2019 Hair Trends You Can Actually Wear to Work in Singapore

Published on Dec 05, 2018

While our brains are silently protesting the start of another year, our hearts are pumping with the possibilities of new hairstyles and hair trends that the new year brings. Say hello to a new you as you test out the most coveted hairstyles and trends working its way into IG. 

We talk to top stylists in Singapore to reveal what they think will be the biggest hair trends of 2019.

1. Nude Ash Beige is IN


Bid farewell to colourful unicorn hair colours because 2019 is the year everyone embraces the nude ... nude hair that is. Though not a new trend as we've seen it explode in nails, makeup and even fashion, nude hair colours are catching on. 

Work Friendly Ash Beige Hair Colour

Chez Vous Hair Salon

This colour is notoriously hard to achieve on Asian hair.  But when done well though, it is a very flattering shade that brings out the best of your features across most of our skin tones. 

That's because nude balances the warm and cool tones for a harmonious mix that evens out skin tones.

We haven't even started talking about how easy it is to maintain the colour with its brown base!

Ash Blonde Hair Colour at 99 Percent

99 Percent Hair Studio @ Bedok

Particularly if you choose to do a natural ombre like this. 

Ash Beige Highlight at COVO Japanese Hair Salon

COVO Japanese Hair Salon

If you find a nude too bright for full head colour, there's always nude highlights that are toned to look ashier. 

Beige Highlights at Bump Hair Design

Bump River Valley

It gives the hair a more natural look while adding some depth and movement.

Beige Hair Colour at Threes Japanese Hair Salon

Threes Japanese Hair Salon

This colour requires the least amount of bleach, which makes it cheaper, easier to maintain and still professional looking. The ashy effect also enhances the softness and demureness of the wearer. 

With the arrival of Guy Tang's #mydentity in Singapore which allows stylists to replicate his gorgeous Naked colours, we think that the nude naked trend will be the hottest new colour to try in 2019. 

2. Futuristic Chrome Will Feature More in 2019


When we think of the future, we tend to have this vision of this cold, monochromatic alien/machine-like vibe that is now available in the form of metallic hair colours. It was a trend that started in 2018 but one that we expect to continue into 2019.

Metallic Hair Colour Suitable For Work

The metallic shine is what brings the colour to the next level, leaving other envious of your hair. A mixture of grey and brown creates beautiful variations of brown hair like the ashy greyish brown above or the chromatic sombre that Student H opted for at Threes Japanese Hair Salon below. 

Metallic Brown at Threes Japanese Hair Salon

Threes Japanese Hair Salon

Thanks to metallic opals and new technology, metallic tones are no longer just confined to browns. 

Put the metallic sheen into blue or even violet and you'll see the shade much cleaner and paler than before.

Mix up the metallics and you would get a unique futuristic mix that gets you compliments from everyone!

Metallic Purple and Blue Hair Colour at Leekaja

LeeKaJa Korean Hair Salon

Although yes, that is veering into loud colours that are hard to wear for work.

3. Caramel Balayage Highlights Remain Timeless


It doesn't matter if it's 2019 or 2029. There is a special place for Caramel Balayage Highlights as the ribbons of auburn gold reflects light within the hair and gives a gorgeous warm glow that is perfect for all occasions.

Caramel Balayage Suitable For Work

Caramel Balayage Highlights by Gene by Ginrich

Friends may even ask if you spent a week at the beach as your hair looks perfectly sunkissed!

Caramel Balayage by Gene by Ginrich

Caramel Balayage Highlights by Gene by Ginrich

A good stylist will place the balayage highlights at just the right places to bring out the best of your features.

The best part comes in the maintenance... you barely have to do any! 

Caramel Balayage by Walking on Sunshine

Walking on Sunshine

Style your hair with curls to bring out the many dimensions and keep your hair conditioned to bring out the glow.

4. Inner Colours Cater to the Closet Fashionistas


Find the above colours a tad too boring? Venture into the daring with peek-a-boo hair colours!

This hair colour design enables you to go work looking absolutely like a model employee and still party hard afterwards with your hair up!

Peekaboo Hidden Blue and Purple Hair Colour at Full House Salon

Full House Salon

If you need some colour inspiration, the most popular inner hair colour chosen appears to be blue. 

Blue Peekaboo Hair Colour at Branche Hair Salon

Branche Hair Salon

From ash blue to more vibrant ones, you are sure to find a blue that suits you.

Peekaboo Blue Highlight

Bump River Valley 

Blue also complements other colours really well. So if you are going for more than one colour, a safe choice would be to pick blue as one of the colours.

Purple Blue Hair Colour by No. 8 Hair Studio

No. 8 Hair Studio

Pinks are a popular choice too, although dusty pink seems to be stealing the limelight compared to the other pink hues.

Purple Peekaboo Highlight Suitable for Work

Mane Made

For those of you thinking of a more festive colour for Chinese New Year, reds work really well too!

Red Hair End Colour

Art Noise Salon @ Holland Village

Inner hair colours are a subtle way to wear bold colours but you may need to know a few braiding tricks or two to bring out the best of your peek-a-boo colours. 

Red Peekaboo Colour

Art Noise Salon @ Holland Village

Alternatively, you can go for a flip it hair colour like this Scarlet Peek-a-boo by Be Salon that conceals the passionate red in the day and let it all out at night.. with just a flip!

Red Peekaboo Colour

Be Salon @ Millenia Walk

5. We're seeing a rise of Olive-infused hair colours


Mint or olive often isn't the first colour that comes to mind when considering a hair makeover but it works surprisingly well for Asian skin. 

Work Friendly Olive Hair Colour

It makes our skin look less sallow and adds a unique chic you don't get with the other colours. 

Olive Green Colour by Picasso Hair Studio

You don't even have to go full mint to get the effect. Just dip dye the ends green while the top is reserved for an olive balayage. Who would have thought this would make for a trendy yet chic look.

Work Friendly Olive Hair Colour

Walking on Sunshine

You can also try an ombre first to see if you're comfortable with the colour.

Work Friendly Olive Hair Colour

Flamingo Hair Studio

Or go for an olive-infused brown for a flattering colour. It's neither green nor brown but somewhere in between that makes for a beautiful natural-looking colour.

Work Friendly Olive Hair Colour

Remember, you don't have to go all out. A tinge of olive will do!

Work Friendly Olive Hair Colour

Picasso Hair Studio

6. Double C Curl Perm is a Must-Try for 2019


We know you've heard of C curl Perm but what about Double C Curl perm?

Double C Curl Perm

Pro Trim @ Ngee Ann City

In a double C curl perm, the focus isn't just on the ends of your hair but also your bangs. 

Double C Curl Perm

Pro Trim @ Ngee Ann City

The bangs are cut in such a way that it curls into the C right where your cheekbones are to frame it and make your hair look more voluminous than the usual perm. It works really well for both long hair and bob hair perms 

C Curl Perm for Short Hair

Pro Trim @ Jurong East JEM

Though it adds more volume, the result is still very natural-looking, almost as if your hair has been blow styled.

C Curl Perm for Short Hair

Pro Trim @ Jurong East JEM

It also adds femininity and softness to the overall look that will soften your features, especially if you have a fierce-looking face.

C Curl Perm for Short Hair

Pro Trim @ Jurong East JEM

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