The actual search term was originally: fm salon pitt street review
This review is going to be a little outdated, but bear with what I think.
The salon itself is quite nice and airy. I chose to go to FM because there were so many people inside. It was actually the first Korean salon I’ve ever visited, so I wasn’t too sure what I should expect.
From what I remember, there’s very limited seating inside, so if you are accompanying a friend or something, maybe FM isn’t for you, because I remember there was only a sofa or something. They take your bag and put it on a shelf behind the counter (Kim Sun Young puts your bag into a drawer under the register). Note that FM has less staff that KSY, because from memory, there were fewer chairs.
I got my hair washed, and I sat for about a minute and a young handsome hairdresser (well the only male one) just finished up cutting a lady’s hair. She was all smiles and was really pleased with her hair cut. I was extremely lucky that for the next 30-40 minutes that I got him as my hairdresser.
I suspect he was a director because he was really good. Without me even asking, he cut my fringe (and kept looking in the mirror, thinking, trimming – a bit like how you see stylists work it in Korean drama) and he got it absolutely perfect. I’m not even exaggerating.
He then curled my hair with a hairdryer and I walked out really happy and giddy.
I have what they classify as “long hair.” I usually pay $38 at Kim Sun Young for a cut, wash and dry. At FM Studio, I paid $40.
I am not lying when I say this: the one and only hair cut I got done at FM Studio was probably the only one where I went in, got my hair cut, felt happy throughout the whole time, and came out feeling like I looked like a superstar. The hair was awesome and I loved the look of it. In fact, I still feel so good about it that I am confident enough to post a picture of it I took on the same day I got it cut.
Sorry for the low resolution, I lost the original image since my old computer died on me.
*looks at the photo* I look so much younger and slimmer back then ;__; This is what architorture does to me…
ANYWAY – VERDICT ABOUT FM STUDIO:
Prices aren’t bad. Atmosphere is OK (KSY is better and larger). People are friendly.
However, the guy who cut my hair no longer works at FM Studio Pitt Street. I don’t know where he went!
If he was still working, forget about KSY. I’d go back to FM. I don’t care or know what he did to my hair, but it flattered my face shape so much that I was happy until the day it grew out and went fuzz on me.
I’ve heard some pretty bad FM Studio reviews about the female hairdressers there and apparently the one at Strathfield might be better.
If you are after a haircut and want better than average results every time, go to Kim Sun Young instead. It’s $2 (or more) cheaper, atmosphere is better, and they have a reward card system. Not to mention, all their hairdressers graduated from a hairdressing school, so they all can actually cut hair. Dyeing the hair at KSY is also a very good option because the hair stylist who does it, is really good at cutting hair. That was probably the second best hair cut I’ve ever had.
I guess it depends if you want to take a risk or not. I risked it with FM, and I was extremely lucky to get such a skilled hairdresser. However, every time I walk into KSY, I know I’m guaranteed a good hair cut, and there’s almost zero risk involved.
Have a look as you walk past and see how many people are inside and watch if the hairdressers look like they know what they’re doing. I can’t really review FM to you much, apologies for that – it’s just been too long since I did! But the experience I had was excellent. For others, maybe not so.
If you’d want more information, go to Soompi forums, and go to the Australia subforum. There are a few threads on hair cuts/ hairdressers – have a browse through (they’re only about 3 pages long) and if in doubt, make a post and someone will reply.
Happy hair time!
This edit is from March 2014. I realise that what I have written above was written several years ago. KSY is no longer as good as it was before. I don’t think they are good value for money, and the word I can use to describe them is “sloppy”. I went in a few times to get many more split ends than I originally had before walking in. I know that their price is good as it is $40ish for medium to medium long hair, which is actually really a medium price point, but I’ve learned that if I pay a bit extra ($60 in fact), I know that I get my hair shampooed twice, leave without as many split ends (none, actually), and feel good about the money I’ve spent on a hair cut.
There are many other Korean salons that have popped up, but I have not tried them. But one for sure is that I will not be recommending KSY. I only visited FM once so don’t take my experience as the only review out there to trust. This review is really outdated, but hopefully it can give you some food for thought. Ask your friends where they get their hair cut, because more often than not, you will find that your friends will know better than I would. Thanks for reading, just thought I needed to edit this since it was no longer correct.