Dubbed as the Nation's First Love, Bae Suzy is one of the few Korean actresses who manage to marry the girl-next-door innocence with va-va-voom sexy, getting her much love from both guys and gals.
While her positive, never-say-die attitude and her lovely features contribute to being seen as the epitome of a first crush, we think that her hair plays a huge part! So while it may be hard to emulate everything else, hair is definitely one thing we can try.
To help us get started, we've got Jina from Style NA Korean Salon to share with us some hair tips to get Suzy's Girl Next Door vibes.
Never too intentional, Suzy is often seen in hair that is more wavy more than curly. This gives the impression that she is #bornthisway even though she too had to go for a loose wave perm to achieve this result.
Maybe because they make up such a huge proportion of the face, bangs can dramatically change your vibe if done right.
To go for the girl-next-door look, opt for the wispy airy bangs rather than thick blunt bangs to soften the entire look and make you look that bit younger.
As much as short hairstyles are in trend, most of us still have the stereotype that girls-next-door have long flowy hair that are between chest length to bra-length. Just the image of the wind blowing gently against your hair is enough to get most people going "oohs and ahhs".
While that exists mostly in our imagination (our hair is more likely to look frazzled in Singapore's climate), it is going to be tough to change this stereotype anytime soon.
Want to know what you can do to get a Suzy makeover? You can share some of these above tips with your usual hairstylist or even consider getting an actual Korean stylist with lots of experience to help you design one!
If you don't already have someone in mind,consider Jina from Style NA Korean Salon! Always in touch with latest trends, Jina has already helped many ladies in Korea and Singapore achieve the very same hairstyles they see on their favourite celebrities.
Just look at the gorgeous perm she designed and you'll know why we're so in love.
Digital Perm by Jina
Want to know what a hair experience with Jina looks like? We follow Agent G, a Korean student studying in Singapore for a perm with Jina.
Hi, I'm Agent G. I'm Korean and am currently studying in Singapore.
I may be in Singapore now but I'm still very much in touch with Korean trends. The artiste I follow most closely is Bae Suzy; she always looks lovely no matter what angle she is shot in and her style just appeals to me. I am not so obsessed to look exactly like her but some part of me really does like the way she dresses and of course her hairstyle.
Whenever I go back to Korea, I will get my hair done in a style similar to Suzy's. With COVID though, I was unable to head back to Korea. This got me searching for a good place to do my annual perm and guess what I chose to go to in the end? Yep, Style NA Korean Salon.
You see, the stylists there are authentically Korean, so its easier for me to communicate with them. The prices are also a shade lower than some other Korean salons in Orchard, so that greatly narrowed my choice. Some friends on a local Korean forum shared that Jina from Style NA Korean Salon was really good so that's who I made the appointment with.
Jina did not disappoint.
Instead of jumping straight into the hair service, Jina took the effort to talk to me and understand what I want. In fact, we spent the first few minutes talking about Korea as well as celeb trends before going into the actual consultatoin. Knowing that I'm a Suzy fan, Jina suggested for me to try the loose S wave perm that will give me the waves that Suzy sported on The Startup.
To make my hair look a little healthier, Jina suggested trimming the damaged hair ends. She also shares that my hair will look a little shorter than what it looks like now as my hair will curl and scrunch up a little after the perm.
Once Jina made sure that I know exactly what to expect, she then proceeded to the next step of the process: Cut.
The first thing Jina did was to trim my hair. She divided my hair into 2 portions and started cutting them from the front.
Once done, she combed back the hair and continued trimming to finalise the shape.
Jina mentioned that the haircut is very important as it determines how the waves connect with each other. To make sure that the waves look subtle and natural, she won't be including many layers in the hair so that it won't look overwhelming afterwards.
The next step is to apply the perm lotion to my hair.
As my hair was a little damaged, Jina chose to use a mix of Harmony and Andante to better suit my hair texture.
Jina also mentioned that the Maximum perm lotion itself comes from Korea and is well known for minimizing damage!
Once the concoction was complete, Jina started to apply the Maximum cream to my hair. This cream is called the Auto-clock system as it contains ingredients that will automatically stop the processing when the hair becomes too damaged!
After about 15 minutes, she tested the hair and yay, we're ready to go!
She brought me to the sink for a rinse.
Back at the seat, Jina blew my hair about 80% dry before starting the curling process.
She rolled my hair in 25mm rods for the upper part and 20mm rods for the lower part of the hair.
Then she attached them to a hanging setting machine.
As the setting machine hangs the curls from up above, Jina says that it will add more volume to my hair more naturally.
Finally she applied heat of approximately 120 degrees to create the desired curls.
Once the hair was left to cool down, Jina used a straightener to straighten the hair in between the naturally straight hair and the curls.
This helps to give a more natural transition that'll make it look more like I'm born with it!
Once completed, she rolled my hair again and fixed it with small clips.
To fix the new shape into place, Jina then applied generous amounts of neutraliser.
She let the hair process it for 5 minutes.
I'm now at my final step: hair wash!
Jina made sure to shampoo the ends and tails of my hairs during the process to get rid of any residual neutraliser.
Then, she blew my hair dry.
Keen to see the final result?
I don't dare to say that I look more like Bae Suzy but after the perm, I think that I look that bit more elegant and graceful than before.
I love it!
I may not be able to get back to Korea for my perm this year but I'm glad to find Jina who is able to get me the extra volume and waves I'm looking for.
Thank you so much!
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