Of Hair and Beauty Salons in Jakarta: Anna Wijaya

So the weekend went by and Adeline came and left. It’s always nice having familiarity around. No need for introductions or small talk; we can simply start from where we left off and delve into deep girly talk.

Adeline wanted to do a few things in Jakarta, one of which was hair treatment/ hair spa. I usually do my hair treatment at Anna Wijaya Salon in Grand Indonesia. (Due to the not-so-ideal air in Jakarta, I find hair treatments quite a regular necessity here). However, due to time constraints, we decided to check out the Anna Wijaya Salon in Ambassador Mall which is nearer to where I live.

Exterior-wise, the salon at Ambassador Mall looked slightly oldish compared to the one at Grand Indonesia. Another difference is that hair treatments are done in a private room at the Grand Indonesia outlet (more exclusivity for a maximum pax of 4). BUT…there was quite a big difference in prices. Same treatment options. Same products used. Same procedures. Yet the price difference was about Rp 100, 000 (!!). I am totally going to the one at Ambassador Mall from now on. 

The hair treatments at Anna Wijaya make use of Kérastase products which are pretty good. After each treatment, I can feel an overall difference in my hair – smoother, silkier, and more healthy-looking. Back in my home country, hair treatment using Kérastase products would cost double to even triple the price. *perks of living in Jakarta*

I opted for the “fibre reconstructing hair treatment” targeted at dry, damaged hair which has been treated before (i.e., rebonded, coloured, permed, etc) whereas Adeline opted for “colour hair treatment” meant to bring out the colour in her hair and make it more reflective. I used to choose the “nourishing hair treatment” not knowing that it was actually meant for dry, damaged and UNTREATED hair. Sigh I blame it on my lousy command of Bahasa Indo back then.

The entire hair treatment process took about 1.5 hours and started off with a hair wash. After the hair wash, the treatment was applied to my hair. While waiting for the products to set in, I got a head, neck and shoulder massage (very shiokkk). Adeline was very pleased with her massage, saying she felt very “de-knotted” haha.

 Most hair salons in Jakarta also offer other (legit) services. For example, eyebrow trimming, manicure/ pedicure, foot reflexology, etc. Why not, right? Since our hands and legs are free. I decided to get a pedicure done while Adeline chose a relaxing foot reflexology.

After steaming my hair, I got it washed again. At this point, you can either choose blow dry to IBU-STYLE (at an additional cost) or normal dry. Of course, we chose the former option. We were in Jakarta, after all. 🙂

Here are some end-product pictures:

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After-treatment hair (prior to this, I had loads of flyaway hair).

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My newly-painted nails.

My pedicure turned out so-so only but I’m not blaming them, After all, they’re a nail hair salon. Just in case anyone is interested in the breakdown costs, I’m posting the bill here for your reference.

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Bill payment for my visit to Anna Wijaya salon.

Anna Wijaya Salon aside, I’m sure there are many other hair salons that offer the same services with different price ranges. I’ll be checking out another salon next time round!

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