One of the the things that Fu really wanted to do on our trip to Korea was to get a hair cut. Considering he had a grand total of only 3 things he wanted to do in Korea (the other 2 were eating and buying cool jackets and shirts), it was quite high up in priority on our to-do list!
We’ve been marathoning Korean drama after Korean drama lately and the male actors all have such nice hair! That’s one of the main reasons why Fu wanted to have a hair cut in Seoul, haha.
SEE WHAT I MEAN???
I’m convinced that any guy with bangs will definitely look like the best version of himself. The Korean entertainment industry has demonstrated so.
Hair up, so-so. Maybe even crossing into meh.
Hair down, BAM. Instantly better-looking.
Need pictorial proof? Look at the comparison photos for the male leads of this drama!
I did a bit of research on which salon to visit in Seoul and eventually decided on Juno Hair.
Reasons for choosing Juno Hair?
- Big salon chain with many branches = Accessible!
- Affordable prices = More money for shopping! :D
- Good reviews online = Lesser chance of bad experience
- Appears to be quite foreigner-friendly = Won’t be screwed over (too badly)
We absolutely wanted to visit the salon on the second day, because Fu not stand a moment longer his unbecoming hair that was starting to resemble a shaggy dog, but the first day of arrival was too rushed to make a trip to the salon.
Making an appointment
Before we arrived in Korea, we called the main number listed in the footer of the Juno Hair website to make an appointment, but it was a most perplexing experience. Someone answered our call and spoke in Korean, and when Fu asked in English if she could speak English, she giggled and then after a thud of the phone (on the table?), there was silence.
After about 10 seconds, someone else came to the phone and rattled off something in Korean again. Fu repeated the question. Met with more giggles, another thud, another stretch of silence.
WHAT THE HELL.
We decided there was no one who could communicate with us so we cut the call. Fu had a Korean friend (incidentally, she’s living in Singapore! People are really all over the world nowadays!) and she was super nice and called the branch and made reservations on our behalf!
The Juno Hair branch we went to is Ewha 1st Branch [website].
Here are the before and after pictures!
I like the positioning of the text, because that it nicely reads “Before Juno Hair” and “After Juno Hair”! :D
Ok la, not much difference for me, since all I did was trim my hair (planning to grow it out!), but the stylist curled my hair quite nicely for me :)
Fu on the other hand, went from limp straight hair to voluminous wavy hair!!! His hair is a tad bit too short compared to the celebrities earlier on (also, he genetically just doesn’t have the hair qualities required of the thick hair look), but I absolutely love the volume and texture!
The TEXTURE! Super love! His hair is so 3D now. Previously it was just a flat plain and you could see his scalp LOL.
The overall experience at Juno Hair was pretty good!
Although we couldn’t speak a shred of Korean beyond the vocab we picked up from K-dramas – pretty useless in a hair salon, I’d say – the staff were all very patient and nice as we communicated with each other in broken English, wild hand gestures and facial expressions.
I’d say the best service I got in Seoul was from this hair salon! I guess you could almost count n.Grill too, although they’re tend more to the purely professional type. Besides, I didn’t get any feeling of personalized service from n.Grill.
Apart from that, the prices are also reasonable. They also give KILLER HEAD MASSAGES. No kidding. It’s SO bloody good! Fu even contemplated returning every other day for a hair wash just for the massage! Hair wash is just 10,000 won by the way. Yes, we asked.
- They took our bags and locked it in the lockers
- They passed us the locker keys and helped us put on our salon cloaks
- They lead us to the waiting area
- They served us our choice of drinks, along with snacks
- The stylist approached Fu and using pictures and gestures, had an in-depth discussion about the hair style he wanted, patiently listening and reiterating to make sure she understood him correctly
- Wash, haircut, perm, dry, etc
Did I mention that this salon is HUGE? I think this branch was a 4-storey building!
Reasonable! Mine was about 20,000 or 25,000 won for a wash, cut, blow. Sorry, don’t remember the exact price. But most definitely in that range.
Fu’s was 85,000 or 90,000 won for a wash, cut, perm, blow. (again, don’t remember the exact price)
Do you HAVE TO make a reservation?
I’d say nope! When we walked in to the salon, we couldn’t get the staff to understand we had a reservation and he started punching numbers on the calculator and showing it to us.
*punch punch punch*
*shows it to us*
*punch punch punch*
*shows it to us*
This action-packed-minimal-speech act was kinda cute actually haha.
He didn’t reject us when he thought we didn’t have appointments and thought we were walk-ins, so I’d say just walk into one if you can’t make a reservation! Unless they’re really packed, they probably won’t turn you away!
Looking for your own Korean hair salon experience? Give Juno Hair a try!
Disclaimer: I’m not paid or sponsored to write this! I’m just sharing my experience since online reviews is one thing I rely on a lot, and thought someone else might find this helpful :)
Edit: Adding a Google maps to aid you haircut-goers. It’s accurate! If you use street view, you’ll see Juno Hair right there. You’re welcome. :D
For other Seoul posts, check out the master post!