HW Endorses: The “Greta Thunberg” Plait


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OK, we gotta admit that British designer Erdem Moralioglu’s inspiration for SS ’20 wasn’t the 17-year-old Swede and Time’s 2019 Person of the Year; it was the late Italian actress/photographer Tina Modotti, whom he describes as “a revolutionary, a woman of principle”. He could have been talking about Thunberg, who is as well known for her signature plait (single or double) as her cause. For how to create Erdem’s version (because we don’t need any for Thunberg’s), turn the page. – JE 

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L’Oreal Professionnel Mythic Oil, $29

A multitasker, it can be used as a hair detangler after shampooing, or as a radiance enhancer before or after blow-drying. 

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Mango pleated scarf, $39.90 

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Vernon Francois Scalp Nourish~Ment Braids and Locs Spray, $30

Ideal for layered hair, it tames flyaways in plaits or braids. 

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Dyson Supersonic hairdryer, $599, and Dyson Styling Concentrator, $49

The latter is designed to create poker-straight hair. 

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Phytodefrisant Botanical Smoothing Balm, $45 It cuts heat-styling time in half for unruly hair. 

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L’Oreal Professionnel Tecni Art Pli Spray Thermo Modelant, $36

Ideal for our humidity, this heat-activated spray is a styling primer to add body or to discipline a look. 

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Briogeo Blossom & Bloom Ginseng + Biotin Volumizing Blow Dry Spray, $32

The volumiser creates the illusion of thicker hair. 



Dr Karen Soh, medical director of Prive Clinic, tells you the best ways to treat pigmentation, sagging skin and that maddening tummy bulge. 

I’ve heard about a type of botulinum toxin treatment that makes you look like you had a facelift. How is it different from regular botulinum toxin injections?

The treatment is called Dermal Lift and was invented by a renowned plastic surgeon in South Korea. It is a non-surgical face-lifting treatment that uses a different technique and concentration of botulinum toxin.

Instead of being injected into the facial muscles to reduce muscle contractions (and hence, wrinkles), micro injections of diluted botulinum toxin are delivered into the skin, at specific points on the face.

The skin looks instantly tighter and lifted, and results improve over one to two weeks. For optimal results, Dermal Lift can be done together with other face-lifting and tightening treatments like Ultherapy, Thermage, derma fillers and thread lifts. 

I let my diet slide over Chinese New Year and there are obvious bulges on my tummy and thighs. I need a kick-start to help me get back to regular exercise again.

I believe in a combination approach to help patients achieve their goals – in this case, pairing Coolsculpting with Emsculpt.

First, to get rid of stubborn bulges: Coolsculpting. It’s best for those who are not obese but need help sculpting stubborn areas. It “freezes” fat cells in the treated area to break them down, but without damaging the skin surface. We include a shock-wave treatment called Z Wave, to break down the fat cells faster.

In the weeks after, these fat cells will be naturally eliminated from the body while the remaining fat cells condense, reducing the fat layer. My patients generally see good results with Coolsculpting, as it’s proven to reduce fat by up to 20 per cent in the treated area. But as there are many such machines in the market now, only do it at reputable clinics with a trusted doctor.

I like to pair Coolsculpting with Emsculpt, a muscle-stimulating treatment that helps build muscles and burn fat – the two work hand-in-hand to boost results while saving time.

Emsculpt emits electromagnetic pulses that cause supramaximal contractions in the muscles. A 30-min session on your core is the equivalent of doing 20,000 sit-ups. Building muscles increases the base metabolic rate, which, in turn, helps fat loss. 

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My cousin, who use to have pigmentation, now has clear, radiant skin. What treatments can I ask my doctor for?

Pico Laser is very effective. At Prive, we use Discovery Pico and offer patients unlimited laser passes every time they come. This is because one may have more than one type of pigmentation, or several skin concerns that require different settings. Multiple passes allows us to tailor the treatment to your needs.

We can also combine Pico Laser with other treatments, such as Vitamin C Facetherapy (part of our Prive Ultimate Glow treatment). It gives extra skin hydration and brightens overall skin tone while treating pigmentation. 


Dr Karen Soh is best known as a trainer for Merz Aesthetics and Silhouette Soft thread lifts. She is recognised for her experience and skill across different modalities in aesthetics practice. With passion and a keen eye for detail, she balances the art and science of aesthetic enhancement to achieve natural-looking results safely and effectively. 

Essential post-procedure care 

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Calecim Professional Serum is a powerful yet lightweight anti-aging serum formulated with an 80 per cent concentration of stem cell protein. It immediately calms, soothes and restores skin, especially after in-clinic procedures. How it works: It amplifies your skin’s natural restoration process post-procedure, leading to improved results, reduced redness, swelling and discomfort immediately after application, and a significantly shorter downtime.