I usually get my hair done in Korean hair salons, after having experienced a few sloppy services in higher priced
Toni and Guy places.
My favourite one, which I still recommend to everyone to this day is Fiore Hair and Nail salon in Chatswood. Even though I don’t have a regular hairdresser there, the service is impeccable every time and I don’t have one negative thing to say about them. Most of the time I rock up without booking and I get served within 10 minutes or so, even though there are constantly so many people getting their hair done there. The end result is always ME=Happy with the service, my hair shiny and perfectly styled and the colour – exactly what I asked for! Not to mention WALLET = satisfied! Could you ask for better ?
My recent move to the city doesn’t help the situation with my love affair with Fiore. Chatswood can be a pain since you have to travel over the bridge (in my experience, something is always happening on the bridge when I am trying to cross it and it can take up to an hour to get to where I am going). Also, parking in Chatswood is not fun… Less shopping north shore mums!
So I stepped out on a search for a Korean hair salon in the Sydney CBD. If I was to forego the guaranteed great services of Fiore in hope of finding something similar, my best guess was to at least stick to Korean hair places. (Most of the time they know what they’re doing!)
Btw, did you know that the area around Liverpool st and Pitt st has an official “Korea Town” sign now? Once I saw it last Thursday, that’s exactly where I needed to be to find my next hair stylist guru.
The first place I stopped over at was Calla on Liverpool st. They have a decent sized studio and seemed busy, no one was waiting in the queue though. I was told to come back in half an hour. (Half an hour, and waste half of late night shopping? no thanks!)
Almost next door, I walked into FM Hair on Pitt st - they seemed even busier than Calla and I thought I’d have to wait at least an hour. The studio also looked a bit smaller to me, but I was told to wait only 15 minutes. Scoping out that most of the people in the chairs getting their haircuts were men, I figured, it will actually be much quicker than that. And right I was…It was a 5 min waiting period before I got my hair shampooed, massaged and dried. How relaxing that was after an up and down week at work and other things happening in life at the moment.
Next I asked for my hair to be styled in curls. The girl who washed my hair helped a bit with the hairdryer but then the real professional took over. One second he was drying my hair, next minute he was rummaging through a pile of magazines. Then he pulled out a Grazia mag amongst all the Korean magazines I could’t read and passed it to me to keep me occupied. (What a sweet gesture!)
My guy couldn’t speak much English but he asked all the right questions with the limited language he knew and it wasn’t a barrier at all! He also knew exactly what he was doing and spent around 40 minutes styling my hair perfectly. I was certain it would cost me around $60. (Most places do a rush job and charge from $45-$50). The time and effort would sure cost more! I didn’t care at that point. It’s so rare to get decent service in Sydney these days without paying thousands of dollars! I was relaxed and that’s all that mattered…
Once my hair was styled – can I say – stunning job! I paid $30 for the whole thing – yes $30!
Couldn’t be happier, and will definitely go back. Thanks FM Hair! You did a fantastic job!
After this styling session, I felt like a new woman and decided to go shopping since I still had a lot of time to do so!
Here are some photos of my finished hairstyle:
The highlights in my hair are from a previous visit to Fiore (see how good they still look!). Last time I went there was about 3-4 months ago, maybe more. More importantly here, the shine is perfect!
The styled curls
Here is a review of FM hair from MIKETSU blog as well.
I’m interested to try FM Hair salon’s colour services in the near future, will let you know how I go!
Map of the FM hair salon location: