Celebrity hairstylist Den Ng of Prep Luxe hair salon isn't afraid to go bold with hair colours and styles alike, creating gorgeous hairdos from elaborate floral dos to beautifully braided locks that could rival those you'd see in hit TV series Game of Thrones.
We speak to Ng, who has dressed the tresses of many celebrities, including actress Tan Kheng Hua for the recent premiere of Crazy Rich Asians.
What are the most popular colours among brides in Singapore?
Brides usually want to look elegant and classy but with a twist. For a departure from black, I would suggest warm tones - these suit most Asian complexions. If you're a little more adventurous, rose gold is also a lovely shade that enlivens a variety of Asian skin tones.
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What colours would you suggest to complement various skin tones?
- If you have a reddish complexion or red undertones
"Skip red- or orange-based browns like mahogany - under the sun, this would enhance red tones," Den says. Shoot for rich, gold-based brown shades, or cool blonde browns.
- If you have fair skin with cool undertones
This is for the porcelain-skinned bride. "If you're a little too pale for your liking, try golden, copperish and other warm tones to add brightness as well as colour to your face."
- If you have olive skin tones
"Ash blonde hues complement olive skin tones but not anything that is too light. Browns - mocha browns, hazelnut brown, most browns are okay. Mahogany will make olive skin look washed out."
- If you have darker skin tones
"I'd recommend eschewing colours that are too bright, especially yellow gold hues. This contributes to a dull complexion."
Consider adding copper, caramel or honey highlights to your base colour for a serious pop of warm radiance.
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What's the craziest wedding hairdo you've done?
I sculpted a bride's hair into an updo with three "flowers" that would match the kua she wore for her morning tea ceremony. That took me over two hours! Fifty minutes just to to craft one "flower". But the result was both dramatic and elegant - and I had fun doing it!"
Finally, what are your tips for brides looking to colour their hair for the big day?
"Get your hair coloured a week before the wedding - this will reduce the risk of your original hair colour growing and showing up at the roots otherwise known as demarcation. A treatment before the wedding will also help tame any damage to coloured locks and keep your hair glossy, soft and picture-perfect!"
Prep Luxe is at #01-62 Capitol Piazza, tel: 6384-1406.