Japanese Hair Makeover | Aki Hair Studio, Mont Kiara
Hi my darling merrygoers!
For those of you who have been following my social media accounts, you would have noticed me sharing about my hair makeover experience at Aki Hair Studio recently. If you haven't please do follow me because I am really quite active on them!
Aki Hair Studio is located at Verve Shop, Mont Kiara and they have just recently relocated from the 2nd floor to the 6th floor to accommodate more space for the nail salon. Yes! There is a nail salon within the same premise and I must say the relocation is a great decision. The space makes it more exclusive plus I love the additional space outdoors for tons of photo taking and the lighting is just amazing.
So you can expect a generous amount of photos in this post because I had tons of fun taking them with my darling Tara. Truth to be told, the one who needed a major hair makeover was Tara and when I received the invite to try out the services at Aki Hair Studio, I literally jumped at the opportunity to get her in too. I super love her hair and I'll show you some photos of her hair and link her blog post later for more details.
If you know me well, I'm not really a huge daredevil in terms of hair which means yup you've got it right. I still had virgin hair which has not been dyed before. Most of the time, the only love I actually do for my hair is hair treatments and the occasional cuts especially my bangs. My fringe has been growing out and I was in dire need to trim it as well plus who can say no to more hair treatments?
After booking an appointment with Aki-san, we made our way to the hair studio on an early Saturday morning. Parking is rather scarce but if you don't mind, you can double park on front of the shops. Just take the glass lift up to Level 6 and you will see Aki Hair Studio.
Stepping into Aki Hair Studio was just so calming. I love the interior of the studio but honestly I actually love the smell of hair salons. Aki-san was a bit preoccupied with his client so we looked around the salon and snapped some photos of the place and the nail salon.
I have been in love with gel manicure since I tried them last year and I'm seriously I'm love with the nail salon here. The interior is just so insta-worthy! So white and those sample nail designs are so pretty. Seriously tempted me to book a session for some nail pampering because it was time for me to change my nail designs too.
Enough of exploring around, we were then tended by Aki-san who was seriously super friendly. He asked us what would we want to do and then assigned Masa-san and Rick to tend to our hair. Lucky Tara to get her hair done by Masa who she says is the sweetest guy ever.
Rick who was the senior stylist there was a super friendly guy and we really kept talking the whole time. After having a look at my hair, we decided to trim my hair a bit and get some hair treatment done. He did say my hair was in healthy condition although I had slightly oily scalp.
Now who doesn't love hair washes at salons? Seriously so relaxing and calming! The Mint Shampoo he used was so refreshing and left my scalp feeling super refreshed. If he wasn't talking to me the whole time, I would have fallen asleep.
Rick then proceed to trim my hair and add more layers especially at my crown since it was getting a bit too flat. If you know me well, I am super sensitive and picky about my hair stylist because I had terrible experience no thanks to my hair type and texture. I used to have hair that literally looked like onjust came out from a science lab! Gosh those memories.. Plus the only one I actually trusted for my fringe is Christine whom have been really so sweet to cut it for me each time. So yeah, I had my concerns when Rick cut my hair but somehow I forgot about it because I was busy chit chatting with him. All of the sudden he was done! So fast and he was so confident on how to cut it too.
However, Rick told me he could actually add some blue pigments to my hair making it look healthier and vibrant without the color being too bold and in your face. While I was still thinking and chatting with Tara about trying to dye it, Rick with his efficiency has prepared the blue dye which nearly made my eyes pop out. Like come on, how is that color not going to turn NY hair blue?
He then started combing the dye into my head and boy oh boy was my heart pumping! On the other hand, Tara was super ecstatic that she talked me into it plus I kinda gave Rick the honor of being the first person to dye my hair.
Tara was done before me and I super duper loved her hair! Somehow Masa-san did some magic and turned her hair into these amazing gradient hair which had so many colors. Surprisingly he just used one color to dye her whole hair but somehow, the end result was blue and green and gray tint plus sometimes when the light catches it, there was purple. I loved it!
Then it was time for my turn to wash the dye off and after washing it off, Rick did a hair treatment for me from Lebel. Aki Hair Studio is actually the brand ambassador for Level, a Japanese brand which has some great hair products. I loved the scent from the 3 step treatment and how soft my hair was after using it.
Dyeing your hair can actually damage your hair, making it dry like hay so hair treatment is essential to keep your hair healthy. Thanks to Lebel hair treatment, my hair still felt healthy and soft. Now time for my end result after the blowing and styling from Rick who just enhanced my natural curls. I was surprised that the blue was not apparent! Tata couldn't see the blue at all but she said that there is something different about my hair. It has a kind of glow to it because my black hair was more of a dull black color but now it has more of a shine to it.
Here are some awesome shots by Tara that we took right outside the hair studio. I really liked how natural my hair still looked and the additional layers that Rick did was amazing! I loved how he cut my bangs too because it looked great. Yay! I found another person I trust with my hair.
However, as much as I love my hair color I kinda wished it was a brighter blue especially after getting the same question from tons of people asking me where is my blue hair! So what do you think? Should I really go all the way and get it more blue? What I liked was I did not need to bleach my hair and Rick mentioned that after one month if I go back and dye another layer of blue, it would get more and more apparent after each time plus even when the color fades, my hair would still look good because the base color is black!
Thank you Rick and Aki-san for the hair pampering session and for those of you who would love to get your hair done, visit them!
Aki Hair Studio
Verveshop mont Kiara,
No 8, Jalan Kiara 5,
Mont Kiara Kl
Til next time,