Guest Stylist: Kevin Woo of Malaysia

In order to teach the local salons with new cut and color techniques, L’Oréal usually brings in a guest artist from another country to put on a show for the thousands of hairdressers. For this F/W Collection, L’Oréal Professionnel Artistic Ambassador Kevin Woo from Centro Hair Salon in Malaysia flew in last month to demonstrate his interpretations of the Rock n’ Folk looks and to do hands-on training with our stylists.

Although he only stayed for a week in Manila, I still want to share with you a short interview done by my friend Sydney Go, and some pictures from the show.


Sydney Go writes:

Kevin, at the age of 36, is married to Celine Yap, who is also a stylist in their self-owned Centro Salon. He is Chinese-Malaysian, soft spoken and gentle.

That is when he is not working.

At work, he comes alive! His cuts are fast yet precise. One of the most sought after artists in Malaysia, he loves giving his clients short updated cuts with hints of color. He is known to give transformation looks to models and Malaysia’s who’s-who. And even though he has been in the hair business since 1998, it seems that he has not lost his passion for taking beauty and hair to the next level. When asked what his plans are in the next few years, he gives a mischievous smile and says, “As creative director of Centro Salon, our team has been constantly learning and first priority is to make our clients happy especially after each salon visit. We also plan to set up another salon in Malaysia to accommodate our growing client base.”

DSC_0494Just like fashion shows, a hair show usually starts with hair creations that are beyond the everyday hair, but showcases the skill of the stylist. This rock look has a blond wig on.

DSC_0588The show then moves to the stylist transforming the runway look into something more wearable for the regular salon client.

DSC_0591Blow-dry first to loosen up the hair

DSC_0615Time to start snipping! Bangs away!

DSC_0651Cutting down the weight on the sides and top. Note the subtle and elegant highlights!

A lover of color and adventure, just like any artist, Kevin loves mixing hues. He says that most people assume that coloring one’s hair meant leaving no strand untouched. This is why Kevin’s specialty is mixing colors and turning them into highlights. He claims that, by just putting highlights, the hair is instantly updated and changed into a new look. He candidly shares that he usually gets his inspiration from music and art, just like this year’s Fall/Winter collection! The trendy colors of contrasting highlights and daring ‘dos amaze him. It has the ability to draw out the wilder side, without having to go extremely off the wall.

Just like any paradox, there are days when he feels more subdued, more of a free-spirit. During these days, he leans towards the softer and more subtle tunes of folk music as his inspiration, both with color and style. Think long, flowing locks, melodious waves and hair that is soft to the touch.

DSC_0712After a few minutes of cutting, Kevin brings out the hairspray and starts styling the look

DSC_0728All done! Very light all around, so you can just mess up and style your hair anyway you want and it’ll still look good.

DSC_0746The standing hair is a bit weird, but you gotta love the cut!

Kevin finds Filipina hair culture to be very different from that in Malaysia. “Filipinas are not yet as forward when it comes to experimenting but they are getting there. Back in Malaysia, women come to the salon to change looks (color and cut) quite regularly. One similarity though is that both always prefer something that is wash and wear ready.”

When you chance upon Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, feel free to drop Kevin a visit at his Centro Hair Salon at the posh FF227 4th Floor, The Gardens Mall Mid Valley City Lingkaran Syed Putra 59200 Kuala Lumpur Phone 03-22877330 or visit

Photos by Willy Saw


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