I’ve become slightly more astute towards hairstyles ever since I went to a hairdresser sometime last month and cut my hair into a bob. The magazines in the shop were boasting the seasonal trends in hair. Singapore does not have seasons, so everyone pretty much looks the same all year round. However, I’ve scrutinised the hair of the men and women around me, and I’m ready to comment on how inferior they all are to my cute bob!
1. Long hair
The trend now for women is to have long hair, the kind that’s really long. Most women these days keep it un-styled and a bit messy, so that they can put all their hair to one side. The benefit of keeping all your hair to one side, for long-haired women, is the breeze it affords to the other side of the neck. You have no idea how warm the neck can get with all that hair sticking to it!
The next trendy thing to do, aside from keeping all your hair to one side, is to curl it at the ends. Nowadays people don’t go for full-length perms anymore; they keep the top of the hair straight and just wave the bottom. This means you get a bouncy feel without the mess of frilly fly-away hair. You don’t want to look like Einstein or, gasp, an old woman.
The third thing to do, which is getting less trendy now, is to rebond your hair and make it all straight. I personally think that rebonding makes a large proportion of women look ugly. You need a lot of hair to rebond, because when you straighten your strands they look flat, and you don’t want your ears peeking out. Certain face shapes also don’t look great with rebonded hair. In fact, I’d say the faces that suit such straight hair are small faces, or faces that look old. Somehow when you’re reaching your forties, rebonding does succeed in making you look younger. However, for youngsters with bigger faces, rebonding makes you look old instead. It really depends on a case-by-case basis. It seems most people have realised that now, for I see a lot fewer rebonded hair and more wavy ones.
2. Coloured hair
More and more people are dyeing their hair, to the extent that those who don’t are probably unfashionable. The most common colours for Asians are brown and red. However, dyeing nowadays is more complex than it used to be, because it’s more of highlights than colouring the entire head itself. You want to have brown strands between the black strands, so there’s a sort of volume in the colour, or something like that. It works pretty well a lot of the time, and not dyeing your entire hair brown means you won’t look too embarrassing when your black hair grows out.
Of course, it gets less interesting when every head looks like that.
There seems to be a sort of logic when deciding the shade you want to highlight your hair. Brown gives people a milder look, whereas red enhances someone’s sharpness and personality. Red will make you look distinctive whilst brown will make you look gentler. Also, the lightness of your eyebrows determines the shade you can highlight your hair comfortably with and still look good! The lighter your eyebrows are, the lighter the shade of colour you can use, so as not to have an ugly clash. Of course, men often have darker eyebrows than women, so perhaps the logic works differently for them.
Aside from red and brown, some women also go for things like green. In fact, green is strangely common, given that it fades into a weird grey colour towards the end and looks absolutely hideous. Most people who dye their hair green or bright red have a distinct way of doing it. They dye only the bottom half of their hair. This means the top of their hair is entirely black, and at the bottom, from neck down, the hair turns into bright pink or such. I once saw someone dye their hair peach, which actually went very well with their white blouse.
Some of you may have noticed certain ladies who have a bunch of pink hair at a random part among the black strands. These are probably hair extensions! I’ve seen girls take a bunch of pink hair and clip it into their existing hair, so when they swish their heads you see a trail of pink. These are probably better in that the colours don’t fade at least.
3. Men’s hair
it seems there is only one way to tell whether a guy is trendy with his hair. If he shaves off the sides and gels the centre of his head so that the hair sticks up like a mohawk. Yup, the Mohawk style is in the house.
They are amazingly bad.
It’s just an eyesore to see a guy with no hair at the sides and then a swirl of shiny turd resting atop his scalp. It makes him look vain and it’s so obviously a style disaster on the most fundamental level. I prefer decent, honest-looking men with normal hair (or maybe the Japanese style, I wouldn’t mind that too fufufu).
In any case, winter is coming. I’m eager to discover some unique hairstyles when the rainy season arrives, and it becomes acceptable to wear coats and scarves. Surprise me!