A flair for hair

AN artist paints with watercolours, acrylics or oils but what about a hairstylist?

For Bee Ghee Leng, the answer is, naturally, hair.

The 33-year-old loves to doodle and paint to unwind after work but never had any thought of pursuing the arts seriously.

All he relies on are talent and the Internet, where he picked up tips on Chinese ink-painting.

“I get my artistic genes from my dad, who also likes to draw.

“Although I choose not to paint professionally, I didn’t stray too far — hair styling and bridal make-up are two art forms that demand creativity, too,” Bee, who is popularly known as Loong Bee, said.

One day last December, Bee was looking at the hair lying on the floor of his March Hair Studio in Klang Parade and he realised they had fallen in the shapes of birds.

“When I was drawing later, I had the idea of attaching hair to the artwork to make it more lively,” Bee said.

Different kinds of hair, whether straight, curly or even coloured, are great materials for an art piece.

In Bee’s masterpieces, strands of hair form a swan’s wing, a horse’s tail, willow leaves and even a tiger’s yellow stripes, complemented by simple Chinese brush painting strokes.

The father of two said each piece only took about half-an-hour to complete.

First, he outlines a rough figure of the subjects with pale black ink, then trims and attaches the hair on the art paper with a glue gun.

“The hair is only pasted on the part where the darkest colour should be.

“I don’t arrange the hair too neatly for a casual effect,” Bee said.

Then, he adds in the details with brush strokes of different tones and trims off the excess hair and glue.

“When I showed these art pieces to my family, they really liked it and encouraged me to continue creating more.

“Some even requested me to produce one with their own hair,” Bee said.

He never expected his hobby would attract so much attention.

“For now, I want to create an artwork of four animals representing the Chinese zodiac signs of my wife, my children and myself, using our hair,” he said.

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