Need A New Look For The New Year? How To Turn Your Asian Hair BLOND

Story by Anna M. Park.

Model Soo Joo Park turned heads with her platinum locks on Chanel’s fall runway earlier this year. Since then, the Korean American 27-year-old has been in practically every major fashion magazine, has walked dozens of runways, and has been featured in advertising campaigns from Tom Ford to Chanel to Benetton. We seriously covet her look, so we asked Chinese American stylist Vicky Shen of Wicked Salon in San Francisco how to go blond.

“Being Asian American ourselves, we very much understand what works and what doesn’t on Asian hair,” says Shen. That said, if you want to go blond, aim for a platinum or creamy beige color. “In general, Asians have more yellow undertones, so having any yellow or orange in the hair really clashes with the skin tone. Try platinum, a soft buttery beige, or even a hint of peach, which will complement the skin.”

We don’t know if blondes really do have more fun, but it’s clear that if an Asian woman wants to go blond, she’ll have absolutely no fun in the salon. “It’s very difficult to achieve a platinum blond look on very dark hair,” says Shen. “It requires a lot of hair bleach, and a lot of time under the dryer. We would apply hair bleach mixed with either 30 volume or 40 volume peroxide, and apply the mixture from roots to ends; most likely the process will be repeated again. The hair color we are looking for at this stage is a very pale yellow, without a hint of orange. Then we would apply a purple-colored glaze to counter any yellow that is still left in the hair.”

It doesn’t end once you leave the salon. Purple shampoo and conditioner are very important to keep the yellow away, as well as a deep protein conditioner at least once a week to strengthen hair. And expect a root touch-up every four weeks, a glaze possibly every two weeks. This is a very high-maintenance look, says Shen, and if you go blond, “a fierce attitude is the key. You really need to rock it.”

Wanna go lighter but not ready for all that work? For a more realistic shade, first lighten hair to a light neutral brown, says Shen, and then add beige-y highlights on top.

 

THE TOOLS:

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1. Sensai Intensive Hair Mask.


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2. Arbonne Pure Vibrance Lustre Fortifying Shampoo.


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3. Mixed Chicks Hair Silk.


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4. Even your hairspray should have sunscreen to extend the life of your color. Philip Kingsley Weatherproof Hairspray.


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5. Shen likes the purple shampoo from Davinese. Also try Alterna Caviar Anti-Aging Brightening Blonde Shampoo.

 



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This story was originally published in our Winter 2013-14 issue. Get your copy here

MUST SEE: Filipino Pantene Commercial Calls Attention to Gender Labels in The Workplace

Now its time to applaud Pantene Philippines for its amazing commercial tackling gender discrimination.

We’re no stranger to gender labels. There have been many cases where women were perceived in a negative light while men were praised for doing the exact same thing. Many claim that such judgements are subconscious. Obviously, it would do us all well to question the disparity between these labels and why they exist.

Each scene portrays a man and a woman in the workplace environment. The commercial then highlights the double standards among men and women through labels. A man is simply being the “boss” while a woman in the same position is “bossy.” A man is “persuasive” while a woman is “pushy.” A man well-dressed for work is “neat” but a woman is “vain.” The man is “smooth” while the woman is a “show-off.”

The commercial successfully pulls our attention towards the unfair gender discrimination that often occurs in the workplace. It ends by stating, “Don’t let labels hold you back. Be strong and shine.”

Although this commercial doesn’t feature Pantene in the most obvious way, it certainly features glossy hair. Besides, we’re definitely a fan of the bigger issue that the commercial addresses.

The commercial was only uploaded onto youtube yesterday, but it has already gathered over 3 million views. Check it out for yourself.

Get This Celeb Look: Ellen Wong’s ‘Picture Perfect’ Look

You may remember this actress as Knives Chau in Scott Pilgrim vs. The World. Although she was heartbroken and quite the mess throughout the film, Ellen Wong is clearly a stunning lady in real life. Hair and makeup artist Anna Barseghian spills her secret on how to get Ellen Wong’s “Picture Perfect” look.

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Hair:
I used a Rowenta 2 in 1 Ceramic Ionic Curling Iron and I curled the mid section of her hair. This look creates a little more of this disheveled look. The reason why I choose this look is because of Ellen’s dress, seeing that it is so clean and polished.

 

 Makeup:
As for Ellen’s makeup, I created smokey eye using m.a.c eyeshadow called Romp, Black Tied and I finished with lancôme mascara Hypnose. Ellen’s skin is already so flawless I used Giorgio Armani foundation: luminous and putting a touch fluid sheer on her cheek area, this create a great glow in the skin.

 

Get This Celebrity Look: Ana Ortiz’s ‘Urban Goddess’ Look

American actress Ana Ortiz is best known for her role in the ABC comedy-drama series Ugly Betty. Now, it looks like the 42-year-old actress is looking better than ever with her “Urban Goddess” look. Asian American makeup artist Shiyena and hairstylist Pamela Neal dish out their secrets to Get This Celebrity Look

Makeup artist Shiyena on prepping the face:

1) I saturated some cotton with the Fleur Blanc toner and gently buffed it in all over her face and neck.

2) I applied the Serum next and let that dry completely.

3) Then I spread a thin layer of the Day Cream Creme de Jour all over her face.

4) While that’s absorbing into her skin, I move on to her eyes.

Eyes:

1) I like to always start with the eyes first so I can clean it up easier if they are any eyeshadow fallouts.

2) I gently patted on the Lingerie pour les yeux in Medium on her eyelids to prime the eyes for eyeshadow application.

3) I first dusted the lightest color Linen from the Palette Play in Copper all over her eyelids up to her brow bone.

3) I then applied the the color Gilt, the medium bronze color on her eyelids up to the creases of her eye.

4) I then brushed the darker bronze color Suede on the outer corner of her eyes to achieve the Smokey effect pulling the shadow out to create a more almond/cat eye look.

5) On the top lash line, before I lined it with eyeliner, I lined it with the Indigo from the same eyeshadow quad at the lash line and winged it up and darkened the outer corner of her eyes.

6) I then gently lined the top lash line to darken it with Le Joli Crayon in Charbon and used the other end of the liner to blend the line out.

7) I also lined her bottom lash line with Le Joli Crayon in Aubergine and blended it out as well.

8) With the angle brush, I went over and smudged the dark bronze color, Suede, on top of the Aubergine eyeliner (bottom) along with the Charbon eyeliner (top) to soften the lines.

9) Line the waterline with Le Joli Crayon in Charbon to finish up the smoky eye.

10) Eiffel power mascara. Lots and lots of coats. This mascara doesn’t clump at all so it’s easy to build it up without it looking messy.

Foundation:

1) Clean up any eyeshadow fall outs if there were any at this point.

2) I then mixed and applied the Love Me Deux moisture tint in Paris and Provence all over her face and down her neck to give it the seamless effect.

3) I then used the concealer that comes on the cap to spot conceal any blemishes and to highlight under her eyes, bridge of nose and forehead.

4) I lightly filed in her brows with Arch de Triumph in Warm and Dark Brown. She has gorgeous thick brows so not much was needed here.

5) I glided the Vu-On Rouge color accent in Bouquet Rose on the apples of her cheeks and blended it up and out towards her temples with my fingers, primarily concentrating on the apples of her cheeks and making sure the color is not blended away too much.

6) I then brushed on Belle Poudre in Golden Medium with the Kabuki brush all over her face for the nice HD finish.

7) To finish the look, I used Beaute en Bronze Bronzer Duo in Monaco. Pop the cheeks with the pink blush for a hint of shimmer and dust  the face with the bronzer.

8) I like to apply the bronzer where the sun would normally hit the face. Forehead, cheek bones, tip of the nose, and on the chest.

Lips:

1) I lined her lips with the Drawmatic lip liner in Naked and filled it in with the liner itself.

2) I then layered the Lip Lustre lipgloss in Demure on top of the liner so her lips look scrumptious. Juicy and plump!

Finale:

1) I sprayed and massaged in Amour D’Ore body spray to glisten her arms for that sun kissed glow.

Pamela Neal on Ana Ortiz’s hair:
1. I dampened and re-dryed the hair as it had been flat ironed previously and flat ironed hair is notoriously hard to curl.
2. I then took small square sections starting at the front hairline, spraying each with White Sands Liquid Texture Firm Hold Thermal Styling Spray and wrapping them around a 1 inch iron, pulling out the iron and pinning the rolled up section securely before moving on to the next section. I wrapped them all in the same direction.
3. The next row of curls I wrapped in the opposite direction, repeating the spraying and pinning on each section. The next row I curled back in the same direction as the first row.
4. Once the whole head was completed in this manner, I took out all the pins and brushed the hair through, coaxing the hair into waves with my fingers. She then ran out of time and I had to let her go so just sprayed it with Davines No. 7 Firm Hairspray!

 

The Top 5 Strangest Asian Hairdos

Earlier in the year, we wrote Breaking The Asian Myth | Asian Hair which argued against the stereotype that all Asians have the same hair: sleek, black, and straight. Do some of us possess these hair qualities. Of course. Do all of us have this exact kind of hair? Certainly not.

We went on to point out the various other hair types that Asians can possess. While this is elementary for many of us, there are actually some people who do not even think it’s possible for Asians to have naturally curly hair.

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Although we went over sleek hair, thick hair, and frizzy hair, we may have missed a very important category of Asian hair: strange.

Whether its creepy, funny, or just intriguing to look at, all of these hairstyles are undeniably strange. Although strange hairdos are certainly not something people are born with, a quick google search of “strange Asian hair” is enough to let us know that this is a pretty common search.

So we couldn’t resist. Here are our Top 5 Strangest Asian Hairdos:

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1. The Mullet Done Wrong. 
We’re not even the biggest fans of mullets to begin with. There’s really no need to call even more attention to that hairdo.

 

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2. The Mullet Done Wrong.. Again.
We couldn’t explain why there is a gap of missing hair even if we tried.

 

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3. The Animal-Shaped Hair. 
While we’re sure this hairdo took a lot of time and effort, we don’t suggest you use any animal as a headdress.

 

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4. The Suspiciously Familiar Hair 
Does it remind us of chocolate soft serve ice cream? ..Or something else?

 

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5. So Creepy That We Can’t Look Away Hair.
Is that her actual hair or a real swarm of bugs having a gathering on her head? We’re not sure. We’re not even sure that we want to find out.

A Cut Above | Asian Hair: The Pixie Cut

With the media in a metaphorical tailspin over Beyoncé’s new shorter ‘do, the spotlight is placed once again on the pixie cut.  Popularized in the 1950′s by Hollywood stars like Audrey Hepburn, Mia Farrow and supermodel Twiggy, the cut has been worn by many throughout the years, including some of our favorite Asian and Asian American celebrities (like Ziyi Zhang at Cannes and Audrey’s summer covergirl, Rinko Kikuchi), breaking the stereotypical idea that Asian women have to have long, straight hair.

And while we love the Queen B just as much as anyone else and think that her new cut looks fabulous, we have to admit, these celebs give her a run for her money.

Narsha (Brown Eyed Girls)

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Lee Yeon Hee

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Vanessa Hudgens

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Shannyn Sossamon

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Tao Okamoto

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Yang Mi

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Sunny (Girls’ Generation)

 

Gorgeous, no?  As you can probably tell, when it comes to the pixie, there’s no one-size-fits-all cut.  If you’re thinking of cropping your own hair, take a cue from one of these lovely women and experiment — you really have nothing to lose (no pun intended)!

Breaking The Asian Myth | Asian Hair

Asian Hair

 

If there’s one Asian stereotype we’re all very familiar with, its Asian hair. No one knows when this actually happened, but at one point people began thinking that all Asian women had the same kind of hair- straight, black, and very sleek. This myth has become so well known that theres actually something called “Japanese hair straightening” to try and get these hair qualities. Its not uncommon to flip through a magazine and come across an article showcasing different types of hair and as expected, “Asian hair” get its very own section. Do some of us have sleek, black, and straight hair? Of course.

Do all of us have this? Absolutely not. People may be shocked to discover that just like everyone else, Asian’s are not all born with the same kind of hair (What!?) So let’s break the Asian myth with some familiar faces. Continue reading for some products we suggest for ALL kinds of Asian hair.

Sleek and Thin Hair

Now myths don’t pop out of no where. There are actually a number of Asian’s who have the typical “Asian hair”. Rocking sleek hair like Lucy Liu is something many girls wish for (mainly because of the belief that its so easy to manage). In reality,  this isn’t always the case. You may have found your hair to be quite fragile and needs a lot more maintenance than people expect. Want to strengthen that hair? Try any of these thickening products brought to you by Ojon.

Thick Hair

Straight hair? Yes. Thin hair? Not necessarily. Although thin hair is very common in the Asian community, thick hair is just as present.  2NE1′s Sandara Park shows us that we can have quite a lotof hair. Thick hair tends to be heavy and may flatten your hairdo near the roots. Try to get your hands on Suave Volumizing  Root Boost Spray to provide lift and lasting volume to your roots.

Frizzy Hair 

Aside from her relationship with John Lennon, Yoko Ono was also known for her iconic frizzy hair.  If you’re not really feeling the Yoko Ono look, you may be looking to tame your hair. We suggest Living Proof’s No Frizz Shampoo which is specifically designed to eliminate frizzy hair by blocking humidity without weighing the hair down.

Curly Hair

To the disbelief of many, some Asians are capable of having natural curls. Take Grey’s Anatomyactress Sandra Oh who is seen boldly rocking her curls in every episode. While a head of perfect ringlets is beautiful, anyone with curly hair will tell you- curly hair doesn’t always like to behave. Keep those locks under control with Garnier Curl Shaping Gel.

Wavy Hair 


Some Asians, like like Korean singer and actress IU, have wavy hair or hair that teeter-totters between straight and curly. Sometimes you may even wake up to that horrifying moment when half your hair looks curly and the other half looks straight. The result? Using the curling iron or straightening iron for uniform hair. If you do face this on a regular bases, make sure you use the proper precautions to lessen the heat damage done to your hair. Try giving TRESemmé Thermal Creations Heat Tamer Spray a shot.

Colored Hair

A lot of Asians are born with either black or brown hair, but this doesn’t stop many people from getting color onto their locks. Take Suzy Bae for example who has boldly chosen a blond color. While this may not be natural hair, dyed hair still requires maintenance and there are specific products which help with the upkeep of dyed hair.  We suggest Pureology Hydrate Products which was named InStyle’s best 2012 Shampoo/Conditioner for color-treated hair.

Hair Today, Gone Tomorrow: An Ombre Job Gone Wrong

 

It’s cliche but it’s true.

You never know what you have until it’s gone.

My hair was getting long.

It was starting to just become this wisp of a thing that planted flat against my head and clung lifelessly by its roots. Sure, sometimes it was pretty but it was bOring!

Like all restless souls, I needed a change. I wanted to set aside my prudish reputation and BE COOL for once.

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Thursday Style with Audrey | Curls or Stick Straight?

I love Thursdays; not only does Thursday usher in the long awaited weekend, but Thursdays also mean it’s styling day here at the Audrey office. My co-workers and I meet up shortly after lunch and instead of our usual check-in meetings, we have a styling “party” where we test out styling products. Today was a hairstyling party and we tested out a 1” Lighted Titanium 450 Flat Iron by Andis Professional and Remington’s “All That!” hot rollers. With these products we either curled or straightened our hair and added finishing touches by using either hairspray and/or hair serums.

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Fall Trends Preview | Fall Hair Trends with Justin Surh

Justin Surh, one of L.A.’s most talented stylists, wields his scissors at Michaeljohn in Beverly Hills. With over 20 years experience, Justin has carved out a stellar career as a haircutting master. Training with both Vidal Sassoon and Toni&Guy in London, Justin has honed his flawless technique in some of the most prestigious salons in Los Angeles. He is highly sought after, renowned for his perfect cuts and beautiful coloring. Justin’s passion for hair delivers amazing results for his clientele. His hair color methodology complements his signature haircuts. Justin’s hair philosophy is about being “fresh and easy to maintain.” He has worked with celebrities, styled for the runway, editorials and numerous TV commercials. Justin talks to us about hot hair trends for fall! Click on to read more! 

 

 

 

 

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