The importance of having a good haircut [sp]

Good haircuts are important – it gives you confidence, and it also says a lot about your lifestyle. I remember a friend telling me that your hair can change the way you look, and I fully agree with that!

Finding the right hairstylist has always been a problem, and I’m sure many of you had experiences where you felt super nervous right before a haircut because you’re worried that the hairstylist is unable to cut the hair that you very much desire.

All those months of growing your hair out is wasted due to one poor haircut. All your friends will go like “DUDE WHAT HAPPENED TO YOUR HAIR?” And all you can do is just wait a few months for that sad hairstyle to go away.

Don’t worry, I know that EXACT feeling because I’ve been there before. I’ve had many bad haircuts in my life as well, and here’s one of them:
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Yeap… half of my head was almost bald.

The stylist was like, “Yea ok! I know this haircut!” And after the haircut I swore to myself that I’ll never step into that salon ever again. It gets really really sad when the stylist messes up your hair because hair takes so long to grow and the stylist just messed it up in a day!

So today, I’d like to share with you how you can get that desired hairstyle that you want to by introducing you to my stylist. (P.S. There will be 3 free haircut giveaways worth $60 each at the bottom of this post so read on!) Don’t worry, you won’t be nervous when you get a haircut from my stylist. 🙂

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H4U Salon is a newly opened salon at Centrepoint Shopping Mall. It’s located at level 4 just right beside the car park. So if you’re driving, take the uphill ramp from the car park and the first level you see will be the H4U salon level. (I hope this makes sense!)

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So here’s the look of the completed haircut, to give you a breakdown of what I wanted my new haircut to be like, I told Shawn, my new hairstylist, that I wanted something short, neat, and presentable. Being an athlete meant endless gym and dryland circuit sessions, and my old hairstyle just couldn’t work out as my hair kept poking my eyes when I was doing my gym and dryland sessions. To give you a clearer idea, this was my old hairstyle:

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My friends all say that old hairstyle made me look like a walking curry puff… but it’s ok…….

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The technique that Shawn uses to cut hair – from the photo above, you can see that the scissors are REALLY close to his hands (WTF!!!). I got super scared that he might actually cut his own fingers, but he told me that he’s done this for 20 years, and he’s already had many scars before this so rest assured that he was pass the stage of ever cutting himself.

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I personally feel that a great stylist never uses the thinning scissors when cutting hair. It just makes your hair really messy after as there’s no control when it comes to cutting with thinning scissors. Never once did Shawn used this scissors to thin my hair which made me enjoy my haircut a lot because I usually cringe when hairstylist use the thinning scissors on me…

So this was how easy it was to style my new hairstyle:

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A slight little twist and pinch (which is less than 2 minutes) and I’m good to go!

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And of course, all smiles to my fresh new haircut!!

So… to summarize the before and after of my haircut, this was before I had my haircut (featuring curry puff):

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And after:

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No regrets ditching the man bun!!!

And as promised, if you guys liked this haircut, Shawn has agreed to do 3 free haircut giveaways to you all! (girls included as well) Happiness is always best shared and I’m glad to be able to share this with you all. For more details, head over to this Instagram photo:

It’s a pretty simple contest, so good luck to everyone! 🙂

Oh and if you’re wondering, here’s the exact location for H4U Salon:
176 Orchard Road #04-16
Singapore 238843
To book an appointment, call: 67388849
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I just cut a Zayn Malik inspired hairstyle, what do you guys think?

So if you can recall a few weeks back I told you guys that my hair has been growing REALLY REALLY long and there was a reason behind it. Truth is, as a brand ambassador of GetKlarity, I managed to get a haircut with Hair 510 – A new salon by Taiwanese celebrity Hair Maestro Wu Yi Lin, which explains why it’s called Hair 510 (pun intended).

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So in order for them to give me the desired haircut that I wanted, I had to first leave my hair untouched for as long as possible so that there would be less restrictive and long enough for them to cut my hair. Just to give you an idea on how long my hair was before I cut it:

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Yes I know it kinda looks like a helmet, people have been asking me why I’ve been wearing a helmet around and we all laughed about it, but it was all for good fun and I had at least have a decent amount of hair length before going for a cut. It took me about months to save up to this hair length and trust me it was insanely hard, especially when Singapore’s so hot and you have to survive with a helmet on your head.

As a Singaporean, I find it really hard to achieve the hairstyles that westerners have as our hair type is naturally finer compared to theirs, so often a times we usually don’t get the desired haircut we want. I personally have went to many haircuts only to end up with an undesirable hairstyles which left me frustrated.

So here was a photo I showed the the director of Hair 510 (Tracy) before cutting my hair:

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It’s a Zayn Malik inspired haircut. But no I don’t listen to One Direction at all. I just saw his hair online and I liked it a lot so I decided to give this cut a try.

I’ve always tried to cut this hair but it always ended up too thin however thick my hairstylist tried to cut it. I couldn’t even achieve this hairstyle with 0 thinning of my hair, that was how fine my hair was. That is the problem with Asian hair types, it’s naturally really fine so it’s hard to achieve a thick and voluminous hair like the photo above even without thinning.

It was quite surprising that Tracy said that it was still possible to cut this hairstyle despite my hair being on the thin side – All I needed was a perm, and they were happy to do it for me. I was really excited about it as it is my first ever time perming my hair.

However, do note that perming was needed for my hair type, your hair type may be different so you may or may not need the perm. My suggestion is for you to show them a photo of the desired hairstyle you want and leave it to them to cut it for you.

For me, I had really hard and dry hair due to the chlorine build up from the long hours in the pool, and my current hair cut had layering leftover from my previous haircut. Thus, instead of the normal perm which people usually go for, I went for the steam perm because it will help to soften hair and provide the natural waves that I needed.

If you’re interested how a steam perm works, here they are:

a) Customized pre-treatment for hair to give strength and repair hair ends
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b) Winding of hair 
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c) Start the steam perm. Hair 510 uses the Korean made Healer Micro Mist Healer Machine. 
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The machine supplies micro mist at a controlled temperate that allows micro-mist to penetrate into hair efficiently which in turn allows the best moisturizing effect. 
It has helped to soften, supply moisture and disperse heat into my damaged hair which in turn reduce damages and strengthen curls.

In short, it creates an excellent softening by maintaining moisture balancing of my hair to ensure that my waves and curls would last longer. 

Also, The steam perm didn’t feel too hot and there wasn’t any strong chemical smells so the steam perm felt really comfortable.

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I finished off with haircut and styling after the perm. They decided to do the perm first so that my hair looks more natural after cutting. If I had cut it first the hair may have been too short to be permed.

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As you can see, the perms look really wavy now, that’s because the curls haven’t relaxed yet. It was a little too wavy for my liking, but it got better after a week.

Here are some of the home care that Hair 510 provided me to maintain the curls on my hair:

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The bottle that I’m supposed to use for the first week after perm is the white bottle – Rizzi Shampoo ($30). It helps maintain nutrition and moisture needed to maintain the shape of my curls.  It also prevented my hair from being frizzy after perming and it REALLY WORKED.

Why do I say so?

It was because during the first week after my perm I actually didn’t believe much in these shampoos, I always thought they were just ways for companies to earn extra money so I didn’t actually use the shampoo they provided. I just continued using my normal shampoo instead. Another reason for not using the shampoo was that I also wanted my curls to die down a little.

However a few days later my hair started to become really dry and frizzy, and they literally felt like they were going to fall off (not kidding, it was that bad) so that convinced me to try out the shampoo they gave me. Straight after coming out from a bath with that shampoo, I blew dry my hair and my hair looked much fuller and moisturized, honestly I even I was surprised by the difference the shampoo made. I’m not making things up here, I’d rather be honest with my reviews rather than giving a fake one. So yeah the shampoo really helped me with the frizziness and my hair felt much fuller and healthier with stronger waves after using it.

For the second week onwards I’m supposed to use their house brand – Vitamin recharge shampoo ($30) and conditioner ($34). It helps to maintain my curls and provide it with the vitamins that it needs. It’s been working well for me so I’m not complaining.

Like I said, the curls started to relax after a week, but my hair looked a little too long for my liking so I went back for another trim and they were happy to do it for me. 🙂

So… Now for the best part of the post, here’s the end result of my haircut:

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Say goodbye to my 3 month old helmet head! Hahahaha.

Here are some more photos of my new haircut from different angles:

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My friends have been giving me good feedback about my hair too and they said it suits me so all is good. Most importantly, I really like my hair now and it has finally achieved the desired look that I wanted! There’s finally volume there and my hair looks really full and thick as compared to my previous haircuts.

In summary, if you’re looking for this kind of hairstyle as well, you would most probably need: 

1) Long hair to start out with 
2) Steam perm ($335) 
3) Men’s haircut by director ($55) 

However, do note that all hair types are different so you may not need as many steps as I did. 🙂

<Check out the full price list here>

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Special thanks to hair Director Tracy for this haircut! It was definitely worth the 3 months of keeping my hair as it turned out awesome. 🙂

So what do you guys think of my new hairstyle? Did you all like it? Was it worth the 3 months wait? Do leave your comments! 🙂

Also, if you are interested:

HAIR 510 is located at:
#1-20, Tripleone Somerset
111 Somerset Road
S238164

Opening hours:
Mon-Fri: 10:30am – 8:30pm
Saturday: 10:30am – 7:30pm
Sunday/PH: 10:30am – 5:30pm

You can now book via GetKlarity here! 

Hair 510 is running a GetKlarity-exclusive promotion to get your tresses shaped up in time for Chinese New Year! Don’t forget to check it out.

 

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