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I cut my own hair: Claire Chang

Banyan Tree executive director Claire Chiang's long and silky black hair has left a deep impression on many hearts, yet the luxury spa owner rarely visits a hair salon.

In fact, the thrifty 58-year-old cuts her own hair.

"I only visit the hair salon when I want to pamper myself," Ms Chiang told participants as she fielded questions at a Lianhe Zaobao seminar yesterday, adding that she also cuts her family members' hair. Ms Chiang is married to prominent businessman Mr Ho Kwon Ping. The couple have three children.

Ms Chiang started growing out her hair as a small child as she had to bun it up for ballet lessons.

Now, when cutting her hair, Ms Chiang first snips the sides of her tresses. She then flips her hair from the back to the front and finishes cutting it.

Apart from being her own hairstylist, the thrifty Ms Chiang does not visit the beauty salon and spends only $50 a month on cosmetics, reported Chinese daily Lianhe Wanbao.

"I can't do anything much when I sit in the hair salon for two, three hours. It is more productive if I wash and blowdry my hair at home as I can work on other things thereafter," she told the audience.

For the ex-Nominated Member of Parliament, the pursuit of productivity is a value needed to survive changes in life.

Her personal motto? Change one's mindset and boost one's ability. Do not hold onto thoughts that "things will always be like that". One must always be true to one's word and determined in deed. Be realistic - it is better to have tried and failed than not to try at all.

readers' comments
I'm sorry. Maybe that's the problem Claire. You need to spend more on your cosmetics. It might help.

Consume more. Spend more. Stop being stingy.
Posted by on Wed, 11 Mar 2009 at 10:44 AM
After looking at her pictures...she's telling the truth.
Posted by oldkingkong on Wed, 11 Mar 2009 at 10:06 AM
She's a great gal. She and Kwon Ping are the kind of people that Singapore needs. They are concerned individuals that are active in public service. Kwon Ping's late father take a salary of only $1 to be Singapore's embassador to Thailand and EU. These are Singapore's unsung heros.
Posted by people on Wed, 11 Mar 2009 at 09:28 AM
I trim my own fringe and my hair only trim by salon once before CNY. No blowing or perming or coloring my hair. I have beautiful long natural brown curl hair down to my waist length. Whether good time or bad time is the same me.

Posted by elizabethtan on Wed, 11 Mar 2009 at 09:15 AM
umm...not sure if she was trying to style her hair after the parrots...better leave it to the professionals.
Posted by on Wed, 11 Mar 2009 at 04:13 AM
hope that with her wealth relative to a lot of the poorer masses, she will spend on other things that equate with her status (if she dun feel like spending on haircut and cosmetic), otherwise what's the purpose of having so much bring to the next world?...If the rich dun spend and act thrift...what do u expect from the poorer masses...if the rich dun spend...then we will not only have recession, we will be in deep and prolong depression.
Posted by kaypohts on Tue, 10 Mar 2009 at 22:25 PM
You are forunate not only to be rich but also have good genes.
Therefore not having to spend on hair saloon & cosmetics to look good compared to the millions out there. Count your blessings and remember the unprivilege
Posted by Thu Jack on Tue, 10 Mar 2009 at 16:27 PM
She certainly lived up to her motto " realistic.."
Even before these recessionary times, she has already gone one up by knowing the value of thrift.
She will be a good model for our young to emulate.
Posted by on Tue, 10 Mar 2009 at 13:10 PM

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