It's nearly time for Chinese New Year and part of the festivities include getting ready with brand new outfits and a new hairdo. And if you want to make a statement with more than your romantic status (or lack thereof), try an eye-catching new hair colour. Forget red. Though it's a traditional lucky colour, you don't necessarily have to opt for this hue when it comes to your hair. Focus on donning red on your clothes, nails or even your accessories, but try a more adventurous colour on your head. Pastel hair colours have really broken out in 2016, but for your 2017 take on this trend, opt for the gorgeous, translucent tones from the L'Oréal Professionnel INOA Pastel range.

Did you know that pastel shades actually work really well on Asian skin tones, helping to bring out a radiant glow in our complexions? And instead of going for a bold Pepto-Bismol pink, you can try a more muted take that blends in with your natural hair colour. Think you're not daring enough to go pastel? Here L'Oréal Professionnel showcases four women who each bring their own personality to this curated collection of pastel colours. With the skilful handiwork of their colourists, each look is very now, but also very wearable. No, you won't be shocking any conservative folk or raising the eyebrows of any judgey aunties with these looks, as they all strike the perfect balance between trendy and pretty.

FOR THE SWEET, YOUNG THING
IF YOU LOVE:
 
Fresh bouquets of flowers, sweet treats and high heels
TRY: Pastel Rose
If you love all thing pink, your hair is the perfect canvas to try out this shade that's a cross between a cotton candy hue, and super trendy, rose gold. This look works great on a mid-length shag like the model's and has a playful, flirtatious vibe to it that is simply irresistible. Here the colourist started on pre-lightened hair and used the INOA Pastel Rose shade from the roots to the end to create dimensional layering, for an über modern and fresh, gradated look. 

Rose Pink L'Oreal Professionnel

FOR THE CONFIDENT CHICA
IF YOU LOVE: 
Power lunches and high fashion 
Try: Pastel Lavender
Shrinking violets need not apply. No one ever faded into the background while donning this bold shade, whether it was the late Prince or members of royalty. To wear purple takes a lot of guts, but here the look has been softened with gentle waves and airy bangs, and a more delicate, pastel take on the standout hue. The trick with notice-me colour is adding dimension, so it doesn't look too fake and flat. To give this look added dimension, ask for strategic placements of panel highlights under your crowning glory, for a subtle, peekaboo effect. Now you see it... and now you see it even more.

Lavender L'Oreal Professionnel

FOR THE WOMAN ABOUT TOWN
IF YOU LOVE:
Streetwear labels, rock music and collecting sneakers
TRY: Pastel Mineral 
If you're the one in your group who's always the first to try a trend, get into a new band or don an out-there lipstick shade, this is the look for you. Great for a multi-tasker who has a multi-faceted life, this hairdo contrasts a slightly lived-in, griege-blue colour with a voluminous style that that was inspired by a Victoria's Secret Angel's effortless waves. Sexy, fresh and carefree... you'll love being in a blue mood.

Pastel Mineral L'Oreal Professionnel

FOR THE FREE-SPIRITED LASS
IF YOU LOVE: Being one with nature, creating music or art and travelling
TRY: Pastel Mint
If you are a bit of a free spirit, your mane should suit your lifestyle. Ditch basic shades like brown and kick things up a notch with a green hair. How to avoid looking like you had an unfortunate accident in the swimming pool? Ask for pastel mint panel highlights in different shades over your regular hair tones for an adventurous, modern twist that's not too in-your-face.

Pastel Mint L'Oreal Professionnel

WIN ONE OF FOUR $150 L'ORÉAL PROFESSIONNEL HAMPERS
Just let us know which of the above four looks is your favourite.
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WANT TO RECREATE THE ABOVE LOOKS?
 
Visit one of the following L'Oréal Professionel salons in Singapore.
 


Credits:
Makeup and styling: Yuan Sng
Hair colour and styling: 
L'Oréal Professionnel SG Education Team
Photography: Rui Liang, LightSpade Studio
Models: Eugena Bey, Jolene Zhou, Tammy Tay and Constance Lau
Image design: Amanda Soon