Bring new life to your hair this Chinese New Year with the Vibrant Reds series from Shiseido Professional’s 2016 Spring Colour Collection: An Oriental Collective.
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If there’s one occasion that calls for a makeover, it’s Chinese New Year. One easy, stylish way to make a statement and update your look is to change your hair colour. But don’t just rely on the usual red shades – choose the Vibrant Reds series from Shiseido Professional’s 2016 Spring Colour Collection: An Oriental Collective.
Specially formulated for Asian hair, this collection goes beyond traditional reds to suit modern tastes without being old-fashioned. The range – which includes Extra Red, Extra Copper and Extra Violet – combines a yellowish brown base with diff erent hues in varying degrees of intensity for added dimension and longer-lasting colours. Each shade is said to last for up to two months, with proper haircare and use of colour-protecting products. And as the colour fades, your hair will be left with a yellow brown tint that still complements your skin tone.
Need proof? These hairstylists and influencers have tried and tested the three, with exceptional results.
According to Shiseido Professional, violet is actually one of the more popular choices for hair colour.
Calvin Gan, creative director of Hairloom Salon, explains: “This shade is great if you want a rich colour, yet seek a natural and healthy look.” He used the balayage technique on Goh Si Pei, co-owner of fashion and design blog Wit X Folly, for a vibrant, multi-toned hue.
Si Pei says: “This is a refreshing change from the usual dark brown and red tones that I gravitate towards. It has given me a fresh perspective and attitude when it comes to putting my wardrobe together every morning.”
“The colour is vibrant, and my hair texture still feels as soft as before I coloured my hair.” – goh si pei, co-owner of wit X folly @ohhdivine
Copper tones are warm, deep and glossy, but not over the top. Th ey are versatile too, as yoga enthusiast and infl uencer Jasmine Chong found out. “I love it. It brightens up my everyday look,” she declares. “I like that it appears darker and toned-down indoors, and a much brighter shade outdoors. It doesn’t make me look washed out, so I can still go about my day without makeup.”
Transforming Jasmine’s appearance was stylist Alina Ngern of Le Destinee. By alternating diff erent tones on random sections of hair, Alina was able to give Jasmine’s tresses a rich dimension. She says: “It creates a vibrant and playful look that’s suitable for both work and play.”
“Extra copper l asted a l ot longer than the last time I dyed my hair.” – Jasmine Chong, yoga enthusiast and influencer @jasmine_yoga
Want a colour that screams “look at me”? Shiseido Professional’s Extra Red does just that by infusing your hair with layers of the festive colour for added impact.
Trying out the bold colour was Gastronommy.com food and travel writer, Victoria Cheng. “It turned out to be a lovely, multi-faceted colour that was fun yet conservative enough for work. My friends remarked that I looked youthful and spunky,” she says.
Arx Salon stylist Mr You, who used a highlight with a base colour to achieve this look on Victoria’s hair, agrees: “This hair colour brings out your feminine side. I would recommend it mostly to Asians who have darker hair and a thicker hair texture.”
“This red is so vibrant and lush, and my hair feels really soft.” – Victoria Cheng, food and travel writer @victoriacheng
Caring for your colour
• Wash your hair with colour-protecting products. “Use a shampoo for coloured hair for at least three weeks to stabilise the pigment, prevent colour loss, and slow down the oxidation of colour,” says Calvin Gan of Hairloom Salon.
• Avoid swimming. “This is a big no-no for the first two weeks aft er colouring. Use the Shiseido Professional Luminoforce shampoo and treatment, along with a weekly hair mask from the Luminoforce series, to help prolong the colour’s lifespan,” says Alina Ngern of Le Destinee.
• Style your hair with care. If you can, forgo the hairdryer and curling or straightening iron. If you must, switch it to the lowest or coolest setting.
• Stay away from the sun. Prolonged exposure can cause damage. Use leavein products with SPF.