3 Ways to Refresh Faded Hair Colour Without Bleaching

Published on Jul 19, 2020

Did you colour your hair warm or chestnut brown during Chinese New Year? 

Reddish Brown Hair Colour (Wenny) at No. 8 Hair Studio
Reddish Brown Hair Colour by No. 8 Hair Studio

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. 

Reddish Brown Hair Colour

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:

1) Use Colour Shampoo


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
Yunikon colour shampoo at No. 8 Hair Studio

Yunikon Colour Shampoo

2) Colour it dark brown / black


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
Dark Hair Colour and Cut with Bangs (Wenny) at No. 8 Hair Studio

No. 8 Hair Studio @ Jurong East

3) Neutralize Existing Colour Tones with Ash Green / Purple Hair Colour 


Colour Neutralizer Illustration
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
Ash Brunette Hair Colour at No. 8 Hair Studio

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.

Agent J's Experience at No. 8 Hair Studio


Hi I'm Agent J and I work as a Financial Consultant.

My Reddish Brown Hair Before Colour at No. 8 Hair Studio

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.

My Reddish Brown Hair Before Colour at No. 8 Hair Studio

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. 

My Reddish Brown Hair Before Colour at No. 8 Hair Studio

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!

Step 1: Consultation 


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.

Hair Consultation at No. 8 Hair Studio

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).

Hair Consultation at No. 8 Hair Studio

Step 2: Cut & Wash 


Next, Wendy trimmed off my uncontrollable split ends so that my hair would be in optimal condition both before and after the dye-job.

Haircut at No. 8 Hair Studio
Haircut at No. 8 Hair Studio

Then, she reshaped my do with some face-framing layers, since my hair was up to then a flat-looking, single length all over.

Haircut at No. 8 Hair Studio

Then my hair was washed so there would be a nice, clean base that could evenly soak up the new colour.

Hair Wash at No. 8 Hair Studio
Blow Dry at No. 8 Hair Studio

Step 2: 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.

Hair Dyeing with Ash Green to Neutralize Reddish Colour at No. 8 Hair Studio

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. 

Hair Dyeing with Ash Green to Neutralize Reddish Colour at No. 8 Hair Studio

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.

Hair Dyeing with Ash Green to Neutralize Reddish Colour at No. 8 Hair Studio

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?

Hair Dyeing with Ash Green to Neutralize Reddish Colour at No. 8 Hair Studio

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!

Getting Hair Colour at No. 8 Hair Studio

All I need to do is be patient and wait as the colour processes. 

Getting Hair Colour at No. 8 Hair Studio

 After just about 30 minutes, the dye had done its work, and was ready to be washed off my head.

Final Hair Wash at No. 8 Hair Studio
Final Hair Wash at No. 8 Hair Studio

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.

Step 3: Styling


Back to my seat and the mirror! A final drying and styling from Wendy, and I would be good to go.

Styling at No. 8 Hair Studio

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?

How I Look Before Hair Colour at No. 8 Hair Studio
How I Look After Getting Auburn Hair Colour Using Green Dye on Reddish Brown Hair at No. 8 Hair Studio
How I Look After Getting Auburn Hair Colour Using Green Dye on Reddish Brown Hair at No. 8 Hair Studio
How I Look After Getting Auburn Hair Colour Using Green Dye on Reddish Brown Hair at No. 8 Hair Studio

I'm super chuffed! 

How I Look After Getting Auburn Hair Colour Using Green Dye on Reddish Brown Hair at No. 8 Hair Studio
How I Look After Getting Auburn Hair Colour Using Green Dye on Reddish Brown Hair at No. 8 Hair Studio

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.

How I Look After Getting Auburn Hair Colour Using Green Dye on Reddish Brown Hair at No. 8 Hair Studio

And look! 

Just look at the state of my hair!

Good enough to go for a hair commercial now?

How I Look After Getting Auburn Hair Colour Using Green Dye on Reddish Brown Hair at No. 8 Hair Studio

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!

How I Look After Getting Auburn Hair Colour Using Green Dye on Reddish Brown Hair at No. 8 Hair Studio

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