"My hair color is a form of identity"
Being excited over hair color is the one thing that truly keeps me up at night. I was very used to my standard black strands for more over a decade and after being devastatingly bored of them at one point, I began pouring through tons of glossy magazines and online features before deciding to change up my entire look to being a redhead.
However as we are approaching the AW15 season, I figured that that my hair would be needing some cooler tones and after much hesitation, I went to my stylist Shaun (I am sure you have read about him here) and told him that we were going grey.
|Hello again Shaun's Hair Studio|
I still remember the surprised look on his face when we discussed the option and the one thing that I absolutely adore about him and his team is how much they care about my hair. Now Shaun is basically a whiz at anything balayage, ombre, dip dye (yes all that good pinterest stuff) so no matter how many times I change my hair color, I always know that my crowning glory is in good hands.
Now if you have kept up with my hair shenanigans, the one thing that you would absolutely know about me is that I have never in my entire life gone for a full hair color change. Plus when I mean a full change, I mean bleaching my entire head (slightly away from my roots of course).
|So much yes for Olaplex|
I could understand where Shaun's concern was coming from though (seeing as I do dye my hair once every 4-5 months), but he is after all one of the best colorist I have come across thus far and after he calmly analyzed my hair thoroughly, he said alright, let's do it. However as my hair was in a rather dry state, Shaun introduced me to this *points above*
Seriously you guys, that was my immediate reaction. The only other stylist who I knew that uses Olaplex is Guy Tang, who is all the way in Hollywood and he is simply a miracle worker with color. Looking back, I remember staring at the products in disbelief until I found out that Shaun was also one of the colorist nationwide that had this product in hand and had specially brought it into his store as well. Needless to say that I was gobsmacked.
|These strands though|
However to begin with, let's start with the basics of the Olaplex. Most people think that this is a hair treatment but no no no, these products are truly so much more than that.
Simply put, Olaplex is a product that is an absolute dream for hair colorists because it is free of silicone and oils, and also links the broken bonds in the hair during and after chemical services. Post-treatment wise, this product rebuilds the hair molecules and makes the strands stronger than they were before, plus while locking in the color with maximum hydration, it is a definite win as well.
|The three in the series|
Of course other than protecting and preserving the integrity of the hair, one has to achieve hair that has movement, so keep in mind that a little goes a long way in terms of usage with Olaplex. So if you have the right stylist who knows what is best for your hair, they will know not to over-mix the formulation or else the hair will not lift. *a little hint for you*
|The dream team at Shaun's Hair Salon|
Now since I wanted to go immensely light on color, I figured that this time around was going to be a rather tricky issue due to my red unbleached strands from before.
Hence as witnessed on Snapchat, Shaun's team and I went through two rounds of bleaching and even though most of the red had been washed off, there were still some left near the roots. Nonetheless, we decided to go with a slightly darker shade for the top to cover the red and slowly work it lighter towards the ends and blur it into a platinum grey, so in a way, ombre definitely played a great role here.
|After three washes | Photo Credits: Images by Ian|
Overall the outcome was immensely stunning and even though it was a rough change from red to silver, the team at Shaun's Hair Studio did such a splendid job tending to my substantial abused textures. So a quick recommendation that if you do head over to Shaun's Hair Studio for some color, remember to look out for Shaun's team; Billy Lim, Sin Yee and Glenn. Their services go far beyond the mark; just simply place your trust in them and your hair color will come out beautifully.
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Now for those of you who are wondering if Olaplex is available for purchase, kindly note that the products are only trusted upon highly trained hair professionals (for good reason), so if you would want to get this treatment done, yes you would need to head over to specific salons that have the products to tend to your tresses.
However, if you would would like to go in for consultation , you can always give a buzz to Shaun at 012 245 6055. You can also see the magic that he creates at Shaun Hair Studio on Instagram at @shaunhairstudio and just in case, you can also locate the address at A4-1-2, Solaris Dutamas, No. 1, Jalan Dutamas Mont Kiara, 50480, Kuala Lumpur.