On Korean Curls With Celeb Hairstylist Gunhee | Clozette
The Korean wave is on a rampage and is showing absolutely no signs of slowing down. Mind you, when we say Korean Wave, we literally mean just that -- on your hair, that is. From Singapore to the Philippines, the Korean Curls is taking over Southeast Asia. We even know of friends who specifically travel to Korea to get their hair done Korean-style!

With the launch of Curlia, L’Oreal Professionnel’s new Korean Curls in-salon service, getting the Korean Curls is as easy as heading to your nearby partnering salon of L’Oreal Professionnel. Curlia combats three common fears of hair perming -- hair damage, manageability and lengthy waiting time -- by infusing the cold-perm technique and L’Oreal’s exclusive Micro Oils-ex with botanical extract for natural, luscious curls. No need to spend outrageously long hours at the salon, the cold-perm process and time is much more compact compared to the regular hot-perm.
In conjunction with the launch, Korean celebrity hairstylist Gunhee -- the mane man behind the hair looks of some of the biggest names in K-pop (think Super Junior, JYJ, and 4 Minute) -- created four hair looks, all of which mirror after the popular Korean Curls hair trend that is all the rage right now.

We sat down for a chat with Gunhee and find out why he chose to set up shop in Singapore, and which Korean celebrity personally takes care of their hair best (be prepared to be surprised!).

We all know the key elements of Korean fashion, skincare and makeup. What about Korean hair?

If you look at K-pop stars, or especially in K-dramas, you see a very natural look. [The Korean hairstyle] is definitely very different from the Western style. Koreans prefer natural, and it’s something that is very suitable for Asian. “Natural” is the keyword for Korean hair.

Which Korean celebrity, in your opinion, has the best hair to work with?

There is no [particular] hair that is easy to do. It is always difficult because it depends on the concept I am [going for]. It is more of when I’ve gotten used to the person that I’ll know what they like and what they dislike. [After] working with these people more often, I become more comfortable. I am always nervous [while at work], so it’s not easy. Super Junior’s Heechul is the best to work with definitely, because he’s my closest friend.

Which Korean celebrity personally takes care of their hair best?

Nobody takes care of their hair best, because they [just] go to the salon [to get their hair done and treated]. When they’re not working, they wear a cap.

You’re currently heading the Bella K-Beauty House in Singapore. Why Singapore?

I [plan to expand] internationally, but I particularly chose Singapore because I wanted to start from Southeast Asia. There are many other countries around Singapore, but Singapore is definitely an easier place to start because it’s so “international”.

What’s your take on the Curlia?

[It’s a] good product. Before this product came out, Koreans prefer the hot-perm. But with Curlia (which uses a cold-perm technique), you can almost get the same kind of curls with lesser damage on the hair. Process time is shortened as well.

You created four Korean Curl looks for the launch that are inspired by the four renowned Korean districts -- Cheongdam, Insadong, Myeongdong and Cheonggye. Which is your favourite look, and which district has the best hair?

I definitely prefer the Cheongdam because I’m from Cheongdam. There is no specific place [that has the best hair] because different hairstylists have different styles. But Cheongdam is well known for a lot of K-pop stars and celebrity sightings, [so the spotlight is definitely] on Cheongdam.

If given 10 minutes to get ready in the morning, what is the best solution for quick hair fix?

Before you sleep, do a little [bit] of styling. That’s why we recommend the Curlia perm -- so you don’t need to do much. Just do some twirling before you sleep, and a little bit more [when you wake up in the morning].

Most Singaporeans have straight hair [partly due to the humid] weather. If you do a perm, there is more volume in the hair. So even if it’s humid, it’s not as flat as straight hair. [Plus,] you still get the natural look.


What are your thoughts on Korean Curls? Share it with us in the comments below!


What happens when makeup and music collide? Amazing news for us lippie lovers apparently!

Driven by a shared passion for the stage, MAKE UP FOR EVER, chart topping Swedish duo Icona Pop, and celebrity makeup artist Colby Smith brought together the world of makeup and music to reveal the new Artist Rouge campaign. Combining the artists’ vision and the brand’s expertise, MAKE UP FOR EVER and Icona Pop co-created an exclusive and exuberant video for the hit song Emergency, highlighting the transformative power of the Artist Rouge lipsticks.

Featuring 31 cream shades and 15 matte shades, Artist Rouge lipsticks offer spectacular wear and outstanding comfort. Along with the collection comes  an addtional two limited-edition lipsticks featuring the Icona Pop insignia. Caroline chose a velvety matte deep red (#M401) and Aino chose a creamy, dark blue (#C603).

“Makeup is so important for us when we are on stage, to do something fun for people. You can become a superwoman with just some blush and a black lipstick. We express ourselves through music—but also through how we dress and how we wear our makeup. MAKE UP FOR EVER is perfect for us because it’s edgy and cool—plus there are so many different colors to play with!” – Icona Pop

What are you waiting for? Embrace your edge with MAKE UP FOR EVER's Artist Rouge Lipsticks!


Find out more about the Icona Pop x MAKE UP FOR EVER collaboration by visiting www.makeupforever.com

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Makeup is powerful. It can boost your self-confidence, make you feel fabulous, and emphasise your best features. But who knew it could also age you? Unless you’re into that whole look, for many of us, we want to be able to retain our youth.

So if you feel like your current makeup routine is aging your features, or you just want to change up your look, here are the 3 makeup tips that will help you appear more youthful and fresh!


Brighten your undereye area

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Everyone and their mother now wants that lit-from-within glow and for good reason. This makeup trick brings light back into your skin and makes your eyes look more awake and lifted!

Place blush on the apples of your cheeks, blending out

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Not to hate on contouring, but it can age you since the overly sculpted look makes you look gaunt. If you love it, though, but want a more youthful effect, blush is the key. Take a neutral shade of blush and lightly apply it on the apples of your cheeks, blending back towards your ears. Make sure you blend it out for that soft and diffused finish!

Go big with browns

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Bold colours and black shades are often too harsh for complexions. So opting for brown shades will inject a youthful touch to your looks because they’re softer and give more subtle contours to the eyes. Caramels, creams, bronzes, coffee are just some of the brown eye shadow shades you can choose from to make your EOTD fresh and young!

If you want more tips on how your makeup can give you a more youthful appearance, just watch the video below!


What are your tips to get youthful-looking MOTDs? Share them with us below!

Author Bio:

Ella James is a popular blogger and skincare expert. She is very passionate about writing on skincare and beauty. She has posted articles on tips for fine lines under eyes, best eye creams, weight loss and fitness news. In recent years, she had the opportunity to review AlluraCell. Apart from work she likes gardening and listening music. You can also contact her on Facebook, and Pinterest.