The most dramatic local celeb hair makeovers of 2017

From dramatic chops and major dye jobs to going back to basics, these are the best and worst hair makeovers of 2017 – so far.

Fiona Xie
Fiona Xie
04 Dec 2017

Fiona Xie

Fiona spent the past month going from black, to platinum, to pink, looking every bit the fashionista. We can only imagine what look she’s got planned for New Year’s Eve.

Upgrade or downgrade:

It’s about high time Fiona ventured from the long, black hair she’s had since her debut.

Photo: Instagram/@xplacidacidx

Felicia Chin
Felicia Chin
04 Dec 2017

Felicia Chin

Felicia rang in 2017 rocking hairstylist David Gan’s handiwork – a choppy, playful ‘do that she has more or less kept till this day. 

Upgrade or downgrade:

Upgrade. Once we got over the difference in her appearance, we were able to appreciate how this short haircut accentuates Felicia’s wide smile.

Photo: Instagram/@iamfeliciachin

Jeffrey Xu
Jeffrey Xu
04 Dec 2017

Jeffrey Xu

Not one to shy away from a style trend, Jeffrey exchanged his short, boyish haircut for a lighter hairdo with a centre part.

Upgrade or downgrade:

Hair colour: Upgrade. Centre part: downgrade, since it makes Jeffrey’s face look wider than it actually is.

Photo: Instagram/@jeffrey_xu

Hong Ling
Hong Ling
04 Dec 2017

Hong Ling

While Hong Ling has happily experimented with different hair colours, we thought pigs would fly before she chopped it all off. Looks like we were wrong!

Upgrade or downgrade:

Upgrade. Hong Ling’s short, blonde hair both refreshes and matures her overall aesthetic.

Photo: Instagram/@honglingg_

Andie Chen
Andie Chen
04 Dec 2017

Andie Chen

Andie spent the latter half of this year sporting a messy mop reminiscent of Eason Chan’s untamed hairdo – which, as far as we know, was for style purposes and not because he’s a young dad with no time for blowdrying.

Upgrade or downgrade:

Downgrade. Andie looked way more put together when his hair was nice and neat.

Photo: Instagram/@andiechen

Benjamin Kheng
Benjamin Kheng
04 Dec 2017

Benjamin Kheng

As if Ben weren’t enough of a hipster, he debuted sideswept curls while promoting Wonder Boy and has stuck with them since.

Upgrade or downgrade: 

Ben, you’re a babe, but no. Downgrade. Who knew that all it took was a perm to go from pretty boy to pretty bad?

Photo: Instagram/@benjaminkheng

Eleanor Lee
Eleanor Lee
04 Dec 2017

Eleanor Lee

Look who dyed her hair for the first time! Eleanor is a dead ringer for her oft-blonde mum, Quan Yifong, with her new hair colour.

Upgrade or downgrade:

Upgrade. Eleanor is cute to begin with, but the blonde gives her look a little more star power.

Photo: Instagram/@eleanorleex

Nat Ho
Nat Ho
04 Dec 2017

Nat Ho

Alas, ahjumma hair struck yet another otherwise handsome male in 2017. Please tell us this is a phase.

Upgrade or downgrade:

Definite downgrade. Not even Nat’s sculpted features are immune to the influence of this clownish hairdo.

Photo: Instagram/@iamnatho

Ya Hui
Ya Hui
04 Dec 2017

Ya Hui

Our favourite girl next door went high fashion in this short and severe hairstyle #yolo

Upgrade or downgrade:

Upgrade. Ya Hui’s look has been pretty stagnant over the past year, so we were happy to see her try something new.

Photo: Instagram/@yahuiyh

Rebecca Lim
Rebecca Lim
04 Dec 2017

Rebecca Lim

Becks isn’t exactly the most adventurous person, hair-wise, so we got a little thrill out of seeing her wearing a long, choppy fringe.

Upgrade or downgrade:

The fringe brings out a bit of sultriness in Rebecca’s usual sweet persona, so we’re going to call this an upgrade.

Photo: Instagram/@limrebecca

Shane Pow
Shane Pow
04 Dec 2017

Shane Pow

Shane got a bit of a fixer-upper while holidaying in Seoul with Kimberly Wang. When in Korea, do what Koreans do, right? 

Upgrade or downgrade:

Upgrade. Shane looks K-drama-worthy with this slick “Oppa” hairstyle.

Photo: Instagram/@shanepowxp

Lee Teng
Lee Teng
04 Dec 2017

Lee Teng

Back to black! Given all the flamboyant looks he’s worn over the year, we supposed that the only truly unexpected thing Lee Teng had left to do was to opt for a make-under.

Upgrade or downgrade:

Downgrade. Lee Teng’s not Lee Teng without copious amount of hair gel and platinum hair dye.

Photo: Instagram/@leeteng0530

Bonnie Loo
Bonnie Loo
04 Dec 2017

Bonnie Loo

Bonnie began the year with blonde hair, which she has since darkened into a more natural shade.

Upgrade or downgrade:

While neither hairstyle is egregiously bad (in fact, both of them are pretty good), we have to admit that Bonnie stands out more in the blonde. And kudos to her stylist for achieving the right tone of blonde almost immediately.

Photo: Instagram/@bonnieloo94

Aileen Tan
Aileen Tan
04 Dec 2017

Aileen Tan

Ahead of the ASEAN-China Film Festival opening, Aileen debuted a short ‘do that is at once shaggy and voluminous.

Upgrade or downgrade: 

Downgrade. Maybe this is the kind of hairstyle that takes a while to settle in (anyone who’s ever had a dramatic haircut will know what we’re talking about), but it also ages Aileen by at least half a decade.

Photo: Instagram/@the_celebrityagency, @aileentan80

Sora Ma
Sora Ma
04 Dec 2017

Sora Ma

Sora changed up her look with a short, blunt fringe.

Upgrade or downgrade:

Sora’s doe eyes look even cute when framed by this girlish hairstyle.

Photo: Instagram/@soramayx

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