About the Artist…
Meet Aimee NG. You may not have heard her name before, but you might recognise her work. Aimee makes her living as a photographer and freelance artist. Originally from Las Vegas she now resides in Philadelphia. Her talent and creativity doesn’t stop with photography; Aimee also practices pyrography, modelling, sculpture, costume design and cosmetology. She is also a long time admirer of performing arts. Drag queens, musicians, you name it! You can see all her creative skill coming together in her stunning self portraits, featuring her delicious hair colours (which she does herself of course). Everything you see in Aimee’s photos is her.
Today she shares her breathtaking work with us and talks to us about her journey, inspirations… and of course the hair!
Here is our Q & A with Aimee NG:
When did you start colouring your hair? What sparked the interest?
I’ve had colourful hair ever since I was a little girl. During the summer my parents would take me to the hairdresser’s and would allow me a few streaks of colour. I was only allowed to have it until school started again, so eventually I just stopped. Six years ago, I remembered how happy alt. coloured hair had made me as a child, and I decided “Why not?”.
Guuuurrrll, I haven’t seen my original hair colour since.
What made you want to study cosmetology?
I’ve always loved everything beauty; playing with makeup, nails, hair, all of it! Essentially I wanted to refine my raw natural talent by actually studying cosmetology.
Guuuurrrll, I haven’t seen my original hair colour since.
Do you have any favourite brands of hair dye?
I’m a Pravana kinda gal’. Special Effects (USA) hair dye used to be a favourite too, but I haven’t been able to find much of it as of late.
What do you like best about Pravana?
I find pravana to be super pigmented, it’s always gorgeous… even when fading. The consistency is very thin and easy to dilute/spread which makes working with it a godsent. Pravana is magic+love+kittens in a tube.
Who is your biggest inspiration?
I have so many inspirations it’s hard to choose one. I guess I’ll play the mom card!
An elephantine inspiration for me has been my mom. She taught me how to paint by age two, and has always been supportive in my art career & crazy-hair-colour-journey.
On a side note my other inspirations are: Odder Moniker, ma’ gurrrl Khalif, Sonic Youth, Hole, Guillermo Del Toro, Philly, and nature. Holla to all the gorgeous drag queens that inspire everything from my daily look to my modeling: Adore Delano, Jujubee, Manila Luzon, RuPaul (Of Course!), and many more.
What is it about her that inspires you?
My mom always encouraged creativity. Ever since I was a little girl she’s made sure I had art supplies on hand. She set up the perfect environment for me to create any and everything. I think the main reason she’s a big inspiration in my artwork and life is because she’s always happy; probably the most optimistic person I know. She’s a wonderful person, always pleasant to be around.
Hair colour above was created with Pravana Seafoam green.
How did you get into modelling?
I’ve been a photographer for 7 years. Waaaaaay back when I wanted to get into taking portraits instead of the usual wildlife photography that I do. I didn’t have models available to me, so I decided to do self portraits. Funny story, I found out I was photogenic and the rest is history!
Most of my public pictures are self shot, but I’ve worked for other people and artists.
Are your self portraits planed? Do you work from a concept, or it it improvised and spontaneous?
I’d like to say most of my portraits are planned, but a good few of them were fairly spontaneous. I’m fortunate enough to live nearby some lovely parks, so good backgrounds are only a 15 minute walk away. It’s always tempting to improvise-shoot with all the beautiful scenery.
What camera do you like to use?
I’ve been using a Nikon D5000 for quite some time now. I use a wonderful telephoto lens most of the time ( it’s my baby), but if I need to I’ll switch back to the standard 18-55′.
Do you photoshop/enhance/edit your work?
I do, I do, I do. Photoshop is almost like therapy to me. I love to do it, it’s so relaxing.
In terms of my photography one of the main reasons I use it is to keep a set colour scheme. If a tree isn’t the right colour, you can bet I’ll make it the right shade. Every colour needs to be on pointe or else I’ll go crazy.
Perfectionist much? Golly.
If a tree isn’t the right colour, you can bet I’ll make it the right shade.
Do you have an advice to offer people who want to get into photography?
Yes! Please remember that expensive/fancy equipment does not equal good photography. It’s so easy to feel less than confident with your work when you see new fancy cameras or 1000+ dollar lenses you can’t have or afford. I know plenty of people who have thousands of dollars worth of equipment and their photography looks amateur at most.
Other than that tidbit:
Shoot everyday; as much as you can. Take more photos than you think you need. Slow down.
What are your plans for the future? Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
My plans for the future are always changing. I have so many skills and talents in art, it’s too hard to choose a set career path. I think I’ll end up doing different things at different stages in my life.
That being said, in 10 years all I can hope for is that I’ll be happy, healthy, and successful.
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Want hair colour like Aimee NG’s at home?
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Aimee NG’s review of the eBook guide:
“Anya’s Any Colour of the Rainbow is probably the most helpful and easy to understand alternative hair guide. Before I decided to study cosmetology and I wanted colourful hair It totally helped me out. I had rainbow bangs without having to pay a salon for it. Her colour placement guides are very helpful. I definitely recommend you check it out if you want to colour your hair alternative colours.” – Aimee NG
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Pastel hair in Marie Claire
Bright hair colour has become more popular and accepted in mainstream fashion than ever before, especially with the pastel hair trend. This month Marie Claire features the work of colourist Aura Friedman. Aura has worked with celebrity clients such as Sophie Dahl, Sasha Baron Cohen, M.I.A, and Lady Gaga. Her work has been featured in publications such as Elle, Dazed & Confused and Vogue.
Here she discusses how to rock extreme pastel hair colour in the mainstream fashion world. Aura comments on todays modern pastel trend comparing it to the more intense punk colours of the past. She discusses using complimentary colours, grunge tones gone luxury and use of light and dark shades reflecting the hairs natural tones.
“Lavender is very soft and sweet, and the little bit’s of yellow give it a complementary tone that makes it stand out more” says Friedman, who notes that today’s pastel lend a refinement to harsh punk colours of the past.
“This look is a little bit stronger and gives you a fall feeling. It’s unusual and fun.” DIY hair chalks and sprays can give you a similar look and they’re easy to wash out.
“The pastel blue changes to almost sea-foam green towards the bottom, which mimics the way natural hair might be: brighter at the top and lighter on the ends”
“Acid tones walk more on the grungy side, but this interpretation is more modern and luxurious-looking”
What are your thoughts on the ‘pretty in pastel’ hair tread?