Before

After: From dull locks to polished, highlighted tresses

“THE NEW HAIRCUT GIVES THE ILLUSION OF A SLIMMER FACE AND THE HIGHLIGHTS LOOK GREAT WHEN I TIE UP MY HAIR.” – May

 

May had a heavily textured haircut that looked dull and unkempt when it wasn’t styled. Shawn Chia, associate salon director at Chez Vous, gave her a heavier cut with a U-shape in the back for a more polished look. To complement her heartshaped face and play down her wide cheekbones, Shawn coloured her hair with varying shades of ash brown. The darker hues create a “shadow” that makes her face look more oval and the lighter tones make her skin look brighter – May’s hair was styled into a ponytail to showcase the various tones of highlights.
Shawn shares: “May also had some concerns about flat hair, especially at the crown. To create the illusion of depth and give the impression of fuller hair, I gave her babylights – very fine highlights.” Another way to create more volume, especially at the roots, is to use a styling product that adds bulk to fine strands, like Aveda Pure Abundance Style-prep ($50). Just spray it on the crown and massage it into hair roots before heat-styling.

Aveda Pure Abundance Style-prep ($50).

Before

After: From frizzy long hair to a sleek lob

“I LOVE HOW MY HAIR LOOKS AFTER THE MAKEOVER! IT NEEDS NO STYLING AT ALL – I DON’T EVEN HAVE TO BLOWDRY IT IN THE MORNING.”

Gwen has a sharp jawline and nice features, but her long hair and side-swept fringe hid them, says Sam Chok, associate salon director at Chez Vous. To frame her features, Sam gave Gwen a classic long bob and used the Balayage colouring technique (where dye is applied freehand instead of using foils) to create depth. And, because she has the personality to pull it off , Sam chose a violet-red hue – bold but still office-friendly – for her. “I chose a darker shade for the hair at the sides of her face and near her jawline to create the illusion of a smaller face,” says Sam. To keep a lob neat, Sam suggests using a taming cream like Redken Frizz Dismiss FPF 40 Rebel Tame Leave-in Smoothing Control Cream ($34). Take a 20-centcoin-sized amount and work it into your hair, from the mid-length to the ends, before heat-styling.

Redken Frizz Dismiss FPF 40 Rebel Tame Leave-in Smoothing Control Cream, $34.

 

This story was originally published in the October 2015 issue of Her World magazine.