14 sensational blowouts you have to try
What's in a blowout? To us, the best blowouts are not just time spent in a salon chair, but therapy, respite and an instant confidence boost all in one. And when it comes to the perfect blowout, it's more than just the look you select and the skill of your hairstylist. It's also in the tools that are used — from the hairdryers and brushes to the actual shampoo, conditioners and products. This combination can get you just the right amount of sleekness, volume and shine. We tried the new Kérastase Supersonic Blowout at J's Salon and as usual, were bowled over by the impeccable service — our treatment room overlooked the Singapore River — and the pampering products from the top notch brand.
Kérastase's Discipline range of haircare was used for the blowout, starting with the shampoo, followed by the mask — for a quickie hair treat — before a combination of leave-in products from the range were applied, according to each individual's hair type and texture. The pièce de résistance? Use of the new Dyson Supersonic space-age hairdryer to complete your blowout. This remarkable piece of technology dries faster and quieter than traditional dryers and helps eliminate frizz. Because it is engineered not to overheat the hair, your tresses are less fried out and damaged in the long-term. I left with hair that looked bouncy and shiny — and received many compliments after. Now that you're convinced this is just the treat your tired and dull tresses need, pick from the 14 fabulous styles created by 11 top salons in Singapore. There's literally one for every mood.
If you're feeling... edgy
Try: This beautiful, slicked back ponytail — that comes with voluminous curls. Created by Raye of Backstage Salon, we love the little details like the side part and the braid at the crown.
If you're feeling... impulsive
Try... this modern combination of bold waves and loose curls created by Daphne of Hair Mechanics. Ditch a boring straight 'do and go for a style that actually turns heads for a change.
If you're feeling... confident
Try... a polished and elegant blowout. Gorgeously controlled curls created by Vincent of J's Salon will take you from the boardroom to an evening soirée with class — and just the right amount of sass.
If you're feeling... sensual
Try... a look that's both sexy and on trend. June of Protrim Hair Salon has created voluminous yet light waves that have so much toucheability and texture, we're sure your date will find it hard to resist a feel.
If you're feeling... spirited
Try... bouncy, almost whimsical curls. Haven't you heard that mid-length curls with bangs are the 'It' hairstyle of the season. Jason of Salon #1's interpretation is sassy and lively, with just a touch of that K-pop influence.
If you're feeling... classy
Try... a sculpted blowdry. This sleek blowout by Nick of Salon 360 highlights all your favourite features, downplays the bits you want to hide, and shows off the quiet sophistication of simplicity at its best.
If you're feeling... bold
Try... a fresh and modern combination of relaxed waves and braids. Sue Liew of Salon Vim has created a style you'll often see on red carpets and at music festivals, that brims with confidence and effortless cool.
If you're feeling... chic
Try... a wavy bob. It's time to ditch the blah-ness of your usual style and amp things up. Gary Chew of Salon Vim has envisioned a look that's fashion forward yet understated, with this assymmetrical 'do. Don't have a bob? Ask your stylist to fake it with a faux version by pinning away some of your hair.
If you're feeling... glamorous
Try... a modern beehive. Gaining inspiration from the vintage styles of yore, Gary Soh of SHS Salon's sleek yet voluminous updo takes you to greater heights — and is all the hair decoration you need for a big night out.
If you're feeling... feminine
Try... defined, loose waves. Forget a messy, dishevelled look and go for the flirty, S-shaped waves created by StyleNa Hair's Jane Kim Hyuna. It goes perfectly with the boho clothing and accessories that are trending this season.
If you're feeling... sweet
Try... a waterfall braid. Unapologetically girlish and just plain pretty, we envisage this relaxed style by Hanks of Toni & Guy on hipster bridesmaids everywhere.
If you're feeling... rebellious
Try... bouncy and sculpted curls. Like Sandy post-makeover in Grease these sexy, rule-breaking tresses have a whole lot of attitude. Faith of Toni & Guy, captures the movement and devil-may-care spirit of this style to perfection.
If you're feeling...flamboyant
Try... a sophisticated updo. Created by Isaac of Toni & Guy, the textured curls and loose pieces in the front, lend this formal style a slightly casual edge, yet is the perfect complement to a stunning, floor-length gown.
If you're feeling... playful
Try... a modern bob with a twist. Keep things unexpected and slightly quirky, like this style from Vincent of Vintage Studio, that has an inventive, flipped-out fringe.
Photography: Julian Ong
Styling: Yuan Sng
Makeup: Wee Ming
Love these blowout styles? Pick your favourite one and tell us why you love it, and stand a chance to win one of four Kérastase Discipline Curl hampers worth $220 each. Email firstname.lastname@example.org with your answers and contact details. Contest ends on 28 September 2016.