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If you’re a hard-core fan of Super Junior or any other A-list “surfers” of the Korean Wave, you would have heard of Gunhee. He is a legit hairstylist to the stars, having styled marquee stars like 4Minute, Super Junior and JYJ, so much so that he has become something of a celebrity himself. Want proof? If you take a look at his own Instagram account (@gunheeim, where he has almost half a million followers), you’ll see loads of adoring comments left by fans of both him and his clients.  

Now here’s the good news: You don’t have to a celebrity or travel all the way to South Korea to get your hair cut and styled by Gunhee. He will be helming Bella K-Beauty House, a lavish new 2,000 square feet salon along Nassim Road. This salon scores lots of points for its plush decor – there are posh full leather seats specially imported from Korea for you to recline on, and personal monitors to keep you entertained while waiting for your snip and cut. 

Services aside, the effervescent stylist is a ball of fun – he even shares with us an embarrassing story when he was working with HyunA of 4Minute fame: “Once I had to style HyunA for a music video and I forgot to bring my hairdryer! To stall time, I had to fiddle with HyunA’s hair and pretend that it was all part of the plan while my assistant rushed over with the hairdryer.” 

One more thing about Gunhee – he is widely known as Kim Hee Chul’s (a member of Super Junior) best friend and hairstylist, so if you hang out at the salon often enough, you may catch a glimpse of Hee Chul. Gunhee tells us cheekily, “He [Hee Chul] promised me he will come and visit this new salon. I’ll call you when he comes over.” Well, we’re keeping our fingers crossed! 

Raring to give it a go? Gunhee recommends trying the Bella Volume Magic Straight Perm (from $418), as “it’s a combination of Korean Magic Perm, which reconditions hair to keep it tame, and a wavy perm. So the end result is very natural and sleek, with a curled-in finish.” The salon also offers hair treatments geared towards achieving styles that are quintessentially Korean – think thick, wavy and glossy hair ala Girl’s Generation as well as digital perms, for when you want natural and soft curls. They also have skilled nail technicians on hand if you want an intricate nail design to go with your fab new cut. 

Bella K-Beauty House is located at #01-04, 1 Nassim Road (tel: 6734-3724).


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