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Saturday, 05 March 2005

Hair Port '86 Hair Saloon Review

One thing that constantly amuses me with Kuching is that businesses here can come up with rather funny names for themselves. Examples include Nemo Bistro in Jalan Ban Hock, or Titanic Lounge in BDC, complete with Finding Nemo and Titanic themes respectively. There's nothing wrong with that, but somehow I'd find it funny if someone were to ask me "Hey! Wanna go Nemo Bistro drink beer?"
Hair Port '86 - Silly Name, Serious Hair.

Hair Port '86 - Silly Name, Serious Hair.

There's a hair saloon in Jalan Ong Kee Hui (near Soon Onn Furniture) called Hair Port '86. The first time I saw that name, I thought "What a stupid name. Hair Port... sounds like AIRPORT! What lah! The hair dryer like aeroplane so noisy one is it?"

It did pique my curiousity though. Perhaps Hair Port was meant to be like a central point for all things hair! That's why its named like that.

Anyway, I'm about to start work again next Monday and I hadn't visit my hairdresser since before CNY, so I figured its probably time for a hair cut. As I'm always up for trying something new, I popped in the saloon earlier today for a hair cut and wash.
The interior of Hair Port '86

The interior of Hair Port '86, stylish and contemporary


I am rather impressed by the interior of the hair saloon. The variety of bright colours marry well with each other, and the design of the furniture are all stylish and contemporary. The soothing music playing in the background makes it all the more inviting. This contrasts other hair saloons I've been to that's usually filled with patches of hair on the untidy floor, and the stench of hair care products permeating through the air.

I was greeted by Ling, who quoted me RM30 for a men's hair cut and wash. That's rather expensive by Kuching's standards, but considering a similar 15-minute service in Perth would cost AUD23, I thought the price is rather acceptable.
Comfy Chairs of Hair Port '86

One of the nice comfy arm chairs in the hair saloon

I was seated on one of their comfy chairs in front of the mirror. Ling placed a stack of Cleo magazines in front of me, which I never touched. Here's a shot of me before my hair cut.
Kenny - Before Hair Cut

Kenny - Before Hair Cut

To my horror, Ling proceeded to pour shampoo and water onto my head while I was still sitting on the chair! Holy Cow! Wouldn't that drench my top? I would have though that they would wash my hair in one of those basin instead. But apparently, that's the SOP for hair wash here. Talk about a culture shock.
In Seat Hair Wash!

In Seat Hair Wash!

Somehow Ling managed to defy gravity and removed all the foam from my hair before it reached my tee. I was also treated to a good 20 to 25 minutes of head and neck massage, which was so good it made my neck numb. I was then led to the basin for a rinse of my hair. Ling wrapped a towel around my head, which made me look like Osama bin Laden.
Kenny bin Laden

Kenny bin Laden

This is what I look like after the towel dry. I reminded myself of a young Aaron Kwok. Teehee.
Kenny Kwok

Kenny Kwok

The actual hair cut was done by the taukeh-nio (proprietor) herself, Lina Chung.
Hair Wash by Ling, Hair Cut by Lina

My hair is done by the taukeh-nio herself.

Lina is friendly and chatty. I learnt that Hair Port was established in 1986 (hence the '86 suffix in the name) and used to be located in Kuching Plaza until December last year. As patrons to Kuching Plaza dwindled, Hair Port relocated to this new area. Lina's father is the owner of Soon Onn Furniture, and the interior of the saloon was designed by her nephew Ronald Chung - coincidentally also a graduate of Curtin University.

Here's Lina's name card.
Hair Port '86 Name Card

Hair Port '86 Name Card

After Lina skillfully snipped and buzzed my hair, I was once again led to the basin to rinse off the residual hair. After a blowdry and some minor touch up, Ling returned to apply liquid hair wax on my head.

And this is what I ended up like.
Kenny - After

Kenny - After Hair Cut

So what do you reckon? Good? Bad?

Or had I just wasted RM30 looking exactly the same as I did before?

39 Comments

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I like it before. I think the poofiness of the after -haircut makes you look like abit so-hai. :D Makes you make more mature looking also.

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Look very canggih la the shop, and did they mention anything when you take those photos in the shop?

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LOL, looks the same :D

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lol i think that was the first time hairport having customer who took pic every 3 minutes.. you put damn lotsa pressure on ppl :P

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Hsin - Haha! I had a hair cut and I ended up looking worse then I did before?

mrkiasu - They thought I'm some reporter. Maybe that's why the massage I received was extra long.

Izuan - ... Thanks for nothing. *geram*

MunKit - I know. Make them kintio only. The taukeh-nio even dropped the scissors when cutting my hair.

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Wow, they made you look like you have more hair now :) It was flatter last time, but that's probably thanks to the blowdryer. Very biasa hairstyle I guess. . . Looks like my dad's hairstyle :P

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Eh? I thought I went to cut hair, not plant hair?

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SEXY!!! hahaha it looks good Kenny, and although the change between before and after seems somewhat limited, it's nice to stick to a style that works! See, I made that mistake on Saturday and went to a different hairdresser other than my usual, and OH MY GOODNESS! I told her I just wanted a trim and treatment, but she cut it so I look like a man! T^T haha oh well, guess I'll have to stick to it now eh? On the otherhand, I reckon yours is hot. I wish I was a guy, then I will get the same haircut as yours and actually have a legit reason to look manly haha

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..Er...Arent washes Always done in the seat?! ^_-"
=P

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Pretty good! Your hair, I mean. The girl also! Hehe!

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I think outside of Asia, washes are done over a sink. It's the same over here in the US also. They always ask, "Water too hot? Too cold?"

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I love the design of the shop. Do you think they have a franchise here in KL?

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Bek - Yes, Nigel... I mean, Bek, BEK! Thanks for being the first to say something nice about the hair though. Haha! And hey, don't fret over your new haircut. Some people are bless with a face than go with any sort of hairstyle and you're one of them.

Allyssa - Dunno lah. I'm used to having them wash my hair in the basin in Perth. Washing your hair in your seat is like brushing your teeh in the car. You can do it, but its kinda inappropriate.

ks - haha! Its a hair saloon, not a massage parlour!

meigie - I thought KL have much better saloons over there boasting RM90 per haircut or something? Nah, Hair Port is a small business so I doubt they'll be expanding to competitive KL anytime soon.

Hsin - The hairdressers in Perth would ask me, "Am I too hard? Should I go harder?" which makes me think dirty thoughts.

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it looks puffier lah kenny, hm. mebbe needs a bit of goo in it?

rm30's a bit steep though. even chaboh hair cut plus wash and wadever is around tht price only. of course this is not inclusive of those super popular ala sheldon saloons.

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Hehe. another setback of being a man - high chance of having the same look before and after a RM30 haircut, apart from unable to own 50 pairs of shoes (uncomfortable or otherwise) and wear a skirt ;)

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Wow...I didn't know that you live in Malysia.
I was impressed by your review of Vibe condom
and I introduced this site to my friends.
Hope you make more review about interesting stuff
such like condoms. :)

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err, shouldn't it be Hair Salon?
anyway, i'm reading all your archived posts..so this comment comes too late.. >_err, shouldn't it be Hair Salon?
anyway, i'm reading all your archived posts..so this comment comes too late.. >_err, shouldn't it be Hair Salon?
anyway, i'm reading all your archived posts..so this comment comes too late.. >_err, shouldn't it be Hair Salon?
anyway, i'm reading all your archived posts..so this comment comes too late.. >_err, shouldn't it be Hair Salon?
anyway, i'm reading all your archived posts..so this comment comes too late.. >_err, shouldn't it be Hair Salon?
anyway, i'm reading all your archived posts..so this comment comes too late.. >_err, shouldn't it be Hair Salon?
anyway, i'm reading all your archived posts..so this comment comes too late.. >_err, shouldn't it be Hair Salon?
anyway, i'm reading all your archived posts..so this comment comes too late.. >_ still, i love coming to ur blog cos ur so funny..=)

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ditto mei, im reading achived posts so this is wayyyyy late..(sumhow dat sounds a bit wrong..)

anywayz, this post was REALLY surprising.

I've been going to hair port ever since i was twelve. And yea the place is nice.

Its not stuffy, the interior is modern--look at the walls--- its flly airconditioned...uhrm...its not stuffy!!!!!
=P
the washing has ways been done on the chair...thier kinda skilled at it oredi...my shirt neva got wet b4...plus...the cold water oways feels so nice...

and btw, Lina oways handles d cutting and trimming and layering and everythin else dat wud involve scissors.

but if u were to dye, r curl, r straighten o anythin lidet, one of d guys o gurls wud do it 4 ya.

=P

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2- Material J-2 420 -c ( 0 42 Carbon )
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4- Edge Degree - 45 degree
5- Hollow Ground
6- Butter Cut
7- Serration Pitch 0. 25
8- Easy adjustable Set Screw
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We hope that we will be appreciated by you.

Your`s Sincerely,

mr tayyab

Talc Industries

P/o Gohad Pur, Bonkan. Sialkot.
Pakistan.

Cell; 0092 300 610 64 63
Ph; 0092 52 426 04 42
Fax; 0092 52 427 36 11
E_mail; talc@skc.comsats.net.pk

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wah kao . . .

go mamak man !

cheaper for a student hair cut ! ! !

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i think the best thing was da wash, lolzzz

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wow what a wonderful hair cut done to u congrats

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nice int.. very good

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looks so nerdy than before.

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Honestly, not much difference. Have you tried Ah Kwang of RIGI, somewhere at Penrissen Rd? Better than McPhee & Alan (I know cos I sudah cuba)

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CEO & Executive Sales

I PET GROOMER INDUSTRY
P.O Box.516 Adalat Grah Ugoki Road Sialkot Pakistan
Tel:+92-52-3562963, Fax: +92-52-3562963,
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Hahaha, I was wondering where it was and finally it turns out to be in Malaysia.
The interior of the "Port" looks nice.
Hahaha

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;))

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I really like your take on the issue. I now have a clear idea on what this matter is all about..

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