This month, we’re celebrating the successes of savvy expatriates and Singaporeans, as well as the setbacks they overcame, to make life better in Singapore in our Expatpreneur Awards 2017.
In the late ‘90s, Singaporean Dominic Seow owned seven businesses, ranging from a hair salon to a wine bar.
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“I eventually sold them all to concentrate on hair and beauty,” he says. Now, at the helm of Visage The Salon for nearly 30 years, Dominic has built a reputation – and a loyal clientele – for being an expert at styling Caucasian hair.
“It is very different than Asian hair,” explains Dominic, who trained at Vidal Sassoon in London. “I understand how the humidity in Singapore makes Caucasian hair different. The colours and highlights on Caucasian hair are different as well. One needs to know how to deal with it.”
One of his biggest challenges: finding experienced staff. “My staff has to go through intensive training!”
That said, Dominic upholds quality service standards in his salon, and strives to bring an authentic feel of Asia to his Caucasian clients. The salon is filled with natural woods and earthly shades of rust and terracota to recreate an ethnic and rustic Balinese ambience; to match, the air is lightly scented with aromatic oils, while Balinese therapeutic music washes over you.
Check out the salon’s range of services and products here.
By Sara Lyle Bow, The Finder (Issue 280), March 2017
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