Admire Seo Dal-Mi's passion and wish that one day, you can be in her position or even that of her sister Won In-Jae?
You're not the only one! We too became really inspired because for the first time, we see female leads heading the Sandbox teams - something we don't often see even in tech shows and dramas. With each setback Seo Dal-mi experience, we think back to our own disappointments and how we managed to pick ourselves up after that.
Will we find success the way she did at the end of the show? We can only continue to hustle to find out.
In the meantime though, can we hustle and still look as stylish as she does on this journey?
Yes, we know that this is a drama but Seo Dal Mi (played by Suzy Bae) certainly changed or at least defied many of what we think female entrepreneurs should look like.
As we celebrate women this International Women's Day, we examine hairstyles from The Startup for some serious #girlboss hair inspo.
This may not exactly come as a surprise but Won In Jae probably took a leaf off high-ranking women when she decided to cut her hair short upon quitting her father's company.
Just compare how she looked at the beginning
to how strong and charismatic she looked after the haircut and you'll know she made the right choice.
As much as it is a stereotype for successful women to have short hair, we can't not admit the power it brings.
You don't have to go so short that you look masculine. We love how Won In Jae wears it at chin-length with a soft fringe to make her more approachable at the right time in the drama.
Here are some of our favourite salons in Singapore to get this hairstyle.
By Veena from MODE Studio
You can choose to keep it sleek for a professional look,
Go shorter for a more professional vibe
Bob Haircut by Room Japanese Hair Salon
Just don't forget to add butter brown
or highlights to brighten your overall look while still looking professional.
Regardless what you do, remember to pair it with the right outfit and accessories for maximum impact!
As much as many of us want the #girlboss vibe, it can be difficult for us to let go of the mid-back hair we've painstakingly grown over the years.
Is it possible to marry romance with capability? As Seo Dal-mi shows us, the answer is 'absolutely'!
On Demo Day, we often see her hair all tied up along with slacks and t-shirts to give her the more legit tech entrepreneur look.
She continues to keep her hair tied even as she advances in her role.
The benefits of having long hair come when you let your hair down, after work.
It is then when you can return to being yourself - the authentic, sweet girl you may still want to be, back at home.
Working at a startup?
The S-curl perm is so versatile that you can match it with casual tops and denim skirts while hustling and it'll still look good.
Even outside of work, it's an innocent and charming look that never fails to make one look cute.
Perfect for those of you who want to look assertive at work and sweet outside.
It is also flattering across ages
whether you're young or slightly more mature!
Want to look consistently cool at all times? If you're naturally authoritative, the C-curl perm can soften your edges and endear you to your employees and make you look that much more approachable.
We're especially in love with the layered C Curl Perm on Jung Saha as the layers do a wonderful job at framing her face while adding texture to make her look put-together at all times.
With the hair at chest length, it doesn't appear over-feminine
and still gives off a 'zai' vibe particularly if you can pair it with a stern look.
Big, bouncy curls will make you look super cute,
and wearing it straighter will make you look more chic.
Whichever you choose, this sleek hairstyle will definitely up your #girlboss vibes.
We used to think that bangs make one look cute but as Seo Dal Mi and Won In Jae have showed us, it can look professional too
This is particularly suitable if your role requires you to interface with the public or with lots of employees as it softens your edge that much more.
We note however that this fringe is fuller than the sometimes hard-to-handle Korean see-through bangs and is easier to manage - but would still require you to go for fringe cuts to keep it looking good. So weigh that additional maintenance in... along with the investor meetings you may have to go to.
For those who are more daring, you can even consider micro bangs - a hairstyle that is sure to make you looking like a different kind of #girlboss.
Do you have a favourite hairstyle from The Startup? Share your thoughts with us in the comments below or on BU.sg!