A Korean who has settled in Malaysia, Min Byung Kwon (or just Min) is the founder of Min International Hair Studio by Shunji Matsuo, which is one of the most prestigious salons in Malaysia today. We managed to speak to him some time ago, and naturally, he had a lot to share in terms of hair care.
Initially, Min left Korea for Singapore, where he joined Shunji Matsuo Hair Studio for a couple of years. During this time, he would often come down to the Malaysian branch to cater to more customers. He noticed that Malaysian women disliked S-Curls and C-Curls, because they thought that it was a look for older women. However, after much exposure to trendy Korean and Japanese cultures, S-Curls and C-Curls are the in thing right now. Apart from that, many Malaysian women are now dyeing their hair. Famous colours include Ash Metal Green and Copper Violet. The slight problem with this, is that their hair needs to be bleached at least two times. And this brings us to hair care. To ensure that your hair remains healthy, you’ll have to take care of it before you bleach it. Using natural products, like those from Aveda, is a great way to do so. Aveda products are 98% natural, and does less damage to your hair and body. In case you’re wondering, Aveda is a high-end product that’s carried only by a handful of high-end salons in Malaysia. The company behind Aveda actually looks into the background of a salon before allowing their products to be sold by these salons. Apart from coming in for a trim every month or so, Min also said that it’s highly important to read up on home care methods, i.e., how to apply protective lotion to your hair before using a roller/iron.
MIN & SHUNJI MATSUO HAIR STUDIO
No.4, Jalan 24/70A, Desa Sri Hartamas
Kuala Lumpur 50480
+603 2300 3361 | +603 2300 3362
Tue-Sat: 10:00 am – 7:30 pm
Sun: 10:00 am – 6:30 pm
A Korean native, Min Byung Kwon, who is fondly known as Min, started his career at one of the top salons in Seoul; Kim Sun Yung Hair Studio, at an eager age of 18. This top salon with an impressive 60 years of heritage in the styling industry proved to be a great stepping stone for the young Min. Having more than 16 years of international styling experience, Min decided now to explore the industry further by a joint venture partnership with Shunji
Matsuo to open an international hair salon bringing cutting edge trends from Japan and Korea to Malaysia. Their first salon – aptly named Min & Shunji Matsuo Hair Studio will be making its first cut in Bangsar Telawi 2 in June 2009. With fully imported equipment from Japan, Min & Shunji Matsuo Hair Studio is offering hair styling and hair care technology which are not made available yet in this country.