2014 Korean Hair Adventures: Getting a Perm in Seoul! + 15% Discount

The Backstory

Ever since I can remember, I’ve wanted curly hair.  In kindergarten, there was a teacher named Miss Blanca who had beautiful, short, curly hair.  I would sit in class and spend hours twirling my hair obsessively.  I would imagine, how does her hair get like that?

In high school, I went through a phase where I had my hair streaked bright red.  My mother said I looked like a parrot.  I like to think it was a compliment.  I’ve dyed it caramel blonde (bad idea), and light brown (not so bad idea).

On a rainy day in Seoul, I set out for a haircut, and ended up leaving with a perm in Seoul!

The Place

I went to Juno Hair Salon.  I’ve been to Juno Hair Salon in Hongdae two times before, and have been successful in getting a haircut in which no one can even tell you’ve gotten a haircut (which to me means it’s a success).  Juno Hair is popular with Seoulites and foreigners alike, so I didn’t doubt that they’d do a good job.

I walked up to the floor, pressed the button to open the door, took one step, and WHAM!! nearly tripped and fell over a step.  Dammit.  When I regained my composure, some friendly associates escorted me to the cushy chairs, where I told them I wanted a haircut and also wanted to ask for the prices for a perm.

 Go You spoke some English and he was able to answer my questions about the perm.

The price would be 240,000 won ($240) and included a haircut, shampoo and treatment along with the perm.  If taken care of, the perm would last up to 6 months.  I could not wash my hair with shampoo for 48 hours.

Although I found the price to be more expensive than other places, I trusted that it would be great.  Juno Hair is a very popular hair salon and I decided if I would get a perm, I would pay more for the quality.

The specialists at Juno proceeded to offer me biscuits, pretzels, and lots of tea (Green tea or coffee? Yes please!).  When they asked if I had dinner and I replied no, they even made me some buttered toast.  (It was delicious!)

After lots of soft conditioning items in my hair and a head massage, they put some products in my hair and attached me to the futuristic memory machine, where I forget I spent a lot of money. They also give me more pretzels and coffee.  I am content.

Here are some pictures.

Juno Hair in Hongdae, Seoul, Korea.

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Before: Terrified.

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Greetings from the future.   They set my hair into this contraption and it rolled away. It was very comfortable.  I think my hair stylist said it was a setting perm.  The process took about 3 hours.

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The finished product from the back.

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I like it! All in all, I was very satisfied with my experience and how my hair turned out.  I would definitely do it again.

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A picture with me and my awesome stylist, Go Yu ^^ I would definitely recommend him.

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Updated picture a week later:

After2 LoveFromJane

UPDATE: Discount and Perm Price Info. After getting a lot of hits from this post, I contacted Go You again for more information!

 

15% Discount!

If you show the picture of his business card or make a reservation with him (ask for Go You), you can get a 15% discount.  You can also tell him you found the place from LoveFromJane.  For more pictures of his work, you can check out his personal blog /portfolio of his work at http://blog.naver.com/kohk83.

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Below is the price list he kindly sent me with the prices for perms, hair color, and haircuts (based on length)

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Did you find this post helpful?  If so, let me know in the comments below!

Name: Juno Hair Salon

Location: Hongdae, Seoul  http://goo.gl/2ssBCY

 

 

How to get there: From Hongik Station, take Exit 9 and go straight for about 5 minutes till you reach a main corner.  At the corner, turn left and go straight for about 10 minutes. It’s on your right hand side, before you reach the entrance to Hongik University.  It’s on the third floor.

Address: 서울 마포구 서교동 358-2, 흥부빌딩 3증

Seoul Mapo-gu Seogyo-dong 358-2, Heungbu Building, 3rd floor.

Phone: 02.332.0605

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13 Comments

  1. Hi ,iam lucky to see yoyr post.
    So i was searching for place to make perm.when i went to juno hair. The woman there told me that i have to make treatment before perm as my hair is very thin and it could be damaged after perm if no treatment happened.the cost would be 420!!so iam not sure of the decision . Did have both treatment and perm for that price.

    • Hi Areej, thanks for your comment! The cost seems very expensive for a treatment and perm. I paid 240 for my perm, haircut, and some sort of treatment, but I’m not entirely sure. I will get back to you!

      • Long time no see jane~~
        Thanks to the many guests came ^^
        It’s thanks to your web site~
        Just i wish i meet again, when call korea
        Always healthy and never forget!!
        -What’s app +82 10- 7114-7032

        • Hi Go! I had a great experience every time I went to Juno, thanks to you! If I come back to Korea again, I will definitely be visiting you. Thank you and hope you are doing well!

  2. Worst experience ever in Juno Hair salon!

    So we read about how good they are on internet and all the blogs that recommend them. So me and my friends went to one of there salons , the one in Myeong- dong. We went with high expectation and ofcourse ready to get a real korean hair makeover.
    The place was nice, seems professional and great service. So we meet up with one of the head stylist Name KO EUN. Seem really nice and ask us what we wanted. My friend wanted a short hair cut with perm so it would look like all the korean Kpop male singer. Me I wanted cut my hair little bit shorter like chest length and perm that are big wawes/curls. So she asked us if we wanted the perm with extra treatment for the hair wich would cost some extra so we did.
    For my firend who had a male cut and perm it costed 240 000 won
    And for me chest lenght cut and perm with big waves 360 000 won

    It was really pricy I thought but then again you will have the most beautiful hair like all the korean actress/singers so we thuoght it would be worth it and also because this place is so famous and had such good reviews! But oh so wrong we had!!!

    The stylist( same Ko Eun ) cut both me and my firends hait, then she starts helping my friend with the perm, and for me she let one of the traine(!) works with the perm, I didn’t realize it first because I thuoght she would do the perm and the traine was only there to help her, but then she did came to me for about 5 minutes and then leave the rest to the trainee again. And when it all was done 2 traniees blow dry my hair and wel itt looks nice I guess, not really super nice like I hoped but ok. I had better with so much less the price.
    But still I was ok with it and my firends hair was really nice and she was really happy with her hair,
    We paid the money total 600 000 won( = 530 usd maybe)

    So this was on saturday and they told us not to wash the hair until the day after.
    So on monday I was my hair and blow dry it and BAM! It was Straight!! Like my natural hair which is always straight like that. No curls or any Waves at all!
    I new that something was not right, I had done perms before couple of times both with big waves and smal curls and never has it disappear like this just after 1 shower? Just like when using a regular curlmashine and when u whashed it it will disapear.
    I was really disapointed and wanted to go to them right away but couldn’t becoz I was going to have a surgery on that day and after the surgery I had to rest couple of days.
    And about my friend it was the same the waves was gone after one shower and she couldn’t go to them right away neither coz she had surgery too. So on friday we went to the salon again and meet the stylist Ko EUn .
    This is when the service went from 5star to zero!
    She regonize us and I told her about the problem. And this is what her excuse was my hair was yo dry and I shouldn’t blow dry it becoz the curls will be straighten out she told me to let it airdry!? I told her i don’t have time for that, Im a busy woman who wants to do the perm so I will have nice hair after the shower, do a little blow dry and then go to work. i dont have time to do any styling or put any wax on to make the curls be curl? I mean i had have perms before and ofcourse it will look nicer if you put some effort and time to it when blow dry your hair but if you only blow dry it it will still be curly not straight! She had tons of excuses and told me its not god if i would do the perm again and when i wanted my money for the perm back she suddenly couldn’t understand me and then have her phone to me so I could speak to one of her own costumer who could speak a little bit english. The costumer of course said same thing as the stylist and also told me that te stylist would do the perm for me again for free but. I have to pay the extra treatment so i wouldn’t damaged my hair! I refused and also when I told about my friends hair ( she was there to but was to tired after the surgery to argue) and she just had bad excuse that my friends hair was to thin?? Like first she had excuse for my hair was damaged and now my friends hair is to thin? And the she just didnt mention anthing more about my friends hair. And didn’t talk to me and just went to work with her costumer. and I even let then was my hair and they said it is waves anf curls when the hair is wet! But not when its het dry! The saw it with their own eyes yet they refused to pay us back! Or even wanted us yo pay extra if we wanted a treatment! It feels like the thuoght we where tourist and wanted to ripped us of and let the trainee do the job and then charged us overprice!

    So now Im really mad and don’t know what I should. Do , coz if. I do the free perm but no treatment then my hair will be so dry and if I don’t i feeel like im being ripped off!!

    I m really mad and just want to let you guys know before you chose a saloon like this!!

  3. Hi Jane, I plan on going to Korea in 2 weeks and I was just wondering if it would be valid to still use the discount

  4. Just got my hair cut with Go… BEST HAIRCUT EVER and he styled it so amazingly! I wished I lived in Seoul to always get cuts from him. He also honoured the 15% discount! I wasn’t expecting that. I did mention that I found him through your blog though.

    Thanks for hte info!

  5. Cheers for the map and directions.

    Went there as a walk in today just for a simple mens cut and blow (30k senior stylist) . With it still being seollal holiday for some I was happy to go find it open. I had senior stylist Han Ga In and as I have SKT (T membership) so I still got the 15% .
    They were all very friendly and I do enjoy a mini head wash massage.

  6. Hi I want to know if it is alright for a foreigner to communicate with the stylist? Will they be able to understand and communicate? By the way ur hair is so pretty 🙂

    • Hi Sabrina, Go You can speak some English and some others at the salon can as well. If not, they usually get someone to help translate. I had some pictures with me and we were also able to understand each other using Google translate. If you want to ask anything really specific, I would suggest asking a Korean friend to help you write something down. Thank you and best of luck!

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