Who says forty-somethings can't rock pink locks? Here are 5 reasons to 'rose' to the occasion

Published on Jan 21, 2021

The passage of time shouldn't make you take less pride in your appearance. In fact, as you become surer of your self and style, you care less about convention and lean into what you like. And in the past few months, more and more funky fortysomethings have been liking ash-pink locks. Here are a few reasons why:

1. It amplifies the stylishness of short crops


While style shouldn't come with an age limit, hair volume unfortunately does. Our strands often get sparser and limper, meaning that longer 'dos can appear to drag down your face and age you prematurely. That's why stylists and customers tend to prefer shorter crops for added bounce and personality.

Before Haircut and Hair Colour at The Urban Aesthetics

What can amp up that attitude still further? Funky ashy colours like this shade of pink highlights, which also add hair volume and dimension, thanks to the interplays of light and dark. Who says short has to be safe?

Chic Short Pixie Cut and Ash Pink Hair Colour For Mature Woman at The Urban Aesthetics

2. It brings out your individuality


Chic Short Pixie Cut and Ash Pink Hair Colour For Mature Woman at The Urban Aesthetics

Is it conformist and conventional? No. Is it siren-loud? No. This shade is complex and cool, and demonstrates to the world that you're not afraid to inhabit who you are and what you like. A funky, personality-charged 'do like this could lend you extra confidence to be unapologetically you.

3. It sets you apart in a sea of face masks


Singaporeans boast a diverse collection of facial features, but with masks occluding half of them, we can all look more or less the same.  WIth this hair hue in a sea of dark Asian locks, you'll never have to worry how you're going to challenge conformity. Ash-pink is called a statement shade for a reason!

4. The colour looks gorgeous even after it fades


The problem with brighter colours is that they can fade into ghastly green or blaring brass pretty quick. This shade of pink though has been designed to stay stylish through its lightening incarnations, eventually turning to a cool ashy blonde, thus giving you numerous lush looks for the price of one.

5. YOLO


If people in their first flush of youth constantly take risks, surely those of us further along should make the most of our residual vivacity and look however the heck we want. If you've always craved convention-defying colour, go ahead and seize the day.

Of course, you don't have to take it from us - Let one of our favourite funky forty-somethings tell you why she took a bash at ashy pink.

Agent PK's Pink Hair Transformation


Hi, I'm Agent PK. While you might not recognise my face, there's a good chance you'll find my voice familiar. Previously a radio deejay, I've continued voicing ads and cartoons along with performing onstage, and am also Singapore's only voice teacher accredited with the Fitzmaurice Institute.

Before Haircut and Hair Colour at The Urban Aesthetics

I've always loved playing around with my 'dos, and have tried everything from auntie perms to bleaching the heck out of my tresses. I won't lie, I've sometimes looked at some of my old photos and wondered, 'What on earth was I thinking?' But I'm glad I got to give some awesome looks a good go.

Of course, extensive hair experimentation comes with consequences, and I'm now left with a faded, dry lob. I was still itching for a new look - was it possible under the circumstances? It was time to call my favourite hair guru.

Before Haircut and Hair Colour at The Urban Aesthetics
Before Haircut and Hair Colour at The Urban Aesthetics

In the hazy, distant past, I used to follow my mum to neighbourhood salons. But ever since meeting Leong from The Beauty Emporium by The Urban Aesthetics who transformed my tresses, I have stayed true to the man, and he's never let me down.

I contacted him to tell him that I wanted to change up my hair, but that it was properly damaged and might require the ends to be cut off. I gave him carte blanche to do whatever he thought best. Then I booked my appointment, and consigned my 'do to his expert hands.

Step 1: Consultation


The Beauty Emporium is reassuringly thorough about customer safety and comfort.  After the standard temperature check, I was helped into a salon cape to protect my outift. Then I removed my mask very briefly to allow Leong to observe my current face shape (Covid-19 has caused volatile fluctuations) and plan my shiny new 'do.

Hair Consultation at The Urban Aesthetics

I felt pretty safe, since The Beauty Emporium by The Urban Aesthetics' new location boasts private rooms which, space permitting, the warm stylists are always happy to put you in.

Hair Consultation at The Urban Aesthetics

Since I already told Leong what I hoped to achieve, the onsite consultation process was short and sweet. He described how he would give me a funky cut to remove the dead hair ends and add major pizzazz. He also wanted to give me a brand new hair colour - Ash Pink! Again confident about Leong's expert eye and dextrous hands, I told the master to begin whenever he was ready.

Step 2: Cut


And so we did! We started with a wash so that Leong could do a wet cut on my hair to give me one of those extreme-precision 'dos he became an industry name for. He towel-dried my hair so it wasn't dripping, then combed and parted it into numerous small sections.

And so the cutting commenced.

Getting Pixie Haircut at The Urban Aesthetics

He took a good length off my locks because it was even more damaged than I thought, but reassured me that I would love his planned departure from my standard shoulder-length.

Getting Pixie Haircut at The Urban Aesthetics

It was sad to see, I won't lie. But my follicular condition meant it was time to say goodbye to those hair ends, and I was looking forward to a refresh.

By the time Leong had sculpted the base shape with his scissors, my hair had more or less dried from the wash. In this drier state, Leong was able to make further refinements.

Getting Pixie Haircut at The Urban Aesthetics

Observe his cutting technique, targeting miniscule sections at a time for true exactitude.

Getting Pixie Haircut at The Urban Aesthetics

The result: An artistic, angled cut that was distinctly me.

I loved the sleek silhouette of my coiff, transforming along different parts of my head.

Getting Pixie Haircut at The Urban Aesthetics

Step 3: Highlight


It was time to accent with colours! Now that my hair was nice and short, minimal chemicals could be used for maximum efficiency, Leong mixed up a bowl of bleach, along with some other beautifying concoctions.

Hair Bleaching at The Urban Aesthetics

He brushed the bleach onto my locks, once again in small, precise, sections; and using a piece of aluminum foil to separate the bleached portions from the unbleached ones.

Hair Bleaching at The Urban Aesthetics

Each section was so fine to ensure even bleaching and perfectly blended highlights, meaning the process had to be repeated countless times. I assure you, not every stylist would take such uncompromising pains for their clients.

Hair Bleaching at The Urban Aesthetics

Then Leong proceeded to separate the foil-wrapped sections with pieces of cotton wool, thus preventing chemicals coming into direct contact with my scalp.

Hair Bleaching at The Urban Aesthetics

This is what the highlighting process looks like when have a supremely detail-oriented stylist:

Hair Bleaching at The Urban Aesthetics

After 45 minutes of looking like a villainess from an '80s sci-fi movie, I was finally brought to the washing bay. Leong gently removed the foils only under running water, which prevents tugging trauma on your hair.

He then gave me a thorough rinse to remove any remaining chemicals...

Hair Bleaching at The Urban Aesthetics

...before using purple shampoo to eradicate the yellow tones from my freshly bleached strands.

Purple Shampoo Hair Wash to Cancel Yellow Tones at The Urban Aesthetics

At this point, a leisurely scalp scrub was thrown in as part of the wash. Lovely!

Step 4: Colour


And at last, it was time to colour me pink.

My crowning glory was coated generously in the lush dye.

Trendy Ash Pink Hair Colour at The Urban Aesthetics

With the new shortness of my bob, complete coating was achieved in record time.

Trendy Ash Pink Hair Colour at The Urban Aesthetics

And for 30 minutes, I let the pink sink in.

Step 5: Wash & style


Then, it was time for another wash and scalp massage, before my newly pink tresses and I were returned to the salon chair.

Blow Dry and Hair Styling at The Urban Aesthetics

After toweling most of the moisture from my locks, Leong deployed one of his state-of-the-art hair-dryers.

Blow Dry and Hair Styling at The Urban Aesthetics

This protective styling tool removed any remaining wetness, while helping Leong to shape my coiff using a round brush.

Blow Dry and Hair Styling at The Urban Aesthetics

He then once again flourished his scissors to make finishing adjustments, and perfect my 'do from every angle.

Final Haircut at The Urban Aesthetics

I think he succeeded. Ready for the reveal?

Before Haircut and Hair Colour at The Urban Aesthetics
Chic Short Pixie Cut and Ash Pink Hair Colour For Mature Woman at The Urban Aesthetics
Chic Short Pixie Cut and Ash Pink Hair Colour For Mature Woman at The Urban Aesthetics

My new hair has got me feeling fierce! 

Chic Short Pixie Cut and Ash Pink Hair Colour For Mature Woman at The Urban Aesthetics
Chic Short Pixie Cut and Ash Pink Hair Colour For Mature Woman at The Urban Aesthetics
Chic Short Pixie Cut and Ash Pink Hair Colour For Mature Woman at The Urban Aesthetics

Whether from the front, sides or back, I adore the precise structure and the chic, on fleek shade.

Chic Short Pixie Cut and Ash Pink Hair Colour For Mature Woman at The Urban Aesthetics

This 'do definitely had me feeling brand new. 

Overall thoughts


The hair process was flawless, as it always is with Leong. And in the unpredictablity of the present, gettting a confident colour paired with a statement irregular precision cut gave me a much-needed boost. I'm looking forward to having this style take me through the toughness of 2021 and beyond...or at least until I decide to switch things up again.

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