THE K-BEAUTY PRO: LOIS PARK

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Much has been said about the flaw­less, dewy com­plex­ion that Korean girls seem to be born with, but equally in­flu­en­tial are their pretty hal­lyu waves that seem to look per­ma­nently, per­fectly coiffed. To help clients achieve those cov­eted bouncy curls, Park uses a com­bi­na­tion of personalised Korean-style cuts, colour­ing tech­niques and perms, as well as the LKJ Cin­derella Ker­atin Treat­ment.

“LKJ” is short for Leekaja, the ninemonth-old Man­darin Gallery (#03-13) sa­lon where Park is di­rec­tor. The ser­vice, de­vel­oped by in-house ex­perts, uses or­ganic in­gre­di­ents like aloe vera, vi­ta­mins and col­la­gen to re­store lus­tre to over-treated locks.

“Korean women like to look trendy yet el­e­gant,” says Park, who’s been in the busi­ness for over 25 years. “At the same time, Korean styles – which give vol­ume to the crown and look nat­u­rally wavy – are easy to main­tain, which is what Sin­ga­pore­ans like as well.”

The 3,000 sq ft sa­lon is one of the new­est ad­di­tions to the in­ter­na­tional, Seoul-based sa­lon chain, which also has branches in the US, China and Aus­tralia. Here, cus­tomers are treated to cosy Korean hos­pi­tal­ity: fresh cof­fee or cold­pressed juice, free mo­bile charg­ing ports, and com­fort­able slip­pers that they can change into.

There’s also a menu of Korean-style beauty ser­vices, in­clud­ing nail art us­ing prod­ucts by eco-friendly Korean brand Bandi, as well as eye­lash ex­ten­sions us­ing lashes im­ported from Park’s home­land, and eye­brow em­broi­dery. One visit and your full K-pop makeover will be com­plete.

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