Iconic TV hairstyles all '90s kids will remember

Can you name the show from the hairstyle?

Can you name the show from the hairstyle?
Can you name the show from the hairstyle?
21 Mar 2018

Can you name the show from the hairstyle?

Clothes may maketh the man, but it’s the hair that completes him. It is a huge part of our appearance and switching up our hair is one of the easiest ways to change our image or create our signature look. Just look at how Farrah Fawcett’s feathered flip and Jennifer Aniston’s ‘The Rachel’ made their careers and inspired women around the world to copy their style, never mind they could not carry those infamous layers.

Over on the little red dot, there too were TV hairstyles that launched careers and others that made headlines for the wrong reasons. In this installment of Throwback Thursday, we shine the spotlight on some of the most iconic ‘dos that have graced local TV. Be prepared for some bad hair.

Chen Hanwei’s shoulder-length hair in Morning Express
Chen Hanwei’s shoulder-length hair in Morning Express
21 Mar 2018

Chen Hanwei’s shoulder-length hair in Morning Express

Even before Hollywood had ‘The Rachel’, Singapore had ‘The Fang Lao Shi’. Chen Hanwei’s wavy shoulder-length locks in The Morning Express was so popular, it deserved its own credit in the show. Though male teachers with long hair were unheard of in the '90s, Hanwei made it work. His character was cool, charismatic, and idol-like - it helped that he perpetually had the wind-in-the-hair look. Girls loved him, guys wanted to be him. Heck, even Hanwei was so obsessed with his ‘do, he quit showbiz because of it!

Watch The Morning Express on Toggle.
 

Zoe Tay’s frizzy bowl cut in Pretty Faces
Zoe Tay’s frizzy bowl cut in Pretty Faces
21 Mar 2018

Zoe Tay’s frizzy bowl cut in Pretty Faces

Zoe Tay’s turn as the materialistic Bobo in Pretty Faces is nothing short of legendary. Not only did the role propel the actress to instant stardom, but her messy bowl cut also became one of the most iconic hairdos in local TV history. The brainchild of hair maestro David Gan, the wild, larger-than-life mane suited Zoe’s vixen character to a T, and though it hasn’t exactly made a comeback, we occasionally see the cool kids sporting a more wearable version today.

Watch Pretty Faces on Toggle.

Cynthia Koh’s buzz cut in Stepping Out
Cynthia Koh’s buzz cut in Stepping Out
21 Mar 2018

Cynthia Koh’s buzz cut in Stepping Out

In 1999, Cynthia Koh went where no local actress had gone before and shaved her head for the sake of art. Her character’s transformation from pigtails to botak, which she rocked with aplomb, was an act of defiance to an arranged marriage, and though you don’t see very much of it in the series, it put Cynthia on the list of most memorable TV hairstyles.

Watch Stepping Out on Toggle.

James Lye’s Armani cut in practically every show
James Lye’s Armani cut in practically every show
21 Mar 2018

James Lye’s Armani cut in practically every show

To call James Lye’s Armani cut his signature ‘do is an understatement. It’s probably the only hairstyle we’ve seen him with (even in period dramas) and in fact, the actor-turned-banker still sports the cut today - talk about boring. But we don’t blame him. The ‘Armani’ was popular back in the day (you could not throw a stone without hitting a guy with it), low maintenance, and James looks hunky in it - even at 50. If it ain’t broken, don’t fix it, right?

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Tay Ping Hui’s rat’s nest in The Unbeatables III
Tay Ping Hui’s rat’s nest in The Unbeatables III
21 Mar 2018

Tay Ping Hui’s rat’s nest in The Unbeatables III

He played two roles (brothers Luo Shenfeng and Yingfeng) in The Unbeatables III but most would probably only remember the former for obvious reasons. That hair-tastrophe is as evil as his villainous character and ranks as one of local TV’s worst hairdos of all time. Would it still be as bad without the smirk and tinted shades? Definitely.

Watch The Unbeatables III on Toggle.

Jeanette Aw’s hair-splosion in The Rainbow Connection
Jeanette Aw’s hair-splosion in The Rainbow Connection
21 Mar 2018

Jeanette Aw’s hair-splosion in The Rainbow Connection

Big hair, don’t care! Way before Jeanette Aw’s long, flowing locks became her signature look, the actress had her fair share of bad TV hair days. Case in point: This chestnut explosion of a hairdo in 2005’s The Rainbow Connection. Sure, Jeanette played an artsy dancer in the drama but we don’t think it is enough of an excuse to sport hair of this mass and volume.

Watch The Rainbow Connection on Toggle.

Ben Yeo’s pompadour in King of Thrift
Ben Yeo’s pompadour in King of Thrift
21 Mar 2018

Ben Yeo’s pompadour in King of Thrift

Ben Yeo was supposed to have hair like Elvis Presley (his character is called Mao Wang as he is very ngeow, which means both miserly and cat in Hokkien) but the poor host ended up looking more like Billy Ray Cyrus. To his credit, the hair - the real deal, mind you - had amazing volume and height. Ben lamented he spent one and a half hours in the hair chair blowing and spraying every strand in place. Thankfully, he ditched it for a wig after one season.

Chew Chor Meng’s lob in Immortal Love
Chew Chor Meng’s lob in Immortal Love
21 Mar 2018

Chew Chor Meng’s lob in Immortal Love

Don’t get us wrong. We love a lob (long bob) just not on guys and vampires. This overly rebonded hair, with its ‘80s “mall bangs” and white streak running down the front, is just begging for a treatment.

Watch Immortal Love on Toggle.

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