Be careful if you go to The Hair. I had a HORRIBLE experience there. I have hair that is naturally dark blonde, and had been highlighted months before I went to him. I wanted him to dye my hair red, which I've done to my hair many times before (both myself, from a box, and professionally), with excellent results. He showed me a color that I thought was too dark, but he assured me that it would be much lighter than it appeared. I ended up with black hair with red roots. I went back to him to get him to fix it, but after dyeing my hair two more times, it still looked awful and I didn't want to damage my hair any more.
My hair is now various colours. I have red roots, it is darker on one side than on the other, and you can see my natural color coming through in patches. Although he attempted to fix it, he didn't give me back any of the 90,000 won that I paid. He also "trimmed" my hair, but spent all of 5 minutes trimming my hair (there were other customers waiting) and I still have a ton of split ends that he missed (I was pretty clear about wanting the split ends gone). I should also point out that my hair is longer on one side than the other. I personally wouldn't go back there if you paid me to. I looked much better going in than I did going out.
I have found a new place to get my hair coloured lighter / blonde colours and cut pretty well and wanted to share it.
Although, as with almost every Korean hairdresser I have been to, I have had one bad experience here too.
The place is called Felia, and it is in the Seomyeon underground. If you stand facing the underground entrance to Lotte Department store, facing the big fake fountain right infront of that entranace, with your back to Krispy Creme and the other fountain, and you look right you will see the T junction at the end and Felia is at the T junction, it has a blingy chandalier hanging inside.
Ask for Jasmine: 010 9950 1289, text her first to let her know you are coming.
Warning: SHE IS EXPENSIVE !!! Ask her for a quote before hand
Don't let her push you into treatments and stuff, she is pushy and sometimes moody.
The reason I recommend her is that she is very good with blonde colouring which is something I have found extremely hard to find here.
She can charge up to 200,000 won for colour and cut.....and she can be a bitch sometimes. so be careful to take a picture of exactly what you want, ask for a quote and don't let her talk you in to expensive treatments.
I agree about being careful with The Hair, I have had similar bad experiences there too.
In the older posts there was some mention about an "Alex" in Haeundae New Town who did highlights.
If anyone has any recent information about this stylist, I would appreciate it. Looking for someone new to do my blond highlights.....
Alex works at a salon called 머리하기좋은날.
You can get there on the 1003 bus (get off at Youngnam Apart - 영남아파트). If you come from KSU direction, you'll have to walk ahead in the direction the bus is going until you reach Family Mart. (From Gijang/Songjeong, walk back the way the bus came.) Alex's shop is just above the Family Mart on the 2nd floor (in front of Jwasan Elementary- 좌산초등학교- if you're using navigation/maps)
He's not available on Wednesdays.
Just to clarify...where exactly in Busan does he work, and how would I get there coming from the subway, from Jangsan?
Thanks so much!! And thank you for posting that, awesome.
Don't go to Alex, he fried my hair badly. The Hair in Namecheon is the only place I trust and believe me, I have a blonde addiction with fine hair so I should know.
A friend of mine also used to use the place in Seomyeon underground and had good things to say about it.
I'm really interested in getting my hair cut at "THE HAIR". I've heard a lot of good reviews and a co-worker of mine went there.
Does anyone know... about how much does a cut and color cost? Do you definitely have to make an appointment or is walk-in okay?
Also. I'm guessing that the phone number listed for Young Na is still correct? (010 4859 8770 / 622 3922)
Any info would be helpful! Thank you!
I've been there a bunch of times. Walk in is ok in the mornings I think, but not on Saturday and Sunday is closed.
He usually charges anywhere from 70,000 to 90,000 for cut and color (highlights), but am not sure about all over color. Ask him the price first!
I've been happy with my hair, but if you have curly hair he'll straighten it and then cut it dry. He has never cut wet hair in my case. He doesn't know how to style/cut curly hair, so don't expect much there.
Not sure about the number......
I went to "The Hair" in Namcheon to get blonde highlights a while ago, and while they did not turn out horrible, I didn't love it..that being said, I'm still on the hunt for a stylist that can do blonde highlights well and Alex is the other name that keeps popping up. If anyone has been recently, please post your experiences and directions to his salon..Thanks!
Jasmine in Seomyeon is not good. The post before was right, she is moody and doesnt listen well despite speaking excellent English. She never cuts my hair wet and doesn't cut the ends properly or check length is even. I think she is lazy, first few times I went she did a great job but this last time was terrible. And she is always pushy about treatments and color...she inists on you geting two or three colors which takes hours and costs about 90,000 per color.
I might try this giuy in namcheondong seeing as that is where i live now!!! is he good with fine hair?
God I wish I still had a head of hair instead of this slightly fuzzy cue ball.
I would like to hear more about anyone's experience at that new hair salon, SooCasa, in Jangsan. How much do a set of foils cost there for blond highlights and how many colors/ what kind of technique do they use?
I went to Soo Casa a couple of months ago, right when she first opened. My hair was very dark and I wanted to go completely blonde with foil highlights. My hair was relatively short at the time. She charged me $100 for the highlights plus $20 for toner since my hair was turning orange from the previous color that had been on it. I actually wasn't really happy with the results (just because there was not enough blonde in it) so I called her and she fixed it for free... and it looks great! I highly recommend Soo Casa. Soo is a sweetheart, her English is great, and she really knows what she is doing. Good experience and I would certainly go back!
I just got beautiful highlights from Young Na! The salon is cool, the cafe under is chic and art-deco, and there's wifi while you get your hair done!
Cut and full blonde highlights was 100,000.
I've attached my blog post about my experience there!
I recently went to SooCasa Hair Shop in Jangsan. If you are looking for awesome highlights, I highly recommend this place. I've lived in Busan for five years, and have been getting blond highlights here in Busan. I used to get my hair done at The Hair in Namcheon. The results were just ok. I would always see little clumps of color where the dye leaked out of the foils and the color of the roots was always a little orangey. Sometimes my hair would break off where the new color was overlapped onto the old color. As well, there were always two people doing the foils (one person on the side and one at the back), which would have been fine except that the second person was often not a skilled hairdresser.
Soo at SooCasa takes her time, and does a thorough job. I was extremely happy with the color as well as the cut. She cut my hair wet, which is what I'm used to from back home. She also blow dried my hair with a round brush, so it was smooth and had lots of body. I don't know why but all the hairdressers in Korea want to dry your hair so it looks like you just came out of a wind-tunnel and then after they straighten it really straight. She also speaks English very well and used to work in Canada before she opened her Salon in Jangsan.
Hope this helps all the blonds out there looking for a great colorist this spring/summer.
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