While Singapore has made great strides in our approach to uphold equality across multiple ethnic groups, it’s safe to say that more can be done to ensure that all residents’ traditions and cultures are respected across the various needs and services. This includes the development of more diverse dining establishments catered to different cuisine types (see: Halal-friendly and/or vegan); advocating for respect with regard to racial-specific practices; as well as encouraging the conception of goods and/or businesses tailored to audiences beyond the majority. In the case of the beauty sphere, this is showcased via the upcropping of hijab-friendly salons and services in recent times; a promising phenomenon that takes into account the exact restrictions Muslimahs face when it comes to engaging in beautifying rituals.
In this context, said constraints have largely to do with the shedding of one’s hijab in a public space, as well as the inclusion of lard, gelatin and some instances of glycerin in certain skincare formulas utilised in conventional facial and aesthetic treatments—all of which go against Islamic teachings. Thankfully, local companies have come up with dedicated strategies and measures to allow Muslimahs to enjoy an extensive menu of cosmetic-related services that are adhered to their religious practices. From private rooms to custom-engineered, plant-based only products, we present to you a curation of the best hijab-friendly salons and spas to visit in Singapore. Be sure to make an appointment—and watch this space for more updates.
Prolific K-Beauty hair emporium, Leekaja, is responsible for the Kantik Room; a ladies-only lounge that offers a variety of mane and makeover services. Located within Mandarin Gallery, its lush, plant-filled space is a quiet enclave that shields its customers away from the hubbub of the shopping mall, allowing for total serenity and peace of mind. Its predominantly vegan line-up acts as another plus point, where all offerings are certified halal and Cosmos Organic to boot. Prices begin at $45 for a wash and blow, with perming, rebonding and scalp-care treatments available, too. Not forgetting their premium range of facials of course, which are designed to grant brighter, more clarified complexions through the use of prestigious Korean products and techniques.
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Kantik Room is located at 333A Orchard Road,#03-15 Mandarin Gallery, Singapore 238867.
With four locations situated island-wide, Karva is an accessible and reputable pick amongst Muslimah folk; a beauty haven catered for ladies only touting Halal-friendly labels in the vein of Zahara Nail Polish and Kérastase. Their menu of services include hair, nails, scalp and facial care—though the latter is now hosted at their sister establishment named Aura Wellness. Beyond that, they also regularly conduct webinars and workshops showcasing hair styling tips and tricks hosted by their expert team, many of whom are Muslim themselves.
Karva is located at Northpoint City Mall, JCube, Bussorah Street and East Village.
Chez Vous Hair Salon
Established in 1995, Chez Vous Hair Salon has since garnered a sterling reputation thanks to their steadfast dedication in meeting customers’ needs—ranging from conceptualising and creating their own patented hair treatments to developing specific spaces and structures within the salon to ensure every individual’s comfort.
In the case of Muslimahs seeking privacy, there is the Cocoon seating area to opt for when making an appointment—a dedicated area that can be shuttered off from prying eyes by simply drawing a thick curtain. Bonus: there are no extra charges incurred from this service. What’s more, Chez Vous has a comprehensive menu that goes beyond chemical services and the usual bevy of cut, dye and smoothening treatments, including hair lamination, growth therapy and the like.
Chez Vous Hair Salon is located at 391 Orchard Room, #05-05 Ngee Ann City, Singapore 238872
Spa by Norfasarie
Founded by local Muslim celebrity, Norfasarie, Spa by Norfasarie has long become the destination of choice for Muslimahs looking to unwind and de-stress. Choose between a variety of facials employing a skincare range from Moza Aesthetics; a halal skincare label developed by the spa itself—or indulge in body contouring and hair removal treatments that boast potent and efficacious results.
Spa By Norfasarie is located at 146 Arab Street, Singapore 199830