Keratin hair treatments are a Bangkok woman’s best friend. Also known as a Brazilian Blowout, the smoothing, de-frizzing, straightening treatment is unsurprisingly a huge crowd favourite here in Humidity City. Every sleek-maned celebrity or photogenic Insta-influencer in Bangkok is living proof that these keratin treatments are all the rage.
Not really sure what they are? The treatment is basically like coating your hair with armour against heat and humidity. Frizz is caused by heat opening up tiny holes in your hair cuticle which lets in the moisture and raises your hair. Keratin treatments work by sealing and locking down the cuticle with a layer of protein, leaving your hair absolutely sleek, smooth, and luscious for several months.
You might have heard that keratin treatments can be damaging to your hair. In reality, the process simply involves smoothing over the keratin product on thoroughly shampooed hair, blow drying it and using a flat iron to seal in the product. Keratin – a protein – is actually nourishing for your hair, and a good hairdresser will be able to adjust the heat settings and number of passes over your hair to minimise damage. Now the question is where to find these good hairdressers in Bangkok. And well of course, we’ve got them all listed right here to make your search a little more silky smooth.
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A time-old celebrity favourite, The Lounge has got hairdressers so good they’re celebrities themselves. Whether you go to the K-Village or the Emquartier branch, you’ll find yourself in the same artsy wood-panelled salon with contemporary paintings lining the walls and a quality drinks menu too. Being the go-to for Miss Universes and The Face finalists, the salon’s stellar reputation and famous clientele should be enough to assure anyone of the quality of their keratin treatments. However, they do also use the highest tier of authentic Brazilian products, which might mean they’re pricier than other places; but let’s face it, for safety and effectiveness, we’ll take that over the fake stuff any day.
Locations: 2/F, K Village, Sukhumvit Soi 26, Bangkok. Open daily 11am-8pm. Tel: 02 665 6020-1. 4/F, Emquartier, Klongton Neua Watthana, Bangkok. Open daily 10am-8pm. Tel: +66-02-003-6173.
Prices: THB 7,500-9,000
Priding themselves as being distinct from Thai salons for their more Western approach, Zenred is internationally-minded and caters to a more diverse range of hair types. All their English-fluent hairdressers are globally trained and they import their products in order to suit more Western hair needs. That also means their keratin treatment is one of the few in Thailand that uses QOD gold straight from Brazil. It’s organic and free from formaldehyde (the harsh chemical found in many keratin treatment products). Needless to say, the Brazilian Blowout is kind of a speciality at Zenred.
Location: Monopoly Park Mall, Rama III Road, Bangkok 10120. Open Tues-Sun 11am-9pm. Tel: +66-83-600-6176.
Prices: THB 4,000-8,000+
Think of it as the Clé de Peau of hair salons. This worldwide luxury hair salon from Paris is also widespread and very much loved in Bangkok. The brand is practically named after keratin, so their premium products no doubt include some of the most effective and nourishing keratin products in the market. Under various names, Club K Salons all offer the same bespoke hair treatments that include complimentary diagnosis, a customised hair ritual, and thorough recommendations for at-home care. Each of those steps are all the more crucial to consider when it comes to something as sophisticated as a Brazilian Blowout. If you can get a booking, we’d definitely recommend the flagship Club Kérastase in Sukhumvit 24. Otherwise, the B-Bob branch in Nanglinchee is less busy and has the most friendly service, while the salon in the Siamkit building has very diligent hair experts.
Locations: Sukhumvit 24, Soi 2, Bangkok, 10110. Open daily 9am-8pm. Tel: 081 857 8833. 3/F, Nanlinchee Market Place, Nanglinchee Road, Bangkok 10120. Open daily 9am-8pm. Tel: +66-02-678-7884. G/F, Siamkit Building, Rama I Road, Bangkok, 10330. Open daily 9am-8pm. Tel: 02 259 1424.
Prices: THB 7,000+
With their special Brazilian Super-Nutrient Complex and proprietary polymer system, their keratin treatment prioritises safe and nourishing conditions for your hair. While guaranteeing that you achieve that smooth and sleek look, your hair is also fed with the natural juicy proteins that we all gradually lose as we age. Contrasting to most other keratin treatments that straighten out your hair, Chi leaves you the option to keep your natural curls or waves if you wish. Six months of curls without frizz? You can count us in.
Location: 4/F, Mercury Ville, Ploenchit Road, Bangkok, 10330. Open daily 11am-8pm. Tel: +66-6-1964-6393
Prices: THB 5,000+
Another celebrity favourite with celebrity stylists, Hive is a salon in which you might find yourself seated next to the likes of Chompoo Araya or Ploy Cherman. Using native ingredients like camu camu, annatto seed, and açai berry in their Keratin products, the blowout at Hive is authentically Brazilian. The place has an air of city glamour and is serviced by some expert staff with good English skills. Hive also does spa treatments like massages and manicures, and, yes, you can get them all done at the same time.
Locations: 3/F, Central Embassy, Phloen Chit Road, Bangkok, 10330. Open daily 10am-9pm. Tel: +66-2-119-7777. 4/F, The Portico, Lang Suan, Bangkok, 10330. Open daily 11am-8pm. Tel: 02 020 0956.
Price: THB 3,500-4,500
Now here’s a real secret tip: for a truly unique experience, give the private hairdresser Ton a call. Ton Creative is his exclusive salon in Suan Luang and his treatments are always done with a real personal relationship with his customers, who are there by appointment only. As a former hair stylist at MOGA and Phoenix Salon, the small but phenomenal hairdresser has now made himself somewhat of a hidden gem. Inside his eclectically decorated salon – a mix of a Chinese antique shop and the Renaissance area of an art gallery – you’ll be treated with top-class products from Keratin Complex (all-natural keratin) and Olaplex conditioners. His trick to keeping your hair safe from heat damage is the wondrous Dyson dryer which doesn’t even use heat. The guy knows his stuff and his personal customers also happen to be loyal regulars.
Location: Suan Luang, Soi 9, Bangkok, 10250. Open by appointment only. Tel: 094 556 4333.
Price: THB 3,000-5,000.