When I first moved to Singapore five years ago, Issac Ng / Salon Director at Toni & Guy SG was recommended to me for my haircuts therefore it was only fitting that I rope Issac in to giving me a new look and some top tips for my InSing Vanity Project and to you, my blog readers.
Issac shared a lot of great tips - some hit the cutting room floor for InSing so I swept them up for my blog. *wink*
Issac's tips (IT): Treat your hair like you treat your skin with the correct daily haircare which gives you an easy texture and condition for general hair health and styling.
IT: Looking for a new look? Communication is key so talk to your stylist.
andrea claire's 2 cents (ac) - this might help you
IT: If you are clinging onto your long hair, try a fringe variation which gives you a sense of change.
ac - A fringe can slim and / or diffuse signs of aging known as the French Facelift as shared to me by my Canadian friend and fellow hairstylist Marilsa Sears - still cracks me up and so true!
IT: Lifestyle plays a huge role in choosing the right haircut.
ac - Ditto! If you are a CEO and mother of triplets under 3, a haircut requiring a daily blowout is so not for you - but hiding bad hair days with a ponytail may be too office casual. This again falls under: Communication.
IT: Hair accessories are a great way to dress up your hair with temporary hair pieces so you are not to be married them.
hair & makeup I did for Seventeen SG - I wrapped a few coloured extensions around our model's ponytail.
ac - I love hair pieces. They can be clipped in or even glued in for one night. A faux pony or adding in a splash of colour - my advice is: invest in real hair. The plastic hair pieces look like shit poopoo and you can't heat manipulate them - I don't care if the package says 'low heat' - it's lying to you.
IT: Dip dying is not just for the punky hipsters. Subtle hair colour changes strategically placed underneath your top layers can be slimming.
ac - Ditto.
IT: Issac encourages clients to wash their hair in the morning. Washing at night affects the look for the next day. Minimize your work.
ac - although washing at night is like Roulette Hair (trademark Andrea Claire) - you never know, you may wake up with fabulous hair... or you may need to wash it... spin the wheel...
IT: For women looking for extreme cuts Issac shows them men's haircuts for inspirations
ac: Super cool idea. Stealing that one - thanks Issac.
Celebrity cuts can inspire - kind of a no brainer - but if you are looking for a change look at celeb photos.
Issac says the top 3 hair spring trends are:
1. Short hair
2. 80s asymmetry "offset" short or long
3. Updos messy chic side knots - a wearable runway look
Issac's product must haves for 2013:
Thermal / heat protector - great for heat styling
Beach sea salt sprays - Try Sea Spray $12.95 USD at Lush
Coloured dusts - brunette dry shampoos. Try Green Rootine Dry Shampoo - Dark $19.00 USD by Jonathan Product at DERMSTORE
"Bring your friends' ideas but leave your friends at home." Issac and I both rolled our eyes in agreement on this one.
ac- Hairstylists everywhere have been there. You don't need your BFF and your mother and your sister and your sister's BFF to get a haircut. Be a big girl or have your haircut at Toys R Us.
Biggest hair mistake according to Issac are perms and I couldn't agree more. Last perm I gave was to my grandmother 15 years ago and I kept asking her why she insisted on looking like her poodle the whole time I was doing it. I *stands taller* convinced her to stop that hairy situation. Proudly perm-free for 15 years!
Issac's advice: If you must perm, avoid looking auntie by having your perm done using bigger rods. Perms are about 10% of a salon's business - this should tell you right there that they aren't the thing to do.
"The cut is the most important step -it's your foundation to great hair." Issac Ng.
Kindly note: all photos of Issac and I by the lovely and talented Zurina Bryant.