Dyeing your hair doesn’t always equate to damaging your hair. By Claire Ang
I decided to give my hair a new look with the INOA Pastel Collection by L’Oréal Professional this Chinese New Year.
Photo: L’Oréal Professional
I have never dyed my hair before, and I was pretty apprehensive about dyeing my hair. I was always worried that my hair will be damaged, or that the colour wouldn’t suit me. The end result would determine whether I stand out for the right or wrong reasons during CNY, and I was keeping my fingers crossed.
I headed over to J’s Salon to try the new pastel collection. Located at Grand Copthorne Waterfront, J’s Salon also offers nail services, so you can get your hair and nails done at the same time.
To start it off, the salon took both my skin tone and face shape into consideration before suggesting the kind of hairstyle I should go for. I had virgin hair, and bleaching my hair seemed like too big a jump for me. The stylists suggested highlighting my hair a blonde colour before moving on to dye my hair purple. Since my natural hair colour is towards the brown side, the dye will give it a purplish brown look, and the lighter highlights will be slightly more purple.
During the highlighting process, they included L’Oréal’s smart bond treatment. This included mixing a lotion into the dye to prevent my hair from becoming too dry, and a hair mask afterwards to help the colour stay longer.
A lightening shampoo was used to wash my hair, so that my highlights would be even lighter, and will come off more purple at the end.
The pastel dye was then applied on my hair. They applied a layer on the bottom part of my hair and let it sit for a while before applying another layer to the top half of my hair. This is because the top of our heads gives off the most heat, thus absorbing the colour faster. The dye will be left on for about 25 to 45 minutes. If left on longer than that, the dye will oxidise and it’ll not be effective.
The dye was washed off and ta-dah, my hair is CNY ready! Since I did not bleach my hair, the pastel shade was a tone darker, and it suited me. I was also told that the colour will become lighter as I wash my hair. With the Smart Bond treatment, my hair wasn’t as dry as I thought it would be after dyeing too. I was pleasantly surprised that my hair didn’t weaken and break easily when I brushed it either.
Photo: J’s Salon
If you’re not ready to try something too outstanding, you can always opt to skip the bleaching process. But if you want to achieve the ultimate light pastel look, be ready to go through rounds of bleaching. The lighter the colour you want to achieve, the more bleaching you’ll have to do. My whole process took over three hours, so if you’re planning to bleach your hair, expect to sit in the salon for at least five hours.
The salon also gave me a few tips to care for my newly dyed hair:
- One of the most common tips, is not to wash your hair for the next 48 hours
- It’s fine to wash your hair with cool or warm water, as long as it doesn’t exceed 36 degrees Celsius (which most of use wouldn’t, so it’s nothing to worry about)
- Use a colour mask at least once a week
- If you have an oily scalp, alternate between a colour shampoo and a scalp shampoo