Jacqueline Chang dons two hats — as a photographer and co-founder of Prep hairstyling salon — and wears her heart on her sleeve. She believes in building businesses on the basis of good relationships and is motivated by the ability “to share hope with broken hearts, hardened hearts and jaded minds”.

When she and her friends established Singapore’s first blowout salon three years ago, people couldn’t understand a hair salon concept that didn’t offer haircuts. But she soldiered on, resolute that “if you’re true to yourself, people will appreciate it”.

Prep is now an award-winning brand that prides itself in offering customers respite and reliability, and in grooming its employees into better people, says Chang.

Family is a big part of Chang’s life and graciousness seems to run in the blood. She reminisces: “The first time I took my grandmother to Prep Luxe to get her hair coloured, I felt so excited about giving her a treat. When I picked her up that morning, I learnt that she had woken up early just to cook a traditional Hakka dish — yam abacus seeds — for all the hairstylists.”