The Yak Magazine, June 2016

SPOILED is a one-man show brought to us by another Dutchman, Max Vanderhoek who stepped on the scene as one of the original wave of accomplished foreign hair stylists on Bali when he opened Spoiled quite some years ago.

The chic, glass-fronted and sun-drenched salon (with handy parking out front) is conveniently located in Umalas between Seminyak and Canggu, and it attracts loyal clientele who flock here from all over the island. Many of them display a devotion to Max – “I may cheat on my husband, but not my hairdresser” – that perhaps husbands should be worried about, and within the intimate surrounds, these repeat customers end up old friends, gossiping over freshly-brewed lattes.

Award-winning Max opened his own salon in Holland at the age of 18, and has been a successful hair stylist for three decades. The key to his popularity is personalized service, as well as his specialities in blonde highlights and colour, Keratin treatments, and special event styling. They also have a fantastic nail bar. Each client is also privy to individual consultations with Max, who insists on meeting all new clients.

Max doesn’t beat around the bush – giving the best advice over excellent coffee, drawing on years of experience and knowing what havoc this climate can wreak on hair. For him, the best part of his labours is seeing clients with low self-esteem emerge utterly confident with their new look. He also loves chatting with clients about broader topics including new restaurants and happenings around town, and he offers great introductions between clients for all sorts of things.

Should Max be out of the salon, his staff are highly trained and just as knowledgeable. In fact, he has had the same team for a long time, which is testament to their talents and his dedication as a manager and owner.

Tuesday to Saturday, 9am to 6pm.

Spoiled, Jalan Umalas 2 #90, Kerobokan.

Tel: 0361 847 5141