June 8, 2014

My K-Style Makeover at Jenny House in Cheongdam-dong

Over the past decade, Korea has gained a reputation for being one of the top beauty destinations of the world. Anyone who has strolled the streets of Seoul would probably agree that Koreans are some of the most beautiful, well put-together people on earth. It seems that just about everyone- including the men- has flawless skin, perfect hair and an impeccable sense of style. The world has come to realize this through the globalization of Korean dramas, movies and music and as a result, the Korean beauty business is booming, with global exports of the nation's innovative, multi-functional cosmetics increasing exponentially on a daily basis.

People from all corners of the world, particularly in Asia, are paying big bucks to imitate the looks and styles of their favorite Korean singers, actors and actresses. So where do these stars go to get their looks and to ensure that they're constantly camera-ready? Jenny House in Cheongdam-dong, one of three branches of the city's premier beauty salon, is a hands-down favorite of Korea's top celebrities. I was fortunate enough to be invited to tag along with the Seoul Global Culture & Tourism Center for my own personal K-star makeover last month and it didn't take me long to realize why it's the go-to salon for Korea's top celebs.



Upon entering, a few fellow bloggers and I were greeted by the Jenny House stylists and staff members like VIP guests. The salon's interior was more modern and funky than luxurious and big windows offered views of SM Entertainment, one of K-pop's biggest labels, which is located just across the street. We were seated and were given a brief introduction to the salon and some of its clients. I was impressed with the patronage: Son Yejin, Choi Jungyoon, Lee Dahae, Kim Sarang, Park Jinhee and the ladies of T-ara. They've even done work for TV shows and movies such as "Art of Seduction", "No Breathing", "Single Again", "Good Days", and "Good Doctor."



One of the hottest actresses in the biz at the moment is Park Shinhye, thanks to her popularity as Lee Minho's love interest on "The Heirs." Hallyu fans have put great effort into mimicking her hair and makeup so I felt lucky to get a personal instruction by her very own stylist and makeup artist. I'm pretty much hopeless at hair and makeup so the class was quite helpful.





We were then split into groups for the makeover. I lucked out and got Hong Sunghee as my makeup artist. As one of Korea's top celebrity makeup artists, she has not only worked with K-stars but also supermodel Miranda Kerr and international diva Lady Gaga. Yes, I was having my makeup done by Lady Gaga's Seoul-based makeup artist! She was eager to talk about New York as she used the salon's signature Perfect Skin One Shot Cover Stick Foundation to give me beautiful skin. (Oh, the power of makeup!) Before I knew it, I had soft, smokey eyes and a hot pink pout.



Afterwards, I met Gina to get my new hairstyle. She and her assistant (as is common in Korean beauty salons) twisted, curled and strategically placed every last hair into a near-perfect do. I was impressed with my final look, and although I still very much looked like myself, I could see the Hallyu influence in my makeup and hair. Jenny House was also kind enough to hook us up with some beauty swag, including their signature stick foundation, hair treatment and a copy of J-Style, the salon's own beauty magazine that's published yearly.





I had a really positive experience at Jenny House and had a fun time conversing with the staff, many of whom can speak not only English but also Japanese and Chinese. While on the pricier side, it's a great place to go if you're looking to splurge or pamper yourself to a beauty makeover from some of the best stylists and artists in the industry. Even if you don't spot any K-stars on your visit to Jenny House, it's guaranteed that you'll leave feeling like one.

Thanks to the Seoul Global Culture & Tourism Center for inviting me to participate in this fun event. Be sure to check out their Facebook page for information on monthly events for foreigners, including beauty classes like the one mentioned above.

More Information about Jenny House

Address: Cheongdam Building, 3-4 Floors, 79-15 Cheongdam-dong, Gangnam-gu, Seoul
Phone: 02-514-7243
Hours of Operation: 10am-7pm (Mon-Sat), 10am-6pm (Sun)
Websitehttp://www.jennyhouse.co.kr/ ; https://www.facebook.com/jennyhousepr
Get There: From exit 3 of Apgujeongrodeo Station (Bundang Line), walk straight for 5 minutes. Jenny House will be on your right.

Words and photos by Mimsie Ladner of Seoul Searching.  Content may not be reproduced unless authorized.

12 comments:

  1. This just reads like an ad for the salon and the products they used...

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  2. This is not an ad... I wasn't paid or even required to write this. But, I thought the salon would be of interest to those who want a k-beauty experience in Seoul. I mentioned the products because they were the ones used during my makeover.

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  3. That's sums up Seoul pretty well. When in Busan, NOBODY wears that ridiculous frames without lenses, and their clothing is more down to earth then in capital.
    I like those differences :)

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  4. Hi there, Mimsie ")
    I bet it was a fun real-life experience @ the Salon!? I did a review for them in one of our issues --- frankly, the pictures itself already blew me away! Hahaa... I love the custom-built 10-metre long 'face' wall with a double layer of laser-cut metal mdf panel! (A masterpiece by famous Italian interior design house, Di Cesare Design).

    Nice writing!


    -Jade, h4ufme Malaysia-

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    1. Yes, everything at the salon was great! The "face wall" was very impressive though I had no idea it was custom built! Thanks for reading, Jade!

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  5. Hi! may I ask how much is the price for make-up service in Jenny house? I'm in Seoul to attend my best friend's wedding in the end of the month. And I have no idea where can I have my make-up done. Thanks so much in advance! ^^

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  6. Hello Mimsie,

    May I ask how much is the make over? Do we need to make an appointment or it is ok for us to walk in? Thanks. =)

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    1. Hi SnowQueen,
      Actually this was a special event organized by the Seoul Global Center. Unfortunately, Jenny House doesn't have a set makeover. However, if you call them, they would be happy to discuss with you the cost of their services. If you let them know that you would like to have your hair and makeup done like a certain star, I'm sure they could arrange it for you and quote you a price. :)

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  7. I have an innate fear of fame. I've never thought being famous looked like such a good place to be. To me, being famous is more of a hindrance, a constraint, than just letting yourself be free.

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  8. I have just got a hair cut and colour at Jenny House Chungdam branch. Even with a reservation prior to my trip, the staff were so disorganised that gave me a feeling that they have overlooked my appointment. And the service is the worst I have ever got at a hair salon. I arrived at 5:30 and waited for about 30 mins before the stylist came to me. And then the worst part is, she was just doing everything in a rush, including the assistant, they were like rushing to get off work. Even washing my hair in a rush. Cutting in a rush and colour went on for only a short period of time. And the hair designer did a lousy job. The client she had before me was sitting beside me waiting for her to leave together. Gosh, now my hair only has colour on the top part. So about 4/5 of my hair didn't get the colour. I think this salon is over rated. I paid 385,000 won and now have to pay more to get my hair fix in Hong Kong. I have tried 3-Story and Ihee in Seoul before and those are way better and cheaper too. So never trust them when they listed all these stars' names. Interior didn't look like what they had on their website neither. Totally disappointing.

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    1. Anon., so sorry to hear you had such a negative experience! I was only there for a simple style so I can't speak personally about their cutting or coloring techniques. It seems they've slacked a bit in their professionalism and service quality. If I were you, I would definitely shoot them an e-mail telling them about your experience. Hope you've been able to fix your hair!

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  9. Can we just purchase the foundation stick at their shop without any hairdo or makeup service ?

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