I’ve been very curious about Korean beauty products for a while now; and I have been itching to try out a Korean beauty salon in Perth.
So I did a bit of asking around and some of my friends recommended me to try 4NE1 Korean Beauty and Nail (pronounced For-Any-One) in Rivervale.
They do semi-permanent makeup for eyebrows, semi-permanent top and bottom eyeliner, even semi-permanent lip liners, eyelash extensions, body slimming, facials, LED Dynamic therapies, micro-hydrabrasion and more.
My friends had semi-permanent eyebrows and eyeliner done and have been really happy with the results.
Finally convinced to try it out, I gave them a call and popped into the shop.
The shop was simple, clean, new and spacious. The lovely staff, dressed in all-black uniforms, greeted me at the door and showed me around.
They all looked so young! Yet they were all cute and coy about it, claiming to be my age and possibly older?? Omg I need to get some Korean beauty products pronto!
They do a full set of Gel Nails for $55 and Signature Nail System (SNS) for $40. SNS uses a dipping powder, it doesn’t use UV light (like gel nails) or harsh chemicals (like acrylics). Deluxe manicures and pedicures start from $40 – $50.
Everything seemed very reasonably priced.
The salon’s business owner, Sophie, told me all her staff worked as professional beauticians, massage therapists, nail and hair stylists back in Korea, with considerable years of experience. As they immigrated to Australia, they set up home salons, offering their clients great service without the high prices. These ladies became so popular and sought after, that they teamed up with Sophie to set up 4NE1, to translate the same low prices to clients, but with a more professional outfit.
Sophie often goes back to Korea to bring in the latest beauty machines and equipment for their therapies.
There is a large back area with a waiting room, 2 private therapy rooms, change room and dressing room, and toilets.
Anyway, THIS was what I wanted – mink eyelash extensions! (I took a snap of a poster on their wall.)
Their Natural Eyelash Extensions are $90, Glamourous Volume Eyelashes are $110, and Eyelash refills are from $45.
I decided to try the Glamourous Volume Eyelashes.
BEFORE: These are my eyelashes before the extensions.
The whole process took about 1.5 hours and didn’t hurt at all.
I just lay on the chair, half meditating/relaxing and half trying to guess what she was doing.
AFTER: These are my glamourous eyelash extensions!
The difference was amazing. They looked and felt very natural.
This was the first time I’ve had eyelash extensions. They felt completely normal, they didn’t itch, or irritate me.
I was very happy with them!
I think from afar, they didn’t look THAT dramatic, which was a good thing. But close up, they looked full, lush, natural and they definitely made my eyes look brighter.
I was quite conscious of them for the first few days. I wanted them to last so I was trying to take care of them – being careful when washing my face, exfoliating, drying with a towel, and when pulling clothes over my head.
I did a bit of research on “How to look after your eyelash extensions”, so that helped.
What I liked best: Every day I woke, went through my usual skin care regime, put on my foundation, blush and brows. That’s it. My eyes looked naturally pretty, so I didn’t feel the need to use mascara or eyeliner. It was great!
In total they lasted 3.5 weeks. I probably should have gone in after 2 weeks to get refills, but I went camping instead!
Conclusion: Yes, I recommend going to 4NE1. It’s a nice and simple salon, with very lovely, attentive staff, who are very professional and experienced.
I’ve been to salons where the ladies are dressed in home clothes, they are too casual, they talk loudly, gossiping and laughing in a different language. They seem unhappy and bitchy… and I just feel that’s a very unprofessional vibe to bring into a salon. Oh and sometimes I feel like they are talking about me while I’m in the room?! I don’t like that kind of salon experience at all.
It would suit people who already know what they want and like (nails, facials, semi-permanent tatoos), people hoping to save some money and people who know the right questions to ask.
I found it a little difficult to understand the ladies due to their accents. For basic instructions and explanations, it was absolutely fine.
But I was keen on some deeper conversation about their step by step procedures, the after care, what are they doing right now, what products are they using… plus I’m dying to know a bit of history of the procedures and for them to tell me juicy details like “This is the most popular service! And customers just love this other thing!”.
(However, I concede that perhaps it’s a bit much to expect a beautician to give me a historical lecture while she’s waving tools over my eyeball?! Plus I would prefer her to focus on the eyelash task, rather than chat to me… so it was probably better that she wasn’t so chatty!)
Check it out if you live nearby!
4NE1 Korean Beauty and Nail Salon
98 Kooyong Road, Rivervale
They don’t have a website, just a 4NE1 Facebook page with lots of before and after client photos.