HOT OR NOT: Local stars gone blonde

Our bevy of celebs have been embracing their inner blonde… with bleached-blonde hair, of course. Here’s how to get this tricky trend right

Local stars gone blonde: Who, how and hot or not?
Local stars gone blonde: Who, how and hot or not?
03 Mar 2016

Local stars gone blonde: Who, how and hot or not?

One of the hottest celebrity hair trends in the last few months is catching fire on social media. From Rozz to Ya Hui, our local celebrity circle have taken to the bleach bottles with a vengeance. But going blonde for us dark-haired Asian folk is a tricky thing to do. Luckily for you, we’ve got an expert to weigh in on how to fulfil your blondest ambitions. 

Blonde Beauty or Blonde-gone-wrong?
As a rule of thumb, explains Shawn Chia, associate director of high-end hair salon Chez Vous, anything that is brassy or patchy can be considered a bad case of blonde. “It usually takes more than one colouring session to achieve the perfect blonde shade. Going blonde is a journey, not a one-off service for Asians,” says Chia. The salon specialises in cutting-edge hair colouring techniques, and also has a dedicated team trained in colouring Caucasian hair -  clientele that is particularly exacting in their blonde requirements.

Tips on caring for blonde hair
For those of you considering going blonde, take note that proper maintenance is required to keep hair healthy-looking and prevent your hair from going green. Chia recommends the following steps:

1. Conditioning hair first before washing to protect hair from over-cleansing, as the bleach would already have damaged the hair shaft.

2. A blonde-preserving shampoo to prolong the colour.

3. Daily use of a colour-depositing conditioner will prevent the blonde pigments from becoming brassy.

4. A rich moisturizing and strengthening mask will keep hair from looking fried.

5. Always apply a serum before blow-drying and styling to reduce heat and mechanical damage.

When not to go blonde
While the blonde trend may be taking the local scene by storm, Chia advises against it if one already has severely damaged hair. “Get hair to a healthy state with a strengthening treatment that repairs the hair shaft from the cellular level, like Chez Vous Trilogy Synchronized Advanced Hair Rebuilder,” he quipped.

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Blonde gone wrong : Pat Mok
Blonde gone wrong : Pat Mok
03 Mar 2016

Blonde gone wrong : Pat Mok

This is how not to rock the punk look. The combination of a jagged cut, brassy shade and fried-looking texture screams “Ah So”.

Instagram: @patdevogue

Blonde gone wrong: Quan Yifong
Blonde gone wrong: Quan Yifong
03 Mar 2016

Blonde gone wrong: Quan Yifong

We like the youthful combination of the spunky, choppy crop and the light blonde shade, but the overgrown roots and weirdly piece-y strips of colour makes it look decidedly unkempt and, yes, aunty-ish. 

Instagram: @quanyifong

Blonde gone wrong: The Muttons
Blonde gone wrong: The Muttons
03 Mar 2016

Blonde gone wrong: The Muttons

We can’t really say why, but we’re just not feeling this matchy-matchy blonde duo. Sorry, Muttons!

Instagram: @muttons

Blonde Beauties: Rosalyn Lee
Blonde Beauties: Rosalyn Lee
03 Mar 2016

Blonde Beauties: Rosalyn Lee

The pale shade of her tresses perfectly accentuates her elfin features, and her hair still manages to look soft, silky and ethereal

Instagram: @heyrozz

Blonde Beauties: Benjamin Kheng
Blonde Beauties: Benjamin Kheng
03 Mar 2016

Blonde Beauties: Benjamin Kheng

The hottest hunk in local music these days keeps it cool and masculine in a ash grey-inflected platinum shade that is sure to send his female fans swooning.

Instagram: @benjaminkheng

Blonde Beauties: Oon Shu Ann
Blonde Beauties: Oon Shu Ann
03 Mar 2016

Blonde Beauties: Oon Shu Ann

The glaringly contrasting roots might look weird on some, but somehow theatre actress and Youtube beauty vlogger Oon Shu Ann makes it look edgy and chic.

Instagram: @oonshuan

 

Blonde Beauties: Ian Fang
Blonde Beauties: Ian Fang
03 Mar 2016

Blonde Beauties: Ian Fang

This particular shade of strawberry blonde makes him look like a Korean-American rapper from L.A. Or maybe it’s the chunky gold chain.

Instagram: @ian_ianization

Blonde Beauties: Vernetta Lopez
Blonde Beauties: Vernetta Lopez
03 Mar 2016

Blonde Beauties: Vernetta Lopez

Well hallooooo Miss Lopez! You’re looking mighty vampy in this platinum, Marilyn Monroe-inspired ‘do. We like.

Instagram: @vernettalopez

Blonde Beauties: Ya Hui
Blonde Beauties: Ya Hui
03 Mar 2016

Blonde Beauties: Ya Hui

Ya Hui’s golden-blonde tresses brings out her luminoisity in her face. 

Instagram: @yahuiyh/StylexStyle

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Blonde Beauties: Xia Xue
Blonde Beauties: Xia Xue
03 Mar 2016

Blonde Beauties: Xia Xue

Singapore’s most famous blogger is also our most famous blondie, with her peroxide blonde locks becoming such a defining part of her look that we’ve forgotten what she looks like with dark hair.

Instagram: @xiaxue

Blonde Beauties: Wallace Ang
Blonde Beauties: Wallace Ang
03 Mar 2016

Blonde Beauties: Wallace Ang

What is with ashy blonde on men that works like a dream? Ditto for the Love 97.2FM DJ.

Instagram: @wallaceang

Blonde Beauties: Simone Heng
Blonde Beauties: Simone Heng
03 Mar 2016

Blonde Beauties: Simone Heng

While Simone has since reverted to black, her sweet blonde 'do made her fine features look more dollish than ever. 

(Additional reporting by Toggle) 

Blondes of yesteryear: Nat Ho, Bryan Wong, and Felicia Chin
Blondes of yesteryear: Nat Ho, Bryan Wong, and Felicia Chin
03 Mar 2016

Blondes of yesteryear: Nat Ho, Bryan Wong, and Felicia Chin

Remember when these three dark-hard beauties went blonde? While we like all of them better with black hair (especially Bryan and Felicia – the blonde makes them look a little haggard), at least you can say that these three were ahead of the curve. 

Photos: Toggle, Nat Ho's YouTube

(Additional reporting by Toggle) 

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