As the mercury drops and our moods slump post-Christmas, we may feel the need to do something to perk us back up again and what better activity then with a subtle hair makeover?
What are highlights?
Strands of hair in carefully selected locations on your head are coloured differently to the rest of the hair. The hair can be coloured in lighter or darker tones, leaving you with a more complex colour scheme, and the added bonus of your hair looking fuller and more voluptuous. Often suggested for those with thin or incredibly fine hair, highlights are the perfect way to update your look without going for a drastic change of hair colour.
Basic method of highlighting involves a trained colourist wrapping sections of your hair in foil and dyeing it using either permanent, semi-permanent, temporary, or demi-permanent chemicals.
How should I prepare for my highlighting session?
First of all, decide what you want to get and research how it will be achieved.
Although you may be salivating over the Game of Throne’s Khaleesi blonde, your thick brown locks may need several sessions to get to that level of white-blonde safely. If you’ve been colouring and heat damaging your hair for the past 6 months (naughty, naughty) then perhaps a straight up bleach may not be on the cards for you. Never dyed your hair before? You have what is called ‘virgin-hair’, and it is super important that you let the colourist know so that they can adjust the products thusly.
Scroll through a million images and select the ones that come close to what you’re looking to achieve. The reason for this is that it can become a bit messy trying to explain to a colourist the shade of blonde you’re looking for without using a photo as an example (the colourists are hair wizards, not mind-readers).
Where to go:
Nestled in Wellington Street, Essensuals is the little brother salon of famed hairdressers Toni & Guy. Beginning as a modestly priced option for those on a tighter budget, this trend hairdresser is the epitome of high quality colouring on a budget. Already established internationally, this salon opened its doors in Hong Kong in 2012 and hasn’t stopped serving fierceness since. Did we mention that Essensuals also has a partnership with Pacific Coffee? Coffee lovers rejoice! You need not fret about missing their fix in favour of a highlighting session.
Essensuals Hairdressing offers the latest in hair colouring techniques: organic colour. Said to be less abrasive on hair and better for the environment, organic hair colour will become your new best friend when heading into a salon for highlights. On top of colouring, this salon also offers additional treatments such as manicures and pedicures so you can leave feeling fabulous top to toe.
Address: 1/F, 86 Wellington Street, Central, Hong Kong
Hours: Monday- Saturday: 10:30am-8:00pm, Sunday- Closed
How could you say no to a visit to the haven for all colour technicians and hair gurus? You can’t and that’s the real tragedy because after one visit to Color Lab you will want to set up a little camp and make it your home. The colourists at this salon are intuitive, precise, and friendly as all heck so not only will you feel entirely comfortable with the person about to change your hair colour, but you’ll also learn a lot about the process as it happens.
Located smack bang in the middle of Central, this hair hub has long been known to hair chameleons of Hong Kong to be the place to get your new, wacky do. This salon specialises in those kaleidoscopic hair transformations you see on Instagram, and can make any sad mop into a colour burst in record time. On offer is a lightening quick processing serum that can cut down the developing time on your hair by 20 minutes! You can also choose to leave with damp hair if home styling is your thing or if you’re running late for something. How dandy is that?
Address: 7/F, W Place, 52 Wyndham Street, Central, Hong Kong
Hours: Monday- Saturday: 10:30am-8:30pm, Sunday- Closed
The biggest challenge facing a colourist is nailing that no-highlight highlight look. Colouring just the right strands and choosing the right tones is an art-form in itself. Luckily, Salon Demeanor has it clocked. Causeway Bay, home of SOGO and a trigger point for crowd inducing headaches, can also be labelled as your new highlight hub. Walking around near SOGO, you’ll start seeing signs pointing you in the direction of Salon Demeanor, so there is no excuse for 90’s highlights that leave you looking like a candy cane.
With interior that looks like a chic New York salon and staff that seem to take their highlighting seriously, Salon Demeanor is perfect for those looking to achieve that “what are you talking about? My hair has always been this fabulous” highlight look. The staff here are super professional and really take their time making sure that your colour is just right. They do have limited staff and tend to book up quickly, so be sure to book ahead of time to make sure that you get your do done.
Address: 2nd Floor, Lin Fu Commercial Building, 3 Jardin Bintang, Causeway Bay
You have two main objectives in the 24 hours after getting your hair coloured: protect the hair and the new colour. Don’t wash your hair for the first 24 hours to allow for the colour to properly set in, and when you do wash it make sure to follow up with a deep conditioning mask. Invest in some shampoo and conditioner that has colour protection, and make sure to minimise use of heat styling products (if you do have to use them, spray your hair with heat protectant first to stop it from sizzling off).
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