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Forever JC Yours Hair Couture – Look Who’s Back in Business

Remember the “Most Accomplished Hairdresser (and Photoshop Expert) in Singapore”, Jonal Chong?

He inspired a whole series of photoshopped meme pictures of him being “seen” with various celebrities.

It all started with one photoshopped picture of him with international star, Nicole Kidman, and his boastful claim to be Nicole’s exclusive stylist, among other international celebrities:

Jonal Chong and Nicole Kidman?
Jonal Chong and Nicole Kidman?

After he was exposed with being a fraud, his salon on Orchard Central closed down shortly.

It has been more than a year since.

Jonal Chong is now back with his newest salon to be launched in 2014 – Forever JC Yours Hair Couture:

Jonal Chong is back!
Jonal Chong is back!

To be honest, I think everybody should be given a second chance.

Jonal wrote a long Chinese poem on his Facebook page on his passion for hairdressing:

我在美髮界半個人生
十五歲那時候的我
便一刀一刀開始學習剪頭髮
我一條一條的剪
我一日一日的進修
當時完全不知道
原來我的人生註定就是這樣
我的遊樂場所就是我的髮廊
我的玩具就是我那把小小的剪刀
我的日子就是那一絲絲的頭髮和我的那把小小的剪刀
風風雨雨
經過的歲月
經過的風浪
讓我覺得生活上的這把小小的剪刀
真的給我很多支持
我有時心裡不敢抱怨
因為我深愛著
我那一把小小的剪刀
我在美髮界搖搖晃晃我的人生
不管任何人的中傷
我還是堅持的堅強
我在髮廊中成長
我在髮廊中告別我的爸媽
我在美髮界戀愛
我在美髮界失去我的青春
今天的我
還是跟十五歲一樣
給喜歡我的人服務
我就是那把我一生給了美髮界的 sc chong

Looking through his Facebook pictures, he do seems to have some real pictures styling local and regional celebrities. I wish him all the best in his new business venture and I hope he would not resort to lying about his credential any more.

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Update on Jonal Chong: Customers Lodged Complaints with CASE

"The Most Accomplished Hairdresser in Singapore”
"The Most Accomplished Hairdresser in Singapore”

A quick update on Jonal Chong, dubbed by netizens as “The Most Accomplished Hairdresser in Singapore”, via omy.sg/ my paper:

Complaints lodged against stylist

WHEN a Singapore hairstylist told them that he had styled the hair of a Hollywood actress, three customers were so taken in by his words that they forked out thousands of dollars for expensive hair packages.

They each paid sums ranging from $2,000 to $4,280 for packages by hairstylist Jonal Chong after he told them that he had styled the hair of A-list actress Nicole Kidman.

Yesterday, the Consumers Association of Singapore told my paper that the three customers have lodged complaints against the hairstylist. They demand a refund of the unused portion of their packages.

Of these three, two have asked Case to act on their behalf to reach an amicable resolution on the matter.

The customers had come forward following a my paper report on Jan 6 which exposed Mr Chong for making a false claim of being an “exclusively appointed hairstylist” to Kidman.

Mr Chong, 48, is the managing director of Jonal Chong Hair Couture in Orchard Central. He had used Kidman’s photographs to promote his services. Her photograph was also printed on the back of his business cards and a framed poster of her was hung on the wall of his shopfront.

His print advertisements also said that he had styled Hollywood stars like Katherine Heigl and Hugh Grant.

Mr Chong apologised for making these claims less than a week after my paper reported that a picture of him and Kidman bore a striking resemblance to another photo of Kidman and Spanish director Alejandro Amenabar at a Los Angeles premiere of the 2001 film, The Others, starring Kidman.

Case then stepped in and sent a letter to Mr Chong asking him to substantiate his claims. His lawyer replied to Case on Jan 14 to say that he had taken down all photographs of Kidman from his shop and that he would not make such misleading claims again.

Case said it later sent Mr Chong a warning letter, expecting him to look into and resolve complaints.

Two other customers also recently approached the consumer watchdog to complain about unsatisfactory services provided by his salon. Last year, Case received three complaints about disputes that arose over hair packages and treatments offered by the salon.

In an e-mail reply to my paper yesterday, Case executive director Seah Seng Choon said that if Mr Chong’s salon continued to breach fair practices, Case would invite him to sign what is known as a Voluntary Compliance Agreement.

The agreement is a voluntary document signed by a business, in which it admits to committing unfair practices and promises not to repeat them again.

Mr Seah said: “We will monitor the cases received against the business.”

I have only these words to say after reading the article: “Liar liar, pants on fire”. How long did Jonal Chong think he could have fool the world with his incredulous claims?

I am not sure if Jonal Chong is web-savvy, but if he do an image search of his name now on Google, all the images that popped up are funny doctored images of him with various celebrities. “The Most Accomplished Hairdresser in Singapore” indeed.

One would expect a fluke like this to wind up his business pretty soon after the shameful saga. Curiously, when I passed by Jonal Chong Hair Couture a few weeks back, business seems to be booming. I was also amazed to still see Jonal Chong advertisements on prime time TV and in the Straits Times.

Has notoriety ended up spiking up his business instead of bringing him down? Via a news article published in my paper on 10 Jan (Mon):

On the saga’s impact on his business, Mr Chong said: “Actually, my business has boomed by about 25 per cent.”

He said he makes between $5,000 and $10,000 a day, but declined to say if that was before or after the scandal broke. “I have already apologised for everything that I’ve done. What do you want me to do?” he said.

This Jonal Chong due is like a super hardy cockroach that one just simply cannot sweep out of the kitchen, not to mention squash it to bits! The more you think this will be the last of him, he will rebound back and surprise you with a vengeance.

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Jonal Chong Updates

A recent twitpic (via miltonsau) revealed that Jonal Chong has removed the giant Nicole Kidman poster outside his salon, Jonal Chong Hair Couture (website currently under construction). In place of it is a giant  “福”, the Chinese character for prosperity:

No more Nicole Kidman?
No more Nicole Kidman?

Since publishing the Jonal Chong exposé, I received a few emails from readers and friends who expressed amusement over the web of deceit coined by “The Most Accomplished Hairdresser in Singapore”.

One reader topped it by sending me a series of photos titled “Jonal Chong’s Actual Clients” to add to “The Most Accomplished Hairdresser in Singapore” Internet meme:

Jonal Chong and Sandra Bullock
Jonal Chong and Sandra Bullock
Jonal Chong and Jennifer Aniston
Jonal Chong and Jennifer Aniston
Jonal Chong with Jennifer Lopez
Jonal Chong with Jennifer Lopez
Jonal Chong with Angelina Jolie
Jonal Chong with Angelina Jolie
Jonal Chong with Megan Fox
Jonal Chong with Megan Fox
Jonal Chong with Simon Cowell
Jonal Chong with Simon Cowell

You may think that such negative publicity would have affected business for the salon. Alas, it was the opposite. Via a news article published in my paper on 10 Jan (Mon):

On the saga’s impact on his business, Mr Chong said: “Actually, my business has boomed by about 25 per cent.”

He said he makes between $5,000 and $10,000 a day, but declined to say if that was before or after the scandal broke. “I have already apologised for everything that I’ve done. What do you want me to do?” he said.

Amazing isn’t it?

His business has actually boomed by 25 per cent!

Maybe more hairstylists should consider photoshopping their images with celebrities too.

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Internet Meme of Jonal Chong: “The Most Accomplished Hairdresser in Singapore”

Jonal Chong's best-selling book
Jonal Chong's best-selling book

Via EDMW. As a tribute to hair guru, Jonal Chong for his incredible tales and amazing photoshopped picture with Nicole Kidman, the forummers at EDMW have started an Internet meme to recognise “The Most Accomplished Hairdresser in Singapore”.

If you are interested to join in the meme, they have even created transparant background head images of Jonal Chong for your convenience:

Below are some of my favourites. Who said Singaporeans are not creative? These got me in stitches, particularly the black-and-white ones with historical figures:

Jonal Chong's first movie
Jonal Chong's first movie
Jonal Chong with Lady Gaga
Jonal Chong with Lady Gaga
Jonal Chong with Small S
Jonal Chong with Small S
Jonal Chong with Megan Fox
Jonal Chong with Megan Fox
Jonal Chong's second movie
Jonal Chong's second movie
Jonal Chong with Jeanette Aw
Jonal Chong with Jeanette Aw
Jonal Chong with the Kim family
Jonal Chong with the Kim family
Jonal Chong with Elvis
Jonal Chong with Elvis
Jonal Chong with Ip Man
Jonal Chong with Ip Man

Do leave a comment below if you have any new Jonal Chong Internet meme to share. Alternatively, you can also share it on Twitter under #jonalchong for consolidation. 🙂

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Jonal Chong: “I’ve never done Nicole Kidman’s hair before”

Joker Chong Exposed
Jonal Joker Chong Exposed

And neither did he styled for other Hollywood stars like Hugh Grant and Katherine Heigl.

In fact, Jonal Chong even admitted he has never touched Nicole Kidman’s golden tresses before in the latest news report.

I knew it!

This guy should rename himself as Joker Chong for goodness sake. How long did he think he can get away with incredulous lies like these?

The official website for Jonal Chong Hair Couture is now down and all the celebrity images removed.

However, there are still video interviews and other older news report where you can read Jonal Chong’s lies on working with famous celebrities.

Here’s the latest news updates on the Jonal Chong scandal:

omy.sg: 与好莱坞女星合照? 承认造假美发师道歉

AsiaOne: ‘I’ve never done Nicole Kidman’s hair before’

Straits Times.com: Was he really Nicole Kidman’s hair stylist?

omy.sg: Case to look into Kidman claim

omy.sg: Singapore hairstylist in Nicole Kidman photo puzzle

All these stemmed from a single dubious image of Jonal Chong with Nicole Kidman. Remember the tagline of this blog? Yes, you saw it here first.

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Jonal Chong Video Interviews

Jonal Chong's famous picture with Nicole Kidman
Jonal Chong's famous picture with Nicole Kidman

Found these two video interviews on youtube with self-proclaimed Hollywood celebrity stylist/hair guru, Jonal Chong.

They are quite entertaining to watch:

In the videos, Jonal Chong described how he had worked with stars like Nicole Kidman, Katherine Heigl and Judi Dench, using the same few limited photos from his website.

I am truly impressed.

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Jonal Chong Hair Couture and Nicole Kidman

Jonal Chong Hair Couture half page print ad in Straits Times Life!, 3 Jan 2011 (click to enlarge)
Jonal Chong Hair Couture half page print ad in Straits Times Life!, 3 Jan 2011 (click to enlarge)

The bad English copy on this print ad promoting a Jonal Chong Hair Couture caught my attention recently.

The owner of the salon, Jonal Chong, claimed in the ad that he has worked with “Hollywood big names like Nicole Kidman, Katherine Heigel  (sic) and Hugh Grant”. The article also stated that “Nicole Kidman, one of the most glamorous women in the world, even appointed Jonal Chong, the man who has been running his hands through her hair for the last 3 years, as her hairstylist.”

Wow!

There’s a stylist who is even more elite than David Gan in Singapore and this is the first time I have read about him? What a frog I am, living in my tiny well!

My curiosity was piqued. Hence I did an online search to find out more about this amazing Jonal Chong.

The first site I visited was the official website for Jonal Chong Hair Couture. There were no claims on Jonal Chong being Nicole Kidman’s stylist on the website. In fact, there was not much text on the website, except for a short description on how Jonal Chong Hair Couture “has had the greatest influence on the world of hair.”

On the website landing page, one is greeted by a picture of Nicole Kidman with a line of text saying “To Jonal Chong Hair Couture all the best“, followed by what looks like her autograph:

Nicole Kidman greets you on the homepage of Jonal Chong Hair Couture's official website
Nicole Kidman greets you on the homepage of Jonal Chong Hair Couture's official website

If Jonal Chong has done so much styling for Nicole Kidman, he must have lots of photos with her don’t you think?

After all, David Gan has lots of up-close-and-personal shots of himself with all the famous international celebrities he had worked with.

I only managed to find only one picture of Jonal with Nicole Kidman under the  “international” photo gallery page. Fishy:

The only picture I found of Jonal Chong and Nicole Kidman together
The only picture I found of Jonal Chong and Nicole Kidman together

The shadow on Jonal’s head looks very unnatural in that one single image. I did a reverse image search on Tineye. Guess what? Check out the double take below:

Applying a simple reverse image search on Tineye
Applying a simple reverse image search on Tineye
Seeing double? Which picture do you think is the original?
Seeing double? Which picture do you think is the original?

Which do you think is the original image? Jonal’s or the other dude’s?

A quick search on Jonal Chong and and his salon turned up lots of complaints and angry web posts on alleged poor services (Complaints 1, Complaints 2 [comments below the article], Complaints 3).

Were these customers drawn to his salon by his Nicole Kidman-affiliation?

I do not know Jonal Chong and have never met him or visited his saloon before. This is not a personal vendetta against him or his salon. However, when I chance upon something fishy, it is in my nature to investigate and share my findings.

To add on, I did a search on Nicole Kidman’s signature and the image results via Google mostly returned images of two variants – one with”Nicole Kid” visible with long end and start strokes on the letters “N”, “K” and “d”; the other with a long middle stroke over what look’s like an abbreviation of her name. None matched the straight-forward and clearly legible full name version seen on Jonal Chong’s website:

Which signatures belong to Nicole Kidman?
Which signatures belong to Nicole Kidman?

To be fair to Jonal Chong, I also ran Tineye’s reverse image search on the rest of his pictures taken with celebrities at the Golden Globe Award 2007 – those did not return any results.  However, they did not look like intimate shots of well-acquainted individuals and look more like the typical celebrity groupie shots to me.

Alarm bells?

I will leave it for you to decide.

Everything cited and posted in this blog entry is available to the worldwide audience via the Internet (sans for the newspaper ad which I scanned). All I did was just piece all the information in one place for comparison.

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