A few months ago, I mentioned that rainbow hair was on-trend for 2017.

Pastel tones are softly blended to give that multi-dimensional effect, Redken artist Celene Dupuis said. The colourful hues may also lurk at the base to give your roots that subtle yet shocking edge.

Now it seems the trend has been taken up a notch with “holographic hair”, thanks to the Fairidescent Dye Trend, which first emerged in Seattle, Washington.

The effect is so dynamic that the shiny hair comes off looking almost translucent, akin to a hologram, hence the name.

According to a Redken colourist interviewed on popsugar.com, the technique used is called hand-pressing colouring, which borrows from methods used in screen-printing.

Different patterns on a sheet of Plexiglass with dye is repeatedly transferred to the hair, using pastel shades of lavender, pink and blue. The holographic effect, however, only works if your hair is light blond or grey.

But it’s not unimaginable to see holographic hair on Asian heads in the next coming months.

Some people thirst for something new all the time, and are willing to try anything just to be different.

Beauty is such a flighty thing – what I like about it is how we can agree to disagree – and enjoy the next wave that comes along.

May is also when we celebrate Labour Day. Today, “labour” is no longer merely defined as those who work with their hands or in the comfort of offices; neither is it so easily divided into “white collar” and “blue collar” workers anymore.

It also includes those grappling with startups, work from home and/or labour without a salary as well.

One of the biggest challenges (which seem to confront women more often than men) is trying to achieve work-life balance.

work-life balance

Don’t beat yourself up trying to be a superwoman. Photo: Filepic

It’s not just about how to balance the scales between work and family. Some years back, Mark Zuckerberg’s entrepreneur sibling Randi, said that the entrepreneur has five things to juggle – friendships, work, family, fitness and sleep.

To do well, you need to pick three. The same formula probably applies to anyone who has a career and wants to make more of it, and not just entrepreneurs.

Succinctly put, the harsh reality of her words rings true. I know I’ve lost out in different areas at different stages of my life.

I’ve been an insomniac for the most part of the last 15 years, and dismally confess that fitness figures least in my pie chart.

Of course, one can argue that we needn’t have to choose – that it’s quite possible to manage all five and eat the whole cake.

I don’t dispute that, but personally, I decided a long time ago not to beat myself up trying to be a superwoman.

Because, while you make everyone else happy, you might end up being miserable yourself. Fact is, I’m quite happy being imbalanced – some days more so than others.

Former General Electric CEO Jack Welch said in an interview with The Wall Street Journal: “There’s no such thing as work-life balance. There are work-life choices, and you make them, and they have consequences.”

Back in 2009, that statement ruffled a lot of feathers, especially among women who took time off for family and were passed over for promotions.

These days, however, small businesses operating on online platforms, many manned by mothers and millennials working from home, are changing the way we look at jobs. Young working adults are making a conscious choice to have a life outside of work.

I asked a few twenty-something friends about their priorities and their answers were quite different from a generation ago.

One said fitness, while Jess said she wanted to write a book. Mark replied honestly that he was still working it out. None of them though, had a high-flying career in their line of vision.

“I used to think that I wanted to have my own office and ‘be a boss’ – you know, that whole career-vibe thing. But after working a few years, I realised I didn’t need the stress. Now I’d rather work on something that I can be passionate about; I still hope to be my own boss one day,” Jess explained.

In fact, it’s no longer about work-life balance, but rather, work-life integration, she said.

Blurred lines

The lines between professional and personal life are blurring; there are those who feel it’s quite possible to blend all parts together to achieve a better quality of life.

I remember when my kids were growing up, like so many other mothers I knew, I felt guilty that I wasn’t spending enough time with them.

A wise friend advised me that not everyone is destined for greatness as God has a different plan for all of us.

For some of us, it’s about being the best mother that you can be to your kids, and that’s fine too.

Apply that same principle of excelling at whatever you do – be it at being fit, building stronger family ties or relationships, or at work – that works too.

So who says you need “balance” as long as you’re happy with the choices you make? Coming to terms with them – now, that’s the tricky part…


‘Don’t get so busy making a living that you forget to make a life.’ Happy Mother’s Day, gals. Share your thoughts with star2@thestar.com.my