As holiday season approaches, the itchy fingers start setting in for real. Even though seasonal holiday getaways are still unavailable to us (I'm still crying over the loss of the White Winter vacay I had planned), we turn our gaze inwards, and with the possible relaxing of social gathering rules in Phase 3, we can look forward to the advent of Christmas gatherings to sustain us to the end of 2020 (oh how we’ve awaited this day).
What better way to ride out the end of this year and ring in a brand new one than with a snazzy new look!
Read on to learn more about the Icy Aquamarine Ombre trending this season!
While you may not be going overseas, Frozen 2 aficionados can comfort themselves with this Winter Wonderland Elsa hair. You can achieve the look in a number of ways. Some would bleach your hair all the way from the roots but that can be extremely damaging especially for us Asians who have lots of dark pigments in our hair. The more achievable look may be that of an Ombré that cascades the brown into icy aquamarine that makes it look like a dusting of frost has settled on the tips of the strand.
Despite the cold colours, the icy blue gives lots of body and movement, like Elsa's locks, when styled.
If you're skeptical, hear us out before clicking out...
How many vibrant hair colours out there are office-friendly?
Of all the different vibrant colours, blue is the closest to looking professional thanks to a coolness and sophistication that most other colours lack. As in the Icy Blue Ombre, you don't have to go full blue.
You might have to stick to dark blues if you want an office friendly look but if your working environment is less conservative, dark grey or silver toned blues are worth a try.
It’s unfortunate, but until the day technology catches up with the creativity of Man and the unlimited well of what we would like to do to our tresses, chances are you are going to have to bleach it to achieve your desired shade. By choosing the Ombré hairstyle, you get to reduce the amount of bleaching damage you would do to your hair. Most likely, just the bottom half of the head, which is an easy solve when the hair grows out in the future and you want a quick change (just chop it off!).
If you want to err on the side of even more cautious, you can always decide on a darker colour with your stylist. The darker and richer colour you go for, the less bleaching you are going to have to do to achieve the desired lightened colour.
Most of us who have tried bleaching in the past understand how uncomfortable it can be when you have to bleach the entire head, especially close to the scalp, so by choosing to bleach only the lower portions you minimize any discomfort you might have to endure from the chemical processes. And who wouldn't want that? This also makes the hairstyle very work appropriate, sometimes some workplaces might not take too kindly if you showed up with a full head of bright blonde the next day.
Now if you're a regular bleacher like me, sometimes your hair health cannot keep up with the amount of changes you make to it. So by going towards an ombre style, you give the rest of your hair a little bit of a break, and is a lot easier to manage especially on badly damaged hair.
This Author remembers from a few pretty brutal bleaching sessions, that after a while my bleached blonde hair refused to hold any more colour. I was desperately trying to find a style that would help let me grow out new hair and at the same time not leaving a bleached mess towards the bottom half of my head.
If I'd known about ombre hairstyles at the time, I would have definitely given it a try. The balayage highlight that is used to create a seamless transition from natural hair to bleached would have helped cover up most of the damaged hair. By choosing a darker hair dye for the bleached section, it would also have helped cover the brassy tones from way-too-many colour changes stacked on the same portion of hair.
Look, we're all busy enough in 2020 without needing the extra stress of handling a high-maintenance hairstyle or hair colour. If you needed anything to be stress-free, fuss-free, low-maintenance more, it would be your hairstyle. When you check out the photos from Agent P's transformation, you'll see how Ombré colours look more natural when they fade because it's designed not to fade in one uniform way. When done right, there should be a seamless blend from coloured hair to natural regrowth, protecting your roots and your scalp health. If you get a stylist who really knows what they are doing, you should end up with a soft Balayage look even weeks or months after the initial colour fades. And who would say no to two hairstyles in one! I volunteer as tribute!
Let’s look at how Agent P transformed her hair from this:
Heya, my name is Pearl and I'm a freelance instructor for Music and Fitness classes. I’ve regularly dyed my hair since post-secondary school, approximately about twice a year especially when the roots grow out and start annoying me. I did even venture into perming my hair once, about 6 or 7 years ago. I don't regularly get hair treatments, except for those that usually come after chemical services and are part of the bleaching or perming package I buy.
I started out dying my hair at home with my mom's help, but eventually I started going to salons because not only were they more capable of dying certain types of colours and techniques, I sometimes needed the Stylist’s input in recommending suitable colours for me. they were also able to do simple hair care treatments to maintain the condition of my hair, which is something I don't really find I am able to do at home. I find it difficult to manage my hair at home by myself because I get so lazy and impatient when I look at the volume of hair I have. Hair maintenance takes energy okay!
There was a salon that I went to quite regularly in town, but I didn’t feel very loyal to them and wasn’t fussy about trying new venues. Then, once, I had a date planned, and at the very last minute I just felt that my hairdo was missing something. On a whim, I decided to Google search salons available near where I was supposed to go for my date, and there I got to know Kelvin. I just decided to walk-in impromptu and give myself a last-minute makeover. After that session I realized I had found my new favourite stylist, Kelvin. So when Kelvin changed salons and started working at Be Salon @ Millenia Walk, I followed. There was something different about Kelvin, he was really nice to me, shared a lot of hair knowledge with me, and gave me recommendations on how I should best style my hair for events.
The last time I had bleached my hair was late last year, which is why it’s been growing out and I’ve got quite a healthy amount of natural hair back. I am getting a bit sick of this look though, so I’m here to see what new changes I can make to my look!
Kelvin will assess me this session and determine if my hair is able to withstand more bleaching and colouring. I’m concerned for my bleached bits, but as I’ve said before, I fully trust Kelvin, and I’m sure he’ll recommend the best possible option to me. I don’t mind whatever colour he recommends actually, I would just like to coverup my naturally black hair and perhaps try a new colour.
Be Salon @ Millenia Walk is extremely easy to locate and it's super accessible. I feel very comfortable here, to the point that I tend to nap during my hair services here. I like the outright and straightforward interior, I like the way that everything is laid out simply and clear-cut. As I've mentioned before, Kelvin is a professional, he knows his stuff, he's also quite easy going, and I find that that is very important, so that I feel comfortable in discussing the colours and treatments I would like to explore. I like that he will also very honestly advise me on what I should do to my hair according to my hair condition and not just blindly damage my hair further if the treatment I am asking for is really not suitable at the moment.
So after assessing my hair, Kelvin decided not to apply any more bleach to the bottom half of my head. It was already pretty lightened, and he didn't want to damage it any further. Now due to the nature of my job I tie my hair up very frequently, and he thought that giving me highlights would look more stylish especially when the hair is up. I tend to put my hair into a loose bun very often, so the highlights with bring out the movement and flow of how my hair is twisted into a bun. I really liked that idea, and we settled on dying my hair gray.
We had to do a little bit of bleaching, mostly just to blend the middle sections together so the colours would flow nicely.
It was a specific method of highlighting, with a weaving technique and layering effect, designed to blend away the previous Balayage.
The hair was wrapped in Alumnium foil and left to process.
Checking in on the progress!
When it was deemed sufficiently bleached, the foils were removed
Rinsing off the bleach chemicals! And a hair wash with purple shampoo to tone down the brassiness and remove the yellow tones.
Even while washing, Kelvin would regularly stop and closely inspect my hair to make sure the bleach had been done evenly and cleanly. What a keen attention to detail!
After the wash came the blow drying:
Time for the new colour! The Purple bowl contains the colour for my natural hair (top half) and the Black bowl contains the colour for my bleached sections (bottom half)
We worked through the colours some more and finalized the colour to be a kind of grey/blue/soft brown amalgamation. I’m so excited!
Checking in on the colour after 15 mins
Almost done! Final washing and styling of the hair, before we see what it looks like!
I know that my hair is still rather dark and everything but hey, the icy blue streaks make me feel somewhat like... Elsa? I know I'm no longer a 10 year old but this winter wonderland hair just somewhat fulfills my daydreams of being a Disney Princess... even if its just for a little while.
Though I'm obviously not planning to go overseas this December, turning my hair blue has lightened up my mood and got me looking forward to the festive season this December.
Thank you Kelvin and the team at Be Salon @ Millenia Walk.
I'm loving this hair colour and will definitely use the purple shampoo to make sure it lasts as long as possible.
Looking forward to my next makeover with you soon!
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