Ivan’s Hair Asylum, featuring special guest Sylvester Sim.

Ivan's Hair Asylum - Featuring SLY from Club SONAR.
Ivan’s Hair Asylum – Featuring SLY from Club SONAR.

I’ve had the opportunity to cover one of Singapore’s very own star Sylvester Sim, better known as “SLY”. The Entertainment Manager of SONAR by NEVERLAND, along with his artiste Zi Jie, had their recent hair works done up by Ivan Seah over at Peridot Hair Salon.

Just within a few hours and the transformation of turning both of the artiste into Japanese Rock Star renditions were completed. An added touch to this look can be felt from the style of execution which is perfected overtime through countless of Ivan’s customers and regular clients.

Club SONAR artiste Zi Jie
Club SONAR artiste Zi Jie

Words of “Awesome” and “Sweet” are some of the comments made by both artistes, leaving the salon with a grin spread right across their cheeks!

SLY from Club SONAR.
SLY from Club SONAR.

When asked as to what SLY thought about the service,

“One thing for sure he is my friend. But no matter how bad or lousy a friend is, you will still say words like ‘Thank you’ and ‘Not bad’. But too bad SLY is an honest in the face person. He has fulfilled all that I was into…from styling and colors from many places that I have been to, Ivan’s service is still the best.”

I’ve asked him to describe Ivan in one word and SLY immediately responded:

“I’ll say ‘Patient’, he always take his Job slowly and seriously.”

Featuring SLY from Club SONAR.
Featuring SLY from Club SONAR.

Who is Ivan?

He is the lead hairstylist of Peridot at Far East Plaza. With over 7 years’ worth of experience as a hair dresser and stylist, he has established himself as one of few hairstylist in Singapore that incorporates not only the mainstream Japanese hair trends but adds in flavors from the J-Rock, Visual-Kei subculture elements.

Ivan Seah
Ivan Seah

What does he do?

“Funky colored hair, crazy cuts and hairdo and Shibuya-styled cuts” are just some from the range of cuts he provides to all his customers.

Whether you are familiar or new to this trend, Ivan would guarantee you walk out of his salon with a heighten sense confidence. He’ll make sure you get what you came for plus an added touch to make you feel

Featuring SLY from Club SONAR.
Featuring SLY from Club SONAR.

What’s so unique about his services?

Japanese Visual-Kei hairstyle inspired concept incorporated into the overall style and feel of this new look. This trend has been a popular choice amongst followers of the J-Rock scene here in Singapore for more than a decade now.

Being an avid fan and musician of this rising pop culture, Ivan’s service does not have any limitations. You can expect the latest trends and style to flow right into his catalogs every month.

Featuring SLY from Club SONAR.
Featuring SLY from Club SONAR.

Over the interview, I probed Ivan with 5 Questions into understanding more about himself and what he would like you all to know about him.

1)    How it all started out for you in hair dressing?

“My interest in hair dressing developed way back in 2005 upon approached by a friend’s band for hair-styling during a Japanese Rock gig. This eventually sparked an interest within me to pursue further into developing his skills as a stylist.”

Club SONAR artiste Zi Jie.
Club SONAR artiste Zi Jie.

2)   When asked as to what inspired him to excel in this career, Ivan said:

“Well I wanted to make Visual-Kei and J-Rock cuts and style as my trademark as I wanted to be a niche kind of hair stylist and to stand out amongst the general community.”

Featuring SLY from Club SONAR.
Featuring SLY from Club SONAR.

3)    On his thoughts upon the choice of inspiration which co-relates to his standard of professionalism, Ivan has this to say:

“Visual-Kei and J-Rock is a very interesting sub-culture that stands out from the norm. My belief in this trade is to give your best in achieving the client’s requests and to make them satisfied when they walk out of the salon.”

Club SONAR artiste Zi Jie.
Club SONAR artiste Zi Jie.

4)    What happens if your clients are not happy with the result?

“Although I understand that we can’t please everyone, nonetheless people can see your effort if you put your heart into it.”

SLY & Zi Jie from Club SONAR
SLY & Zi Jie from Club SONAR.

5)    If I’d to ask you to put a statement/paragraph to describe yourself, what would it be?

“I describe myself as being very devoted to my art and as well a patient and focus stylist. Unlike most stylists who like to chat while working on their client’s hair, I am rather quite serious on getting the results more than anything else.”

Featuring SLY from Club SONAR.
Featuring SLY from Club SONAR.

Where can you find him?

As the name suggests, just click on here (Ivan’s Hair Asylum) !

Simply “like” and browse thru the crazy works of Ivan!

Also please feel free to call/SMS/What’s App him if you have any enquiries or to make an appointment at +65 9879 5953!

If you happened are shopping around Orchard road and plan to drop by personally, you can find him at Peridot salon, Far East Plaza #05-85.

Make an appointment today! +65 9879 5953!
Make an appointment today! Call: +65 9879 5953!


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