We assume that you’ve already booked your hair appointment for Chinese New Year (you better hurry if you haven’t), and are looking for a fresh hairdo to start the year right.

Instead of asking for the usual hair makeover this year, why not do something fun and ask for a colour that will represent your aspirations for 2015?

L’Oreal Professionnel has created four “red” looks specially for this New Year to help. Plus, we’ve included the actual product names below so you can ask your stylist for recommendations to match your skin tone.

Just one thing you need to know before we start: Balayage is a French colouring technique where colour is applied by hand rather than the traditional foil highlighting. The result is said to be more natural, shiny, “sun-kissed” hair, as seen on celebrities like Rosie Huntington-Whiteley and Jessica Alba. The dark roots of your hair are also said to look less obvious as your hair grows out.


Get a healthy glow like Julie Tan with subtle red highlights to represent life coursing through your veins, and lively magenta red at the lower ends for energy to overcome challenges this year.

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This look is great for anyone who is worried about going “too red”, but still want a little element of fun to their hair.

Director of Formula Cut Salon William Chang created this wearable look with a Balayage 3D technique, which imitates natural lightening.

“I created soft and natural highlights to give a colour pop on her hair lengths using Majirel Carmin Red 6.66 and emphasised her ends using Majicontrast Magenta Red,” said Chang.


You know what they say, go hard or go home. So go bold with your hair and show your passion to excel and succeed with a bright red copper, seen on entrepreneur Velda Tan.

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The copper colour gives the hair an almost metallic quality, which is super on-trend.

Salon Vim’s Director Gary Chew used a balayage horizon technique to produce the red copper effect – Majirel Carmin Red 6.64 was used at her crown and later contrasted with a copper gradient at the ends.


Keep your spirits high all year round with this orange-red colour on model Kyla Tan, almost like a burst of sunshine!

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Creative Director of Salon #1 Hair & Beauty Jason Sim, explains how he created the look, “I used a layering technique to blend her bright red and copper colours into a light blonde base using Majirel Cool Cover 8.3.”


This voluminous look is classy and chic, created with a variety of intense reds and a combination of both warm and cool reflects. A definite show stopper for the modern woman who excels in all aspects of her life.

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Model So Hee wears subtle blended highlights using Majicontrast Red with Inoa Carmilane 5.62 as a base colour.

“This creates movement, depth and volume for her hair,” said General Manager of NK Group, Irene Chai, who created this look by using the balayage sun kiss technique.

Formula Cut Salon is at Far East Plaza, #05-86/118.

Salon Vim is at 313 Orchard, #04-07 and 235 Victoria Street. For more information, visit salonvim.com, and follow Salon Vim on Facebook and Instagram.

Salon #1 Hair & Beauty is at Blk 513 #01-518 Bishan Street 13 and 53 Ang Mo Kio Hub #02-04/05. For more information, follow Salon #1 Hair & Beauty on Facebook.

NK Group locations can be found here. For more information, visit www.nkhairworks.com, and follow NK Group on Facebook.