Pramasana Scalp Treatment at Urbanhair, Tangs Orchard

A healthy and clean scalp gives you lush locks, simple as that.

The hair follicles on your scalp are most likely clogged with dead skin cells, product build-up and excess sebum (gross, indeed) if:

  • you use plenty of hairstyling products or heavy conditioners;
  • your hair is often greasy at the roots;
  • your scalp flaky;
  • and a scalp-clarifying shampoo or scalp treatment is foreign to you.

An unhealthy scalp could then lead to dandruff, thin and lifeless hair.

(This follows the same logic as to why you get clogged pores and acne when you wear plenty of makeup but do not deep-cleanse the skin.)

So consider a simple, gentle and effective scalp-balancing treatment like the Pramasana Scalp routine by Aveda at Urbanhair (from $105 for men and $170 for ladies, 60 mins).

It takes just an hour, with no gimmickry (we’ve tried enough of those with infrared lights 😑, hot air treatment caps 😧, blood tests 😱, etc. )

The routine begins with a quick shoulder and neck massage, followed by a gentle massaging of the scalp with a special brush to loosen the build-up, and improve circulation.

The Pramasana Purifying Scalp Cleanser, an exfoliating lotion is then applied on the scalp and massaged in with zig zag motions and soothing pressure-point massages.

The lotion contains seaweed extract to balance sebum levels in the skin, lactobacillus to strengthen it, tamanu oil to protect, and a babassu cleansing agent to deep-cleanse.

The cypress-neroli-grapefruit scent also relaxes the senses.

During the treatment, the solution leaves the scalp feeling minty and tingly. After 15 minutes, it is shampooed off, and your hair is conditioned based on its needs.

Next, the leave-in Pramasana Protective Scalp Concentrate is massaged into the skin to nourish, strengthen and protect the skin.

The session is completed with a blowdry.

My scalp felt completely clean afterwards.

Plus, seeing is believing. Under the camera that zoomed right to my follicles, the bottom of each hair shaft was free of any residue. And my scalp looked clear and translucent.

Call 6737 7813 to make an appointment.

His story: Roland Chow and Singapore’s early hairdressing scene

In the mid-1970s, when the teenaged Eugene Ong decided that he wanted to become a hairstylist, he looked to the prominent industry veteran Roland Chow as a role model. 

“Then, almost all hairdressers were women. And Roland was so glamorous, all my friends’ mothers were always talking about him,” recalls Ong, the director and founder of Urbanhair

“Women of a certain social standing all had their hair done by him.”

Through serendipity, Ong’s first apprenticeship was with Christine Wah, Chow’s top assistant. 

“Christine would tell me how exclusive his salon was. Roland even had a drawn curtain around each client for their privacy.”

The curtains were also there for another reason. The hair maestro did not want observers to “steal” his skills; only the privileged few could watch  him in action, recalls Ong.

Eugene Ong, who drew inspiration from Chow

Born into the upper crust of Shanghainese society in 1926, Chow fled to Singapore in 1949 to seek refuge from the communists. 
Chow first made a name for himself as a fashion designer; he was often described as the “Mr Dior of Singapore” in the 1950s.

Later, he focused his career on hairdressing and supposedly became Singapore’s first Paris-trained hairdresser. 

He literally shaped more than the coiffs of Singapore’s high society tai-tais; Chow influenced their tastes too. He  was also a prominent columnist who often shared his thoughts on the latest fashion and lifestyle trends in the local newspapers and magazines. 

On January 12, 2012, Chow passed on at the age of 86. 

His life story came full circle with Ong’s when the latter recently received a call about Chow’s rich collection of books, lookbooks, photographs and sketches. Chow’s sister had kept them in pristine condition after his death.

Going through the collection at the Hair &  Cosmetology Association Singapore (HACOS) at French Road, Ong says, “These documents are so important for posterity. In this digital age, they would add so much depth into the learning process for young local hairdressers.”

Here, a selection from Chow’s personal archive.

The hairdresser, fashion designer, writer

Chow’s personal archive of inspiration

The early work of Aveda’s founder, Horst Rechelbacher
The Orient Express from The Vidal Sassoon Library
The original Five-Point Sassoon Cut from The Vidal Sassoon Library

A Japanese hair menu

Photograph proofs of Chow’s fashion show