Shopping for new clothes to prepare for Chinese New Year is a common festive “tradition” that most people follow, so is getting a new hairstyle. Have you wondered why these are practised?
According to Chinese beliefs, the start of a lunar year indicates bidding farewell to the old and welcoming the new so you can get ready for a new start. This is why the Chinese do spring-cleaning and get a makeover as part of their pre-CNY preparations!
Besides marking the new year with a new look, refreshing your hair colour also has much to do with improving your luck. Different colours are associated with attracting specific energies according to Chinese beliefs, and in western science, it is proven that colours affect people psychologically. Giving your hair a new colour refreshes your will to have a new beginning and to attract the right energies.
What hair colour to go for to improve luck?
Many people tend to opt for red for their Chinese New Year hair makeover, because of how the colour is seen as “auspicious” in Chinese culture. However, you can also opt for colours that are associated with improving luck in certain areas of life you’re more concerned about. Not sure how to go about it? Read on for the Daily Vanity guide.
Improve your luck in love
Rose colour is associated with passion and determination and some researchers even say that seeing the shade makes a positive impact on a person psychologically: it can increase metabolism and respiration rate. It is a great colour to have if you’re hoping to find Mr. Right in the Year of Rooster, or to keep the flame burning in your current relationship.
For those in a turbulent relationship, you may consider the lavender shade. Made up of blue, red, and white, lavender symbolises harmony in a love relationship.
On Chloe, pastel Rose sits at the top and hidden underneath is pastel Lavender. Go for a combination like this if you’re hoping for passion and harmony in your relationship.
For a chic lavender hair colour, try what Salon #1 stylist Jason Sim created for influencer Tyen. He used a pastel lavender shade on Tyen, which isn’t just perfect for the festive season, but is also very chic.
Improve your luck in health
Eating right, sleeping well, and sticking to your fitness plan are definitely going to help you be healthier in 2017. To boost your health luck even more, go for a hair colour that will brighten your complexion.
The Chinese believe that how your complexion looks doesn’t just reveal a person’s character, it also attracts the type of energy it’s associated with. Having a bright, radiant complexion that makes you look energetic and robust will exudes positive energy, which will help attract good luck in the new year.
Based on Elyse’s skin tone, TONI & GUY colourist Lydia brightens her complexion using a combination of Lilac and Ash. The new hairstyle created by Stylist Kasar also shows off her face shape, making her forehead more prominent – an important feature to attract health luck.
Harts Salon stylist Noel wakes up the dull hair colour that Amanda has been sporting to a gorgeous new look that consists of several shades at her roots, mid bands, and ends. The expert use of several colours create dimensions in her hairstyle for an outstanding look that also lifts the tone of her complexion.
Improve your luck in career
Darker shades that are close to earth and natural tones symbolise trustworthiness, sense of responsibility, and sophistication – traits that every boss wants to see in employees.
Leave the right professional impression by going for an easy-to-maintain cut and darker hair colours – browns and greens are good shades to consider.
Green?! You were probably exclaiming loudly in your head as you read the previous line.
Check out how Hair Inn stylist Gloria managed to accentuate Emerald’s hair with Pastel Mint in this look that’s definitely appropriate for the workplace.
If you’re working in a creative environment that is liberal with dress code, consider this look created by Vintage Hair Studio stylist Jay San on Dee Jie Ying, which features an ombre look with Pastel Mineral as a key shade.
Improve your luck in family life
If you’re looking forward to start a family in the Year of Rooster or wishing for more harmony with your parents and siblings, go for colours that make your hair look shinier. Radiance in colours exude a sense of security and wisdom, which are energies that will add tranquility and sense of strong kinship to the family.
Amaris received a makeover from Sean Fong from Pro Trim Salon featuring Pastel Rose shade to give her a more radiant look and her hair colour looking shinier than before.
Or take a leaf out of Apgujeong Salon’s stylebook. Kyle Shin injected new life into Kimberley’s locks with a Pastel Mint makeover, which makes her hair look more energetic and radiant.
Need more CNY hair inspirations?
L’Oréal Professionnel has launched the INOA Pastel Collection, comprising soft translucent cool shades of mint, rose pink, lavender, and ash mineral. The brand has designed four Chinese New Year look in partnership with renowned local fashion illustrator Grace Ciao. The products are ammonia-free, which means that you can get a stylish hair transformation without worrying about scalp discomfort.