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Hair days and holidays … here’s where to go to get the ‘do’ in Bali.


SPOILED is a one-man show brought to us by another Dutchman, Max Vanderhoek who stepped on the scene as one of the original wave of accomplished foreign hair stylists on Bali when he opened Spoiled quite some years ago.

The chic, glass-fronted and sun-drenched salon (with handy parking out front) is conveniently located in Umalas between Seminyak and Canggu, and it attracts loyal clientele who flock here from all over the island. Many of them display a devotion to Max – “I may cheat on my husband, but not my hairdresser” – that perhaps husbands should be worried about, and within the intimate surrounds, these repeat customers end up old friends, gossiping over freshly-brewed lattes.


Award-winning Max opened his own salon in Holland at the age of 18, and has been a successful hair stylist for three decades. The key to his popularity is personalized service, as well as his specialities in blonde highlights and colour, Keratin treatments, and special event styling. They also have a fantastic nail bar. Each client is also privy to individual consultations with Max, who insists on meeting all new clients.

Max doesn’t beat around the bush – giving the best advice over excellent coffee, drawing on years of experience and knowing what havoc this climate can wreak on hair. For him, the best part of his labours is seeing clients with low self-esteem emerge utterly confident with their new look. He also loves chatting with clients about broader topics including new restaurants and happenings around town, and he offers great introductions between clients for all sorts of things.

Should Max be out of the salon, his staff are highly trained and just as knowledgeable. In fact, he has had the same team for a long time, which is testament to their talents and his dedication as a manager and owner.

Tuesday to Saturday, 9am to 6pm.

Spoiled, Jalan Umalas 2 #90, Kerobokan.

Tel: 0361 847 5141



WORLD-class hair stylists have even infiltrated Petitenget’s paddy fields, namely Dutchman Rob Peetoom, creator director of Intercoiffure Mondial and named one of the world’s top ten hairdressers by hairstyling vade mecum, Estetica magazine.

This hair, make-up and beauty guru has also received a knighthood from the Dutch royal family for outstanding contributions to the hairdressing industry in developing young talents through the academy and preparing them to build the industry itself (go figure).


Owning a total of 14 salons in the Netherlands, including make-up and beauty departments, Rob opened his first international hair spa here in Bali on Jalan Petitenget, and now has another glitzy salon across from Kuta Beach in the Beachwalk Shopping Centre.

The Petitenget location heralded a new generation of hair salons with its contemporary Zen-like Asian white pavilions edged by calming water pools. In fact, you could well be mistaken for thinking you’ve stumbled into a five-star resort. And at there new Beachwalk location, you can gaze out at the world-famous Kuta beach while having your hair treated.

Rob emphasises strong hair and beauty doctrines, passed on to his Dutch creative director and highly-trained stylists – graduates of his own on-site academy.

“True beauty lies from within and a good stylist knows how to bring the best out in everyone,” Rob says.


“Observing your client and creating a fashionable, attractive hairstyle by taking into consideration their hair type, personality and charisma is what it’s all about.’’

He feels it’s not just about haircuts (Rp 150K to Rp 800K), but keeping the hair beautiful and well-maintained – the salon uses purified water for final rinses and superior Redken products.

Treat yourself to one of several intense hair treatments with sophisticated hair steamer (30 to 60 minutes from Rp 450k); get massaged with hot stones and recline on leather loungers in the open-air section at the rear facing rice fields (bliss). Or go for a make-up consultation (from eyebrow shaping to complete make-overs) with the resident make-up artist inside the glam, glass-encased salon.

“Make the most of yourself; not just the hair cuts, make yourself beautiful!” is Rob’s mantra.

Sunday to Thursday 10am to 7pm, Friday to Saturday 10am to 8pm

Rob Peetoom Hair Spa,

Jalan Petitenget 16, Petitenget.

Also: Beachwalk Shopping Centre, 3rd Level

Tel: 0361 738 363



Toni & Guy Essensuals, has recently made the move to the slick Seminyak Village mall and their new space is just as chic and popular as their last spot, essensually for its cool hair, cool people and cool ambience – a perfect fit within this kicking collection of boutiques, a serene spa and the fierce Tiger Palm restaurant from the Sarong Group.

The new tricked out Toni & Guy Essensuals Bali space resembles a New York-style exhibition space with its industrial-chic polished concrete, slate, glass and steel. Shots of colour come in via the huge vases of exotic flowers, the top-end products lining the glass shelves, and of course, the eclectic mix of clients.


The Essensuals concept – a younger funkier version of sister brand, Toni & Guy – takes into consideration the tropical climate with Kérastase products for smoothing out frizz and L’oreal Professional colours that can hold their own against sun and sea.

Toni & Guy Essensuals Bali is owned and operated by David Mercer and Steve Gibbs, who have owned salons across Asia. The Cool Britannia flair they bring to Bali has the clients coming back time and again. The talented team members here are experts in cutting (Rp 565k) and colouring hair (Rp 1,125k).


Influenced by the catwalks, Toni & Guy are fashion interpreters, synonymous with the latest sassy, geometric cuts. It’s also about listening to clients’ needs, personal consultations, and taking on board Bali with an emphasis on realistic, manageable cuts and colour suited to tropical conditions.

“Haircuts for punks, princesses, pirates and rock stars” reads the blurb. In reality for locals, expats, creative people and international celebrities – but then, “every client is a celebrity”, David says.

Daily, 10am to 10pm

Seminyak Village, Level 1 Unit F-20, Jalan Kayu Jati

Tel: 0361 723 031



LOCATED opposite W Retreat on Jalan Petitenget, this little bijou is renowned for its full services beauty salon offering the latest in therapeutic and relaxing spa treatments for men and women. Considered one of the hippest beauty parlours in town, AMO was established by former New York model Navia Nguyen.


Expats and local celebs flock to this buzzy little space – a hive of beautifying activity at weekends. The hair menu covers basics from colouring (from Rp 350k) and cut & blow (Rp 300k), to hair extensions using Showpony products from Australia made with 100 per cent human hair and applied using the latest tape technology, which protects your natural hair. For those with a fear of commitment, they also have the clip-on variety.

Other treatments include flat ironing (with no wash Rp 100k); Loreal Creambaths (Rp 200k – 300k with blow wave added); and Potion hair rinses that remove the build up of hair products and impurities, and can help repair chlorine damaged hair.

AMO’s hair team are also dab hands at up-dos, French braiding, and bridal hair and make-up. Bring your wedding party in for a hair and make-up trial to get a taste of what to expect on your big day.


Body and face is also covered – everything from IPL skin therapies to enzyme peels to men’s waxing. Microdermabrasion and Oxygen facials (Rp 350k for 30 minutes) are especially popular, as is the ‘Make me Beautiful’ facial (Rp 600k for one hour), which is a combination of both treatments If you really want to glam it up, go for the ‘Ultimate facial’ (Rp 800k for 90 minutes) and indulge in Microdermabrasion and Oxygen facials, a Collagen eye mask, 30-minute facial reflexology and your choice of an Enzyme or Collagen face mask.

But even while tending your tresses, AMO is adept at simultaneously working on other beauty needs, courtesy of a posse of therapists. Beauty treatments include manis and pedis and shoulder rubs in those classic black leather armchairs with a personal foot sink. Just the job for time-challenged lovelies.

If you have any hands left, grab a freshly-mixed concoction from the funky Juice Bar or some health salads, sandwiches or health bars from the cafe.

And for those on Jalan Raya Seminyak. AMO’s second location is a prime spot to get prettified in a rooftop locale replete with lush plants where you can bliss out to treatments like their signature 60-minute Indulgent Body Scrub (Rp 450k) that includes a sea salt or coconut scrub, and a signature body mask such as sea mud or volcanic clay.

Daily 9am to 10pm (last booking at 9pm).

AMO Beauty and Spa, Jalan Petitenget, 100x.

Also: Jl Seminyak (Jl Basangkasa 9)

Tel: 0361 473 7943



SET in the swanky TS Suites Hotel on Jalan Nakula in the heart of Seminyak, this European-style salon offers up finesses of French glamour and style.

Techniques, products (L’Oreal) and the owner-stylist, Christophe Courtois, are in fact all from France. Previously with his own salon in Saint Tropez, L’Oreal trainer and Vogue coiffure, Christophe established his eponymous salon here three years ago on Jalan Kunti, and recently moved the salon to their stylish new digs.

And as you’d expect from a Frenchman, grooming and styling is superior. The salon offers a complete beauty service, but hair dominates, with highlights (from Rp 400k) being Christophe’s piece de resistance.

There is also a master colourist from Jakarta (colour from Rp 500k), and hairstylist hotshot from Toni & Guy, Paris. The team can create anything from classic to outrageous hair, and provide services like a Keratin Brazilian Blow-Out (from Rp 2 million) and Wedding Styling (from Rp 850k).

For stressed tresses indulge in a Kerastase Ritual, a one-hour hair treatment combined with reflexology and hand massage, while flat-out on cushy leather recliners.

Other fab products include Magic White for teeth whitening, Goldeneye for cosmetic tattooing, and Make Up Forever and Urban Decay for professional shots and events.

And if you want to stay young but abhor needles and knives, Christophe has just introduced Debussy Thermodermie – a non-invasive advanced technology regime from Europe featuring infrared and ultrasound and naturally helping slow down the ageing process, improving skin firmness and tightening and reducing visible lines.

Take the one-and-a-half-hour Debussy Facial Aging Prevention (Rp 790k) for a visibly instant lift. But for total, durable, skin rejuvenation and firmness, the Debussy Vitality and Rejuvenation, for three to five sessions (from Rp 2 million) is simply a must.

“Our objective is to give you lovely nails, make-up and hair, then you leave looking beautiful and gorgeous,” Christophe says.


Daily 9am to 8pm.

Jalan Nakula No. 18, TS Suites Hotel

Tel: 0812 3656 5944



It’s all about the aesthetics at Manik, an Australian-owned and managed hair and beauty salon on buzzing Jalan Raya Seminyak. In fact, everything about the spot is easy on the eyes, from the smooth wooden floors to the supple leather chairs, the oh-so-stylish stylists and the beautified clients walking out the door.

Manik is a family business run by Marie, Claire and Patrick, and along with their internationally trained staff, they have years of experience in the hair and beauty game.


Together they offer ultra-personalised service, where each appointment starts with a one-on-one consultation with a stylist to assess your needs so they can suggest cuts, colours, and beauty treatments that take into account your unique face shape, skin tone and lifestyle.

Services include dry cuts and high fusion cuts, unique colour combinations using Goldwell, AlfaParf and Wella products, hair extensions and keratin smoothing. No matter what hair type you have, the skilled master hair stylists and colourists here can create a look that will leave you looking and feeling like a rock star.

Beauticians are also on board for manis and pedis, waxing, lash and brow tinting, and eyelash extensions. And if you want to spruce up your skin, try one of their Deep Cleansing facials to remove dirt and blockages, or a Radio Frequency facial as a non-invasive alternative to an instant face lift.

Manik is also one of the few places on the island that offers professional cosmetic tattooing by a highly trained Australian technician. Using a broad range of colours, she can fill in or shade eyebrows, enhance the upper and lower eyelids with permanent eyeliner, or outline and fill in lips to create a plumping effect. Consultations are free with no obligation.

16C Jalan Raya Seminyak

Tel: +62 851 0082 1611


*Prices may vary