How many times have you spent hundreds of dollars and long hours in a salon chair to get an insta-worthy hair hue, only for it to wash out into an unsightly colour in a matter of weeks?
While it's a tragic truth that hair colour fades, the faded hair colour needn't be the lacklustre, brassy shades you have in your mind. In fact, we hear that there are hairstylists who are SO GOOD at what they do, they can design hair colours that still look EVEN BETTER when they fade.
Here're some examples from the master of fading hair colours Jacqueline from The Beauty Emporium by The Urban Aesthetics @ Raffles City:
We're particularly in love with this metallic grey colour which faded into a translucent chrome two months later.
As well as this cool blue highlights that faded into a matte brown.
But we're honestly most impressed by the the fading hair colour Jacqueline did on Agent K late 2020.
Look at how beautifully the grey and purple faded into a smoky lavender over the last 3 months.
How does she make the faded hair colours look so good when many other stylists aren't able to do so?
Jacqueline shares some secret techniques she use during the process:
1) Tweak the Colour Formula
To achieve a specific colour, you have to take into consideration their current hair colour and their desired hair colour, then think of the colour formula to help them reach there. As different colour pigments have different molecular sizes, different hair colour will show when the pigments exit the hair for a different hair colour every day!~ Jacqueline, The Beauty Emporium by The Urban Aesthetics
Jacqueline clarifies that not everyone can get Agent K's smoky pastel lavende; the reason why it looks like that is because Agent K had platinum hair colour before. That was the reason why Jacqueline chose to apply a darker colour this time; when it fades, it can give the colour a smoky vibe that can't be easily achieved upon first application.
2) Toning before applying colour
Instead of applying colour immediately onto lightened hair, I found that taking the extra step to tone the hair and give it some TLC has helped many of my customers extend the life of their hair colours!~ Jacqueline, The Beauty Emporium by The Urban Aesthetics
3) Recommending customers to use Colour Shampoo
Using colour shampoos such as the Paimore Spectrum Colour Shampoos can keep hair from looking brassy during the fading process and can even make it look more vibrant over time.
Keen to see exactly how Jacqueline's hair colour process is different?
We follow Agent K to a hair colour makeover by Jacqueline.
Hello, I'm Agent K.
I am loud and loud is me. Whether the trend is short or long and blonde or bright, I am always game to try something new. In fact, I've coloured my hair since secondary school and haven't stopped since.
Even when I started working, I coloured my hair every 2 months to keep my roots hidden and my colour fresh.
But I've donned my current platinum grey for quite a while now and am itching for a change.
I usually go to different hairstylists according to recommendations from friends and this time is no different. A friend of mine was going on and on about the fading hair colours from her stylist Jacqueline from The Beauty Emporium by The Urban Aesthetics that I got curious. Could her hair colours really still look so good after fading?
I knew I had to give her a go.
I haven't been to The Beauty Emporium by The Urban Aesthetics before but I must say that the place is super convenient. Right above City Hall MRT, it is easy to get to and upon entry, it looks really luxe.
When I first arrived, the receptionist escorted me to a private room and helped me put on the robe.
After donning my robe, Jacqueline came in and began the consultation.
The very professional Jacqueline got right to the crux as we talked about my hair history as well as the colours I would like for my next colour. Maybe because I've had the platinum for quite long, I'm getting a little tired of light hair colours.
It's not easy to pull off grey as it can make me look quite a bit older when I don't put enough makeup.
With this in mind, Jacqueline suggested a darker lavender. As my hair was already bleached, she mentioned that the darker colour will fade over time into a gorgeous dusty lavender.
To make my dead hair ends look that bit more healthy, she also recommended me to take some length off for that extra bounce.
Everything sounds good... so here we go!
Jacqueline began with a haircut.
With skilled hands, Jac snipped a few inches off my hair for a hairstyle that would better frame my face.
Although my hair colour was already platinum, the roots were still not sufficiently bleached.
To make sure that the canvas is clear, Jacqueline started with bleaching small sections of my hair near the roots for a more even gradient.
To prevent a harsh break in colour, she then added darker hair dye to 'shadow' my brown roots.
She repeated this process a couple of times, wrapping each section with aluminium foil so it wouldn't touch unbleached sections of my hair.
After 30 minutes or so, she checked the bleached sections and saw that my hair was lightening well.
Onto the next step!
With her hair assistant by her side, Jacqueline started applying the base colour - this time a lavender brown that should look good on my platinum hair.
Attentive to detail, the duo made sure to cover every nook and cranny
before moving on to the bottom section of my hair...
And we're done!
Time to remove the foils and wash my hair.
Right after lightening and applying the base colour, Jacqueline started to tone my hair to prevent the bleached portions from turning yellow and brassy.
Jacqueline explains that this is a crucial step in helping to make sure that the lightened areas do not turn brassy over time.
They coated all my hair generously to keep my bleached sections cool.
Then I waited for 15 minutes before going for yet another rinse.
After that, Jacqueline briefly blew my hair dry without the help of any assistant.
Knowing that my hair suffered through a number of lightening and colouring today, Jacqueline applied the Advante Smooth Treatment and massaged it into the hair.
She then combed the treatment through the hair, removing tangles along the way.
Once it was done, my hair was blown dry.
The treatment is then sealed with a straightener to lock in the treatment.
Finally, it was time for the highlights.
Jacqueline mixed a special blend of ash lavender that she promised will look even better after it fades.
She expertly applied it evenly throughout my hair and before I knew it, we were done.
I let the dye sit in my hair for 20 minutes before going for my final wash.
All that was left was drying and styling my hair. With the help of a Dyson, Jac quickly blew my hair dry.
I haven't seen hair this dark for some time, a refreshing change!
The perfectionist Jacqueline can't help but trim some sections as a final touch.
Ready to see my final 'do?
Compared to what I came in with, my hair definitely looked alot smoother and shinier.
And guess what I looked like from the front?
What do you think about my hair makeover? Bad-ass enough for me?
It looks good now... but can this colour last?
I usually dread colours fading. After hearing about Jacqueline's prowess however, I was pretty excited to see what my hair would transform into.
Alas, she did not disappoint.
I didn't manage to take many photos along the way but my hair turned a lighter shade of lavender each time I wash my hair... it felt like I had a new colour each time!
It did eventually settle onto a single colour.. which looked like this.
These are the photos Jacqueline helped me take when I went back to her for a trim 3 months later.
Doesn't it look even more gorgeous than before?
Definitely a more edgy vibe that shouts me.
Thank you Jacqueline and The Beauty Emporium by The Urban Aesthetics for the awesome hairdo.
Looks like you'll be seeing a lot of me soon :)
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