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Anytime you change your look, we believe it’s always good to know what it entails before making the switch!

Being prepared eliminates a lot of unnecessary anxiety, and helps you to embrace and enjoy your new look a lot more.

Here are some tips that may help you before you go under the scissors for your cute new look:

1. You may need to cut your hair more often

Many often opt for short hair because of the ease of washing, drying, and the fun ways you can style it. 

However, short hair does require more upkeep in terms of visits to the salon – every 6-8 weeks is ideal, while 10 weeks is the maximum, especially if your look is a short pixie that is a little more high maintenance. 

It’s important to factor that into your budget and your lifestyle when making a decision about the type of hairstyle you want. 

2. You’ll need to let your hair dry completely before going to bed

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Bed head on short hair rarely results in a satisfying look in the mornings. Short hair can become bent in weird angles and become messy or flattened when you sleep on it before it has fully dried.

Unlike long hair, that can’t be camouflaged by tying your hair into a messy bun.

To avoid bad hair days, allow your hair to dry completely before going to bed.  Of course, you can always rescue it by spraying some water and blowdrying it again, but who has time for that in the mornings? 

3. You may need to change your hair drying routine

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Are you used to blow drying your hair immediately after a shower?

Other than allowing your hair to dry completely before bed, it’s actually best to allow your hair to air dry at least 50% before using a hairdryer.

This helps prevent your hair from drying out and minimizes the chances of heat damage. (To really understand the importance of a good blow-dry, head on over to our recent post.) 

4. Invest in a small round brush

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Small round brushes will be your best friend when drying short hair.

Its teeth are fine enough to grab even the shortest strands, allowing you to straighten your hair with ease while blow drying. You can also use it to create wavy or curly looks.

5. Despite popular belief, short hair is actually suitable for all face shapes

Yup, even if you have a round face, or any other face shape someone told you wasn’t suitable for short hair. Our stylists will be able to customize a style that will go perfectly with not only your face shape, but your hair texture and head shape too (none of us have perfectly rounded and symmetrical heads!).

Unfortunately, girls are often made to feel self-conscious about a whole lot of things, but hairstyles should never be one of them.

Especially when hair is all about having fun! You should never feel limited just because of misconceptions.

Short hair can often bring out your features, help you feel more confident, light and carefree.

Many girls often go for short hair and never look back again! You’ll be surprised by how versatile it is.

To find out what short hair suits you and your lifestyle the most, make an appointment with us today.

When it comes to Korean men’s hairstyles, Koreans are most innovative in terms of playing with texture, length and color. They don’t shy away from full-bodied hair textures and edgier looks.

You can also broadly categorize Korean men’s hairstyles into either very textured and tousled, or sleek, sharp and streamlined. There’s rarely a middle ground!

Keep in mind though, that most of these looks can be customized to suit your own sense of style and personality. Your hairstylist is key in making sure that you’re wearing your hairstyle, not the other way around.

Here are a few of the more wearable looks:

 

1. Two-Block Haircut

Sides and back are shaved or cut very short – basically an updated and more stylish version of the undercut. The crown is longer, creating a two-block effect. This look allows for versatility in how you want to style it. 

You can keep the fringe straight, slicked back, or curled. It’s popular for a reason: this look suits most guys’ face shapes and personal styles.

Suitable for: most hair types and textures

2. Riding the wave: Perms

Nope, perming your hair is not just for the ladies. The boys of K-Pop often show us the way when it comes to re-imagining men’s hairstyles. 

Medium length hair with a wavy perm is a popular look. This look is also easier than it seems to maintain and allows room for different ways of styling. Playing with texture is a great way of changing up classic hairstyles. 

Suitable for: those who want to add volume to thinning hair, or want to create a slimming effect.

3. Long Hair

You may be surprised at how you’re able to carry off long hair. Long hair doesn’t have to be messy or fussy – in fact, it can be an easy way to maintain a sleek look. 

Suitable for: Anyone who’s willing to try it (and whose jobs allow them to!) – long hair is actually very versatile.

4. Faux Hawk

Shaved sides with longer hair on the crown – this doesn’t have to be an extreme look. What makes it a ‘faux’ hawk instead of a mohawk is the length of the hair on top. 

While few people can probably stomach the full mohawk, depending on how you style this, the faux hawk is a lot more wearable. 

Style it up for a night out; slick it back for a more professional look. 

4. Ways To Part

Playing with your parting, whether a side part or center part – is an easy way to update your Korean hairstyle. This side parted look is great for those with thinner hair – volume is creating with the quiff on the top, while the sides are slicked down.

Remember the 90’s center part trend? Well, it’s back now. Keep it looking fresh by pairing it with some colour. Granted, not everyone can wear blue hair to work, but you can consider adding color from highlights to browns to update this classic look.

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 – there are various techniques that your stylist may use. 

These provide different resulting textures and layers so it’s best to have an idea beforehand. Not every hairstylist will use these techniques, so don’t be afraid to 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 texture that’s varied. This can create the illusion of volume for thinner hair and makes it easy to style messy looks.

Layered: longer hair rests on top of short hair. Ideal for thinning or finer hair as it creates the appearance of depth and volume.

Razored: this technique reduces volume and sculpts the hair with a razor blade. Best done by a professional with a good eye and steady hands! It’s also the best way to thin out and flatten hair so it can grow back naturally.

Thinned: thinning scissors are used to reduce volume by selectively reducing length and thinning out the hair. It’s great for thick hair, but hair may grow out unevenly over time.

5. Think about how you want the back to look

Learn the basic techniques that your stylist can use to finish the back, sides and and hairlines. These are the little touches that come together to create a sharp and well-executed look.

Get to know some basic terminology:

Nape:

Referring to the back of the neck, the style of nape typically comes in three forms: blocked, rounded and tapered.

Tapering:

This is the way that the hair length diminishes down the back and sides, creating a fading effect which is why it’s also referred to as a Fade. Comes in high, medium and low.

Blocked:

A blocked nape is good for thin necks, but may require more frequent visits for touch-ups as it may grow out quicker.

Rounded:

Simply a blocked nape but with rounded, softer edges. A little more forgiving as it’s not angular, but of course still requires regular visits for touch-ups.

Tapered:

The tapered look is the most common and is often paired with faded sides. It’s popular for a reason: this look grows out most evenly and requires less upkeep as compared to the other two looks. Also helps to make thick necks appear narrower.

Arches:

The arches refer to the hairline around the ears. High arches are ideal for smaller ears and offer a neat finish. However, like blocked napes, they may grow out more unevenly and require regular touch-ups. A natural arch simply follows the hairline, meaning that it grows out well and can be forgiving for long periods between your trip to the salon.

Side Burns:

You probably know this one already. 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
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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!

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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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