Speaking of Korean pop music, this has been SGS’s guilty pleasures for the longest time. From the leggy girl groups to cute boy bands, we have been secretly obsessing over the catchy tunes. So here, the secret is out and I’m sharing with you my top 5 k-pop favourites.
Brown Eyed Girls
This is an oldie but a goodie. Pretty sure everybody went ape shit when this track came out, sending it up the charts and making it THE dance of the year.
I don’t know if it’s the Asian fan girl in me talking but DAYUMMMM I love 2PM. Gotta give it to them for being the fittest band of all time. Look at those arms, what’s not to love?
And it doesn’t hurt that they can sing too.
This band has been around for the longest time and they remain one of Korea’s favourite. Their tracks are always on the chart and sometimes in the top 10 for weeks.
Their selling point? SUPER CATCHY TUNES!
This girl group ranks amongst Korea’s finest. They have a massive following and are friends of Jeremy Scott.
2NE1 has the usual Korean girl group make-up of the Queen Bee (CL), the pretty one (Park Bom), the dancer (Minzi) and the sassy one (Dara). Most of the k-pop bands also have this mix but not all come with this level of attitude.
To start off this post, I would like to tell you a little about my cut. Not too long ago, I decided to chop off all my split ends, ending up with a blunt cut. Therefore I pretty much have no layers in my hair, which really isn’t ideal for hair curling (but that doesn’t mean it can’t be done). For those with proper layers through their hair, there would absolutely be no problem in getting defined curls with great volume. Once you get used to curling, the whole process really just takes about 10 minutes.
Note: I am left-handed, so lets hope the following instructions won’t confuse any right-handers out there!
Step 1: Protect hair from heat
Step 1.5 (Optional): Apply thickening serum for fuller looking hair
Step 2: Split hair in half and keep fringe separate
Having long hair makes it more clumsier to curl, strands are longer and in general just more hair! It is easy to miss strands if hair is not at least sectioned in half. Say no to random straight strands of hair!
Step 3: Curl left section of hair
As we all have said, always curl outwards! It helps frame the face and also creates a very glamorous, sexy look. Take a small section of hair and make sure the clip is at the bottom. Starting from the middle section, twirl your hair once around the curling iron and slowly (+smoothly) drag this all the way to the bottom. Once you get to the ends, roll the iron all the way to where you started (or higher). Hold for 5-10 seconds then let go. Continue until left side is all curled.
Step 4: Curl right section of hair
The technique is exactly the same as step 3, however notice that the clip is at the top this time.
Step 5: Curl fringe
What you are aiming for here, are bangs that will curl softly away from your face. Pull your fringe upwards, and taking your iron with the clip in front, take the iron to the end of the strands and curl backwards. Curl it for half a rotation. What we want here is a curve of the ends not a curl.
Been in London for 3 months, I have had a fair share of high teas. It’s just the English way you know? Something a little fancy spancy here and there. The Georgian at Harrods (mind you, is so incredible) offers a cheaper afternoon tea menu at 26 quid (pounds), and was very satisfying indeed. Who can ever reject a good food coma?
Short hair is so awesome, what’s not is having this awkward-length-lob-business going on. To distract myself from the waiting game, I went straight to the hairdressers and asked them to chop me up some long layers. The result is being able to alternate between straight hair and wavy hair. Curly hair on a blunt cut does not work. For me anyways.
Weapons to achieve: a curling iron, heat protectant serum, hairspray (optional)
1. Always, start off with some sort of heat protectant serum of some kind. Curling and straightening (any sort of heat appliance) on a regular basis can cause your hair to burn and dry out. Prevention is key.
2. I never pull my hair into sections, clip it or tie it and curl it from there. I tend to work with the front sections first and move my way towards to the back of my head. Use your judgement and alternate the thickness of the curl. This will give it a messy, undone finish rather than aligned perfect curls. My sections are usually divided to 5cm thickness or 3cm thickness.
A genetic blamed problem I face, is having a round faced shape. Avoid a heavy curl around the cheek bones, an area which can widen your face shape. Opt for a looser, lighter curl, almost like a soft wave. Having some soft layers put through my hair, allowed the ends to allude to a softer finish which softens the roundness of my face shape and doesn’t emphasise any width.
Oval faces are the universal shape, so anything will work on you lucky things. A good haircut and styling should flatter your face shape.
3. Always curl away from your face. So the curls should work away from the face and shouldn’t fold inwards. Alternate between each curl, starting the tongs at different heights. Few strands should face the opposite direction, this will avoid them meshing into one big giant curl.
4. After doing one side, repeat the same steps for the other. Duh.
5. After you think you’ve finished, look for any loose straight strands and give them a quick curl. Put heat on it for alittle bit - almost wave it instead of a full curl. Too many curls will probably just result in a poodle like afro.
If you have time the night before, I love to curl my hair with a slightly more tighter curl and sleeping on it. This means that in the morning, it’s the perfect wave with some sex hair volume action going on. This is a morning rush saving trick.
6. Give it a quick toussel with your fingers. This will add volume and loosen the curls up.
I usually flip my head upside down for 2 seconds while running my fingers through it. If you do too, come back up straight and neaten it up. Unless you want to look like this.
7. Optional - spray some hairspray to the ends. This will maintain the curls for the day, so if your hair is fine this step is recommended. I also like adding spray to my roots just to hold the volume. For your fringe, once styled - grab the hairspray and spray it on your fingers. Quickly mould and style it to your preference with the hairsprayed fingers.
And voila, curls for the lob or middle length haired girl.
For most parts, I go about my everyday life forgetting about my hair, never brushing it etc.
This week SGS is putting fun into what I usually ignore - HAIR. All this week, all three of us will take up a hair curling challenge, starting with moi, the short-haired one. Next up Yen’s in it for the mid length, LOB girls and Belinda, the long, luscious ones.
For me, here’s what I need to get started:
A comb (surprise, surprise!), hairbands, hot curling iron
Most people use hair clips to hold their hair up. I use hairbands, because I’m lazy.
Curling spray/mousse and fix spray
I randomly picked up this Liese curling spray at a Japanese store (just ‘cause I’m obsessed with Japanese stuff) so as an easy alternative you can use hair mousse for the same hold (after the curling process).
After washing your hair (for best results), comb your hair thoroughly
Divide your hair into 4 or 6 sections, depending on the thickness of your hair. Hold up each section with hairbands/hair clips. I roll with 4 sections, because I’m lazy.
Spray the curling spray over the area your want to curl and spread it with your hands. Give it a few seconds to set in.
Put your hot iron to it!
I’m no good at explaining so I’m gonna refer you to this and say.. watch from 1.10 to 2.43. The difference between my way and Angelica’s is that she curls all her hair with the barrel facing outwards whereas I alternate facing it in and outwards for a slightly more natural effect.
After you finish curling all sections, run your fingers through your curls to spread them out. If there are sections you are still unhappy with, go back with the iron and do some required touch-ups.
When you are satisfy with the way your curls look, let it cool for a minute and go over your whole head with a fix spray for extra hold.
VOILA! You are ready to head out with your bouncy curls and an even bouncier spirit. Don’t we all love a good hair day?
I still remember being in school and waiting religiously every month with my friend Mark for CHEEZE magazine to hit the stands. It was Thailand’s first street style magazine and was my obsession.
Years later, they have expanded and now branches out to LOOKER and CHEEZE lady, along with their annual street style numbers.
Last week was a party held by LOOKER magazine at the LED club and I must say, I’ve never seen such a well-dressed crowd of diverse styles.
Other than the live performances and the filming of Ugoslabier’s music video going on in the party, there was also a booth in front to support a good cause. SUPERVERYSNAPSHOT were selling some cloth bags and cute tote bags to raise money to help the flood victims in Thailand. Also, the girls selling it were really lovely so I couldn’t resist getting one!