September 22, 2014

My New Korean Haircut and Colour from CHOAYO Salon, Indonesia

YEP! Got myself a new haircut (and colour!) after neglecting it for 8 months! You can see how messy and out-of-style my hair was before:
You probably never noticed it before, because I was so good at covering it with my loose curls (click to learn how to do it!) >:) 

However, due to the excessive curling (and constant colouring), my hair suffered some pretty serious damage as you can see in the 'before' pic above! And that led me to reduce the curling process, but the dilemma was... my straight, unstyled hair looked hideous. That was why I decided to get a new haircut!

Because with a good haircut, you don't need that much styling anymore. :)

What I aim for:
Not a big change, just a healthy looking hair with volume in it.
(When it comes to hairstyle, I'm usually quite conservative hehe..)

Now, allow me to share with you guys my personal experience at this NEW Korean hair boutique located in Alam Sutera, Tangerang:
 My first impression as I stepped in the salon was, "WOW nice decor!" I felt happy instantly with all the bright colours and proper lighting. (︶ω︶)
 The friendly cashier greeted me and asked what I wanted to get. I told her I wanted a haircut and hair colouring.
 After that, she asked me to wait for my turn. I took the time to browse through the magazines for some hairstyle ideas. :D

And finally, after about 10 minutes, it was MY TURN!

The Hair Makeover Process

 Step 1: Hair Washing.
What I love the most about getting my hair washed at the salon is none other than the MASSAGE! Oh the massage... (─‿─)
 Step 2: Consulting with the Hair Stylist about what hairstyle to get.
At this step, it would be easier if you bring a magazine or some photographs to give your hair stylist some ideas about what you want. You can also ask their opinions on which style suits your face shape best.

NoteDon't be afraid to emphasise what you want. I know some hair stylists can be intimidating but you have to remember that it's YOUR hair! YOU are the one who have to live with it. If your hair stylist doesn't make you feel comfortable, just change to another stylist!

Here in Choayo Salon, I find the hair stylist to be very kind, polite, yet insightful which made me feel relaxed from the start :)
 Step 3: Chop Chop!
I don't know about you, but during this step, I always prefer to read a book or magazine, or play with my phone, or sleep, rather than having small talks with the hair stylist (HS) haha.. I'm just so bad at it. Luckily, the HS in Choayo only talked to me if he had some questions about my hair. ^^
 Almost there...
 The HS giving his last touch.
 The cutting process... DONE! Already looked much better than the 'before' pic, I guess? :)

 Step 4: Hair Vitamin
Before the colouring process began, they sprayed this hair vitamin onto my hair to nourish it :)
 Step 7: Cooking the Colours.
At first I wanted to dye my hair using chemical hair dyes, but the HS suggested me to do Hair Manicure instead! He told me my hair condition was already so damaged, therefore he was afraid chemical hair dyes would make it even worse. ((((*。_。)_
Actually it was the first time I heard about hair manicure haha, thank you for the suggestion!!
 If you're also new to hair manicure, you might want to know some things about it:
• It's known to add natural shine to damaged hair
• The treatment is similar to deep conditioning procedures
• You can choose between a coloured hair manicure cream and a clear cream that only meant to add shine but no colour. 
• It will not show any drastic changes in the colour itself (the choice of colours is not that many either).
• Typically, women who do the hair manicure seek the treatment for the healthy shine it gives them, not for the colour.
• Lasts about 2-3 months. After that the colour will fade away to your previous hair colour.
(Credits: x)
Step 8: Applying the cream. 
The process is similar to a traditional hair colouring process, but it doesn't sting your scalp at all! Love it!
 Step 9: Wrap it up!
I think the whole process of hair manicure took around 45 minutes.
 Step 10: Styling
For this step, I just told the HS to do as he liked. :)

Final Look

 TADAAAHHH!! Looks so much more fresh and healthy, don't you think? ^^
I really love how the HS styled my hair as it didn't look overdone.
Anyway, it's been so long since the last time I had dark hair colour! And I've got to say, I LOVE IT!
Here's the front, side and back view!
Just like I wanteda healthy voluminous hair! “ヽ(´▽`)ノ”

The Place

I think it would be a sin if I didn't talk about the interior design of this salon, because it's just so unique and chic! I love that they play with colours (which creates a happy atmosphere), while keeping it simple and "clean" looking. You can surely feel the Korean vibe here haha..
 Love the oval mirrors on the first floor! 
 The second floor is more spacious. 
 Finally, I can't help but taking outfit photos here!! Isn't it great that after you get your hair done, you can take nice photos right away? ;)
 Glad that my outfit matched the decor hehe..
 Every corner is a photo opportunity! xD
 Checking my hair out for the last time. I just love it so much!

The Price

They have 3 awesome stylists who are ready to work their magic on your hair!
One is from Korea, Mr. Oh Ming Suk,
and the other two are from Indonesia, but they are just as skilled because they have been trained directly by Mr. Oh himself :)

Here's the price list:
• Haircut: IDR 200,000 (Indonesian stylist) | IDR 410,000 (Korean stylist)
• Fringe Trim (Poni): IDR 100,000
• Bun (Sanggul) Styling: IDR 150,000
• Hair Wash and Blow Dry: IDR 50,000 - 80,000
• Curling: IDR 750,000 - 1,550,000
• Coloring: IDR 550,000 - 950,000
• Bonding or Smoothing: IDR 950,000 - 1,350,000
• Hair Manicure: IDR 750,000 - 1,000,000
• Volume Magic: IDR 1,050,000 - 1,550,000

Thank you sooo much, Choayo Salon for reviving my hair and boosting my confidence! And also for your excellent service! I felt very welcomed by the friendly staff. Definitely going to recommend you to all my family and friends :)

Jl. Ruko Jalur Sutera 31-A no. 8,
Alam Sutera, Tangerang
(021) 5396367

p.s. You can get 15% DISCOUNT off your bill simply by following their Instagram account, snap a photo in the salon and upload it to your own Instagram account! Don't forget to tag them too! :)

All right guys, thank you for reading and see you in my next post!

Elissa Yamada


  1. bakal kangen banget sama rambut panjangnya ci elle :" tapi model yg skarang juga bagussss :3

    1. haha rambut bisa tumbuh lagiii, yang penting sehat :D

    2. Pengakuan tulus dari saya sendiri IBU ENDANG WULANDARI .saya mau mengucapkan terima kasih yang tidak terhingga,serta dan rasa kagum yang setinggi-tingginya kepada KI KANJENG DEMANG,saya kerja sebagai PEMBATU HONGKONG selama 9 tahun di HONGKONG ,dengan gaji lebih kurang 2.jta 5000.ribu /bln,tidak cukup untuk memenuhi kebutuhan sehari-hari,apalagi setiap bulan harus mengirim uang dikeluarga di jawa barat, sudah lama saya mengetahui roomnya ini, juga sudah lama mendengar nama besar AKI, tapi saya termasuk orang yang tidak terlalu percaya dengan hal seperti itu, jadi saya pikir ini pasti kerjaan orang iseng tetapi kemarin waktu pengeluaran, saya coba2 pasang angka 6D benar2 tidak percaya dan hampir pingsang,angka yang di berikan KI KANJENG DEMANG ternyata fositip tembus, awalnya saya coba2 menelpon, saya bilang saya terlantar di HONGKONG, tidak ada ongkos pulang,terus beliau mebantu kasih angka 6D, lansung saya disuruh mendaptar jadi member mulanya saya tidak percaya, mungkin angka ini keluar, tapi dengan penuh pengharapan saya pasangin kali 100 lembar, sisa gaji bulan ternyata tembus….!!!sekali lagi terima kasih banyak KI KANJENG DEMANG, saya sudah kapok kerja jadi pembantu,rencana minggu depan mau pulang aja ke jawa barat,,buat AKI,saya tidak akan lupa bantuan dan budi baik AKI. yng berminak ingin minta angka goib silakan hubungi KI KANJENG DEMANG Di Nomr ini 081-234-666-039 terima kasih....????>>>ATAU KLIK DISINI

  2. pake rambut apa aja tetep cakep kok :D

  3. Hi L.
    Always enjoy reading ur blog. Writing comment is not my thingy. Prefer reading. This is 1st time putting a comment. I guess this is one of ur recommeded saloon. Any negative reviews like to share? You mentioned all good reviews above and definitely u like the saloon but ur eyes said otherwise.
    Just curious. Cheers. RT

    1. Hi Ront, I genuinely like the salon! I guess my eyes were just tired from work or exposure to computer screen. @___@

  4. Your hair looks pretty whether it's long or not ^^ your new look is very pretty! :D
    That hair stylist is Korean, right? This seems like a nice salon. I should go there in the future probably~

  5. so pretty ci. rambutnya keliatan lebih sehat <3

  6. Hair maincure tu kaya gimana ya ci? Apa kaya perawatan rambut gitu ? Makasih :)

    1. Hair Manicure:
      • It's known to add natural shine to damaged hair
      • The treatment is similar to deep conditioning procedures
      • You can choose between a coloured hair manicure cream and a clear cream that only meant to add shine but no colour.
      • It will not show any drastic changes in the colour itself (the choice of colours is not that many either).
      • Typically, women who do the hair manicure seek the treatment for the healthy shine it gives them, not for the colour.
      • Lasts about 2-3 months. After that the colour will fade away to your previous hair colour.

  7. cantiiiiiik banget kak :)))))))
    Cocok banget penampilan barunya, dan recommended place to go deh :)
    Semoga di bandung juga ada hairstyle Korea yg kece gitu :D Nice review kak

    Karina Melias in

  8. Aaa~ the decor looks adorable and lovely <33

    cheer, michelle

  9. kk ell curling disana maksudnya perming bkn?

    1. Curling ada berbagai macam tipe, kamu coba tanya2 langsung aja ya: (021) 5396367 :)

  10. Very nice!
    I always want to give some color on my hair to make my face less pale..
    but i always have a doubt on my mind,

    can i take a good care of my hair after the coloring process?

    Will i look good after i give some color on my hair?

    And plenty uncertain thoughts on my mind...
    But you give me some courage to try something new on my hair..
    thanks for the inspiration elle!

  11. Tambah cantik aja sih Elle dgn model rambut barunya. :D

  12. Wahh, aku suka rambut bagian bawah yang bergelombang itu.
    Itu istilanya apa ya


  13. your new hair look so shiny and healty
    definitely worth it right?


  14. Your hair look amazing, I was also captivated by the decor.

  15. Cee kalo yang cece curl itu termasuk styling (150.000) atau permanent curl (750.000-1.550.000) ? Thank youu ce :)

  16. WOW, I'm starry-eyed! You look absolutely gorgeous! (The lighting on your before picture is so pretty too!)

    I'm glad you were able to find a salon with nice stylists. My hair is very damaged from going platinum blonde, and some stylists can be very mean because of how damaged it is! Anyway, I hope you come to NYC and have your hair done so I know where to go! (๑>ᴗ<๑)

  17. OMG!!

    everything's great here

  18. Great choice of color and great style!

  19. Cute hair! I love the color :)

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  21. i love your hair color so muuuuuch, sis ;) btw, hair manicure was so famous lately. and i think i should try it too :D

  22. I just moved to Jakarta, Indonesia and was looking for a nice salon.
    Will def check this out as I lived in Korea for 4 years and enjoyed the salon there the most :)
    Nice hair color Elle :)

  23. nice :) buat perawatan rambut bisa masuk sini perawatan

  24. so beautiful style.. i am impressed with this stylish haircut man.. this girl looking so cute and attractive with new style.i like it!! this hair color is unique and very gorgeous hair style..

  25. Hi elle, just wondering what was the name of the hair colour?
    Thanks x


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  28. May i know what your hair looks like after blow effect dissapeare? 'cause everytime i cut my hair in some salon on BSD always looks nice in the salon, but after i wash my hair on the next day it ends with not so good hair style hiks...Thanks for your suggestion and information before, Cheers.

  29. Wow, I thought you were Malaysian Chinese lol. You're gorgeous.

    But to be honest, your nose is really fake. Can't tell if you ever undergone plastic surgery for your whole face or nose only.

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