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 .

Tips To Great Hair Care | Asian Hair

Having a hair cut can change your look positively and sometimes you will feel better after having a new asian hair cut or color. Besides a new hair cut or color, you will also need to take proper care for your hair to prevent it from needless damage. Take advantage of the tips below on proper hair care.

1. Natural sebum hair oil

One of the key elements to having shiny, healthy asian hair is to allow the natural oils in the scalp to lubricate it naturally. The hair closest to the scalp benefit from natural sebum oils the most while the hair further away benefit less. Thus, long hair can become dry and brittle from a lack of these natural sebum oils.

2. Shampooing your hair

While shampoos perform a simple job of removing excess oils, pollution and styling product residue that build up on the hair. All of your hair needs is gentle cleansing on the top two or three inches of your asian hair from your hair roots, which is most concentrated with natural hair sebum oil. Try to prevent intense washing of your hair (such as washing your hair 2 or more times a day), as this will reduce the amount of natural hair sebum oil on your hair, which can be good for your hair with the right oil balance. Intense washing will strip the natural hair sebum oils.

3. Conditioning your hair

Conditioning on the other hand should be used more on the hair ends instead of the top parts of your hair. Conditioning is an important step to replace needed lost natural hair oils and it will also protect your asian hair against harsh styling tools such as blow dryers and irons.

4. Hair style and cut

Besides relying on natural hair sebum oil, your hair will look good when you choose a style that requires the least maintenance, such as using of stying items like hair dyers, flat irons, hair gel etc.  Choosing a style that suits the texture of your hair will also eliminate the need for harsh styling tools.

5. Blow-drying of hair

When blow drying your hair, keep the blow dryer at least six inches faway rom your hair to prevent excessive damage to your asian hair from the heat. The right way to blow drying is to blow in the direction of the shaft (down the length of hair) to prevent hair damage.

6. Chemcial hair treatment

Anytime you use are going to use chemicals on your hair (such as applying hair due), you should make sure your hair is in a healthy condition before going for it. Over-doing of chemical treatment on hair can damage your asian hair beyond repair and might even affect the results of the chemical treatment.

7. Split ends

Your asian hair will look healthier and shinier when you remove dry split ends. Going for a hair trim every 6 to 8 weeks will help to keep split ends at bay.

So do keep in mind these 7 simple steps to maintain a healthy hair that will put you on track to more ‘good asian hair days’ than you ever thought possible!

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.

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.