HOT IN SINGAPORE: 2013 Hair Colour Trends

Published on Jul 25, 2013

I used to think that fashion is a statement worn only by the rich and famous. Whether its the latest line of clothing or new hairstyle trends, what I see on the catwalk always seem a little too abstract and out of reach. People Watching on MRT Trains, along Orchard Road, in your office, over at the pub... may just tell you a lot more about fashion trends that are not just trendy but wearable and practical as well. WELL, if only that does not make me look stalkerish.

Ifrahhina from Vybes Hairdressing

Instead of People Watching, well I decided to take a shortcut and talk to one of my favourite hairstylists, Ina (co-founder of Vybe's Hairdressing) for our first issue of HOT IN SINGAPORE. Those who know Ina will know that she lives and breathes hair colour... the perfect person to talk to for Singapore's very own 2013 Hair Colour Trends!

Hari Raya, Deepavali and Christmas are just around the corner!

Ina, do you have any HOT HOT HOT hair colour ideas for us?

2013 looks to be the year of vibrant colours. Whether red, blue, green, turquoise, pink, blonde and ash, customers have been experimenting with daring new colours, made possible by new hair trends ombré, dip dye and panel highlights

#1 Ombré


Ombré refers to a gradual colouring technique where the bottom portion of your hair looks lighter than the roots (top portion). The hair colour remains the same but the bottom portion tends to be coloured with a lighter shade (e.g. with blonde colours)

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ombre
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Overall, this look is very wearable even at work; ombre brightens without being overly loud! Whether or not you are tanned or fair skinned, ombre will suit you.  

#2 Dipdye


For those adventurous folks raring to add a bolder colour to your hair ends, Dip Dye is definitely a MUST-TRY! Similar to ombré, Dip Dye is a gradual application of hair colour, giving you the cool faded look. The difference is that the second colour you choose can now be a lot louder than your original shade. In fact, the IN colours now seem to be green, blue and pink; well the colour you choose really depends on your  personality. Because dip dyes colours only your hair ends, you will find that even colours that you usually do not carry well still CAN look good on you!  Still here are some colour suggestions for a dip dye virgin:

  • Very Tanned: cool browns, ash tone, matte, green, blue, violets
  • Normal: most colours work! The colour you choose depends mostly... on your personality! 
  • The Fair Lady: warm browns, reds, copper, peachy pink, blondes
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dipdye
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dipdye

Note that if you have a previous hair colour, you will have to do some colour correction before going for dip dye so do visit a trusted hair colourist for advice! Those interested in having ash colours will also have to be ready to fork out some cash to bleach (sometimes twice!) your hair to get the desired colour.  

#3 Two toned colours


Other than having a different colour only at the ends, you can liven up your hair with two toned hair colouring - a technique which blends in streaks of similar hair colours for a more natural hair highlight. Bright yet natural -  great for everyday wear!

Two Toned Hair Colour

#4 Panel Highlights


If dip dyes and ombres are getting a little old, panel highlights might just be your thing. Instead of applying colour only at the ends, panel highlights can be applied to any part of your hair. For closet hair fashionistas, bright colours can be applied to the insides of the hair. More audacious folks might however choose to display the pink / multi-colour / green - blue highlights at the most visible segments of their hair.

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Panel highlights
pink Panel highlights
blue Panel highlights
blonde Panel highlights
Panel highlights

Men, too, are not forgotten. Those half head hair colours or bright panel highlights can look really suave when done well.

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Panel highlights
Panel highlights
Panel highlights
Panel highlights
Panel highlights

#5 Bold and Daring Hair Colour


Nothing makes a bolder fashion statement than a huge hair colour change. Whether you want it in streaks, panels or ombre, bold and vibrant colours like pink, blue, violet, ash and blonde will definitely turn heads. Perfect for those looking for a new beginnings this season.

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Regardless of hair trends, always remember to do a little research to know what you want and bring pictures of your desired colours and style along to your hairstylist! A good hairstylist will be able to make recommendations and replicate the effect if your hair is suitable. Semi-permanent Manic Panic Hair Colours tend to be the dominant brand for vibrant colours so do check them out here to have an idea of the available colours! That's all for our first HOT IN SINGAPORE issue and thanks for reading! Let us know your thoughts and any questions you may have through the comments below!  

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