Hi, I'm Agent C.W., in-house writer at Beauty Undercover. If you've read any of my articles or seen my hair before, you might not have recognised this thumbnail. Not following? I usually have bright, eye-catching colours and this is my first time with dark hair in over three years.
My hair has been bleached over 10 times and the ends could not hold colour as well anymore. I decided to chop it off, but I couldn't stop there - so I went for a perm too. It was a hydrating treatment that made my hair feel fresher. While everyone was complimenting my new look, I was still not used to the dark hair. It looked black to me, though it's actually still a balayage.
Doesn't the balayage look good? It was done by the hair colour God, Danson at 99 Percent Hair Studio. So when Agent G asked me if I wanted to try something new, I was all ears. Danson was keen to find hair models to show how Morandi hair colours could work on Asian hair. If you don't already know what Morandi hair colours are, it is the theme of hair colours used in Yanxi Palace.
I know Danson and Danson knows me.
Read: I know he's skilled and he knows I'm up for anything.
My only requirement was that I wanted to refresh my balayage because he does it best.
After a quick chat, we decided on the ash purple series within the Morandi hair colour palette.
With the popularity of Yanxi palace, he expects Morandi colours to be trending in 2019.
Of all the colours, I'm most intrigued with violet since I haven't tried it before... so I'm all up for it.
To start, we washed my hair which was pretty dirty from a sweaty workout prior to my appointment. I didn't wash it because I knew they would, plus it would leave some oils to protect my hair from the bleach.
Once my hair was clean and dry, it was time to begin.
He swiftly sectioned parts of my hair to apply bleach to the ends.
His bleaching technique is pretty unique, a major reason why his blending of colours always look so pretty!
After application, I waited for a short while before washing it off. Think that this bleaching portion is lacking pictures? It's only because he worked so fast that we didn't get that many!
After the wash, I was lucky to have three people blow dry my hair.
Again, it looked lovely post-bleach.
Danson used Wellaplex, allowing my hair to be less damaged while achieving this blonde that was not very yellow.
Then, it was time for colour.
While other stylists will bleach the hair evenly, Danson will go back with darker dye and connect the parts where the bleach and natural hair meet.
This makes it seriously seamless!
Though the balayage was beautiful, I couldn't just leave like that without trying something new, right? I sat with the colour for about 20 minutes.
Alas, the last wash. My neck was starting to get tired because of the long process!
Beauty is pain.
They applied some oil into my hair to help give it some shine.
The final blow dry.
Check out how silky smooth it looked.
Under blue light, it looks lavender but under warm light, it looks almost rose gold.
Cheyra, a stylist within the same outlet, helped to style my hair and applied some light makeup to freshen my look.
You might be able to tell from my awkward smile that I was not used to it.
Agent G was complimenting me though! But I couldn't pay attention with my itching eyes and the lack of glasses.
Definitely satisfied with it.
After many rounds of bleaching and colouring through the years, I've found that pink is my colour. So although this was pinker and purpler than Danson was going for, I had no problem with it.
As usual, the bleaching was super natural (not considering the fact that it is a bright colour) and I had a unique blend of colour.
This was how the colour progressed in the first week.
A week into the colour, this was how it faded.
Although I was disappointed that the purple faded faster than my previous pink, I can't expect all colours to stay in my hair the way pink does.
Danson mentioned that all of us are born with different colour pigments and it is really up to our individual hair characteristic to see which colour stays on our hair longer. Also, my hair also appears more damaged than before because I went through that soft perm about 2 weeks before.
Most importantly though, the colour still faded into a nice brown that showed off the babylights and the purple undertones.
About a month later, it's not a full on classic balayage, minus the purple undertones when seen under normal lighting.
Danson is really the best for balayage!
Think I'll only stick to him for that.
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