Beauty & Style

7 amazing hair makeovers of everyday women

Kickstart the new year with a new hairstyle. We sent seven readers to transform their hairdos.

 

MODERN BOB
Heng Win Dee, 34, business development representative


• BEFORE
Win Dee had very thick, naturally wavy long hair that she’d rebonded previously.  

• HER NEW LOOK
Jimmy Yap, artistic manager of Kenaris Salon, gave her a bob that’s stylish yet long enough for the mother of two to tie up whenever she needs to. He also coloured her hair with a dark brown base and a violet-red underneath. “A vibrant shade under the brown makes her classic hairstyle look more modern and also gives her more options for styling her hair when she’s 
not at work,” explains Jimmy.

 

 

 

GOING SHORTER
Annie Loh, 27, stay-at-home mum

• BEFORE
Annie’s hair was rebonded and bleached, and was extremely dry and damaged. She’d also coloured it an orangey-gold shade that made her tanned complexion look sallow.  

• HER NEW LOOK
To enhance her features and bring out her cheekbones, Chai Yew Yee, hairstylist from Urbanhair By Ginrich, cut Annie’s hair and gave her a full fringe. “A full fringe helps to weigh down her natural waves and keeps the fringe in place,” explains Yew Yee. The ash-brown colour also brightens her skin tone.
 

 

 

 

ASYMMETRICAL CUT
Yasmin Said Chan, 26, business development representative

• BEFORE
She had long, straight hair, which Yasmin describes as “common and unfashionable”.

• HER NEW LOOK
Celia Tham, owner and hairstylist of Bloc+, gave Yasmin an asymmetrical mid-length bob with a fringe longer than the rest of her hair. The wash-and-go style frames her face and gives her a sharper jawline. Light brown highlights on the fringe add texture to her hair and brighten her complexion too.


 

 

 

ANGLED BOB
Cheryl Tan, 31, business owner

• BEFORE
Cheryl’s slightly wavy hair had grown into a shapeless bob, and the mother of two had to blow it straight every day to create some semblance of shape.  

• HER NEW LOOK
To freshen her look, Vanessa Choo, hairstylist from Next Hair Salon, gave Cheryl an angled bob – one with a long, angled fringe that makes her face appear sharper, paired with a higher, graduated cut at the nape to accentuate the neck. The short length makes it easier for Cheryl to style it – she doesn’t even have to blow-dry, but only needs to apply wax and let it air-dry for a tousled look.

 

 

 

GORGEOUS VOLUME
Rena Tay, 36, business admin executive 

• BEFORE
Rena’s fine hair was dry and frizzy. Her perm, which had grown out, had left her with wavy ends. She had also coloured her hair some time ago, and it was now dull and faded.

• HER NEW LOOK
Barry Lim, director of Chez Vous Salon, gave Rena a cold perm to make her hair look fuller. He coloured it an ash-brown and gave her highlights for more texture and volume. “Rena can use a volumising root spray on towel-dried hair to create volume,” says Barry. For more definition on her curls, she can use a curling lotion but should avoid heavily textured styling products that weigh down her tresses and make them look flat. 
 

 

LAYERED, WITH BANGS
Ann Neo, 35, senior designer

• BEFORE
Her rebonded hair was naturally wavy and slightly frizzy, and she’d kept it very long for 10 years. “It was easy to manage but looked boring,” says Ann.

• HER NEW LOOK
Edward Chong, owner and salon director of Evolve Salon, wanted a fresher, less heavy and more chic look for Ann. So he chopped off her locks to shoulder length, layered them and coloured them a dark brown, giving her a softer look overall. He also gave her a full fringe to frame her face – a trick that makes you look more youthful.
 

 

 

 

EDGY COLOUR EFFECT
Joanne Soon, 40, business development executive

• BEFORE
Joanne’s hair was dry and the colour was patchy. Her natural hair texture was a mix of straight and wavy strands that looked frizzy.

• HER NEW LOOK
To give Joanne’s hair more texture, Serene Tan, associate director of Chez Vous Salon, layered and coloured it in varying shades of ash-brown. “Her previous hair colour had a yellowish base that made her skin look sallow. I gave her a colour service called the Ikebana Series, which gives you a gradual ombre effect,” explains Serene.

 

Photography Wong Wei Liang 
Art Direction Chelza Pok 
Makeup Larry Yeo & Gwen Tan, using Shu Uemura

 

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