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Half-up hairstyles with ribbons are taking over Instagram 2020 | Here’s how you can pull it off

Half-up hairstyles are the new darlings of the stylish crowd, and it’s not hard to see why – they look just as polished as a ponytail, but are totally effortless and work on any hair length and texture.

One of the most popular ways to wear this is to add a ribbon bow to the part where the top half of your hair is tied up as a finishing touch. If it sounds difficult to you, fret not – we share four easy ways to make this new hair trend work for you!

1. Pairing a plain ribbon bow with a blouse or suit

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For the women who like to don crisp blouses and suits, an easy way to add a feminine touch is by pulling your hair into a relaxed half-up hairdo and finishing with a plain ribbon bow.

We highly recommend using bigger ribbon bows with shorter tails – they make for cute statement pieces that don’t dangle onto your sharp blazers!

Try: Satin ribbon hair tie, satin ribbon scrunchie, ribbon hair clip

2. Printed ribbon scarf with a plain top

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You can switch things up with scarf ribbons that come in different patterns, be it houndstooth, floral patterns, or geometric shapes.

Make sure not to overwhelm by pairing printed ribbons with plain tops. If a plain tee and denim jeans sound too boring, you can also consider puffy-sleeved blouses and drop shoulder tops to create a refined look.

Try: Striped scarf ribbon scrunchie, printed scarf scrunchie, lace ribbon scrunchie

3. Ribbon bows in short hair

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If you think that ribbon bows are only suited for those with long hair, you’ll be happy to be proven wrong.

Half-up hairstyles are great for softening the harsh silhouettes commonly created by shorter cuts. You can either use a ribbon with a shorter tail to complement your hair length or opt for a one that extends beyond your hair to create more layers.

Try: Short ribbon scrunchie, velvet ribbon scrunchie

4. Make the most out of brand ribbons

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Don’t have a ribbon bow on hand and not keen on buying any? Here’s how you can still pull this off without having to spend a single cent: using brand ribbons!

Many fashion and beauty brands use beautiful ribbons to wrap their products or gift boxes, and these actually work great as ribbons to complement your half-up hairdo.

You don’t even have to make sure that the tails are of equal length – just tie them on any way you wish!

3 ways to effortlessly transform your boring old hairstyle into a chic Instagram-worthy look 2020

We get it. Hair styling can sound like such a hassle with all sorts of tools, products and accessories, especially if you are someone whose entire hair routine consists of brushing out your hair with your fingers and put it in a ponytail.

But hear us out: hair styling can be really simple, and those gorgeous hairstyles you see all over Instagram? They can actually be easier to achieve than they look. Here are three examples of Instagram-worthy hairstyles that are both easy to achieve and can be done in less than ten minutes. Say goodbye to boring ponytails!

1. Long natural curls

Long straight hair is classic and timeless, but without any styling it can look unkempt and get boring after a while. A quick way to give your long hair a makeover is to give it some natural curls for extra volume and texture. Just five to ten minutes, depending on how thick your hair is, with a curling iron will give you tousled curls that take no effort at all.

Take it a step further by adding a cute hair clip not just to keep hair out of your face on a hot day but also as an attention-catching statement accessory in itself.

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Recommended product: Lucido-L Heat Protection Spray

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Before using a curling iron or any other heat styling tools, it’s important to prep your hair with a heat protecting product to prevent any damage to the hair.

Lucido-L Heat Protection Spray not only protects your hair from heat damage, it also contains Panthenol and hyaluronic acid to keep your hair shiny and well-moisturised. It even comes with UV protection to shield your hair from the harsh UV rays from the sun. The formula is smooth and non-sticky, so you can be sure that it doesn’t interfere with your hair styling.

Recommended product: Lucido-L Super Hard Spray

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After all the efforts put into doing up your hair, the last thing you want is for it to fall apart only a few hours later. The Lucido-L Super Hard Hairspray will help preserve your hard work and keep the hairstyle in place throughout the day.

Despite the name, this product doesn’t leave your hair all stiff, but has a smooth and natural finish. It also contains panthenol to moisturise your hair, maintaining a healthy shine to your locks.

2. Weave in some braids

Easiest way to look like a dainty princess? Add some braids!  Regular three-strand braids are enough to instantly jazz up a look but you can go all out with waterfall, French or Dutch braids.

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Recommended product: Lucido-L Hairstyling Stick

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To keep your braids in place without any hair sticking out, especially for those with layered hair or lots of baby hair, the Lucido-L Hairstyling Stick is the way to go. All you need to do is apply the stick directly onto the braids, or anywhere on your hair, to smooth out frizz and tame any stray hair or stubborn baby hair.

The ellipse shape makes it easy to apply on all areas of the hair without making a mess on your hands, and the compact size is convenient to carry around to style your hair on the go.

The best thing is that the Lucido-L Hairstyling Stick doesn’t just serve as a styling tool, but doubles as a hair care product. It contains shea butter to moisturise the hair and UV Protection Formula to protect hair from harmful UV rays.

3. Short hair blowout

Whether you are growing out a pixie cut or simply rocking the fabulous short bob, a blowout is the easiest way to style your short hair. Simply use a round brush to style your hair as you blow-dry it and voila, a simple yet chic short ‘do that takes little effort to achieve!

For a little extra oomph, you can either use some texturising spray to add volume and hold to your hair, or apply a moisturising hair oil to give your hair that healthy, luscious shine.

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Recommended product: Lucido-L Deep Repair Argan Oil


Deep Repair Argan Oil

Lucido-L Deep Repair Argan Oil contains high-concentrated argan oil to repair severely damaged areas of your hair and nourish it from the core, to transform frizzy, brittle hair into soft and well-moisturised hair with a healthy shine. It also protects your hair from heat from blowdryer and UV rays.

The lightweight and fast-absorbing serum formula makes Lucido-L Deep Repair Argan Oil easy to use on a daily basis as it doesn’t leave a sticky residue behind.


Lucido-L products are retailing at Watsons, Guardian, NTUC Fairprice, Don Don Donki, Tokyu Hands, Welcia-BHG. For more information on Lucido-L and their full range of products, head over to their website here.

Top 10 festive nail inspirations to rock this Chinese New Year in 2020

Additional reporting by Emily Lim

With just two weeks to Chinese New Year, you should make that appointment to your manicurist now, to get your nails in time for the festive season. Here’s a pro-tip: You may be able to get an incredible discount by searching for a salon of your choice at our Salon Finder.

To usher in the Year of the Pig, we have 27 nail inspirations that are great for Chinese New Year we would love to suggest:

Oriental style

Chinese New Year is one of the few occasions when the Chinese don their cheongsam and pay special tribute to their Chinese roots. Show off that unique oriental style with these manicure designs:

1. Auspicious Goldfish

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Goldfish carries auspicious meaning in Chinese culture so why not rock one on your nails to bring yourself some serious good luck in the new year?

This elegant goldfish nail design is from Peony Tokyo Nails and Eyelash Salon, using gel polish imported from Japan and Swarovski crystals to ensure quality and safety for your nails.

You may have probably heard of Peony Tokyo before. The Japanese-style eyelash and nail salon was founded in 2010 and is known for their dedication to providing safety and comfort to their customers.

We love that their nail specialists take time to understand the condition of your nails and for possible allergies before moving on to applying any products.

Besides the gorgeous nail design above, the salon is also great at delivering a variety of nail art. From elegant and understated to eye-catching and trendy, the nail designs are inspired by the latest looks from Japan and will definitely help you stand out this Chinese New Year.

Check out their gallery here for more gorgeous nail inspos and latest designs from Japan.

Peony Tokyo Nails and Eyelash Salon is located at 103 Penang Road, #01-05 Visioncrest Commercial, Singapore 238467, which is a three-minute walk from Dhoby Ghaut Station (Exit B or C). Click 82238706 to book an appointment via WhatsApp.

2. Chinese Letterings

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3. Fortune Cat

Psst, we know that the fortune cat is from Japan, but Chinese businesses have also adopted this icon to bring in good luck.

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4. Chinese-style painting

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5. Porcelain painting

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6. Ancient Chinese painting

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Adorable mice

It’s the Year of the Rat and we’re excited to have these cute rodents painted on our nails.

7. Mickey Mouse and polka dots

Mickey Mouse is perhaps the most famous rodent cartoon character so it’s only right that he gets featured on your nails.

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8. Mickey Mouse with rhinestones on blue nails

If red isn’t your thing, and blue theme with sparkling rhinestones will look just as festive and CNY-appropriate!

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9. Minnie Mouse on pink and white nails

Prefer Mickey’s cute girlfriend over him? Here’s a nail inspo for you:

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10. Tom and Jerry

Tom isn’t a mouse, but we all know these two are an inseparable pair.

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11. Nibbles on pink and gray nails

Opt for Jerry’s baby cousin, Nibbles, to instantly make your nails ten times more aww-worthy.


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12. Remy from Ratatouille

And how can we forget Remy, our favourite French chef?

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Chinese New Year is also a celebration of springtime. Usher in the new season with spring-inspired designs on your nails.

13. Cherry blossom

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14. Floral accent

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15. Plum blossoms

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16. Bamboo and cherry blossoms

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17. Roses

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17. Floral design on negative space

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Hit the (gambling) tables

We know that we indulge in some social gambling with our friends and family when we visit too. Show them you’re ready to take them on at the table with these nail designs.

19. Dice

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20. Mahjong

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21. Poker

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If you want a classic option that still looks good after the festive season is over, go for red designs that will not go out of style.

22. Red with glitter

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23. Red with black gradient

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24. Red with floral accent

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25. Red with paper-cutting design

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26. Red with gold accent

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Rose gold

Not a red person? Rose gold certainly works too!

27. Rose gold accents

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28. Glittery rose gold with nude

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29. Rose gold with serious embellishment

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Don’t forget to check out our Salon Finder to find a salon of your choice and enjoy an incredible discount!