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EC House Cutting Procedure:
Step 1: Pay $10 by slotting a 10-dollars note into a machine, and a ticket will be issued.
Step 2: Proceed to any available hairstylist for hair-cut.
Step 3: Lastly, a revolutionary 'air washer' method to clear off the cut off hair.
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Quick And Cheap Haircuts
EC House, or Express Cut House, was among the earliest hair salons to popularize the concept of quick, cheap, no frills haircuts. While technically a unisex salon, the nature of the concept means EC House attracts more men than women.
EC House utilizes the self-serve kiosk, and each haircut costs SGD $10. They only provide hair cutting services, which means no washing or hair colouring services. Fortunately, staff are quite up-to-date on the latest in hair trends and fashion, and can provide you a suitable hair cut upon request.
Another aspect that helped EC House become popular is their air wash. By blowing away any stray hair, customers can leave feeling clean. However, I find this not thorough enough, and there usually are some stubborn hairs still stuck to my clothing or skin.
Because they promise to complete your haircut in 10 minutes, EC House also attracts the busy, working professionals, who can squeeze in a haircut during lunch hours. However, expect to queue between 10 to 20 minutes during busy periods.
Personally though, I wouldn't visit EC House unless I wanted a simple, fast haircut in a hurry. If not, I'd rather go to a salon.
Not particularly creative but decent enough if you are not looking for something fanciful
$10 for a 10 minute cut. I was initially pretty skeptical as I am used to getting haircuts that lasted at least 20-30 minutes. But I came here because I didn't want to spend too much money cutting my already very short hair during my army days. All I wanted during those times was a neat and tidy trim and I am glad that EC house did a perfect job at that.
So after I left the army, I ditched my usual more pricey saloon for EC house thinking that they would be able to do the job just as well. While I wouldn't say that I am disappointed with the result, I must say that they really do have their limitations if you want a hairstyle that is more fanciful or fashionable that the usual hairstyles.
I guess given the timeframe that they have to work with, that is perfectly understandable. Hence, if you do have a particular hairstyle that you have been planning for a while, head to a regular saloon. Otherwise, this is your best bet for a cheap and good trim.
Not the cheapest anymore
Before the economic recession, this used to be one of the cheaper hair stylist. Being $10 and located within shopping centres with air conditioning and generally clean environments, this used to appeal to me. I was not very concerned about style so as long as they were able to cut my hair short, I had no qualms.
But since the economic recession, the Malay uncles at the neighbourhood barber shops had realised that they can still compete with these shops by lowering their prices. Since then I had stopped visiting EC House.
Another reason being $10 per hair cut regardless of age, that meant $20 for my two boys. The barber shop only charged me $12 for two boys. That was a 40% saving.
Efficient and Hygienic
It deserves recognition for it's efficiency - the 10- minutes haircut can certainly save loads of time , making it especially convenient for our busy lifestyles.
Also, it provides the cleanest hair service you can ever find: equipped with savvy and high-technology equipment, it allows the service of quick suction of bits of hair that might get stuck on your clothes or skin. It allows you to leave the shop feeling refreshed and clean.
It must be credited for it's hygiene as well - each customer is given a free comb, one that is being used to comb their hair after the haircut. That inadvertently gives us a sense of reassurance that our hair shall not be stained by the oil of an anonymous customer previously.
Sounds pretty worth it for a ten dollar haircut, right?
The satisfaction that you would derive from the haircut you have is dependent on the individual itself (beauty is in the eyes of the beholder, ain't it?) and of course, the hairstylist. Just make sure you're lucky enough to have a dedicated staff to serve your needs!
You get what you pay for.
$10 haircut sounds enticing. I made a choice to cut my hair at EC because it was during CNY, prices were jacked up and hair salons were perpetually packed. EC is quite known for theird efficiency. And I absolutely regretted my choice.
I asked if the hairdresser could just trim the ends of my hair, and make it curl inwards abit, and her reply was "miss, this is $10 haircut, you want it to curl at the ends, you have to go home to blow it yourself"
Enough said, right? Never heading back there again.
Not the place I would be, even if I needed a $10 haircut
The only benefit of EC house would be the multiple locations over the island, making it more convenient for anyone who needs a $10 haircut.
I've personally tried cutting there once and like any other $10 barber shops, you can't actually ask them to design the hairstyle for you. You've to specifically tell them how you want your hair to be, at least that's my experience. While the imported technology of cleaning the scissors and comb seemed more hygienic as compared to neighborhood barber, I personally feared for the hairstylists rushing out the haircut within 10 minutes. Luckily for me, the trial hair-cut I had was average and didn't turn out as bad as I imagined. However, my gf was blabbering about how she would help me cut and save $10 in future since my hair doesn't look as though it has been cut at all. Perhaps that's due to my fear of the hairstylist's skill that I kept telling her to just "trim a bit".
Nonetheless, if I would wanted a $10 haircut, I'll definitely not go for EC house but rather, the one at Central Mall basement (used to be at Amara as well). Can't recall the name off-hand but it starts with an 'K'. Although they also charged $10 for a haircut, they do not actually have the 10 minutes time limit. In fact, I've spent 30 minutes cutting my hair once when I requested for a hair tattoo, which they did for me :)
quick and precise
As I am leaving my hair long, I just needed a trim to get rid of some split ends at the bottom. I don't require an expensive haircut as I feel that nothing can go wrong with just trimming. I can even do it myself at home.
On a normal weekday afternoon, there is no crowd at EC House and you can get your haircut done in 10 minutes. It is very quick and I would say that the trimming of my hair was not too bad. I mean, nothing can go wrong with just a trim. One thing about EC House is that you can't choose your "favorite" hair dresser and I would not recommend if you're looking to change your hairstyle or if you want to undergo a drastic haircut.
I think I just hate all hairdresser with this concept
I have written a review from hell for QB house, and this one will be from no better place.
My parents are really weird people who like to put my baby brother through disgusting places like QB house and EC house for his haircut despite my attempts to leave home if they keep insisting on bringing him to such places. So very often, I force myself to go just to watch the staff.
I am the most venomous person when it comes to people making my baby brother feel uncomfortable so anytime my brother blinks from the hair irritating his eye and the hairdresser ignores helping him sweep it off (since my baby brother's hands are under the cloth and he's not supposed to move much), I'll very loudly exclaim "Why Didi? You don't like the hair cut?" and make sure every single person in my immediate vicinity hear me.
What can I say. My mum regularly tells the hairdresser what hairstyle she wants and each and every one of them regularly screws it up. So really, they're just asking for customers on a bigger monstrosity and will I be happy to oblige.
No more next time or god I will shred this place.
EC house and QB house, sounds the same yet not exactly the same. I think I vaguely remembered it was a case where they used to be the same, then someone spin off and started their own "house" or something like that. Actually, if you look at the way they are set up, both of them are essentially the same.
However, EC house with its orange and brown theme has a slightly ambience as the colour gives them a stylo milo feel.
For a guy that just needs my hair to be cut, frankly 10 bucks is all I'm willing to pay anyway. I remember getting my hair cut at neighbourhood saloons and it was just 6 or 7. But I got lazy and went to EC house or QB instead.
In terms of service, they have a standard way of robotic greeting and farewell for every customer, although they probably do not have any heart in it. though i must say that when it comes to cutting, their professionalism does show and at least they asked what style i wanted and give their recommendations if necessary.
I guess the only thing I did not preferred was that you can't really choose your favourite hairdresser, so as their skills varies between people, the cut does get better or worse.
There was a point of time where cheap express haircuts like this one was very in trend and people would flood the doors of EC House wanting to get a taste of it. As the trend died down, so did many of the outlets as business became poorer and it became more and more difficult to sustain. I too joined in the trend of having cheap haircuts, and it was obvious that customer loyalty did not really matter so much in express haircuts because what it aimed for was quick service and not a premium personalised touch.
For the price of $10, it is reasonable, and I especially love it when they vacuum off the hair bits after the hair cut. I can safely go out after getting my hair done and not have to worry about having little bits of hair residue left on my shirt. I would very much prefer having a wash before a hair cut and one after because it cleans off the small hairs in my head, and it makes me feel cleaner but I guess you cannot expect much for such a small price.
I found myself only entering EC House once just to try it out for the sake of it and it did not leave me with a very lasting impression on anything besides the vacuum machine that it had. Possibly a stop-by for emergency haircut situations I would say.