Should You Go For Hair Color Or Hair Highlights? | Asian Hair

Many people like to enhance their asian hair styles with hair coloring but don’t know which hair color will be best for them. With so many hair salons and hair coloring products in the market, it can get very confusing when it comes to deciding which hair color option to go for.

Two popular asian hair coloring services are overall hair color/hair dye and hair highlights. Both can be great way for brightening up your hair and adding an interesting look to your hair styles. How do you decide between an overall hair color, a hair highlighting job or both? How do you know what’s right for your hair and individual style? Here are a few pointers to take note:

Choose overall color if:

– You have a weird hair texture (like frizzy hair) and adding hair color will help divert attention away from your hair problems.
– Your hair is extremely short and adding hair color will make it stand out more.
– You have more than 30% gray hair and adding hair color will make you look younger by at least 3 years or more.
– You have natural black asian hair and dark skin and dark eyebrows. A fresh hair color like light brown or red will prevent you from looking too dull.
– You look better in warm, vibrant colors such as red or warm brown.
– Your cut is already trendy enough and you don’t want to overdo it, so adding a new hair color is a better option than adding contrasting hair highlights.

Choose hair highlights if:

– Your hairstyle is plain with no layers or no other interesting cuts. Hair highlights will help to make your hair stand out more.
– If you have dirty blonde or light brown hair, adding darker hair highlights will make you look more interesting and less dull.
– If you have a little bit of gray hair and you just want to blend it in, then adding some hair highlights will help make your gray hair look less obvious.
– If you can’t commit to getting your roots touched up regularly, adding hair highlights are a great way to divert attention away from newly grown hair roots and its natural hair color.
– If you look great in cool colors such as blues and greens, go for blue or green  hair highlights instead of overall hair color, as doing an overall color of blue and green on your asian hair will make you look like a freak.
– If your hair style needs a little interesting touches to your fringe, going for a few chunky hair highlights on the fringe  will do the trick.
– If you are uncomfortable of a big change or you are scared that you might not be able to take the new hair color, going for a hair highlighting job will lessen the risk and let you visualize how you will look like if you go for a overall hair coloring job with your preferred hair dye color.

Do both if:

– You have a lot of gray hair but still like the interesting effects that only highlighting your hair can achieve. A overall hair color acts as a consistent asian hair base color while hair highlights will help to jazz up your hair style.
– You want to add some red or warm color tones and have an existing hair color that is uneven or residue hair highlights on the fringe that was done in the past.
– You want to change to another hair base color before you get new hair highlights.

There are many factors to consider before you decide to go for a overall hair coloring or hair highlighting job. If you have  a preferred asian hair color, you can talk to your hair stylist about it and do not hesitate to ask for advice if you have no idea what you want or what color suits your best .

Hair Beauty Secrets From The Professionals | Asian Hair

For most people, grooming their asian hair seems like a daily chore. As such, we tend to stick to more convenient regimes and things that don’t require much of our time. The problem with this is that it sometimes it leave us with many bad hair days or dull and limp hair. Do you want a much healthier, shinier and sexier hair? Then it pays to heed these tips from the professionals and we will find that managing our hair can be so much more easier.

1. Most shampoos in the stores contain chemicals to a certain extent, which can be damaging to asian hair. However, using products made from organic and natural ingredients are less likely to strip your hair of its natural or essential oils and nutrients.

2. We should always go for products that work for us. According to professionals, the proper way of cleaning your hair is achieved by first lathering the shampoo or conditioner in your hands before to applying on hair. Massage onto the hair roots and then downwards the hair.

3. While washing hair on a daily basis will make you feel clean, but in reality, washing your hair daily can be damaging and drying to your hair. We should wash our hair every alternate day or three times per week instead. If you must wash every day, just rinse with water and apply some conditioner at the ends on your ‘non-shampoo’ days.

4.  Asian hair that is permed and dyed needs to have intense conditioning at least once a week. If your hair is extremely damaged, professionals will recommend an intense hair mask (for use from mid-hair down) instead of using your daily conditioner.

5. Many hair dryers are  great at speeding up the hair drying process, but professionals note that they are supposed to be held high above the hair instead of near it or touching it, so as to avoid overheating and damage. Experts recommend removing the hair dyer nozzle and point your dryer in a downward motion when drying your hair. It is also advisable to apply a heat-protectant leave in hair treatment or conditioner on damp hair before you use the hair dryer, this will help to protect your asian hair against the heat.

6. Use your fingers to loosen and comb through your hair as you are drying your hair, until it is about 80 percent dry. After that, use a hair brush to comb through. This will ensure minimal hair breakage and hair loss, as wet hair is more vunerable and easier to break.

7. Many anti-frizz and silicone based hair products will help to keep hair smooth and tamed. Professionals suggest applying them only after drying your hair in order to achieve the best results. Otherwise, it will have a “shrinking” effect and stripping the moisture out of your asian hair.

8. According to professionals, the best hair brushes are those made of natural or boar bristles, as they will help to distribute your scalp’s natural oils evenly on your hair and keep them well oiled.

9. We should always pay attention to our diets as what we eat will affect our hair. According to the professionals, he best vitamin for hair is found in omega-3 fatty acids. So it is good to eat fishes, especially salmon and tuna. We also need to consume nuts and cheese, as they usually contain protein great for the hair.

10. If you had dyed your hair, regular hair color touch-ups can help to patch up the colors on new hair that is grown out and making it look more even. Touching up means only your roots and new grown hair will be worked on and the hair dye will not be left on hair for long, so this also mean less damage.

11. If you just colored your hair, experts suggest refraining from washing your hair for the next 72 hours, so as to protect the hair color from fading and washing out. This will also allow more time for the new hair dye color to get absorped into our asian hair. When you wash your hair, be sure to use only color-safe hair shampoo and conditioner that can help to protect the hair color.

12. One of the quick fixes for frizzy or stray ends is to simply apply a good leave-in hair treatment on our asian hair and then tame them with a hair dryer, if need be.

Things You Need To Know Before Getting Your Hair Dyed | Asian Hair

Imagine you come across a luscious red head on the hair color box and you think you can simply apply the hair dye to your black asian hair and viola!  – you get the exact same hair color after an hour!  But is it really that simple and achieveable?

The truth is that the same red color is not going to turn out exactly as the one seen on the hair dye box. In fact, the color you achieve will depend on your existing hair color. If your asian hair is at its natural black or already have darker color like dark brown due from the previous hair dye job, it will come out as a dark red. But if you already have very light or blonde hair from a previous hair dye job, then it will turn out as bright red color! So don’t always think that what you see on the box is what you will get!

Many asians like to get bright hair colors like flaming red or purpleish red or pink highlights. To do that, they will need to bleach their hair in order to attain such bright colors. Bleach is not a hair dye and can cause damage to your hair if done frequently. It merely remove your existing hair color pigments and act as a base before a lighter hair dye colour like bright red, pink or blue is applied. Asians usually do more bleaching than caucasians because asians have naturally darker hair color and bleaching will help to bring out the light and bright color that they desire.

You need to know that all hair dye products will cause some damage ot the hair to a certain extent. If you seek a 100% all natural hair dye, then its best to go for plant-based henna hair dye. Otherwise, a temporary hair dye  like semi-permanent hair dye and and hair highlights should be able to color hair without harsh chemicals involved. Permanent hair dyes contain this element call hydrogen peroxide, which can be used to cover graying hair more effectively or to lighten hair color.  Semi-permanent hair dye usually won’t get washed out so fast but it will also won’t last as long as the permanent ones. However, semi-permanent hair dyes are less harmful to the hair then permanent ones.

One thing to remember is that you should never mix different hair dye products, such as buying another hair dye brand to mix with the first bottle when the first one is not enough. This will evoked potentially harmful reactions to your hair and worst still, an uneven hair color. After you had a hair dye or hair color job, you need to do touch-ups to sustain the color at least every 3 months as your hair starts to grow out and the color starts fading due to exposure sun, harsh environmental conditions and regular washing of hair.

So next time when you get your asian hair coloured, remember to set the right expectations and know what you are getting into.

Choosing The Right Shampoo For Your Asian Hair Type

There are many different brands and types of shampoos out there for the asian hair, from the cheaper and common brands you can purchase at the local supermarket, personal, pharmacy stores to branded and more expensive shampoo brands like Kerastas and Philip B. that can only be bought from speciality salons and stores. So how do one chooses?

First of all, you got to know your hair type. It is easier to determine what type of shampoo your hair will need if you have permed or coloured your hair recently. If your hair is permed, you might want to use a specialty shampoo for permed hair in order to protect the curls.  If you had your hair colored recently, then you will need a shampoo that will protect the color and not strip it from your hair. Good shampoos for colored hair are also those with higher moisturizing content because your hair is usually very dry after a colour job. Is your hair dry? Oily? Thin or full and coarse? Then you will need different hair shampoo formulated to meet your special needs. You can get your trusted hair stylist to suggest a  product, or do a search on the beauty or hair forum to see what people recommend for asian hair.

Always be aware of claims made by shampoo manufacturers, as some don’t really live up to their claims. The only thing regulated by the Food & Drug Administration is the list of ingredients on the back of the shampoo bottle and they have to reflect the contents used in the product truthfully. This means that manufacturers can make claims like their shampoos can moisturize hair or add volume to asian hair, whether or not they actually do. However, most  consummers don’t even bother to read the list, let alone know what are the significance of the ingredients. If the product is cheap and affordable, you can buy it on trial and error to see if the shampoo really live up to its claim. If it’s expensive, you probably want to seek others for their opinion and experience via personal contacts or from online forums, before deciding if you really want to invest in it.

You also have to understand that most shampoos and conditioners work on your hair only temporarily by leaving traces of product residue behind on your hair after washing. They do not have long term effect on the condition of your hair at all, you will require regular usage of hair treatment conditioning mask in order to see improvement and it usually requires a longer term period. There are people who will rather buy cheaper shampoo and conditioner and then invest in more expensive treatment products. Of course there are also people who can afford and only buy the higher-tier and more expensive brands only. The thing is there are no hard and fast rules here.

Lastly, you do not have to believe that you have to use the entire hair product line from one brand in order to achieve best results. Every shampoo can clean the hair and every conditioner can condition your hair. It’s ok to mix and match products from different asian hair or non asian hair brands and stick with something or a combination once you find it working for you.

13 Asian Hair Dye Tips | Asian Hair Dye Care

1. Before we go for hair dye, we should have a good understanding of the available hair highlighting colors and those suitable for asian hair, rather than just blindly expect our hairstylist to work miracles and give us what we want.

2. As majority of asians have yellow skin color,  asians must try to avoid yellow color, because it will make the person look sick. The all-time safe hair dye colors for asians are brown or dark brown. These colors are suitable as whole hair color or as  hair highlights and they are more suitable for those in 25-50 age group.

3. Violet, red and burgundy are popular asian hair dye colors, especially during festive seasons like Chinese New Year, it will also suit asians. These colors will also suit short hairs or as highlight hair colors for those with long hair. Dyeing of whole hair with such colors are more suitable for those in age group of 20-35, as they will look not too young or too mature to carry off these bright colors.

4.  As a general rule of thumb, those with fairer skin can choose from wider selection of hair dye colors or more drastic hair colors against their skin color, whereas those with darker skin have narrower choices.

5. Hair should not washed before hair dye, as our hair secretes natural oil that can help protect the hair against the chemicals in hair dye. It also helps to protect our scalp and prevent infection. There is no need to worry, as the grease on our hair will not have any negative effect on the  application of new hair color. If you wash your hair before hair dye (worse if you use fingernails to scratch your scalp during washing), it might result in sensitive scalp and can cause itchiness or infection later on. Moreover, washing your hair causes your sweat pores on scalp to be opened and making it vulnerable to harmful particples. If you apply hair dye immediately after washing, it will absorb the harmful hair dye chemical! So do keep in mind at all cost – NO WASHING of hair before hair dye!

6. Hair salons usually carry a range of hair dye brands. Those touted as better quality and more expensive hair dye brands with attractive features (such as moisturizing hair color) will only help to lessen the damage to the hair. The truth is there is actually no such thing as moisturizing hair dye. Your hair will still get damaged during the process, as long as chemicals are used. Even the best hair dye brand is no gurantee against allergies. There is NO hairdye that does not use any harmful chemicals, the issue is how extensive the damage can get or how good the damage control is.

7. Do you like to have odd colors like bright fiery red, bright pink, blue, green or blonde? If you are an asian, you most likely have to bleach your hair to get the desired results, as asian hair are naturally dark and such colors will not be achieved without first bleaching. In fact, the more drastic the desired color is from your natural color, the more you have to bleach. However, the bad news is bleaching is the most toxic form of chemical you can feed your hair. If your hair is not of optimal health, bleaching can ruin your hair with immediate effect! Unless you have lots of money to do expensive hair treatment every week, asians should avoid bleaching their hair. Those celebrities you see on television with such hair colors either have very bad hair quality and they managed to disguise it, or they religiously do good hair treatment every week to protect their hair. If you really want to bleach, make sure you find professional help and avoid DIY, as it could get very messy and damaging.

8. Comb your hair with a wide tooth comb before applying hair dye.

9. Avoid using hair dryer for long time or perm your hair immediately after a hair dye, as this will not just ruin your hair color, it will also damage your hair big time. If you want to perm your hair, a recommended time should be 7 days before or 7 days after the hair dye.

10. Its best to wash your hair 3 days after the hair dye, as this will maximize the absorption of  the hair dye color and make it last longer. Also, try to keep out from the sun for this will cause your hair color to fade out.

11. For those with skin allergy, it is best to avoid going for hair dye, unless you can put up with the itch.  

12. How your new hair dye color turns out depends on several factors like how healthy your hair is and how well it absorbs the color particles. If you have healthy hair,  with dense hair quantity and a natural shiny black color, then you have the best hair condition and the hair dye color will most likely turn out well and will be what you desired.

13. Last but not least, natural black hair works like a charm for asians, especially for asian women. It is the only asian hair color that asians look the best and most unique in. It is also shiny and reflects light whether is it indoors or outdoors, these are special qualities that dyed black hair can’t really achieve. So for those with natural black hair should treasure their hair and celebrate it by wearing it natural once in a while!

10 Great Hair Care Tips | Asian Hair Care Tip

If you watch the tabloids, you know that even the stars have bad hair days. It just seems that when the professional stylists are out of the picture, it is inherently human to have a less than glamorous hair. Whether you have asian hair or not, you can do your part to stay ahead of the battle by following these great tips for hair care.

1. Use a professional conditioner that is formulated for your specific hair type. While you can skimp a little on the shampoo, a good, professional conditioner is a must have. Look for products in salons that are customized for your hair type. For instance: If you have color or a perm, choose a conditioner that is for chemically processed hair. And stay away from those all-in-one shampoo and conditioner combos. If you have asian hair, you can try Japanese brands, as these products are usually made for asians.

2. Choose a cut tailored to your face and body shape. The number one mistake that people make when choosing a new hairstyle is to pick a style based on popularity rather than how it will enhance their features. Always choose a new cut based on how it will enhance or detract from your facial features and build. If you have broad shoulders, choose a full-bodied cut over a close cropped head hugging do.

3. Don’t forget your UV protectants. Just as your skin gets damaged by wind and sun, so does your hair. To combat this, look for finishing products such as mousses, gels and sprays that block UV rays.

4. Keep your appointments. Did you know that your hair will split faster than it will grow? You need to get a trim every 6 to 8 weeks, even if it’s just a micro trim. A good hairdresser makes them good because they know what to leave on the head, not take off.

5. Leave chemicals to the professionals. There is a reason why beauticians need to go to school to learn how to handle chemicals and hair processes. You can do irreparable damage with these products even if the package says that it’s way easy. And even if you don’t make your hair fall out, you could end up looking like a clown and paying a stylist big bucks to fix your mess. (Note: Most stylists charge double the rate for corrective color than they do for normal color processes)

6. Get color for interest and body. Every cut needs a little bit of color to make it truly breathtaking. No matter whether your taste is subtle or dramatic, you can add interest and volume to your tresses with a color process. Highlights, lowlights, all over color, gray coverage, you name it, it’s all good for your look.

7. Do weekly conditioning treatments. Even if your hair is extremely healthy, it is constantly on the attack from wind, sun, cold and heat. During the summer months, your hair is battered even more when it absorbs chlorine and other chemicals from your pool.

8. Get an ionic ceramic flat iron. Instead of frying your hair with a conventional metal plated flat iron. Straighten your tresses, add shine and infuse moisture with one of the a negative ionic flat irons. We personally use T3 irons for all our work.

9. Choose your styling products wisely. Avoid products that leave build-up on your hair. If you see white gunk, that means that your product is not water-soluble and may be coating your hair shaft. Build-up causes limpness, breakage and inability to curl not to mention the white flakes.

10. Did you know that if you use a towel after your shower to dry your hair you are causing split ends and adding static electricity to your hair. Don’t rub the towel back and forth over your hair, scrunch the towel around your hair like your would scrunch crackers in your soup.

While all of these tips won’t make you look like you’ve hired a personal hairdresser, they will help you look the very best that you can each and every day. When it comes to hair care, remember that you wear your hair everyday. Now isn’t it worth the time, effort and money that it takes to keep it looking spectacular?

How To Choose The Right Hair Color

Ever ask yourself what hair color would look best on me? Want to know what color goes best with your skin tones? These are the questions you’ll need to ask yourself and a hair care specialist before changing your hair color. If possible, always go for a personal consultation with a trained colorist to get the best result.

Let’s start with the FAIR SKINNED girls (and guys too…)

If your skin makes you look like you’re allergic to the sun, it’s best to stick with light colors: blondes, warm blondes, gold, coppers, natural to strawberry.

For the fair girls with a healthy glow (warm undertones):

You’ve got more colors to play with. Try anything that makes you happy: from a Marilyn platinum blonde to the light browns.

For our MEDIUM TO DARK SKINNED ladies (or gents):

Your look is the exotic type, maybe you’re the island girl with the tan all the other gals envy. You’ll want to run with that as far as you can, so pick from a medium blonde to a dark brown. That is an extremely wide range of colors and tones you can play with, try out a few before you make a permanent decision!

And finally, our CHOCOLATE SKINNED folks:

Your look is smooth, well polished, and you need to work with your dark tones if you’re going to keep looking pulled together. For the most flattering look, stay between a medium brown and dark brown base color.

Add highlights in the mid-light ranges of brown and lows in the darker more chocolaty browns. Keep the base natural or reddish. Golds don’t show up in hair colors this dark. Red is your only warm option, unless you are pre lightening sections to achieve brighter colors.

Living in the 21st century means we get to improve on mother nature sometimes! Picking the perfect color for your hair will highlight the best features of your complexion, letting your inner beauty shine more brightly.