Quantcast
Latest Stories

Makeover 911

Joining the dark side: Going back to your original hair color

By

ALEXA Chung loves her highlights.

We all fall in love with lighter hair color at one point.

My love affair with light brown hair with red and gold highlights lasted 12 years.  But at some point we get tired of monthly maintenance and wish for a color closer to our original so roots would not be so blatant. Letting it grow out on its own just looks untidy, especially when the roots get bigger.

To dye the whole thing to the original black-brown may be too abrupt for some. To ease your way gradually as you go back to dark, or just darker, here are some options. You may opt to have these done professionally or if you are confident enough, buy a do-it-yourself coloring kit and tackle this at home.

1.   Lowlights—Highlighting caps and a crochet needle for fishing out the hair can be bought in any beauty supply store like HBC or the beauty department of department stores.

How thick you want the strands to be retouched is up to you. Choose a dark or medium brown shade whichever is closest to your original strands and apply color in the parts where the dyed area starts till the tips.

Never pick black as hardly anybody’s hair is that dark in reality. This will result in a more subtle color discrepancy so it will seem like your lighter strands at the bottom half are remnants of a summer beach trip that is now fading.

2.    Let the back of your hair grow out or have it colored back to its original shade, but maintain the highlights (not solid blocks of color) on those chunks of hair that frame your face.

You may be attached to the lighter color because it flatters your skin tone more and requires less make-up. If you decide to grow out the highlights framing your face, it will be a subtle painless process without blatant color boundaries.

If the color you choose to frame your face is three shades or more lighter than your natural please, have a professional do it. Tried straight bleach on my hair once and it broke off in clumps.

Fact: Nobody’s hair is one solid color. If you look closely, natural blondes have reds and browns woven in. redheads have golds, yellows and brown, brunettes have reds, browns, black and even gold.

Dying it one solid block of color gives the effect of an unnatural wig. Solid blocks of color only work with people who have about 30-70 percent white hair as the different shades will give the effects of natural highlights. Predominantly white hair gets the wig effect as well.

Do-it-yourself kits

 

For permanent hair color, try Lolane Hair Color available in Cash and Carry and Shopwise. It even has hair conditioning oils for those with dry dull frizzy hair.

Other brands: Garnier, Revlon and L’Oreal hair dyes.

Want a highlighted effect but are too lazy to use a cap? L’Oreal Feria adds dimension to hair color as the strands won’t all be uniform in shade.

Are you fickle and change color every month or according to fashion trends? Provided you do not have white hair, opt for a semipermanent peroxide free rinses that wash off gradually every time you shampoo.

The color change won’t be as dramatic but at least you do not damage your hair with frequent coloring. You can manipulate the shade, too, by the undertone you choose. Blonde tones will make your dark hair a deep golden brown while reds will register as deep auburn chestnut or mahogany.

E-mail the author at kinnyski@gmail.com.


Follow Us


Follow us on Facebook Follow on Twitter Follow on Twitter


Recent Stories:

Complete stories on our Digital Edition newsstand for tablets, netbooks and mobile phones; 14-issue free trial. About to step out? Get breaking alerts on your mobile.phone. Text ON INQ BREAKING to 4467, for Globe, Smart and Sun subscribers in the Philippines.

Tags: hair , Hair Color , Lifestyle

  • http://twitter.com/ViLovesBeauty Vivienne24

    I tried that but you must keep your hair moisturized every time you color it otherwise it will get damaged. I used some pro naturals argan oil before and after and my hair looks just fine.



Copyright © 2014, .
To subscribe to the Philippine Daily Inquirer newspaper in the Philippines, call +63 2 896-6000 for Metro Manila and Metro Cebu or email your subscription request here.
Factual errors? Contact the Philippine Daily Inquirer's day desk. Believe this article violates journalistic ethics? Contact the Inquirer's Reader's Advocate. Or write The Readers' Advocate:
c/o Philippine Daily Inquirer Chino Roces Avenue corner Yague and Mascardo Streets, Makati City, Metro Manila, Philippines Or fax nos. +63 2 8974793 to 94
Advertisement
  1. How Zsa Zsa Padilla found Conrad Onglao; Sharon Cuneta played Cupid
  2. Miss America: Don’t suspend teen over prom invite
  3. Historic Fort Bonifacio tunnel converted into a septic tank
  4. President Quezon was born here–and so was Philippine surfing
  5. Almost mugged on Chino Roces Avenue
  6. Transitions and resurrection in the performing arts
  7. How healing waters accompanied my journey of faith
  8. ‘Archaeology tour’ of Cebu’s heritage of faith
  9. Palawan favorite getaway of show biz celebrities
  10. Joe de Venecia visits the Queen Mother of Cambodia
  1. How Zsa Zsa Padilla found Conrad Onglao; Sharon Cuneta played Cupid
  2. Are your favorite malls open this Holy Week break?
  3. How Vitamin B can be a remedy for ‘manhid’ and neuropathy
  4. Sarah Geronimo and Matteo Giudicelli sing ‘All of Me’–and we all swoon
  5. 90 percent of Filipino households don’t practice proper toilet hygiene, sanitation
  6. Why is the lifestyle set now afraid to wear jewelry–before Kim Henares?
  7. ‘Labahita a la bacalao’
  8. This is not just a farm
  9. 12 other things you can do at Pico de Loro Cove
  10. Marcos grandson to wed beautiful Rocha scion
  1. Mary Jean Lastimosa is new Miss Universe Philippines
  2. Did Angara ruin Pia Wurtzbach’s chances at Bb. Pilipinas?
  3. How Zsa Zsa Padilla found Conrad Onglao; Sharon Cuneta played Cupid
  4. Dominique–Gretchen and Tonyboy Cojuangco’s daughter–now an endorser
  5. Manila in shock over model Helena Belmonte’s death
  6. Vinegar test helpful vs cervical cancer
  7. From Jeannie to mom of suicide victim
  8. San Vicente beaches hidden but not for long
  9. Borgy and Georgina are back; others are off–again
  10. Why is the lifestyle set now afraid to wear jewelry–before Kim Henares?

News

  • DPWH to push for total rehabilitation of fire-damaged Quezon Bridge
  • Fires hit Manila’s Port Area, Malabon
  • Palace denies convincing Gigi Reyes to return home
  • Car hits packed US church, injuring about 20
  • LPA enters PH, to bring rains and thunderstorms
  • Sports

  • Reigning champs Miami open playoffs with win
  • Spurs subdue Mavericks in playoff opener
  • Wawrinka beats Federer to win Monte Carlo Masters
  • Ageless Hopkins pitches 50-50 Mayweather deal
  • Goodbye MGM, Las Vegas for Pacquiao?
  • Lifestyle

  • Miss America: Don’t suspend teen over prom invite
  • Transitions and resurrection in the performing arts
  • ‘Archaeology tour’ of Cebu’s heritage of faith
  • Historic Fort Bonifacio tunnel converted into a septic tank
  • ‘Imports’ from London, and play of the year
  • Entertainment

  • Discovery network cancels Everest jump
  • ‘Captain America’ stays strong atop US box office
  • Easter musings
  • Solenn in shorts
  • Unmerry mix of attention-calling moves on ‘Mini-Me’ TV tilts
  • Business

  • Oil prices down in quiet Asian trade
  • Asian shares mixed in holiday-thinned trade
  • BDO seen keen on bidding for Cocobank
  • Bataan freeport investment pledges up 1,302%
  • Golden Week
  • Technology

  • PH has slowest internet in Southeast Asia
  • Nintendo’s trailblazing Game Boy marks 25th anniversary
  • Nasa’s moon-orbiting robot crashes down
  • Netizens pay respects to Gabriel Garcia Marquez
  • Nokia recalls 30,000 chargers for Lumia 2520 tablet
  • Opinion

  • Gigi’s home
  • Palace stonewalls on MRT inquiry
  • Couple of things too
  • There is plenty of water behind Wawa Dam
  • Triduum thoughts of a young boy
  • Global Nation

  • Obama on mission to quiet Asia skeptics
  • Search for Etihad passengers launched
  • Japan presents $57-B ‘dream plan’ to solve Metro congestion
  • Tim Tebow’s charity hospital in Davao seen to open in 7 months
  • OFW died of Mers-CoV in Saudi Arabia, says family
    Marketplace