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 blow dry your hair without getting damaged

Do you know that frequent blow drying of hair can be drying and damaging to hair over time? If you are like those who blow dry their hair after shower because they can’t stand wet hair or let their hair get out of shape, then you need to take protective measures to prevent your hair from getting damaged from over-heating. Morever asian hair is usually finer and more proned to damage, so here are some good tips to take note.

Tip #1:

– Make sure you apply a good heat protection hairspray or leave-in hair conditioner when hair is still damp before you dry your hair. 

Tip #2:

– Turn your dryer to low heat instead of high heat, as higher heat damages hair faster. Dry your hair to about 90% dry instead of completely dry.

Tip #3:

– When blowdrying your hair, make sure you do not heat on one spot for too long. Always make sure that you are drying in a downwards motion and holding the hairdryer by shaking down your wist instead of straight down.

Tip #4:

– Use good hair shampoos and conditioners to make up for the moisturize loss during hair drying. 

Tip #5:

– Use a good hair mask once a week.

Tip #6:

– Avoid blow drying your hair and letting it dry naturally 2-3 times a week.

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.

Tips on how to have healthy strong thick hair | Asian Hair Care Tip

Have you notice that people from India always have nice, strong and shiny hair? They tend to have full-bodied hair and seem to face lesser hair loss problem. Apart from having good hair genes, indians also have a popular remedy – coconut oil! Yes, it’s one of the best kept asian hair secrets.

We all know that coconut oil contains a lot of saturated fat and consuming it too much will lead to high cholestrol, but yet it can be one of the best treatment for skin and hair. Asian hair has benefited much from this source of natural oil.

Virgin coconut oil in particular, is an excellent skin and hair moisturizer. It is easily absorbed into hair as compare to other types of hair oil and helps to protect and retain protein on hair (hair damage is usually due to loss of hair protein).

Indian parents have the habit of applying coconut hair oil on their kids’ hair, so most of them grow up with it. The way to apply is to massage the coconut oil on your scalp and keep it whole day or leave it overnight. If you leave it overnight, you might need to wear a showercap or place a towel on your pillow to avoid oil stains on it.  Shampoo and condition your hair mildly on the next day.

You can also use coconut oil to moisturize your body, simple oil your body an hour before shower. This will ensure that the coconut oil gets fully absorbed into your skin.

This whole process seems quite an effort. You might hate the massaging part or even the oily feeling on your hair. However, if you keep to this regime for a few months, soon you will find your hair getting stronger, healthier and shiner!

D-I-Y Healthy Hair: Make your own natural shampoo using aroma essential oils

Many people are interested in natural living. This involves using products that do not contain harmful or caustic chemicals. Many of our everyday cleaning and personal beauty products contain dangerous chemicals that may cause hair loss, cancer or even chronic illnesses down the line. To avoid this, more and more people are looking for natural alternatives. 

One of the most commonly used products is shampoo. Many people wash their hair everyday and repeated exposure to harmful chemicals may pose a risk in the future. Other individuals simply enjoy the use of essential oils and want to use them every chance that they can. For individuals interested in making their own shampoo with essential oils, there is a recipe below. 

– 1 liter of water
– 4 drops of the essential oil of rosemary
– 2 tsp soapwort roots
– 2 tsp rosemary

You will need to place the soapwort and rosemary in a pan with 1 liter of water. Let the water come to a boil, then let it to simmer for 20 minutes. Let the mixture cool and then strain it. Add the 4 drops of essential oil. You will need about a cup every time that you wash your hair. Store the rest of the shampoo in the refrigerator. It will last for about a week. You can store it in the freezer if you need to keep it longer. 

When you make shampoo with essential oils, it is important to note that it won’t have as much lathering power as store brought shampoos do. This is because the shampoos that you purchase at the store have sudsing agents. Your homemade shampoo is also likely to be a lot thinner then commercial ones. 

Another option is using essential oils in the shampoos that you already have. Feel free to experiment. Lavender has a nice smell and it can be calming. On the other hand, peppermint essential oil, as well as citrus oil, will help to invigorate the scalp. You may want to dilute the oils with a tsp of rubbing alcohol before you add it to the mixture.

Essential oils can be used in homemade shampoo recipes. They are also a good addition to store brought shampoos. Adding your favorite essential oil can help individuals benefit from either the calming or invigorating effects of the oils. Adding about 4 drops of the essential oil or oils of your choice, should be plenty to either make your own or add to you what you already own.

The fun part is that you can create different types of natural shampoo for various hair types, be it for asian hair or non-asian hair. You can even make your own natural conditioners, special treatments, natural hair colorants, and natural hair styling recipes. To learn more about how to make your own easy, safe and fun aromatherapy hair care recipes, with step-by-step instructions, click here.

How to turn dry hair into healthy deep-conditioned hair | Asian Hair Care Tip

Here’s a great tip on how to condition your hair so that it will turn into moisture-rich, healthy and shiny hair! For best results, do this before actually cleansing your hair with shampoo, as this will strip off your natural hair oil. This works well for all hair types, be it asian hair or not. Do this once a week and soon you will see a change.

Step 1: Put any conditioner you have in the microwave for 5 to 10 seconds, but not more than that or it will explode.

Step 2: Apply it throughout your hair.

Step 3: Take a plastic shower cap and a small towel. Dampen the towel and microwave it for about 1 minute. Wrap it around your head and put the shower cap on to keep it in place.

Step 4: Leave it on for about 30 minutes before rinsing off.

10 Healthy Hair Tips | Asian Hair Care Tip

Do you want to have smooth, silky and healthy looking hair, just like the gorgeous hair of those models you see in the magazines? In this post, we share with you healthy hair care tips that are suitable for both asian and non-asian hair, which will help you achieve your ‘hair’ dreams!

1) Use a good deep cleansing shampoo

This will effectively help to remove any dirt or grease residue on hair and hair scalp. Note that this kind of shampoo is not suitable for frequent usage. Your hair might be damaged and will lose the lustre if you use if on daily basis. For those who have the habit of applying lots of hair products, use once a week, otherwise once a fortnight is good enough. Squeeze about 7.5ml of shampoo on your palm and make it foam by clapping your hands together before applying on hair.

For best results, comb your hair before shampoo, this will help clear any hair wax or other hair produce residue on your hair and scalp and will your hair get cleansed better after that. You can also use shampoo twice each time you use a deep cleansing shampoo. The first time helps to remove the dirt, the second time helps to moisturise your hair.

2) Ginger Juice

One of the ancient chinese hair growth products and secrets is to apply ginger juice on your scalp, this will help your hair to grow out faster and healthily.

3) Use a good hair and scalp mask

Using  a good hair and scalp mask once a week will help to moisturise your hair and cause any dandruff to fall off quickly. It also provide nutrients for your hair and promote healthy hair growth.

4) Soda water

If you go swimming in the sea or in the swimming pool, using soda water will help to remove the salt and chlorine residue on your hair, and then follow by using a normal hair shampoo to wash your hair after that.  Put hair conditioner or hair oil treatment (jojoba, rosemary, Flaxseed, olive etc) on your hair after shampooing, leave it on and wrap your hair with a towel or cover it with a shower cap. Wash it off only after cleansing you body as the heat from the water will help your hair to absorb nutrients faster.

5) Hair dryer

Its best not to use hair dryer on too often as this will be very drying to your hair and might damaged it. If you must use it, do detangle your hair with your fingers first before using the hair dryer, as this will help your hair to dry faster. When holding the hair dryer, make sure your hand is in quick ‘twisting’ motion, instead of staying stationary at one spot, this will prevent your hair from getting damaged.

6) Leave-in hair conditioner

Use a good leave-in hair conditioner to keep your hair moisturised. The best way to apply leave-in hair conditioner is to apply about 5ml of leave-in hair conditioner on your comb and comb it through your hair. This will help to apply it evenly throughout your hair. Another tip is everytime after you apply your day and night moisturiser, run your fingers through your hair with the left over moisturiser, so that your hair gets mositurised as well.

7) Hair Mist

We all know the sun UV rays can be damaging to the skin, and it is equally harmful to the hair. Its always good to wear a cap or bring an umbrella whenever you are out to protect your hair against the harmful rays. We should also refrain from coloring our hair too often as the chemicals can easy damage our hair beyong repair. It is always good to carry a bottle of hair mist with us, so we can give our thirsty hair some water whenever it feels dry due to sun rays or after a hair coloring job.

8 ) Vitamins

Taking Silica, Vitamin B complex, Lysine and hair skin and nails complex will also help to keep hair healthy. Also refrain from taking too much vitamin A and caffeine, as this will cause hair loss.

9) Stress and diet

Too much stress is a killer, it harms not just your hair but every part of your body as well. Stress often leads to bad diet or bad digestion. Try avoiding or reducing stress if possible, or make lifestyle changes to eliminate stress. Once stress is gone, your hair will get back its health.

10) Medical condition

People suffering from anemia, low thyroid or hormonal problems tend to encounter hair loss problem. Of course, other health conditions might cause hair loss too. If your hair loss problem is worrying you, the best line of defence is to consult a doctor. Seeing a TCM (Traditional Chinese Medicine) doctor can also help to recondition back the body to healthy state via traditional chinese herbs and medication.