All eyes on colour

The tiger eye hair trend is gain­ing new trac­tion.

The Star Malaysia - Star2 - - Trends - star2@thes­tar.com.my Patsy Kam Patsy aims to stay fo­cused on what mat­ters and let go of the neg­a­tive. Share your thoughts with star2@thes­tar.com.my

SAY bye-bye bal­ayage, hello to the “tiger eye”. No, not the semi-pre­cious stone, the hair trend.

Hair colours come in rich, vary­ing shades of brown which in­ter­play with rip­pling shades of light and dark hues, much like the tiger eye gem­stone it’s named af­ter, that’s in yel­low and gold stripes. This trend emerged last year, but is gain­ing new trac­tion thanks to brands such as L’Oreal Pro­fes­sion­nel which are ex­tolling the mer­its of the easy-to­carry warm look.

Be­fore you go rush­ing out to your colourist though, note that the colours pan out bet­ter on long hair which gives more space for the ef­fect to be seen in its full glory, so you might want to re­think that hair ap­point­ment.

One smart cookie of­fered this piece of life hack ad­vice: when you go to the hair­styl­ist, men­tion that you want to streak your hair “brown with dif­fer­ent high­lights”, rather than ask for “the tiger eye” hair trend. Makes a huge dif­fer­ence in the bill ap­par­ently.

While cho­co­late flavours may or may not be tak­ing over ker­atin manes, Korean styles are def­i­nitely slowly but surely in­fil­trat­ing other as­pects of our lives.

It isn’t just K-pop and K-drama that’s mak­ing ev­ery­one twirl around and take no­tice, Korean skin­care has af­fected the beauty in­dus­try tremen­dously and it looks as if Korean hair­styles might be shak­ing up the hair scene too.

Ac­cord­ing to stylexstyle.com, celebri­ties such as Lee Min-jung and singer Bomi (from Apink) may be leav­ing a trail of im­i­ta­tors in their wake. Their two-block hair cut come off as pretty straight­for­ward: hair in front is cut short whereas the hair at the back is left long. Ver­sa­tile with short wispy strands of hair fram­ing the face in a soft, fem­i­nine look, K-lovers are gonna swoon over this.

An­other pop­u­lar K-trend is ash-grey hair, which has now been given a laven­der ash­brown edge. The touch of pur­ple stands out even more in the sun­light. For a safer ap­proach, it seems an ash-blonde com­bi­na­tion “would be flat­ter­ing on fair skin while those more tanned skin tones should opt for a darker shade of ash-blonde”.

One colour which has never gone out of style is ... wait for it ... brown! So yes, the tiger eye would fit right in here, and ch­est­nut brown or light brown colours are still the fad. Take a look at Yoona, no not our Malaysian award-win­ning songstress Yuna, but the one from pop group Girls’ Gen­er­a­tion, that is.

It’s fas­ci­nat­ing how skin tone will al­ways be con­sid­ered sub­jec­tive beauty: in some parts of the world, the whiter, the bet­ter while the con­verse – judg­ing from how some women (and or­ange men) go through ex­treme lengths for a tan – is also much sought af­ter.

South Su­danese beauty Nyakim Gatwech who lives in Min­neapo­lis, United States, has been dubbed “Queen of Dark” be­cause of her skin tone (www.in­for­ma­tionng.co). Brim­ming with self-con­fi­dence, Nyakim re­port­edly shut down an Uber driver who sug­gested that she con­sider bleach­ing her skin.

Bul­lied for her dark com­plex­ion while grow­ing up, she has risen above body-sham­ing crit­ics to em­brace her God-given fea­ture, and is em­pow­er­ing oth­ers with her pos­i­tive quotes and at­ti­tude. To­day, the 24-year-old in­ter­na­tional clothes horse has be­come an in­spi­ra­tion to many with her mod­el­ling suc­cess and is quite the sen­sa­tion with her gor­geous pho­to­shoot im­ages (#nyakim).

Beauty is be­yond skin deep but if you feel the need to cover sur­face flaws, beauty brand Ben­e­fit has come up with a whole bar­rage of con­ceal­ers that’s just out this month. Rang­ing from air-brush, bright­en­ing, hy­drat­ing to in­dus­trial strength con­ceal­ers, what’s quirky and sticks in your head is the name given to the col­lec­tion – “Boi-ing”! Re­views have been good though I’ve yet to test it out my­self. But I’ll def­i­nitely get a kick from telling peo­ple with a straight face that I’ve got Boi-ing on my face!

Some­times I think there’s a sub­con­scious in-built sys­tem within me to live pre­car­i­ously, which would ex­plain the lit­tle “heart at­tacks” I give my­self from time to time.

Last year, I took my son’s pass­port by mis­take – oh, the drama that en­sued at the air­port and how I al­most had to can­cel my hol­i­day! This time round, I had been so en­grossed at work that I didn’t check my pass­port’s ex­piry date, only to dis­cover two nights be­fore my de­par­ture date that I had less than six months left.

And of course, this had to hap­pen dur­ing the school hol­i­days. De­spite many ac­counts from friends who had high praises for the Im­mi­gra­tion Depart­ment’s ef­fi­ciency, it sucked four long hours of my life which I will never get back. I am, how­ever, very grate­ful that I live in a coun­try where I can get my pass­port back in the same day, other­wise this would have been quite a dif­fer­ent sob story.

Celebri­ties such as ac­tress Lee Min-jung may be leav­ing a trail of im­i­ta­tors in their wake. — ONE HD

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