KIMAGE Hair colour treatments
Hair is an integral part of our bodies that play a key role in our individuality. Having a good hair colour will not only improve your looks, get you a lot of compliments, but will also make you feel confident. In the past, hair dying wasn’t really a thing. The same cannot be said right now because factors like poor diet among others have contributed to many losing their natural hair colour. If this is true in your case, then you should consider trying out any of the hair colour treatments that are available. Since there are so many of them, it is likely going to be a challenge to pick a colour that will suit you. To make an informed decision, you have to consult a professional hair stylist. Alternatively, you can try out some popular hair colours.
For Asian dark coloured hair, if you wish to achieve ashy shades such as Ash browns, ash greys, bleaching of the hair is almost mandatory to remove the dark pigments in the hair before ashy colours can be applied. Similarly, if you prefer shades such as pink and purples, bleaching is also required.
Common hair colours
Granted, there are hundreds of colours you can choose from when colouring or dyeing your hair, but there are handfuls that look great in most people and are likely going to look great on you too. Below are a few of them;
This colouring trend started in Europe and was mainstream in Asian countries like Japan, Singapore. Ombre colouring creates a tone of colour at the lower section of the hair. This trend has now been replaced with Balayage, a technique of hand-painted colouring, perfect for those with long hair length.
Balayage, which is a fancy sounding French term that means to paint, is an excellent painting technique that can make most hair types look outstanding. The technique involves the freehand painting of the surface of the hair. Hair dye isn’t allowed to saturate or go deep into the hair. Rather, it is lightly applied on the surface of the hair. The result is a natural-looking, shining and soft highlight that will blend as the hair gradually grows longer.
Some examples of Balayage
Sombre is a popular hair colouring technique that is somewhat similar to Ombre. The only difference between these two is that Sombre is subtle and mild. With this method, there is a sharp contrast between the hair at the root and the hair at the ends. Some common versions of Sombre are the Mocha Sombre, Blonde Sombre, and Caramel Sombre.
This colour started to trend in Singapore and Japan from 2 years back, also know as Grannies Grey. Previous trending as grey, the colouring has now changed to ask grey colours. Ash grey colours requires bleaching to the hair to remove the red pigments in the hair as well.
This is a common hair colour technique that is known to have contrast. There are several ways a stylist can use this colouring technique to make your hair glow. It is typically done with a colour chosen for highlights and a base colour.
Blonde and silvers
This colouring method involves the total removal of the red pigment in the hair. It is common in the US and some part of Europe. For Asians, this colour is difficult to achieve as it requires extensive bleaching, a process which is highly damaging for your hair.
Non-natural shades such as pinks and purples tend to lose its colours very quickly. Typically, semi-permanent colourings are used for these colours which allow the colours to last for about 2 to 4 weeks. These are what we call high-maintenance colours. You might find out that there are colours which stain your hair resulting in the colours lasting for a long period of time, however these hair staining colours usually contain metallic salts and the colours cannot be removed when you wish to change your hair colour in the future. This means you will need to wait for your hair to outgrow the colouring.
Is your hair losing its colour?
It is normal for hair colour to run, lose its colour or start to lose its shine. A way to salvage the colour loss will be through a colour refresh service to refresh and brighten the colouring.
How is colour refresh done?
The stylist will mix a suitable refresh colouring and have the colour toned for your hair. Bear in mind, colour refresh will brighten and add shine to your existing colour hair which has lost its original colouring. If you have root regrowth, the colour refresh will not be able to change the colour of your newly grown roots.
How to take care of your coloured hair
Regardless of the hair colour you have undergone, it is important that you learn how to keep it in an excellent condition.
Below are some invaluable hints that can help you out;
Use a colour shampoo for your coloured hair
Use a shampoo for coloured hair after a hair colouring; this helps the colour set in well, but will also minimise colour bleeding
Rinse your hair with cold water
Washing your hair with hot water may negatively affect the cuticles on the outer layer of your hair. This may make your hair more susceptible to damage. Also, it could lead to frizz or moisture loss. An effective way to prevent this is to use cold water to rinse the hair.
Hydrate your hair
Moisture loss is a common after-effect of hair colour treatment. The most effective way to deal with this problem is to hydrate with trusted hair conditioning treatments.
Avoid hair products with chlorine
Since chlorine is a bleaching chemical, it is certainly going to strip precious colour from your hair. So, stay away from hair products with chlorine.
Pro Tips for maintaining a treated hair
Using a coloured conditioner
This is an excellent way to keep your painted hair looking fresh and stunning until your roots grow out. Using conditioner with cool and warm shades can help to main your hair colouring. Always check with your stylist before using a coloured conditioner as using the wrong shades of colour could change and damage your newly coloured hair.
Don’t use hot water when shampooing
No doubt hot water feels good, but it isn’t beneficial for your newly coloured hair. The cuticle of your hair is gradually going to open when you wash your hair with hot water. This, in turn, is going to allow the colour in your hair to drain out when you are conditioning. To prevent this, try shampooing with lukewarm or cold water.
Use leave-in treatments
As you probably know, coloured hair needs constant hydration to remain in a perfect looking condition. Leave-in treatments are loaded with rich natural ingredients that will keep your hair moisturised all day. Try looking for one with UV protection, as it can protect your hair from sun damage. Good leave-in treatments help to lock in the moisture in your hair to reduce the hair-frizz especially in the Singapore weather. Ask your Kimage Stylist for the Treatment Oil O at your next hair service.
Use heat protectant before using hot tools
Never should you use hot tools without first spraying heat protectant on your hair. As you guessed, heat from the hot tools can dehydrate your hair and strip away precious colours from it. To protect your coloured hair from serious damage while using a hot tool, it is essential that you use a heat protectant first. Award winning products such as the Treatment Milk at Kimage will protect your hair from heat damage when you blow dry your hair and trying to curl or straighten your hair with styling tools.
Prepare your hair
Before your next colouring service, you should consider improving your hair condition through treatments. This helps to prep the hair for the best hair colouring results.
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Rachel Sim – Kimage Hairdressing School (Marina Square)
Had my balayage done by the Graduates here and I love it! Will be back for a hair perm!
Victoria Chwa – Kimage (Lot 1)
I had a great experience with Joanne. I dropped by for the junior stylist weekday promotion (cut, colour and treatment). Joanne is meticulous, talented and skilled in her craft. I came in with super long, dry and damaged hair and left with beautifully-coloured and masterfully shaped locks! Joanne was dedicated and paid attention to the little details. She took the time to perfect the style that I wanted. It did not take a long time and there was no chemical stench as well. My expectations were not very high as I was using a promotion and served by a junior stylist, but I was really impressed and beyond satisfied. 🙂 Thank you, Joanne!
Jasmin J – Kimage Hairdressing School (Marina Square)
I have engaged their services twice so far. The first time with a student and second with a graduate. I must say you can get your hair done by a student with ease as there’s always an instructor directing and overlooking them. The second time, I got a colour job done by a graduate. I went in clueless and May, suggested a style completely out of my comfort zone. I ended up loving it! Sadly, the colour didn’t seem to stick on for more than a week due to the pigmentation of my hair. When I reached the outlet, they were more than happy to have me come in to help fix it. The stylist (probably a supervisor or manager), really studied my hair, explained each procedure and even tested new colours to see which would work. They didn’t rush through the process and even stayed on a little longer than closing time. So, if you are ever worried you might get your hair messed up, rest assured that they take your comfort and satisfaction with high importance. Thank you so much to the team who helped. Will definitely see you again in a couple of months!
Yu Lin – Kimage Hairdressing School (Marina Square)
Ah Han did an amazing job on my hair. It looks natural and she was very meticulous in dyeing and drying each small section. She even shaped my hair nicely with oil.