Did you colour your hair warm or chestnut brown during Chinese New Year?
Reddish brown by Wenny at No. 8 Hair Studio @ Jurong East
If you manage to maintain your hair well, you may find your hair still looking as gorgeous as this even after Circuit Breaker.
That's one of the reasons why we absolutely adore brown; the colour is timeless and looks great even if you don't take time to maintain it.
Still, some of us may find ourselves a little bored with the warm hair colour we've sported for months. What can we do to refresh it and even make it look ashy? We talk to stylists from No. 8 Hair Studio @ Jurong East who share their thoughts on various options available:
If you're not keen to go for another hair colour, colour shampoo is a good option. All you need to do is to come in for a quick toning and then use colour shampoo to maintain the colour back at home.There are however also many colours available (purple to kill off brassiness and green to kill off reds e.g.)So depending on your desired effect, we can better advise you on which colours to purchase. ~ Wenny, No. 8 Hair Studio @ Jurong East
If your hair regrowth has grown out quite a bit, it may be more worth it for you to go for a fresh coat of hair colour.Even if it is brown / black, we would highly recommend you not to DIY as you will very likely see a demarcation between your previous coat of colour and your new regrowth. Do however note that a second coat of brown or black will likely darken your hair colour. In fact, it may turn your hair colour so dark that you would have to bleach if you want a brighter colour within the next 2-3 years - so do take note of that!~ Jimmy, No. 8 Hair Studio @ Jurong East
For those keen to go for a fresh coat of colour, you don't actually have to go for brown or black! Depending on how much your colour has faded, a skillful stylist should be able to neutralize your existing colour and help you turn it ashy. We do it via colour theory: if your hair has turned somewhat reddish over time, we apply ash green hair colour to give it the ashy brown... without making your hair look darker. Similarly, we will add purple colour pigments to kill off any brassiness in your hair if any. It is this knowledge that differentiates a great colourist from a good one - so do test your stylist the next time you go for a hair colour!~ Kent, No. 8 Hair Studio @ Jurong East
Duo-toned ash brunette at No. 8 Hair Studio @ Vision Exchange Jurong East
Wow... is it really true that applying a green hair colour can turn a warm hair colour ashy?
We follow Agent J on her visit to No. 8 Hair Studio @ Jurong East Chinese Garden to see how stylists here actually give her look a subtle but stunning switch-up... without using the typical brown / black. We'll let her tell the story in her own words.
Hi I'm Agent J and I work as a Financial Consultant.
For someone who advises people on how to invest their money, I don't actually get the best returns when it comes to my dye jobs.
I didn't think too much of the hair colour I wanted the previous time, resulting in a warm chestnut brown that I wasn't very fond of.
As my hair grew out and the colour faded into a not-so-attractive tone, I came across No. 8 Hair Studio. A friend of mine is a fan and promises that my hair will look amazing after a colour here. A quick browse on their iG confirms that - so I made an appointment and here we go!
First up though, I had to explain to my stylist that I couldn't go too crazy. My job does require me to err on the slightly conservative side - most people don't want someone who looks too much like a free spirit to be working with their money - but also look up to date on both fashion and financial trends.
Thankfully, my stylist for the day was Wendy.
She thought an updated hue might do the trick, and assessed my hair to make sure that despite my past of careless colouring, it was suitable for dyeing. Luckily, I was given the green light (pun intended).
Next, Wendy trimmed off my uncontrollable split ends so that my hair would be in optimal condition both before and after the dye-job.
Then, she reshaped my do with some face-framing layers, since my hair was up to then a flat-looking, single length all over.
Then my hair was washed so there would be a nice, clean base that could evenly soak up the new colour.
Now it was time for the big moment: Where my hair would be tinted and transformed, and all without bleach that could further dessicate my already parched, frizzy tresses. This was why I had come to No. 8 Hair Studio. Knowing that I didn't want to bleach my hair, Wendy shared several ashy tones that I can achieve without applying bleach.
Once we agreed, she began applying the hair colours.
First, a darker brown hair colour was applied to the hair regrowth areas. As this is new parts of the hair which are healthy and un-damaged, it would take longer to process - a reason why we applied to the roots first.
With the help of a hair assistant, the process was quick - I checked some messages on my phone, and before I knew it, the upper section of my mop was covered in the light pigment.
It was the second half of my hair that got me a little shocked.
Wendy actually applied vivid GREEN hair dye on my hair!
Horrors of all horrors.. will my hair turn green afterwards?
Wendy reassured me that this will not be the case. As my hair was previously reddish lavender, green will neutralize the reds in my hair to give it an ashy tone. Well, Wendy is the professional here... I'm sure she knows what she's talking about better than me!
All I need to do is be patient and wait as the colour processes.
After just about 30 minutes, the dye had done its work, and was ready to be washed off my head.
With a delicious scalp massage thrown in, of course. And a visor to protect my eyes while I continued working on my phone, because such is the life of a financial consultant.
Back to my seat and the mirror! A final drying and styling from Wendy, and I would be good to go.
Whew... no green at first glance!
To showcase my new colour, Wendy throw in some curls just for me.
And with that, in just about two hours in total, I was a new woman!
Ready to meet her?
I'm super chuffed!
It looks maybe even more professional than my previous one-tone auburn, which I now realise was making my face look sallow. This multi-faceted new colour has delicate brightening effect on my skin from the very subtle ashy tones glinting through.
Just look at the state of my hair!
Good enough to go for a hair commercial now?
I cannot recommend No. 8 Hair Studio @ Jurong East enough!
The hair colour is seriously a stunner, the place beautiful and their stylists friendly and skillful.
A pleasant makeover that's kind on your hair and takes only about 2 hours of your time, I know I'll be back!