Here's how your hair colour can make your eye bags look less obvious

Here's how your hair colour can make your eye bags look less obvious

Right colour matters

Text: Renée Batchelor

We tried a new service at Chez Vous that puts a new twist on bespoke colour

Hair colour is of vital importance. It is one of the first impressions you make. Bleached blonde and with dark roots like G Eazy? You're probably giving off a trashy vibe whether intentionally or not. Sporting ginger hair? Cue the sexy or carrot top stereotypes. Not bothered with highlights that have gone all brassy and orange, or grown out past your ears? You're probably not giving Meghan Markle a run for her money in the prim and polished department. So even if your hair statement is that you're not trying to make a statement — you're still sending a message. Choosing the right colour for your skin tone and features is not as easy as it sounds, which is why Chez Vous, one of the top salons in Singapore and our go-to for texture treatments, created Right Colour Matters, a colour diagnostic service done in collaboration with Goldwell, specifically for Asian skin tones. 

The main gist of the treatment is this. Using sheets of coloured paper, the experts at Chez Vous will determine which colour or combination of colours will work well for you. For example, a cool blue paper might bring out dark circles or make you look tired, while a cool green shade can liven up the complexion. Every individual is different, and it goes beyond the usual warm and cool diagnosis that salons made in the past, which is better suited to Caucasian skin and hair colours. Brand director Eugene Teo points out to us that some colours unintentionally bring out flaws like the under eye circles or even the lines and shadows on a person's face. Picking the undertones that are the most flattering on each individual and placing them on certain areas of the hair — like the roots, ends or framing the face — will create a perfect combination. I tried the diagnosis and was quite intrigued at how each colour reflected on my face and brought out subtle differences. Some highlighted pigmentation and redness, while others made me look sallow. From there the colourist will suggest a base colour and use carefully placed highlights and a combination of techniques to create the best possible result for you.

With hair that was outgrown and faded at the ends, I was less interested in trying a trendy colour, and more in making my hair — damaged by excessive bleaching at another salon — look healthy and flattering on my skin tone. After allowing the sacrificing of some of the more crispy ends, I gave my colourist Readen free reign to pick a colour that suited me. He wove in a combination of warm and cool brown tones that erred on the darker side, as I did not want my colour to fade so fast. Deciding that red would be too ageing for me, he steered away from shades that were too warm. He used a colour melting technique, and painted my overbleached ends with an ashy brown tone. Each colourist works on their clients differently using a variety of techniques — from balyage to ombré to babylights. The result was hair that not only looked a million times better than when I had first, sheepishly entered the salon — but that made my complexion look rosier and more even toned both in real life and in photographs. Who needs concealer and foundation when you have an awesome hair colour that does most of the work for you?

From $299. At Chez Vous, #05-05 Ngee Ann City Podium, 6732-9388