Communication is key when it comes to getting a perfectly-executed men’s haircut.

But the question is, how?

The more knowledgeable you are about what to look out for, the better you can convey your expectations and get the results you want, especially if you’re working with a new hairstylist for the first time.

Of course, you can also download a few images on your phone to show your hairstylist. One thing you can avoid is vague statements such as “short back and sides”; such statements are subjective and may lead to different results than you’re imagining!

Here are 5 tips to help you get the right men’s haircut for you:

1. Chat with your hairstylist about what they can do for you

Every hairstylist comes with their own experience and expertise. Ask them for their opinion and see what they recommend: don’t be afraid to be as specific as you can. “Can you tell me more about what look I’m suited for? How will the back and the sides look?

Be familiar with how your hairstylist will finish the hair once it’s at the right length and choose the technique you prefer. These provide different resulting textures and layers so it’s best to have an idea beforehand.

Not every hairstylist will use these techniques, so ask if you're unsure of what they're doing or what their particular preference is to achieve the look that you want.
Every hairstylist comes with their own experience and expertise. Ask them for their opinion and see what they recommend: don’t be afraid to be as specific as you can. “Can you tell me more about what look I’m suited for? How will the back and the sides look?

Be familiar with how your hairstylist will finish the hair once it’s at the right length and choose the technique you prefer. These provide different resulting textures and layers so it’s best to have an idea beforehand.

Not every hairstylist will use these techniques, so ask if you’re unsure of what they’re doing or what their particular preference is to achieve the look that you want. Can you show me some examples?” These questions can help you to get a clearer picture of whether you’re both on the same page.

You may have done your research, but in the end, your hairstylist or barber is the one who has spent hours cutting countless heads of hair, so they will be knowledgeable about what would work for your specific hair texture and head shape.This is also the time to show your hairstylist some of the looks you have in mind.

However, it may also turn out that he or she believes that what you want may not work for you; be open to what they may have to suggest instead. It’s much better to work with a hairstylist who can be honest with you, it shows that they have integrity and confidence in what they do!

2. Use keywords to convey your desired look

Using keywords to describe the ‘mood’ of what you’re going for or the type of overall style you want to carry may be helpful too. Consider keywords such as Korean, romantic, hipster, retro, fashionable, conservative. Don’t hesitate to use films or actors as examples.

3. Indicate The Length

Using a word like “trim” can also be subjective. Use clipper guard numbers as a guide if you are familiar with them.

If you’re not sure, ask the hairstylist to see the guards and compare. However, if you have longer hair, show them by holding a few strands in different areas between your fingers. If you’re both still unsure, ask your stylist if he or she is comfortable with reducing the length until you’re happy. Better to not cut enough rather than too much.

4. Know the different ways your hair is finished on top

Be familiar with how your hairstylist will finish the hair once it’s at the right length and choose the technique you prefer. 

These provide different resulting textures and layers so it’s best to have an idea beforehand. Not every hairstylist will use these techniques, so ask if you’re unsure of what they’re doing or what their particular preference is to achieve the look that you want.

Choppy: hair is cut at 45° angles at different lengths to provide a varied texture. This creates the illusion of volume and makes it easy to style messy looks.

Layered: longer hair rests on top of short hair. It’s an ideal technique for thinning hair as it creates the appearance of depth and volume.

Thinned: thinning scissors are used to reduce volume. It selectively reduces length and thus thins the hair. It’s great for thick hair but be aware that the hair will grow out unnaturally over time with stray strands.

Razored: this technique reduces volume and sculpts the hair with a razor blade. It’s a technique that requires a professional touch. However, it’s the best way to thin out and flatten hair so it can grow back naturally.

5. Think about how you want the back to look

Learn the basic techniques that your stylist can use to finish the back and side’s length and hairlines. They may feel like an afterthought but bear in mind that although you won’t see the back, everyone else will.

Tapering:

This is the way that the hair length diminishes down the back and sides. It’s often referred to as a Fade and can come as High, Medium and low.

Nape:

This concerns the way the back of the neck is perfected. It can come in three forms; blocked, rounded and tapered.

Blocked:

A blocked nape is good for thin necks but can quickly appear unruly as it grows out. It requires frequent visits to the barber’s for a touch-up.

Rounded:

The Rounded nape is simply a blocked but without the edges. It’s less angular but still requires regularly revisions to keep it clean.

Tapered:

The most common finish, which is often paired with a Fade on sides. As it follows the natural hairline, it’s less noticeable when it grows out. It’s also great for making thick necks appear narrower.

Arches:

The arches dictate how the trim follows the hairline around the ears. You can trim them with a high arch, which is ideal for smaller ears and offers a very neat finish. However, like blocked napes, they grow out badly. A natural arch is where hair simply follows the hairline. This grows out well and can be forgiving during long periods between haircuts.

Side Burns:

Be sure to talk to your hairstylist about how your want your side burns finished if you’re clean shaven.

We believe in being as transparent as possible, especially because we know you’re spending good money on your hair!

Here are some trade ‘secrets’ that may be helpful for you to know:

Here are some trade ‘secrets’ that may be helpful for you to know:

1. You don’t have to wash your hair before you come in

That’s because we’ll always wash your hair before we do anything to it. Coming in with hair that’s been unwashed for a day or two gives the stylist a chance to see your hair in its natural state. In fact, leaving two days without washing your hair prior to coming in for a colouring session can actually be helpful. 

This means less sensitivity for processes that require applications close to or onto the scalp; it may also give your colourist better control of the hair for highlighting and other foil techniques.

2. You don’t need to buy matching shampoo and conditioner

It’s okay to mix and match to suit your hair needs. Just be sure to be consistent when it comes to certain ingredients. E.g. if you are using sulphate-free products, make sure both the conditioner and shampoo are sulphate free.

It’s fine to bring a picture, but it’s also good to be realistic

A picture is always helpful and is a great reference point for what you like – but sometimes, a look may not be achievable or will just not turn out the same way because of different hair texture, type, head and face shape. We will do our best to explain to you how we could possibly adapt a style to suit you, but it will most likely not look 100% like the picture you brought in! 

4. It’s okay to tell us you don’t like your new hair

We will always do whatever we can to make sure your hair is done to your satisfaction, so if you don’t like the end result, please don’t hesitate to let us know! Don’t need to feel awkward or weird about it, we’re professionals and our aim is to make sure you’re happy with your hair. 

5. A salon blow dry is always worth the money

A home blow-dry will never achieve the same effect, especially for the back of your head. You can definitely maximize your experience though, and here’s a post that shares some tips on how to get that great home blow-dry. But that professional finish can never be re-created at home. So if you want to look flawless for that special event or meeting, a salon blow-dry is irreplaceable. 

Every salon experience should be relaxing and carefree – arming yourself with knowledge helps you to prepare yourself for your visit. Any other doubts or queries on your mind? Feel free to reach out or drop us a message on any of our social media channels!

Did you know that the follicle is the only living part of your hair? That’s the reason why you can only improve the condition of your hair, but you can’t really make it healthier as it’s already dead.

The scalp is the foundation for the hair follicle – taking care of it will impact your hair health significantly. If it is not in good condition, the chances of you experiencing problems with hair growth and health increase significantly. In fact, some research has shown that a flaky, itchy scalp can cause and/or worsen hair loss in certain individuals.

Just like with your complexion there are various ways that the scalp can experience problems. These include unbalanced sebum levels, an excess build-up of product, sunburn, and using too-hot water to wash your hair.

However, there are many ways to help your scalp. Here are some of them:

Begin with deep, effective cleansing

cleansing is for your scalp, while shampooing is for the strands. See your scalp as an extension of your face and skin. By keeping it in a good condition, healthy scalp will in turn lead to healthy-looking, gorgeous hair.

Cleanse at least every two days in order to remove oils, sweat, dirt, and environmental pollutants.

Washing your hair too infrequently may lead to an irritated scalp , causing more blocked pores and pimples. Use a gentle brush — the best are those with rounded, plastic prongs. Metal-pronged brushes can scratch the scalp and be quite damaging.

What you eat affects the health of your scalp.

Some foods can trigger dandruff flare-ups and make them worse; the most common are full-fat dairy products (especially cheese), spicy and sugary foods, as well as some alcoholic beverages. Eating more healthy proteins like fish and lean meat will be beneficial.  If you are a vegan or vegetarian, you must be mindful of food combination, as well as quantity, to make sure you are intaking all essential amino acids and in great enough amounts.

Keep your stress levels in check.

Stress can also exacerbate flaking and itching. We often suggest yoga, pilates, and mindfulness to manage stress levels.

Consider scalp treatments to rescue damaged scalp.

Scalp treatments can rebalance the scalp and replenish moisture, banishing flakes for good. At Hairloom, our scalp treatments target the five common problems: hair loss, dandruff, an imbalance in the sebum level of the scalp (too dry/too oily), red or sensitive scalp and damaged hair. 

We can’t overemphasize the importance of taking care of your scalp if you want beautiful, healthy hair. To find out more, make an appointment with us today, and we’ll customize a solution especially for you. 

image credit: fashionisers.com
image credit: fashionisers.com

Maybe you’ve already tried that pink or purple hair, and you’re tired of it. No fear – there are always new colors to try, and new ways of coloring your hair, sometimes without bleaching your entire head of hair.The trends this year are fresh takes on classics.

You may also want to read our post on our best hair dyeing tips to prep your hair and to take care of your hair properly to make sure your colour lasts. Here are some of the best hair dye ideas in 2019: 

Say bye (for now) to pastels, and hi to bold colours

Bold colours like passionate red and powerful pinks are punchy and vibrant. Not for the faint of heart, this is for the person who wants to make a statement. Neon coral is also a color that has caught our eye:

While candy tones took over in the past few years, and lavenders, pale greens, soft pinks were all the rage, it’s time for bold colors to make a comeback.

We’ll be able to customize a shade that works uniquely for your skin tone – so while pictures are used for inspiration, the exact effect we achieve in the end may still vary!

image credit: daily vanity.sg

Two-toned trend

Blending darker and light shades of the same colour will allow for depth and dynamism. 

This creates an interesting effect where you can showcase the various tones that a colour can create.

Subtlety and Illusion

Another theme of the year is creating subtle tones that look different under various conditions and lighting. The way you style your hair will determine the colours you choose to show that day.

Intense cobalt blue & peacock green (photo credit: Pinterest)
Ultraviolet hues, with subtle highlights threaded throughout to create that illusory effect.  (photo credit: Wella Professionals)

It’s a sophisticated look that can be as subtle or as eye catching as you want.

Trends come and go, but your personal style can be timeless and classic. Ultimately, as long as you have fun with the colour you’re wearing, and love how it looks on you, trends are just here for inspiration. We hope you’ve been inspired by some of these hair dye ideas!

Did you just colour your hair? We want to help you make sure it lasts and looks its best for as long as possible. 

For some, dyeing your hair could actually mean a lifestyle change; know that there might be an adjustment period as you get used to your new hair care routine. Getting used to it may take a couple of weeks, but once you see that your hair looks so beautiful, and your color still looking great even after several washes, you will feel motivated to keep it up.

Before colouring:

Prep your hair

Using a clarifying shampoo the day before your coloring appointment could be helpful. Clarying shampoos are applied directly to the scalp and will strip your hair of any oils that could block your color from penetrating the cuticle at a deeper level. 

Get a trim

Trim off dead ends or hair that has already been over-processed, as these strands will not hold colour and will fade easily. In fact, if your hair has been chemically processed within the last 2 or 3 months or so, you may want to consider holding off on dyeing your hair to give it a rest.

Right after colouring:

1. Wash your hair only after 2-3 days

During the hair dyeing process, your cuticle layer is open, making it easy for colour to penetrate the hair shaft. Washing your hair too soon after may lead to colour loss, as the cuticle layer could still be open. It may take up to three days for the cuticle layer to fully close, so the longer you wait to wash your hair after you dye your hair, the more time your hair has to fully absorb the colour pigment. 

This will help your colour last longer between salon visits. So in the few days after your salon visit, avoid vigorous exercise that will give you the urge to shampoo your hair!

2. Consider a dry shampoo

If you can’t stand the itchy/oily feeling from not washing your hair, you may want to try out a dry shampoo as an interim solution. A pro tip is to actually quickly blast the dry shampoo from your roots and scalp with a hairdryer at the end on the ‘cool’ setting, to get rid of excess powder. This will also help to give your hair some volume and to keep it from going flat.

For your day-to-day

1. Get the right shampoo and conditioner

Sulfate-free shampoos are your best friend. Sodium laureth sulfate, also known as sodium laureth ether sulfate, is a type of anionic detergent that is found in many personal care products. SLS is what creates the foaming effect that many people have learned to associate with soap and being ‘clean’. However, sulfates are harsh chemicals that also strip moisture, which can then lead to your hair dye fading easily. Use only sulfate-free shampoos and conditioners to keep your hair color from fading. 

2. Use toning shampoo to revitalize your colour

Using a product like Color Butter can help to tone your colour periodically between salon visits. Shampoos that contain colour toners or dyes will slightly re-dye your hair each time you wash to keep it looking fresh until your roots grow out.

3. Use cool water to rinse out your hair

Hot water strips colour, because the heat causes hair cuticles to open, allowing the colour to wash out in the process. Using warm water to shampoo and then rinsing out with cold water will help to seal the hair cuticle, preventing colour loss. 

4. Wash hair less often

Try washing your hair every other day or even 2-3 times a week to keep your color on lock. This may be tough in humid Singapore, but dry shampoo may help! Make sure to pick a color-safe dry shampoo.    

When styling:

1. Use leave-in treatments to protect hair colour when styling

Colored and chemically treated hair needs extra hydration and protection from the sun to prevent damage and loss of nutrients to the hair. Leave-in treatments will help keep your hair smooth and hydrated, and it’s important to find one with UV protection so that the sun won’t fade your hair color.

2. Use heat protectant spray before using hot tools

Heat will strip away color and hydration and lead to damaged hair. To help prevent these problems from happening while using hot tools, try using a heat protectant spray before blow drying or styling. Heat protectant sprays will help reduce moisture loss from inside the hair, smooth the outside of the hair, and protect your hair from humidity after heat styling which, in all, will help maintain your color.

Finally, don’t go swimming in a swimming pool without wearing a swim cap! Chlorine will strip the colour and dry out your hair. Taking care of your hair will go a long way in keeping your colour looking fresh and vibrant.

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Wondering if you should update your hairstyle for Chinese New Year? Or simply considering a new look in 2019? No matter what you decide, know that healthy hair is always on trend, year-round.

To achieve healthy hair, a combination of diet, lifestyle, and haircare practices work together to impact the texture and quality of your hair (on top of genetic factors, of course). Getting regular hair treatments is a vital component of good haircare practices. At Hairloom, we recommend hair treatments to customers based on the condition of their scalp, as well as hair type and textures. For example, some have oilier scalp (which can actually be a sign of dryness), while others have brittle or overly processed hair; different treatments target different areas. 

Ideally, getting a hair treatment done every 1 to 3 months will help to maintain the strength and texture of your hair. It’s an investment that goes a long way because the health of your hair accentuates any style or colour that you want to pull off. Without smooth and shiny hair, a style can look a little lacklustre, and may not reflect the end result you desire.

Here are the treatments that we strongly recommend in 2019: 

Intensive Hair Treatment

We recently upgraded our intensive hair treatment in late 2018. This 5-step treatment rebuilds hair from the inside out, infusing the hair shaft with 6 different forms of Keratin and nutrients.

This treatment is for you if: you have dry, damaged, brittle, or lacklustre hair. For many of us in Singapore, our weather is often a contributing factor to the state of our hair. For example, many people tend to chemically process or use heating tools on their hair in order to combat humidity-induced frizziness. This often damages the hair in the long-term. If you’re hoping to bring shine and smoothness back to your hair, this may be your best option.

Scalp Treatment

Who is it for? Anyone facing hair loss, dandruff, an imbalance in the sebum level of the scalp (too dry/too oily), red or sensitive skin and damaged hair; this is the one that we recommend highly. The fact is, a healthy scalp is essential for healthy hair, yet is often overlooked.

A relaxing and soothing process, it involves 100% painless peeling and scaling of the scalp, followed by shampooing and infusion of hair tonic with the help of a specialized machine. Definitely a very pleasant and spa-like experience. Specially sourced from Italy, the hair product – Exence (Revivre) – itself is completely free from pesticides, herbicides, insecticides and synthetic fertilizers, and is pure and organic, which is something that you don’t often find at most commercial salons!

Reconstructing Treatment

This treatment is for you if: you love to have fun with your hair – from crazy colours to perms, you want to try it all – but want to keep your hair strong and healthy at the same time. Marketed as ‘Insurance for Your Hair’, our Reconstructing Treatment uses the product Olaplex. Developed by scientists, it’s specially formulated to multiply hair bonds and cross-link broken bonds. As a chemical, it’s free of silicone or oils, and is perfectly safe for hair. By linking broken bonds in the hair during and after chemical services (perm, bleaching, colouring), Restructuring Treatment makes your hair even stronger than it was before.

Keratin Hair Treatment

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Who is this for? For those with weak, easy-to-break hair. Keratin is a protein that naturally occurs in your hair and will thus be able to strengthen the hair shaft. This hair treatment seals more of the protein into your hair, tames frizziness and makes your hair more resilient in general. Keratin treatment has a long-lasting effect, which some may confuse with rebonding. Here’s a more in-depth explanation of the difference between the two

03 Hair Treatment

Who is this for? This is the simplest treatment that locks in moisture for your hair, especially for those with colored hair. O3 – or ozone – treatment helps to form a layer of protective protein around your hair shaft. By oxidizing your hair shaft, it helps your hair become softer, smoother and minimizes frizziness. It will also not interfere with your hair color, and might even make your dye job last longer, as the protein helps to form a stronger bond between the dye and your hair.

Are you ready for your best hair ever in 2019? Scheduling regular hair treatments are a great way to start. To find out which treatment best suits your needs, give us a call at 6295 2088 or pop by for a free consultation today. 

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