New hairdos for New Face finalists
Two New Face finalists get hair makeover that may also transform their career
A hair makeover is a The New Paper New Face tradition that could make or break a finalist.
New Face 2010 winner Vivien Ong and last year's champ Jean Yong left the modelling competition with much shorter hair and a career on international runways. New Face 2011 finalist-turned-actress Jayley Woo had a drastic cut and ended up with a burgeoning showbiz career.
This year was no exception.
Two of the top 15 finalists went to New Face 2018's official hair salon Kelture at Paragon to get a possibly career-defining hairdo.
The 20-year-old Nanyang Technological University undergraduate's close-up shot featured the hairstyle she auditioned with - a wavy shoulder-length perm. Then she had a short bob for her shoot at the Subaru showroom, and finally, her hair was bleached and her fringe chopped off for the final street-style photo shoot.
Yuolmae said: "It was an exhilarating experience at Kelture... (salon director Kelvin Yap) kept joking about the styles he was going to create, intending to keep it a surprise. I was a little shocked, but I was prepared for a dramatic change.
"My head of curls transformed into an asymmetrical bob, a definite head-turner. I absolutely loved the colour, a mixture of multiple shades of blue and purple, giving my new hair a unique glow at every angle."
Mr Yap said one should not go for popular colours and instead get a hue that suits your skin tone.
For the freelance fashion stylist, the makeover was impactful, even though the length of her hair was not changed.
It was a short blunt fringe that made all the difference.
Nadia, 25, admitted: "It was a little hard to adapt at first because it was quite a big change in appearance for me, so it took a little more courage to embrace it."
Mr Yap said getting a short fringe requires confidence, adding: "It really transforms you, and not everyone can do it."
He recommends those with a high forehead or long face to try the hairstyle as "it will help balance things out".
Still, the time spent at Kelture was pleasant for Nadia.
She said: "It was fun seeing them work their magic on my hair."
Vote for Miss Popularity and win Starbucks gift card
Online voting for the Miss Popularity subsidiary title is still ongoing at tnp.sg/misspopularity. It ends at midnight tomorrow.
Voting will then continue on site at Bugis+ on the day of the New Face 2018 finale on Thursday till 5pm.
The winner of the subsidiary title walks away with $1,000 cash, and those who cast a vote (for any contestant) stand a chance to win a $20 Starbucks gift card.
As of last Friday, the top seven are (in alphabetical order):
- Alexis Cook
- Cheri Teo
- Jane Fernandez
- Nadia Amir
- Shafiqah Marwiah
- Thean Jia Sin
- Yap Yu Jun