All posts tagged: hair

Her hair and the red carpet: Lupita Nyong’O makes a political statement

Last Saturday, Kenyan-Mexican actress literally stormed the red carpet at the world premiere of Star Wars: The Last Jedi with her stunning emerald and sequinned slashed-to-the-thigh Halpern dress; and mini afro. That mini afro, styled in Nyong O’s natural hair texture, is a refreshing change from the usual (artificially) sleek and shiny locks of black women in the entertainmant spotlight. (Think Naomi Campbell, Nicki Minaj, Tyra Banks, Kerry Washington.) Clearly, Nyong O’s preferred hairstyle is a political statement (which applies to everything else in Trump’s America these days), and a nod to her belief in propogating diverse definitions of beauty. She had made her stand clear in an Instagram post in November, when she flamed Grazia UK for putting her on the cover but cropping out the kinky frizzy curls. In her post, she wrote: “As I have made clear so often in the past with every fiber of my being, I embrace my natural heritage and despite having grown up thinking light skin, and straight, silky hair were the standards of beauty, I now …

Pramasana Scalp Treatment at Urbanhair, Tangs Orchard

A healthy and clean scalp gives you lush locks, simple as that. The hair follicles on your scalp are most likely clogged with dead skin cells, product build-up and excess sebum (gross, indeed) if: you use plenty of hairstyling products or heavy conditioners; your hair is often greasy at the roots; your scalp flaky; and a scalp-clarifying shampoo or scalp treatment is foreign to you. An unhealthy scalp could then lead to dandruff, thin and lifeless hair. (This follows the same logic as to why you get clogged pores and acne when you wear plenty of makeup but do not deep-cleanse the skin.) So consider a simple, gentle and effective scalp-balancing treatment like the Pramasana Scalp routine by Aveda at Urbanhair (from $105 for men and $170 for ladies, 60 mins). It takes just an hour, with no gimmickry (we’ve tried enough of those with infrared lights 😑, hot air treatment caps 😧, blood tests 😱, etc. ) The routine begins with a quick shoulder and neck massage, followed by a gentle massaging of the …

His story: Roland Chow and Singapore’s early hairdressing scene

In the mid-1970s, when the teenaged Eugene Ong decided that he wanted to become a hairstylist, he looked to the prominent industry veteran Roland Chow as a role model.  “Then, almost all hairdressers were women. And Roland was so glamorous, all my friends’ mothers were always talking about him,” recalls Ong, the director and founder of Urbanhair.  “Women of a certain social standing all had their hair done by him.” Through serendipity, Ong’s first apprenticeship was with Christine Wah, Chow’s top assistant.  “Christine would tell me how exclusive his salon was. Roland even had a drawn curtain around each client for their privacy.” The curtains were also there for another reason. The hair maestro did not want observers to “steal” his skills; only the privileged few could watch  him in action, recalls Ong. Born into the upper crust of Shanghainese society in 1926, Chow fled to Singapore in 1949 to seek refuge from the communists.  Chow first made a name for himself as a fashion designer; he was often described as the “Mr Dior of …

How K-Wave Superstar Song Hye Kyo styles her locks

The goddess of K-dramas, and fever-ed K-Wave dreams, actress Song Hye Kyo’s locks are always perfectly silky-shiny with just the right amount of volume and bouncy curls around her shoulders. Here, she shares how she achieves the perfect hairstyle with her Dyson Supersonic (and trusted stylist). Step 1: Use the dryer without any attachments, and turn it on high heat and high airflow settings. This speeds up the drying of the hair.   Step 2:  To give the roots of your hair some lift, snap on the diffuser. Then use it to “brush” the hair upwards towards the crown.   Step 3: When hair is half dry, snap on the smoothening nozzle, and set the dryer on medium heat and high airflow. Direct the nozzle downwards. The strong airflow will help to seal the cuticles for silky hair.   Step 4: When hair is 80 per cent dry, snap on the styling nozzle for a concentrated airflow to create loose curls. Set dryer on high heat and high airflow.   Step 5: Finally, snap on the …

TBG Interview: Marshall Lin, hairstylist, Frederic Fekkai

Marshall Lin’s story is the kind of story that makes you believe dreams do come true in the Big Apple. Like so many others, he moved to NYC from Hong Kong with his family when he was 14. At 15, he found himself apprenticing in a salon. He lied that he was 16 – afterall, age is just a number to be manipulated – just so that he would seem old enough. “I was young, wild, active, creative; I love to meet girls. All the right elements to be a good hairstylist,” he says. And meet girls he did. Today, Lin has a long waiting list; and has groomed and styled A-listers such as Kate Bosworth, Olivia Palmero, Christina Aguilera and Coco Rocha. With more than two decades of experience backstage and on editorial shoots, Lin is now known for his signature effortless #wokeuplikethis #coolgirl cuts. Lin talks all things hair with The Beauty Gazette.   What, in your opinion, does a good hairstyle look like?  A good haircut should show off and frame your bone structure, this …

Dyson Hair SuperSonic hairdryer

Say hello to the game-changing hairdryer. Dyson – maker of (literally) the coolest fans and some of the most powerful vaccuum machines around – has launched its first hairdryer. And it has that signature negative space – a circle for this gadget- that makes it so coveted; at least in our books. Because you need to look stylish even when drying your hair. Here’re the other reasons we think the SuperSonic is revolutionary: 1) The design is ergonomic. The motor is tucked into the handle of the hairdryer, instead of the head/ near the nozzle. The weight of the dryer is balanced in the grasp of your hands, so you will find it easier to perfect that blow dry. 2) It is a multi-tasker. The gadget distributes negative ions to reduce static, keeping hair smooth and slick. 3) Super-powerful. Though small, the motor’s impellers are cut from aerospace-grade aluminium. It moves over 13 litres of air at high-velocity and high-pressure through the gadget. So you can dry and style your hair quickly. 4) So easy to use. You can make …

How to never have a bad haircut again

1. Choose wisely Do your research. Get word-of-mouth recommendations. Read the credits of your local beauty and fashion magazine spreads; the best in the business are usually engaged for such elaborate shoots. The last thing you should do is just pop by any salon and expect a miracle to happen. 2. Be willing to pay This sounds like a no-brainer. But when it comes to your hair, you really do pay for what you get. Why do you think the salons that offer cuts by apprentices let you pay as you please? The best in town charge a premium because they can deliver. The salon director’s fees are the most because he or she has the most experience. (But then again, be wary of those who are super overpriced. I really don’t think a haircut alone should ever ever cost more than US$200. Unless you are a celebrity.) 2. Do your homework everytime Create a look book. Even if you cannot find that perfect look online, create a collage of the different looks and colours …

O&M Conquer Blonde Silver Shampoo

Bottle blondes, this shampoo will help keep cool tones (that include greys, ash blue etc.) salon-fresh for longer. Pour this into your hand and you get a deep iodine blue shampoo that foams up easily. The true blue formula prevents the hair colour from turning brassy, especially for Asian hair with warm undertones. (Nothing I hate more than brassiness in light hair, makes the colouring job look cheap.) I have done my research on O&M, and they are one of the few haircare brands that understand the intricate science of hair colouring, and the need for formulas that are not chemical laden. Their products are always innovative and one-of-a-kind too. In Singapore, O&M products are available in Sephora and selected stores.