In just five years, Lucy Kim has watched her business grow. The self-named business, Lucy Hair, has become an established salon in Sinchon’s sassy district and continues to attract new clientele. The convenient location is a stone’s throw away from Exit 1 and appeals to the local community for myriad reasons. From the selection of rinses available to the friendly foreigner ambience, Lucy Hair can cater to any hair need.
Lucy Kim’s history with hair dates back to February 2000. After spending six years in South London to improve her styling and English language skills, Lucy worked in three salons and became familiar with South London’s New Malden area. A safe haven for Koreans visiting the motherland, Lucy decided to then branch out and couple her scissor skills with her language ability as she worked on not only her hair education but on improving her English. After a lot of hard work in both the stylistic and linguistic departments, the newly trained stylist returned to Korea in 2007 having spent valuable time in the aisles of renowned central London hair establishments Toni & Guy and Vidal Sassoon. She then continued to build her portfolio and worked for four years in different salons in Seoul before opening her own self-named salon on March 23, 2011.
On the opening of Lucy Hair, the owner remembers the day fondly, modestly admitting that it was never her intention to open her own place. But when the opportunity – and space – arose, the local hairdresser with the international knowledge decided it was a chance too good to pass on and she has never looked back.
Clients are mainly drawn from the area’s local Yonsei University student body and the international clientele that reside in and visit the capital. As a salon niche, Lucy says that the English speaking support and personal attention on offer are important in ensuring that every customer can experience that just-out-of-the-salon look every time.
The salon has a comfortable ambience and cozy second-floor space which sits opposite the mighty Hyundai building in Sinchon. The salon is strategically planned with a central row of mirrors spanning the salon with chairs lined either side to offer privacy between you and your stylist.
Over in a corner cove are two wash basins, complete with comfy reclining chairs and a choice of imported and local hair products for rinses and hair coloring. Sitting conveniently next to the sinks is an inviting mini-café which offers coffee, tea and biscuits to all clients on their visits.
To jazz up those weekend hair appointments, Lucy offers impromptu wine servings on Saturday evenings to help those getting styled into the party mood. As the salon is open until 8pm, just ask for a glass, sit back and enjoy the relaxing vibe.
Lucy Hair provides extensive services for all hair needs but favorites include blonde highlights, up-dos for those special nights out and a Brazilian blow-out (or straightening to you and me). The scissor blades have also been privy to a host of celebrities including the stars of musicals Wicked, Phantom of the Opera, and other visiting entourages. Lucy explains how clients feel comfortable with the removal of the language barrier as they can have a full consultation in confidence to find the perfect style or color for them.
Using a range of imported products including favored brands L’Oreal and Wella also boosts the salon’s popularity although some more trusted Korean brands are also being utilized upon the stylists’ recommendation. The team of five staff (three of whom are English speakers) have their work cut out most of the week and especially at weekends when the salon is brimming as clients come in for their hairstyle frills.
With all services on offer from a simple blow dry to a re-vamp cut and color, find your own inner confidence at the fingertips of Lucy Kim and her fellow hairstylists at Lucy Hair.
Address: 2f, 30-10 Chang Cheon-Dong, Seodaemun-Gu, Seoul
Time: 10am-8pm (every day but closed Tuesdays)
Transport: Sinchon Station (Line 2, Exit 1). Take the first right and walk 80 meters, and Lucy Hair is on your right.