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Mane attraction
by Joy Fang

IT’S party season! With Christmas and New Year outings in place, you’re now
faced with your biggest challenge yet – what to wear.

But there’s another quandary for you – how are you going to do your hair?

Don’t fret. If you’ve solved the first problem, my paper can help you with the other.

Now, one big rule you can stick to is that the Katie Holmes crop is out, while big Beyonce- esque hair is in.

Hairstylists say you can’t go wrong this season with giving your hair a boost by dying it a shimmering mocha brown.

Styled with big curls, it’s a classic look that won’t fail you. Mr Olson Tan, hairstylist and owner of Mazu By Hairplus at The Cathay, recommends a slanted fringe to top off the look, as it will make your ’do look “younger and more trendy”.

If you don’t have a long mane to play with, Mr Gary Lee, an artistic director with Headlines Hairdressing at China Square Central, said that shoulder- length hair with curls is in as well.

“Many people are growing out their bobs, and they’re getting bored with the shape. Most are simply curling their hair for a fresh new look,” he said.

Still stuck? my paper shows you three different styles and how to get them.


The classic French twist shows off the alluring lines of a woman’s neck.

Best for wearing with a long formal gown.

How to get it: Comb your hair back to achieve a sleek look and do a simple French twist knot.

Secure with bobby pins and hairspray.

Sweep the fringe to the side. Dress it up with glittery pins.

Products: Matrix’s Biolage Color Care Shine Mist ($26) to reduce frizz; Vavoom Design Pulse Switch Flick ($22) to maintain the fringe; and Vavoom Extra Freezing Spray ($20).


This style evokes a sense of impishness with its zig-zag bottom layer.

Casual and flirty, it goes well with bright dresses to show off one’s playful side.

How to get it: Apply a heated zig-zag tong to the bottom half of your hair to create texture and volume.

Smooth down the top to achieve a sleek look and to create contrast.

Gather a bundle of hair from the side and pin it to the back in a twist knot. Secure with bobby pins.

Products: Matrix’s Biolage Smooth Serum ($26) to reduce frizz; Vavoom Gold Heat Serum ($20) to give mild control and shine; and the Vavoom Extra Freezing Spray to finish.


This untamed bouffant showcases the wilder side of a woman – unrestrained, passionate and intense.

A simple, black minidress with minimal accessories is best suited for such an extravagant hairstyle.

How to get it: Backcomb your hair and secure with pins. Apply a heated, medium-sized curling tong to your hair for curls all around.

Backcomb again to give your hair more volume. Bring some of the curls to the front of your head for a lively party effect.

Products: Matrix’s Vavoom
Shape Paste ($20) to enhance the curls; Vavoom Gold Heat Serum as a heat protector that gives mild control; and Vavoom Extra Freezing Spray for hold.

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Model: Zee Chia, 29, from Zunion. Hair: Kevin Neo, Matrix Artistic Educator and Creative Director of Hair Vintage at Clementi Avenue 3, Block 443, #01-69. Make-up: Louise Yong, Shu Uemura Accredited Make-Up Artist. Clothes: Model’s own.


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