Exploring Malacca : Iqlil Salon – Small and Cosy

“Your hair is a statement of Style, an affirmation of Beauty, and an expression of Self Love”

Ademola Mandela


Its pretty simple. Im here in Malacca because Mr Husband hails from here and its only natural for me to follow on suit. This means I have left behind my usual life in Kuching and get to start brand new here. Thus, it feels great to explore new shopping outlets or salon centres for this matter as I try to call Malacca my new home.

Recently, I came across a small little salon. IQLIL SALON.Prior to this, Small means a basic salon, not fashionable, dingy to a certain extent and of course.. cheap. I decided to give it a try since it has one important selling point – caters for muslimah. Thus ensures that you’re not getting a hair cut in the midst of men at waiting areas staring at you. Leaving you with an uncomfortable feeling as you first have to take off your headscarf and then putting it on again as you leave hoping at the same time the hairdresser would not feel disappointed with you doing so after he/she finished blow drying your hair in the most awesome fashion ever.

At the same time, you also do not want the hairdresser to take you for granted – cuci rambut ala kadar, blow drying half-heartedly thinking that you prolly dont mind since you’re wearing a tudung anyway.

So, I stepped into Iqlil with a not-so high expectation.

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I was immediately welcomed with a smile by one of the hairdressers. Pretty pretty lady. I had almost thought the place would be runned by makciks trying to pass their time. There were other customers so I was told to make myself comfortable at the waiting area which was spacious and cute. Having a TV there was enough to make me occupied as I scanned through the hair products they had on their shelves.

When it came to my turn to have my hair done, I was met by a petite young lady who ran her fingers through my hair gently and highlighted the main problems she saw with it. She recommended a hairstyle that would work for me after I have stated my preferences. I love people who can do magic with hair once you say ‘apa-apa je.. janji tak kacau length’. She mentioned services of Iqlil such as hair treatment and such but did not go on as to pressuring me to get one which was a bonus point. Pushing customers to get a particular service on and on is pretty annoying.

I have to mention that the head massage and shoulder she gave during the hair wash was spot on. I almost dozed off from the relaxing experience.

Price was reasonable. The 5% discount was generous.

I hope to visit it again next month after one of my oncalls. Perhaps for a hair treatment session. I had only wished that Iqlil would be more proactive in approaching its customers in becoming its members. I was kind of waiting for the cashier to mention or hand me a simple pamphlet regarding members benefits and such. Or display its members card on top of the cashier desk beside the macarons to reinforce the banners and boards on display. It didnt happen. ha ha. Next time, maybe?

Going for a bob

“I’m undaunted in my quest to amuse myself by constantly changing my hair”
Hillary Clinton

Whats with new mothers and a bob. Or newlyweds with a bob. Or a woman in crisis/stress with a bob.

Secretly wishing for this look..

Even the hairdresser had to ask me a couple of times, just to make sure, if I really wanted to snip off my hip length strands of hair. I nodded firmly. Much to his own excitement actually. Bet he was itching to cut it and style the new bob. Mr Husband (being him) made no comment whatsoever regarding the new look. Not even an 8 second stare. Its as though I was born with that blob. My SIL and MIL noticed it and voila in a few days, my SIL decided to get a bob too. And just a few minutes ago on Facebook, another friend of mine whos just given birth last month went to get a bob. Awesome.

Its a trend nowadays, to have a bob! he says. My hairdresser – who gives the best head & shoulder massage in the world.

Honestly, I dont give a damn. I just want my nape – hair free. The haircut was like an initiation to a club. It almost felt like starting over. Just like how I cut off my hair after a split with a boyfriend. Or the time when I decided to not only cut but also bleached my head after a split with another boyfriend. Its liberating in a sense. Its a form of unexplained freedom.

I wonder if Xiaxue would also consider jumping into the bandwagon once she gives birth to her little munchkin. Interesting..