GLOBAL STAN­DARDS

Three ex­pat hair gu­rus have opened new sa­lons in Sin­ga­pore. Karen Tee finds out how each of them are bring­ing their in­ter­na­tional A-game to our hair scene.

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Meet the three ex­pat hair gu­rus shak­ing up the lo­cal sa­lon scene.

THE FRENCH­MAN: YANN BEYRIE

Leave it to a French hair­styl­ist who was trained in the home of haute cou­ture to treat hair like a precious ma­te­rial, meant to be shaped and coloured to per­fec­tion. It is this de­vo­tion to en­hanc­ing each in­di­vid­ual’s hair through “min­i­mal pre­ci­sion cut­ting” that mo­ti­vated Beyrie to launch his name­sake sa­lon in Wisma Atria (#03-01D) in April.

With 12 years of ex­pe­ri­ence (for­mer cre­ative di­rec­tor at Toni & Guy Sin­ga­pore, plus stints with Toni & Guy Paris, as well as Trevor Sor­bie and Vi­dal Sas­soon in Lon­don), his fo­cus is on cre­at­ing modern – bespoke, if you must – hair­styles to sat­isfy his client’s de­sires. “Small, big, clas­sic, crazy, funky, so­phis­ti­cated – what­ever they want to see their hair in, we can do it,” he says.

The cul­mi­na­tion of a long-time dream to have his own sa­lon, the stylish, uber­min­i­mal­ist space fea­tures an in­dus­trial raw con­crete floor and two neat rows of chairs lined up against the op­po­site wall. Free of clut­ter, this of­fers a vis­ual “breath­ing space” for him and his cus­tomers, says Beyrie.

Un­sur­pris­ingly, he’s also cho­sen to use premium tools such as Dyson Su­per­sonic hairdry­ers (proven to dry hair faster and with less frizz) and GHD hair straight­en­ers, as well as or­ganic hair­care prod­ucts from Ital­ian brand Davines (his per­sonal favourite) that are free of sul­phates and parabens.

Aside from his deft cuts, one of Beyrie’s spe­cial­i­ties is bal­ayage, the hair colour­ing tech­nique that orig­i­nated from France, where dye is painted on with a brush for a nat­u­ral sun-kissed ef­fect. He says: “Hair is art and should be re­spected.” Spo­ken like a true artist.

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