Hello, I'm Agent C!
I was a marketing professional in the fashion and retail business for the past 3 years. I love what I did but just found that something was missing in my last job. Hence, I left my job not too long ago to set up a new business concept of dealing in flowers. That's quite a big jump! I From a marketing professional to being a florist. Nevertheless, to mark this transition and the new stage in my life, I was hoping to give my hair a fresh coat of colour.
My previous hair colour had faded, making me look more than a little tired and washed out. The colourist I thought of was Samantha, co-founder of Color Bar @ Full House Salon and a friend of mine. Although her salon is located in the neighbourhood, her skills are among the best in Singapore, so I knew that my hair will be safe in her hands.
Just when I contacted her for a hair colour, Samantha asked if I would mind being her hair model for the new brand of hair colour she has just brought in: Spectrum Hair Colour by Paimore. As I trust Samantha and know that she will only choose what looks good for me, I happily agreed.
I made an appointment on a weekday afternoon... the salon is usually very busy on weekends so I was hoping to get a bit more space and quiet on a weekday afternoon.
The salon is located at Tampines, just behind Tampines 1. It looks like a typical neighbourhood salon on the outside but the stylists here are among the best in Tampines. Pretty sure you can't find a haircut anywhere else by stylists who have gone to London for Vidal Sassoon training and under $25 (and $16 for short hair)!
Samantha greeted me and offered me a cup of their signature red dates tea the moment I entered. During the consultation, she asked me about the hair colour I would like to achieve. As I didn't have any particular idea, she suggested bleaching my hair first so that she can better determine my hair's existing colour pigment. She was also a little worried about the dark hair colour applied on my hair previously. Hence, she asked if it's okay for us to decide the colour later on.
Samantha enlisted the help of Calvin and Nic, who helped to bleach my roots. They were careful not to bleach too close to my scalp because they knew that my scalp is sensitive.
Samantha assured me that my hair will not be very damaged after this because she used Joico bleaching powder and also Olaplex, both of which keeps damage to a minimum.
After about 20 minutes, bleach is applied for a second time to make sure that the roots are lightened to a similar level as the hair ends. The bleach is then left to sit for another 20 minutes.
During this time, Samantha discussed with me about the colour that is best for my hair and more about Spectrum Colours. Spectrum Hair Colour is different from the usual hair colours as the final outcome is a lot more matte, giving it a pastel feel without actually being pastel.
As my skin is relatively fair and my hair colour pigment has quite a bit of reddish tone in it, she suggested a violet/pink ombre that would also fit my new career as a florist. I'm not sure I know exactly what colour she had in mind but I do like it that it is ammonia-free and diamine-free so it is safer for my hair. Samantha also mentions that the colour itself contains quite a bit of treatment so it is less damaging.
The hair colour also smelled really good with a fruity scent, none of the traditional chemical smell!
Soon it was time for the hair wash. Unfortunately, as my previous dark colour is still present on some parts of the hair, so a third round of bleaching is required.
One last application...
and we are done!
This time, the roots were lightly bleached to give the hair a more even look. I'm glad that the bleach didn't irritate my scalp too much!
Samantha squeezed the Spectrum Colour into the bowl. Doesn't this look like a creamy blob of ice cream? Due to the shea butter and oils within the colour, Samantha commented that the colour is a lot creamier than usual. This makes the colour easier to apply on the hair as well.
The first thing Samantha did was to colour my fringe. This is the most important step for this half-and-half hair colour as the sectioning will determine the final design. She chose a pale pink vs vibrant pink on the two sides for a hair colour combination that looks well-matched.
Next, she applied the pale pink to the top section of the hair.
And pale amethyst on the second half.
Heat was applied to accelerate absorption.
And it's time to wash it all off!
Samantha used the special Paimore Spectrum Bubble Shampoo for the hair wash and recommended to use it back home as well. It contains violet colour pigments and can help to extend the life of the hair colour by 3-4 weeks.
She assured me that the colour will also not stain my hands and should work well even for sensitive scalp.
Next, she applied collagen treatment to help repair the damage sustained earlier.
Love how the colour shows as it dries!
Here's how my hair looked like afterwards:
Warm Vibrant Pink Fringe
Cool Pale Pink Fringe
From the side
From the back
I can make my hairstyle appear warmer or cooler by just my changing by parting...how amazing! The matte pink and purple are also very pretty and I love the pastel look of the hair colours! Thank you, Samantha!
I don't think I need to elaborate on how pretty the colour is! The photos speak for themselves! I got a lot of praises in the following days and it remains so soft and manageable even after bleaching multiple times.
The hair colour lasts very long as well! I've been using the Violet Paimore Spectrum Shampoo that Samantha recommended and it has helped retain much of the dark violet hair colour. The lighter shade of pale amethyst, however, faded faster although the overall design still looks pretty good 3 weeks later.
I'm considering to get the pink Paimore Spectrum Colour shampoo to refresh the top half of my hair. Regardless, I am exceedingly happy with this hair colour design and it definitely makes me look more like a florist now, don't you think? Can't wait for my next visit to Samantha for whatever new hair designs she may have for me next! :)