Chez Vous Hideaway Hair Salon Singapore review: Everything to know about hair toner
Hair all about it
Try as I might, there were certain things I let slip to the wayside during quarantine. They include a healthy diet; my Goodreads reading challenge; and, sadly, any form of colour upkeep with regard to my bleached tresses. Hair masks and oils were in rigorous rotation as I embarked on my #hairhealthjourney — colour-maintaining offerings, on the other hand, were not. Consider it a serious oversight, or perhaps a sign of crippling laziness with each passing year. Either way, there was no denying the extent of my mistake by the time phase 2 lifted. I was granted respite from my self-isolation, given freedom to wander beyond the confines of my abode... except with, uh, awful, yellow, banana peel-resembling hair, of course. Great.
Tempting as it was to keep berating myself for a lack of foresight, I decided to cut the crap, roll up my sleeves, and do something about it. That is, call in the professionals to save my dire 'do. And that was when Chez Vous: Hideaway Hair Salon stepped in to rise to the challenge.
It's likely you have heard of Chez Vous: Hideaway, or at least spied their highly Instagrammable interiors on your feed. Think dark wood floors, a floor-to-ceiling floral moniker, and a secret entrance reminiscent of speakeasies in the roaring '20s. Just as jaw-dropping? Its diverse range of services as well as strong commitment to upholding premium standards and services. Stylists only accept up to five appointments per day; hard-selling and hidden costs are deemed impermissible; with complimentary retouch services offered to customers who have undergone haircut and chemical services in the last 10 days. Power to the people, alright.
To my stylist's credit, Oscar did not visibly flinch upon spying my abysmal head of hair. Instead, he suggested a toning and treatment combination. Hair toners, in a nutshell, are topcoats for your locks. Comprising certain pigments, they can be applied atop your mop to help emphasise or conceal certain tones. They are said to last up to three to four weeks all while granting shine and strength to brittle strands. If you're looking to add dimension, warmth, or even coolness to your current hair hue without incurring a fresh dye job, toners are where it's at.
Surprisingly enough, it was a pretty fuss-free procedure. I was ushered to wash my hair out within twenty minutes; a thoroughly relaxing procedure intensified by a head massage and a customised scalp treatment. The same amount of TLC was then extended to my mane, with Oscar suggesting I try out the Tokio Inkarami Hair Treatment. Lauded as the world's first professional treatment that actually replenishes keratin, it promises healthy, nourished hair that would bring me closer to my pipe dream that is a digital perm. *Cue Lizzie McGuire's rendition of This Is What Dreams Are Made Of *.
As I so aptly worded it on my Instagram, I was finally wielding tresses worthy of outside scrutiny — all of which only took an hour to achieve, by the way. Where have toners been my whole life? How have I only been informed of their presence now? I'd recommend going to a salon to get your hair toned should the need arise, though there are DIY options out there, too. The general consensus amongst hair buffs is it's best to add a little shampoo to the toner to emulsify it should you be attempting it on your own.
TL; DR: a low-risk, high-reward venture that I'll be relying upon should bleach and dyes continue to be a part of my future. Seeing my proclivity for mane makeovers and a staggering lack of impulse control, I'd say the moment will be here sooner than expected.