There are hair appointments, and then there are hair appointments! Songbird and current Jamaican patron saint Tessanne Chin invited Under the Dryer to share dryer time with her -- at Lisa's Full Service Salon, New Kingston -- before she jets off to the States for the next phase of the US version of the vocal competition The Voice. As she takes her hair from classic pompadour fade to side-swept mohawk, here's what the girl-of-the-moment shared exclusively with us.
As a colour-treated girl, how do you maintain the health of your tresses?
Argan oil hair masks work wonders in getting your hair back to that silky-smooth finish or texture. It's one of my favourite haircare products. I also use castor oil, which is great for my roots.
What's your daily styling routine?
It really depends on what mood I start my day in. I'll either blow-dry, flat-iron or hot-roller it.
What looks do these must-have styling tools help you achieve?
I use the blow dryer when I want a more delicate, voluminous look. When I want to go edgier and more defined, I pull for the straightener. And hot rollers come in handy when I want a really curly, pin-up vibe.
How do you plan to keep your hair looking its best during the remainder of The Voice this season?
You start with a great cut -- thanks, of course, to my fantastic stylist Lisa! Her cuts grow in beautifully. When you have a good cut, you pretty much can just wash your hair and leave it -- no need for a blow-dry or anything else. So, during the competition, all that's required is just minimal, do-it-yourself maintenance. Now, that's a good cut!
Who is your hair inspiration?
Pink and Emeli Sandé. I also loved when Michelle Williams had the pixie cut; and Miley Cyrus's career-transforming undercut.
What do you love about your current length?
It's edgy but it's versatile. I have the option to go really soft and girly, or very punky and structured. A lot of people think short hair is very limiting. That's not true. I've had more fun with my hair being short, and done more styles than I ever did when my hair was down to my waist. I can still do stuff with my hair! Styling is easy and fast and because of the length, it doesn't trap environmental heat.
Are there days when you miss your longer hair?
Sometimes. It took a little time to get used to being on stage without it. It was a bit of a prop for me. I think my husband misses it, at times; but it's hair, it grows back. And if it doesn't, you buy some!
What's next for Tessanne's locks?
Lisa actually did a pixie cut for me a while back and this is it grown out now. Who knows, I may just chop the whole thing off again, if the whim or mood takes me!