Spell Saab

DSC05400I’m no hair color expert, in fact I’m far from it. That’s why when I got my hair colored violet 2 weeks ago at Matrix Philippines I asked the people who did my hair, Geirien and Darryl, for tips just in case my blog readers want to get their hair colored too.

Just like this cutie who colored her hair 3 days after I did!!

Thank you, Tin, kinilig ako dun sa tweet na yun hehe. (Nagpakulay ka ba talaga o phinotoshop mo lang yan??)

ANYWAY, here are some of the tips I gathered from asking a LOT of questions and hopefully I tackled what most of you have been asking me about hair coloring as well!

What you need to know before getting your hair colored

  • Don’t shampoo your hair on the day you get your hair colored. In my case, I didn’t shampoo the day before and on the day itself. You’ll barely feel the sting of bleach on your scalp BUT I just did further research and I think that’s one of the reasons why my roots faded quicker – too much sweat and oil will affect how well the color will stick to your hair shaft! So just don’t shampoo on the day you get your hair colored. Don’t put any product on your hair either. It’s best to use clarifying shampoo the day before your appointment.
  • A week or two before getting your hair colored, use a cleansing mask or deep-conditioner so your hair is strong and ready for coloring.
  • Make sure not to scratch your scalp before bleaching.
  • It’s best not to color your hair when it’s been recently rebonded or permed.
  • If you dyed your hair black, you’ll have to wait for new hair to grow back before attempting to color it!
  • Special shades require bleaching, especially if you want vibrant colors like green, violet, blue, etc.

Maintaining your Mane

  • Make sure to use special products for colored hair. I use Biolage Colorlast and this is good for any hair color. It’s contains very low sulfate and it’s paraben-free too.
  • Don’t wash your hair for at least 48 hours after you get it colored. This will let the dye fully deposit and settle properly.
  • If you can, only shampoo your hair twice or thrice a week. When you do, try not to over-rinse it and only let it run under water when needed.
  • Do not use hot water. The hotter the water, the faster your hair will lose its color. It’s going to be a pain to shower in cold water but remember: GINUSTO MO TO.
  • Use dry shampoo to refresh your color-treated hair on days you don’t wash it to keep it oil-free and clean.
  • Try to stay out of the sun and wear a hat if you can’t avoid it. Look for a sun protectant spray for your hair and spray it every time you go outdoors!

Can you commit to color?

  • It’s expensive to maintain colored hair. To give you an idea, if you have hair as thick and as long as mine, bleaching three times and dying your hair will cost you a minimum of P10,000.
  • Refreshing your color and keeping it vibrant will require you to visit the salon every 2-3 weeks. It will cost you a little under P2,000 each visit.
  • Do your research to find which hair color is best for your skin tone.

I hope these tips helped you learn more about getting your hair colored. I also hope – if you’re on the fence about it – that you decide to finally do it because it’s so much fun! Get your hair bleached or colored in the salon especially if you’re a first-timer! If you’ve got any more secrets for colored hair, feel free to share them in the comments below! I’d love to read more about it.

Photo by JC Gellidon

Photo by JC Gellidon


March 4, 2015



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    March 2, 2015

    Talk high maintenance!

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    March 3, 2015

    I’d like to have my hair colored too. Sadly, my face had a horrifying reaction to the chemicals used. Had to chop off the colored parts. :-( I hope Matrix has hair dyes that are hypoallergenic or at least ones that can work with sensitive skin. ^_^

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      March 4, 2015

      Yes I think their hair dyes are paraben free! I’ll double check :)

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    March 12, 2015

    Hi Saab!

    I just had my two-tone ombre again (2nd time) last December but I always match it with Brazilian Blowout/Keratin treatment to make sure my hair looks more vibrant and healthier. Hehe. I have been always obsessed with how my hair looks like so I also make sure to make my hair healthy despite all the hair treatments–I’ve had my hair digitally permed, rebonded, colored, bleached and BB. :))

    So here’s some tips:

    * For Keratin-treated hair, use SLS and paraben free shampoo–I suggest Human Heart Nature shampoo and conditioner (aside from it smells good, it also cleans well plus all natural ingredients!)
    * For colored hair, try Finesse Clean & Simple Hypoallergenic Shampoo & Conditioner for Dry/Color Treated Hair
    * Shampoo every other day
    * Have a hot oil treatment to maintain healthy hair
    * Trim :)

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      March 17, 2015

      Thank you so much for the tips :)