What No One Tells You About Dyeing Your Hair

Some of you may be confused when we tell you that dyeing your hair or getting a balayage is not as damaging as bleaching your entire hair.

It’s true. Still, a no-bleach technique is able to lighten your hair from dark brown to light brown, if you want.

hairbystephanierotin | Caramel Balayage

Balayage or Ombre?

Balayage is a word with french origins that stems from the word ‘balayer’ and it’s a technique in which the dye is painted on to create a natural and gradient look.

Key differences between balayage and ombre:

  • Hairstylists lighten hair instead of darken hair for a balayage.

  • Ombres typically involves in creating a shadow and dyeing the hair a darker colour.

This hair technique can involve bleach to lighten your hair if you have virgin black hair and want to get it to a light colour, but it can also be done by using a lightener, which is not as harsh and damaging to your hair.

Results from a balayage will vary if you have stubborn and non-porous hair.

Porosity levels, ranging from low, medium to high. Indicates the porosity of the hair cuticle.

Porosity levels, ranging from low, medium to high. Indicates the porosity of the hair cuticle.

How can you find out about your hair’s porosity level?

  • If your hair floats, your hair has low porosity.

  • If your hair sinks, your hair has high porosity.

Your hair's porosity level can be determined by dropping a strand of hair that has fallen off naturally into water. Let it rest for 2-4 minutes.

This hair porosity test shows how much moisture your hair absorbs. Hair with a low porosity are usually hair that has not been dyed or bleached before, so they require a stronger lightener to achieve the same colour.

Do consult with your trusted hair stylist on how you can achieve your favourite hair colours with minimal damage.

5 No-Bleach Hair Colour Ideas

1. Maroon Red

burugundy red, by ho-yeon, jung, top fashion model from south korea

burugundy red, by ho-yeon, jung, top fashion model from south korea

Source | Hoyeon jung


On top of this list is the burgundy red colour. This stand-out colour doesn’t require any bleach to lighten your hair and can be achieved with just hair dye. If you have black or very dark hair, it may be a lot darker than the picture above.

IU, Lee-ji-eun, popular music soloist from south korea

IU, Lee-ji-eun, popular music soloist from south korea

Source | IU, Lee Ji-eun

Here’s IU with dark red hair, with a curly hair. This look can be achieved by getting a Korean trendy perm on long hair, or through curling it with heat.

2. Chocolate Brown Balayage 

Chocolate brown Balayage with no bleach

Chocolate brown Balayage with no bleach

Irene Kim | Caramel Balayage

Browns are always are great colour to switch to, as it is a neutral warm colour, which goes well for Asian undertones, which tend to lean towards olive and warm. This chocolate brown balayage works for people of different skintones as well, from fair to tanned. Depending on your skin tone, you may want to get a few highlights as face framing pieces to flatter your facial features more.

3. Dark Purple Ombre

Purple curled hair with no bleach required

Purple curled hair with no bleach required

Source

For those of you who prefer a darker and mysterious vibe, here’s a dark purple ombre that you can achieve without bleach. Often times, bright purple hair can look inappropriate for many occasions, almost comical-like. With a no-bleach layering technique, you get a darker plum purple that is low profile, yet a little something special. The strong curls in this look can be achieved by getting a cold or digital perm, as our Korean trendy perm and setting perm techniques usually produce softer and natural-looking perms. 

4. Rosey Brown Balayage

Rose Brown curled hair with no bleach required

Rose Brown curled hair with no bleach required

ultrafadebyrich | Rose Pink Balayage

Rose gold? Old gold. One of the colours that’s trending in 2019 is the Rosey pink colour. This colour is more pink and metallic than the rose gold colour, so it looks a lot more natural and subtle than a freshly new dye job.

5. Smokey Ombre with Shadow Root

ultrafadebyrich | Smokey Ombre with Shadow Roots

For a glam look that is both maintenance and long-lasting, try this smokey ombre with shadow root! This toned brown colour will continue to look great even as you grow your hair out. For those of you who are trying to grow out your hair, you can try this hair colour to give you healthy hair, as you don’t have to change up your hair colour as often.

Song hye kyo with korean trendy perm at sulwhasoo event

Song hye kyo with korean trendy perm at sulwhasoo event

Source | Song Hye Kyo

Often times, dyed hair doesn’t always mean that you need to get a drastic hair makeover. Song Hye Kyo’s shoulder length loose permed curls here at her recent Sulwhasoo appearance looks timeless and classic as ever. This type of loose wavy perm can be achieved through a Korean trendy perm at a Korean hair salon in Singapore.

The most important thing is always the health of the hair, so you should always change up your look without damaging your hair too much. Gorgeous healthy hair will always beat dry and damaged hair any day.

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