A Hair Cut Before Chinese New Year Can Bring Good Luck!

A friend of my mentioned this little superstition to me, so I thought it would be a good time to post about my mini makeover with celebrity hairstylist, Jing Monis.

The obligatory before shot!

The obligatory before shot!

At this point, it had been about 7 months since my last hair cut and over a year since my last hair color. OMG, I was ready (but nervous!) for the change.

The regrowth (and my white hair!) is no joke, guys.

The regrowth (and my white hair!) is no joke, guys. Look how black my hair really is!

I usually have a peg for Jing to follow, but this time around, I just let him do his thing. I just told him that I wanted a cut that fell above my shoulders, color that can help camouflage my greys, and highlights that’ll add more depth to my strands.

Mixing, mixing! Let the coloring process begin!

Mixing, mixing! Let the coloring process begin!

Since I don’t like having my hair color retouched too often, Jing gave me a chestnut brown base so the re-growth won’t be too obvious and opted to use a tone down-slash-balayage technique for my highlights.

The waiting game! The whole cut-and-color process took about 4 hours.

The waiting game! The whole cut-and-color process took about 4 hours (I also had a treatment to help reverse some of the chemical damage).

After they were rinsed my hair, I noticed that my highlights were really light. I asked why and they said it was because they used the toning down process to lighten my hair color. Hmm…I think for next time, I will opt the usual foil and balayage painting technique though. I feel like that technique blends more naturally with my strands, but if you’re going for a more blonde effect, then the toning down process will probably be better for you.  Continue reading

So I Gave Myself A Makeover…

You have to start with yourself, right? Since I’m in the business of giving makeovers (find out more here), I put my skills to the ultimate test…by giving myself one! I actually did this about a month ago and was surprised that I felt sad about letting go of my long hair. I didn’t think I was that attached. But it was was time for a change, so I dove in and scheduled an appointment at the Jing Monis Salon in Greenbelt 1.

Once there, Jing and I discussed what I wanted: something much shorter and modern, but still feminine. He’d just arrived from studying bobs in London, so I was eager to let him play around with that style. Here’s a photo diary of the process:

The obligatory before shot! No makeup (lipstick doesn't count as makeup in my book).

The obligatory before shot! No makeup (well, lipstick doesn’t count as makeup in my book).

Want to see what my makeover looks like? Click, click, click! Continue reading