The Art of Hair Washing in Hanoi

Most of us associate hair washing with being something that simply has to be done instead of something to experience and even look forward to! – however, once you have experienced a hair wash in Hanoi you will never look back and hair washing will never be the same again!  

Welcome to the world of hair washing in Hanoi, where relaxation and rejuvenation are seamlessly combined! 

The Setting: Full Size Beds and Tranquil Atmosphere

One of the distinctive features of getting your hair washed in Hanoi is the use of full-sized beds. Forget the traditional salon chair – here, you lie down in a horizontal position, creating a serene and comfortable environment. 

This innovative approach not only eases tension in your body but also enhances the overall experience making it more akin to a massage than a trip to the hairdressers! 

Full-sized beds for hair washing offer an amazing experience!

Full-sized beds for hair washing offer an amazing experience!

The Ritual: A Head and Neck Massage Extravaganza

Not only do you experience the relaxing experience of lying down to have your hair washed, but after the initial application of shampoo you will find that a head and neck massage is part of the hair washing process! 

Similar to a full-on head massage that you would find in spas, the hairstylists incorporate traditional Vietnamese massage techniques, using a combination of acupressure and massage to ensure that your whole head is rejuvenated. 

Varieties of Treatments: From Classic to Keratin

Hanoi offers a huge array of hair treatments catering to diverse needs. Prices vary a lot depending on the hairdressers you visit. The most economical are the local shops, although there will typically not be any English spoken so it can be hard to explain what you want. Hairdressers in the old quarter are typically reasonably priced, with the hairdressers in the more expat-oriented area of Tay Ho having higher prices – although all of these prices are very competitive compared to Western prices. 

The most popular options include:

Classic Hair Wash: Although it may sound like a hair wash, it is a full experience complete with a head massage. Don’t forget to allow enough time as a hair wash can take about thirty minutes. Prices start from approximately 100,000 VND.

Herbal Treatments: With Chinese medicine being a very popular aspect in Vietnam, there is a large range of herbs that are used with hair treatments. There is often a list of the different types of herbs that you can choose from according to your need e.g. more gloss/stretching/thickening etc.  Prices start from about 200,000 VND 

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Keratin Treatments: These are extremely popular and as with the herbs, there are a wide variety of different types. These are typically used for those who are looking for smooth, frizz-free hair and can give even the most dry hair a sheen! Prices vary but generally start from 750,000 VND.

Keratin will take damaged hair and enable it to be healthy and smooth

Keratin will take damaged hair and enable it to be healthy and smooth 

Hot Oil Treatments:  Hot oil is usually used for those with dry and damaged hair and restores the hair by giving it moisture. Prices start at around 200,000 VND 

Scalp Treatments: For those who have scalp issues, there are a range of scalp treatments for a variety of problems – from issues such as dandruff to less specific issues such as dryness. Prices typically range from 120,000.

All types of scalp problems can be addressed at the hair salons in Hanoi

All types of scalp problems can be addressed at the hair salons in Hanoi 

Popular Places to Indulge:

Ube Hair and Spa International Hanoi Tay Ho – this is a salon based in the expat area of Tay Ho. There is a Japanese hairdresser there and most of the staff have a good level of English. As it is geared towards expats there is an understanding of different types of hair, although prices are more expensive than those found in comparable salons elsewhere in Hanoi. 

Hair Salon Van Nguyen – this salon is located in the Old Quarter. From the outside it is very unassuming however the hairdressers are fantastic and although there is only limited English spoken there is a good understanding of expat hair – including curly hair. 

Miu Miu Salon –  unlike Van Nguyen which has a basic set-up,  Miu Miu Salon is all about glitz and glamour and is trendy. They have a very good range of hair treatments and are the go to place if your hair is damaged. 

Overall, getting your hair washed in Hanoi isn’t just a beauty regimen; it’s an experience! – strange as it may seem, it is a moment of self-care where the city’s hustle and bustle fade away, and you emerge refreshed and ready to take on the world.

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Stephanie C. Mills is an innovative writer with a keen eye for detail. Having studied languages – through a degree in English as well as a year's focus on English as an additional language as part of an educational Master’s degree, she has an in-depth understanding of the need for flow. Her writings cover a wide range of perspectives from Christian writing to academic focus. Her speciality is academic writing and she has worked as both a textbook writer as well as an examination writer. In addition to writing, she has worked with proofreading the work of others, ensuring that the grammar is correct and that the language flows naturally.

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Stephanie C. Mills is an innovative writer with a keen eye for detail. Having studied languages – through a degree in English as well as a year's focus on English as an additional language as part of an educational Master’s degree, she has an in-depth understanding of the need for flow. Her writings cover a wide range of perspectives from Christian writing to academic focus. Her speciality is academic writing and she has worked as both a textbook writer as well as an examination writer. In addition to writing, she has worked with proofreading the work of others, ensuring that the grammar is correct and that the language flows naturally.