Being a hot and humid country with all year-round tropical climate, having short hair seems like a no-brainer in Singapore. Not only does it trap less heat and is more breathable than long tresses, but having a a shorter haircut also makes it easy to blowdry, style and manage. Beyond practical concerns, having short hair makes for dynamic, fashionable looks. Just take a look at these celebs:
Chantalle Ng’s career is on a rise lately, thanks to her role in My Star Bride and scoring her first Top Ten Most Popular Female Artiste at this year’s Star Awards. In recent times, Chantalle showed off her new hairstyle when she went to Bali for vacation. The shoulder-length haircut with highlights exemplified her youthful, modern sensibilities,
How many of you tuned into the popular Korean drama The Penthouse: War in Life? When Lee Ji-ah returned in the second season, she shed her long hair for a shorter crop with a slight curl ending below the ears. Not only did the haircut make her look even younger and more fashionable, but the accompanying wispy bangs also helped modify her face shape.
Stage actress Jeon Mi-do became a more widely-recognised name after starring in Hospital Playlist. In both seasons, she sported short straight hair that ended at her chin and wore it either untied and parted to the side or tied up with bangs framing the sides of her face.
Keeping her hair raven black, Taiwanese fashion blogger Molly Chiang chopped off her tresses. Her haircut consists of neat ear lines at the front to accentuate her face shape and facial features while having a voluminous bob at the back. The hairstyle is easy to match with clothing and shows off a strong sense of self.
Saying goodbye to over a decade of long hair, Rainie Yang unveiled a refreshing look with a straight bob. She made the simple look more interesting by having a gradient hair colour, with the outer layer a light milk tea colour while the inner layer is dark green.
Ariel Lin always had long black hair. So it was a pleasant surprise when she revealed a fresh, age-reducing short crop. A large side parting of the hairline helped to modify the contour of the face, thereby giving her a more elegant appearance. She shared that her reason for cutting her hair short was because it is too hot in summer, she wants to shorten the time blowing her hair as well as to bring new changes to her look.
Janine Chang is another beloved Taiwanese actress well-loved by many brands. For a role, she chopped off the long hair she kept for 20 years and was reborn into another person. The short haircut brought out her charming facial features and exemplified her personality. Janine’s hairstyling mantra is “just don’t be obedient” – reflecting that extremely short hair should look casual and uninhibited. The messier it looks, the better it is at demonstrating the spontaneity and beauty of short-haired ladies.
Very short hairstyles aren’t suitable for all face shapes, but they are extremely great at showing off your personality. Taiwanese star Annie Chen is one of them who can pull the look off, showing off an androgynous charm that’s playful and energetic.
When South Korean girl group Blackpink member Lisa chopped off her hair, the world went crazy for it and it led to a wave of short hair fever in South Korea. Her look focuses on having glossy hair as well as her signature bangs. This also shows how short hair can look varied and different, depending on how you cut and wear it.
Ever since Park Gyu-young starred in It’s Okay to Not Be Okay as nurse Nam Ju-ri, her popularity has been on the rise. In the short, her short hair earned her the moniker “first love girl” due to the pure and innocent image that it added. In fact, you would be hard-pressed to tell that she looks 27 here.
With over a decade of experience under her belt, South Korean Yoo In-na shed her iconic lustrous long hair for this short haircut. Together with dark brown hair with a reddish tinge that accentuated her fair skin, the overall look becomes elegant and sophisticated. In terms of grooming, use hair wax to comb the hair back, then pick out strands of hair along the hairline to add a fluffy texture.
Short hair can make you appear demure and sophisticated and it can also make you look imposing and domineering. Kim Tae-hee’s short haircut belongs to the latter after she shed her graceful long hairstyle. Together with an all-white suit and bold red lip, many working ladies can consider sporting this polished look.
Text: LEE YEN AND DION TANG/ Her World