to experience a whole different level of hair pampering and that’s exactly what you’ll get.
Their hairstylists are extremely talented and you can let them handle your hair without an inch of worry. Their friendly approach will just make you feel at ease and relaxed.
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7. Daisuke Salon De Coiffure
This Japanese owned hair salon is located in Three Two Square in PJ, and we absolutely love the breezy effortless setting of the salon. The salon operated by Mr Daisuke Suzuki, a renowned hairstylist from Japan with his professional team.
It gives a very cosy home-like feel. There are also few cute figurines and artsy deco on the bricked walls, giving it a very urban feel. Prior to any treatment, they will first do a hair scan to determine your hair texture and type and give you a customized treatment based on that.
Daisuke Salon is also one of the very few salons in Malaysia that use CO2 Carbonated Water to wash hair. Plus, this is a Muslim-friendly salon as they have a private area for hijab-wearing Muslim women who prefer more privacy while their hair is out.
Overall, we can tell you will too be impressed by peaceful greeny almost like a garden ambience and exemplary service.
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8. FRED – French Hair Stylist in Mont Kiara
Located in the upscale neighbourhood, Mont Kiara, FRED is owned and run by Fred and his team. Fred is a French hairstylist who has more than 30 years of experience in trendy cuttings and balayage.
The moment you walk into the salon, and you’ll immediately be transported to France. The salon has a simple, clean and French apartment-style decor that will give you a sense of luxury yet homey. Also, this a private hair salon so you can’t just walk in, prior appointment is needed!
This private hair salon concept is the first of its kind in Malaysia offering a truly personalized experience for the customer. All of their stylists are really friendly and bubbly, giving you a sense of security that your hair is in good hands.
They offer a customized service based on each individual’s needs so if you are looking for a hair colour that no else has then this French salon should be your go-to.
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