Top Hong Kong Salons For Hair Treatments—Plus The Best Hair Masks of 2020
With a new year comes new hair treatments. Whether you want to smoothen your frizzy hair, undo the damage from heat styling and colouring, or simply looking to maintain a healthier scalp, these top salons can help with effective hair repair treatments. Of course, it’s just as important to prolong the benefits of the treatment with at-home hair care, so we’ve asked hair professionals for their advice on the best hair masks that give you shinier, stronger hair with long-lasting effects.
The Mandarin Salon
Treatment: Philip Kingsley hair and scalp treatment
Hair stylist: Andrea Clark
The experience: Before the treatment begins, the hair stylist examines the hair and scalp condition to decide which Philip Kingsley Elastisizer and scalp mask should be applied. There are two types of scalp masks available: the Stimulating Scalp Mask containing antioxidant rich vitamin E, cooling menthol and camphor, and energising caffeine which helps to revitalise a normal scalp; and the Exfoliating Weekly Scalp Mask which helps to clear scalp flaking and remove excess sebum with antioxidants and balancing zinc.
With the scalp mask and the Elastisizer working away, you are placed under the steamer for 20 minutes to help the products penetrate. This is followed by the salon’s signature head massage which helps you relax and keep your scalp clean and invigorated.
The final step involves a hair cleanse using a shampoo and conditioner that suit your hair type, finished with a refreshing scalp toner to hydrate and soothe the scalp.
Verdict: This treatment is perfect for every scalp type, but it’s especially helpful for those who experience scalp inflammation or irritation.
Price: From HK$940
The Mandarin Salon, Mandarin Oriental, Hong Kong, 5 Connaught Road Central, Central, Hong Kong, +852 2825 4800
Hair mask: The Elasticizer by Philip Kingsley
Created for Audrey Hepburn by world-renowned Trichologist Philip Kingsley, the The Elasticizer remains the hair care brand’s best-selling hair treatment today. Packed with effective ingredients such as castor oil and hydrolysed elastin, this hair mask works best as an overnight conditioner to treat dry, brittle or damaged hair—especially from bleaching and colouring—and as an intensive anti-frizz treatment.
Treatment: Shiseido hair revitalisation programme
Hair stylist: Edith Lau
The experience: A five-step hair reconstruction therapy using Shiseido’s Hair Care Salon Solutions—a professional in-salon product line developed to remove calcium ion buildup caused by shampoos and detox the hair.
The treatment begins with a surface peeling using Shiseido Hair Care Salon Solutions Off-Clear to remove impurities attached to the hair’s surface. This is followed by the elimination of calcium ions inside the hair—which makes it coarse and rough over time—with a deep purifying procedure that includes a 10-minute hair steam.
The hair is then rinsed with a head massage, finished off with a triple-layer micro-coating to help protect the hair and sustain the effects of the treatment.
Verdict: A top-quality hair treatment that promises visible, long-lasting results. Your hair will look silky smooth and radiant in just 30 minutes, allowing you to go straight to your next appointment with a refreshed look.
Price: From HK$1,800
BruneBlonde, Mezz Floor, Grand Hyatt Hong Kong, 1 Harbour Road, Wan Chai, Hong Kong, +852 2511 3988
Hair mask: Coco Blush
Ideal for post- sun, sea or chlorine exposure, this nourishing hair mask contains shea butter and coconut oil to rejuvenate coloured and chemically treated hair. Simply slather it on from roots to ends after shampooing and leave in for 15 to 30 minutes or overnight, and rinse it off the next morning for a more visible result.
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Treatment: bhave smoothe keratin therapy
Hair stylist: Kirsty Ward Robinson
The experience: Specialises in natural products and operates in an eco-friendly practice, you know you’re in good hands at Love Hair. The keratin therapy, unlike a straightening treatment, is designed to give your hair a natural look with enhanced movement and manageability.
The treatment begins with bhave’s Preparator, which is a shampoo designed to remove any build-up and excess product in the hair. This step is crucial as it gently opens the hair cuticles to prepare the hair for the smoothe PLUS keratin therapy.
Next, the hairstylist applies smoothe PLUS to your hair, leaving it on for 30 to 60 minutes, depending on how frizzy your hair is and how smooth you want it to be. Do keep in mind that the effects of the treatment can last for up to five months.
Unlike keratin treatments that involve chemical straightening products to which keratin has been added, bhave smoothe keratin therapy uses gently extracted, fully bioactive keratin protein that is naturally derived and gently extracted from the wool of New Zealand sheep, which gives the hair a natural shine and a frizz-free finish.
The final step is to strip off excess smoothe PLUS from your hair using bowls of water, which leaves the remaining products in your hair. The hairstylist then blow dries and straightens your hair with a flat iron to close the hair cuticles.
Verdict: Whether you lust after less frizz, more manageable hair or a straightened hair look, this versatile and customisable smoothing therapy is suitable for all hair types.
Price: HK$2400 to HK$2600
Love Hair, 1F, 99F Wellington Street, Central, Hong Kong Island, +852 2458 0190, lovehairhk.com
Hair mask: bhave leave-in crème
Infused with nutritive-rich ingredients such as bioactive keratin and macadamia oil, this hair mask helps to prolong the life of your keratin treatment, rebuild internal structure of damaged hair to give it elasticity and shine. Apply on damp hair before blow-drying for extra conditioning.
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