After moving here about four years ago, I spent countless hours researching where to get blonde highlights in Hong Kong and interrogating other fair-haired friends on where they got their hair done. I quickly learned that being a blonde in Hong Kong is not an easy or cheap affair: most local hair salons are inexperienced with blonde coloring and the higher-end “western” hair salons will end up costing you a small fortune. Thankfully, I’m about to save you the trouble and expense of figuring out what hair salon to go to in Hong Kong to get your dose of blonde. I have two personal hair salon favourites that will leave you with beautiful, natural blonde highlights and that won’t burn a hole in your wallet (can I get an amen?!).
1. The Upper Room
I went to Ivy at The Upper Room for the first 2 or so years I was in Hong Kong because a) it was recommended by a colleague, b) Ivy was known to specialize in blonde coloring, and c) the price of highlights was significantly cheaper than other western salons (Toni & Guy, Private i Salon, Hollywood Hair, Jean Louis David, Sozo Hair Design, and the like; all of whom basically rob you because you’re blonde).
Ivy runs The Upper Room solo, so you know that when you make an appointment everything – color, shampoo, cut, and blow dry – will be done by her. She was trained in England and worked there for 12 years before moving back to Hong Kong to open The Upper Room. In the two years I had my hair done by Ivy, I was never once disappointed and I would highly recommend her.
Half-head of highlights – from HK$995
Add a cut to any chemical treatment – HK$350
The Upper Room
Room 2206, Workingview Commercial Building
21 Yiu Wa Street
Tel: 2810 0550
2. Tommy Hair Design
After moving from the east of Hong Kong Island to the west, I wanted a hair salon that was equally as good as The Upper Room, but just a little closer to me (I’m lazy, alright!). I had read online and heard through a friend about Tommy Hair Design – a local hair salon, save for the fact that one stylist, Edmund, is known for his expertise at blonde highlights.
Edmund was absolutely fantastic – he listened to what I wanted and added his own expertise as well, and there were a handful of other expats coming in and out, which was a testament to the quality of service. Tommy Hair Design was a bit cheaper than The Upper Room and I practically got the same results, so for the last two years I’ve been getting my hair done by Edmund and would also highly recommend him.
Half-head highlights + haircut – HK$900
Tommy Hair Design
M/F, Union Commercial Building
12-16 Lyndhurst Terrace
Tel: 9191 0682
Getting Blonde Highlights in Hong Kong: Before & After Photos
First of all, excuse the absolutely dreadful quality of the above photos – apparently taking selfies without your actual face in them was a bit more challenging than I had expected. Moving on, the first photo is about 6 months since I last got my hair highlighted, so the roots were coming in quite a bit. The second photo is after my recent visit to Tommy Hair Design where I asked Edmund to go a little lighter, but to still make it look natural so that when it grows out, my roots don’t look too horrible (I only color my hair about twice a year). After paying HK$900 for a great set of highlights (half-head) and a cut, I left Tommy Hair Design very satisfied!
Do any of you blonde babes in Hong Kong have a favourite hair salon? If so, please share the details below!