Hi, I'm Agent C.W. and I'm still a student!
I write for Beauty Undercover and on my WordPress page. If you keep up with Beauty Undercover articles, you might have seen some articles written by me. You might also know that I love bright colours. For the past 2 years, this is the type of colour I have been going for.
Other than being an avid writer, I also love scuba diving. This kind of goes against my love for hair colours because the colours fade quickly whenever I dive. That's why I usually have to plan my hair colours very carefully according to my diving schedule.
Believe it or not, I'm getting bored with vibrant hair colours because I've tried them all.
Maintenance is a pain because the colours don't last long. Is it time for me to go dark?
I don't mean black as that's too dark for me. Bright colours have stuck with me and I don't think I can feel myself with black hair for now.
As usual, the first person I think of when I need advice about hair is Agent G.
She recommended 99 Percent Hair Studio at Bedok Point, one of her favourite salons for challenging hair colours. Whenever she sends a Beauty Undercover agent down, their hair turns out stunningly beautiful.
Of course I was super pumped for this.
I made an appointment on a weekday afternoon the week before school started.
The salon has recently moved from Katong to Bedok Point. It is located at an easily accessible corner in Bedok Point and the decor looks spanking new.
The stylist who attended to me is Cheyra. She's a senior stylist who has recently joined 99 Percent Hair Studio after working as a stylist for a few years in Taiwan. How cool is that?
She's also very friendly and smiley.
She examined my hair, which looked like this:
Dirty blonde with uneven bleach lines because I bleached my whole head previously.
To make the lines less obvious, I tend to tie my hair in a top knot.
Picture I showed her.
I showed her the above photo to let her know what I was looking for. Cheyra pulled out some additional photos and I loved it more than the photo I found. As you can see, this is a lot darker than what I'm used to. I'm beginning to cover events for my writing assignments, so I think it is time for me to tone down my hair colour.
After some discussion, we decided on an ashy purple, grey balayage which will not require me to bleach my roots during maintenance.
My roots had to be bleached once to even out the banding.
For balayage, the bleaching process is arguably the most important step. Bleach it well and you just need to get your hair toned, and it will still look good.
The first thing Cheyra did was to take small sections of hair and backcomb it.
This is the first time a stylist did that for me. She explained that this will make sure that the bleaching will not have a clear demarcation and will instead look more natural blended.
Isn't that interesting?
It definitely looks knotted... an interesting way to hide the bleaching line.
Next, she prepared the bleach. To make sure that my hair is not excessively damaged, Cheyra added Olaplex to the bleach. This helps to create more bonds even as it breaks during the bleaching process.
She patiently applied bleach on the sections.
The bleaching process was more complex than it looks. It took an hour or so because she had to bleach, check, add heat then add more bleach where necessary.
Even though it took quite a bit of time, Cheyra chatted with me throughout the process and making the wait seem shorter.
After the rinse, the bleach looked even and the backcombing gave it the beautiful balayage look. The tedious process of backcombing the hair provided subtle highlights that look extremely natural (no lines at all)!
The Creative Stylist, Danson, came over to take a look once the bleaching was done. He is the Colour God that Agent G always refers to because he's just so good with colours.
To give the balayage more dimension, Danson suggested giving the root area some darker streaks to make it more natural.
I appreciate that Danson took the time to come by and check the colour work for his stylists even though he was not the one doing my hair.
The colouring was done by taking super tiny sections of the hair. Cheyra used zig-zag motions to create the small sections and then used a comb to halve the section further. Colour was then applied to the top section of the hair.
I was slightly nervous at this point because the colour they applied was really dark.
When it washed off, I was amazed.
Now I know why Agent G calls him a Colour God. The blending was seriously seamless and it looked so good, I was happy to leave it at that.
See how there are no harsh lines from all directions?
This is why there is much hype about Danson - he goes the extra mile to ensure smooth gradients.
Now that the bleach is done, Cheyra applied hair colour onto the rest of my hair together with another senior stylist, Matt.
Two different colours were mixed: ash brown and ashy grey. The former for the middle and the latter for the ends.
Who knew shoulder length hair requires this level of detail...
One wash later, and this is the result!
This is how the colour looks from the side and back!
Doesn't it just look absolutely beautiful?
Danson showed me how to style it with a simple braid for a different style.
He reminded me that ash purple fades really quickly and therefore advised me to get a purple shampoo to prolong the hair colour... which I did.
As I already have the Paimore Pink Shampoo, Danson says that I can alternate between that and the purple shampoo for slightly different colours each time.
Maybe because I've tried too many vivid colours, I've been thinking about going dark for a couple of months now.
I didn't want to go all the way dark of course but am not sure exactly what colour or what design to do.
I'm very grateful that Agent G introduced me to Cheyra and Danson because they understood my struggle and gave me a hair colour that is darker yet visible and best of all, low maintenance. The colour looked amazing immediately after the colour... and even weeks later!
Just to give you an idea of what I'm referring to, this is how my hair colour looks days after:
Even one week after, the hair colour doesn't seem to have faded. In fact, I would argue that it looked slightly more purple because of the shampoo.
Having done so many vivid colours, this result is very surprising to me because hair colours tend to fade really quickly. Kudos to the team for designing my colour in such a way that it looks good + lasts.
While they may not be the cheapest hair salon for hair colours, they can definitely achieve the hair colour you're thinking about.
Now that I've given them a try, I can confidently say that 99 Percent Hair Studio @ Bedok Point lives up to its legend as the top hair salon for colours indeed.
I never stick to salons because I love trying out new hair salons. But after this experience with 99 Percent, I think I'll be more than happy to return to 99 Percent @ Bedok even though I stay more than an hour away in the West.
Looking forward to the next time at 99 Percent... which colour should I do next?
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