Other than black, brown is the most common hair colour in Singapore...but that doesn't mean it has to be boring. Natural hair colours are currently in-trend, and there are so many shades of this work-safe tint to select from, with the current star in salons being Butter Brown. Here's why:
First of all, what is this yummy-sounding shade? Well it's a slightly ashy, but still deliciously creamy hue.
It's light enough to add a glow to your complexion and add depth and dimension to otherwise stark black Asian hair, while still being subtle enough to go with any of your clothes and accessories - you won't have to shelve those brilliantly coloured tops and dresses that would be too much with a pastel mop, for example.
This warm and rich hue doesn't require a base that has already undergone death-by-peroxide to show up. The formulation can be used on jet-black locks and still produce the desired effect with just one time of lightening... best of all, it is made from 80% Organic Colouring which can only mean that it is good for the hair.
If bleaching is required, stylists at Room Japanese Hair Salon actually add Olaplex into the mix to reduce the damage further. A renowned bonder that reforms the disulfide bonds in your hair, Olaplex protects against excessively bleaching damage and make hair stronger than before.
This hue is understated enough to pass even the most stringent dress codes at work (and possibly even at school, depending on who your discipline mistress/master is) while still being a really fashion-forward colour. It's a high-impact, low risk makeover for whenever you feel you need an overhaul.
But don't take it from us - Get the experience direct from an Agent who tried it.
Hi, I'm Agent L, a 23-year-old university student. I'm not new to chemical treatments on my hair, having tried perms and darker browns at the home-based salon which I frequent, but I've never undergone bleaching.
It was something I was a little leery of, to be honest. My last visit to the abovementioned salon for a perm had left my hair kind of dry and frizzy (with the curls I had traded my hair health barely visible six months down the road). I didn't think bleaching damage would do my already-frazzled locks any favours.
To be fair, my hair is a little dry and unruly at the best of times. It's always a concern I have whenever I get a cut or colour - how would it turn out on my unmanageable mop? I've always wanted to have silky, lustrous tresses.
Then a friend of mine recommended I try Room Japanese Hair Salon @ Amoy St. I was hesitant because I'm a creature of habit, and also it wasn't that near my house. Then my friend showed me pictures of hairstyles created by the experts there and I was seriously impressed. I'm a fan of permed hair and I was struck by how the Room stylists enhanced their clients' curls using strategic highlights. I decided to try them out.
Upon entering the establishment, I was taken by surprise at how it looked nothing like a typical salon, but more like a designer cafe or house. It's airy, elegant and extremely instaworthy layout disspiated the nerves I had coming to an unfamiliar place. It was my first time getting my hair done somewhere as lovely as this, and was already looking to be quite a treat. Even the mandatory Travel and Health Declaration QR Code was given a touch of style.
The place wasn't all style and no substance either. The hairdresser assigned to me was Emiko, who was gentle and thorough in her assessment of my locks, from which she made informed recommendations. Because my hair had retained very little of the curls from my previous perm by this point, instead of a new perm, Emiko suggested adding brown highlights that would visually and dramatically enhance the residual waves. She recommended a subtle new colour - Butter Brown - and showed me some photos that had me quickly convinced. I voiced my approval, and she got to work.
Emiko started off by getting me all prepped— that means pinning my hair up and protecting those ears of mine with cute plastic covers.
Once she's ready, she starts off with the first step: care bleach. This bleach includes Olaplex, which she says reduces damage to my hair!
To create the highlights, she then carefully sifted out fine layered sections to bleach, strategically selecting and interspering sections to create the effect of volume and movement.
She started off bleaching the upper and front layers of my locks to give them the most processing time, since these were the sections that would be seen most.
About 15 mins later, after the bleached sections had become a visible blonde, Emiko rinsed off the Olaplex solution thoroughly and proceeded to paint the Butter Brown hair dye uniformly onto my hair.
She painstakingly massaged it into my tresses to facilitate better absorption of the colour.
Once the dye had thoroughly coated my locks, it was left to do its thing for about 30 minutes.
Then, it was time to wash off the mixture. A soft towel was gently placed over my eyes to protect it from water, and so that I wouldn't be staring up in the direction of the lights. A really considerate touch!
Emiko then applied Colour Care, a potent hair treatment, and left it on for 5 minutes before rinsing it off.
She mentioned that this treatment locks the colour in, reducing the wash out and restores moisture to the hair by coating it.
Emiko then steamed my hair for 10-15 minutes.
While the step mainly helps in lengthening the life of the colour, I really appreciated how the steam relaxed all my tense muscles as well.
After guiding me back to my seat, Emiko applied the adorably named Oi Oil on my crown to smoothen and nourish my hair.
Then, she proceeded to blowdry it.
While letting me appreciate the lovely, understated colour, she also gave me a quick trim to neaten up the hair ends.
And not a moment later, it was time to unveil my makeover!
I am pretty thrilled, to say the least. Look how smooth my hair is despite the bleaching and colouring!
The treatment ingredients have left my hair healthier than before.
Meanwhile, Emiko's expert colouring skills left my hair with an overall rich, even tint...
...But also with the stronger butter-brown highlights on only the bleached portions of my hair,
the colour effectively enhanced the curls and added texture and life to my locks in general.
No matter which angle you look at it, the hair just looks soooo good!
I lurve it!
I've since heard that Room Japanese Hair Salon @ Amoy St is well known for its excellence in crazy colours, perfected by one of its stylists, Sone. On my part though, I was just thrilled that the salon was so good at understated shades like Butter Brown too. Both my hair and my skin look more radiant with this colouring, and I loved knowing that the dye was made from 80% Organic Colouring which can only be great for my locks.
Also, the service at Room is just amazing. Emiko is very friendly and I had a pretty pleasant conversation with her, not to mention how the staff embodied Japanese hospitality, keeping me at maximum comfort during the entire treatment what with the steam treatment and masking my eyes from the light when my hair was being washed.
The place is also very instagrammable, so I had lots of friends asking me where I went after sharing these photos on IG!
My butter brown hair has been the most enjoyable salon experience I've ever had thus far...and I've got a gorgeous new look to show for it too!
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