The most dramatic local celeb hair makeovers of 2018 – so far

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The most dramatic local celeb hair makeovers of 2018 – so far
The most dramatic local celeb hair makeovers of 2018 – so far
11 Jun 2018

The most dramatic local celeb hair makeovers of 2018 – so far

We're only at the halfway mark of 2018 but we’ve already seen some drastic hair transformations from the stars this year. From dramatic chops and major dye jobs to going back to basics, these are the best and worst hair makeovers of 2018 - so far.

Rui En
Rui En
11 Jun 2018

Rui En

Rui En started out the year with auburn hair but has since returned to her dark roots.

Upgrade or downgrade:

Upgrade. Sure, Rui En stands out more with the coloured hair, but we like how the dark tone softened her facade and brought out her skin’s healthy glow.

Photo: Toggle, Instagram/@denniszhouchongqing

Chen Hanwei
Chen Hanwei
11 Jun 2018

Chen Hanwei

No, this isn’t a throwback photo of Hanwei 20 years ago. He’s sporting his iconic Fang Lao Shi ‘do once more.

Upgrade or downgrade:

Downgrade. As much as we loved Fang Lao Shi, this version makes Hanwei look like he’s seen better days.


Desmond Tan
Desmond Tan
11 Jun 2018

Desmond Tan

Desmond, who regularly switches up his strands, parted with his “Oppa” waves for his role as a nurse in upcoming Channel 8 drama You Can Be An Angel 3.

Upgrade or downgrade:

Downgrade. Sorry Desmond, boyish as you may look now, we think you took two steps back with this cut which gives us flashbacks of your Mata Mata wig.

Photo: Toggle, Instagram/@thedesmondtan

Eleanor Lee
Eleanor Lee
11 Jun 2018

Eleanor Lee

We’ve never really seen Eleanor with anything other than her long flowing locks, so when she lobbed it off, we did a double take.

Upgrade or downgrade:

Downgrade. While we’re happy to see Eleanor try something new, this shaggy ‘do makes her look like a prepubescent boy.

Photo: Instagram/@eleanorleex

Zed Lee
Zed Lee
11 Jun 2018

Zed Lee

SQUEE! Look who got himself a mohawk? Looking all grown up, Zed Zed!

Upgrade or downgrade:

Upgrade. Doesn’t Fann Wong and Christopher Lee’s adorable progeny look even cheekier after going under the clippers?

Photo: Instagram/@fannaiaiwong

Kayly Loh
Kayly Loh
11 Jun 2018

Kayly Loh

At this year’s Star Awards, Kayly debuted a sleek new bob that gave off major sci-fi vibes.

Upgrade or downgrade:

We’re conflicted. On the one hand the bangs seem too severe for Kayly, but on the other hand, we like how the short bob refreshed her look.

Photo: Instagram/@kaylywayly

Ian Fang
Ian Fang
11 Jun 2018

Ian Fang

Frosted tips had such a bad rap in the ‘90s, we never thought we’d see it in the flesh again, let alone on a local celebrity.

Upgrade or downgrade:

Historical bias aside, you got to admit the highlights give Ian more character than boring black hair. Upgrade.

Photo: Instagram/@ian_ianization

Fiona Xie
Fiona Xie
11 Jun 2018

Fiona Xie

After a brief flirtation with colour, Fiona returned to the dark side, occasionally switching up her look with a long wavy wig.

Upgrade or downgrade:

Downgrade. While neither style is bad, Fiona looks more distinctive and spunky with the pink waves.

Photo: Instagram/@xplacidacidx

Tosh Zhang
Tosh Zhang
11 Jun 2018

Tosh Zhang

Also going from bubblegum pink to black was Tosh, who called this his “good boy hair”.

Upgrade or downgrade:

Upgrade. And we’re not the only ones who think so. Many of his fans left comments that he looks more “shuai” with the slick do.

Photo: Instagram/@toshrock

Eelyn Kok
Eelyn Kok
12 Jun 2018

Eelyn Kok

When the weather got too hot, Eelyn ditched her long locks for a platinum blonde pixie.

Upgrade or downgrade:

UPGRADE! Not only is this haircut edgy and chic, we love how the blonde illuminates Eelyn's skin. One of the best makeovers this year.

Photo: Instagram/@eelynkok

Richie Koh
Richie Koh
11 Jun 2018

Richie Koh

For his role as a rebellious, Richie rich kid in Toggle Originals series The Distance Between, the actor got himself a blink-and-you’ll-miss-it undercut with double striped hair tattoo.

Upgrade or downgrade:

Downgrade. The undercut looks more ang moh beng than badass.

Photo: Instagram/@richiekrq, @the_celebrityagency

Chantalle Ng
Chantalle Ng
11 Jun 2018

Chantalle Ng

Also getting the chop in the name of art (in the Mediacorp makeup unit no less) was Richie’s co-star Chantalle.

Upgrade or downgrade:

Upgrade! Chantalle’s killer bangs take her from girl-next-door to cool girl.

Photo: Instagram/@chantalleng, Toggle

Kelly Poon
Kelly Poon
11 Jun 2018

Kelly Poon

Kelly underwent a complete colour transformation, going from brunette to blonde and finally purple, which she said was “more fun than blue, more mysterious than red".

Upgrade or downgrade:

Upgrade. We weren’t crazy about the freaky blonde that made Kelly look a little like Harley Quinn, but this edgy shade of purple is perfection.

Photo: Instagram/@kellypanjiali

Dennis Chew
Dennis Chew
11 Jun 2018

Dennis Chew

New movie, new hair. Dennis showed off his new tousled bowl cut just a day before filming for Da Jian Shi (loosely translated as Big Issue) began.

Upgrade or downgrade:

Upgrade. Dennis looks like he's 45 going on 25. 

Photo: Instagram/@denniszhouchongqing

Jayley Woo
Jayley Woo
11 Jun 2018

Jayley Woo

After filming for Life Less Ordinary wrapped, Jayley traded in her long, brown tresses for a jet black bob, a switch that was a long time coming.  

Upgrade or downgrade:

Upgrade. Not only is this look more polished, we’re getting mod vibes from Jayley’s cute bob.

Photo: Instagram/@jiaqiwoo

Nat Ho
Nat Ho
11 Jun 2018

Nat Ho

There were collective cheers in our office when Nat snipped off his messy mop.

Upgrade or downgrade:

Major upgrade. Finally the handsome Nat is back!

Photo: Instagram/@iamnatho

Calvert Tay
Calvert Tay
11 Jun 2018

Calvert Tay

When duty called, Calvert buzzed his hair and went from ah boy to man.

Upgrade or downgrade:

While Calvert’s previous do was K-drama worthy, he looks pretty good botak too. Who knew he had such a nice head shape?

Photo: Instagram/@zhenggeping

Joanne Peh
Joanne Peh
11 Jun 2018

Joanne Peh

Want to transform your look but don’t want anything too extreme? Try brow-grazing bangs like Joanne.

Upgrade or downgrade:

Upgrade. The wispy fringe not only frames her face but also takes years off it. We’re almost tempted to reach for the scissors ourselves.

Photo: Instagram/@joannepeh, Toggle

Nathan Hartono
Nathan Hartono
11 Jun 2018

Nathan Hartono

NOOOO! We got a shock when Nathan appeared on our Instagram feed with a mushroom cut. Fortunately, he posted a picture of his usual handsome self a day later. Phew! 

Upgrade or downgrade:

Okay, let's get this out of the way so you don't entertain fungi thoughts ever again. The full fringe doesn't suit you. Leave the shroom to Aden Chen. Downgrade.

Photo: Instagram/@nathanhartono

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