Hair colour ready to go from gold to silver grey and beyond in run up to Lao New Year
Without generalising, human hair generally appears in very appealing and completely natural shades of very dark brown to black in this part of the world.
Yet a much wider variety of hair colours will most likely be apparent when Pi Mai Lao (Lao New Year) comes around in the middle of this month.
This has been a trend among youth in every recent Lao New Year that sees young people change their hair into another colour, with silver grey and gold shades already likely proving the most popular this time around.
Hair stylist Mr Aling Sengpaserth with his golden locks.
--Photo Aling Sengpaserth
Changing to another shade can be seen as a light hearted and rather colourful way of enjoying the celebrations for most as they allow their hair colour to return to its natural state for the remainder of the year.
However, it is not always so easy to alter one's hair colour to meet the latest trends in time for celebrations, so don't leave it to the last minute and be disappointed.
Some people's hair requires multiple treatments, something that may become costly and counterproductive if a do-it-yourself project goes awry.
For confidence sometimes it's worth consulting an expert should you wish to successfully add both colour and flair to your hair in time for festivities.
Such an expert can be found in the capital's Phonpapao village in Sisattanak district in the form of Mr Aling Sengpasert, happily and busily welcoming more and more clients.
He is rapidly becoming one of the most popular go-to hair stylists in the capital with increasingly expansive experience on the latest methods on hair colouring for women and men alike.
Mr Aling is currently welcoming bookings for clients who want to have their colours and styles ready to go to celebrate the Lao New Year.
He spoke to Vientiane Times about his journey in hair styling.
“After I graduated my study and training at a Beauty Salon for around two years I worked on my skill and was learning on the job for more than three years.
“I did so in order to become a better and more well known hairstylist in Laos and in preparation for opening this shop named ‘Aling Beauty Salon'.”
The salon has now been open for two years with word of mouth driving increased fame and fortune thanks to the many pleased repeat customers he has been able to attract.
Each day, he welcomes at least 20 clients who come to his use his service.
Many are women, including both brides and their family members who come for makeup and styling into the traditional Lao hairstyle known as kaophom for their wedding parties.
Meanwhile, more and more clients both men and women come regularly to style, trim wash and condition their follicles for everyday life or various special events.
Mr Aling explained that the process of hair colouring would take around one to one and a half hours for most clients with the typical Lao locks.
“The amount of dye is depends on the hair of individual customers,” he said.
“Some people who have never dyed their hair before may have to visit three times in order to meet their colouring needs.
“For others it is easier and the right look can be achieved in only one visit,” he said.
No matter the hair, his aim is to keep his customers happy whenever they utilise his service.
A treatment comes in at 240,000 kip using dye from the shop, while customers who bring their own dye with them will pay only 60,000 kip.
A traditional Lao hairstyle, especially the more costly and time consuming hair style for brides for wedding parties is also available.
The price for a bride begins at 1.8 million kip, while the hairstyle of other family members of the bride begin from 118,000kip.
Aling Beauty Salon offers many additional services for clients such as hair cut style and trim, shampoo and conditioning, hair iron, eyelash extension, permanent hair straightening, leg waxes and mor e.
The salon is open daily from 8am to 8pm.
By Viengdavanh Banhphahaksa
(Latest Update April 3, 2017)