Time for a year-end holiday hair makeover! Liven up your locks by taking your colour cues from The Same Willows’ sultry siren Narelle Kheng, whose sexy swirl of brownish purple hair is ultra ‘Ulzzang’, super versatile and surprisingly easy to execute
I absolutely adore Narelle Kheng – y’know, she of the powerhouse pipes and equally enthralling head of wind-swept waves. Even better, her head of plush plum curls – notice how the strands are shot through with lovely lilac lowlights? – is perfectly aligned with the exquisitely evocative “chocolate-mauve” tinted tress trend that’s slowly but surely blowing up on the beauty blogs everywhere. Methinks Narelle’s mocha mane would make for a fun follicular conversation piece, especially during this season of champagne clinking and posh partying. The cinnamon-coloured cascade of curls is gorgeous without being garish – depending on the lighting, it can read like a pinkish purple one way and a soft salmon the other – making the hue incredibly OL-friendly, too. Even better, this versatile dye job has the potential to be fabulously fascinating and flattering across the entire skin spectrum – a cool complexioned chick should be able to pull off a purplish brown just as well as a warm bronzed babe. Image: Instagram. Want more? Check out how to nail the snow-white skin of starlets like the awesome Angelababy, plus all the tricks you need at your fingertips to maintain the gloss and gleam of your nails. Get your daily dose of beauty at www.herworldplus.com/beauty. The trick to nailing the look? Ask your colourist to brush on feathery flicks of pinks and purples – this freehand balayage or “veining” method will make for a multidimensional and supremely subtle finish. Here’s how it works in action. Your stylist will assess the state of your hair, then divvy it up into tiny sections before painstakingly painting selected slivers scattered all over your head. The result of this delicate dye job? A very beguiling, barely there twinkle that’s like the glorious glaze of a raspberry chocolate sundae. Oh, and there’s a beauty bonus too: Because there’s no obvious demarcation between dyed hair and new regrowth, this balayage technique also makes for a cost-effective way of spreading out the months between each hair appointment. Image: Reddit. Want more? Check out how to nail the snow-white skin of starlets like the awesome Angelababy, plus all the tricks you need at your fingertips to maintain the gloss and gleam of your nails. Get your daily dose of beauty at www.herworldplus.com/beauty. Some pointers for maintenance. To avoid the heartache of seeing your dye job go down the drain a mere week after stepping out of the salon, invest in a purple or silver shampoo – the pigments in your protective shield will cancel out unwanted yellow tones in your hair. Simply let the purple product sit for a minute or so in the shower, then splash off for instant gloss and gleam. One last thing. Your burnished brown locks will be perfect paired with festive finery, so now is as good a time as any to switch things up on the follicular front. Keen to give this a go? The trend may be gaining traction with the virtual beauty community, but your salon colourist may be a tad late to the party. The solution: Bookmark this story to flash to your stylist to communicate what you want done to your hair, and cheers to being the the “highlight” of any cocktail party! Try: Original & Mineral Conquer Blonde Silver Shampoo, $45 from Sephora Singapore. Want more? Check out how to nail the snow-white skin of starlets like the awesome Angelababy, plus all the tricks you need at your fingertips to maintain the gloss and gleam of your nails. Get your daily dose of beauty at www.herworldplus.com/beauty.
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